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Honoring the First-Ever Pittsburgh Small Business Community Hero

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Small businesses are vital to Pennsylvania. In fact, in the past five years, two out of three net jobs created, were created by small businesses in the Keystone State. It is apparent how important the small business community is, and Direct Energy Business was excited to launch the Small Business Community Heroes program to recognize an exemplary small business owner.

On July 11, Scott Pipitone, president of Pipitone Group, was honored as the first-ever Small Business Community Hero. With about 60 people in attendance, Todd Sandford, head of small business at Direct Energy Business, and Betsy Benson, publisher and vice president of Pittsburgh Magazine, presented Presbyterian SeniorCare Foundation and the Good Grief Center for Bereavement Support, a division of Ursuline Senior Services each with a $1,000 donation from Direct Energy in Scott’s name. Scott generously split his $500 cash prize between the two charities.

Scott was chosen as the first-ever Small Business Community Hero for his personal charitable contributions and volunteerism, as well as installing a culture of giving at his company. For the past three years, Scott has closed the office for a day of volunteering, sharing with his 33 employees his spirit of giving back to the communities in which they live and work.

Following the awards ceremony, Todd and Scott bravely stepped up and got dunked for charity. They were all smiles as they got soaked for a good cause.

Posted: July 23, 2013