Entrepreneurial Thursdays
FEB. 28—Pittsburgh Gateway Corporation will host Jessica Lee’s Entrepreneurial Thursdays Jazz and Blues Networking from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. Every Thursday jazz and R&B vocalist Jessica Lee, along with some of Pittsburgh’s finest musical artists, will host an evening of good music and professional networking. Each week will have a different theme; this week’s will be “Hip, Urban Living.” The cost is $5 and the attire is business casual. For more information, visit http://www.jessicaleesong.com.
MWDBE Conference
MARCH 7—The MWDBE Governmental Committee will host the 12th Annual Conference for Minority, Women and Disadvantage Business Enterprises from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the IBEW Conference Center, 3 Hot Metal St., South Side. The theme is “Mind Your Ps: Preparation, Process, Procurement and Performance.” Guest panelists will be Greg Spencer, Barbara Weaver, Elizabeth Bowers, Deborah Wojcik and Nathan Heitzman. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-402-2460.
The First Step
MARCH 7— The University of Pittsburgh ‘s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence will host “The First Step: Mechanics of Starting a Small Business” from 7:30-10 a.m. at the University of Pittsburgh, Mervis Hall, Roberto Clemente Drive, Oakland. This seminar explores the size of one’s market and what marketing tools will be needed to attract customers, learn about business structures, access helpful resources, learn more about funding options and more. Registration is required. For more information, call Tara Gerek at 412-648-2389 or email tmgerek@katz.pitt.edu.
Brown Bag Lunch
MARCH 13—Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania will host its Brown Bag Lunch from 12-1 p.m. at Volunteers of America, 1650 Main St., Pittsburgh. The topic is “What is my Return on Investment with social media?” Rachel Strella, of Strella Social Media, will conduct this Internet presentation that will teach attendees how they can achieve a social media mindset and take the steps necessary to realize a return on their investment. Registration is required and the seminar is free. For more information, call 412-782-5344 or email volunteersofamerica@voapa.org.
QuickBooks Made Easy
MARCH 19—The Small Business Development Center of Saint Vincent College and Dennis Piper & Associates will host “QuickBooks Made Easy” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at St. Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe. This is for individuals and businesses that have recently purchased the QuickBooks software and would like to become more efficient. The seminar will provide resource materials. Registration is required. For more information, call 724-537-4572 or email sbdc@stvincent.edu.
(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: newsroom@ newpittsburghcourier.com.)      

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