Small businesses give your community life.

There are more than 29.6 million small businesses in the U.S., employing nearly 48% of the nation’s workforce. But, when it comes to shopping, small businesses are often overlooked for the wrong reasons. When you buy local, you create a ripple effect of positivity and wealth, both of community and of actual money.

Not only this, but local and small business owners are much more likely to keep your dollars invested in the community than their corporate alternatives. This means not only a stronger local economy, but stronger relationships within your community, as higher percentages of small business owners give back to your community, as well. Whether they’re giving their time or their hard-earned dollars, they’ve got a much higher stake in the state of your community.

Each year we take a week to celebrate and support growing small businesses. This year, Staples wants to highlight some of the small businesses we help support every day. After all, our goal is to help you engage with your customers through carefully selected gifts designed to build connections and awareness. So, check out some of our unique small business vendors we’re proud to conduct business with every day!


Christopher Elbow Chocolates

A staple in the Kansas City community, Christopher Elbow Chocolates have been satisfying sweet tooths and increasing brand awareness through promotional gifts for decades. Partnering with us to acquire these home town treats is a sweet deal for your brand.

Sock 101

Dress loud from the ground up with fun, promotional socks from Sock 101. This vendor, which started with only three employees, offers uniquely designed socks perfect for showing off your branding in a new, exciting way.


Camp David

A family-owned business since 1969, Camp David has been producing higher-end fleece, t-shirts and caps ideal for displaying custom artwork and branding for years. The company has grown into an entity widely respected for its contemporary retail products.










Lending a hand and shopping at a thriving local and/or small business can help spread your branding and positive experiences into your community.

For more inspiration on how to get involved in your community and how that can increase visibility and awareness for your brand, view our Community Outreach Collection!