Bears' Hillenmeyer promotes small-business HOF inductions

September 14, 2010 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 winners with "induction" into the Staples Small Business Hall of Fame Class of 2010. In keeping with Staples' commitment to helping small businesses and the community, Staples is making it easy for local companies to win one of the four Hall of Fame spots.

From now through November 30, Chicagoland residents can enter their small business by visiting and providing 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 (is there a URL?) and win a prize package featuring exciting offerings.

Prizes include
· $2000 Staples gift card
· Free Staples Easy Tech onsite consultation
· $1000 donation to the charity of the winning company's choice
· Pair of United Club tickets to a Chicago Bears home game
· One annual Economy Plus membership
· One annual Red Carpet membership from United Airlines
· $200 Wildfire Restaurantgift certificate.

"Small businesses are critical to the economic health here in our region and nationwide," 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 NFL team, we felt this was a fun and fitting way to highlight Staples' commitment to small business."

Veteran Bears linebacker, Hunter Hillenmeyer, will serve as spokesperson for the program. An academic All-American during his years at Vanderbilt, Hillenmeyer is pursuing an MBA 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 first opening its doors in Chicagoland, Staples has donated close to $600,000 to educational non-profit organizations in the area.

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