First step

NOV. 4—The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center will host The First Step: Business Startup Essentials from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the university’s Rockwell Hall, Room 505, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. This seminar is designed to teach individuals about the process of starting a small business, this workshop will address the many issues that face entrepreneurs in today’s changing world. Topics include business structure and formation, insurance, government procurement and major components of the business plan, among others. Registration is requested and the event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412.396.6233 or visit

Business series

NOV. 5—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series from 12:15-1 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St. The topic is “Financial Management for the Unemployed.” Career coach Marben Bland will be the presenter and will discuss useful strategies to maximize your money while looking for strategies for new employment. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141.

Professional networking

NOV. 5—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. The theme is “Author Entrepreneurs.” 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

Financing forum

NOV. 6—Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center and Keystone Innovation Zone will host the Alternative Financing Forum from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Fred Rogers Conference Center, 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe. Lending professionals from numerous nonprofit, private sector and government agencies, which are dedicated to making capital available to grow business ventures and will provide an overview of each organization’s financing programs and lending preferences. Registration is required and the cost is $39. For more information, call 724-537-4572 or e-mail

Networking luncheon

NOV. 10—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.

Microsoft 7 workshop

NOV. 10—Infinity Technology Services Inc. and SMC Business Councils will host “Microsoft Windows 7 Is Here… Are You Ready?” from 4-5:30 p.m. at Westinghouse Research & Technology Park, 1382 Beulah Rd., Building 801, Penn Hills. The workshop will demonstrate new features of Windows 7, explain how it’s different from its predecessors and illustrate how it’s designed to improve productivity for the small- and medium-sized business. Reservations are requested and the cost is $15 for non-members and free for members. For more information, call Kim Flowers at 412-371-1500, ext. 1608 or e-mail

P4 session

NOV. 10—The Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University and TiE Pittsburgh will host “New Entrepreneurial Directions in ‘P4 Care’ Personalized, Proactive, Preventative & Participatory” from 5:30-8 p.m. at Chatham University, Woodland Rd., Shadyside. Several experts will discuss what big corporations are doing, how to create successful business models and who is behind companies with the P4 model. Registration is requested. For more information, visit

(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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