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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.

Social media

APRIL 29—The Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce and the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence will host a “Social Media Implementation: Take Your Business to the Next Level” workshop from 7:30-10 a.m. at Hosanna House, Room 414, 807 Wallace Ave., Wilkinsburg. Robert Stein will discuss how to use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to promote one’s business, how to best use the features available and the intricacies associated with implementing social media for one’s small business. Registration is requested and the cost is $15 for Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce and $25 for non-members. For more information, call 412-242-0234 or e-mail info@wilkinsburgchamber.com.

Business bootcamp

MAY 2—Kelly Eckert LLC. will host a Small Business Bootcamp for Women Entrepreneurs from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Allegheny Branch, 1230 Federal St., North Side. Eckert will discuss the three characteristics all business owners share and how to align these traits to make one’s business thrive, the 10 critical elements of a business plan for a small business, how to identify one’s most deeply held values, the signs for when it’s time to hire and more. Registration is required and the cost is $97. For more information, call 412-528-1789 or e-mail kelly@kellyeckert.com

Opportunity fair

MAY 4—The Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Development Council will host the 35th Annual Business Opportunity Fair from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Monroeville Convention Center, 101 Mall Blvd., Monroeville. There will be various workshops, contracting opportunities and opportunities to meet decision makers, top corporate and government buyers. The luncheon keynote speaker will be Joset B. Wright, NMSDC president. For more information, call 412-391-4423 or e-mail nfrye@wpmsdc.org.

Informational job session

MAY 5—Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Councilman Ricky Burgess will host the East Liberty Target Job Informational Sessions from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. This is the second of a three-part session to secure jobs for local residents. The topic will be “Interviewing for Target.” There will also be a session from 6-8 p.m. and one on May 12 at the same time. For more information, e-mail Joanna Doven at Joanna.doven@ city.pitts­burgh.pa.us.

Candidate forum

MAY 9—The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host a Candidates Forum from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant St., Downtown. Candidates running for Allegheny County Chief Executive and County Controller will answer questions that will impact small businesses in the county. The facilitator will be Rod Doss, editor and publisher or the New Pittsburgh Courier. This event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. Reservations are requested by May 6. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or e-mail ­information@aaccwp.com.

Annual meeting

MAY 13—The Board of Directors of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host their Annual Meeting and Luncheon at 11 a.m. at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 17th floor, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. There will be a meeting, followed by a luncheon with guest speaker Jared L. Cohon, President of Carnegie Mellon University. Reservations are required by May 6. For more information, call 412-392-0610.

Financial parenting

MAY 19—The University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence will host “Kids, Wealth and Consequences: Financial Parenting for the Business Family” from 5:30-8 p.m. at the University Club, 123 University Place, Oakland. Financial parenting expert Jayne Pearl with local entrepreneurs’ strategies to better equip children of all ages to be financially aware, goal driven and focused. For more information, call 412-648-4060 or visit http://www.entrepreneur.pitt.edu.

Federal Contracting Workshop

May 25—The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a Federal Contracting workshop from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Riverside Center for Innovation, 700 River Ave., 1st floor Conference Room, North Side. This is geared towards MBE/WBE and Veteran-owned businesses and includes 8(a), HUBZone and Women Certifications. It is free and registration is requested. For more information, call Marisa Fentzel at 412-395-6560 ext. 109 or Judith Kirby at 412-395-6560 Ext. 123

(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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