STAPLES Canada announces new seminars to help entrepreneurs build growth into their businesses during rough economic times



    STAPLES Canada is offering 216, FREE in-store seminars this year

    TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - STAPLES Canada and BizLaunch are hosting
hundreds of FREE "how-to" seminars, covering nine topics across Canada for
small business owners or anyone thinking about starting a business.
    Seminars will be offered across the country, in both official languages
in Quebec, covering a number of interesting topics:

    
    -   How to Build a Million Dollar Business
    -   How To Pay Less Taxes
    -   How to Grow Your Business Online
    -   How to Get Free Publicity
    -   How to Get More Sales
    -   How to Network to Grow Your Business
    -   How to Run a Successful Business
    -   How to Market on a Small Budget
    -   How to Find Money for Your Business
    

    Seminar guests will also receive money-saving product offers, be eligible
to win prizes and be able to network and learn from other business owners in
the area. Those who attend all nine seminars will receive a STAPLES BizLaunch
Small Business Certificate.
    "Small business is big business to us. It's important that we work with
entrepreneurs," says Lori Ross, VP of marketing at STAPLES. "Offering
BizLaunch seminars is just one of the ways we are helping small/home offices
grow and succeed. We've had great success with BizLaunch and positive feedback
from those attending."
    In this challenging economic time, now is one of the best times to think
about starting your own business. "There are over 2.65 million self-employed
Canadians," says Roger Pierce, BizLaunch co-founder. "With so many people
losing their jobs during this recession, we expect to see an increase in the
number of start-ups this year." So far, nearly 6,000 small business owners
across Canada have attended a STAPLES BizLaunch Seminar.
    BizLaunch.ca is a Toronto-based firm focusing on coaching and training
start-ups. BizLaunch created the seminar topics in cooperation with STAPLES,
and will supply experienced business owners to deliver each session within
host stores.
    Entrepreneurs interested in attending or for more information about
STAPLES BizLaunch seminars, visit www.staples.ca/bizlaunch.

    About STAPLES Canada

    Founded in Toronto in 1991, The Business Depot Ltd./STAPLES Canada Inc.
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 Canada and
Bureau en Gros(MC). Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2008 Corporate
Reputation Survey ranked STAPLES Canada/Bureau en Gros number one among
Canada's top 100 companies surveyed in Canada. The company has over 13,500
employees serving customers through more than 300 office superstores,
catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES(R)/Bureau en Gros(MC) 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.easy.staples.ca.

    About BizLaunch.ca

    BizLaunch.ca is Canada's largest small business training company. They
work with startups less than five years old, including people who are
considering 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 20,000 new entrepreneurs worldwide.




For further information:

For further information: Alessandra Saccal, Public Relations Manager,
STAPLES/Bureau en Gros, (905) 737-1147 x. 2363, alessandra.saccal@staples.ca;
Roger Pierce, BizLaunch.ca, (416) 581-8880, ext. 2, roger@bizlaunch.ca; Rachel
Swiednicki, Public Relations Specialist, STAPLES/Bureau en Gros, (905)
737-1147 x. 2714, Rachel.swiednicki@staples.ca


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