Business Calendar

Business series

AUG. 27—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series from 12:15-1 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St. The topic is “Commuting to Work or School? Now You Have a Choice!” Lisa Kay Schweyer, program developer for the CommuterInfo Program of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, will present this workshop. Representatives from CommuteInfo, the regional ridesharing program of Southwestern PA Commission, and Port Authority of Allegheny County will discuss how they can help you get to work or to school by riding public transit, carpooling, vanpooling and biking, as well as walking. This event is free and open to the public. Call 412-281-7141.

Professional networking

AUG. 27—Jessica Lee will host “Entrepreneurial Thursdays” from 5:30-8 p.m. at Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave., Downtown. This is a professional networking event with live jazz/ R&B music. The theme for this week is “Women Innovators.” There is a $10 cover charge with a full bar and dinner selections. Business casual is the attire. No jeans or tennis shoes.Call Sandy Marshall at 412-802-6780 or visit

Networking luncheon

SEPT. 1—The Comfort Inn & Conference Center will host “Comfort Zone Networking Lunch” from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at 699 Rodi Rd., Penn Hills. This is a networking opportunity with lunch. Reservations are requested by Aug. 31. The cost is $10. Call Sharon Pranis at 412-349-1622.

Second step

SEPT. 2—The University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center will host “Second Step: Developing A Business” from 7:30-10 a.m. at the University’s Mervis Hall, Roberto Clemente Dr., Oakland. Most financing options require a solid business plan. Learn all you need to know about operational and production planning, conducting market research, and creating financial spreadsheets to attract funding for your business. Registration is requested and the cost is $25. Call 412-648-1542 or e-mail

Business workshop

SEPT. 2—The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University and Bridgeway Capital will host the “Listening to Your Business” workshop from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Chatham University, Braun Hall, Woodland Rd., Shadyside. This is a workshop based upon the FastTrac business development program. It is a hands-on facilitated workshop designed to provide women business owners and managers with the critical evaluation tools needed to maximize the growth and profitability of their business. Individuals will set a three-year vision plan, evaluate the planning process and translate one’s goals into action steps. The cost is $40 per person and registration is requested by Aug. 31. Call 412-365-1253.

Record keeping

SEPT. 10—The Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center will host a “Record Keeping and Tax Requirements for Small Business” workshop from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe. Gary Breckly, of Gary W. Breckly and Associates, will lead this seminar on how one can learn how to avoid tax problems like back-taxes and penalties, and also the correct ways to manage one’s recordkeeping system. He will also discuss how to avoid mistakes many business owners make when preparing records, what type of records one will need to keep for taxes and auditing, recordkeeping requirements for compliance with sales and use tax laws, and more. Business tax deductions, taxpayer services, taxpayer ID numbers, employee withholding, payroll tax requirements and withholding, sales tax responsibility, and illustrations of good record keeping systems will also be discussed. Registration is required by Sept. 7 and the cost is $40 per person. Call the Educational Programs Department at 724-537-4572 or e-mail

Business series

SEPT. 10—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series from 12:15-1 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic is “The Convincing Cover Letter: Get it Read. Get an Interview.” Karen Litzinger of, Litzinger Career Counseling, will present this workshop. She will review both the content and format of convincing cover letters, and suggest places to send them to expand your job search. In this lively session, she’ll also talk about other related correspondence, including networking, thank-you notes and offer letters. This event is free and open to the public. Call 412-281-7141.

Special breakfast meeting

Sept. 18—The African-American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host their Special Breakfast Meeting at 8 a.m. at The Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant St., Downtown. The guest will be Pennsylvania Senator Wayne Fontana. He will summarize the year’s activities on Capitol Hill and share his vision for small business in the upcoming months. Reservations are requested. The cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or email

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