Downtown divas

AUG. 17—The National Association of Women Business Owners of Greater Pittsburgh will host its Downtown Divas Live Music and Networking event from 6-9 p.m. at Villa South Side, 1831 E. Carson St., South Side. Every Wednesday, will be able to enjoy performances from some of the city’s best female vocalist while networking. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-854-4827 or e-mail

Report seminar

AUG. 18—The Small Business Development Center at Duquesne University will host a Report Seminar for QuickBooks from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the university’s Rockwell Hall, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. This seminar is for individuals familiar with QuickBooks and who would like to expand their knowledge in generating and customizing financial reports, forms/templates and more. Registration is required and the cost is $45. For more information, visit

Business essentials

AUG. 18—The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center will host a First Step: Business Start Up Essentials from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Rockwell Hall, Room 505, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. This seminar is designed for new business startups and entrepreneurs. Attendees will learn about business structure and formation, insurance, government procurement and major components of the business plan. Registration is requested. For more information, call 412-396-6233 or visit http://www.sbdc.duq,edu.

OWN reception

AUG. 18–The Onyx Woman Network will host is A Legacy in Black Entrepreneurs Celebration from 6-9 p.m. at the Hill House Kaufmann Center, Elsie Hillman Auditorium, 1800 Centre Ave., Hill District. Twenty business owners and business advocates will be honored for their contributions to entrepreneurial development. Reservations are ­required. For more information, call 412-731-5159 or visit


AUG. 24—The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence of the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business will host “Render Your Rivals Obsolete: Unleash the Power of Blue Ocean Strategy” Seminar from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Regional Learning Alliance, 800 Cranberry Woods Dr., Cranberry. Facilitator John Krahe will exemplify six principles of how to create blue oceans of uncontested market space to grow, also learn how to innovate and pursue brand loyalty. Reservations are required and there is no cost. For more information,

Business series

SEPT. 8—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 “Tips for improving your job search strategy.” Executive Coach/Outplacement Counselor Chris Posti, of Posti & Associates, will discuss critical tactics for a successful job search. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail

Business basics

SEPT. 10—SCORE Pittsburgh will host a Small Business Basics Workshop at 8:30 a.m. at the PNC-YMCA, 2nd floor, 226 Fifth Ave., Downtown. This workshop is presented by working professionals and helps new businesses get off to the right start by studying the legal requirements of starting a business and covering key topics that will impact the success or failure of the business. There will be discussions on marketing, record keeping, taxes, business plans development and how to obtain a small business loan. Registration is requested and the cost is $45. For more information, call 412-395-6560 ext. 130.

(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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