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Canon Champions Small Business Owners With MAXIFY Mentors Program And Contest

Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran, along with New Mentors Brett Relander, Tim Berry, Rhonda Abrams, and Returning Mentor Ivana Taylor, Engage in MAXIFY Mentors Program

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 5, 2015 - To further highlight the Canon MAXIFY brand of printers, Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the MAXIFY Influencers Program has been expanded to include a mentor program designed to help small businesses navigate the treacherous waters of starting and building a business. Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran, along with Ivana Taylor from DIY Marketers, will be joined this year by three new mentors: Social Media Power Influencer and writer Brett Relander, USA Today columnist and author Rhonda Abrams, and software entrepreneur and blogger, Tim Berry. The program will include content created by these mentors and shared on social networks aimed at helping entrepreneurs and small business owners learn from successful small business owners.

Additionally, a contest will choose one (1) Grand Prize Winner to receive a one-on-one coaching session with Barbara Corcoran in New York City. The day will also be filmed and will appear in a Canon-sponsored YouTube video short featuring the winner's small business. Seven (7) runners up will each receive MAXIFY prize packages, including a MAXIFY printer MB5320, a $250 Gift Card to use on Canon Direct, an iPad mini, a free 1-year subscription to LegalZoom, a free 1-year subscription to LifeLock and an Intuit Mobile Credit Card Reader. The contest runs now through August 31, 2015.

"Starting and running a small business has never been an easy task to accomplish," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Canon wants to empower small businesses, not only with tools like MAXIFY printers to get the office jobs done efficiently and effectively, but with learned knowledge from entrepreneurs who have already made their businesses successful."

Canon's line of MAXIFY printers include five models ranging in price to fit the needs of various levels of emerging businesses to existing and successful companies. These printers offer reliable, high-speed, cost-effective printing solutions developed from years of research and working with a variety of small businesses. These printers incorporate quick first-print technology and have a low-cost per print to help cost-conscious businesses. The printers range in price from $149.99 to $399.99 and offer ease-of-use and creative functions to meet the needs of the wide range of small offices and home offices.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open only to residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, 21 and older. Entrant must be a small business owner where the business is five (5) years old or less and has no more than nine (9) employees. Void outside the 48 contiguous U.S. and D.C. and where prohibited or restricted by law. To enter, post on Facebook or Twitter about a particularly difficult challenge you face as a small business owner using the hashtag #MAXIFYCONTEST and tag @brettrelander, @DIYMarketers, @Timberry, @RhondaAbrams or @BarbaraCorcoran. The Contest Period starts at 3:00 PM ET on July 15, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on August 31, 2015. Multiple entries are permitted during the Contest Period, however only one (1) Contest Entry per person will be eligible to become a finalist (as defined in the Official Rules). There will be one (1) Grand Prize Winner and seven (7) Runners-up. See Official Rules for prize details. By entering, you represent and warrant that you own all right and title in the post content and any photo, and the post content and any photo do not violate the intellectual property rights or publicity rights of a third party. By entering, you release sponsor, Facebook and Twitter from any liability associated with participating in the Contest and/or accepting any prize. Each Winner and Runners-Up grants sponsor the right to use his/her name, company name, social media handle, state and city and likeness for promotional purposes. Sponsor: Canon U.S.A., Inc., One Canon Park, Melville, NY 11747. Please visit http://shop.usa.canon.com/estore/marketing/maxify-resources/mentors-program-contest-terms-update2.pdf for the full Official Rules.

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About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2014† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2015. In 2014, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the 11th consecutive year. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com.