FEB. 9—The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center will host Simple Strategic Planning, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Rockwell Hall, Room 108, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh 15282. This workshop is designed to teach business owners how to put together a strategic plan that is simple, effective, and flexible enough to change as your business changes. Topics covered include format and structure; six key areas to plan; strategies for marketing, sales and time management, and the mindset of a successful business owner. Cost: $49. For more information, call 412-396-1633.
Free Government Contracting Webinar
FEB. 13—The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center will host an online webinar on Government Contracting Basics, 10 to 11:30 a.m. this free webinar will provide an introduction to government contracting and cover the basics of doing business with the government including registrations, regulations, certifications and other factors to consider when getting ready to enter this market. Melissa Becker, Government Contracting Specialist at the Northwest Commission PTAC, will discuss aspects of federal, state and local government contracting. To register, visit https://nwpaptac.ecenterdirect.com/events/4261 or contact Melissa Becker at 814.677.4800 x124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEB. 16—The African American Chamber of Commerce welcomes new Allegheny Conference on Community Development CEO Stefani Pashman as its speaker, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Rivers Club, Oxford Center, Downtown. Cost: $20 for members, $30 for non-members. Call 412-392-0610 for more information.
FEB. 19—The Chatham University Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship will present From Concept to Launch, a 6-week entrepreneurial training program for women in the early stages of starting a business, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chatham Eastside, Entrepreneurship Hub, 6585 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA. 15206, on 6 consecutive Mondays, evenings from 6-8pm on Feb 19, 26, and March 5, 12, 19, and 26th. Topics include: identifying target customers and markets, marketing strategies, foundational operations, basic financials, legal business entities, and more. Cost: $95. For more information, call Anne Flynn Schlicht at 412-365-1448.
Tax Workshop & Panel
FEB. 22—The African American Chamber of Commerce presents The Implications of Tax Reform on Individuals and Small Business, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at its offices in the Koppers Building, 635 Grant Street, Downtown. Panelist Joan Ellenbogen, Managing Partner of CrawfordEllenbogen Victor Dozzi, Partner and COO of CrawfordEllenbogen John Stillwaggon, President of Stillwaggon & McGill will discuss what the changes in the tax laws will mean for you and your firm. Cost $10 for members, $20 for non-members and includes a box lunch. For more information, call 412-392-0610.
Self-Employment Training Event
FEB. 28—The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center and AARP Foundation will host a free Work for Yourself@50+ workshop, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Library Homewood Branch, 7101 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA. 15208. The workshop is designed to give low- and moderate-income adults age 50+ gain the knowledge, support, and resources they need to make informed decisions and take the right first steps toward successful self-employment. The workshop will walk participants through the Work for Yourself@50+ materials and connect them with local resources to help them reach their goals. The event is free, but registration is required. Call 888-339-5617 to do so, and to receive the free 72-page workbook and resource guide.
Business Energy Efficiency Grants
THROUGH APRIL 15—The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has to $1,000,000 of grant funding available in the 13th year of the Commonwealth’s Small Business Advantage Grant Program for small businesses that adopt or acquire equipment or processes that promote pollution prevention and/or energy efficiency projects. Applicants must be a for-profit corporation, limited liability corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity with 100 or fewer full-time employees. Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures. Funding is eligible for those costs incurred between July 25, 2016 and June 30, 2017. For more information, contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office at 717-772-5160.
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