Networking Luncheon

JAN. 23—The Katz Graduate School of Business Executive MBA Worldwide and The Center for Executive Education will host the CONNECT 2014 Networking Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant St., Downtown. Experienced business professionals from all over Pittsburgh will discuss topics important to today’s executives. Registration is requested by Jan. 15. For more information, call 412-648-1600 or email

Post Holiday Gadget Lab

JAN. 25—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Downtown & Business branch will host a Post Holiday Gadget Lab at 2:30 p.m. at 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. This is for individuals who purchased a new gadget this holiday and want to know how to get the most out of it. This is an opportunity to speak with resident Gadget Lab experts about how one can access thousands of books, magazines, songs and more through eCLP. For more information, call 412-281-7141.

Members’ Orientation

JAN. 28—The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host its Members’ Orientation from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Koppers Building, 436 Seventh Ave., Suit 2220, Downtown. This program is designed for new and existing members. Attendees will learn the value of being part of the Chamber’s organized body and they will also get an overview of the Chamber and the Chamber Foundation, membership benefits and the structure of programs offered to help one-access business opportunities. A box lunch will be included. Reservations are required by Jan. 24. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or email

Business Series

JAN. 30—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host its Business Series from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at the Downtown & Business location, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic is “Getting Started in Real Estate Investing.” With its steady price escalations, shortage of rental properties and booming gas industry, now is the time to look into investing in real estate in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Jane Schoeneberger will examine the opportunities and processes that will enable one to jump into the market. The event is free. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or email

Diversity Networking Reception

FEB. 4—The Pittsburgh Pirates will host its Pirates Diversity Networking Reception from 6-9 p.m. at PNC Park, Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club, 115 Federal St., North Shore. This event will bring business and community professionals together to share resources, information and develop partnerships that will continue to foster growth throughout the region. Registration is requested by Jan. 24. For more information, call Chaz Kellem at 412-325-4731 or email

First Step

FEB. 7—The University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center 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 Dr., Oakland. Experts will help attendees explore the size of their interested market and what marketing tools will be needed to attract customers, while also teaching them about business structures, access helpful resource, available funding options and more. There will also be a Second Step workshop. There is a discount when you register for both. For more information, call Tara Gerek at 412-648-1389 or email

Women Breakfast Series

FEB. 14—The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University will host the Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series from 7:30-9 a.m. at Chatham University, Woodland Dr., Shadyside. The monthly series will feature guest speaker Kadee Lewis, owner of Bodytech Health & Fitness and co-founder of Bella Christie & Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique, will speak on the topic “From Sweat to Sweets: How to Grow Two Boutique Businesses.” She will discuss how she made two boutique businesses thrive. Registration is required and will include a continental breakfast. For more information, call 412-365-1253 or 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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