Office Depot and NFL Legend Turned Entrepreneur Fran Tarkenton Form New Partnership to Empower Small Business

  Office Depot and NFL Legend Turned Entrepreneur Fran Tarkenton Form New
  Partnership to Empower Small Business

Business Wire

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- February 5, 2013

Office Depot® (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office supplies and
services, today announced that the Company has inked a new partnership with
NFL legend and entrepreneur Fran Tarkenton to provide small businesses (SMBs)
with a one-stop shop for general business tips, custom-tailored advice,
networking, and more.

In partnership with Tarkenton, Office Depot has launched the Small Biz Club, a
content-rich small business resource center, which is available free-of-charge
to help established businesses to grow stronger and new businesses to
introduce their concepts to the world.

Small Biz Club benefits include:

  *Access to free, on-demand business coaching events
  *A free website builder, including a website monitoring tool
  *Online video courses to help start, run, and grow a business
  *Legal forms and agreements
  *A free business risk assessment

Additionally, Office Depot and Tarkenton will host a free online coaching and
networking event entitled, “Everything Is Marketing,” on Saturday, February 23
at 10:00 a.m. EST. This new series of online coaching events, known as
“Success Saturdays,” has been designed specifically for small business owners,
and the first broadcast will be hosted by Tarkenton, Office Depot’s Executive
Vice President and Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer Bob Moore, and a
panel of real-life small businesses. The webcast will allow participants to
submit questions directly to the panel and find opportunities to connect and
chat with each other following the event.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and through our partnership
with Fran Tarkenton, Office Depot is elevating its commitment to empowering
these very important customers,” said Moore. “As one of the most successful
and well-respected entrepreneurs in the nation, Fran has been a champion of
small business for decades and will bring valuable in-the-trenches lessons to
Office Depot customers.”

“Throughout my business career, I’ve had a deep passion for helping
entrepreneurs bring their concepts to life, be profitable, and create jobs – a
passion Office Depot shares as well,” Tarkenton added. “This partnership is an
important mission since small business is a major economic driver,
contributing 55 percent of all jobs in the U.S., according to the U.S. Small
Business Administration.”

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About Office Depot

Office Depot provides office supplies and services through 1,675 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, employs about 39,000 associates, and serves customers 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:
http://mediarelations.officedepot.com and http://socialpress.officedepot.com/.

About Fran Tarkenton

Fran Tarkenton is a serial entrepreneur based in Atlanta, Georgia, having
personally started and run 20 successful companies since retiring from the
NFL. His efforts to provide knowledge and tools to small business have been a
full time undertaking since 1996.Mr. Tarkenton is a passionate advocate for
small business, operating through Tarkenton Institute, Inc., to directly serve
hundreds of thousands of small business owners and entrepreneurs nationwide
over the past 17 years. Mr. Tarkenton’s multiple companies and websitesare
each focused on ways to help entrepreneurs succeed in any industry and at any
stage of development. A complete list of subsidiaries and brands can be found
athttp://www.Tarkenton.com.

Contact:

Office Depot
Jason Shockley, 561-438-0037
jason.shockley@officedepot.com
 
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