STAPLES TO HOST SMALL BUSINESS EVENT FOCUSING ON SUCCESS IN TOUGH ECONOMIC...

STAPLES TO HOST SMALL BUSINESS EVENT FOCUSING ON SUCCESS IN TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES

Monica Lozano To Address How To Maximize The Potential Of Running A Business In Today's Economic Environment


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Whittier, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–Feb. 12, 2003–Staples will host a Small Business Event on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Staples store located at 13550 Whittier Boulevard in Whittier, California. The forum will feature keynote speaker, Monica Lozano, President of La Opinión and will allow small business owners to gather valuable information on starting and improving their companies. Businesses will have the chance to network with local and national vendors and the opportunity to exchange success stories with other local business owners.

Lozano will speak about her role as a Hispanic business owner and the successes and challenges of running a company during tough economic times. Businesses will learn how to maximize the potential of running a company and will have the opportunity to ask Lozano questions about her experiences and expertise in running one of the most successful newspapers in the country. As part of her commitment to helping small businesses grow and prosper, Lozano has taken an active interest in assisting and advising Hispanic business owners about the struggles that they face when starting or operating a company.

“Staples is very honored to have Monica Lozano, a well known community leader, attend and speak at our Small Business Event,” said Cindy Miratahami, general manager for Staples in Whittier. “The Staples Small Business Event is a successful way to open doors and connect the local small business community with the resources they need to run their companies. La Opinión has played a key role in supporting the growth and development of Hispanic owned businesses and Staples is honored to have such a respected and dedicated member of corporate America and the Hispanic community be a part of the Whittier Hispanic business community.”

Staples vendors will be available throughout the day to provide information and solutions to business owners and potential customers. Business owners will have the opportunity to learn about new products and services that are geared towards their business needs that they need to succeed and grow. Vendors who will be on-site include Belkin, Canon, Sanford, Sprint, Hewlett-Packard, Epson, ADP and Kodak. The event will kick off with a speaker symposium at 11:00 a.m. hosted by Dick Neff, senior vice president for Staples and will include a variety of speakers.

“La Opinión is extremely pleased to be part of this joint endeavor, along with our great partner, Staples,” said Monica Lozano, President of La Opinión. ” I truly believe that with perseverance and partnerships like this, the dream of a prosperous business can become a reality. La Opinión began as a small business and has grown to become the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the nation. Today’s training will be extremely beneficial for the future growth of all small businesses.”

About Staples

Staples, Inc. is an $11 billion retailer of office supplies, business services, furniture and technology to consumers and businesses from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. Headquartered outside Boston, Staples invented the office superstore concept and today is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. The company has approximately 55,000 associates serving customers through more than 1,400 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. More information about the company is available at http://www.staples.com.

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Contact:

Staples, Inc.

Julie Mittelman, 508-253-8580

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La Opinion

Carolina Sitnisky, 213-896-2280

STAPLES TO HOST SMALL BUSINESS EVENT FOCUSING ON SUCCESS IN TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES