OCT. 15—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., Downtown. The topic is “Reverse Mortgages—The Pros and Cons.” Andy Dlinn of Next Generation Financial Services and First Mariner Bank will present this workshop. He will discuss the benefits and limitations of reverse mortgages so one can determine if this option will work for them. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141.
OCT. 15—Jessica Lee will host “Entrepreneurial Thursdays” from 5:30-8 p.m. at Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave., Downtown. This is a professional networking event with live jazz/R&B music. The theme is “Entertainer Entrepreneurs.” There is a $10 cover charge with a full bar and dinner selections. Business casual is the attire. No jeans or tennis shoes. For more information, call Sandy Marshall at 412-802-6780 or visit www.jessicaleesong.com.
OCT. 16—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. Commissioner J. Bracken Burns Sr., of Washington County, will discuss business opportunities in Washington County and the key role he has in making it happen. Reservations are requested by Oct. 14. The cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCT. 17—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. Business professionals cover the topics of small business planning, recordkeeping, taxes, financing, marketing and legal aspects. The cost is $45 and registration is requested. For more information, call 412-395-6560 ext. 130 or email email@example.com.
OCT. 20—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.
OCT. 20—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., Downtown. The topic is “Blocking and Tackling Your Way to Management Success.” Alan Simon, Author and Managing Principal for Precision Business Intelligence LLC., will present this informative and entertaining workshop. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141.
Forum for women
OCT. 23—The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University will host the 4th Annual Think Big Forum for Women from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at Chatham University, Woodland Rd., Shadyside. This year’s event will encourage big thinking through panel discussions with prominent local businesswomen who will address issues pertaining to strategic business growth, entrepreneurship, leadership, and sustainability. There will be several panel discussions featuring some of the regions most prominent women. The cost is $45. For more information, visit www.chatham.edu/cwe.
OCT. 24-2 Tech Divas will host “Blogging for Beginners: A Laptop Workshop” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, 5308 Liberty Ave., Shadyside. This is designed for the technologically challenged who would like to start a blog for fun or for business but aren’t sure where to start. The workshops are taught in small groups and will show participants everything needed to know in order to set up a blog easily, quickly and to maximize both SEO and branding potential. The cost is $50 per person and includes a continental breakfast. Individuals must bring their own laptops. For more information, call 412-816-1274 or visit www.2techdivas.com.
Oct. 30-The U.S. Small Business Administration will host an 8(a) and HUBZone Certification & Contracting workshop from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Riverside Center for Innovation, 700 River Ave., 1st floor Conference Room, North Side. All MBE/WBE and Veteran-owned businesses are encouraged to attend. It is free to the public. For more information, call Marisa Fentzel at 412-395-6560 ext. 109.
(To have information on Business Calendar, send information at least two weeks in advance to: 315 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219; Fax: 412-481-1360 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.)