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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 store will open in July and the sessions will discuss the interviewing process, review sample interviewing questions and the hiring requirements. 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.

Business series

MAY 5—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 “Using Social Media to Grow.” David Tusich, a social media and advertising expert, will discuss the development of social media and why it’s important in today’s business environment. He’ll analyze the elements of an effective social media advertising campaign and outline some strategies. For more information, call 412-281-7141. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail business@carnegielibrary.org.

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.

Succession planning

MAY 10—3 Rivers Clean Energy Partnership, NTMA Pittsburgh Chapter and the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence will host “Succession Planning: The Journey Toward Lasting Business Success” from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 2750 Mosside Blvd., Monroeville. This seminar will teach owners how to find and motivate potential successors, transfer responsibility and plan for succession accordingly. Reservations are required and the cost is $30, which includes materials and lunch. For more information, call 412-624-2271 or visit http://www.ieeregistration@katz.pitt.edu.

Networking event

MAY 11-WIN-Pittsburgh will host its Annual Accessorize and Socialize Networking Event from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Olive or Twist, 2nd floor, 6th St., Downtown. There will be a fashion show along with numerous networking opportunities. The cost is $30 for members and $45 for non-members. Reservations must be made by May 6. For more information, call Amy Markewinski at 412-963-6311 or e-mail amy@pomaybo.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.

Business basics

MAY 14– SCORE Pittsburgh will host a Small Business Basics Workshop at 8:30 a.m. at the PNC-YMCA, 2nd floor, 226 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 by May 11 and the cost is $45. For more information, call 412-395-6560 ext. 130.

(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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