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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 Clemente 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.

Social media series

APRIL 12—The Business Institute of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host a Social Media Workshop from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Regional Enterprise Tower, 425 Sixth Ave., Downtown. Ian Rosenberg of Social Media/Strategic Images will present part two of this workshop series designed for the small business owners of Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter. There will be a brief demonstration on the application and the uses of them. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members and includes a box lunch. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or e-mail information@aacwp.com.

Business webinar

APRIL 13—The University of Pittsburgh Business Center for Executive Education will host the “Becoming and Engaged Leader: Creating a work environment of commitment and success” webinar from 12-1 p.m. at 4227 Fifth Ave., 5th floor, Oakland. The webinar will review basic leadership principles that will better equip participants to meet future challenges of the workforce. Topics include how to strengthen working relationships, how to manage remotely and the case for employment engagement. Reservations are required. For more information, call Amy Benscoter at 412-648-1604 or e-mail amb7@katz.pitt.edu.

Social media webinar

APRIL 13—Community Elf will host the Social Media Marketing Webinar from 2-2:30 p.m. The 30-minute session will cover how growing businesses are using social media to their advantage, the zeniths and pitfalls of social media, the cost and time associated with managing Facebook and more. Reservations are required by April 10. For more information, call Gene Wang at 1-888-392-5651 or e-mail ­customercare@communityelf.com.

Business series

APRIL 14—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 “How to Avoid the ‘Cruelest Trap of All’ After the Tax Relief Act of 2010.” James Lange, CPA / Attorney president of Lange Legal Group LLC., will be the facilitator of the seminar and will discuss the new estate laws and why traditional estate plans should be reviewed to ensure the surviving spouse will have control over expenditure decisions. Attendees will also receive a copy of Lange’s bestselling book. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail ­business@carnegielibrary.org.

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 basics

APRIL 16—SCORE Pittsburgh will host a Small Business Basics Workshop at 9 a.m. at the PNC-YMCA, 2nd floor, 236 Fifth Ave., Downtown. This workshop is presented by working professionals and helps new businesses get off to the right start by studying the legal requirements of starting a business and covering key topics that will impact the success or failure of the business. There will be discussions on marketing, record keeping, taxes, business plans development and how to obtain a small business loan. Registration is requested and the cost is $45. For more information, call 412-395-6560 ext. 130.

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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