Self-sufficiency …Program transforms lives by teaching business skills

A TEACHING MOMENT—Gordon Manker, micro business specialist teaches a class on marketing during the Micro Business Institutes entrepreneur class. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)
A TEACHING MOMENT—Gordon Manker, micro business specialist teaches a class on marketing during the Micro Business Institutes entrepreneur class. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)

The authorities of Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. strive to assist their clients in becoming self-sufficient. Adhering to Community Action mandates of the 1960s they continuously provide programming to eliminate poverty, broaden the safety net for the poor and unemployed, expand educational opportunities, and address the health and financial needs of people.
Gordon Manker, micro business specialist for the group’s Micro Business Institute views the entrepreneurial program as a key entity in assisting PCSI in their quest. “Our goal,” he indicates is fostering the development of sustainable micro-businesses which will stimulate economic development, self-sufficiency, and job creation in poverty-stricken neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.”
Currently Manker is assisting more than 30 participants in the attempt to fulfill their dreams of owning and operating a business. For the next several weeks he will provide and teach aspiring business owners valuable information and skills they need to reach their goal of entrepreneurship.
“There is a lot to starting a business,” he said. “My mission is to provide the participants with basic business development knowledge and ways to capitalize on their inherent talents, skills, and entrepreneurship ability.” A former deli owner and once involved in a multi-level marketing business, Manker knows what it takes to be self-employed.

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