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Certification & Contracting Workshop

DEC. 8—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. It is free to the public. To register contact: Marisa Fentzel at 412-395-6560 ext. 109.

Home-buying workshop

DEC. 8—Dollar Bank and the Pittsburgh Housing Development Association Inc. will host a Home Buying Workshop at 6 p.m. at 900 Rebecca Ave., Wilkinsburg. There will be counselors on hand and discussions about grant money for closing costs, mortgage and down payment options, public housing programs, credit counseling and more. Also a free credit report evaluation will be given. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-687-1197 or visit http://www.phdainc.org.

Business series

DEC. 9—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., Downtown. The topic is “How to Get Organized for the Upcoming Tax Session.” Diana Smith, tax specialist for the Internal Revenue Service, will discuss the most efficient way to organize one’s important 2010 tax documents. She will also talk about the current IRS updates that may save time and money. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail business@carnegielibrary.org.

Breakfast series

DEC. 10—The Chatham University Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship will host its Business Leaders Breakfast Series from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Woodland Rd., Shadyside. Mona Generett, Ph.D., vice president of Dollar Bank will speak on “Finding Opportunity in the Strongest Places.” There will be a continental breakfast and networking session. Registration is required and the cost is $25. For more information, call 412-365-1253 or visit http://www.chatham.edu/cwe.

First step

DEC. 14—The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center will host “The First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials” from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Rockwell Hall, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. This seminar is for individuals starting up a business without previous experience. Topics that will be discussed include business structure and formation; fictitious name registration; employee issues and more. Once the seminar is completed, individuals will have the opportunity to meet with counselors. Registration is required and the seminar is free. For more information, call 412-396-6233 or e-mail duqsbdc@duq.edu.

Holiday celebration

DEC. 14—The Western Pennsylvania Diversity Initiative will host a Holiday Celebration from 4-8 p.m. at Olive or Twist, 140 6th St., Downtown. This is a celebration of the holiday season, but also to give a sneak preview of the organization’s new website. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. For more information, call 412-402-6706 or visit http://www.wpdiversity.org.

More money, less stress

DEC. 15—Sandler Training will host “More Money, Less Stress” from 8:30-10 a.m. at 2593 Wexford-Bayne Rd., Sewickley. This seminar is for CEOs, Presidents and Business Owners interested in developing their company into a stress-less, money-making machine. Attendees will learn the top three things owners must do, but rarely do; how to develop a plan to propel one’s business; motivational ideas; and how to control one’s time. Registration is required and the cost is $95. For more information, call Diane DiFalco at 724-940-2388 or e-mail ddifalco@sandler.com.

Business series

DEC. 16—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15 at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic is “I.O.U.S.A.-One Nation, Under Stress, In Debt.” This is an 85-minute PBS documentary illustrating America’s current economic situation. There are interviews with key individuals. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail business@carnegielibrary.org.

Communications

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DEC. 17—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host the Toastmaster Dawn Patrol from 7:15-8:30 a.m. at 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. This is an opportunity for individuals to practice face-to-face public speaking and become a better communicator in a comfortable environment. For more information, call Karen Rossi, 412.281.7141 or e-mail business@carnegielibrary.org.

Annual dinner

DEC. 20—GlobalPittsburgh will host their Annual Dinner from 5:30-9 p.m. at the LeMont Restaurant, 1114 Grandview Ave., Mt. Washington. This is a celebration of Chile connecting countries, cultures and citizen diplomats. The event will also honor Center Rock Inc. for their role in the rescue of the 33 Chilean Miners. There will be food, dancing, wine tasting, music and silent auction. Reservations are required by Dec. 13, business formal is required and the cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-members. For more information, call 412-392-4513.

(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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