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Commonwealth business

OCT. 28—The Saint Vincent College Small Business Development will host “Doing Business With the Commonwealth” Workshop from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe. This workshop provides information to individuals interested in doing business with the government. A representative from the Department of General Services will discuss various important topics along with certification of minority- and women- owned businesses. For more information, call 724-537-4572.

Business series

OCT. 28—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 “Property Assessments, Appeals and the Homestead Exemption.” Raymond Garofalo of Dollar Bank will help individuals understand property tax assessments, the process for appealing unfair assessed values and how the Homestead Exemption can save money. This is especially helpful for new and recent homebuyers. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail business@carnegielibrary.org.

Technology conference

OCT. 28—The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University will host “TechNow: A Technology Conference for Nonprofits” at the Sewall Center of Robert Morris, 6001 University Blvd., Moon Township. This is a day devoted to the new and important technology trends and resources for nonprofits. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other nonprofits, expand their horizons, meet technology experts and get inspired. The keynote speaker will be Katya Andresen, chief operating officer of Network for Good. Registration is required. For more information, visit http://technow2010.wordpress.com.

Employment seminar

OCT. 29—The University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center and Maiello Brungo & Maiello will host the Next Step: Employment Seminar from 7:30-10 a.m. at Pitt’s Mervis Hall, Room 104, Oakland. Michael Brungo and Chad Ellis will lead this seminar for small and start-up business owners that will focus on how to avoid common pitfalls related to building and maintaining a productive workforce. Featured topics include effective hiring and firing, developing employee handbooks, use of independent contractors, how health care reform impacts the small business and more. Registration is requested and the cost is $25 per person. For more information, call 412-648-1542.

Marketing & promotions

NOV. 4—The Saint Vincent College Small Business Development will host “Promote Your Business Through Social Networking” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe. This is the fourth part of their technology series. In this seminar, Joe Polk of PennTAP, will teach individuals to effectively utilize online programs to give one’s business visibility. Registration is required and the cost is $40. For more information, call 724-537-4572 or e-mail sbdc@stvincent.edu.

Business series

NOV. 4—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 “Supercharge Your Career Planning.” Jeffrey Fortescue, manager of Business and Reference at the library, will help individuals discover the library’s resume maker and their testing and education reference center. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail business@carnegie­?library.org.

Vendor fair

NOV. 5—Business Women Connect will host their Business Women Connect Annual Vendor Fair and Networking Lunch from 1:30-3:45 p.m. at the Comfort Inn, 699 Rodi Rd., Penn Hills. This is a monthly networking group open to women in business who are interested in networking. There will be 24 vendors present. Registration is required and the cost is $12, which includes lunch and a beverage. For more information, call Donna Cheswick at 724-837-1130 or visit dcheswick@ bpuinvestments.com.

Job fair

NOV. 9—East End Works will host a Job Fair from 3:30-6 p.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 250 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty. This is an opportunity to meet face to face with more than 40 employers. There is also free job preparation available. For more information, call 412-567-8494.

Bookkeeping basics

NOV. 12—The University of Pittsburgh’s Small Business Development Center and Bookminders will host “Getting Your Financials in Order: Bookkeeping Basics” from 7:30-10 a.m. at the university’s Mervis Hall, Roberto Clementai Dr., Oakland. The program focuses on everything from bookkeeping basics and basic internal controls to the financial do’s and don’ts. There will be live examples of how to keep track of one’s finances using “spreadsheet” bookkeeping system. This seminar is for business owners who need training in bookkeeping. The cost is $25 and registration is requested. For more information, call 412-648-1542 or e-mail ieeregistration@katz.pitt.edu.

(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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