Sales seminar

MARCH 31—The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center will host “Break the Rules and Close More Deals” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the university’s Rockwell Hall, Room 108, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. This is the first of three sessions in the Sales Series, Peak Performance Management will teach individuals about superior selling. Attendees will learn how to deal with lost opportunities, slipping margins, complacency and market share, among other topics. Registration is required and the cost is $45. Call 412-396-6233 or visit


MARCH 31—The U.S. Small Business Administration will host an 8(a) and HUBZone Certification & Contracting Day with hourly appointments being conducted from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Riverside Center for Innovation, 700 River Ave., North Side. Individuals are asked to call to schedule an appointment. It is free to the public. MBE/WBE and Veteran-owned businesses are encouraged to attend. To register contact Marisa Fentzel at 412-395-6560, ext. 109.

Business series

APRIL 1—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 “Workers’ Compensation: What You Need to Know” John Zatkos Jr., an attorney in the Workers’ Compensation/Social Security Disability Department of Rothman Gordon, will lead the discussion on how to determine if one has a potential claim, what to expect, and how to get back to work quickly and safely. This event is free and open to the public. Call 412-281-7141 or e-mail


APRIL 1—Jessica Lee and Pittsburgh Gateway Corp. will host “Entrepreneurial Thursdays” from 5:30-8 p.m. at Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave., Downtown. This week’s theme is “Steeltown Heroes.” This is a professional networking event with live jazz/R&B music. There is a $5 fee. Business casual is the attire. No jeans or tennis shoes. Call Sandy Marshall at 412-802-6780 or visit

Open house

APRIL 6—Robert Morris University will host their Masters Degree Programs Open House from 4-7 p.m. at the Sewall Center of Moon Campus, 3rd floor, 6001 University Blvd., Moon Township. Reservations are requested. Call Susan Campbell at 412-3975204 or e-mail


APRIL 8—Pittsburgh Professional Women will host “Am I Googleable? Workshop for Professionals” from 9-11 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Greentree, 101 Radisson Dr., Greentree. Beth Caldwell, a publicity expert and author, will discuss the seven publicity secrets to help a business get found online. Registration is required and the cost is $29 for members and $39 for non-members. Call 412-202-6983.

Business workshop

APRIL 8—The Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center will host “Doing Business with the Commonwealth” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe. This workshop will provide information to individuals interested in doing business with the government. Topics that will be discussed include locating state contracting opportunities; how the state purchases goods and services; using state contracting to grow a business and more. There will also be information about certification of minority- and women-owned businesses. Reservations are required by April 5. The workshop is free. Call 724-537-4572.

Business series

APRIL 8—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 “Looking for Health Care Benefits and Options?” Stephen Rzonca, of the Bureau of Education and Market Analysis for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, will lead the presentation. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail

Community conversation

APRIL 14—The Center for Inclusion in Health Care and the Supply Chain Management Department at UPMC will host their “Community Conversation: Supplier Diversity” from 3-5 p.m. at UPMC Herberman Conference Center, 5150 Centre Ave., Shadyside. The conversation will address the state of minority business in the Pittsburgh Region and the creation of a collaborative initiative to increase the utilization of these businesses. Special presentations include “The State of Minority Business” by Dr. Audrey Murrell and “Awakening the Region to Supplier Diversity and Inclusion.” Lynne Hayes-Freeland will be the event moderator. Registration is requested no later than April 9. For more information, call Matt Arch at 412-864-3582 or email

(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:

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