Finance seminar

SEPT. 29—The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University will host a Finance and Business Seminar from 8-9:30 a.m. at Chatham University, Howe-Childs Gatehouse, Woodland Rd., Shadyside. This is the fourth in a four-part seminar series held in conjunction with Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP about finances, which is a critical part of business. After each session there will be an “ask the finance expert” session. The topic is “Is It Time for a Tune-Up? Preventative Maintenance for Your Assets.” Presenters Karen T. Mangis and Anne M. Stalter will discuss some potential risks and results of a lack of control, as well as cost effective controls for small business owners. Registration is required and the cost is $20 per seminar, which includes a continental breakfast. For more information, visit

Certification & Contracting Workshop

SEPT. 29—U.S. Small Business Administration will host an 8(a) and HUBZone Certification & Contracting workshop from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Riverside Center for Innovation, 700 River Ave., 1st floor Conference Room, North Side. MBE/WBE and Veteran-owned businesses are encouraged to attend. It is free and open to the public. Call Marisa Fentzel at 412-395-6560, ext. 109.

Business plans

SEPT. 30—Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center will host “Writing An Effective Business Plan” from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Rockwell Hall, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. The most crucial step in starting a business is the business plan. Facilitators will teach attendees how to put together a plan that can guide one’s business in the right direction. Registration is required. Call 412-396-6233.

Sales webinar

SEPT. 30—Peak Performance Management and Sandler Training will host the Your Sales Team—The Best of the Rest Webinar from 1-2 p.m. The webinar is designed for presidents, owners, CEOs and other management interested in improving their sales force and increasing sales. Scot Teachout will teach individuals to recognize what to do about lost opportunities, slipping margins, rising cost of sales, compensation and more. He will also discuss the top five things a company should focus on to immediately propel one’s sales. Registration is requested. For more information, call Debbie Nahm at 412-928-9933 or ­

Professional networking

SEPT. 30—Jessica Lee and Pittsburgh Gateway Corp. will host “Entrepreneurial Thursdays” from 5:30-8 p.m. at Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave., Downtown. The theme is “Medical Innovations.” 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. For more information, call Sandy Marshall at 412-802-6780 or visit

Minority enterprise

OCT. 1—The Minority Business Opportunity Committee, the Pittsburgh District Office, the Small Business Administration and the Diversity Business Resource Center will host the Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Meadowlands, 340 Racetrack Rd., Washington. Reservations are requested. Ccall Benjamin Butlter at 412-395-6067 or e-mail

Google AdWords seminar

OCT. 5—Clicks Internet Marketing will host a Google AdWords Seminar from 7-9 p.m. at Image Box, 4933 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. John Ellis, search engine industry speaker, will discuss the latest advances to Google AdWords and how individuals can take advantage of its new features. Reservations are required and the cost is $15. For more information, call Jami Bloom at 412-250-7237.

Business series

OCT. 7—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15-1 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St. The topic is “Grants and Loans for Qualifying Individuals.” James Lutton, nonprofit consultant will lead the session and discuss how to research grants and low-interest loans in database and on the Internet. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141.

Reception and briefing

OCT. 7—The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania and the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce will host a Legislative Reception and Briefing from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Ave., Downtown. Individuals will learn from the discussion with the PA Chamber of Business & Industry’s Jim Willshier and the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber’s President on topics such as the budget, line items of interest to business and more. There will also be a discussion on the senate and gubernatorial races. Reservations are required by Oct. 4 and the cost is $10 for non-members. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or email

Professional networking

OCT. 7—Jessica Lee and Pittsburgh Gateway Corporation will host “Entrepreneurial Thursdays” from 5:30 p.m.-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 $5 fee. Business casual is the attire. No jeans or tennis shoes. For more information, call Sandy Marshall at 412-802-6780 or visit

(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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