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Entrepreneurs prepare for Walmart's 5th annual "Open Call" in Bentonville

Entrepreneurs prepare for Walmart's 5th annual "Open Call" in Bentonville

Some of the most imaginative people are in Bentonville for the next couple days to try and see if their ideas can get into the largest retailer in America.

Ray Doustdar is on cloud nine because of this event.

“The American Dream is alive and well because of Walmart,” Doustdar, the founder of Buiced, a liquid vitamin product, said.

In the span of nine months, Buiced has been able to get into 3,000 Walmart stores across the country, when before, he couldn’t even get into a Mom and Pop shop.

”It’s completely changed my life, my business,” Doustdar said.

He’s talking about Open Call, an event put on by Walmart’s Home Office in Bentonville.

It’s where entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas and products to Walmart buyers, to see if they would want to eventually put those products on store shelves.

“We’ve done demonstrations, we’ve met with some smaller store chains in a hundred stores here, fifty stores there, but nothing on this magnitude,” Jeff Russitano, the President and CEO of Hot Scream, a spicy ice cream, said.

Entrepreneurs from 46 different states have come to Bentonville for this opportunity to wow buyers with their own idea.

“We want different things, like completely different, new, creative things that are not out in the marketplace,” Kinna Thomas, a buyer from Walmart who specializes in fresh baked goods, said.

And come Wednesday morning, it’ll be up to these hopeful suppliers, to make their dreams a reality.

“I’m a guy who never would have gotten that buyers meeting, if it wasn’t for this Open Call Program,” Doustdar said.

“We just hope everyone likes the product as much as we do,” Russitano said.

This is the fifth year of the Open Call Program.

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