Office Depot Small Business Makeover Part I of 5

Office Depot Small Business Makeover Part I of 5

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Office Depot Selects Small Business Makeover Finalists
BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar. 29, 2012– It seems like we could all use someone to come to our rescue every once in a while. Luckily for three small businesses, Office Depot is here for them in their time of need as they have been chosen as the finalists of the nationwide Small Business Makeover contest.Small businesses entered the contest by submitting, in 100 words or less, why their small business is in need of a makeover. The three Small Business Makeover finalists come from Chicago, Atlanta and South Florida. The winners are:

  •, a social media marketing firm that was started by Jacqueline Liberman two years ago in Chicago, IL.Since opening its doors, has hired three employees and has seen its client list grow from one to fifteen different clients. Because of its rapid growth and need to invest in the business, is in desperate need of new office furniture and is eager to provide employees with the work spaces they deserve.
  • All Around Roofing and Gutters, a small roofing and gutter business in Metro Atlanta is owned and operated by Shayne and Susie Ray and has been in business since 2002. With the current state of the economy, the Rays have found it difficult to make a profit and are looking for ways to better manage money and reduce costs so they can stay in business.
  • ioTechie, a technology-focused news publication site, was founded by Joseph De Caso in 2010. Joseph has recently moved his small business into a new office location and is looking forward to having Office Depot help give the office more personality with new office supplies.

“We received hundreds of entries from small business owners, and we’re proud that we can provide help to them on their journey to success,” said Bob Moore, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Office Depot.

The Small Business Makeover contest was designed to help small business owners with their businesses in 2012 and beyond. The three finalists will receive a makeover from Office Depot, which includes a one-on-one financial coaching session with Jean Chatzky, Realspace® office furniture, HP laptop and office supplies featuring Jean Chatzky’s line of Mead financial organization products, available exclusively at Office Depot.

“I’m a strong believer that a little guidance and support goes a long way, and I’m excited to provide small businesses with the right tools to help them make this a very successful year,” said Jean Chatzky, financial expert, journalist and motivational speaker.

To learn more about the products and services available at Office Depot, please visit your local Office Depot retail store location or To follow Office Depot on Twitter, please visit

About Office Depot

Office Depot, dedicated to helping customers save time and money, provides office supplies and services through 1,677 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs and global e-commerce operations. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $11.5 billion, and employs about 39,000 associates in 60 countries around the world.

Office Depot’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: and

About Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky, an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, is the author of seven books, including the recent New York Times best-seller Money 911: Your Most Pressing Money Questions Answered, Your Money Emergencies Solved. In March 2012, Jean will release her highly anticipated new book Money Rules. Jean is a sought-after motivational speaker, as well as a respected consultant to businesses and company executives. She also regularly shares her advice and opinions as a guest on popular television shows. For more information, please visit



Source: Office Depot

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