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Brown Bag Lunch

FEB. 9—The Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania will host their Brown Bag Lunch series from 12-1 p.m. at 1650 Main St., Sharpsburg. The topic will be “No Pressure Selling.” Scot Teachout of Peak Performance Management will discuss how to build successful sales cultures in one’s business, how to handle loss opportunities, slipping margins, market share and more. He will also discuss the five things to propel a business. For more information, call 412-782-5344 or e-mail volunteersofamerica@voapa.org.

Business series

FEB. 10—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 “Federal Tax Credits-Which Ones Can You Claim?” Tax Specialist from the IRS, Patrick Price will discuss the federal tax credits and the rules and regulations for each. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail business@carnegielibrary.org.

First step

FEB. 11—The University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center and the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence will host “The First Step: Developing a Business Plan” from 7:30-10 a.m. at Mervis Hall, Roberto Clemente Dr., Oakland. This is for individuals starting a small business and looking to learn about business structures, helpful resources and understanding the forms that will allow one to establish their business. The cost is $25. For more information, call 412-648-1542 or visit http://www.sbdc.pitt.edu.

Small business workshop

FEB. 12—SCORE will host the Small Business Workshop from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the PNC YMCA, 2nd floor, 236 Fifth Ave., Downtown. This is an interactive workshop geared toward aspiring and existing small business entrepreneurs. Professionals will discuss topics, such as, small business planning, record keeping, taxes, financing, marketing and more. Registration is required and a continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 412-395-6560 ext. 130.

Business training

FEB. 15—YW Enterprising Women Microenterprise Ownership Certificate Program will host their Spring 2011 Business Startup Training with a Business Feasibility Program from 6-9 p.m. at the North Shore Campus of CCAC, 800 Allegheny Ave., North Shore. This class will run every Tuesday until May 3, 2011. This is a 12 week, 36 hour step-by-step program designed for women who want to start a small business and do not know where to begin. There will also be a class every Wednesday from Feb. 16-May 4 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, 305 Wood St., Downtown. Registration is requested and the cost is $199, which includes the curriculum and materials. For more information, call 412-255-6749.

Upgrade selling results

FEB. 16—Peak Performance Management and Sandler Training will host Upgrade Selling Results By Upgrading Yourself from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Ave., Downtown. Executives from around the country will discuss what they’ve learned about creating a superior selling organization and how to grow sales. Registration is requested by Feb. 14. For more information, call Debbie Nahm at 412-928-9933 ext. 200 or e-mail debbienahm@superiorselling.com.

Break the rules

FEB. 17—The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center will host “Break the Rules and Close More Deals” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Rockwell Hall, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. This is part one of a three part series on sales and it will teach the top five things to focus on to propel sales. There will also be a presentation from Peak Performance Management. Registration is requested and the cost is $45. For more information, call 412-396-6233 or e-mail duqsbdc@duq.edu.

Business series

FEB. 17—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 “What is ‘Strategic’ Networking?” Sheryl Johnson, founder of BD-PRo Marketing Solutions will discuss valuable tips and tools to enable one to become a more successful and polished networker. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail business@carnegielibrary.org.

Diversity workshop

FEB. 23—The Western Pennsylvania Diversity Initiative will host Bridging the Cross-Cultural Communication Gap in the Multicultural Workplace from 8:30-11 a.m. at the City-County Building, Room 920, 414 Grant St., Downtown. This is an interactive, participative workshop that will provide guidelines and information on how to communicate more clearly, efficiently and considerately with people from other cultures. Rhonda Coast, President of International Development Resources and Lynda Stucky, President of Clearly Speaking, will be the facilitators. Registration is required and the cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. For more information, call 412-402-6706 or visit http://www.wpdiversity.org.

(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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