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Office Depot and OfficeMax are giving small businesses the extra help they need to complete their end-of-year to-do lists on time and in budget with the Elf Who Helps Small Business contest.
  • Simply submit a task you need assistance with and how it will help your small business
  • Enter for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card, as well as products and supplies from Office Depot and OfficeMax, and up to two full days of on-site help for all your office-related tasks from TaskRabbit, an online marketplace that connects people and businesses with an easy, trusted and secure way to get tasks done
  • Get the boost you need to close the year feeling organized and ready to tackle 2015!

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Elf Who Helps Small Business from Office Depot® and OfficeMax®

Contest Official Rules

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW OR REGULATION. You are providing your information to Office Depot and OfficeMax, and the information you provide will only be used in accordance with the Office Depot and OfficeMax privacy policies found at http://www.officedepot.com/a/customerservice/privacy/

1. CONTEST TIMING:
The Elf Who Helps Small Business from Office Depot® and OfficeMax® Contest (the “Contest”) entry period begins on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and ends on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (the “Entry Period”). At the conclusion of the Entry Period all eligible entries will be judged based on predefined judging criteria as later described in these rules to determine up to fourteen (14) winning entries. The prize winning entries will be announced on or about Monday, December 8, 2014. Entry in the Contest does not constitute entry into any other promotion, contest or sweepstakes. By participating in the Contest, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Office Depot, Inc., 6600 North Military Trail, C513B, Boca Raton, FL 33496 (the “Sponsor” and "Judge"), and/or COHEN-FRIEDBERG ASSOCIATES, LLC Framingham, MA 01702 www.cfapromo.com (the “Administrator”) whose decisions shall be final and legally binding in all respects and not subject to further review in any forum.

2. ELIGIBILITY:
This Contest is not open to the general public. This Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry and who either own or is an employee of a small business are eligible to enter the Contest on behalf of an eligible Small Business. For the purposes of the Contest, an eligible “Small Business” shall mean an independently owned and operated business with no more than 99 total employees (full- and part-time combined). Determination of eligible Small Business status shall be at Sponsor’s sole discretion. For the purpose of the Contest, the owner of a Small Business shall be the one (1) person designated as “owner” in connection with the Small Business’ Contest entry. All determinations regarding Small Business eligibility shall be made at Sponsor’s sole discretion and Sponsor’s decision(s) regarding Small Business eligibility shall be final (collectively the "Entrant"). By making an essay entry submission, you hereby release Sponsor, Administrator, TaskRabbit, and all of its affiliated entities and all of their respective shareholders, officers, directors, employees, agents, attorneys, successors and assigns from any and all claims relating to your essay entry submission, including without limitation arising from the risk of misdirection or misdelivery of your essay entry. Sponsor and each of its companies, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and any and all other companies associated with the Contest (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”), and each of their immediate family members and/or people living in the same household are not eligible to participate. All eligibility is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. All entries submitted are the property of the Sponsor. The Sponsor’s database clock will be the timekeeper for this Contest. This Contest shall be void where prohibited by law.

3. HOW TO ENTER:
Visit www.elfwhohelps.com during the Entry Period and complete the entry form with all required information and upload an essay of 150 words or less addressing the following: “Describe what task you would like help with this holiday season and why you need Office Depot and OfficeMax to give you the boost you need to finish 2014 off right” and in compliance with the Entry Notes defined below (and “Entry”). Complete the registration by checking the box indicating your agreement to the official rules and clicking on the button to submit your entry. LIMIT: One (1) Entry per Small Business.

Entry Notes:
1. Your entry task must be able to be completed within a maximum of two (2) days.
2. Your entry task must be able to be completed between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
3. Your entry task must fall in one of the following categories: a) Office Administration (for example; basic data entry, contact list creation, thank you notes, etc.).
b) Organization (for example; filing, closet clean out, paper shredding, etc.).
c) Assembly (for example; desk chairs, book cases, desks, etc.).
d) Moving (for example; in-office furniture, art, etc.).

All Entries are subject to verification and approval by the Sponsor. Entries that do not meet the requirements for the essay specified in Rule #3 or otherwise do not comply with the Official Rules herein may be disqualified. Any attempted form of entry other than as described herein is void. Sponsor will determine in his sole discretion, what constitutes a valid Entry. All materials submitted become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged.

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest if fraud or technical failures impair the integrity of the Contest as determined by the Sponsor, in his sole discretion, and to award the prizes based on eligible entries received prior to the cancellation.

If you opt to access the contest via your wireless mobile device (only available via participating wireless carriers), data rates may apply for each message sent or received from your handset according to the terms and conditions of your service agreement with your wireless carrier. Other charges may apply (such as normal airtime and carrier charges as well as charges for wireless Internet access) and may appear on your mobile phone bill or be deducted from your prepaid account balance. Wireless carriers' rate plans may vary, and you should contact your wireless carrier for more information on messaging rate plans and charges relating to your participation in this Contest. Mobile device service may not be available in all areas. Check your phone's capabilities for specific instructions. Sponsor is not responsible for any charges.

Prohibited Content:
Essays must be the original work of the participants and not violate the rights of any other party, including but not limited to intellectual property rights or rights of privacy/publicity. Essays must NOT contain:
a) advertising or commercial content for any party other than the Entrants;
b) content that endorses/promotes illegal or harmful activity;
c) violent, profane, vulgar, obscene, defamatory or otherwise objectionable material;
d) adult material;

License:
By submitting an essay, participants grant Sponsor and/or the participating partners of the promotion, if any; a perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to transform, edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, transmit, publish, broadcast, perform, display, or otherwise use the essay with or without modifications, in any form or medium whether now existing or later developed.

Entrant’s Representations: By entering the essay you represent and warrant that the submission is Entrant’s original work product and does not infringe the rights of any third party and the submission has not been previously published in any medium.

Entry Notes: Entrant will be able to review his or her Entry prior to submission, but once any essay is submitted, Entrant cannot access/revise such Entry in any way. Entries made on another’s behalf by any individuals or other entities, including but not limited to, commercial contest/sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering services, will be declared invalid and disqualified for this Contest. Tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest is prohibited and any entries deemed by Sponsor, in his sole discretion, to have been submitted in this manner will be void. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the individual who actually submitted an Entry cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, the affected Entry will be deemed ineligible. By entering, all participants and/or Entrants release the Sponsor, Judges and Administrator and their parent, subsidiary and affiliated entities including, all of their respective shareholders, officers, directors, employees, agents, attorneys, successors and assigns from and against all claims and damages arising out of or in connection with each Entrant's participation and/or entry in the Contest and/or his/her receipt or use of the prize awarded in this Contest.

Sponsor is not responsible for problems downloading or uploading any contest-related information to or from the web site or for any other technical malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer hardware or software failures, phone lines, failure of any electronic mail entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems, traffic, congestion on the internet or the web site, or any other technical problems related to web site entries including telecommunication miscommunication or failure, and failed, lost, delayed, incomplete, garbled or misdirected communications which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in this Contest.

4. JUDGING:
All eligible Entries will be judged by the Judges based on the following weighted criteria:
20% Ability of task to be completed within the allotted two-day time frame.
40% Task adherence to one of the four (4) categories.
40% Why and/or how the Elf Who Helps prize will help them this holiday season

In the event of tie, a third party Judge selected by the Sponsor, will judge those entries to determine the winner.

5. PRIZES: Only the prizes listed below will be awarded in this Contest.
Fourteen (14) Grand Prizes: Prize awarded to the Small Business submitted by the Entrant upon registering for this Contest.
Each Grand Prize winning Small Business (up to fourteen (14) in all) will have their submitted task(s) completed by Office Depot and OfficeMax and powered by TaskRabbit. All task submissions will be completed within two (2) business days and within the business hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the business premises upon written permission to enter granted by the Small Business owner.
Task Prize Package includes the following items and approximate retail value (“ARV”):
• Up to two (2) days of TaskRabbit services. ARV not to exceed $1,100.00.
• Office Depot and OfficeMax products to be determined at the sole discretion of Sponsor, including items such as; laptops, tablets, organizational items, furniture, etc. ARV not to exceed $2,000.
• One (1) Thousand dollar ($1,000.00) Office Depot/OfficeMax Gift Card. Terms and conditions of the Gift Card apply. ARV $1,000.00.
• Total ARV of each prize package $4,100.00.

Total approximate retail value of all prizes in this Contest not to exceed $57,400.00.

LIMIT: One (1) prize per Small Business.

PRIZE NOTES:
• Any additional costs or charges incurred by a winner who choose to purchase additional supplies or items not provided by Office Depot/OfficeMax and TaskRabbit will not be reimbursed or covered by Office Depot/OfficeMax or TaskRabbit and become the obligation of each winning Small Business.
• Prize is provided on an “as is” basis, without any warranty of any kind. Prize is non-transferable. Prize may not be redeemed for cash. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a Prize (or portion thereof) of equal or greater value if the advertised Prize (or portion thereof) becomes unavailable.
• Prize winner is responsible for any and all applicable fees, service charges, surcharges, federal, state, and local taxes, if any, and any other unspecified expenses associated with acceptance or use of the Prize.
• All estimated retail values are subject to change based on, among other things, normal price fluctuations associated with the marketplace and date of purchase. No substitution or transfer of Prizes is permitted. If the Prize or the Prize notification is returned as undeliverable or any non-compliance with the Official Rules or failure to respond within the applicable time period, it will result in forfeiture of the Prize and will be awarded to the next entry with highest Judges score as determined by the Judges.
• Prize will be awarded only if the prize winner fully complies with these Official Rules. Sponsor or Sponsor's representative reserves the right to remove or to deny portions of the prize package to winner who engages in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person with no further compensation.

6. WINNER NOTIFICATION:
Prize winners will be notified on or about December 8, 2014. Conduct of the Contest is under the supervision of the Sponsor and the Administrator. Winners will be notified via email or phone based on the information entered during the registration process. The prize winners will be required to reply confirming prize winner's e-mail address, full mailing address and phone number within three (3) days of the prize notification date. Each Prize winning Small Business’s will be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility/publicity and liability release, and return it properly executed, within (3) days of attempted notification as a condition of awarding the Prize. Execution and return of such release is an absolute prerequisite to delivery of the award by Sponsor.

Once eligibility has been verified and the Sponsor receives the prize winner’s requested information, the Sponsor will arrange to award the Prize. Prize winners must reply with all required information in order to receive their Prize.

7. PUBLICITY RELEASE/ASSIGNMENT OF RIGHTS:
Acceptance of any Prize constitutes prize winner’s permission for the Promotion Entities to use prize winner’s entry materials, name, business name, photograph, installation video, likeness, voice, biographical information, statements and complete address (collectively, the "Attributes") for advertising and/or publicity purposes worldwide and in all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, without further compensation or authorization, (except where prohibited by law), and releases the Promotion Entities from all claims arising out of the use of such Attributes.

Submission of an entry grants the Sponsor and its agents the right to record, copy, publish, use, edit, exhibit, distribute, perform, merchandise, license, sublicense, adapt and/or modify such entry in any way, in any and all media, without limitation and without any compensation to the entrant. Submission of an entry further constitutes the Entrant's consent to irrevocably assign and transfer to Sponsor any and all rights, title and interest in the entry, including, without limitation, all copyrights.

8. DISQUALIFICATION:
Sponsor reserves the right in his sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to have tampered with the entry process or the operation of the Contest, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsman-like or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest, or to disparage, annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, and Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. No incomplete, forged, software-generated or other automated multiple entries will be accepted. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:
Neither Sponsor, Judge, Administrator, the Promotion Entities, Zeno Group, nor any of their respective parent, subsidiary or affiliated entities or any of their respective shareholders, officers, officers, directors, employees, agents, attorneys, successors and assigns (the “Released Parties”) shall be held responsible for, and Entrant hereby releases the Released Parties from any claims arising from or in any way relating to: (i) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunctioning of any computer, cable, network, hardware or software; (ii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions or telephone or Internet service; (iii) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (iv) electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; (v) any injury or damage to persons or property, including but not limited to entrant's computer, hardware or software, which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant's participation in the Contest (vi) use of any Prize and (vii) the judging process including the outcome of the Contest.

10. DISQUALIFICATION/FORCE MAJEURE:
In the event an insufficient number of eligible entries are received and/or Sponsor is prevented from awarding the Prize or continuing with the Contest as contemplated herein by any event beyond his control, including but not limited to, fire, flood, natural or man-made epidemic of health of other means, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal state or local government law, order, or regulation, public health crisis (e.g. SARS), order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within Sponsor’s control (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), then Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Contest. If the Contest is terminated before the designated end date, Sponsor will (if possible) judge all eligible, non-suspect entries received as of the date of the event, giving rise to the termination. Inclusion in such judging shall be each Entrant’s sole and exclusive remedy under such circumstances. Only the type and quantity of Prize described in these Official Rules will be awarded.

11. DISPUTES:
Except where prohibited by law, Entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the state of Florida without regard its conflict of laws principles with venue in the State of Florida, and all claims must be resolved in the courts of the State of Florida; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (3) unless otherwise prohibited, under no circumstances will Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the state of Florida, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the state of Florida or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state of Florida.

12. ARBITRATION PROVISION:
By participating in this Contest, each Entrant agrees that any and all disputes the entrant may have with, or claims Entrant may have against, the Promotion Entities relating to, arising out of or connected in any way with (i) the Contest, (ii) the awarding or redemption of any Prize, and/or (iii) the determination of the scope or applicability of this agreement to arbitrate, will be resolved individually and exclusively by final and binding arbitration administered by the National Arbitration Forum (the “Forum”) and conducted before a sole arbitrator pursuant to the Code of Procedure established by the Forum. The arbitration shall be held at a location in the state of Florida or at such other location as may be agreed by Sponsor. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of these Official Rules and any of the other agreements referenced herein that the applicable participant may have entered into in connection with the Contest. There shall be no authority for any claims to be arbitrated on a class or representative basis; arbitration can decide only the participant’s and/or Sponsor’s individual claims and the arbitrator may not consolidate or join the claims of other persons or parties who may be similarly situated. The arbitrator shall not have the power to award punitive damages against the participant or Sponsor. For more information on the Forum and/or the Forum's Code of Procedure, please visit their website at www.arb-forum.com. If any part of this Arbitration Provision is deemed to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the balance of this Arbitration Provision shall remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with its terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

WINNERS LIST: To obtain the name of the winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Office Depot and OfficeMax Elf Who Helps Small Business Winners List, PO Box 2312, Framingham, MA 01703-2312. All such requests must be received by December 31, 2014.

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