Social media

OCT. 22—Peak Performance Management and Sandler Training will host “Using Social Media to Increase Sales” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Foster Plaza 11, 790 Holiday Dr., Greentree. John Russo will use this entertaining and eye-opening presentation, to show sales and marketing professionals specific techniques for increasing sales using social media and social networking for business. Linkedin, Facebook, Ning, YouTube, Twitter and Yammer, services that are changing the way companies sell in both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) markets. The cost is $195 and registration is required. For more information, call Debbie Nahm at 412-923-9933 or e-mail

Professional networking

OCT. 22—Jessica Lee will host “Entrepreneurial Thursdays” from 5:30-8 p.m. at Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave., Downtown. This is a professional networking event with live jazz/R&B music. There is a $10 cover charge with a full bar and dinner selections. Business casual is the attire. No jeans or tennis shoes. For more information, call Sandy Marshall at 412-802-6780 or visit

Forum for women

OCT. 23—The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University will host the 4th Annual Think Big Forum for Women from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at Chatham University, Woodland Rd., Shadyside. This year’s event will encourage big thinking through panel discussions with prominent local businesswomen who will address issues pertaining to strategic business growth, entrepreneurship, leadership, and sustainability. There will be several panel discussions featuring some of the regions most prominent women. The cost is $45. For more information, visit

Blogging workshop

OCT. 24—2 Tech Divas will host “Blogging for Beginners: A Laptop Workshop” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, 5308 Liberty Ave., Shadyside. This is designed for the technologically challenged who would like to start a blog for fun or for business but aren’t sure where to start. The workshops are taught in small groups and will show participants everything needed to know in order to set up a blog easily, quickly and to maximize both SEO and branding potential. The cost is $50 per person and includes a continental breakfast. Individuals must bring their own laptops. For more information, call 412-816-1274 or visit

Networking luncheon

OCT. 27—The Comfort Inn & Conference Center will host “Comfort Zone Networking Lunch” from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at 699 Rodi Rd., Penn Hills. This is a networking opportunity with lunch. Reservations are required. The cost is $10. For more information, call Sharon Pranis at 412-349-1622.

Get P.A.I.D.

OCT. 28—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host “Get P.A.I.D. A Guide For Businesses To Getting Paid Faster (And What To Do If You Don’t)” from 10:15-11 a.m. at the Namm Business Center, 5801 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. Robert S. Bernstein, attorney at Bernstein Law Firm, will present the topic and discuss ways to make sure one’s business gets paid and faster. For more information, call 412-422-9650 or e-mail

Business series

OCT. 29—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series from 12:15-1 p.m. at the Downtown and Business branch, 612 Smithfield St. The topic is “It’s Your Money: Pennsylvania’s Confusing and Amusing Sales Tax Application.” Mary Bach, chair of the Consumer Issues Task Force for the Pennsylvania AARP, will be the presenter and will discuss what items are taxable and what ones are exempt. She will also discuss how to check receipts closer for tax overcharge. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141.

(To have information listed in the 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:

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