Staples and wiseHer Announce Winners of The Big Small Business Boost Contest

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Staples and business empowerment platform wiseHer announced the winners of the Big Small Business Boost contest, an initiative designed to support America’s entrepreneurs and small businesses on the road to success. Based on compelling submissions, twenty small businesses out of nearly 2,000 eligible entries from across the country were selected to receive $5,000 each in Staples gift cards. These funds are intended to help small business owners take advantage of services that will help them manage and grow their business from anywhere, such as printing and marketing services to help with promotion and UPS.® Shipping services to pack and ship products.

“This year more than ever, small businesses deserve a boost from their communities to help them thrive,” said Marshall Warkentin, director of marketing and merchandising, Staples US Retail. “Staples designed the Big Small Business Boost contest to help provide a variety of resources to our winning businesses – from marketing assistance to attract new customers to technology upgrades. We loved hearing the stories behind these businesses and can’t wait to see them grow. »

“Reading the origin stories of these twenty companies and hearing how the resources would propel them even further along their growth journey was impactful for us,” said Kathryn Rose, Founder and CEO of wiseHer. “As the go-to consulting network for small businesses across the country, we look forward to partnering with Staples again in the future to offer unique ways to support our clients with their expert services.”

Get to know the winners

  • Maranatha Education Center (Fairfax, Virginia): An educational center with a focus on providing services to underserved communities in the United States and Latin America to improve living conditions and embrace cultural differences through the gift of knowledge.
  • Harlem Cycle (Harlem, NY): Harlem’s first and only indoor cycling studio, built to provide community members with a premium wellness option.
  • My Accessibility Officer (Coral Springs, FL): A real estate broker who designed a course to provide other real estate professionals with knowledge about the features of accessible homes and how to optimize the experience for their clients with disabilities.
  • Penny Pickles (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania): Two healthcare workers who handcrafted pickles for friends and family during the pandemic would later become the “neighborhood pickle people,” sustainably using recycled jars to fulfill orders.

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Small Business Resources

To help support these businesses and many more in their mission to drive relationships and growth, visit the Staples Connect Community Business Directory. Businesses of all sizes can register with the Business Community Directory to connect with other business owners in their area, engage with current and potential customers, and gather tips to help them learn and grow. .

About Staples Stores

With a focus on the small business and consumer community, Staples stores provide innovative products, services and inspiration essential to new ways of working and learning. Staples stores and Staples Connect outlets serve millions of customers, from entrepreneurs and small businesses to remote workers, parents, teachers and students. Check out Staples Connect at a local Staples store or online at

About wiseHer

wiseHer is a global expert marketplace that helps businesses and professionals get the access they need to affordable 1:1 advice to accelerate their business or career. wiseHer’s mission is to provide affordable access to the world’s top experts who can help businesses or professionals go further and faster in their business or career. wiseHer has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc., Forbes and more. wiseHer is a social impact organization and a portion of proceeds go to their foundation to provide grants to women and underserved entrepreneurs and professionals.

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