In the city I can BE Downtown bound.

Do you have a 10-grand business plan?


Introduction: We are Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District of Columbus, Inc., and we want to give away $10,000 toward rent for downtown office or retail space.  To enter the contest, send us your You Tube video telling us about your business and why downtown Columbus would be the perfect business location for you.

            We think downtown rocks, and we want all our office space filled with creative, entrepreneurial people. And, it’s important that everyone gets a fair shake in the contest. We hate rules, but our guys in boring gray suits say we need a few. So, before you upload your videos to tell us about your $10 grand business plan, please take a look at our dos and don’ts.

            First, we love all of the downtown area, but for this contest, “downtown” means only the area within the Capital Crossroads SID.  Check out the map HERE to familiarize yourself with where SID calls home. Second, while we mention YouTube and Facebook, they don’t sponsor, endorse or administer the contest. No association, plain and simple. And third, remember the contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, and is void where prohibited by law.

1.     Who Can Enter: The “suits” say you have to be 18 and a legal resident of the United States of America as of the date of entry. And, you are not eligible if you are:

a.     An employee of Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, Discovery District Special Improvement District, SID Public Services Association, or of any of our or their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, managing agents, lawyers, accountants or suppliers.

b.     One of the judges of this contest.

c.     An immediate family member of anyone described in Rule 1.or 1.b.

d.     Living in the same household as anyone listed in Rule 1.a, 1.b, or 1.c.

e.     Living somewhere that this contest is prohibited by law.

So, if your roommate’s sister is on our payroll, or if your brother lives with one of the judges, we still want you  downtown, but we wouldn’t feel right about letting you compete in the contest.

2.     How to Enter: Your video should be no longer than 4 minutes, with a file size no greater than 300 MB. To be valid, your entry must be submitted using the online form on this contest site. Just fill in the requested information and, if required, upload the video. If you access the contest site using Facebook, you may need to “like” the page first. We can disqualify your entry, in our discretion, if the entry is not complete or does not comply with these rules. (The suits wanted us to say our sole, absolute, complete, total, unbridled and unfettered discretion, but we know you’re smart enough to know that discretion means all that.) Don’t submit more than one entry per business.

3.     Time Table: We will accept entries online starting on or about August 1, 2014 at noon, until September 30, 2014 at noon. Columbus time. Public on-line voting for finalists begins October 1, 2014 at noon and ends at noon October 31, 2014. The judges will judge the finalists from October 27 at noon through October 31 at noon. We’ll announce the winners on November 3, 2014 at noon.

4.     Some Promises You Make by Entering: By entering the contest, you make the following promises to us. You agree to the contest rules. You meet the eligibility requirements. The entry is your original work and does not include anyone else’s work without their permission. Your entry does not infringe on the rights of anyone else. You have obtained any rights or consents needed to submit the entry and to grant us the other rights outlined in the rules, including the consent of anyone who appears in or is depicted in the video. Your video does not defame or disparage any person, living or dead, or any company, and does not violate any laws.

5.     Rights That You Grant Us by Entering: When you submit your entry, it becomes our property, whether you win or not. By entering, you give us the right to publish, broadcast, distribute, and use your entry, anywhere in the world. We can do this in any media now known, or developed in the future. You agree that we can use the entry, the winner’s name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image or statements about the contest, and biographical information, as news, publicity or information and for trade, advertising, public relations and promotional purposes. The rights you are granting us never expire, and we can exercise them without any further compensation to you. We can license or assign these rights to others at any time, and as often as we like. We can do all of this without asking you or telling you, and without letting you review the material first.

6.     How to Win: Ten finalists will be selected by on-line public voting. The judges will select the winner from the panel of finalists. Judges and criteria are listed on the “How to Enter” link on the contest page. The list of judges is subject to change. You agree that everyone wants to keep the public voting honest. Voting is limited to one vote per voter per day. We have sole discretion to do anything we decide is necessary to maintain the integrity of the contest. We can void votes for any reason, including multiple votes from the same user from the same or different IP addresses, multiple votes from the same computer in excess of what the rules permit; fraudulent entry votes; votes from fictitious names; using bots, macros or scripts or other technical means for voting; and anything else that in our discretion violates the voting rules. And please, no votes from dead people.

7.     Technical Problems: Sometimes bad stuff happens: viruses, bugs, malware, system crashes, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, and lots of other possible causes beyond our control. We have the sole discretion to determine if a problem occurred and what to do about it. If we think that something beyond our control affected the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the contest, we can cancel or postpone the contest, or select the winner from the eligible entries we received before the problem, or that we received after we took corrective action.

8.     How to Get Disqualified: We know you would not try to cheat us. But, the suits tell us we gotta say we reserve the right, in our discretion, to disqualify anyone for violating any of the contest rules. That includes trying to get around the rules by using multiple e-mail addresses, identities or devices, or other fraudulent methods. Real life hackers can get into serious trouble. If we find out you tried to hack the contest, or to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the contest, it will get you disqualified. That includes tampering or attempting to tamper with entry process, the on-line voting, or the operation of the contest or website. We also have the right to disqualify anyone who asked, encouraged or consented to someone else doing any of these things on the contestant’s behalf. Some of these things can also result in civil and criminal consequences, so please, play nice.

9.     Prizes. There’s only one prize, and that’s the $10,000 toward rent for a downtown office or retail lease. You are not guaranteed to win a prize and your chance of winning depends on our receiving your eligible entry. Of course you can’t ask for a substitute prize, you can’t assign or transfer the prize to anyone else, and we are not going to give you a cash equivalent for the prize.  The qualifying lease must be signed no later than September 1, 2015.There are a few strings attached, to make sure the prize is used for the intended purpose.

a.     The prize is contingent upon the winner signing a one-year lease for downtown Columbus office or retail space. The lease should be a direct lease with the landlord, and not a sublease or lease assignment from an existing tenant.

b.     A lease expansion of at least 25 percent is also acceptable. A renewal or extension of an existing lease does not qualify, unless it meets the requirements for an expansion.

c.     A relocation lease from one downtown location to another is not acceptable unless the new lease is for premises that are at least 125 percent of the size of the old premises. 

d.     You pay the rent, and we reimburse you upon proof of payment. The prize money can be used for base rent; expense pass-throughs such as taxes, landlord’s insurance, and landlord’s operating expenses, and percentage rent if required by the lease.

e.     Prize money cannot be used for the security deposit or other deposits, lawyer’s or broker’s fees, tenant’s insurance, taxes on rent, tenant’s taxes, utilities that are metered or submetered to the tenant, interest, penalties or late payment fees, or charges for failing to perform the tenant’s obligations, even if the lease refers to those amounts as additional rent.

f.      If the base rent for the first year is less than the prize amount, the remainder can be used for the cost of tenant improvements or furnishing the leased space, if we approve the budget for those items.

10.  Notification: Within five days after the winner is selected, we will post the winner’s name on the contest web page, and notify the winner by e-mail to the address that was provided in the entry. Make sure you can receive our e-mails. We will not be liable to you for notices that did not reach you because of your spam, junk e-mail or other security settings, or because the e-mail address you gave us was incorrect or no longer functions, or is temporarily out of service. If we can’t contact the winner after reasonable efforts during the five days after we first try to send the e-mail notice, or if the winner is found to be ineligible, or cannot or does not comply with these contest rules, the winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected.

11.  Just a Couple more things -- Important Legal Release from Claims: By entering, you agree that you cannot sue us about any of the things mentioned in (i) through (v). (The suits said to be sure to tell you that you and your company are releasing us from all past present and future claims of any kind, known or unknown, regarding those matters).  The matters are: (i) your participation in the contest, or your acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of the prize or any portion of the prize; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunctioning of any computer, cable, network, hardware or software; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions or telephone or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the contest; (v) electronic or human error that may occur in administering the contest or processing the entries. You are releasing us and our subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, and our and their employees, officers, agents and directors, from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim or damage that may occur as a result of those events, directly or indirectly, even if they were caused by our negligence or the negligence of someone else covered by this release. And for purposes of this release, “your” also includes your company. 

12.  Governing Law: The laws of the State of Ohio, without giving effect to principles of conflicts of law, govern all matters in connection with this contest, including all tort claims.

Good luck!