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Business series

MAY 27—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 “Get Your Portfolio on Track in 2010 and Beyond.” Robert Fragasso, chairman and CEO of Fragasso Financial Advisors, will discuss the necessary investments to build a strong financial future—how to prepare for retirement and not outlive one’s money, the effects of inflation and how creating a balanced and allocated portfolio can reduce the risk. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141.

Professional networking

MAY 27—Jessica Lee and Pittsburgh Gateway Corp. will host “Entrepreneurial Thursdays” from 5:30-8 p.m. at Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave., Downtown. The theme is “Funding and Financial Strategies.” 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. For more information, call Sandy Marshall at 412-802-6780 or visit

Awards luncheon

MAY 28—The Western Pennsylvania Small Business Administration Network will host their Awards Luncheon from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel, 300 West Station Square, Station Square. The awards will be held in conjunction with the annual celebration of National Business Week. The keynote speaker will be local golf champion Carol Semple Thompson. Tickets are $45, $55 after May 14. For more information, call 412-392-4555, ext. 3564.

Mastering change

JUNE 1—Duquesne University will host “Extraordinary Leadership: Mastering Change in Today’s Economy” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Rockwell Hall, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. Lois Bradley of Du­quesne University will lead participants in a discussion on how the economy has changed the rules of the workplace and how to understand the stages of change and how to manage them. Registration is required and the cost is $89 for members and $99 for non-members. For more information, call Coleen Wierzchowski at 412-396-5600.

Business series

JUNE 3—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 “Thinking About Starting Your Own Business? Realities and Advice for the New Entrepreneur.” Joyce Pearl of SCORE Counselors to America’s Small Businesses will discuss the forms needed to start a business in Pennsylvania, where to look for outside financing, the reasons for a written business plan and answers to frequently asked questions before beginning a new business venture. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141.

Bookkeeping basics

JUNE 4—The Small Business Development Center of the University of Pittsburgh will host “Getting Your Finances in Order: Bookkeeping Basics” from 7:30-10 a.m. at Mervis Hall, Roberto Clemente Drive, Oakland. Attendees will learn everything from bookkeeping terminology and basic internal controls to the financial dos and don’ts. There will be live examples of how to keep track of one’s finances using a spreadsheet bookkeeping system. Reservations are required and the cost is $25. For more information, call 412-648-1542 or e-mail

Business expo & BBQ

JUNE 5—Bethel AME Church will host their Black Experience Expo and BBQ from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 2720 Webster Ave., Hill District. The expo will highlight Black businesses throughout the community. Vendors must reserve their spot by May 22. For more information, call Natasha R. Harris at 412-592-2613.

Government procurement

JUNE 9—The Small Business Development Center of Saint Vincent College will host “Grow Your Business Through Government Procurement” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe. This free half-day seminar will give participants the opportunity to hear from government agencies and prime contractors on how to do business with their organizations. Registration is required by June 4. For more information, call 724-537-4572 or e-mail

Diversity and inclusion plan

JUNE 9—The Western Pennsylvania Diversity Initiative will host their Symposium Implementing a Diversity and Inclusion Plan from 2-4 p.m. at Ciopinno, 2350 Railroad St., Strip District. The presenter will be Jay Lubowitz from Duquesne University. He will introduce the Taylor Cox model of implementing a diversity plan in an organization. There will also be a networking reception from 4-5:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Registration is required. For more information, call Karen Hart-Collins at 412-402-6706, e-mail or visit

(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:

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