First Step

JULY 5—The University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence from 7:30-10 a.m. at Mervis Hall, Fifth Ave., Oakland. Attendees will learn about business structures, the marketing tools needed to attract customers, the helpful resources available and more. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-648-1542 or email


Brown Bag Lunch Series

JULY 10—Volunteers of America will host its Brown Bag Lunch Series from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, 1650 Main St., Pittsburgh. Scot Teachout, of Sandler Training, will facilitate the “Break the Rules and Close More Sales” seminar that will help attendees to develop skills to move up to the next level or continue to perform at status quo. Registration is required by July 8. This is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-782-5344 ext. 209 or email

Quarterly Meeting

JULY 15—The Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Development Council will host the National Minority Supplier Development Council Quarterly Meeting at 3 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, 107 Sixth St., Downtown. The meeting, which will run through July 18, will include more than 100 leaders in minority business development from across the country. For more information, call 412-391-4423.

Leadership Breakfast Series

JULY 16—Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement will host its Leadership Breakfast Series from 7:30-10 a.m. at Duquesne’s Power Center Ballroom West, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. The topic will be “Leading a Global Environment.” Dorothy Bassett, dean of the SLPA, will facilitate this educational and networking event that will explore the impact of organizations on countries and regions beyond their own; explore the pivotal role of global leaders; provide the framework for developing skills to become global leaders; and more. Registration is required and includes parking, a continental breakfast and materials. For more information, call 412-396-5600 or visit

First Step

JULY 17—Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center will host the “First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials” workshop at Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. This free seminar is for individuals without previous experience. Topics that will be discussed are employee issues, business structure and formation, government procurement, major components of a business plan and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with a consultant at a later time. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-396-1633.

Second Step

JULY 19—The University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence will host “The Second Step: Developing a Business Plan” from 7:30-10 a.m. at Mervis Hall, Roberto Clemente Dr., Oakland. Registration is required and a continental breakfast will be served. For more information, call Tara Gerek at 412-648-1389 or email

Winning Sales Team

JULY 24—Sandler Training by Peak Performance Management will host a “Business Leaders Workshop: Developing and Growing a Winning Sales Team” from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe, 1000 Corporate Dr., Cannonsburg. Sean Coyle will offer strategies to increase revenue growth and drive significant increases in profitability. Registration is required. For more information, call Lindsey Demetris at 412-928-9933 or email

Business series

JULY 25—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host its Business Series from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at the Downtown and Business Location, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic, “Lunch and Learn: Navigating Change at Work.” This is a free event, seating is first-come. Call LaMonica at 412-281-7141 or email


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