First step

NOV. 23—Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center will host “The First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials” from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the University’s Rockwell Hall, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. This is a workshop for entrepreneurs without previous business experience or new business start-ups. For more information, visit


NOV. 29—My QuickBooks Accountant will host its “15 Steps to Getting More Out of QuickBooks” from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Monroeville Area C of C, 4268 Northern Pike, Monroeville. This is a comprehensive and popular training course that is designed for new as well as advanced users of the financial software and who want or need to learn more. Attendees must bring a laptop and registration is required by Nov. 22. For more information, call Susan Ansell at 412-848-3164.

Federal Contracting Workshop

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

Business series

DEC. 1—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic is “How to Get Organized for the Upcoming Tax Season.” Tax Specialist Diana Smith, Internal Revenue Service, will explain the most efficient ways to organize one’s most important 2011 tax documents. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail ­

Commonwealth contracts

DEC. 2—The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center will host “Doing Business with the Commonwealth” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Piatt Place, 301 Fifth Ave., Uptown. Attendees will learn how their small business can pursue contract opportunities with the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Topics will include where to find state business opportunities; certifications for minority and woman-owned businesses; and more. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-396-6233 or visit

Business luncheon

DEC. 2—The African-American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host its Annual Business Luncheon at 12 p.m. at the Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. The guest speaker will be Dr. John Wetenhall, President & CEO of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or visit

Government contracting

DEC. 7—The Government Agency Coordination Office, PTAC of California University of Pennsylvania and the Government Contracting Assistance Center, PTAC of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania will host the Basics of Federal Government Contracting from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Comfort Inn Conference Center, 699 Rodi Rd., Penn Hills. For more information, call Kate Glodek at 412-237-6098 or email

Website critique

ONGOING—The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University will host its Technology Clinic at 425 Sixth Ave., Suite 2610, Downtown. The topic is “Does Your Website Work?” This is an opportunity to sit down for 60-minutes with a website expert and receive an honest and kind assessment of one’s website and recommendations on how to enhance it. Sessions are by appointments only. For more information, 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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