Business Calendar

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Speed networking

MARCH 30—The Minority Networking Exchange will host a Business Speed Networking event from 6-8 p.m. at Tana Ethiopian Cuisine, 5929 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. Individuals will receive four minutes to network with the person sitting across from them. Attendees are asked to bring business cards. There will be a live jazz band afterwards and the cost of the event is $15. For more information, call Vernard Alexander at 412-303-0808 or e-mail Admin@minnetexch.com.

Bids & proposals

MARCH 31—The Diversity Business Resource Center will host the Understanding Bids & Proposals seminar from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Piatt Place, 301 Fifth Ave., Downtown. Topics for the seminar include: contracting at the local level, state contracting is now online and the latest news on federal procurement. Presenters for the event will be Kate Lacey Glodek, Elizabeth Bowers, Judith Kirby and Christina Damino. Registration is requested and the cost is $35. For more information, visit http://dbrc.ecenterdirect.com.

Business series

MARCH 31—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 “A Homeowner’s Guide to Hiring a Contractor: What Service Providers Don’t Want You to Know.” Alexandra Sabina, an author and lecturer, will facilitate the seminar and discuss where to find a service provider, questions to ask during the interview, how to obtain reliable references and everything you should see on a contract before signing. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail business@car­negie­library.org.

Web seminar

APRIL 5—Michael Couch & Associates Inc. will host “Dominating the Web: How Entrepreneurs Can Leverage the Web to Dramatically Transform Their Businesses” from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sigmas Conference and Event Center, 1717 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh. Presenter Chad Barr will show how easy it is t o make money and build a community of loyal clients who love doing business with the entrepreneur. Reservations are required by April 1 and the cost is $20-$40. For more information, call Michael Couch at 412-952-9036 or e-mail Michael@mcas­sociatesinc.com.

Publicity plan

APRIL 6—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host “Create a Publicity Plan for Your Business: Learn Industry Secrets on Media Opportunities and How to Develop An Attention-getting Press Release” from 10:15-11 a.m. at the Namm Business Center, 5801 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. Beth Caldwell will facilitate the seminar. For more information, call 412-422-9650.

Technology seminar

APRIL 6—Enterprise Forum of Pittsburgh will host “The Internet and Startups: How Technology is Changing? And What It Takes to Launch a Company” from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University Center, 100 Lytton Ave., Oakland. Several panelists will discuss technology. Virginia Pribanic of MedRespond will be the moderator. Registration is requested by April 4 and the cost is $35. For more information, call Gloria Sarnowski at 412-951-6145 or e-mail contact@enterpriseforumofPittsburgh.com.

Business series

APRIL 7—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 “Charitable Giving: Crafting a Gift of Significance.” The seminar will focus on various methods of tax favored giving to charities, including the gift of cash, appreciated securities, real estate and life insurance. Nicole Johnston of AXA Advisors LLC will discuss strategies and vehicles used for these gifts, including charitable trusts. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail business@carnegielibrary.org.

First step

APRIL 8—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 Clementai Dr., Oakland. The session will discuss financing, business structures, accessing helpful resources and understanding the forms needed to establish one’s business. For more information, call 412-648-1542 or visit http://www.sbdc.pitt.edu.

Second step

APRIL 15—The University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center and the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence will host “The Second Step: Developing a Business Plan” from 7:30-10 a.m. at Mervis Hall, Roberto Clementai Dr., Oakland. The session will teach all one needs to know about operational and production planning, conducting market research and creating financial spreadsheets to attract funding for one’s business. For more information, call 412-648-1542 or visit http://www.sbdc.pitt.edu.

Business seminar

APRIL 28—Allegheny County, The City of Pittsburgh, The Small Business Administration, Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center and Building Bridges for Business will host a Small Business Works Seminar at the Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave., East Liberty. This is the first seminar in a series developed to educate and empower business owners. There will be a keynote speaker to inspire individuals and more than 20 exhibitors to showcase resources. For more information, call Linda Handley at 412-475-9010 or visit http://www.buildingbridgesforbusiness.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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