National retailer offers 'how-to' seminars for small businesses



    STAPLES Business Depot hosts free in-store seminars will help Canadian
    startups

    TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - Now entrepreneurs can pick up great advice at
STAPLES Business Depot, as the retailer adds hundreds of small business
seminars to its stores beginning March 27, 2007.
    'Staples BizLaunch Seminars' deliver valuable how-to advice designed to
help Canadian startups learn how to run successful ventures. A total of 13
different seminar topics contain practical, ready-to-apply information to help
small business owners learn how to boost sales, reduce taxes, manage
operations, raise capital, hire employees and market their businesses online.
    The 90 minute sessions are delivered evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. within
select stores in most Canadian markets, STAPLES Business Depot will host 225
seminars during the next 10 months. Each seminar is presented by a small
business expert from BizLaunch.ca.
    Seminar topics include 'Building Your Business Plan', 'Network for
Success', 'Marketing Your Business Online', 'Raising Money for Your Biz',
'Hire Smart' and 'Beat the Taxman: Write-offs You Should Know.' Seminar guests
will also receive money-saving product offers, be eligible to win prizes and
get to network and learn from other business owners.
    "STAPLES Business Depot wanted to give business owners access to learning
opportunities in addition to great business products and services," says Lori
Ross, VP of Marketing at STAPLES Business Depot. "We found the perfect partner
to help us to do that in BizLaunch; they specialize in teaching entrepreneurs
how to build successful companies."
    BizLaunch.ca is a Toronto-based firm focusing on coaching and training
startups. BizLaunch created the seminar topics in cooperation with the
retailer, and will supply experienced business owners to deliver each session
within host stores.
    Last autumn STAPLES Business Depot and BizLaunch.ca ran a test pilot for
Staples BizLaunch Seminars involving thirty-eight seminars delivered in
thirteen stores across the Greater Toronto Area. The positive response
received from small business owners who participated in the pilot led to the
development of a national seminar schedule.
    "Running a small business takes everything you've got," comments
BizLaunch co-founder Roger Pierce. "An entrepreneur has to understand - and
juggle - a wide range of responsibilities such as finding money for cash flow,
wiring a website into Google or managing employees. In very little time, these
seminars will give startups the how-to knowledge they need to succeed."
    Entrepreneurs interested in attending a Staples BizLaunch Seminar may
visit www.Staples.ca/bizlaunch.

    STAPLES Business Depot
    STAPLES Business Depot was founded in Toronto in 1991. It is Canada's
largest supplier of office supplies, business machines, office furniture and
business services for the small business and home office customer. The company
is an everyday low price retailer. The chain operates stores in all provinces
across Canada under the banners STAPLES(R) Business Depot(TM) and BUREAU EN
GROS(TM). The company has over 13,000 employees serving customers through more
than 265 office superstores, catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES(R) Business
Depot(TM)/BUREAU EN GROS(TM) is committed to making shopping easy by offering
customers three ways to shop - online, by catalogue and in-store. More
information is available at www.staples.ca.

    About Staples
    Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is
the world's largest office products company. With 69,000 talented associates,
the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office
products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services.
With 2005 sales of $16.1 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses
ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 21 countries
throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of
Boston, Staples operates approximately 1,780 office superstores and also
serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract
businesses. More information is available at www.staples.com.

    About BizLaunch.ca
    BizLaunch.ca is Canada's largest small business training company. It
works with startups less than five years old, which includes people who are
thinking about starting a business, preparing to launch or currently running
one. The company's experienced small business owners train and advise new
entrepreneurs through products such as its Up & Running BizLaunch Program,
Staples BizLaunch Seminars, BizManual, BizTOOLS CD and one-to-one BizCoaching
System. BizLaunch has trained over 10,000 new entrepreneurs worldwide.





For further information:

For further information: Alessandra Saccal, Public Relations Manager,
STAPLES Business Depot, Bureau en Gros, (905) 737-1147 ext. 2363,
alessandra.saccal@staples.ca; Roger Pierce, BizLaunch.ca, (416) 581-8880, ext.
2, roger@bizlaunch.ca, www.BizLaunch.ca


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