Staples and wiseHer business empowerment platform partner to launch Big Small Business Boost competition

FRAMINGHAM, Mass .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Staples US Retail today announced a partnership with wiseHer, a team of business experts dedicated to providing small businesses with access to advice, resources and 1: 1 financing opportunities, to launch the ‘“Boost for large small businesses” contest. The pandemic and the resulting “great resignation” propelled 4.3 million new trade applications to be filed in 2020, a record jump from the previous year according to the US Census Bureau. In an effort to enable this new class of American entrepreneurs and small businesses to succeed, 20 eligible participants with compelling founding stories will be selected to each receive $ 5,000 in Staples gift cards to fund their business needs.

“Since our company was founded in 1986, our focus at Staples has always been to serve as a solution provider for small businesses, ”said Marshall Warkentin, Director of Marketing and Merchandising, Staples US Retail. “Small businesses every step of the way will find tools at Staples stores to help them accelerate their growth, from small business technology to work anywhere to in-store services like printing and marketing and customer services. shipping. And now, we’re thrilled to partner with wiseHer, a company that mentors entrepreneurs every day, to support 20 small businesses on their growth journey.

“At wiseHer, one of the challenges our consultants tackle head on with clients is the reality that starting a business can be a difficult process to navigate, ”said Kathryn Rose, Founder and CEO of wiseHer. “wiseHer and Staples unite in a common goal of providing resources to help make continued success as transparent as possible. Many small businesses in the United States have incredible stories behind their creation, and thanks to Big Small Business Boost, we’re excited to be able to give 20 the recognition they deserve.

Contest rules

To participate, contest participants must:

  1. Show proof of business entity: website URL, Google My Business listing, Facebook Business page, Instagram page, Twitter or LinkedIn;

  2. Have

  3. Be listed in the Staples Community Business Directory;

  4. Share a compelling origin story; and

  5. Share a compelling story about why the business deserves to win.

Additionally, participants must be 18 years of age or older and legally reside in the United States to participate. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve the odds of winning. For all eligibility requirements and contest rules, please see the official rules here.

How to enter

The entry period for the Big Small Business Boost contest begins on November 18, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. EDT and ends on December 18, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. To participate: (1) Small businesses must register in the Staples Connect Community Business Directory by following the instructions here; and (2) visit, create an account or log in, complete and submit the contest entry. Winners will be notified by February 2022.

About Staples US Retail

With a focus on the small business and consumer community, Staples US Retail provides innovative products, services and inspiration essential to new ways of working and learning. Staples and Staples Connect stores serve millions of customers, from entrepreneurs and small businesses to telecommuters, parents, teachers and students. Explore Staples Connect at a local Staples store or online at

About wiseHer

wiseHer is a global expert marketplace that helps businesses and professionals access affordable 1: 1 advice to accelerate their business or career. WiseHer’s mission is to provide affordable access to top experts from around the world who can help businesses or professionals move further, 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 the proceeds goes to their foundation to provide grants to women and underserved entrepreneurs and professionals.

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