Business Series

MARCH 13—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 “Startup Support: AlphaLab.” John Lesko, of AlphaLab Gear, will teach how a tech startup goes from idea to success and how AlphaLab helps by offering investment capital, office space, business support and mentorship. The event is free. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or email

Breakfast Series

MARCH 14—The Chatham University Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship will host its monthly Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series from 7:30-9 a.m. at Chatham University, 1 Woodland Rd., Shadyside. The topic is “The Business of Franchising: Advice from the Experts.” Michelle Rice, CEO of Rice Enterprise LLC. dba McDonald’s, and Dorothy Coll, president, Two Men And A Truck, will speak on franchising. Attendees will learn the cost to open a franchise versus starting one’s business, the specific protocols required of a franchise location and how corporate offices support franchise openings. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-365-1253 or visit

MWDBE Conference

MARCH 16—The Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Governmental Committee will host the 13th Annual Conference for Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the IBEW Conference Center, 5 Hot Metal St., South Side. This is an opportunity to network with contract and government representatives from projects such as the Lower Hill Development, Lincoln Larimer, Almono LTV Site, the East Liberty Transit Station and Addison Terrace. Registration is requested. For more information, call Kim Evans at 412-402-2460.

Business Seminar

MARCH 18—The University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence’s Small Business Development Center will host “Keeping Your Finger on the Pulse of Your Business” from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Duquesne Club, 325 6th Ave., Downtown. Co-Founder, President and COO of Hipereon Inc. Bob Hogan will show business leaders how to cut through this informational morass in order to quickly access relevant information about their company, their customers’ businesses, their competition and more. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-648-1542 or email

UPMC Supplier Diversity Event

MARCH 20—UPMC will host its “Supplier Diversity Collaboration for Growth” Event from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 1 Bigelow Square, Downtown. This event will bring together UPMC MWDBE Suppliers; UPMC Supply Chain Management leadership; local corporations; city, state and county officials, governmental agencies; and others from vital organizations that support minority business growth and development. Attendees are asked to bring business cards. Registration is required by Feb. 21. 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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