Business series

MARCH 24—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15 at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic is “A Homeowner’s Guide to Hiring a Contractor: What Service Providers Don’t Want You to Know.” Alexandra Sabina, an author and lecturer, will facilitate the seminar and discuss where to find a service provider, questions to ask during the interview, how to obtain reliable references and everything you should see on a contract before signing. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail

Education seminar

MARCH 24—Duquesne University will host the Creating Success Through Literacy from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh, One Bigelow Square, Downtown. This is a two-day seminar for early childhood professionals that will provide an opportunity for professional development through speakers, breakout sessions and networking. The seminar will run through March 25. Guest speakers will be Geoffrey Canada and Rita Bean, Ph.D. Registration is free and credits are available. For more information, visit


MARCH 25—The African-American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host their PowerBreakfast Meeting at 7:30 a.m. at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant St., Downtown. The special guest will be Dr. Linda Lane, Superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. She will present the district’s initiatives and discuss the purchasing process for goods and services for the district. Reservations are required by March 23. The cost is $20 for members, $30 for non-members. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or e-mail

Network mixer

MARCH 28—The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host a Network Mixer from 5-7 p.m. at Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, 525 William Penn Place, 28th floor, Downtown. Attendees are asked to bring business cards to pass out. Registration is requested. The cost is $5 for non-members and members are asked to wear their logo pins. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or e-mail

Career fair

MARCH 29—Glade Run Lutheran Services and the Western Pennsylvania Diversity Initiative will host a Career and Recruitment Fair from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Allegheny County Bar Association Auditorium, 414 Grant St., Room 920, Downtown. There will be representatives seeking candidates for positions such as nurses, behavioral specialist consultants, teachers and teacher assistants, case managers and more. For more information, visit

Entrepreneurship seminar

MARCH 30—The Diversity Business Resource Center will host the Exploring Entrepreneurship Seminar from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Liberty Room, One Smithfield St., Downtown. The seminar will include topics on exploring entrepreneurship, creating a business concept, three components of any business start up, entrepreneurial characteristics and myths, personal and business criteria and more. The seminar is free, but registration is requested. For more information, email

Federal contracting

MARCH 30—The U.S. Small Business Administration will conduct a Federal Contracting workshop that includes 8(a), HUBZone and Women Certifications from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Riverside Center for Innovation, 700 River Ave., 1st floor Conference Room, North Side. MBE/WBE and Veteran-owned business owners are encouraged to attend. It is free to the public and registration is requested. For more information, call Marisa Fentzel at 412-395-6560 ext. 109 or Judith Kirby at 412-395-6560 Ext. 123.

(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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