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1&1 Internet Inc. is a leader amongst global Web hosts, supplying personal and business users with reliable online solutions including data servers, email solutions, domains, website tools and ecommerce solutions. Focusing on the development of Web-based products that suit varying skill levels without compromising functionality and quality, we take a special interest in serving small to mid-sized businesses.

Why we are holding this contest

Local businesses are an integral part of every community and they commonly donate their time and resources in support of community activities. In celebration of Canada Day, 1&1 wants to recognize those Canadian businesses who continue to make a positive impact on their local communities. There are many ways a company can give back. Tell 1&1 about your special Business Hero and how their philanthropy has made a positive impact.

Selection criteria for nominees

If you would like to nominate a business in your community, let us know! All nominations must be a legitimate business or company with a physical address, and the nominating party must provide their full name, contact details and a clear description of why their nominee deserves special recognition.

Nominate a local business and be entered to win an iPad!

The Grand Prize business winner will receive a Website Makeover and free hosting for life. We’ll also select 9 second place winners who will receive 1 year free of hosting. All business winners can choose from a Dual Basic, Dual Advanced, Dual Unlimited or MyBusiness Site Package. Please see our Terms & Conditions for complete contest rules.


Nominations can be sent via email to mybusinesshero@1and1.ca, with the following details:

Our Business Hero Committee will choose the winners based on the nominations and feedback that 1&1 receives. The members of the Business Hero Committee are:

Oliver Mauss, CEO of 1&1 Internet, Inc. Mr. Mauss joined 1&1 Internet in the spring of 2008. He is in charge of 1&1’s international Web hosting operations, which, in addition to the US, include subsidiaries in the UK, France, Spain, Poland and Romania. Before joining 1&1 as the CEO, Oliver Mauss had significant international experience in marketing and product management for businesses and consumers. Dr. Mauss also has a Ph.D. in Communications Engineering from the University of Aachen, Germany.

Susan Rakowski, Editor. Ms. Rakowski is the founding editor of Small Business Opportunities, the leading U.S. newsstand publication on entrepreneurship. The how-to magazine on starting a small business is now distributed in 35 countries via English-language bookstores and airport/hotel newsstands.

Harmeet Singh, Journalist. Ms. Singh is a Staff Writer at IT World Canada, responsible for reporting on technology news relevant to small and medium-sized businesses with ITBusiness.ca and the IT channel with Computer Dealer News. She also contributes as a video journalist. Prior to joining the IT World Canada team, she covered local news and politics in the nation’s capital and has worked as a local reporter on the British Columbia-Alberta border, covering issues related to the small business community.

Nominations will be accepted until November 30, 2011. The winners will be announced and notified in December. Winners must be eighteen years of age or older and a resident of Canada (excluding Quebec).

1&1 was founded in 1988 and hosts more than 11 million domain names with a global community of some 10 million customer contracts. The company’s services are hosted on more than 70,000 servers run in the company’s five state-of-the-art, green data centers.

By participating in 1&1 Canada’s Small Business Hero’s Contest (the “Contest”), each nominee unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of 1&1 Internet, Inc. (701 Lee Rd. Chesterbrook, PA 19087) (“1&1”) whose decisions shall be final and legally binding in all respects.

Contest Description

Official Rules

  1. Prizes. One (1) Grand Prize: one (1) Website Makeover which includes one (1) free lifetime subscription of shared hosting with the choice of a Dual Basic, Dual Advanced, Dual Unlimited, or a MyBusiness Site Package and Site Design Service. Approximate retail value of this prize package is up to $1,027.75. One (1) iPad with approximate retail value of $499.
  2. Winners. At the end of the Promotion Period, one (1) Grand Prize winner and nine (9) second place winners will be chosen by a panel of judges from 1&1 from among all eligible entries received. All decisions are final and binding and at 1&1’s sole discretion. Odds of winning will be determined by the number of eligible entries received. The Grand Prize winner will be selected on August 31, 2010 from all eligible entries received throughout the Promotion Period, and will be notified via email. All federal, state, provincial and local taxes are the responsibility of the winner, and the winner agrees to indemnify and hold harmless 1&1 for such taxes. Prizes are non-assignable and non-transferable. No cash alternative or substitution will be allowed, except 1&1 reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute prize(s) of comparable value if any prize listed is unavailable, in whole or in part, for any reason. In order to win, the selected individual must first correctly answer a skill-testing question to be administered by telephone. Each winner will have five days from notification to accept the prize. If a selected winner does not accept the prize within the five day period, cannot be contacted, does not correctly answer the skill-testing question, or is otherwise ineligible, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner selected. 1&1 shall have no liability for any potential prize winner notification or acceptance that is lost, intercepted or not received by any potential Prize winner or 1&1 for any reason. The winner will be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and (where permitted by law) a Publicity Release form within ten (10) days of attempted notification or an alternate winner may be chosen.
  3. Eligibility. Employees of 1&1 and members of their immediate family are not eligible to win. Winners must be eighteen years of age or older and a resident of Canada (excluding Quebec).
  4. Entry Requirements. No purchase is necessary to enter or win the contest. You represent and warrant that your submission is your original work, has not been copied from others, and does not violate the rights of any other person or entry. Limit one (1) entry per person over the Promotion Period. Entries made by any other individual or any entity, including but not limited to commercial contest 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, including but not limited to mechanically reproduced, forged, software-generated or other automated multiple entries, is prohibited and any entries deemed by 1&1, in its 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 1&1’s satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible.
  5. Contest Dates. Entries will be accepted between July 1, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and July 31, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the “Promotion Period”).
  6. Use of Winner’s Name, Likeness, and Winning Entry. By accepting and/or using the prize, winner grants to 1&1 the right (but without any obligation) to the use of the winner’s name, likeness, and/or winning entry for the purpose of advertising, trade or promotion worldwide and in all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.
  7. Force Majeure. 1&1 shall not be responsible for any failure to perform due to unforeseen circumstances or to causes beyond 1&1's reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of God, war, riot, embargoes, acts of civil or military authorities, fire, floods, accidents, strikes, or shortages of transportation, facilities, fuel, energy, labor, or materials. In the event of any such delay, 1&1 may defer the delivery date for a period equal to the time of such delay.
  8. Liability. 1&1 makes no warranties, and hereby disclaims any and all warranties, express or implied, concerning any prize furnished in connection with the Contest. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, ALL PRIZES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND 1&1 HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND/OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. 1&1 shall not be responsible or liable for damages of any kind as a result of or relating to this Contest, including but not limited to receipt and/or use of prize or claims relating to the use of the winner’s name and likeness pursuant to this agreement. By participating in the Contest, each participant agrees to the terms set forth within the above stated rules. THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
  9. General Provisions/Jurisdiction. 1&1 is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the offer, administration of the Contest or in the announcement of the prizes. To the extent permitted by law, these terms shall be interpreted, and this Contest shall be conducted, in accordance with Pennsylvania law, without giving effect to choice of law provisions. All disputes concerning these terms and this Contest shall be adjudicated exclusively in the federal or state courts having jurisdiction over Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. If any provision in these rules is held to be illegal or unenforceable, that provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these rules shall otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.


WINNERS LIST/OFFICIAL RULES: To obtain a copy of these Official Rules and/or any legally-required winners list, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: 1&1 Canada’s Small Business Hero’s Contest, Rules, 701 Lee Rd., Chesterbrook, PA 19087. All such requests must be received by August 31, 2011.


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