Business Essentials

AUG. 22—The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center will host its “The First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials” from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Rockwell Hall, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. This is designed for new business start-ups and entrepreneur. Attendees will learn about business structure and formation, insurance, government and procurement, major components of the business plan and more. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-396-1633 or visit http://www.duq,edu/sbdc.

Technology Show

AUG. 23—Toshiba Business Solutions will host its Technology Show from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Heinz Field, Art Rooney Dr., North Shore. This is an opportunity for employers to see how to improve their company’s core business processes. There will be lunch and tours of the field, stadium and locker room. Registration is requested by Aug. 17. For more information, call Chris Colaianni at 412-973-6328 or email

Business Series

AUG. 23—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 “Neuromarketing Consumers Under the Influence.” This is a 55 minute DVD on the science of neuromarketing, which targets the gray matter in which an individual’s real and measureable decisions are made. It measures how the brain reacts to specific products. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or email


AUG. 24—The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host Special Breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant St., Downtown. The guest speaker will be Robert P. Casey Jr., U.S. senator of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and he will listen to input from attendees on what he can do to improve legislation for our region’s small businesses and organizations. Registration is requested and the cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or email

Developing a business plan

AUG. 24—The University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business & College of Business Administration will host “The Second Step: Developing A Business Plan” from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at 117 Mervis Hall, Oakland. Guests will learn all they need to know about operational and production planning, conducting marketing research and creating financial spreadsheets to attract funding one’s business. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-621542 or visit

Generating leads

AUG. 28—No BS Marketing Meeting will host “How to Generate Leads and Get Paid to do it” from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Sigma’s Conference and Event Center, 1717 Babcock Blvd., North Hills. This is a seminar to teach local entrepreneurs and business owners how to generate more leads, convert more sales and catapult profits using direct emotional response marketing. Registration is required by Aug. 24 and is free for first time guests. For more information, call Weston Lyon at 412-974-0739 or email

Resume/cover letter assistance

AUG. 31—The Squirrel Hill Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host Resume and Cover Letter Assistance from 2-4 p.m. at 5801 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. Every Friday in August, Shirley Tucker, PhD, an employment counselor, will offer assistance with resumes and cover letter during one-on-one 45-minute sessions. Appointments are appreciated. For more information, call 412-422-6950.

Employee handbook writing

SEPT. 11—Dawn Pomaybo will host “How to Write an Employee Handbook” from 7:30-10 a.m. at Panera Café, 942 Freeport Rd., Fox Chapel. Pomaybo, of Pomaybo Inc., will facilitate this workshop geared towards employers on how to write a handbook that will lead to a clear understanding of the expectations of the employer and the rights of the employee. They will discuss compliance with federal laws, written policies and more. Registration is required. For more information, call Pomaybo at 412-963-6311.

(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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