Training Event

NOV. 11—Duquesne University’s Small Business Center will host a Meet the Lenders event for Lawrence County business owners, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation, 100 E Reynolds St. New Castle, PA 16101. The event includes lunch and to opportunity to learn more about the programs offered by Bridgeway Capital, Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation, Northwest Commission, Catalyst Connection,  and Liquid Capital. The event is free but attendees must register in advance at

Black Economic Summit

NOV. 13—Stop the Violence Pittsburgh will host a Black Economic Empowerment Summit, 5-8:30 p.m. at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave. in East Liberty. The program will feature presentations by Boyce Watkins and Jay Morrison examining issues such as Starting a Business, Investing, Making money on the Internet, Marketing for Success, and Real Estate Investing. Tickets are $30, $40 for VIP package. For more information call 724-205-9376 or visit

Training Event

NOV. 16—The Duquesne University Small Business Center presents Business Start-up Essentials, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Rockwell Hall, Rm 108, 600 Forbes Ave. Topics include: Business structure and Formation, Ficticious Name Registration, Insurance, Financing Options, Taxation Requirements, and more. Cost is $25. For more information, call 312-396-6233.

MyBusiness Growth Workshop

NOV. 16—The Chatham Womens’ Business Center presents a business growth workshop, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Braun Hall, Woodland Rd. On its Shadyside campus. Learn what you need to prepare, including credit scores and repair, personal finances, financial spreadsheets and business plans, purpose of the funds, facilitated by Judith Herron, CPA, of Markowitz, Dugan & Associates. Also learn about the loan application process: what to expect, review process, requirements, red flags, and SBA loan programs, facilitated by Aaron Aldrich of Bridgeway Capital. Register for the free event online at

Business Luncheon

NOV. 30—The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host its Annual Business Luncheon, 12:00 p.m. in the Omni William Penn Hotel Grand Ballroom 17th Floor, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown.  Speaker: Loretta J. Mester, President and CEO Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Please R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, November 26, 2016 at 412-392-0610

Business Energy Efficiency Grants

THROUGH APRIL 15—The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has to $1,000,000 of grant funding available in the 13th year of the Commonwealth’s Small Business Advantage Grant Program for small businesses that adopt or acquire equipment or processes that promote pollution prevention and/or energy efficiency projects. Applicants must be a for-profit corporation, limited liability corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity with 100 or fewer full-time employees. Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures. Funding is eligible for those costs incurred between July 25, 2016 and June 30, 2017. For more information, contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office at 717-772-5160.


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