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Introduction and Agreement. This website (the "Site") is owned and operated by BizBen.com, a division of Business Exchange Network, Inc. These Terms of Use apply to the national version of the Site, located at www.BizBen.com.  By using the Site, you hereby agree that you are at least eighteen (18) years of age and bound by all of the following provisions of these Terms of Use. Also see our Privacy Policy.

BizBen.com is an Advertising and Business Information Service. BizBen.com operates the Site as an online advertising and business information service for business buyers, business owner/sellers, business brokers/agents and interested individuals. BizBen.com does not sell businesses directly and is never a party to any transaction between buyers and sellers. As a result, BizBen.com does not (a) guarantee or ensure any business or any transaction between a buyer and seller, (b) collect or process payment or transfer of ownership on behalf of buyers or sellers.

Site Content. All information and content available on this Site (collectively, "Content") is protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. The Content is owned by BizBen.com.  The Content is intended for personal and noncommercial use only. While you may interact with or download a single copy of any portion of the Content for your personal and noncommercial entertainment, information or use, you may not reproduce, sell, publish, distribute, modify, display, perform, re-post or otherwise use any portion of the Content in any other way or for any other purpose without the prior written consent of BizBen.com. Requests regarding use of the Content for any purpose other than personal, noncommercial use should be directed to Permissions, BizBen.com, 7172 Regional Street #290, Dublin, CA. 94568.

Copyrights and Copyright Agents. It is the policy of BizBen.com to respond to claims of intellectual property infringement. BizBen.com will promptly process and investigate notices of alleged infringement and take appropriate actions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(2) ("DMCA") and other applicable intellectual property laws. Pursuant to the DMCA, notifications of claimed copyright infringement should be sent to a Service Provider's Designated Agent. Notification must be submitted to the following Designated Agent for this Site:

Business Exchange Network, Inc.
Attn: Peter Siegel
7172 Regional Street, #290
Dublin, CA. 94568
USA
Phone: 888-298-8053

To be effective, the notification must be a written communication that includes the following:

A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;

Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;

Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material;

Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted;

A statement that the complaining party has a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law;
and

A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Trademarks. You acknowledge that the Content includes certain service marks owned by BizBen.com, Affiliates, and others. You agree not to copy, use or otherwise infringe upon or dilute these trademarks or service marks. You further agree that you will not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from any copies of the Content.

Software. Please note that all software programming, including without limitation all HTML and other code contained in this Site (collectively, "Software"), is owned by BizBen.com and/or its Licensors and is protected by copyright laws and other intellectual property laws, as well as international treaty provisions. Any unauthorized access to, reproduction, redistribution, publication, display or other use of the Software is expressly prohibited by law and may result in severe civil and/or criminal penalties. Violators will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible.

Linking. If you operate a website and wish to link to the Site, you must link to the Site's home page unless permission otherwise has been granted in writing by BizBen.com.  BizBen.com reserves the right to reject or terminate any links to the Content or the Site.

User Materials. By submitting ads, content, photos, data or other materials ("Materials") to the Site, you hereby grant to BizBen.com a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, fully transferable, fully sublicensable right and license to copy, modify, display, distribute, perform, create derivative works from, and otherwise use and exploit all such Materials in any form, media, software or technology of any kind now existing or developed in the future. You further grant to BizBen.com a royalty-free right and license to use your name, image and likeness in connection with the reproduction or distribution of the Materials.

Interactive Forums. This Site may offer blog and podcast posts or other forums (collectively, "Forums") to give Users 18 years of age and older a forum in which they can express their opinions and share their ideas. BizBen.com does not endorse the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or information posted on these Forums. Please use your best judgment, and be respectful of other individuals using these Forums. By posting a message in the Forum, you agree to abide by these Terms of Service. You may not use the Site's Forums to engage in any Prohibited Activities (as defined below). Uploading copyrighted or other proprietary Material of any kind on the Site without the express permission of the owner of that Material is prohibited and may result in civil and/or criminal liability.

BizBen.com Rights. Given the nature of the Site and the volume of messages and postings, BizBen.com cannot and does not monitor all of the Materials posted. BizBen.com reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to monitor, refuse to publish, remove, delete, move or edit any Materials without notice, at any time for any reason. By using the Site, you expressly agree that BizBen.com (a) will not be liable to any claims, actions or judgments arising out of or related to any Materials and (b) may monitor, refuse to publish, remove, delete, move or edit any Materials without notice at any time for any reason, without liability and without providing a refund.

Unsolicited Materials. BizBen.com does not accept unsolicited materials or ideas for use or publication in its programming or in other digital, electronic or print media except in connection with the Forums, blog and podcast posts on the Site. BizBen.com shall not be responsible for the similarity of any of its content or programming in any media to Materials or ideas transmitted to the Site.

Representations/Indemnity. You hereby represent and warrant that (a) you have all necessary authority, rights and permissions to submit the Materials to the Site, (b) the Materials do not and will not infringe or misappropriate any copyright, trademark, trade secret, patent or other intellectual property right of any third party, including any rights of privacy or publicity, and (c) the Materials do not and will not violate any applicable law or regulation including, but not limited to, any automobile advertising laws or regulations, or cause injury to any person. You agree to release, defend, indemnify and hold BizBen.com, and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and contractors harmless from and against any and all claims, costs, demands or expenses, including attorneys' fees, arising from (i) any distribution, publication, refusal to publish, removal, deletion, movement, editing or other use of the Materials you provide, (ii) your use of the Site or any reliance on the Content, (iii) your breach of these Terms of Service or (iv) any actual, prospective or terminated sale or other transaction between you and a third party.

Prohibited Activities. The following is a partial list of the kinds of activities that are prohibited on or through the Site: (a) submitting Material that is patently offensive to the online community, such as content that promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual; (b) engaging in activities or submitting Material that could be harmful to minors; (c) engaging in activity or submitting Material that harasses or advocates harassment of another person; (d) engaging in activity that involves the transmission of "junk mail" or unsolicited mass mailing or "spam" to BizBen.com Users or others; (e) engaging in activity or submitting Material, or promoting information, that is fraudulent, false or misleading or promotes illegal activities or conduct that is abusive, threatening, obscene, defamatory or libelous; (f) submitting Material that contains restricted or password-only access pages, or hidden pages or images; (g) submitting Material that displays pornographic or sexually explicit material of any kind; (h) submitting Material that provides instructional information about illegal activities such as making or buying illegal weapons, violating someone's privacy, or providing or creating computer viruses; (i) engaging in activities or submitting Materials that solicit passwords or personally identifiable information for unlawful purposes from other Users; (j) engaging in commercial activities and/or sales without our prior written consent, such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, advertising and pyramid schemes; (k) using the Site's lead forms and/or toll-free numbers to advertise or promote products and services to BizBen.com advertisers; (l) using any robot, spider or other automatic device, or a manual process, to monitor or copy web pages or the Content contained in the Site or for any other unauthorized purpose without our prior expressed written permission; (m) using any device, software or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Site; (n) decompiling, reverse engineering, disassembling or otherwise attempting to obtain the source code for the Software; or (o) taking any action that imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on BizBen.com's hardware and software infrastructure (collectively, "Prohibited Activities").

Sell It Yourself Rules. By listing your business for sale through the Site's "Sell It Yourself" service (the "Listing Service"), you acknowledge and agree to all Sell It Yourself Terms and Conditions, which are available here:

Warranty Disclaimer. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT USE OF THE SITE AND RELIANCE ON ITS CONTENT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. BizBen.com, DOES NOT MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND REGARDING THE SITE, THE SOFTWARE, THE CONTENT, THE MATERIALS, THE LISTING SERVICE OR THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM USE OF ANY OF THE FOREGOING. THE SITE, THE SOFTWARE, THE CONTENT, THE MATERIALS AND THE LISTING SERVICE ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS, AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, AND BizBen.com, SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND WARRANTIES OF NONINFRINGEMENT. ALL INFORMATION RELATED TO BUSINESSES AVAILABLE ON THIS SITE IS SUPPLIED BY THE SELLER OR OTHER THIRD PARTIES. BizBen.com MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, TO ANY ACTUAL OR PROSPECTIVE PURCHASER OR OWNER OF ANY BUSINESS AS TO THE EXISTENCE, OWNERSHIP OR CONDITION OF THE BUSINESS, OR AS TO THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF ANY INFORMATION ABOUT A BUSINESS ADVERTISED ON THE SITE. BizBen.com CANNOT AND DOES NOT VERIFY OR WARRANT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF SUCH INFORMATION. BizBen.com RESERVES THE RIGHT, IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION, TO CORRECT ANY ERROR OR OMISSION ON THE SITE OR IN THE CONTENT. ALL BUSINESSES ARE SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALES. ANY AND ALL CONCERNS, DIFFERENCES OR DISCREPANCIES REGARDING A BUSINESS MUST BE ADDRESSED WITH THE SELLER PRIOR TO THE SALE OF THE BUSINESS. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN THE SELL IT YOURSELF TERMS AND CONDITIONS, BizBen.com DOES NOT MAKE AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES OR GUARANTEES TO YOU REGARDING THE LISTING SERVICE INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES OR GUARANTEES THAT YOU WILL SELL YOUR BUSINESS, OBTAIN AN ACCEPTABLE PRICE FOR YOUR BUSINESS, ONLY RECEIVE LEGITIMATE INQUIRIES OR SOLICITATIONS FROM QUALIFIED BUYERS, OR RECEIVE ANY INQUIRIES REGARDING YOUR BUSINESS FOR SALE.

Limitation of Liability. BizBen.com, ITS AFFILIATES, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, CONTRACTORS AND THIRD-PARTY LICENSORS SHALL IN NO EVENT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, RESULTING FROM OR CAUSED BY THE SITE, THE SOFTWARE, CONTENT, THE MATERIALS, THE LISTING SERVICE, THESE TERMS OF SERVICE OR OTHERWISE (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES RESULTING FROM NEGLIGENCE). IN NO EVENT WILL THE AGGREGATE MAXIMUM LIABILITY OF BizBen.com, ITS AFFILIATES, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, CONTRACTORS AND THIRD-PARTY LICENSORS FOR ANY CLAIM EXCEED FIFTY DOLLARS ($50).

Termination of Service. You understand and agree that in BizBen.com's sole discretion, and without prior notice, your access to this Site may be terminated or suspended, and BizBen.com may exercise any other remedy available and remove any Materials, if BizBen.com believes that your use of the Site and/or any Materials you provide (a) violate (i) these Terms of Service, (ii) the rights of BizBen.com, any Affiliate or Licensor, or another User of the Site, or (iii) any law or regulation, or are otherwise objectionable or inappropriate or (b) constitute fraudulent activity of any nature. You agree that monetary damages may not provide a sufficient remedy to BizBen.com for violations of these Terms of Service, and you consent to injunctive or other equitable relief for such violations without the requirement that BizBen.com post a bond. BizBen.com is not required to provide any refund to you if you are terminated as an authorized User of the Site because, in BizBen.com's sole discretion, you have violated these Terms of Service.

Miscellaneous. These Terms of Service may be changed at any time and you will be notified of any such changes by an updated posting of the new Terms of Service on this page of the Site. Your continued use of the Site after the posting of any amended Terms of Service shall constitute your agreement to be bound by any such changes. BizBen.com may modify, suspend, discontinue or restrict the use of any portion of the Site without notice or liability. This Site includes links to other websites not established or supervised by BizBen.com or any Affiliate. BizBen.com and its Affiliates do not endorse, sponsor or guarantee these linked websites and are not responsible in any way for any advice, content, information, practices, products or services related to or made available through such linked websites. These Terms of Service will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois without regard to its conflicts of law provisions. You hereby agree that any cause of action you may have with respect to the Site must be exclusively filed in the federal or state courts located in Contra Costa County, California, within one (1) year after the cause of action arises or the cause is barred. You hereby consent to personal jurisdiction in the federal and state courts in Contra Costa County, California, and waive any objection based on forum non conveniens. As a condition of using this Site, you agree that all causes of action arising out of or connected with this Site shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of these Terms of Service, or portion thereof, to be unenforceable, that provision of these Terms of Service will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to affect the intent of the parties, and the remainder of these Terms of Service will continue in full force and effect. Failure by BizBen.com to enforce any provision of this Terms of Service will not be deemed a waiver of future enforcement of that or any other provision of these Terms of Service. This Terms of Service constitutes the entire agreement between the parties regarding the subject matter hereof. Neither this Terms of Service, nor any terms and conditions contained herein, shall be construed as creating a partnership, joint venture or agency relationship or granting a franchise between the parties.

©1994 Business Exchange Network, Inc., 7172 Regional Street., #290, Dublin, California, 94568

Last updated on 3/4/09


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