Walmart’s ‘Open Call’

Walmart 2018 open call

More than 450 hopeful entrepreneurs began streaming into Bentonville on Tuesday from 46 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia for Walmart’s “Open Call.”

This year, Walmart held a product expo and information event at the Four Points Sheraton for the guests a day before the big show. Walmart said having entrepreneurs come in a day ahead allows them to settle in, talk with a mentor and get their questions answered before the full day’s event on Wednesday at the retail giant’s home office in Bentonville. The invited guests also had their pictures taken by Walmart for future promotion should their items be picked up by the retailer.

Walmart said there are roughly 750 meetings between buyers and entrepreneurs tomorrow that will take place after the general session. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is one of the featured speakers at the general session which will be webcast beginning at 8 a.m. (CST). Roger Tutterow, an economics, finance and quantitative analysis professor and director of the Econometric Center at Kennesaw (Ga.) State University, and several top Walmart executives will speak about the importance of supporting U.S. manufacturing.

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