Consumer Voting Begins, Winners Receive Everything They Need To
Make Their Big Idea Happen
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 3, 2014--
Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) today announced the ten finalists for its
“Make Your Idea Happen” Contest, a competition where entrepreneurs
shared their big ideas for a chance to receive all the products they
need to bring their business to life.
Staples received more than 16,000 entries from entrepreneurs looking to
“make more happen.” Entries covered an enormous range of creative ideas
for businesses and community-service organizations.
Consumer voting will help determine the top three winners: Grand Prize, 1st
Place Prize and 2nd Place Prize. Voting is open to the public
from April 3 through April 16 on the Staples
Make Your Idea Happen Contest website or Facebook tab. Consumers can
cast one vote per day and all voters will be entered to win one of three
$100 Staples gift cards.
The “Make Your Idea Happen” Contest finalists are:
Little Hat Workshop: Andrea Leiser, Little Hat Workshop -
A hat and accessories store that creates hats for people with
Yoga to Go: Barbara Davison - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
A yoga teacher who plans to bring classes directly to her
students, from corporate offices to private homes.
My Travel Tutor: Penny Banner - Boise, Idaho
A tutoring company that specializes in connecting children from
hospital rooms to their classrooms.
A Shelter for Rainbow Rescues: Maria O’Brien - Granville, Mass.
A pet rescue organization that aids foster dogs who need emotional
McClary Bros. Shrub Sodas: Jessica McClary - Detroit, Mich.
A beverage producer that handcrafts colonial-era, organic
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.
Love Delivered from Home: Molly Ziske - St. Clair Shores, Mich.
A mom who creates care packages that can be ordered for college
H&L Maker Kamp: Sean Hennington, Aric Loomis, Michael Slack
- Ruidoso, New M.
A company looking to start an afterschool program where high
school students can learn the basics of electrical and mechanical
When Pigs Fly: Lisa Hiler - Norwalk, Ohio
A retail store that generates donations to help aid struggling
families affected by a terminal illness.
Bike Shop with Coffee Shop: Carolyn Weber and Tristan Klein -
A bike store that plans to open a coffee shop to enhance the
biking community in downtown Milwaukee.
“The enormous response shows the creativity, innovation and spirit in
the small business community,” said Tim Williams, director, social
media, Staples. “We’re thrilled to share these great ideas and look
forward to helping the winners make more happen.”
The top three winners will receive consulting sessions with small
business experts who will offer advice on how winners can “make more
happen.” In addition to these sessions, a combination of Staples gifts
cards and cash will be given to the top finalists 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. Each of the remaining finalists will receive a
combination of Staples gift cards and cash in total valued at $5000.
The ten finalists were judged on their creativity and passion – all
selected by Staples and the contest’s panel of judges: celebrity chef
and owner of Roblé & Co., Roblé Ali, small business expert and business
columnist Gene Marks, and CEO, entrepreneur and jewelry designer, Kendra
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.
Carrie McElwee, 508-253-1405