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2017 AMERICAN SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPIONSHIP CONTEST

OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.
VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.

  1. General. SCORE’s American Small Business Championship (the “Contest”) will begin on January 12, 2017, at 12:00:01 a.m. eastern standard time (“EST”) and will end on July 15, 2017, at 05:00:00 p.m. EST (the “Contest Period”). Before entering the Contest, each entrant must review and agree to be bound by the Contest’s Official Rules as set out below. By entering the Contest, entrants accept and agree to be bound by the Official Rules and accept the decisions of the Sponsor, as defined below, as final and binding in all respects.

  2. Sponsor. Contest is sponsored by Service Corps of Retired Executives Association (the “Sponsor”) 1175 Herndon Parkway, Suite 900, Herndon VA 20170, and is in no way sponsored endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google Plus (collectively, the “Social Media Sites”).

  3. Eligibility. The Contest is only open to legal residents of the United States of America and the District of Columbia who are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the date of entry and who own a small business. Small business for these purposes shall mean a commercial enterprise operated for profit with less than fifty (50) employees. Business must have been in continuous operation for at least the past 12 months. Void where prohibited.

    The Contest is not open to the following persons: employees, agents or representatives of the Sponsor, Walmart Stores Inc Associates, the subsidiaries and affiliates of the Sponsor, or employees, agents or representatives of suppliers providing prizes or other materials or services in connection with this Contest, including promotional agencies (collectively, the “Excluded Individuals”); immediate family members (parent, child, sibling and spouses of each) of the Excluded Individuals; any other persons with whom the Excluded Individuals reside; and prior winners of the American Small Business Championship.

    Only Winners (as defined below) are eligible to receive the Grand Prize.

  4. Timing. The Contest consists of five (5) phases as described in the chart below:

    Phase Begins Ends
    Entry Phase January 12, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. EST February 13, 2017 at 05:00 p.m. EST
    Public Support Phase January 12, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. EST February 20, 2017 at 05:00 p.m. EST
    Winner Judging Phase February 21, 2017 March 22, 2017
    Grand Prize Survey Responses Phase July 15, 2017 at 05:00 p.m. EST July 28, 2017 at 05:00 p.m. EST
    Grand Prize Judging Phase July 29, 2017 August 4, 2017

    Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.

  5. How to Enter. During the Entry Phase, entrants access the Contest website at www.championship.score.org (the “Website”) to complete the online entry form for the Contest, which form will require each entrant to answer a series of questions including: “What one unique aspect of your business will ensure that you succeed in the coming year?” (the “Judged Question”). Entrants must provide all information requested and respond to all questions. The response to the Judged Question may be answered: (a) in photo and text format (the “Image Submission”), which should include a compelling story about how unique aspect of the the entrant’s small business would help it achieve success; and (b) optionally, to post an original, previously unpublished video, answering the Judged Question and describing a compelling story about how unique aspect entrant’s small business would help it achieve success (the “Video Submission”). The Image Submission and the Video Submission must comply with all of the guidelines set forth below (online entry form, Image Submission or Video Submission together, an “Entry”).

    Each entrant may enter the Contest one (1) time during the Entry Phase. Any Entry received from any person or e-mail address that does not comply with the Entry Guidelines (described below) will be void and disqualified from the Contest.

    Entrants that are current SCORE clients will also be automatically entered in the SCORE Awards 2017 Contest provided that the entrant meets the eligibility criteria for the SCORE Awards 2017 Contest (see www.championship.score.org for more details).

    In the event of a dispute regarding any Entry, the Entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry (i.e., the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address). The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

  6. Entry Guidelines. All Entries must comply with the following guidelines:

    1. The Entry must describe how winning the Contest and included Prize would allow entrant to achieve success for their small business.
    2. Any Video Submission must be at least thirty (30) seconds and no longer than sixty (60) seconds in length and must be submitted to the Contest online application by providing a YouTube URL or a Vimeo URL where the video is hosted.
    3. Any Image Submission must include an electronic image in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format.
    4. The text information accompanying any Image Submission must be 1,500 characters or less.
    5. The Entry must be in English.
    6. The Entry (including the copyright in the Image or Video Submission) must be owned and originally created by the entrant.
    7. The Entry must not previously have won any award.
    8. The Entry must not name or refer to any brand or trademark other than its own business and the Sponsor or Sam’s Club, which marks entrant has a limited license to use solely to incorporate into his/her Entry for this Contest and for no other purpose whatsoever.
    9. The Entry must not contain any material that is inappropriate, hateful, tortious, slanderous, defamatory, threatening, indecent, violent, libelous, obscene or offensive, refers to dangerous, unlawful or illegal acts, promotes a political agenda, or contains any criminal or civil liability.
    10. The Entry must not contain any material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion or religious beliefs nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
    11. The Entry must not contain any material that violates or infringes upon the rights of any third party, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademarks or rights of privacy or publicity, or that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to any applicable laws or regulations, or whose use by the Sponsor requires a license or permission from or payment to any third party.
    12. The Entry must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where the Entry is created.
    13. If the Entry identifies any person other than the entrant, the entrant must have prior to submission obtained such person’s consent to the use by the Sponsor of the Entry including such person’s name, image and/or other identifying information, as applicable, as permitted hereunder; and
    14. The Entry must not contain any material that the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, deems inappropriate for public dissemination.

    By submitting an Entry, the entrant represents and warrants that he or she has complied with all of the foregoing requirements and has obtained all permissions, licenses and consents that are necessary to submit the Entry, including the Image or Video Submission, and for the use of the Entry as permitted by these Official Rules and to verify compliance with the foregoing requirements. Each entrant agrees to provide to the Sponsor at the Sponsor’s request copies of all such permissions, licenses and consents. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify entrants or Entries for not meeting any of the requirements outlined above or for any other reasons. Entries cannot be revised or altered once submitted.

    Submitting an Entry constitutes entrant’s consent to give Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such Entry, including any Image or Video Submission, in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes without restriction or further notice. Sponsor may utilize any Entry for promotional purposes, advertising and other promotional tools in perpetuity without compensation of any kind to entrant. Entrant waives all moral rights in and to the Entry in favor of the Sponsor and will not have any ownership of intellectual property Sponsor creates using any Entry If requested, entrant will sign any documentation required for Sponsor or its designee to make use of the exclusive rights entrant is granting to use the Entry.

  7. Public Support. Once the Entry is made on the Website, it will appear on the contest website at a link (the “Website Link”). Entrants may use this Website Link to post on the Social Media Sites or share via email. Entrants are responsible for posting and sharing the Website Link. The entrants are invited to encourage friends, family and others to support their Entry by clicking on the Website Link to vote on their entry. In each case, only “votes” on the Contest platform (“Votes”) will be counted. Only Entries that comply with the Entry Guidelines and that receive at least 100 Votes shall be an “Eligible Entry.”

    Any Entry that fails to obtain at least 100 Votes will be disqualified.

    Entrants may be disqualified if automatic software is used in their favor or if Sponsor determines, in its sole discretion that said entrant tampered with the voting process or participated in, induced, or caused in any way any false, fraudulent, or improper support, including, without limitation, participating in a voting trust, voting agreement, and/or offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to select an alternate winner should online support appear to have been tampered with or manipulated in any way.

  8. Winner Selection. All Eligible Entries will be reviewed by a panel of qualified judges (the “Judges”), selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion, who will determine the winners based on the following criteria (“Judging Criteria”):

    1. Compelling Nature of Entry (50%): Answer the Judged Question in a compelling fashion; clearly identify the success the Prize would address for the organization and the need for the Prize, how the Prize will improve the organization, and how the Sponsor mentoring will be incorporated into these improvements to achieve/maintain success.
    2. Creativity/Originality (25%): Creativity and originality apply to both business rationale and, optionally, the Image or Video Submission.
    3. Clarity and Adherence to Theme (10%): Story is easy to follow and understand. Stays on topic in addressing Contest themes.
    4. Public Support (15%). Number of Votes received for Entry during Public Support Phase. The final number of votes for each entry (up to a maximum of 5,000) will be rewarded in the Public Support judging criterion

    102 Winners will be selected from all Eligible Entries as follows:

    1. Two (2) Eligible Entries from each state within the United States, including the District of Columbia, with the highest score from the Judging Criteria (collectively the “Winners” and each a “Winner”).
    2. Sponsor reserves the right to increase or decrease the number of Winners allocated to each state and the District of Columbia if there are not sufficient Eligible Entries received, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, from the state or the District of Columbia.
    3. Any ties will be broken using an Eligible Entry’s score for the Compelling Nature of Entry Judging Criteria first and then the Creativity/Originality Judging Criteria second.
  9. Grand Prize Winner Selection. Each of the Winners will receive a link to an online survey on or about July 15, 2017. A Winner must provide all information requested and respond to all survey questions by July 28, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EST in order to be eligible to receive the Grand Prize (“Grand Prize Entry”). All survey questions must be responded to in English and within the stated limits of the online survey. The Judges will select three (3) Grand Prize Winners from among the eligible Grand Prize Entries. Each eligible Grand Prize Entry will be judged based on the following criteria (“Grand Prize Judging Criteria”):

    1. Effective Use of Winner’s Prize (50%): Demonstrated use of the Winner’s Prize to grow the Winner’s business in terms of revenue over prior year comparing a similar period; adding new hires; obtaining new financing including a loan of an investor; signing a contractual agreement with a client for a new sale; or opening an additional location or web location.
    2. Effective Use of Media (50%): Demonstrated utilization of media and social media to raise public perception of the American Small Business Championship, the Winner’s business and SCORE.

    Any ties will be broken using a Grand Prize Entry’s score for the following criteria in the specified order: (1) Effective Use of Winner’s Prize; (2) Effective Use of Media; (3) Compelling Nature of the Entry Judging Criteria; and (4) the Creativity/Originality Judging Criteria.

    The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify entrants or Grant Prize Entries for not meeting any of the requirements outlined above or for any other reasons. Grand Prize Entries cannot be withdrawn, revised or altered once submitted.

    Submitting a Grand Prize Entry constitutes entrant’s consent to give Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such Grand Prize Entry, in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes without restriction or further notice. Sponsor may utilize any Grand Prize Entry for promotional purposes, advertising and other promotional tools in perpetuity without compensation of any kind to entrant. Entrant waives all moral rights in and to the Grand Prize Entry in favor of the Sponsor and will not have any ownership of intellectual property Sponsor creates using any Grand Prize Entry. If requested, entrant will sign any documentation required for Sponsor or its designee to make use of the exclusive rights entrant is granting to use the Grand Prize Entry.

  10. General Winner and Grand Prize Winner Selection Information. Odds of winning will depend on the total number of Eligible Entries and Grand Prize Entries received and the caliber of those entries and the entries’ compliance with the above-noted judging criteria. Acceptance of an Entry, a Grand Prize Entry or posting an Image or Video Submission on the Website does not constitute a determination by Sponsor that the entrant who submitted the Entry, Grand Prize Entry or Image Submission or Video Submission is eligible to participate in the Contest or that the Entry, Grand Prize Entry or Image Submission or Video Submission otherwise complies fully with the Official Rules. In the event of any dispute, the decision of the Sponsor shall be final.

    The Sponsor will notify each potential Winner and the potential Grand Prize Winner by e-mail (at the e-mail address provided by the entrant when entering the Contest) after the Judging Phase and the Grand Prize Judging Phase, respectively. The Sponsor may, in its discretion, also confirm with winners by telephone or in writing. In the event the Sponsor is unable to contact a potential winner despite reasonable efforts to do so, as determined in the Sponsor’s sole discretion, such winner’s prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be chosen by the Sponsor.

    The e-mail notification will include a link that contains a copy of a Release and Eligibility Agreement (the “Claim Form”) and other information required to claim the prize. All completed, un-amended Claim Forms must be received by the Sponsor within ten (10) business days after it is e-mailed to the potential winner (“Submission Deadline”). All completed Claim Forms become the property of the Sponsor and will be verified by the Sponsor. In order to claim a prize, each winner must complete the Claim Form which includes representations of eligibility, compliance and release of liability and publicity release. Among other things, the submission of the Claim Form confirms compliance with these rules, acceptance of the prize as awarded, agreement to maintain confidentiality until winners are announced by the Sponsor, and release of certain parties from any losses, liabilities, damages or claims arising from or related to the prize awarded and the Contest itself. If a potential winner fails to submit the Claim Form with all information required by the Submission Deadline, the Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify the potential winner, and the Sponsor shall be fully and completely released and discharged from any liability or responsibility in this regard. The potential Grand Prize Winner may be asked to complete a second Claim Form in connection with receipt of the Grand Prize.

    Each Winner and the Grand Prize Winner must prove he or she is a qualified winner by providing identification acceptable to the Sponsor (e.g., state driver’s license; state issued identification card; valid passport with address verification; or birth certificate with social security card and photo identification and address verification). If a Winner or Grand Prize Winner cannot prove he or she is a qualified winner, the prize will not be awarded. If a Winner or a Grand Prize Winner declines the prize, another winner may be selected from the eligible entries received.

    Each Winner and the Grand Prize Winner agrees that he or she will inform the Sponsor of certain changes in the status of his or her business, including: (i) ceasing operations or selling the business for the 12 month period after selection; (ii) follow-on investments; (ii) significant new customers; (iii) significant new revenue sources; (iv) creation of new jobs for others at any level (full-time or part-time) and (v) media coverage resulting from the Winner’s receipt of the Prize and the Grand Prize Winner’s receipt of the Grand Prize.

    As a condition of receiving the Prize, each Winner must agree to do the following:

    • complete a survey prior to attending one of the three (3) regional training events described below;
    • attend one of the three (3) regional training events described below;
    • respond to periodic surveys to track winners’ progress over the year; and
    • participate in public relations opportunities when available.

    As a condition of receiving the Grand Prize, each Grand Prize Winner must also agree to attend the SCORE Awards event on September 14, 2017, in McLean, Virginia.

  11. Prizes.

    Each Winner will receive:

    1. A $1,000 gift card from Sam’s Club. The gift card will expire as of December 31, 2017. Each Winner will receive the gift card after the end of the Training Program (as defined below);
    2. One year of mentoring from a SCORE mentor, as well as an in-person Training Program, which Training Program is valued at $4,500;
    3. Travel and accommodations as follows:

      1. round-trip coach air transportation for one (1) from a major commercial airport near the Winner’s hometown in the U.S. (determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion) to the applicable Training Program Site (as defined below);
      2. one (1) night standard hotel accommodation (one (1) room, single occupancy) at a hotel selected by the Sponsor, provided, however, that if the Winner lives in Hawaii or Alaska, the Sponsor shall provide two (2) nights standard hotel accommodation (one (1) room, single occupancy) at a hotel selected by the Sponsor;
      3. ground transportation to and from the airport up to a maximum of $200;
      4. breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided at the Training Program;
      5. reimbursement of up to $100 for incidental travel expenses actually incurred by the Winner.

      Estimated value of travel and accommodations is $1,000 actual value will depend on actual travel dates and location.

      If the Winner lives within 100 miles of the applicable Training Program Site or if in the judgment of Sponsor air travel is not required due to winner’s proximity to the prize location, the air transportation portion of the Prize will not be awarded and ground transportation will be substituted. Each Winner must travel on the dates determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion or prize will be forfeited. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Sponsor will make reasonable efforts to select travel times acceptable to each Winner. Trip times subject to availability. Travel must be round trip. Sponsor will determine airline and flight itinerary in its sole discretion. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight. Travel and accommodations are subject to availability. Travel is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Contest, and those set forth by the Sponsor’s airline carrier of choice as detailed in the passenger ticket contract.

      All expenses and incidental travel costs not expressly stated in the package description above, including but not limited to, meals, incidentals, passenger tariffs or duties, airline fees, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees, taxes or other expenses are the responsibility solely of the Winner. Sponsor will not replace any lost, mutilated, or stolen tickets, travel vouchers or certificates. Sponsor is not responsible if the Training Program is delayed, postponed or cancelled for any reason, in which event that portion of prize is forfeited in its entirety and no substitution will be provided except as in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Actual value may vary based on airfare fluctuations and distance between departure and destination. Winner will not receive difference between actual and approximate retail value.

    All Winners will also be automatically entered in the 2017 SCORE Awards Contest as long as the Winner is not a prior winner of a SCORE Award.

    The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each Prize is $6,500.

    Three Grand Prize Winners will each receive a cash prize of $25,000 from the SCORE Foundation. Each Grand Prize winner will receive one night’s accommodation and a stipend of $500 towards travel costs to attend the SCORE Awards Gala in McLean, Virginia. Cash payment will be made on or about September 30, 2017, and is subject to receipt of a completed Claim Form for the Grand Prize.

    The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each Grand Prize is $25,800.

    ARV of all Prizes is $740,400.

    Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by the Sponsor. Winners may not substitute, assign or transfer prize or redeem prize for cash, but Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. Winner is responsible for all applicable federal, state, local and other tax liabilities, including but not limited to, sales and use taxes, excise taxes, income and withholding taxes, customs duties, fees and like amounts in connection with a prize. The Sponsor is not responsible for any such taxes or expenses. A Form 1099 may be submitted to all appropriate taxing authorities.

    SCORE Training Programs (each a “Training Program”) will be held in Dallas, Texas, at a date, time and location to be determined in the sole discretion of the Sponsor. The Sponsor will determine which Training Program each Winner will attend in its sole discretion.

    If any Winner fails to attend the Training Program assigned by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, then that Winner forfeits his or her right to any and all Prizes.

    Sponsor retains the right, in its sole discretion, to change the location of or add additional locations for Training Program Sites.

  12. Winners List. For the names of the Winners and the Grand Prize Winner, you may send a self-addressed, stamped envelope before September 30, 2017, to the Sponsor at 1175 Herndon Parkway, Suite 900, Herndon VA 20170 ATTN: Marketing.

  13. Release; Consent to Use Likeness, Voice and Address. By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees: (a) to abide by these rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects; (b) to release and hold harmless Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, LinkedIn, the Sponsor, its subsidiaries and affiliates of the Sponsor and the franchisees and affiliated merchants of each of the foregoing, all prize suppliers (including, without limitation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and its affiliates), all agents or representatives of the foregoing, including without limitation their advertising and promotional agencies, and each of their respective officers, directors and employees (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all claims, liability, loss or damage whatsoever arising with respect to the Contest or the awarding, receipt, possession and/or use or misuse of any Contest prize and further acknowledges that none of the foregoing persons have made nor are responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee a particular purpose thereof. Prizes awarded may carry their own product warranty, for which the Released Parties have no responsibility of liability; and (c) to consent to the use of his or her name, image, voice, likeness, city and state of residence and/or photographs without compensation in any publicity or advertising carried out in any medium worldwide by the Sponsor and/or its advertising or promotional agencies or sublicensees without limitation or further notification, and without providing compensation or intellectual property rights to the entrant, except where prohibited. Sponsor may utilize any Entry for promotional purposes, advertising and other promotional tools in perpetuity without compensation of any kind to entrant.

  14. General Conditions. Entries that are incomplete, mutilated, altered, reproduced, forged, counterfeited or irregular in any way, are automatically void. The Released Parties are not responsible for the following: (a) lost, late, delayed, illegible, inaudible, stolen, damaged, altered, destroyed, mutilated, misdirected, illegal, incomplete or postage due rule requests, entries or prize claims; (b) lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software typographical, mechanical, telephonic, electronic or network relating to or in connection with this Contest, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prizes, or in any Contest-related materials; or any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest.

    Entrants may also be disqualified if Sponsor learns that the entrant disparages the Sponsor during or after the Contest Period. Entrants should be aware that Sponsor retains the right to take legal action against entrants who commit libel or slander against Sponsor during or after the Contest Period.

    The Sponsor fully reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend, terminate or modify the Contest if the Contest is not capable of being completed as planned, including infection by computer viruses or bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure or technical failures of any sort beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor, which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper play of this Contest.

    The Sponsor is not responsible for printing errors in the Contest materials or these Official Rules. If, due to a production or printing error or other unforeseen error, there are more winners than prizes for any level, the Sponsor reserves the right to award any remaining prizes for that level through a random drawing of all eligible winners for that level. No more than the number of prizes listed herein will be awarded.

    No correspondence will be entered into except with potential winners.

    By entering the Contest and voluntarily providing your personal information as described in these Official Rules, you agree to the collection and use of your personal information by the Sponsor and its representatives, Promotional agencies and marketing organization for the purpose of administering the Contest, including without limitation contacting entrants in the respect of the Contest and disclosing the list of winners. Your personal information may be used for future Contests and marketing of the Sponsor, its affiliates, representatives, and Promotional agencies but will not be used for any other purpose nor will it otherwise be disclosed to third parties, unless otherwise required by law. If you would like to be excluded from all lists used by the Sponsor for any future Contests and marketing by the Sponsor, you may send a letter requesting that you be removed from such lists to the Sponsor at 1175 Herndon Parkway, Suite 900, Herndon VA 20170, ATTN: Marketing.

    This Contest and the terms and conditions contained in these Official Rules shall be exclusively governed and constructed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the federal laws of the United States of America applicable therein. Any dispute arising hereunder shall be adjudicated solely in the applicable court in the District of Columbia, USA.

    This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

    If any one or more provisions of these rules are held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect the validity, effect or enforcement of any other provision or provisions of these rules.


SCORE AWARDS 2017 CONTEST

OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.
VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.

  1. General. SCORE’s SCORE Awards 2017 (the “Contest”) will begin on January 12, 2017, at 12:00:01 a.m. eastern standard time (“EST”) and will end on February 20, 2017, at 05:00:00 p.m. EST (the “Contest Period”). Before entering the Contest, each entrant must review and agree to be bound by the Contest’s Official Rules as set out below. By entering the Contest, entrants accept and agree to be bound by the Official Rules and accept the decisions of the Sponsor, as defined below, as final and binding in all respects.

  2. Sponsor. Contest is sponsored by Service Corps of Retired Executives Association (the “Sponsor”) 1175 Herndon Parkway, Suite 900, Herndon VA 20170, and is in no way sponsored endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google Plus (collectively, the “Social Media Sites”).

  3. Eligibility. The Contest is only open to legal residents of the United States of America and the District of Columbia who are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the date of entry and who meet the following criteria:

    1. For Outstanding Community Impact Business category (defined below) -- (i) owns a small business or is an executive director or chair of the Board of Directors of a small nonprofit organization; and (ii) is a current or former client of SCORE.
    2. For all other categories (defined below) – (i) owns a small business; and (ii) is a current or former client of SCORE.

    Winners of the SCORE 2017 American Small Business Championship Awards will be automatically entered in the Contest if they otherwise meet the eligibility requirements of the Contest.

    Small business for these purposes shall mean a commercial enterprise operated for profit with less than fifty (50) employees. Small nonprofit organization for these purposes shall mean an organization that has a tax-exempt determination letter from the Internal Revenue Code Service confirming tax-exempt status under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(a) and has less than fifty (50) employees. Business or organization must have been in continuous operation for at least the past 12 months. Client of SCORE for these purposes means someone who has had a mentoring relationship with one or more SCORE mentors under the auspices of the SCORE program. Void where prohibited.

    The Contest is not open to the following persons: employees, agents or representatives of the Sponsor, Walmart Stores Inc Associates, the subsidiaries and affiliates of the Sponsor, or employees, agents or representatives of suppliers providing prizes or other materials or services in connection with this Contest, including promotional agencies (collectively, the “Excluded Individuals”); immediate family members (parent, child, sibling and spouses of each) of the Excluded Individuals; any other persons with whom the Excluded Individuals reside; and prior winners of the SCORE Awards.

  4. Timing. The Contest consists of three (3) phases as described in the chart below:

    Phase Begins Ends
    Entry Phase January 12, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. EST February 13, 2017 at 05:00 p.m. EST
    Public Support Phase January 12, 2017 at 05:00 p.m. EST February 20, 2017 at 05:00 p.m. EST
    Judging Phase February 21, 2017 June 1, 2017

    Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.

  5. How to Enter. During the Entry Phase, entrants access the Contest website at www.championship.score.org www.championship.score.org (the “Website”) to complete the online entry form for the Contest, which form will require each entrant to answer a series of questions including: “What one unique aspect of your business will ensure that you succeed in the coming year?” (the “Judged Question”). Entrants must provide all information requested and respond to all questions. The response to the Judged Question may be answered: (a) in photo and text format (the “Image Submission”), which should include a compelling story about how the entrant’s small business would achieve success from receiving the Prize (as defined herein); and (b) optionally, to post an original, previously unpublished video, answering the Judged Question and describing a compelling story about how the entrant’s small business would achieve success from receiving the Prize (the “Video Submission”). The Image Submission and the Video Submission must comply with all of the guidelines set forth below (online entry form, Image Submission or Video Submission together, an “Entry”).

    Each entrant may enter the Contest one (1) time during the Entry Phase. Entries received from any person or e-mail address in excess of the Entry Guidelines will be void.

    In the event of a dispute regarding any Entry, the Entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry (i.e., the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address). The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

  6. Entry Guidelines. All Entries must comply with the following guidelines:

    1. The Entry must describe how wining the Contest and included Prize would allow entrant to achieve success for their small business.
    2. Any Video Submission must be at least thirty (30) seconds and no longer than sixty (60) seconds in length and must be submitted to the Contest online application by providing a YouTube URL or a Vimeo URL where the video is hosted.
    3. Any Image Submission must include an electronic image in JPEG, PNG, or GIF format.
    4. The text information accompanying any Image Submission must be 1,500 characters or less.
    5. The Entry must be in English.
    6. The Entry (including the copyright in the Image or Video Submission) must be owned and originally created by the entrant.
    7. The Entry must not previously have won any award.
    8. The Entry must not name or refer to any brand or trademark other than its own business/nonprofit and the Sponsor, which marks entrant has a limited license to use solely to incorporate into his/her Entry for this Contest and for no other purpose whatsoever.
    9. The Entry must not contain any material that is inappropriate, hateful, tortious, slanderous, defamatory, threatening, indecent, violent, libelous, obscene or offensive, refers to dangerous, unlawful or illegal acts, promotes a political agenda, or contains any criminal or civil liability.
    10. The Entry must not contain any material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion or religious beliefs nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
    11. The Entry must not contain any material that violates or infringes upon the rights of any third party, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademarks or rights of privacy or publicity, or that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to any applicable laws or regulations, or whose use by the Sponsor requires a license or permission from or payment to any third party.
    12. The Entry must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where the Entry is created.
    13. If the Entry identifies any person other than the entrant, the entrant must have prior to submission obtained such person’s consent to the use by the Sponsor of the Entry including such person’s name, image and/or other identifying information, as applicable, as permitted hereunder; and
    14. The Entry must not contain any material that the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, deems inappropriate for public dissemination.

    By submitting an Entry, the entrant represents and warrants that he or she has complied with all of the foregoing requirements and has obtained all permissions, licenses and consents that are necessary to submit the Entry, including the Image or Video Submission, and for the use of the Entry as permitted by these Official Rules and to verify compliance with the foregoing requirements. Each entrant agrees to provide to the Sponsor at the Sponsor’s request copies of all such permissions, licenses and consents. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify entrants or Entries for not meeting any of the requirements outlined above or for any other reasons. Entries cannot be revised or altered once submitted.

    Submitting an Entry constitutes entrant’s consent to give Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such Entry, including any Image or Video Submission, in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes without restriction or further notice. Sponsor may utilize any Entry for promotional purposes, advertising and other promotional tools in perpetuity without compensation of any kind to entrant. Entrant waives all moral rights in and to the Entry in favor of the Sponsor and will not have any ownership of intellectual property Sponsor creates using any Entry. If requested, entrant will sign any documentation required for Sponsor or its designee to make use of the exclusive rights entrant is granting to use the Entry.

  7. Public Support. Once the Entry is made on the Website, each entrant will receive via the Website a link (the “Website Link”) to post on the Social Media Sites or share via email. Entrants are responsible for posting and sharing the Website Link. The entrants are invited to encourage friends, family and others to support their Entry by clicking on the Website Link to vote on their entry. In each case, only “votes” on the Contest platform (“Votes”) will be counted. Only Entries that comply with the Entry Guidelines and that receive at least 100 votes shall be an “Eligible Entry.”

    Any Entry that fails to obtain at least 100 Votes will be disqualified.

    Entrants may be disqualified if automatic software is used in their favor or if Sponsor determines, in its sole discretion that said entrant tampered with the voting process or participated in, induced, or caused in any way any false, fraudulent, or improper support, including, without limitation, participating in a voting trust, voting agreement, and/or offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to select an alternate winner should online support appear to have been tampered with or manipulated in any way.

  8. Winner Selection. All Eligible Entries will be reviewed by a panel of qualified judges (the “Judges”), selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion, who will determine the winners based on the following criteria (“Judging Criteria”):

    1. Compelling Nature of Entry (50%): Answer the Judged Questions in a compelling fashion; clearly identify the role working with a SCORE mentor played in success for that business or nonprofit organization; and clearly indicates how the business or nonprofit organization will utilize any public relations benefits accruing from winning a SCORE Awards.
    2. Creativity/Originality (25%): Creativity and originality in the Image or Video Submission.
    3. Clarity and Adherence to Theme (10%): Story is easy to follow and understand. Stays on topic in addressing Contest themes.
    4. Public Support (15%). Number of Votes received for Entry during Public Support Phase. The final number of votes (up to a maximum of 5000 for each Entry) will be considered when judging this criterion.

    One (1) Winner from each of the following categories will be selected for a total of eleven (11) Winners:

    1. Outstanding American Manufacturing: Answer the Judged Questions in a compelling fashion; clearly identify the role working with a SCORE mentor played in success for that business or nonprofit organization; and clearly indicates how the business or nonprofit organization will utilize any public relations benefits accruing from winning a SCORE Awards.
    2. Creativity/Originality (25%): Creativity and originality in the Image or Video Submission.
    3. Clarity and Adherence to Theme (10%): Story is easy to follow and understand. Stays on topic in addressing Contest themes.
    4. Public Support (15%). Number of Votes received for Entry during Public Support Phase. The final number of votes (up to a maximum of 5000 for each Entry) will be considered when judging this criterion.

    One (1) Winner from each of the following categories will be selected for a total of eleven (11) Winners:

    1. Outstanding American Manufacturing -- A small business that manufacturers a finished good or product in the United States, which shall include the District of Columbia. Small businesses which manufacture goods predominantly outside the USA are not eligible.
    2. Outstanding Innovative Business -- A small business that innovates in use of technology for products, service delivery, placement, marketing channel, partnership, or other critical aspect of business functions.
    3. Outstanding Community Impact Business – A small business or small nonprofit organization that provides a substantial benefit to those in need, people who are historically alienated or disadvantaged or otherwise provides charitable or educational benefits to a broad segment of people locally, nationally, or internationally besides shareholders who otherwise could not obtain this benefit.
    4. Outstanding Diverse Business – A small business owned at least 50% by a member of a minority racial group; by a disabled person; by an immigrant; and/or by an LGBT person.
    5. Outstanding Woman-Owned Business – A small business owned at least 50% by a woman or women.
    6. Outstanding Green Business – A small business that uses green technology or that produces environmentally sustainable products or services.
    7. Outstanding Franchise Business – A small business with a franchise ownership model.
    8. Outstanding American Warrior- Owned Business -- A small business owned at least 50% by an active duty or veteran member of the US military or US Coast Guard.
    9. Outstanding Young Entrepreneur – A small business owned at least 50% by a person or people age 30 or younger.
    10. Outstanding Job Creator Business -- A small business that has created a substantial number of new jobs over the last 12 to 24 months.
    11. Outstanding Encore Entrepreneur -- A small business owned at least 50% by a person or people age 55 or older.

    Any ties will be broken using an Eligible Entry’s score for the Compelling Nature of Entry Judging Criteria first and then the Creativity/Originality Judging Criteria second.

    Odds of winning will depend on the total number of Eligible Entries received and the caliber of those Entries and the Entries’ compliance with the above-noted judging criteria. Acceptance of an Entry or posting an Image or Video Submission on the Website does not constitute a determination by Sponsor that the entrant who submitted the Entry or Image Submission or Video Submission is eligible to participate in the Contest or that the Entry or Image Submission or Video Submission otherwise complies fully with the Official Rules. In the event of any dispute, the decision of the Sponsor shall be final.

    The Sponsor will notify each potential Winner by e-mail (at the e-mail address provided by the entrant when entering the Contest) after the Judging Phase. The Sponsor may, in its discretion, also confirm with winners by telephone or in writing. In the event the Sponsor is unable to contact a potential winner despite reasonable efforts to do so, as determined in the Sponsor’s sole discretion, such winner’s prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be chosen by the Sponsor.

    The e-mail notification will include a link that contains a copy of a Release and Eligibility Agreement (the “Claim Form”) and other information required to claim the prize. All completed, un-amended Claim Forms must be received by the Sponsor within ten (10) business days after it is e-mailed to the potential winner (“Submission Deadline”). All completed Claim Forms become the property of the Sponsor and will be verified by the Sponsor. In order to claim a prize, each winner must complete the Claim Form which includes representations of eligibility, compliance and release of liability and publicity release. Among other things, the submission of the Claim Form confirms compliance with these rules, acceptance of the prize as awarded, agreement to maintain confidentiality until winners are announced by the Sponsor, and release of certain parties from any losses, liabilities, damages or claims arising from or related to the prize awarded and the Contest itself. If a potential winner fails to submit the Claim Form with all information required by the Submission Deadline, the Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify the potential winner, and the Sponsor shall be fully and completely released and discharged from any liability or responsibility in this regard.

    Each Winner must prove he or she is a qualified winner by providing identification acceptable to the Sponsor (e.g., state driver’s license; state issued identification card; valid passport with address verification; or birth certificate with social security card and photo identification and address verification). If a winner cannot prove he or she is a qualified winner, the prize will not be awarded. If a winner declines the prize, another winner may be selected from the eligible entries received.

    Each Winner agrees that he or she will inform the Sponsor of certain changes in the status of his or her small business or small nonprofit organization, including: (i) ceasing operations or selling the business for the 12-month period after selection; (ii) follow-on investments; (ii) significant new customers; (iii) significant new revenue sources; (iv) creation of new jobs for others at any level (full-time or part-time); and (v) media coverage resulting from the Winner’s receipt of the Prize.

    As a condition of receiving the Prize, each Winner must agree to do the following:

    • attend the SCORE Awards event on September 14, 2017, in McLean, Virginia; and
    • participate in public relations opportunities when available.
  9. Prizes.

    Each Winner will receive:

    • a plaque acknowledging the SCORE Award and category;
    • two (2) tickets to the SCORE Awards event on September 14, 2017, in McLean, Virginia, (approximate retail value (“ARV”) of $1,000);
    • round-trip coach air transportation for two (2) from a major commercial airport near the Winner’s hometown in the U.S. (determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion) to Washington, DC (ARV of $750);
    • one (1) night standard hotel accommodation (one (1) room, double occupancy) at a hotel selected by the Sponsor, to facilitate the Winner attending the SCORE Awards event (ARV of $300); and
    • a copy of a video that is professionally produced by SCORE that will be used in conjunction with the SCORE Awards event that the Winner may use for marketing or publications (ARV of $5,000).

    If, in the sole judgment of the Sponsor, air travel is not required due to a Winner’s proximity to Washington, DC, the air transportation portion of the Prize will not be awarded and ground transportation will be substituted. Each Winner must travel on the dates determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion or prize will be forfeited. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Sponsor will make reasonable efforts to select travel times acceptable to each Winner. Trip times subject to availability. Travel must be round trip. Sponsor will determine airline and flight itinerary in its sole discretion. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight. Travel and accommodations are subject to availability. Travel is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Contest, and those set forth by the Sponsor’s airline carrier of choice as detailed in the passenger ticket contract.

    All other expenses not expressly stated in the package description above, including but not limited to, travel to and from the SCORE Awards event, meals, incidentals, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees, taxes or other expenses are the responsibility solely of the Winner. Sponsor will not replace any lost, mutilated, or stolen tickets, travel vouchers or certificates. Sponsor is not responsible if the SCORE Awards event is delayed, postponed or cancelled for any reason, in which event that portion of prize is forfeited in its entirety and no substitution will be provided except as in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Actual value may vary based on hotel and other fluctuations. Winner will not receive difference between actual and ARV.

    The ARV of each Prize is $7,050. ARV of all Prizes is $77,550.

    Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by the Sponsor. Winners may not substitute, assign or transfer prize or redeem prize for cash, but Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. Winner is responsible for all applicable federal, state, local and other tax liabilities, including but not limited to, sales and use taxes, excise taxes, income and withholding taxes, customs duties, fees and like amounts in connection with a prize. The Sponsor is not responsible for any such taxes or expenses. A Form 1099 may be submitted to all appropriate taxing authorities.

  10. Winners List. For the names of the winners, you may send a self-addressed, stamped envelope before September 30, 2017, to the Sponsor at 1175 Herndon Parkway, Suite 900, Herndon VA 20170 ATTN: Marketing.

  11. Release; Consent to Use Likeness, Voice and Address. By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees: (a) to abide by these rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects; (b) to release and hold harmless Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, LinkedIn, the Sponsor, its subsidiaries and affiliates of the Sponsor and the franchisees and affiliated merchants of each of the foregoing, all prize suppliers, all agents or representatives of the foregoing, including without limitation their advertising and promotional agencies, and each of their respective officers, directors and employees (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all claims, liability, loss or damage whatsoever arising with respect to the Contest or the awarding, receipt, possession and/or use or misuse of any Contest prize and further acknowledges that none of the foregoing persons have made nor are responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee a particular purpose thereof. Prizes awarded may carry their own product warranty, for which the Released Parties have no responsibility of liability; and (c) to consent to the use of his or her name, image, voice, likeness, city and state of residence and/or photographs without compensation in any publicity or advertising carried out in any medium worldwide by the Sponsor and/or its advertising or promotional agencies or sublicensees without limitation or further notification, and without providing compensation or intellectual property rights to the entrant, except where prohibited. Sponsor may utilize any Entry for promotional purposes, advertising and other promotional tools in perpetuity without compensation of any kind to entrant.

  12. General Conditions. Entries that are incomplete, mutilated, altered, reproduced, forged, counterfeited or irregular in any way, are automatically void. The Released Parties are not responsible for the following: (a) lost, late, delayed, illegible, inaudible, stolen, damaged, altered, destroyed, mutilated, misdirected, illegal, incomplete or postage due rule requests, entries or prize claims; or (b) lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software typographical, mechanical, telephonic, electronic or network relating to or in connection with this Contest, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prizes, or in any Contest-related materials; or any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest.

    Entrants may also be disqualified if Sponsor learns that the entrant disparages the Sponsor during or after the Contest Period. Entrants should be aware that Sponsor retains the right to take legal action against entrants who commit libel or slander against Sponsor during or after the Contest Period.

    The Sponsor fully reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend, terminate or modify the Contest if the Contest is not capable of being completed as planned, including infection by computer viruses or bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure or technical failures of any sort beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor, which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper play of this Contest.

    The Sponsor is not responsible for printing errors in the Contest materials or these Official Rules. If, due to a production or printing error or other unforeseen error, there are more winners than prizes for any level, the Sponsor reserves the right to award any remaining prizes for that level through a random drawing of all eligible winners for that level. No more than the number of prizes listed herein will be awarded.

    No correspondence will be entered into except with potential winners.

    By entering the Contest and voluntarily providing your personal information as described in these Official Rules, you agree to the collection and use of your personal information by the Sponsor and its representatives, Promotional agencies and marketing organization for the purpose of administering the Contest, including without limitation contacting entrants in the respect of the Contest and disclosing the list of winners. Your personal information may be used for future Contests and marketing of the Sponsor, its affiliates, representatives, and Promotional agencies but will not be used for any other purpose nor will it otherwise be disclosed to third parties, unless otherwise required by law. If you would like to be excluded from all lists used by the Sponsor for any future Contests and marketing by the Sponsor, you may send a letter requesting that you be removed from such lists to the Sponsor at 1175 Herndon Parkway, Suite 900, Herndon VA 20170, ATTN: Marketing.

    This Contest and the terms and conditions contained in these Official Rules shall be exclusively governed and constructed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the federal laws of the United States of America applicable therein. Any dispute arising hereunder shall be adjudicated solely in the applicable court in the District of Columbia, USA.

    This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

    If any one or more provisions of these rules are held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect the validity, effect or enforcement of any other provision or provisions of these rules.