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Staples Salutes America's Small Businesses; Hats Off To Business! Initiative Supports Small Business Customers with a Chance to Win a $25,000 Business Makeover

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 4, 2001--The backbone of American entrepreneurship lies in the innovation and dedication of the small business community; a community which has made significant contributions to the nation's economy. To honor small business accomplishments, Staples is kicking off the Hats Off To Business initiative. The initiative will support Staples' small business customers through these challenging economic times by offering them a variety of ways to save money and a chance to win The Ultimate Office Giveaway grand prize. The grand prize includes:

  • A $25,000 Shopping Spree towards a business makeover

  • A "Trailblazer Training" session with Doug Hall

  • One year payroll services (courtesy of ADP)

  • Logo redesign for your business

  • Complete stationery package

  • Free Xerox Digital Laser Copier

"Staples recognizes that the continued success of small businesses is imperative to the nation's financial stability. Hats Off to Business is our way of thanking and rewarding our small business customers for a job well done," said Shira Goodman, Executive Vice President of Marketing. "Our Hats Off to Business initiative offers small businesses a multitude of ways to save money, plus a chance for a complete business makeover."

Customers have three ways to enter: in-store, on-line and by mail. In addition, there will be 100 weekly drawings for smaller prizes including office supplies, customized baseball caps and more. The Hats Off To Business program ends November 3, 2001.

Other Hats Off to Business rewards to small businesses are free delivery with no minimum purchase required; double Dividend$ savings, including an automatic entry into the sweepstakes with each purchase; a deferred credit offering; a special thank you gift, and extra special merchandising buys.

For more information on contest rules visit your local Staples store or

Staples Inc. is an $11 billion retailer of office supplies, furniture, and technology to consumers and businesses from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. Headquartered outside Boston, Staples invented the office superstore concept and today is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. The company has over 50,000 employees serving customers through more than 1,300 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. More information about the company is available at

CONTACT: Staples, Inc.
Jennifer Rosenberg, 508/253-7375
Meara Murphy