SEPT. 21 —The Namm Business Center of the Carnegie Library will host “Marketing, Pricing and Branding Your Product” from 10:15-11 a.m. at 5801 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. Attendees will learn the secrets of low cost marketing, how to make one’s product or service irresistible to customers without lowering the price. Dan Droz of Droz & Associates will present this seminar. For more information, call 412-422-9650 or email

Venture Fair

SEPT. 21 —Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association will host the 3 Rivers Venture at PNC Park’s Lexus Club, 115 Federal St., North Shore. This two-day fair is one of the nation’s leading showcases of breakthrough innovations in technology, life services and energy. Reservations are requested. For more information, call Kelly Szejko at 412-220-9193 or email

Business Series

SEPT. 22 —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 “Sell on eBay, Ship With the Postal Service.” Becky Palamides, business solutions specialist for the United States Postal Service, will discuss the benefits of using the Postal Service as a shipping partner and how to grow one’s business and lower shipping costs by taking advantage of the “Simpler Way to Ship” program. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or email

Second Step

SEPT. 23 —The University of Pittsburgh’s Small Business Development Center will host its “The Second Step: Developing a Business Plan” from 7:30-10 a.m. at Pitt’s Mervis Hall, Roberto Clemente Dr., Oakland. Attendees will learn about operational and production planning, conducting market research and creating financial spreadsheets to attract funding for one’s business. Reservations are required and the cost is $25. For more information, call 412-648-1542 or email ­

First step Success

SEPT. 27 —The Small Business Development Center of Saint Vincent College will host The First Step to Small Business Success from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe. This is an informal workshop that will provide an overview of starting a business. It’s designed to answer questions that entrepreneurs may have and to provide information and direction to anyone considering a business venture. Reservations are requested by Sept. 22. For more information, call 724-537-4572.

Up a Notch

SEPT. 27—Up a Notch Marketing will host its “No BS Marketing Meeting” from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Sigmas Conference and Event Center, 1717 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh. Facilitators will teach direct response marketing oriented strategies. Registration is requested. For more information, call Weston Lyon at 412-974-0739 or email ­

Federal Contracting


SEPT. 28—The U.S. Small Business Administration will host 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 businesses 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.

Base Camp

OCT. 1—TiE Pittsburgh will host the Entrepreneurs Base Camp 2011-Entrepreneurs to the Rescue from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. This all day event will include various workshops to help entrepreneurs generate ideas, strengthen one’s business plan and build a network that will bring success. Reservations are requested by Sept. 29 and the cost is $75-$140. For more information, email Berni Bishop Pirollo at

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