Chatham University

Past Events

Below are programs we've offered, if you're interested in any of these programs email aschlicht@chatham.edu for information about the next sessions.

  • May
    16

    WBC Open House

    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Location: James Laughlin Music Center, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
    Come meet Anne Flynn Schlicht, the Director of the WBC, and learn about the new programs available for women business owners, including free business counseling and technical assistance.
    Nearest Bus Stops: 5th Ave Opp College St (64/71B/71D)
    Parking: On site parking lot, no charge.
    REGISTER HERE

  • Jun
    07

    Concept to Launch

    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,
    · industry and market research,
    · identifying target customers,
    · pricing and marketing strategies,
    · startup financials,
    · legal business entities and,
    · pitching your business.
    Dates: Five Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm starts June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 12th. The program includes admission to the Homewood Small Business Expo on Saturday, July 9th.
    Tuesday evening sessions will be held at: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Homewood
    Cost: $95, for the 5 weekly sessions and the Saturday Small Business Expo. Partial, Need-Based Scholarships (50%) of the cost are available, supported by Bridgeway Capital.
    SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION HERE
    Partners for this program are Urban Innovation21, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh–Homewood, and Bridgeway Capital.
    Program will be open to 15 women.
    REGISTER HERE

  • Jul
    14

    Is My Business Certifiable: Workshop

    9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location: Abator Business Office, 615 South Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15221

    This is an interactive session to learn about the different types of diversity certification programs for Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE, WOSB, EDWOSB, VOSB, MBE, WBE, MWBE, SBA 8(a) or SBA HUBZone). Learn why the alphabet soup of certification abbreviations matter and about diversity spend goals. This workshop will help you determine IF your business should consider diversity certification, then assist you in strategizing and selecting WHICH program might best fit your business. With representatives from local certifying agencies in attendance, the presentation will be followed by ample Q&A time to address your specific questions.

    The interactive session will be facilitated by Joanne Peterson, President/CEO and Marian Neilson, CFO of Abator®, which currently holds 20+ DWBE certifications.
    REGISTER HERE

  • Jul
    30

    Build Your Business Workshop

    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    The Women Business Center in partnership with Hill CDC and SCORE® Pittsburgh present 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 limited number of Partial (50%) Need-Based Scholarships are available.

    SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION HERE

  • Sep
    22

    Legal Basics Bootcamp

    5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    In this workshop, presented by Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP, topics covered include business formation and legal structure; overview of contracts; employment to independent contractors, insurance and indemnification, to services and goods; Intellectual Property, and how to protect your brand and products; followed by breakout sessions.

  • Oct
    05

    Export Basics Seminar

    8:30 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.
    REGISTER HERE
    APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

  • Oct
    05

    Concept to Launch

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
    This 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
    - Industry and market research
    - Identifying target customers
    - Pricing and marketing strategies
    - Startup financials
    - Legal business entities
    - Pitching your Business
    REGISTER
    Partners for this program are the Hill CDC and Bridgeway Capital, and sessions will be held at the Hill CDC Offices.

  • Oct
    05

    Export Basics Seminar

    8:30 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. The workshop cost is $49, Partial, need-based scholarships covering up to 50% of the cost are available.

    REGISTER HERE
    APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

  • Oct
    18

    Pinterest for Business: A MyBusiness Growth Workshop

    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Register Here
    Scholarship Application
    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! Partial, need-based scholarships may be available, please apply above.
    Offered jointly with the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University

  • Oct
    20

    Let's Celebrate Women's Small Business Month Together: Get Tips for Starting or Growing a Small Business

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    This webinar is presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA’s Assistant Administrator for Women’s Business Ownership, Erin Andrew will discuss how to turn your idea or hobby into a business and help you grow your existing business through programs like SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative and government contracting opportunities.
    REGISTER HERE

  • Nov
    03

    Growing Your Sales 2.0: A MyBusiness Growth Workshop

    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Register Here
    Scholarship Application
    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 tried and true sales formula to increase sales, three warning signs you need to know to turn around the conversation, and how to pose your questions to get the results you want.Partial, need-based scholarships may be available, please apply above.
    Offered jointly with the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University

  • Nov
    10

    Thinking Bigger: Veteran’s Day Entrepreneurial Recognition Breakfast

    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    This Veteran's Day Entrepreneurial Breakfast is a part of our three days of Thinking Bigger: Women in 2016. Join us for this expanded, sit-down breakfast and hear from two amazing 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!

  • Nov
    15

    QuickBooks Basics: A MyBusiness Growth Workshop

    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Register Here
    Scholarship Application
    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! Partial, need-based scholarships may be available, please apply above.
    Offered jointly with the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University

  • Nov
    16

    Is Your Business Bankable? MyBusiness Growth Workshop

    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    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)
    Offered at no cost
    REGISTER HERE

  • Nov
    21

    How AcousticSheep Grew Its Flock Worldwide

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    REGISTER HERE
    Join us for an exporting webinar! Winner of the 2016 Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award in PA and former winner of the ImPAct Award for Exports, AcousticSheep LLC started on a kitchen table 9 years ago. Family doctor Wei-Shin Lai and her game developer husband Jason Wolfe developed SleepPhones headphones to help Dr. Lai get back to sleep after late-night patient phone calls. Now, SleepPhones are worn by happy, healthy, well-rested customers on all seven continents (including Antarctica). Dr. Lai details the methods, set backs, and on-the-ground experience selling consumer electronics internationally direct-to-consumer, wholesale, and via distributors.

  • Dec
    21

    SBA's 8(a), HUBZone & Women-Owned Certification programs

    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    GET SOME FACE TIME with the U.S. SBA Pittsburgh District Office
    If you're interested in SBA's 8(a), HUBZone & Women-Owned certification programs, you'll want to join the SBA Pittsburgh District Office on the third Wednesday of each month for a FREE hands-on workshop with their team of specialists. They will review the requirements and application process in this monthly, face-to-face session.
    REGISTER HERE

  • Jan
    09

    CWBC Open House

    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Come meet Anne Flynn Schlicht, the Director of the WBC, and learn about the new programs available for women business owners, including free business counseling and technical assistance.

  • Jan
    18

    SBA's 8(a), HUBZone & Women-Owned Certification programs

    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    GET SOME FACE TIME with the U.S. SBA Pittsburgh District Office
    If you're interested in SBA's 8(a), HUBZone & Women-Owned certification programs, you'll want to join the SBA Pittsburgh District Office on the third Wednesday of each month for a FREE hands-on workshop with their team of specialists. They will review the requirements and application process in this monthly, face-to-face session.
    REGISTER HERE

  • Jan
    21

    Build Your Business Workshop

    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    The CWBC 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.
    Partial, need-based scholarships are available. Apply Here

  • Jan
    25

    Is Your Business Bankable? Growth Workshop

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    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)
    Offered in partnership with the Hill CDC and at no cost
    REGISTER HERE

  • Feb
    18

    Build Your Business Workshop

    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    The CWBC 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.
    Partial, need-based scholarships are available. Apply Here.

  • Feb
    20

    Concept to Launch

    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,
    · industry and market research,
    · identifying target customers,
    · pricing and marketing strategies,
    · startup financials,
    · legal business entities and,
    · pitching your business.
    Dates: Five Monday evenings from 6-8pm starts Feb 20, 27, and March 6, 13, 20, and 27.
    Cost: $95 for all 6 weekly sessions. Partial, need-based scholarships (50%) of the cost are available, supported by Bridgeway Capital.
    Apply Here for a Scholarship.
    Program will be open to 15 women.

  • Feb
    22

    Concept to Launch

    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,
    · industry and market research,
    · identifying target customers,
    · pricing and marketing strategies,
    · startup financials,
    · legal business entities and,
    · pitching your business.
    Dates: Five Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm starts Feb 22 and continues March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.
    This program is now full. Please check back for future dates, or register for our Monday program in Cranberry.

  • Feb
    23

    Is My Business Certifiable: Workshop

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    This is an interactive session offered in partnership with and at the Hill CDC to learn about the different types of diversity certification programs for Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE, WOSB, EDWOSB, VOSB, MBE, WBE, MWBE, SBA 8(a) or SBA HUBZone). Learn why the alphabet soup of certification abbreviations matter and about diversity spend goals. This workshop will help you determine IF your business should consider diversity certification, then assist you in strategizing and selecting which program might best fit your business. With representatives from local certifying agencies in attendance, the presentation will be followed by ample Q&A time to address your specific questions. This workshop is now full, please click here to see our next "Is My Business Certifiable" workshop being held on March 21st at Paramount Co-Op, 233 Merchant Street, Ambridge PA 15003

  • Mar
    07

    Webinar: Accounting Fundamentals

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    As a part of our March Madness series of financial training online webinars, join us online for our first in the series, "Accounting Fundamentals."
    Topics covered will include:
    1. Three things every Business Owner Needs to Know about Their Numbers
    - The importance of keeping track of financial information
    - Why use double entry bookkeeping
    - What is the general ledger and why is it important?
    2. Understanding Your Accounting Information
    - What it means to use a different Basis of Accounting
    - What makes a financial statement important
    3. What financial Statements tell You
    - Income statement
    - Balance Sheet
    - Statement of Cash Flows

    Presenter: Judith Herron, Markovitz Dugan & Associates

  • Mar
    08

    Is Your Business Bankable? Growth Workshop

    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    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)
    Offered in partnership with Paramount Co-op and at no cost
    REGISTER HERE

  • Mar
    09

    City of Pittsburgh Women Business Enterprise (WBE) Contract Roadmap

    8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    REGISTER HERE FOR THIS EVENT
    Women-Owned Business Enterprises, please join the City of Pittsburgh’s Equal Opportunity Review Commission (EORC) and Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship and Chatham’s Women’s Business Center on Thursday, March 9, 2017 for a morning of networking with City of Pittsburgh procurement officers. The event will feature small-group networking and information sessions for women-owned business enterprises to learn how to access more City of Pittsburgh contracts. Refreshments will be available.

    If you are not certified as Women Business Enterprise (WBE), then attend our Mar 21 "Is My Business Certifiable Workshop” 6-7:30pm held at Paramount Co-Op, 233 Merchant Street, Ambridge PA 15003
    MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP HERE.

  • Mar
    14

    Webinar: Financial Strategies

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    As a part of our March Madness series of financial training online webinars, join us online for our second in the series, "Financial Strategies- How to Grow a Profitable Business."
    1. What's the difference?
    - Ready, Set, Budget
    - The Balance Sheet Story
    - Judging by the Income Statement
    2. Cash is Queen
    - Consider your Pre-paids
    - Watching Working Capital
    - Wring Out the Bottom Line
    3. Fun With Ratios & More
    - Obey the law of averages
    - Tie it all together-Challenges & Opportunities
    - Prepare, Report, Analyze and Grow Your Profits!
    Presenter: Kristine A. Benzinger, Accounting Manager/Auditor, AccountingTeks

  • Mar
    21

    Webinar: Online QuickBooks

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    As a part of our March Madness series of financial training online webinars, join us online for our third in the series, "Online QuickBooks."
    Creating a plan to “do” business includes having the three C's: Consistency, Cash and Controls. QuickBooks online and other add on software can help manage the three Cs.
    Topics covered will include:
    Pros and Cons of using QuickBooks online v QuickBooks Desktop
    How to get started with QuickBooks online
    Having a plan to get paid, pay your bills, track expenses, track the time of your employees and run payroll as efficiently as possible.
    Software you can add to QuickBooks online to improve the efficiency of your accounting department.
    Where to find help to get started with these tools.

    Presenter: Stacey Palmer, Managing Director, Supporting Strategies

  • Mar
    21

    Is My Business Certifiable: Workshop

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    This is an interactive session offered in partnership with and at Paramount Co-op to learn about the different types of diversity certification programs for Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE, WOSB, EDWOSB, VOSB, MBE, WBE, MWBE, SBA 8(a) or SBA HUBZone). Learn why the alphabet soup of certification abbreviations matter and about diversity spend goals. This workshop will help you determine IF your business should consider diversity certification, then assist you in strategizing and selecting which program might best fit your business. With representatives from local certifying agencies in attendance, the presentation will be followed by ample Q&A time to address your specific questions.

  • Mar
    22

    Learn to Craft an Online Business

    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Area artisans are invited to join the SBA Pittsburgh District Office and The Center for Women on March 22, and learn how to become online small business owners. Join Michelle DeHosse, owner of Sparkles by Shell, who will be teaching attendees how to set up shop on Etsy.

    Click Here for More Information and to Register

  • Mar
    23

    Boots to Business Reboot

    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Boots to Business Reboot is a two-step training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources.
    REGISTER HERE

  • Mar
    25

    Darieth Chisolm Presents: Hustle and Heart

    9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    There is no time like the present to move into inspired action and accomplish your goals and dreams. That’s the message of Darieth Chisolm’s Hustle: Why Now is the Time to Unleash Your Passions. Whether you are seasoned business-owner ready to take your business to the next level or are just beginning to consider starting a business, you’ll benefit from Darieth’s message in Hustle.
    Learn:
    - How to use your passion to ignite your inner fire.
    - How to overcome obstacles.
    - How to bust past fears and doubts.
    - Why creating something of value and giving it away is the fastest way to success.
    - How to develop relationships to create multiple streams of income and influence.
    - Hustle Hacks: Tools, tips & tactics from the top.
    Join the Chatham University Women’s Business Center, the Hill Community Development Corporation, Hill House Association, and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for an exciting networking event at the Hill House’s Kaufman Center.
    REGISTER HERE

  • Mar
    29

    Meet the Lenders

    8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Chatham’s Women’s Business Center with the support of Duquesne University SBDC and Allegheny County Economic Development is hosting a “Meet the Lenders” Workshop
    Local nonprofit lenders will be part of a panel discussion explaining their loan programs, interest rates or fees, how long it takes to get approved, eligibility requirements and what lenders look for in a business. The panel discussion will be followed by individual sessions with lending representatives to talk about specific financing needs.
    Representatives Attending:
    Angel Marschik, SBA District Office
    Lauren Connelly & Samuele Bozzolla, Allegheny County Economic Development
    Kevon Copeland, URA
    Aaron Aldrich, Bridgeway Capital
    Tracy Ulewicz, Progress Fund
    Ryan Lockhart, 504 Company
    Rebecca L. MacBlane, Regional Development Funding Corporation
    Edward A Nemeth, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
    Art Tintori, Catalyst Connection

  • Apr
    08

    MyBusiness Startup to Service Bootcamp

    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    This service-oriented bootcamp is designed for women in the early stages of starting their own businesses, with information on:
    · How to build your value proposition (what will you offer?)
    · Service models (virtual/e-commerce/subscription model/retainer model/B2B/B2C)
    · How to price and package your services
    · How to pitch your business to customers (sales and marketing)
    · How to determine and outline scope of work (contracts)
    Facilitator: Janelle Aslam, Start Something Solutions LLC
    Light lunch is provided.
    Partial Scholarships are available.
    CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR A PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP
    Members of the Center log in and register here

  • Apr
    11

    Export Basics Seminar

    8:30 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. The workshop cost is $49, Partial, need-based scholarships covering up to 50% of the cost are available.

    REGISTER HERE
    APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

  • Apr
    12

    The Second Step: Practical Legal Considerations For Your Growing Business

    5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    You've started your business. What now? Understanding the practical and legal issues that impact your business in its first few years will put you ahead of the game. Join attorneys Beth Slagle, Michael Monyok and Josh Hoffman for a discussion of what to expect and prepare for in your growing venture.

    Topics include:
    - Protecting your personal and business assets
    - Practical business and tax considerations, including partnership, lease and operating agreements
    - Intellectual property issues, including trademark, non-disclosure agreements and patents

  • Apr
    19

    RFP Boot Camp

    9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    Offered by Chatham’s Women’s Business Center, in partnership with the Diversity Business Resource Center and Abator, this hands-on half-day workshop is designed to demystify commercial or government requests for proposals. The mission to assist business owners develop customized criteria and processes in preparing responses. Content is presented by experienced multiple contract awardees and covers strategies for: solicitation review; statements of work (SOW); terms and conditions (T&Cs); boilerplate development; best and final offers (BAFOs); and, debriefs.
    Light lunch will be provided.
    Event is limited to 20 attendees.
    Members of the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship click here to log in and register.

  • Apr
    19

    Get Some Face Time: SBA Pittsburgh District Office

    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    If you’re interested in SBA’s 8(a), HUBZone &Women-Owned certification programs, you’ll want to join the SBA on the third Wednesday of each month at the SBA Pittsburgh District Office for a FREE hands-on workshop with their team of specialists. They’ll review the requirements and application process in this monthly, face-to-face session.

    REGISTER HERE

  • Apr
    22

    MyBusiness Startup to Product Bootcamp

    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    This product-oriented bootcamp is designed for women in the early stages of starting their own product-based businesses, with information on:
    · Introduction to product concepts
    · How to shape your value proposition
    · Methods to test your concepts (including focus groups and consumer testing)
    · How to build and design prototypes
    · Finding manufacturers
    · Learning about regulations and market research
    · Packaging, distribution and pricing strategies to generate sales
    Facilitator: Meredith Grelli, Co-Owner of Wigle Whiskey
    Location: TechShop Pittsburgh, 192 Bakery Square Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
    Light lunch is provided.
    Partial scholarships are available.
    CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR A PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP.
    Members of the Center Log In and Register Here

  • May
    01

    SBA InnovateHER Challenge: Competition Overview Webinar

    11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Join us for an online orientation webinar for Chatham's Women's Business Center's local SBA InnovateHER Challenge competition including the process, requirements, selection of winner, and timeline. Participation in a local competition is required to move on to the national competition.
    REGISTER HERE FOR THE WEBINAR
    A link to the recording will be sent out to all registered attendees. Please register even if you are unable to attend.
    The InnovateHER Challenge provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs throughout the US to showcase products and services. Each application is scored based upon the measurable impact on the lives of women and families (30%), the potential for commercialization (40%), and the ability to fill the need in the marketplace (30%).

    For more information on the SBA InnovateHER Challenge program, click here

  • May
    01

    SBA InnovateHER Challenge: Competition Application

    9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Apply today for Chatham's Women's Business Center's local SBA InnovateHER Challenge competition. Participation in a local competition is required to move on to the national competition. Applications can only be submitted online through the portal below.
    APPLY TODAY
    A link to the recording of our introduction to the challenge webinar is available here.

    To see a PDF of the questions for your reference only, click here. No applications will be accepted via PDF, and must be submitted through the online portal. Once the application process is started through the portal, no answers will be saved in the online form and the submission cannot be changed.
    The InnovateHER Challenge provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs throughout the US to showcase products and services. Each application is scored based upon the measurable impact on the lives of women and families (30%), the potential for commercialization (40%), and the ability to fill the need in the marketplace (30%).

    For more information on the SBA InnovateHER Challenge program, click here

  • May
    17

    Get Some Face Time: SBA Pittsburgh District Office

    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    If you’re interested in SBA’s 8(a), HUBZone &Women-Owned certification programs, you’ll want to join the SBA on the third Wednesday of each month at the SBA Pittsburgh District Office for a FREE hands-on workshop with their team of specialists. They’ll review the requirements and application process in this monthly, face-to-face session.

    REGISTER HERE

  • May
    25

    Dynamic Networking for Small Business (DyNet) Pittsburgh Contracting Event

    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    If you’re a small business owner interested in increasing profits through contracting, then join the SBA Pittsburgh District Office at Pittsburgh’s inaugural DyNet Day at Carnegie Mellon University. DyNet (Dynamic Networking for Small Business) is a FREE event, chock-full of contracting-related classes, speakers AND the opportunity to meet agency officials and prime contractors.
    REGISTER HERE

  • Jun
    14

    Legal Basics Seminar

    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Presenter: Josh Hoffman, Lance Woods and Beth Slagle, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP

    Chatham’s Women’s Business Center in collaboration with Urban Innovation21 and attorneys from Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP will cover the legal topics of business formation and legal structures, overview of business contracts and terms, and business insurance.

  • Jun
    17

    Build Your Business Workshop

    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Chatham’s Women Business Center in partnership with the Homewood - Brushton Business Association present a Build Your Business Workshop to entrepreneurs 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.

  • Jun
    21

    Is Your Business Bankable

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Chatham’s Women Business Center in partnership with the Homewood - Brushton Business Association, present a “Is Your Business Bankable?” Workshop where you will learn what you need to prepare for a business loan, 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).

  • Jun
    21

    Get Some Face Time: SBA Pittsburgh District Office

    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    If you’re interested in SBA’s 8(a), HUBZone &Women-Owned certification programs, you’ll want to join the SBA on the third Wednesday of each month at the SBA Pittsburgh District Office for a FREE hands-on workshop with their team of specialists. They’ll review the requirements and application process in this monthly, face-to-face session.

    REGISTER HERE

  • Jun
    28

    HR Basics for StartUp and Small Businesses

    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Presenter: Jessica Eberley, CEO, HRT Solutions LLC
    This seminar is a collaboration between the Chatham Women’s Business Center, Urban Innovation21 and HRT Solutions, LLC. During this presentation you can expect to learn more about the importance of hiring the right people, attracting talent when you are a small business, compliance, payroll, and other HR basics that are imperative to scaling the people side of your business.

  • Aug
    12

    Build Your Business Workshop

    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Chatham’s Women Business Center in partnership with SCORE Pittsburgh present a Build Your Business Workshop to entrepreneurs 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.

  • Aug
    16

    Concept to Launch

    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,
    · industry and market research,
    · identifying target customers,
    · pricing and marketing strategies,
    · startup financials,
    · legal business entities and,
    · pitching your business.
    Dates: Six Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm on Aug 16, 23, and 30 and continues Sep 6, 13, and 20.
    This class has reached capacity: registration is now closed.

  • Sep
    19

    Information Session for Empowering Women in Communities Program

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Come learn about our new “Empowering Women in Communities” program being offered this fall by Chatham's Women's Business Center in partnership with the Hill CDC and funded by the PNC Foundation.
    The Empowering Women in Communities program will be open to women who are residents of the Hill District or have a business in the Hill District. The program will consist of:
    -4-week introduction to entrepreneurship course for pre-start-ups,
    -4-week business development course for existing businesses, and
    -Financial training workshops and one-on-one financial counseling.

    All will be provided at no cost to the participants.
    Register today for this session to learn more about the program and whether or not you are eligible to apply for the program.

  • Sep
    19

    Application Period: Empowering Women in Communities

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    This fall Chatham's Women's Business Center (CWBC) in partnership with the Hill CDC is offering a NEW training program called “Empowering Women in Communities Program” in the Hill District. This program is funded by PNC Foundation and is open to women who are residents of the Hill District or have a business in the Hill District.

    The program will consist of:
    · a 4-week introduction to entrepreneurship course for pre-start-ups (offered on Tuesdays, October 3rd until October 24th from 6-8pm at the Hill CDC)
    OR
    · a 4-week business development course for existing businesses (offered on Tuesdays, November 7th until November 28th from 6-8pm at the Hill CDC),
    AND
    · two financial training workshops and one-on-one financial counseling.

    Programming will be facilitated by Jonnet Solomon, Founder & CEO of J. Solomon and Associates, LLC. Ms. Solomon is an independent accountant, specializing in small business accounting, bookkeeping and consulting.  JSA, LLC also provides personal financial and tax planning services to individuals and families. Ms. Solomon is a graduate of Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.

    All training will be provided at no cost to the participants. Applications are open until 5pm on Friday, September 29th.

    APPLY HERE TODAY

  • Sep
    20

    SBA's 8(a), HUBZone & Women-Owned Certification programs

    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    GET SOME FACE TIME with the U.S. SBA Pittsburgh District Office
    If you're interested in SBA's 8(a), HUBZone & Women-Owned certification programs, you'll want to join the SBA Pittsburgh District Office on the third Wednesday of each month for a FREE hands-on workshop with their team of specialists. They will review the requirements and application process in this monthly, face-to-face session.
    REGISTER HERE

  • Oct
    25

    Get Behind the Numbers & Increase Your Profits: Understanding Financial Statements Workshop

    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Chatham’s Women’s Business Center in collaboration with Duquesne University Small Business Development Center is hosting this hands-on step-by step workshop for existing business owners which will explain two important financial statements: profit and loss statement and balance sheet. A representative from Wilke & Associates will offer clear examples for using these statements to make informed decisions, identify potential problems within your business and set realistic financial goals. You will leave knowing how to read your statements and how they can be used to increase your profits. Own Your Numbers!
    Bring a calculator and a copy of your current financial statements.

    Light breakfast refreshments will be provided.

    $49 general admission, $30 for Center clients with the promo code "cwbc30"

    Register here using the promo code "cwbc30"

  • Oct
    30

    Websites 101 Webinar

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    This webinar will cover topics including how to identify your online needs (from a simple landing page to a multi-page website with e-commerce), and how to choose a website host (and what the differences are). Presented by Helena Trent of Profit Insites

  • Nov
    02

    Financing Your Business

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    This workshop will discuss checking and correcting credit scores, preparing financial projections and gathering information for submitting loan applications. This workshop is part of the Empowering Women in Communities Program funded by PNC Foundation offered this fall in the Hill District in collaboration with the Hill CDC.

    This free workshop is open to the entire community, registration is required. Workshop is facilitated by Jonnet Solomon, Founder & CEO of J. Solomon and Associates, LLC.

  • Nov
    06

    Grow Your Business Online

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your online presence with search engine optimization (SEO) and online advertising. We also introduce tools to help you run your business online, including Google Analytics and G Suite. Facilitated by a Google expert at Google's Pittsburgh offices.

  • Nov
    06

    Driving Traffic to Your Website Webinar

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    This webinar will cover topics including how to select which social media platforms you will participate in, is search engine right for you, and how to connect with customers via email (newsletter platforms and options). Presented by Helena Trent of Profit Insites

  • Nov
    08

    Understanding Business and Sales Taxes Webinar

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Presenter: Judith Herron, CPA, of Markovitz, Dugan & Associates

  • Nov
    13

    Google Analytics Webinar

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    This webinar will cover topics including how to install free Google Analytics to understand your website and how to improve upon your website once it's been launched. How to read Google Analytics report and what numbers to pay attention to. Presented by Helena Trent of Profit Insites

  • Nov
    14

    Doing Business with the URA: Networking Event

    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Partners: URA, Chatham’s Women’s Business Center, and the Diversity Business Resource Center
    This event is hosted in partnership with Chatham University's Women's Business Center and the Diversity Business Resource Center. We’ll provide information about certification and other business mentorship resources available to entrepreneurs. Several developers and general contractors will be on site presenting upcoming URA projects in need of MWBE participation. Bring plenty of business cards as primes, business owners and regional stakeholders looking to work with MWBE firms will also be in attendance.
    Register Here

  • Nov
    15

    Cash Flow: Key to Achieving Success in Business Webinar

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    This webinar will cover how well thought-out assumptions determine sustainability or failure, focusing on showing and reviewing the components of an all-inclusive cash flow projection, what a cash flow statement should look like, and how to develop assumptions to support revenue & expense numbers.

    Participants will be able to understand the various components of cash flow statements, what they mean, how to develop assumptions and use them as a basis to support revenue and expenses, and how to apply these concepts to a hypothetical business example.

    Facilitated by Richard A. Longo, R.N., FACHE, FACMPE, CTC, Business Consultant, Duquesne University/Small Business Development Center

  • Nov
    29

    HR Basics for Startup and Small Business Workshop

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Presenter: Jessica Eberley, CEO, HRT Solutions LLC
    This seminar is a collaboration between the Chatham Women’s Business Center, Paramount Co-op and HRT Solutions, LLC. During this presentation, you can expect to learn more about the importance of hiring the right people, attracting talent when you are a small business, compliance, payroll, and other HR basics that are imperative to scaling the people side of your business.

  • Dec
    04

    Building Websites: Connecting Entrepreneurs Information Webinar

    11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
    REGISTER ONLINE HERE
    This webinar will provide information about the new CWBC Building Websites: Connecting Entrepreneurs training program. This 6-week evening program is open to 15 participants and will start January 17th and is designed for business owners without a website and little to no website experience. The program will take participants from constructing to launching a simple 5-page information website using Wordpress by the end of the course (an additional ecommerce option is available). This webinar will cover the outline of the program, costs, the application process, and criteria.

    Applications for the program open December 4th at the conclusion of this webinar and will close at midnight on Thursday, January 4th.

    This program is supported by Google.org and will utilize Google tools.

  • Dec
    05

    Webinar on Demystifying Customer Relationship Management Software “CRM”

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Entrepreneur and certified CRM instructor Terrence Pavlin comes to the table with over 15 years of CRM expertise. Terry understands the frustration that many business owners and CRM operators feel as they try to find and implement their CRM systems. He will demystify CRM in the following manner:
    -Defining exactly what CRM means
    -Helping you decide if it’s just a fancy contact list or can it be a game changing business solution
    -Defining who the CRM players are and how you can determine which is best for your business
    -How someone that is technically challenged can benefit from the right CRM implementation
    -This session will include an opportunity for Q&A to fulfill the individual needs of the audience.

  • Dec
    11

    Managing the Financial Operations of Your Business Workshop

    6:00 PM - 8:00 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.

    This workshop is part of the Empowering Women in Communities Program funded by PNC Foundation offered this fall in the Hill District in collaboration with the Hill CDC.

    This free workshop is open to the entire community, registration is required. Workshop is facilitated by Jonnet Solomon, Founder & CEO of J. Solomon and Associates, LLC.

  • Dec
    12

    SBA's Got Your Number: Find Your NAICS Code

    11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    Knowing your NAICS (North American Industry Classification Code) is crucial for bidding on federal contracting opportunities. The US Small Business Administration recommends taking your Dec. 12 mid-morning break by listening to our chat and learning your business’ NAICS codes and their importance in the federal marketplace.
    REGISTER HERE