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Business series

NOV. 12—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.  The topic is “Internet Safety: How to Protect Yourself and Your Children Online.” Richard A. Shaheen, senior supervisory agent of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Investigative Services, will be the presenter and will discuss their partnership with national leaders concerned with Internet safety to create Operation Safe Surf, a program designed to educate individuals of all ages about the seriousness of Internet safety issues. Although the Internet has become an integral part of one’s life, they need to be careful about instant messaging, social networking sites and predators who pose a danger to children. Find out what one needs to know in order to protect his or herself and their family. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141.

First step

NOV. 13—The University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center will host “The First Step: Mechanics of Starting A Small Business” from 7:30-10 a.m. at Mervis Hall, Oakland. Attend this event for help with financing, to learn about business structures, access helpful resources and understand the forms to establish your successful business. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-648-1542.

Networking luncheon

NOV. 17—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.

Business plan

NOV. 18—The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center will host “Writing an Effective Business Plan” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Rockwell Hall, Room 108, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. Focused on the importance of a business plan, this seminar is designed for accountants, business consultants, financial experts and business owners who are starting up, expanding or seeking increased profitability. Topics include where to look for financing, preparing financial statements and cash flow projections and software packages that can help, among others. Registration is requested and the cost is $45. For more information, call 412-396-6233 or visit http://www.sbdc.duq.edu.

Quickbooks workshop

NOV. 18—The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center will host an Intermediate Quickbooks Workshop from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Rockwell Hall, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. Dennis Piper & Associates will lead this workshop to broaden one’s skills with QuickBooks, the number one management and accounting tool utilized by startups and small business entrepreneurs. Topics at this workshop include working with inventory, handling sales tax, processing and accounting of payroll, using estimates and financial reports, among others. It is for Windows users only. Registration is requested and the cost is $45. For more information, call 412-396-6233 or visit http://www.sbdc.duq.edu.

Professional networking

NOV. 19—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. “Fashion 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 http://www.jessicaleesong.com.

Second step

NOV. 20—The University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center will host “The Second Step: Developing a Business Plan” from 7:30-10 a.m. at Mervis Hall, Oakland. Most financing options require a solid business plan. Learn all one needs to know about operational and production planning, conducting market research, and creating financial spreadsheets to attract funding for their business. Registration is requested and the cost is $25. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-648-1542 or e-mail ieeregistration@katz.pitt.edu.

Certification workshop

NOV. 20—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, 1st floor Conference Room, 700 River Ave., North Side. MBE/WBE and Veteran-owned businesses are encouraged to attend. It is free to the public. Registration is requested. For more information, call Marisa Fentzel at 412-395-6560 ext. 109.

Business luncheon

DEC. 2—The Board of Directors of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host their Annual Business Luncheon at 12 p.m. at the Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. The keynote speaker will be Robert P. Kelly, Chairman & CEO of BNY Mellon. Reservations are requested by Nov. 27 and the cost is $65 for members and $75 for non-members. For more information, call 412-392-0610.

Professional networking

DEC. 3—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. “Life Balance 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 http://www.jessicaleesong.com.

(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: newsroom@newpittsburghcourier.com.)

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