Saturday, June 27, 2009

Office Max Named NAWBO Corporate Partner of Year

For Immediate Release
June 24, 2009

OfficeMax Named 2009 Corporate Partner of the Year
by National Association of Women Business Owners

--NAWBO honors OfficeMax’s contributions to the
advancement of women-owned businesses nationwide --

NAPERVILLE, IL -- OfficeMax® (NYSE: OMX), a leading provider of office supplies and services, today announced that it as been named the 2008-09 Corporate Partner of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). NAWBO recognized the contributions that OfficeMax has made to further advance and promote the livelihood of women-owned businesses across the U.S.

“We are proud to receive this distinction and value the mutually beneficial partnership we have established with NAWBO,” said Ryan Vero, EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer for OfficeMax. “NAWBO members provide valuable insights into the needs and wants of a key group of business customers and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

NAWBO will present the award to OfficeMax at NAWBO’s annual Women’s Business Conference in Chicago during the opening session on June 25, 2009. OfficeMax is a major sponsor of the conference and will offer attendees on-site work stations that include wireless Internet access and electronic charging stations. NAWBO expects hundreds of women business-owners to attend this year’s conference. The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of America's more than 10 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest growing segment of the market.

This is the fourth industry award OfficeMax has earned in recent months. OfficeMax has been recognized for its commitment to helping its customers achieve a better bottom line and to date has received three industry awards for outstanding service. In April, The University Health System Consortium (UHC) and Novation, the healthcare industry's leading contracting services company, awarded OfficeMax the 2009 UHC Service Excellence Supplier of the Year Award. In May, OfficeMax received the Ariba Spend Management Excellence Award in the Supplier Network Pioneer category and was named the 2009 Supply Partner of the Year award by Educational & Institutional Cooperative Purchasing (E&I).

About OfficeMax
OfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) is a leader in both business-to- business office products solutions and retail office products. The OfficeMax mission is simple. We help our customers do their best work. The company provides office supplies and paper, in-store print and document services through OfficeMax ImPress®, technology products and solutions, and furniture to consumers and to large, medium and small businesses. OfficeMax customers are served by more than 30,000 associates through direct sales, catalogs, e-commerce and more than 1,000 stores. To find the nearest OfficeMax, call 1-877-OFFICEMAX. For more information, visit

Founded in 1975, NAWBO propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. Thirty years later, NAWBO is still the only organization that solely represents the interest of women entrepreneurs in all industries. The organization’s mission is to strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promote economic development; to create innovative and effective change in the business culture; to build strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and to transform public policy and influence opinion makers. Visit for more information.

NAWBO Media Contact: OfficeMax Media Contacts:
Drizen-Dohs Corporate Communications William Bonner Jennifer Rook
Christina Jorgensen, ext. 103 630-864-6057 630-864-6057
Lauren Astor, ext. 115 OfficeMax Investor Contact:
(818) 772-9555 Tony Giuliano 630-864-6820

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