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. She’ll also discuss IRS updates. 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; how state government purchases goods and services; 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. Reservations are required. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or visit

Retirement planning

DEC. 6—Gold Star Accounting Services and Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. will host “How Should I Be Planning for Retirement” from 5:30-7 p.m. at Gold Star Accounting Services, 988 Roland Rd., Pittsburgh. Kathy Kramer and Ellen M. Marcus will present income and expense planning, tax issues, 401 (k) rollovers and things that one should consider before retiring. Reservations are required. For more information, call Christina Glass at 412-645-4850 or e-mail

Fiscal reality

DEC. 6—The Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law & Public Policy and the University of Pittsburgh’s Honors College will host The American Experience Distinguished Lecture Series at 4 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh O’Hara Student Center, 4024 O’Hara St., Oakland. The topic is, “This Time Really Will Be Different: Adapting to Fiscal Reality.” This lecture will be presented by Economist Robert Reischauer, president of the Urban Institute, followed by an audience discussion moderated by Governor Dick Thornburgh. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. For more information, call 412-624-1514 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. This seminar will provide attendees with a basic understanding of federal government contracting and will include federal registrations and certifications, identifying procurement codes, government marketing and research methods and much more. Registration is requested by Dec. 5. For more information, call Kate Glodek at 412-237-6098 or e-mail

Networking mixer

DEC. 8—Classic Events! will host a Holiday Networking Mixer at 5:30 p.m. at The Union Project, 801 N. Negley Ave., East Liberty. Not only will this be an opportunity for individuals to network, but also five of this region’s outstanding African-American women who strongly represent the socio-economic climate will be honored. The honorees are Doris Carson Williams, Esther Bush, Barbara Fisher, Ruth Byrd Smith and Grace Robinson. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-723-2414.

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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