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Staples Small Business Hall of Fame Sweepstakes Looks To Honor Chicagoland Small Businesses
Staples and Chicago Bears Team to Induct Four Area Small Business in the Class of 2010

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Sep 14, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced it has teamed up with the Chicago Bears to launch the first-ever Staples Small Business Hall of Fame Sweepstakes, an initiative that honors Chicagoland small businesses and awards four with "induction" into the Small Business Hall of Fame Class of 2010. In keeping with Staples' commitment to helping small businesses by making purchasing office supplies and services easy, Staples is making it easy to win one of the four Hall of Fame spots.

From now through Nov. 30, Chicagoland residents can enter their small businesses by visiting www.StaplesHallofFame.com and provide some simple information about their company. A winner will be named approximately every three weeks during the promotional period, and their business will be highlighted on the Staples Small Business Hall of Fame website in addition to winning a prize package featuring prizes from Staples, the Chicago Bears, United Airlines and Wildfire Restaurant. Specifically, prizes include: a $2000 Staples gift card, a free Staples Easy Tech onsite consultation, a $1000 donation to the charity of the winning company's choice, a pair of United Club tickets to a Chicago Bears home game, one annual Economy Plus membership and one annual Red Carpet membership from United Airlines, and a $200 Wildfire gift certificate.

"Small businesses are critical to the country's and region's economic health," said Bob Wolfe, Staples regional vice president. "Creating the Staples Small Business Hall of Fame in conjunction with the Bears is a small way Staples can showcase the importance of small business and honor several of them with induction in the Class of 2010. Since the Bears have more Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees than any other pro team, we felt this was a fun way to highlight Staples' commitment to small business."

Veteran linebacker, Hunter Hillenmeyer, will serve as spokesperson for the program. An academic All-America during his years at Vanderbilt, Hillenmeyer recently completed his Masters in Business Administration degree at Northwestern and is planning on a career in business after his playing days.

"I've always had a passion for business and economics so I'm thrilled to be part of this program with Staples," said Hillenmeyer. "The challenges facing small business are extensive and shining a light on the work they do for the economy and job creation is a real positive."

Staples continues to demonstrate its commitment to Chicagoland by investing in local community organizations. Since it first opened its doors in Chicagoland, Staples has donated close to $600,000 to educational non-profit organizations in the area.

About Staples

Staples, the world's largest office products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products and services. Our broad selection of office supplies, electronics, technology and office furniture as well as business services, including computer repair and copying and printing, helps our customers run their offices efficiently. With 2009 sales of $24 billion and 91,000 associates worldwide, Staples operates in 26 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia serving businesses of all sizes and consumers. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today ranks second worldwide in e-commerce sales. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.

SOURCE: Staples, Inc.

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