11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Contact our office at email@example.com to make an appointment or for more information.
Members of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship and Chatham Students, Faculty, and Staff can make a free appointment to come in and use any of the following lab equipment*:
- Carvey 3D carving machine (requires a .STL file, preferably produced in the free program Easel)
- BoXZY 3D printer and laser engraver (requires a .STL file, preferably produced in the free program TinkerCAD)
- Industrial Serger
- Straight Stitch Sewing Machine
- Embroidery Machine
- 3D Scanner
- LilyPad Arduino
- Hummingbird Duo
*(the Center may require you view a tutorial prior to your session: use of the Carvey and/or the BoXZY will require you to email us a compatible .stl file prior to your appointment). If you prefer to have an expert on hand to assist you, we can connect you with an expert during your selected time at an additional cost to you.
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
This workshop will discuss the best ways to manage your cash flow, track your accounts receivable and payable and gain a better understanding of business and sales taxes. As a part of the Empowering Women in Communities Program supported by the PNC Foundation, CWBC is pleased to offer this workshop in partnership with the Diversity Business Resource Center, Urban Innovation21, Riverside Center for Innovation, and Colab18.
Programming will be facilitated by Jonnet Solomon, Founder & CEO of J. Solomon and Associates, LLC.
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Katharine Kellemen, CEO of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, will discuss our region's transit system and what changes we can expect under her leadership. Additionally, Kellemen will touch on the vital role of transit in strengthening our communities.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chatham’s Women Business Center in partnership with SCORE Pittsburgh will presents a Build Your Business Workshop to 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. A continental breakfast will be provided.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Concept to Launch is a 6-week entrepreneurial training program for women in the early stages of starting a business, with classes focusing on:
Developing the business concept, Identifying target customers and markets, Marketing strategies, Foundational operations of your business, Basic financials, Legal business entities, Developing and delivering your "pitch," and Explanation of business plan types.
Thanks to the generosity of Bridgeway Capital, partial, need-based scholarships up to half the cost of the program are available.
Click here for a syllabus of the course.
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Jenna Knapp, Founder and Director of Production at Thread, will discuss how she built Thread: a business on a mission to end poverty by creating dignified jobs and responsible, high-quality products with global brands. Thread transforms plastic bottles from the streets and canals of Haiti and Honduras into the most responsible fabrics and products on the planet. Every product made with Thread tackles poverty and cleans up the planet. Thread is a Public Benefit Corporation and scores in the top 10% of B-Corps globally on its governance and incorporation of the world's waste into its products.
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
We are excited to team up with Google, Constant Contact, LinkedIn and Vistaprint for part two of the July 25th live-stream webinar to teach businesses how to standout online, build customer relationships and get ready for a successful holiday season. Register now and receive the link to the live-stream in your inbox on October 17th to enjoy the second part of this series!
08:30 AM - 01:00 PM
8:30AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:15AM Morning Session 1 (Parallel Sessions)
Session A: Client Relationship Manager (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Point of Sale (POS) Software. This session will cover the differences between these systems and why they are important, how to select the right system and software for your business, and how to prepare for implementation.
Session B: Exit Strategies. This session will cover different types of exits, when and how to start planning for an exit, due diligence items to start now, business valuation, and finding a buyer.
10:15-10:30AM Coffee Break
10:30-11:45AM Morning Session 2 (Parallel Sessions)
Session C: Cybersecurity. This session will cover why cybersecurity is a concern, areas of vulnerability for small businesses and how they can protect themselves, and the small business responsibilities when handling customer data.
Session D: Benefits and Compensation Packages, Human Resources. This session will cover how to acquire benefits for your employees and why, how to create compensation packages, and general HR must-haves.
12:15-1:00PM General Session: Growing Your Market
Identifying & Evaluating New Markets for Growth
Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series: From Starbucks to Startup- Applying Corporate Skills to Entrepreneurship
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Sandra E. Taylor, CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC and Falk Professor of Socially Responsible Business at Chatham University, will discuss how corporate experience can be a tremendous asset when launching a new business – deep expertise in a specific field, knowing how to manage teams, good presentation skills and familiarity with strategic planning -- long and short-term—and knowing how to drive change as an "intrapreneur" in a large organization. However, making the transition from corporate executive to entrepreneur also requires very different competences to survive and prosper in a small start-up where you don't have the resources available in a corporate environment. The entrepreneur must learn new skills – and quickly -- to be successful. She will share her own story -- mistakes to avoid, advice for marketing and client development, as well as the importance of building a brand or re-branding yourself in this new role.
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Lisa Slesinger, Owner of Larrimor's, will discuss the customer experience! Whether you are in a service or product business, your customer’s experience is everything and it is the only thing that sets you apart! Takeaways will include why the customer is still “always right,” how every touchpoint enhances or detracts from your customer’s experience, and why consistency must be part of your organization’s values.