Business Calendar 3-27-13



Breakfast Series
MARCH 28—Dress for Success Pittsburgh will host its Essence of Leadership Breakfast Series 2013 from 7:15-9 a.m. at the Omni William Penn Hotel, 531 Penn Ave., Downtown. Liz Moore Pessaro, founder of the Bluebird Kitchen, will speak on the topic “Taking the Entrepreneur’s Leap! How I Traded Wall Street For Fresh Bread.” This is the first of four sessions of the series. Registration is requested. For more information, call Jodie Tabano at 412-201-4204.

Planning/Promoting Your Website
MARCH 28—The Small Business Development Center at Saint Vincent College will host “Planning and Promoting Your Website” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Saint Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe. This is for individuals who have a business and no website. Technology Specialist Joe Polk will discuss website development stages, website templates, website costs and more. Registration is required. For more information, call 724-537-4572 or email
Entrepreneurial Thursdays
MARCH 28—Pittsburgh Gateway Corporation will host Jessica Lee’s Entrepreneurial Thursdays Jazz and Blues Networking from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. Every Thursday jazz and R&B vocalist Jessica Lee, along with some of Pittsburgh’s finest musical artists, will host an evening of good music and professional networking. Each week will have a different theme; this week’s will be “An Entrepreneurial Surprise.” The cost is $5 and the attire is business casual. For more information, visit
Financial Planning Workshop
APRIL 4—The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host a Financial Planning Workshop at the Koppers Building, Penn Room, 436 Seventh Ave., Downtown. Representatives from the Luther Financial Group. Merril Lynch, Fragasso Financial Advisors & Janney will discuss the importance of financial planning as a business owner and the resources available to assist you. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or visit
The Human Factor
APRIL 8—The University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence will host “The Human Factor: Leveraging Technology to Connect with Your Customers” from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Regional Learning Alliance, 800 Cranberry Dr., Cranberry Township. Chris Pirillo will facilitate this informative program designed to help individuals take advantage of technology to communicate better with staff and customers. For more information, call Tara Gerek at 412-648-1389 or email
Business Opportunity Fair
APRIL 11—Highmark will host a Business Opportunity Fair at 8:30 a.m. at 120 Fifth Ave., Downtown. This is in regards to the Wexford Medical Mall Project. There will be prime contractors on site to answer specific questions related to diverse partnership opportunities. Pre-registration is required by March 29 and seating is limited. For more information, visit
Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series
APRIL 12—Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship will host the Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series from 7:30-9 a.m. at Chatham University, James Laughlin Music Hall, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh. Susan Gregg Koger, of ModCloth, will speak on the topic “Dresses and Successes: Turning a Passion for Vintage into a Global Business.” She will discuss how she turned a hobby into an e-retailer known for its innovative social shopping experience. Registration is required and the cost is $25. For more information, visit
Career Development Series
APRIL 18—UPMC will host a monthly Career Development Series from 3-5 p.m. at the Medical Arts Building, 3708 5th Ave., Oakland. This free, monthly session for job seekers will teach individuals how to navigate the website, apply online for jobs, write an effective resume and prepare for interviews. Registration is requested. For more information, call Barbara Jerry at 412-864-4257 or email


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