SUMMARY: The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Service Corps of Retired Executives Association will conduct a National Small Business Week Virtual Conference Challenge (the “Challenge”). Each individual who registers for and participates in the National Small Business Week Virtual Conference (the “Conference”) is eligible to participate in the Challenge.  Participants will earn points for each program/event they participate in. Participants who receive the most points will be eligible to be randomly selected to win one of five prizes. Before entering the Challenge, each participant must review and agree to be bound by the Challenge’s Official Rules as set out below. 

DATES: The Challenge will launch on May 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM EDT and will conclude at 5:30 PM EDT on May 8, 2019. The winner list will be posted on May 9 in the virtual environment.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephen Morris, Office of Communications and Public Liaison, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20416, (202) 205–7422, smallbusinessweek@sba.gov.  The Challenge is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google, Twitter or LinkedIn.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

1. Eligibility: The Challenge is only open to citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States of America and the District of Columbia; who are above the age of majority in their state of legal residence as of May 7, 2019; and who attend the Conference through May 8, 2019 at 5:30 PM EDT. 

The Challenge is not open to the following persons: employees, agents or representatives of the SBA, SCORE and additional National Small Business Week cosponsors which include Visa, Chase, Constant Contact, Square, Google, Lockheed Martin, LinkedIn, UPS Store, ADP, Facebook, Charter Communications, AWeber, Intuit and the subsidiaries and affiliates of the Cosponsors, or employees, agents or representatives of exhibitors providing prizes or other materials or services in connection with this Challenge, including Challenge 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 individuals that have an outstanding, unresolved financial obligation to, or that are currently suspended or debarred by, the federal government.

2. Registration: Conference registration will be available at www.sba.gov/nsbw and score.org/event/2019-national-small-business-week-virtual-conference. Void where prohibited.   

3. Judging Criteria: Each individual who participates in the Virtual Conference from May 7- May 8, 2019 is eligible to participate in the Challenge. Participants will earn points as outlined below. Participation points will only be awarded if the minimum participation threshold is met. Participants may perform these actions multiple times (except as otherwise indicated). The virtual conference software platform is the official time- and point-keeping device for the Challenge.

Badge/ Achievement Name

Badge/Achievement Description

Points Awarded

Session Master

Attended at least 5 live and/or on-demand presentations for 30 minutes each.

100

Session Apprentice

Attended at least 2 live and/or on-demand presentations for 30 minutes each.

50

Resource Collector

Saved 5 documents to their briefcase.

25

Master Inquisitor

Chatted with all sponsors in the Exhibit Hall.

100

Content Commentator

Entered at least 3 ratings for webinars within the auditorium.

25

Social Butterfly

Invited other contacts to attend the event using the “Invite a Friend” button in the registration email.

50

Profile Master

Completed their profile information to better socialize with others in the event.

25

Social Media Master

Shared content from the event to your social media pages via the social share buttons located next to each piece of content.

50

Voyager

Explored each sponsor booth in the Exhibit Hall by downloading and watching content (must engage for at least 1 minute per booth).

100

Networker

Contributed 2 posts to the Networking Lounge sharing their views and thoughts with others in the event.

25

Knowledge Master

Submitted a question in each mentoring booth message board in the Mentoring Hall.

100

Master Enthusiast Achievement

The real virtual expert. This badge of distinction is awarded to those who are leaders in virtual socializing & participation. They have chatted in each mentoring booth and each sponsor booth, updated their profile, downloaded a resource, networked in the lounge, and viewed at least 4 sessions for 30 minutes each.

150

Feedback Enthusiast

Completed the event survey.

50

 

Total points available:

850

 

4. Prizes for winners: Participants will earn points based on their engagement in the platform as listed above.  Participants who receive the most points will be eligible to be randomly selected to win one of five giveaway prizes. Cash prizes totaling $600.00, an Apple iPad valued at approximately $429.00 and a Microsoft Surface Tablet – Pro 4 valued at approximately $800.00 will be awarded to five individuals.

Prize Number

Prize Name and Description

Prize Value

Prize Sponsor

Prize 1

$200.00 gift card

$200.00

SBA

Prize 2

$200.00 gift card

$200.00

SBA

Prize 3

$200.00 gift card

$200.00

SBA

Prize 4

Apple iPad

$429.00

Constant Contact

Prize 5

Microsoft Surface Tablet – Pro 4

$800.00

Spectrum Reach

 

Odds of winning the Challenge will depend on the total number of participants and the level of participation at the Conference of each participant.  The approximately retail value of all prizes is $1,829.00.

Limit one prize per person for the Challenge.  Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by SBA and SCORE.  Winners are 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.  SBA and SCORE are not responsible for any such taxes or expenses.  A Form 1099 may be submitted to all appropriate taxing authorities if total prizes received by a participant is $600 or more

5. Potential Winner Notification: SCORE will notify each potential prize recipient by e-mail (at the e-mail address provided by the participant when registering for the Virtual Conference).  In the event SCORE is unable to contact a potential winner despite reasonable efforts to do so, as determined by the SBA and SCORE’s sole discretion, such potential winner’s prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be chosen by the SBA and SCORE.

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 SCORE within ten (10) business days after it is e-mailed to the potential winner (“Submission Deadline”).  All completed Claim Forms become the property of SCORE and SBA and will be verified by SCORE and SBA.  In order to claim a prize, each potential 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 SCORE and SBA, and release of certain parties from any losses, liabilities, damages or claims arising from or related to the prize awarded and the Challenge itself.  If a potential winner fails to submit the Claim Form with all information required by the Submission Deadline, SCORE and SBA reserve the right to disqualify the potential winner, and the SCORE and SBA shall be fully and completely released and discharged from any liability or responsibility in this regard.

If a potential winner cannot prove he or she is a qualified winner, the prize will not be awarded.  If a potential winner declines the prize, another winner with the next highest score maybe selected based on the judging criteria.

6.  Release.  By entering the Challenge, each participant agrees: (a) to abide by these rules and the decisions of the SBA and SCORE, which shall be final and binding in all respects; and (b) to release and hold harmless Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, LinkedIn, the Sponsor, its subsidiaries and affiliates 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 Promotion or the awarding, receipt, possession and/or use or misuse of any Promotion 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.    

6. 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 Challenge, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the Challenge, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prizes, or in any Challenge-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 Challenge.

SCORE and SBA fully reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend, terminate or modify the Challenge if the Challenge 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 SCORE and SBA, which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper play of this Challenge.

SCORE and SBA are not responsible for printing errors in the Challenge 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, SCORE and SBA 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 Challenge and voluntarily providing your personal information as described in these official rules, you agree to the collection and use of your personal information by SCORE and SBA only for purposes of this Challenge unless you opted in to receive further communications from National Small Business Week cosponsors.  

7. Applicable Law: This Challenge is being conducted by SBA and SCORE pursuant to the Prize Competitions Act (15 U.S.C. 3719) and is subject to all applicable federal laws and regulations. By participating in this Challenge, each contestant gives its full and unconditional agreement to the Official Rules and the related administrative decisions described in this notice, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Challenge. A contestant’s eligibility for a prize award is contingent upon their fulfilling all requirements identified in this notice. Publication of this notice is not an obligation of funds on the part of SBA or SCORE. All prize monies are funded through National Small Business Week cosponsors which consist of private sector sources. The private sector source is liable to the winners for payment of the prize. SBA and SCORE, however, will coordinate with the private sector source regarding instructions for award of the prize purse. SBA and SCORE reserve the right to modify or cancel this Challenge, in whole or in part, at any time prior to the award of prizes.

8. Conflicts of Interest: No individual acting as a judge at any stage of this Challenge may have personal or financial interests in, or be an employee, officer, director, or agent of any contestant or have a familial or financial relationship with a contestant.

10. Publicity Rights: By registering for the Virtual Conference and participating in the Challenge, each contestant consents to SBA’s, SCORE’s and its agents’ use, in perpetuity, of its name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state information for promotional or informational purposes through any form of media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.

11. Liability and Insurance Requirements: By registering for the Virtual Conference and participating in the Challenge, each contestant agrees to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from their participation in this Challenge, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise. By registering for the Virtual Conference and participating in the Challenge, each contestant further represents and warrants that it possesses sufficient liability insurance or financial resources to cover claims by a third party for death, bodily injury, or property damage or loss resulting from any activity it carries out in connection with its participation in this Challenge, or claims by the Federal Government for damage or loss to Government property resulting from such an activity. Contest winners should be prepared to demonstrate proof of insurance or financial responsibility in the event SBA deems it necessary.

12. Record Retention and Disclosure: All related materials provided to SCORE and SBA in the Challenge automatically become SCORE and SBA records and cannot be returned. Contestants should identify any confidential commercial information contained in their entries at the time of their submission to the local Host Organization. SBA will notify contestants of any Freedom of Information Act requests the Agency receives related to their submissions in accordance with 13 CFR parts 102.

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