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Direct Energy and Pittsburgh Magazine are committed to Southwestern Pennsylvania and continue to recognize the region’s unsung heroes who go above and beyond in the community. With that commitment in mind, the two companies recently introduced the Small Business Community Heroes award program. The program will recognize a small business owner who exemplifies the volunteer spirit in the community. Please take a few minutes to nominate that individual by Sunday, May 19, 2013 by 11:59 p.m. at

For purposes of this program, a small business is defined by having less than 100 employees, and nominees do not need to be Direct Energy customers. The award is open to all residents of communities in the Pittsburgh Magazine market area (i.e. Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties). Nominations should be no longer than 500 words and must detail the specific contributions the small business owner has made to improve the community through volunteerism.

The winner of the award will receive a a full page in the July issue of Pittsburgh Magazine. In addition, Direct Energy will give the winner a $500 cash prize, a will donate $2,000 to the winner’s community charity of choice.

“We couldn’t be happier to be working with Pittsburgh Magazine to bring this honorable award to Southwestern Pennsylvania,” said Todd Sandford, vice president of small business for Direct Energy. “Direct Energy has a major presence in Pittsburgh and we are dedicated to investing in the communities in which we live, work and serve our customers. We applaud all of the wonderful volunteers and look forward to recognizing those small business owners that devote their time for the greater good of the community.”

A selection committee from Direct Energy and Pittsburgh Magazine will review the submissions, and the winner will be announced in June. Complete rules, the official nomination form and all other information are available online at

Posted: May 13, 2013