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Retailer, Roller Derby Team and Custom Hat Creator Win Staples “Make Your Idea Happen” Contest

Top Three Winners Chosen from More Than 16,000 Entries

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 21, 2014-- Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is turning three small-town entrepreneurs’ dreams into reality today. The three winners -- Lisa Hiler of When Pigs Fly, Ryan Knott of Lansing Roller Derby Vixens and Andrea Leiser of Little Hat Workshop -- were chosen from more than 16,000 entries in the Staples “Make Your Idea Happen” contest.

When Pigs Fly founder Lisa Hiler wins the grand prize of the Staples Make Your Idea Happen contest.  ...

When Pigs Fly founder Lisa Hiler wins the grand prize of the Staples Make Your Idea Happen contest. (Photo: Business Wire)

The “Make Your Idea Happen” contest invited entrepreneurs to share their big ideas for a chance to receive the products and advice to bring their businesses to life. Consumer voting helped Staples determine the top three winners:

  • Grand Prize Winner: When Pigs Fly: Lisa Hiler - Norwalk, Ohio
    • A retail store that generates donations to help aid struggling families affected by a terminal illness.
  • First Place Winner: Lansing Roller Derby Vixens: Ryan Knott - Lansing, Mich.
    • A flat-track, women’s roller derby league that’s looking to revitalize the city of Lansing.
  • Second Place Winner: Little Hat Workshop: Andrea Leiser - Mystic, Conn.
    • A hat and accessories store that creates hats for people with cancer.

Winners will receive a combination of Staples gifts cards and cash at a value of $25,000 (Grand Prize), $15,000 (1st Place Prize), and $10,000 (2nd Place Prize) to help the winners purchase the products they need to help their businesses succeed. In addition, each winner will receive consulting sessions with small business experts who will offer advice. Mentoring sessions will be led by small business expert and business columnist Gene Marks, and CEO, entrepreneur and jewelry designer, Kendra Scott

“At Staples, we’re dedicated to supporting small business owners as they pursue their dreams,” said Tim Williams, director, social media, Staples. “We had thousands of great entries. Our winners have creative ideas to build their businesses and improve their communities. We’re thrilled that we can help them make more happen with the tools they need to further their business and dreams.”

About Staples:

Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at

Source: Staples

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