The Big Small Business Boost

The contest has ended -- but don't go anywhere -- Staples and wiseHer will be offering more contests and discounts to help your small business -- Register today and get access to an exclusive Staples perk!


Giving Small Businesses a BOOST

In partnership with wiseHer, the go-to advice network for small businesses, Staples is awarding $100,000 to support small businesses across the United States.

20 lucky winners will each receive a $5000 gift card to Staples!

Applications open November 18, 2021 and close at 8PM EDT on December 18, 2021

See official rules

About the contest

The pandemic and resulting ‘Great Resignation’ propelled 4.3 million new business applications to be filed in 2020, a record jump from the previous year according to the U.S. Census Bureau. 

In an effort to empower this new class of American entrepreneurs and small businesses to succeed, Staples will award 20 small businesses each $5,000 in Staples Gift Cards to fund their business needs.


To be eligible, a small business must be based in the United States and have:

A live business presence -- proof of which will be a website URL, Google My Business listing, Facebook Business page, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn company page

<10 full time employees (excluding the owner)

A compelling origin story of why you started your business

A compelling story that shares how being selected as a winner would positively impact your business

A listing in the Staples Community Business Directory

Not yet a member of the Staples Community Business Directory? Click to add your business

                                                                      (you can still apply for the contest while you are awaiting the listing approval)

For full eligibility requirements, see the official rules

"Small businesses at every stage will find tools in Staples stores to help further accelerate their growth, from office essentials and new products for working from anywhere to in-store services like Print and Marketing or Shipping. We’re grateful to wiseHer for helping us bring this contest to life, and for offering continued mentorship to small businesses everywhere."

"From its inception in 1986, our goal at Staples has always been to serve as a provider for small businesses looking for a one-stop-shop for working resources"
Marshall Warkentin, Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer, Staples US Retail