Office Depot Puts Spotlight on Small Businesses

In recognition of the nation's 25 million small business owners, Office Depot has launched “Office Depot Small Business Month,” with activities and promotions designed to meet the needs of small businesses.

"Among our key goals is to help our small business customers deal with an ever-changing business landscape and manage their bottom line," said Chuck Rubin, executive vice president and chief merchandising/marketing officer at Office Depot. "From our focus on information protection products that address concerns about identity theft, to our credit card and loyalty program offers, we are providing the tools that help small businesses grow and succeed."

Rubin lists a number of initiatives and said the company is continuing its Taking Care of Business effort through a number of programs for its customers, including information protection, which emphasizes the importance of information protection, providing resources, guidance and practical solutions to the growing problem of identity theft.

"It's important to put into place good business practices when it comes to the safeguarding and timely destruction of records and information," said Cathy Gordon, a leading expert on the proper handling and disposal of documents and Senior Writer and Analyst for the Consumer Media Group of CCH Tax and Accounting. "Prevention is key to protecting personal and employee information from theft."

Office Depot aims to make businesses aware of the guidelines for proper disposal of consumer and employee information that will come into play when new provisions of FACTA (Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act) become effective June 1, 2005.

The company conducted an information protection survey to gauge the issue throughout small businesses. The results of the survey are available online at http://mediarelations.officedepot.cc/smallbusiness05/.

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