Iowa and Illinois entrepreneurs are invited to apply for a chance to pitch their product at Walmart's Open Call on June 13 in Bentonville, Arkansas.

The event allows startup, local businesses to have a seat at the table with one of Walmart's buyers. Attendees have secured deals ranging from a handful of stores in a local market to supplying hundreds or thousands of Walmart stores.

To apply to participate in the Open Call, visit walmart-jump.com. The deadline is Friday, May 4.

The daylong event in Bentonville is designed to inform and empower attendees as well as provide a networking opportunity for entrepreneurs.  

Previous Open Calls have helped entrepreneurs expand their businesses by selling their products through the retailer. In 2017, those successful in their pitch included  Chicago-based DUDE Products. The company originally secured a deal to sell DUDE Wipes in about 1,000 stores and through Walmart.com and as of June, will sell its product in more than 4,000 Walmart stores. 

— Times Staff

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