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Staples and Chicago Bears Announce Second Inductee Into Staples Small Business Hall of Fame

Markaty Inc. is Second Winner in Staples Small Business Hall of Fame Sweepstakes

Friday, November 19, 2010 8:55 am EST

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"We’re a small company dedicated to providing high-quality service for all of customers’ hauling needs. Providing a small business such as ours with a platform like the Staples Small Business Hall of Fame shows Staples’ commitment to entrepreneurs."

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) and the Chicago Bears have announced that truck-hauling company Markaty, Inc., is latest “enshrinee” to be inducted in the Staples Small Business Hall of Fame. Markaty, a Batavia-based hauling company, is the second of four Chicagoland small businesses to receive this honor.

In keeping with Staples’ commitment to helping small businesses, Staples has made it easy to for local companies to have a chance to win one of the four Hall of Fame spots. The Staples Small Business Hall of Fame Sweepstakes is open to all Chicagoland small businesses simply by visiting www.StaplesHallofFame.com.

“Markaty is excited to be named the second winner in the Staples Small Business hall of Fame sweepstakes,” said Mark Kennedy, President of Markaty, Inc. “We’re a small company dedicated to providing high-quality service for all of customers’ hauling needs. Providing a small business such as ours with a platform like the Staples Small Business Hall of Fame shows Staples’ commitment to entrepreneurs.”

In addition to being named to the Staples Small Business Hall of Fame, Markaty will receive a prize package featuring a $2,000 Staples gift card, a free Staples EasyTech onsite consultation, two annual Economy Plus options and one annual Red Carpet Club membership from United Airlines, and a $200 Wildfire gift certificate. Representatives of Markaty will also be on hand at Soldier Field on December 12 when the Bears take on the New England Patriots.

Staples is also providing $1,000 to donate to the Northern Illinois Food Bank (http://www.northernilfoodbank.org/), the nonprofit organization supported by Markaty.

“Staples is thrilled to announce Markaty Inc. as the second winner in the Staples Small Business Hall of Fame Sweepstakes,” said Bob Wolfe, Staples regional vice president. “We launched this promotion to showcase the importance of small business and honor them in a unique way for what they bring to the economy of the Chicagoland area. Markaty may be a small business, but they handle some big-time hauling jobs and are a vital part of our region.”

About Staples

Staples, the world's largest office products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products and services. Our broad selection of office supplies, electronics, technology and office furniture as well as business services, including computer repair and copying and printing, helps our customers run their offices efficiently. With 2009 sales of $24 billion and 91,000 associates worldwide, Staples operates in 26 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia serving businesses of all sizes and consumers. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today ranks second worldwide in e-commerce sales. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.

About Markaty Inc.

Markaty Inc., a construction cartage company operating out of Batavia, specializes in dump, dry bulk and flat bed services. With roots dating back to 1980, Mark and Wendy started with only three redi-mix trucks. In present day, they have expanded their fleet to over 50 trucks. In 2003, Markaty added a new division, Cement Transport Company (CTC) that specialized in bulk hauling of powdered materials (cement, flyash, mineral filler, etc) Learn more at www.Markaty.com

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