Business Calendar

Interview skills

MARCH 17—The Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania will host their Disability Resource Breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at1650 Main St., Pittsburgh. The topic for the workshop is “How to Sell Your Abilities in A job Interview.” Coralee A. Gionta will discuss how to develop a better understanding of best practices that persons with or without disabilities should use during their job search. She will teach how to complete applications, build a resume, plan for interviews, dress for the position and focus on the abilities that will one to get a job. For more information, call 412-782-5344.

Second step

MARCH 18—The University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center Institute for Entrepreneurial Experience will host “The Second Step: Developing a Business Plan” from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at Mervis Hall, Roberto Clementai Dr., Oakland. Attendees will learn all they need to know about operational and production planning, conducting market research and creating financial spreadsheets to attract funding to one’s business. Registration is requested and the cost is $25. For more information, call 412-648-1542 or visit

Business basics

MARCH 19—SCORE Pittsburgh will host a Small Business Basics Workshop at 8:30 a.m. at DeVry University, 210 Sixth Ave., Downtown. This workshop is presented by working professionals and helps new businesses get off to the right start by studying the legal requirements of starting a business and covering key topics that will impact the success or failure of the business. There will be discussions on marketing, record keeping, taxes, business plans development and how to obtain a small business loan. Registration is requested and the cost is $45. For more information, call 412-395-6560 ext. 130.

Career fair

MARCH 21—Glade Run Lutheran Services and the Western Pennsylvania Diversity Initiative will host a Career and Recruitment Fair from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Allegheny County Bar Association Auditorium, 414 Grant St., Room 920, Downtown. There will be representatives seeking candidates for positions such as nurses, behavioral specialist consultants, teachers and teacher assistants, case managers and more. For more information, visit

Business Seminar

March 22–Darnell Self will host a Lecture at 7 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 101 Mall Blvd., Monroeville. Self will share his principles for success. The event is free, seating is limited and registration is requested. For more information, call 412-773-2012 or email

Education seminar

MARCH 24—Duquesne University will host the Creating Success Through Literacy from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh, One Bigelow Square, Downtown. This is a two-day seminar for early childhood professionals that will provide an opportunity for professional development through speakers, breakout sessions and networking. The seminar will run through March 25. Guest speakers will be Geoffrey Canada and Rita Bean, Ph.D. Registration is free and credits are available. For more information, visit


MARCH 25—The African-American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host their PowerBreakfast Meeting at 7:30 a.m. at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant St., Downtown. The special guest will be Dr. Linda Lane, Superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. She will present the district’s initiatives and discuss the purchasing process for goods and services for the district. Reservations are required by March 23. The cost is $20 for members, $30 for non-members. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or e-mail

Network mixer

MARCH 28—The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host a Network Mixer from 5-7 p.m. at Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, 525 William Penn Place, 28th floor, Downtown. Attendees are asked to bring business cards to pass out. Registration is requested. The cost is $5 for non-members and members are asked to wear their logo pins. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or e-mail

Federal contracting

MARCH 30—The U.S. Small Business Administration will conduct a Federal Contracting workshop that includes 8(a), HUBZone and Women Certifications from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Riverside Center for Innovation, 700 River Ave., 1st floor Conference Room, North Side. MBE/WBE and Veteran-owned business owners are encouraged to attend. It is free to the public and registration is requested. For more information, call Marisa Fentzel at 412-395-6560 ext. 109 or Judith Kirby at 412-395-6560 Ext. 123.

Bids & proposals

MARCH 31—The Diversity Business Resource Center will host the Understanding Bids & Proposals seminar from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Piatt Place, 301 Fifth Ave., Downtown. Topics for the seminar include: contracting at the local level, state contracting is now online and the latest news on federal procurement. Presenters for the event will be Kate Lacey Glodek, Elizabeth Bowers, Judith Kirby and Christina Damino. Registration is requested and the cost is $35. For more information, visit

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