08:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Presented by the CWBC and Duquesne University's SBDC, topics covered at this workshop will include Identifying Export Opportunities, Logistics, Shipping and Methods of Payment and Legal Issues of Exporting, and Lessons learned from a women-owned exporting business. Partial, need-based scholarships covering up to 50% of the cost are available.
APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
MyBusiness Startup to Product is being held on Saturday mornings on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th of October at Chatham University's Shadyside Campus.
Cost: $300, $250 for Members
APPLY HERE TODAY
This program includes intensive entrepreneurial training and is designed for women in the early stages of starting a product-based business, with sessions designed to hone your concept, gain consumer feedback and insight into marketing and distribution, and learn to effectively pitch your business. The program will be facilitated by Co-Owner and Founder Meredith Meyer Grelli, MBA, of the award-winning Pittsburgh startup Wigle Whiskey.
At the end of this program, participants will have a concise business plan, a vision for their business moving forward, and will be given an opportunity to pitch for funding, partnership, or other opportunities identified during the final session in front of a panel of regional stakeholders. Participants will also have access to networking opportunities and educational resources through the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship.
This program will cover:
- Concept and product development
- Marketing, sales, and distribution
- Direct consumer feedback and focus groups
- Financing your business
- Pitching your business
The deadline to apply is September 30th, 2016. The application is a screening application, however, the class will be limited to ten participants selected based on their progress in their product and business development cycle to ensure the program effectively supports their efforts.
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
"Why didn't I think of this?" is one of the most common things AcousticSheep CEO Dr. Wei-Shin Lai, MD hears. And in fact, a few people had thought of the exact idea, but they didn't act on it. Was it fear of failure? Lack of knowledge? Acting on the idea and managing the growth of a multi-million dollar, international consumer product company has had its challenges, and while the trajectory has always been up, there were specific, creative solutions applied to every problem. Dr. Lai tells the story of how the company came to be, how it grew, and where it's headed. It's a story of inspiration, insight, and practicality.
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Learn how to use Pinterest in personal development and to promote your business. This hands-on workshop will take you through step-by-step process on setting up your Pinterest account, Pinterest boards, designing Pinterest graphics, and more. Please bring your computer or tablet and get ready to work!
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
As Mj Callaway takes you on a sales conversation journey, you’ll discover how sales is both an art and science. In Growing Your Sales 2.0: Virtually and In Person, you’ll learn the mistakes you’ll want to avoid and the secrets to increasing sales. Your takeaways include: · A true and tried sales formula to increase sales · Three warning signs you need to know to turnaround the conversation. · How to prose your questions to get the results you want
05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Join us in kicking off Thinking Bigger by getting to know center directors, Chatham faculty, speakers, and fellow attendees at the reception to set the tone for Thinking Bigger, followed by a Post-Election Analysis panel, featuring Abby Philip of the Washington Post, Chris Potter of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Christine Toretti of the Republican National Committee.
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Save-the-Date for our Thinking Bigger forum, featuring several events from November 10-12th, including the following speakers:
“Journey to Normal: Women Warriors Enter the Workforce”
Women are leading – in business and on the battlefield. Over 15% of the U.S. Armed Forces are women, and the lift of the Combat Exclusion Policy means they are officially serving on the frontlines of the longest war in our nation’s history. As these women combat veterans return to their families and communities after deployment, what does the transition from the warfront to the workforce look like? How do military skills transfer to a civilian job? Why hire veterans? What do veterans value in a civilian profession? Director/Producer JulieHera DeStefano will share the experiences of Journey to Normal project participants as these remarkable women warriors enter the workforce.
“What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Successful Women Veteran Business Owners”
As a female veteran and as a successful woman entrepreneur, the skills developed during active duty service have directly impacted Dr. Kelly Hunt's career path and entrepreneurial journey. These skills include the dimensions of innovativeness, risk taking, and proactivity, which are as important on the battlefield as they are in the boardroom. According to Michele Markey, vice president of Kauffman FastTrac, “Veterans possess some of the most important skills needed to become successful entrepreneurs. Leadership experience and the ability to calculate risk, manage teams and take initiative are invaluable characteristics of successful business owners.” The good news for those who have never served is that these skills can be learned!
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Get your business ready to grow using QuickBooks with this interactive workshop. The workshop will include company setup and how to enter data and transactions, as well as review of reports, tools and management information. This workshop is appropriate for new users as well as businesses who have been using QuickBooks but would like some additional training. Learn some new shortcuts and features!
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Utilizing the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank as a case study, Lisa Scales will discuss the adjustments in organizational culture, talent, and operations that are required for transformational growth in an organization.