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Business networking

MAY 5—The University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center and the Diversity Business Resource Center will host a Social Networking for Small Business seminar from 2-4 p.m. at the Sigma Conference and Event Center, 1717 Babcock Blvd., Ross Township. Attendees will learn how to enhance marketing efforts with social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and more. The cost is $25. For more information, call 412-322-3272 or e-mail info@dbrconline.org.

Business series

MAY 6—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15-1 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St. The topic is “Inside the Meltdown: What Happened to the Economy.” This 60-minute PBS Frontline Production will investigate the causes of the economic crisis and how the government responded. The DVD will include interviews with major players of the bank industry. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141.

Professional networking

MAY 6—Jessica Lee and Pittsburgh Gateway Corp. will host “Entrepreneurial Thursdays” from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave., Downtown. This is a professional networking event with live jazz/R&B music. There is a $5 fee. Business casual is the attire. No jeans or tennis shoes. Call Sandy Marshall at 412-802-6780 or visit http://www.jessicaleesong.com.

Business series

MAY 13—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15-1 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St. The topic is “How to Start a Professional Consulting Business.” Marilyn Landis, president and CEO of Basic Business Concepts Inc., will discuss practical tips on how to start a successful consulting business and what is expected. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141.

Sales series

MAY 19—The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center will host “Sales: Cold Calling—Make the Most of Your Prospecting” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Rockwell Hall, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. Individuals will master and learn referral techniques, common approach calls, voice mail strategies, networking techniques and more. This is the last part of the three- part sales series. Reservations are required and the cost is $45. For more information, call 412-396-1633.

Annual meeting and luncheon

MAY 19—The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host their Annual Meeting and Luncheon at 12 p.m. at the Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. The keynote speaker will be chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, Mark Nordenberg. Registration is requested by May 14. Tickets are $65 for members and $75 for non-members. For more information, call 412-392-0610.

Women’s leadership conference

MAY 25—The Beard Institute of Duquesne University will host the Emerging Women’s Leadership Conference at 8 a.m. at the University’s Power Center Ballroom, Forbes Ave., Uptown. The theme is “Preparing the Next Generation of Women Business Leaders.” This conference will provide high-potential women with the opportunity to develop their business and leadership skills.  For moe information, call Linda Coleman at 412-396-4493 or e-mail colemanl@duq.edu.

Certification andContracting Workshop

MAY 26— The U.S. Small Business Administration will host an  8(a) and HUBZone Certification & Contracting workshop from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Riverside Center for Innovation, 700 River Ave., 1st floor Conference Room, North Side). MBE/WBE and Veteran-owned businesses are encouraged to attend. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Marisa Fentzel at 412-395-6560, ext. 109.

(To have information listed in the  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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