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Staples to Give Inspiring Small Businesses Everything They Need to Make Their Big Idea Happen

Winner of the Staples Make Your Idea Happen Contest to Receive Up to $25,000 in Products and Services

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 13, 2014-- Staples Inc., (NASDAQ: SPLS) is bringing its new tagline -“Make More Happen”- to life by launching the Make Your Idea Happen contest and inviting entrepreneurs to share their big ideas for a chance to receive all the products and services they need to succeed.

“Staples now has more products and more ways to shop to help small businesses make their big idea happen,” said Steve Fund, senior vice president, marketing, Staples. “The Make Your Idea Happen contest is another way we are helping them succeed.”

Small business owners can enter the Make Your Idea Happen contest on Facebook.com/Staples or Staples.com/MakeMoreHappen. Contest entrants will be asked to provide an overview of their idea in 100 words or less. Staples and a panel of small business experts will then select the top ten submissions from which winners will be selected. Submissions will be accepted from Jan. 13 to Feb. 3 and the grand prize winner will be announced on Friday, April 22.

The panel of small business experts will consist of business professionals and entrepreneurs who have “made more happen” in their specific fields, including celebrity chef and owner of Roblé & Co., Roblé Ali, small business expert and business columnist Gene Marks, and CEO, entrepreneur and jewelry designer, Kendra Scott.

“As an entrepreneur myself, I’ve been lucky enough to have met talented people throughout my career to help me on my path,” said Chef Roblé. “As a judge of the Staples Make Your Idea Happen contest, I hope to inspire others to bring their ideas to life too.”

The winners of the contest will receive a complimentary mentoring session from Marks and Scott, who will offer their expertise to help those small businesses make more happen.

All entrants will be judged based on their creativity, passion and story. The top three prizes will include remote consulting sessions with small business experts and a combination of Staples gifts cards and cash at a value of $25,000 (grand prize), $15,000 (first place), and $10,000 (second place). The remaining finalist prizes are a combination of Staples gifts cards and cash at a value of $5,000 each. These finalists can spend their winnings at Staples to get all of the products they need to make more happen.

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 www.staples.com.

Source: Staples Inc.

Staples Inc.
Carrie McElwee, 508-253-1405
Carrie.McElwee@Staples.com