Business Calendar 3-6-13

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The First Step
    MARCH 7—The University of Pittsburgh ‘s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence will host “The First Step: Mechanics of Starting a Small Business” from 7:30-10 a.m. at the University of Pittsburgh, Mervis Hall, Roberto Clemente Drive, Oakland. This seminar explores the size of one’s market and what marketing tools will be needed to attract customers, learn about business structures, access helpful resources, learn more about funding options and more. Registration is required. For more information, call Tara Gerek at 412-648-2389 or email tmgerek@katz.pitt.edu.
Business Institute
    MARCH 12—The Business Institute of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host “How to do business with the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh” from 9-11 a.m. at the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, 200 Ross St., Downtown. The workshop will introduce attendees to Caster D.  Binion, interim executive director, and his administrative team who will present their procurement process, how to access the information online and business opportunities. A continental breakfast will be served prior to the workshop. Registration is required by March 8. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or email information@aaccwp.com.
Risk Only Money
    MARCH 13—The University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence will host “Risk Only Money: Honing Your Radar to Seize Opportunities” from 7:30-10 a.m. at the University of Pittsburgh’s Mervis Hall, Roberto Clemente Drive, Oakland. Jack de Boer will facilitate this seminar that is designed to help individuals seize opportunities that others miss by developing better radar tools for the world around them. Attendees will also receive a copy of de Boer’s book. Registration is required and the seminar is free. For more information, call Tara Gerek at 412-648-1389 or email tmgerek@katz.pitt.edu.
Brown Bag Lunch
    MARCH 13—Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania will host its Brown Bag Lunch from 12-1 p.m. at Volunteers of America, 1650 Main St., Pittsburgh. The topic is “What is my Return on Investment with social media?” Rachel Strella, of Strella Social Media, will conduct this Internet presentation that will teach attendees how they can achieve a social media mindset and take the steps necessary to realize a return on their investment. Registration is required and the seminar is free. For more information, call 412-782-5344 or email volunteersofamerica@voapa.org.
Business Women Reception/
Awards Ceremony
    MARCH 14—The Pittsburgh Business Times will host “Business Women First, Women’s Leadership Reception” from 4-8 p.m. at the Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. This will be an evening of honoring top women executives in Pittsburgh. The reception will run from 4-6 p.m., followed by the 2013 Business Women First Awards dinner and ceremony. For more information, call Michele Broda at 412-208-3817 or email mbroda@bizjournals.com.
PowerBreakfast Meeting
    MARCH 15—The African-American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host its PowerBreakfast Meeting at 7:30 a.m. at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant St., Downtown. The guest speaker Robert Rubinstein, acting executive director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, will update guests on the city’s current economic development priorities. Registration is requested by March 13. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or email information@aaccwp.com.
    (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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