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What is the Shop Sustainable Small Business Event?

Sustainable businesses take actions that are simultaneously good for their bottom line, the environment, and the social fabric of their communities. Celebrate the “Sustainable Small Business” designation of the small businesses in your community. Visit any of the participating businesses listed below between July 1 and July 15, 2017 and help spread the word by posting about your visit on social media! Your post may qualify as an entry to win prizes (details below).

How to Enter

Step 1: Visit participating Sustainable Small Businesses during their regular business hours from July 1 through July 15, 2017.

Step 2: Take a “selfie” photo at the business or take a picture of your purchase.

Step 3: Post your photo to Twitter or Facebook:

Post your photo to Twitter using the hashtag, #sustainsmallbiz or post your photo to our Facebook Shop Sustainable Small Business Event Page in the comments section. NOTE: You must be logged into Facebook to view the event page.

Alternate Means of Entry (AMOE): Send an e-mail to sbiz@sustainablepittsburgh.org with your name, phone number, date of birth, and state of residence. You may attach a photo to your e-mail submission. Just remember to tell us which business is depicted in the photo, if applicable. Note: by sending your photo, you authorize Sustainable Pittsburgh to use it in promotional materials and social media posts.

Submit your entry between 12:00:00 AM EDT Saturday, July 1 and 11:59:59 PM EDT Saturday, July 15 to enter the prize drawing.  Earn one entry per social media post or email, with a limit of three entries per entrant per day.  (Each eligible entrant may generate up to 45 entries throughout the 15-day promotional period.)  No purchase necessary to win prizes.  A purchase will not improve chances of winning.  Void where prohibited.

Prize Details

Paul Michael Design

Lawrenceville, PA

Pittsburgh Pin or Pendant

Custom designed for the Shop Sustainable Small Business event, the pin will be made from reclaimed metal and laboratory-grown diamonds.

Estimated retail value $950.00

Eden’s Market

Mount Lebanon, PA

Gift Basket

Contains gluten-free snacks, books, teddy bear and surprise gifts all in a reusable bag.

Estimated retail value $136.00

$40 Gift Certificate and Free T-Shirt

Certificate can be used for a new cut, style or any service at Mirror Image.

Estimated retail: $55.00

The Flying Squirrel

Carnegie, PA

$40 Gift Certificate

Certificate can be used to purchase toys, games, ice cream and more!

Estimated retail value: $40.00

Cousins Lounge

Millvale, PA

5 Gift Certificates for Free Cheese Pizza

Each certificate can be redeemed for a free cheese pizza at Cousins Lounge.

Each certificate will be awarded separately. Estimated retail value $6.00 each, total $30.00

Odds of winning each prize depend on the total number of eligible entries received. Game is subject to complete official rules. See official rules below or download a print version for more details.

Find a Participating Business

Participating Business List

Official Rules

No purchase necessary to win.

A purchase will not improve one’s chances of winning.  Void where prohibited.

Prize entrants must be 21 years of age or older, and must reside in Pennsylvania.  If Sustainable Pittsburgh cannot verify age or residency, Sustainable Pittsburgh reserves the right to disqualify the entrant at any time during or after the entry period.

Sustainable Pittsburgh employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to win, but may choose, at their sole discretion, to take and post “selfie” photos during the promotional period to build awareness of the program.  Such posts will not be considered valid entries for the prize drawing.  Employees of any advertising or promotional agency hired by Sustainable Pittsburgh, and immediate family members of those employees, are not eligible to win.

Prize entries can be submitted via Facebook and Twitter, or by emailing sbiz@sustainablepittsburgh.org. Details for each entry method are provided below.

Photo Guidelines
Entries for prizes are earned by posting “selfie” photos to Twitter or Facebook from inside or just outside of a participating business location, or by submitting a photo of something purchased from a participating Sustainable Small Business.  If the photo is taken inside or outside the business, the photo must clearly depict an identifiable feature of the business, including but not limited to signage, products for sale, business owner, or business cards.  Blurry or ambiguous photos may not be accepted for entry.  Images and entries may be removed or disqualified at the sole discretion of Sustainable Pittsburgh.

In addition to the above methods, you may enter by sending an email indicating your participation in the program.  Participation under this method does not require the submission of a photograph.  You can submit a photo by email, at your sole choice.  By e-mailing a photo, the entrant authorizes Sustainable Pittsburgh to post the photo to any official Sustainable Pittsburgh website or social media account, including but not limited to the Sustainable Small Business Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Limit 10 MB total for email attachments.

Participating businesses can be found at http://www.shopsustainablesmallbiz.org.  Only photos from these businesses will qualify for an entry.

Photos may not include any product, signage or item that depicts nudity, sexual imagery, illegal activities, drug use, underage smoking, underage drinking, or images that would violate any terms and conditions stipulated by Facebook or Twitter.

Twitter
Entries via Twitter must include a photo as described above with the hashtag, #sustainsmallbiz.  No entries via Twitter will be accepted without the hashtag and photo.

Facebook
Entries via Facebook will qualify if a photo as described above is posted to the comments section of the Facebook event page.

NOTE: All comments and photos submitted to the Facebook event page may be made public by default, regardless of the entrant’s Facebook privacy settings.  This is a characteristic of Facebook, and cannot be controlled by Sustainable Pittsburgh.  By entering via Facebook, entrants agree to allow the entry to be publicly viewable.

Any comments on Sustainable Pittsburgh’s social media pages, whether part of a prize entry or not, may be removed at the sole discretion of Sustainable Pittsburgh for any reason whatsoever.  Any comment intended to provoke or “troll” business owners or participants will be removed immediately.

This program is not endorsed or sponsored by Twitter or Facebook.  By entering, the user agrees to hold Twitter, Facebook and Sustainable Pittsburgh and its members, employees and partners harmless for any damage that may arise from participation in the event.

Email
Email entries must be submitted to sbiz@sustainablepittsburgh.org, and may include a photo as described above.  Entries by email must include the entrant’s name, phone number, date of birth, state of residence, and the name of the business depicted in the photo (if applicable).  By e-mailing a photo, the entrant authorizes Sustainable Pittsburgh to post the photo to any official Sustainable Pittsburgh website or social media account, including but not limited to the Sustainable Small Business Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Participation under this method does not require the submission of a photograph.

Earning Multiple Entries

The number of entries is limited to three entries per entrant per day.  Earn one entry per social media post or email.

Only entries submitted between 12:00:00 am EDT on July 1, 2017 and 11:59:59 pm EDT on July 15, 2017 will be eligible for entry.

Participating Sustainable Small Business owners are welcome to offer a donation of a prize to incentivize participation in the event.  All prizes donated become the sole property of Sustainable Pittsburgh, and may be awarded to any qualifying entrant who name is drawn as winner.  Sustainable Pittsburgh is solely responsible for selecting and notifying the prize winners, and for delivering prizes.

The prize drawing will take place on Monday, July 31, 2017.  Winners will be randomly selected from all qualified entries.  Separate drawings will be conducted for each prize.  Winning entries for each drawing will not be included in subsequent drawings.  All other qualifying entries will be included in each subsequent prize drawing.

NOTE: Each entrant may earn multiple entries, as described in the submission guideline above.  Therefore, it is possible that one entrant will win more than one prize.

Odds of winning a prize depend on the total number of qualifying entries, and total entries earned by each entrant.

Approximate retail value of each prize (prizes may not be exchanged for cash):
Paul Michael Design Pittsburgh Pin created with post-consumer recycled metal and laboratory-grown diamond, estimated retail: $950.00
Gift Basket from Eden’s Market, estimated retail: $136.00
Gift Card and Free Mirror Image Cuts and Styles T-shirt, estimated retail: $50.00
Gift Certificate from The Flying Squirrel, estimated retail: $40.00
FREE Cheese Pizza Gift Certificate at Cousins Lounge, estimated retail: $6.00
FREE Cheese Pizza Gift Certificate at Cousins Lounge, estimated retail: $6.00
FREE Cheese Pizza Gift Certificate at Cousins Lounge, estimated retail: $6.00
FREE Cheese Pizza Gift Certificate at Cousins Lounge, estimated retail: $6.00
FREE Cheese Pizza Gift Certificate at Cousins Lounge, estimated retail: $6.00

A list of winners may be obtained by writing a letter of request to Sustainable Pittsburgh, 307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or by submitting a request to sbiz@sustainablepittsburgh.org.

By participating in the event, each participant and winner waives any and all claims of liability against Sustainable Pittsburgh, its directors, officers, employees and agents, the event’s sponsors and their respective employees and agents, for any personal injury or loss which may occur from the conduct of, or participation in, the event, or from the use of any prize.

The “Shop Sustainable Small Business” program is sponsored and operated by:
Sustainable Pittsburgh
307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Pittsburgh PA, 15222

How can my business participate?

If your business is already designated, share the Twitter, Facebook Event Page and website with your network! You may also download and print the official flyer and posters for your promotional use. The Sustainable Pittsburgh team will send one poster and 10 flyers to each participating business as well. Look for our envelope in the mail!

If your business is not yet designated, or your designation has expired, apply for Sustainable Small Business Designation by June 29rd, 2017 to be included. If your business was previously designated, but is not listed on above, it may be time to renew your designation. (Your designation is valid for 2 years from the date of your initial application.) Submit your renewal application HERE.

What is a Sustainable Small Business?

Sustainable Small Businesses implement actions that are simultaneously good for their bottom line, the environment, and the social fabric of their communities.  The Sustainable Small Business program, operated by the nonprofit Sustainable Pittsburgh, is a voluntary program that recognizes small businesses for their achievements and helps advance more sustainable practices.

There are three levels of recognition. Look for these seals on doors or windows of designated Sustainable Small Businesses.