Business Calendar 1-8-14

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Business Series
JAN. 9—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host its Business Series from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at the Downtown & Business location, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic is “Developing a Corporate Mentoring Partnership.” Dana Gold, of Mentoring Partnership of South Western PA, will discuss the benefits of establishing corporate mentoring partnerships between local nonprofit organizations, corporations and small businesses. Companies utilize mentoring opportunities to boost workplace productivity, company morale and to give back to their communities. The event is free. For more information, call 412281-7141 or email downtown@carnegielibrary.org.

The First Step
JAN. 10—The University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence will host “The First Step: Mechanics of Starting A Small Business from 7:30-10 a.m. at Pitt, Mervis Hall, South Bouquet Street and Roberto Clemente Drive, Oakland. The seminar will help individuals looking to start a small business begin to explore the size of their market, find out what marketing tools are needed to attract customers, learn about business structures, access helpful resources, learn about funding options and understand what one needs to formally establish their business. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-648-1542 or email iee@katz.pitt.edu.

Women Leaders Breakfast Series
JAN. 10—The Chatham University Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship will host its Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series from 7:30-9 a.m. at Chatham University, James Laughlin Music Hall, Woodland Rd., Oakland. Sandy Cindrich and Linda Nyman, owners of Penn Brewery, will speak on the topic, “So You Want to Own a Brewery? How Two Women Have Tapped Into the Craft Beer Industry.” The “ladies of the lager” will address how and why they entered the industry; their move from working for large organizations to owning their own business; the biggest challenges they’ve faced; and their vision for the future. Breakfast will be served. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-365-1253 or email womens-entrepreneurship@chatham.edu.

Business Seminar
JAN. 11—The University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence will host its “Make It Happen!” Seminar from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the YMCA Homewood, 7140 Bennett St., Homewood. The institute focuses on the unique needs of each business, each industry and entrepreneurs. This seminar is for aspiring business owners who are ready to launch a new business, bring their vision to life and make it happen. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-648-1544 or email ieeinfo@katz.pitt.edu.

The Second Step
JAN. 14—The University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence will host “The Second Step: Developing a Business Plan” from 7:30-10 a.m. at Pitt, Mervis Hall, South Bouquet Street and Roberto Clemente Drive, Oakland. The seminar will teach attendees about operational and production planning, conducting market research and creating financial spreadsheets to attract funding for one’s business. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-648-1542 or email iee@katz.pitt.edu.

Strategic Planning
JAN. 22—The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence and the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host the “Strategic Planning Workshop: Getting Your Business in Order for 2014” at the Koppers Building, 9th floor, 436 7th Ave., Downtown. This two-part workshop will explore strategic business planning and assessing for now and in the future, and how to identify and target appropriate financial indicators for business growth. Rhonda Carson Leach and Ray Vargo will facilitate this workshop. Registration is required by Jan. 17 and includes a box lunch. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or email information@aaccwp.com.

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