Rules & Regulations

EVC BEST OF BUSINESS AWARDS 2021

Rules & Regulations 2021

No purchase is necessary to enter this contest. In addition to the requirements set forth below, East Valley Connect (EVC), or “Contest”, is open to all potential businesses, including owners, managers, employees, and family members.

By nominating or voting for a business or individual, participants are accepting the terms and conditions of these Rules and agree to be bound by them. This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. This Contest is void where prohibited by law. East Valley Connect reserves the right to interpret votes how they see fit, withdraw or suspend any entrants, change any functionality or feature on the Web site and revise these terms and conditions at any time and without notice.

NOMINATIONS

Nominations can occur in two ways: email nomination or Google Form Submission. 

To nominate a business for the contest, email eastvalleyconnectaz@gmail.com or vote via Google Form Submission on the EVC website at eastvalleyconnect.com by Sept. 1, 2021.

Each e-mailed nomination must include the following to be considered:

1) Business name and description

2) Contact info, including business owner, agency or PR representative name, address, URL, phone number, e-mail address, and social media accounts. 

3) Categories you believe the business would fit into (Examples: Best Breakfast, Top Dentist, Best Florist, etc.) Only one nominee per person per business is necessary. All entries reserved by deadlines will be considered. Odds of winning are determined by the number of eligible entries received.

4) Personal information including the voter NAME and a valid EMAIL are required for nomination consideration and the final count.

All entry information becomes the property of East Valley Connect upon entry. All entries must be received by the Nomination Deadlines.

EVC Top Business Awards Nomination Deadline ends at 11:59:59 a.m. (Arizona time) on April 1, 2021 (“2021 Nomination Deadline”).

EVC TOP BUSINESS NOMINEES

All nominated contest entrants will be evaluated initially by EVC administrators and local focus groups to validate the nominated businesses for each category. All nominees will be notified via email, social media or phone. Any Nominee can withdraw from this contest at any time.

FINALIST VOTING

EVC administrators will select the Top Business Nominees whose business name or individual name will be placed on our Facebook Group for voting. Voting will take place between 12:00:01 p.m. (Arizona time) on July 1, 2021 through 11:59:59 p.m. (Arizona time) on September 1, 2021.

Businesses, individuals and clients of East Valley businesses are limited to vote only once. The business may provide the voting link to anyone within their business or sphere of influence to participate in voting for the Best of Business Awards. The winner of each category is the business or individual with the most votes within its category by the voting deadline on September 1, 2021. Late votes that are received after September 1st will not be considered in the final count.  

DISQUALIFICATIONS

Bot activity and mechanical voting is not an acceptable form of voting. If this type of false voting is detected by our administrators, the associated person will be banned from voting. The name of the voter and a valid email address is necessary in considering the individual’s nomination or vote. East Valley Connect reserves the right to disqualify any business or individual suspected in partaking in this type of activity or any other voting activity they deem unfair.

TOP BUSINESS WINNERS

One business or individual shall win “Top Business” in its category. The winners of each category will be notified in October 2021 and shall receive:

1) A mention in the EVC Facebook Group of over 55 thousand followers. Published advertising at The Forum for a duration of ONE FULL YEAR (Starting on January 1, 2022) with the written permission of The Forum management team. 

  • Category winners may post for a full year on East Valley Connect, with advertising limited to ONE post every WEEK. 

  • Administrators reserve the right to choose additional businesses/individuals to feature, outside of contest winners.

  • “Top Business” winners need not contact East Valley Connect. Our administrators will contact each winner as the contest progresses.

2) Professional advertising catalog for all EVC’s 2021 Top Business Winners. A catalog publication will be provided to each business for personal use. Copies of the publication will be available for purchase at The Forum after the awards ceremony in January 2022. Publications will be used as a business referral resource for EVC Realty Group.

3) The right to use “East Valley Connect’s Top Business Award Winner” logos on all advertisements, on the Web and in their business locations indefinitely.

  • Logos will be made available to winners via email after the conclusion of voting.

  • Promotional opportunities in the upcoming year, for “Top Business” winners only

  • These opportunities may include special events and other marketing endeavors

  • These events are to be determined and not guaranteed

4) Contest winners to be presented with a formal East Valley Connect’s Best of Business Award Winner for 2021 certificate to commemorate the achievement. The certificate will be presented to the business winners at the January 2022 awards ceremony. 

5) Winners will receive free photo and video perks - One co-branded video for service advertising and updated employee headshots for marketing or website use. The video will be created for promoting business services in partnership with East Valley Connect. 

6) East Valley Connect Realty Group will provide employee benefits and discounts to all businesses who have won the contest. Benefits will include but are not limited to reduced title and escrow fees using a preferred title company partner; reduced lending fees using a preferred local lender partner; and reduced inspection fees.

AWARDS CEREMONY

All EVC Top Business Award winners will be formally invited to an exclusive awards ceremony in January 2022 (date TBD). Honorable mentions and additional prizes may be presented at the January awards ceremony. A framed certificate will be provided to each winning business owner(s) to recognize their success as Top Business in the East Valley. 

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Additional prizes may be contributed for the winner and finalists, depending on the depth of participation by “Top Business Awards” sponsors.

PRIZE TERMS & CONDITIONS

All prizes and benefits of any kind awarded herein, including without limitation, must be accepted as awarded without substitution and are not transferable, not for resale, and have no cash surrender value. No cash or prize substitution is allowed for all or any portion of the Prizes awarded hereunder except at the discretion of the Sponsors. Prizes cannot be refunded, transferred, reissued, revalidated or combined with any other offer and must be accepted as is. Prizes must be claimed within one month of the award of the Prizes. No rain checks shall be provided. The Sponsors reserve the right, in the event that the Prizes, or any component thereof, cannot be awarded as described for any reason, to substitute another prize or component of a prize of equal or greater value, without liability. In the event that any prize winners hereunder do not use any portion of the Prizes, there will be no refund, extension, transfer, substitution or any kind of compensation provided.  

All Contest entrants and participants must comply with these Rules.  By entering or participating in this Contest, all entrants and participants irrevocably grant to East Valley Connect the right to include their name and information on any EVC mailing lists and to use their name in any publicity carried out by EVC, and agree to grant to EVC a non-exclusive irrevocable license and right to incorporate, use and reproduce their photograph, video, voice, name and likeness in whole or in part in and in connection with the advertising, exhibiting, marketing, promotion and exploitation of EVC business in any manner, in all media throughout the world. Individuals who do not wish that their personal information be used for such promotional and publicity purposes (otherwise unrelated to the Contest) are required to so indicate in writing to EVC at the following address: East Valley Connect, 2301 S Stearman Dr, Chanler, AZ, 85286  ATTN: TOP BUSINESS AWARDS.

In no event shall Sponsors, or their respective affiliated and associated entities, be held liable for any delays or cancellations due to circumstances beyond their reasonable control. Contest entrants and participants assume all liability for injuries caused or claimed to be caused by participation in this Contest, or the use or misuse of any prize granted herein, including any all and losses, damages, claims, actions and causes of action with respect to any prize so granted including without limitation, all liability and risks in connection with travel. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, by entering or participating in this Contest, entrants and participants release and forever discharge Sponsors and their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents, and advisors and the employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents and representatives, from any and all damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind whatsoever arising in connection with the Contest or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use or misuse of any prize awarded in connection with the Contest, including without limitation personal injury, death, and/or property damage as well as claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. Sponsors and their respective affiliated and associated entities, assume no responsibility for lost, stolen, mutilated, late, misdirected or ineligible entry forms or for any computer, online, human or technical malfunctions that may occur in the administration of the Contest. If for any reason this Contest is not capable of running as planned due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other cause beyond the control of the Sponsors, or their respective affiliated and associated entities, or any act corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, in their absolute and sole discretion, to disqualify an individual and/or cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. Sponsors and their respective affiliated and associated entities, shall not be responsible under any condition whatsoever for any problems or technical malfunctions relating to the Contest or for any printing or typographical errors or problems in connection with any Contest-related materials.

Any attempt by anyone to damage or disrupt the Contest shall be considered a violation under criminal and civil law. Sponsors and their respective affiliated and associated entities reserve the right to seek damages or other remedies against such persons. In the event of any dispute regarding entries received from multiple users having the same email account, entries will be deemed to be made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted during entry. The authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned to the email address by an internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses or the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. The Contest Winner may be required to provide EVC with proof that the Contest Winner are the authorized account holders of the e-mail address associated with the winning entries, or forfeit any prize awarded hereunder. It is the entrant’s sole responsibility to notify EVC in writing at the address indicated above if she changes her address, e-mail address or telephone number. All corrections must be received prior to the Entry Deadline. All monetary amounts referenced herein are in U.S. dollars.

The Rules & Regulations of this contest are subject to change at any time. All prizes affiliated with this contest have no cash value and are not redeemable for cash, advertising or any alternate promotions.