OFFICE DEP : HuckleBerry Pets Crowned 2011 'Official Small Business of NASCAR®, Courtesy of Office Depot' Today at Atlanta Motor Speedway
09/06/2011| 06:20pm US/Eastern
Office Depot (NYSE: ODP), celebrating 25 years as a leading global
provider of office
supplies and services, is pleased to announce that Kacie Howard,
owner of HuckleBerry
Pets in Daytona Beach, Fla., has been named the winner of this
year's "Official Small Business of NASCAR®, Courtesy of Office Depot"
sweepstakes. Office Depot, the Official Office Products Partner of
NASCAR®, partnered with 3M for this national promotion, and Howard was
one of two finalists.
Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet
Impala, featured the HuckleBerry
Pets logo on his race car during today's rain-postponed NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series? AdvoCare 500 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, while
fellow driver Greg Biffle featured the small business logo of
sweepstakes finalist Sara Mortensen, owner of Bales
Mold Service, Inc., in Downers Grove, Ill., on his No. 16 3M Ford.
As the small business featured on the highest-finishing driver's car at
the end of the race, Howard's HuckleBerry
Pets was crowned the 2011 "Official Small Business of NASCAR®,
Courtesy of Office Depot" and will receive the use of the "Official
Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot" logo for one
year. Stewart finished the race third, while Biffle finished in 12th
"I'm on top of the world right now!" Howard said. "The 'Official Small
Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot' sweepstakes has been an
incredible experience from the moment I found out that HuckleBerry
Pets was selected as one of this year's finalists. I'm extremely
grateful for everything Office Depot has done for me and for this
amazing opportunity. And I can't thank Tony Stewart enough for his
performance during today's race...what a finish!"
Howard and Mortensen were introduced as the sweepstakes finalists on
September 2 during a press conference held at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Howard, 32, was randomly paired with Stewart, while Mortensen, 27, was
matched with Biffle.
Both finalists received a $10,000 small business makeover from Office
Depot and a VIP experience at Atlanta Motor Speedway. If Stewart or
Biffle had won the race, the small business featured on the winning car
would have taken home $1 million.
"I am so excited that I was able to help Kacie (Howard) become this
year's 'Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot'
sweepstakes winner," said Stewart, who is a successful entrepreneur with
13 small businesses of his own. "Kacie is a great example of a small
business owner who has worked hard to build her company from the ground
up, and I am very proud to help Office Depot provide a deserving small
business owner like Kacie with this kind of opportunity."
About The Winner: Kacie Howard, Owner of HuckleBerry
Kacie Howard, an avid NASCAR® fan whose nine-year-old daughter was born
on the day of the 2002 Daytona 500, started HuckleBerry
Pets in July 2010 with her husband, Chris. The business specializes
in manufacturing comfortable, stylish and durable pet beds using
orthopedic mattresses that help support a pet's muscles and bone
Howard learned about the "Official Small Business of NASCAR®, Courtesy
of Office Depot" sweepstakes online at www.OfficeDepotRacing.com.
After entering, Howard worked to obtain additional entries by asking
friends and family to nominate her business. She plans to use the
$10,000 Office Depot makeover to purchase computers, printers and other
general supplies for her business.
Prize Package Overview
For Howard, the "Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office
Depot" sweepstakes finalist prize package included the following:
A $10,000 small business makeover from Office Depot
Use of the "Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of
Office Depot" logo for one year, including on company stationery
materials (to be printed by the Copy
& Print Depot at Office Depot)
VIP race experience for two at the September 2-4 NASCAR Sprint Cup
Series? race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Outside of the two finalists, Office Depot allowed even more small
business owners to win big this year during the "Official Small Business
of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot" sweepstakes. Every day during the
promotion window, which ran from May 1 through May 28, one lucky small
business owner was randomly selected to receive a $1,000 Office Depot
gift card and Officially Licensed NASCAR® memorabilia just for entering
About Office Depot
Celebrating 25 years as a leading global provider of office supplies and
services, Office Depot is Taking Care of Business for millions of
customers around the globe. For the local corner store as well as
Fortune 500 companies, Office Depot provides supplies and services to
its customers through 1,627 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales
force, top-rated catalogs and global e-commerce operations. Office Depot
has annual sales of approximately $11.6 billion, and employs about
40,000 associates around the world. The Company provides more office
supplies and services to more customers in more countries than any other
company, and currently sells to customers directly or through affiliates
in 56 countries.
Office Depot's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange
under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://mediarelations.officedepot.com
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M
is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $27 billion
in sales, 3M employs about 80,000 people worldwide and has operations in
more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com
or follow @3MNews on Twitter.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the
sanctioning body for one of North America's premier sports. NASCAR races
are broadcast in more than 150 countries and in 20 languages. In the
U.S., races are broadcast on FOX, TNT, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, SPEED and
SiriusXM Satellite Radio. NASCAR fans are among the most brand loyal in
all of sports, and as a result more Fortune 100 companies
participate in NASCAR than any other sport. NASCAR consists of three
national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series,
and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, and one
local grassroots series, as well as two international series. Also part
of NASCAR is Grand-Am Road Racing, known for its competition on road
courses with multiple classes of cars. NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200
races at 100 tracks in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico.
Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., NASCAR has offices in eight cities across
North America. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.nascar.com.
Follow NASCAR on www.facebook.com/NASCAR
or on Twitter: @NASCAR.
Mindy Kramer, 561-438-4276
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