Business & Community Training Course

JAN. 12—Community Empowerment Association will begin a 12-week Business Leadership & Entrepreneurship course, 6 to 8p.m. each Thursday, at 7120 Kelly St. In Homewood. Classes will cover business formation, marketing, product development and more. Space is limited. Call 412-371-3689 Ext. 44 to register.

Business Breakfast Meeting

JAN. 13—The Chatham Women’s Business Center will host its monthly Women’s Business Leaders Breakfast Series from 8-9 p.m. at the James Laughlin Music Hall on the Chatham University Shadyside Campus. The speaker will be Eve Picker, small home developer, and head of the Small Change online real estate investment portal. Cost is $25. Register online at

Training Event

JAN. 19—The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center will host First Step: Business Start-up Essentials, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Rockwell Hall Room 108, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. Topics include: Structure and formation; Employee issues; insurance; financing options, Taxing requirements and others. Cost is $25. For more information, call 412-396-6233.

PowerBreakfast Meeting

JAN. 20—The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pa. will host it first PowerBreakfast meeting of the year with guest speaker County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, 7:30-9 a.m. at the Rivers Club in One Oxford Center, Downtown. Fitzgerald will address the health of our county and his vision and plans for 2017. Cost: $20 for members, $30 for non-members. For more information, call 412-392-0610.

Build your Business Workshop

JAN. 21—The Chatham Women’s Business Center presents a Build Your Business Workshop,9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Mellon Building on the Chatham University Shadyside Campus The workshop is designed for women interested in starting or expanding their business. Business experts and seasoned entrepreneurs will discuss the following topics: business planning, marketing and sales, financing, legal issues and business lessons learned. Cost $20 with partial scholarships available (need-based, up to 50%). For more information, call Anne Flynn Schlicht, 412-365-1153.

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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