Business Calendar

Business series

FEB. 18—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 “Finding a Job in a Tough Economy.” Chris Posti, executive coach and outpatient counselor for Posti & Associates Inc. will lead the discussion on tips that can get one hired during a tough economy. This event is free and open to the public. Call 412-281-7141.

Professional networking

FEB. 18—Jessica Lee will host “Entrepreneurial Thursdays” from 5:30-8 p.m. at Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave., Downtown. This week’s theme is “Business Exit Strategies.” This is a professional networking event with live jazz/R&B music. 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

Women business series

FEB. 19—Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship will host the Women’s Business Leaders Breakfast Series from 7:30-9 a.m. at the university’s James Laughlin Music Hall, Woodland Road, Shadyside. The series features prominent women business leaders from the Pittsburgh region. There will be networking and a continental breakfast followed by a presentation on various topics such as entrepreneurship, marketing, financing, leadership, social media, sustainability and more. The guest will be Holly Maurer-Klein, founder and owner of HMK Associates Inc. Registration is required and the cost is $25 per person. Call 412-365-1253 or e-mail



FEB. 20—The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh will host their 2nd Annual Microenterprise Symposium from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business, 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. There will be various workshops, lunch and a keynote address with Ruth Byrd-Smith, director of Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. Registration is requested and the cost is $45, which covers the workshops and lunch. For more information, call Alice Williams at 412-255-6743 or visit

Business basics

FEB. 20—SCORE will host their Small Business Workshop from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at DeVry University, 210 Sixth Ave., Downtown. This highly interactive workshop is geared to aspiring and existing small business entrepreneurs. Various business professionals cover the topics of small business planning, recordkeeping, taxes, financing, marketing and legal aspects. The cost is $45 and registration is requested by Feb. 17. For more information, call 412-395-6560, ext. 130 or e-mail

Networking luncheon

FEB. 23—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 required. The cost is $10. For more information, call Sharon Pranis at 412-349-1622.

Certification and

contracting workshop

FEB. 24—The U.S. Small Business Administration will host an 8(a) and HUBZone Certification & Contracting workshop from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at The Riverside Center for Innovation, 700 River Ave., 1st floor Conference Room, North Side. It is free to the public. MBE/WBE and Veteran-owned businesses are encouraged to attend. Registration is requested. Call Marisa Fentzel at 412-395-6560, ext. 109.

Business town hall


FEB. 24—The Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Development Council will host a Minority Business Town Hall Meeting, “New Beginning…positioning for success” from 9-11:30 a.m. at Community College of Allegheny Campus, 808 Ridge Ave., North Side. This is to help MBEs and corporations focus on the threats and opportunities that they may face in 2010. Registration is requested. For more information, call 412-391-4423 or visit

Board members workshop

FEB. 26—Duquesne University’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute will host “The Nonprofit Leadership Boarding School: Sophmore Year” from 8-11:30 a.m. at the University’s Rockwell Hall, Room 220, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. This is a training program that addresses the roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board members. Attendees will learn about board development and what boards should know about fundraising and ethical decision-making. Registration is required and the cost is $50 per person. For more information, call 412-396-6231 or email

Training program

ONGOING—The McKeesport Development Corporation will host a Business Training Program from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 502 Fifth Ave., Suite 601, McKeesport. The program will assist interested entrepreneurs in learning the nuts and bolts of starting or expanding a home based or small business. The program will run through Feb. 26. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information, call Deborah Molinari at 412-664-7000.

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