As a member of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University I’ve had access to very helpful programming at the CWBC. So far, I’ve attended the SBA’s 8(A), Hubzone and Women-Owned Certification Programs workshop which gave me not only great insight into which certification’s I should go after, but also the motivation and additional resources I needed to complete the applications. In addition, I had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a CWBC’s partner who counseled me on getting WBENC certified. This insight and time spent with professional and successful women who have been through so many certifications was invaluable and so encouraging. These certifications can be challenging and the overall support the CWBC has given me so far has been essential. And, I look forward to attending more events in the future that provide insight on how to effectively use the certifications to my advantage.
– Carolyn Klasnick Brooks
Partner & Executive Producer of Post Script Productions LLC
The counseling I have received has been invaluable and has enabled me to create a new business card, a brochure, and a plan to revise my website and consider my participation in social media for my business. The counseling has been a great support to me and I have been able to focus on my goals in a clarifying and declarative way as a result. I look forward to continuing my business journey with the support of the Chatham Women’s Business Center. Thank you very much for this opportunity.
– Sydelle Pearl
Founder of Storypearls LLC
I took the Business Start-Up Course through in Fall of 2015 through the Chatham CWE, knowing that I wanted to launch my business. The class allowed me to stay on track, stay motivated to get to launch, and meet other inspiring women. I launched in August of 2016 with 4 other employees and have since added 5 clients to my book of work, including increasing work, allowing me to grow to a team of 7 (including myself). I have been able to meet some really great successful women along the way through CWE and Chatham’s SBA Women’s Business Center. I have been able to continue the momentum of my business through utilizing tools and counseling provided through Chatham’s SBA Women’s Business Center. Counselor Judy Herron did a great job of giving me accounting advice through the Women’s Business Center at no charge to me, when I needed it most and I know that I can always rely on Anne to help me connect to tools or resources through all stages of my business growth. It is nice to know as a woman owned business that I am able to get the support I need locally in Pittsburgh through affordable and free programs offered by the SBA. I am excited to continue to use the programs and counseling provided through the Women’s Business Center and my team and I are on track to double revenue stream over the next 12 months.
– Jessica Eberley
After completing the start up class in April 2016, I began seeing former patients in their own homes. As of 2017 I am fulltime in my own business, began turning a profit as of mid February and am considering developing a unique internship program for both businesses. Through the Women’s Business Center’s training and counseling, I learned about and held 3 focus groups - super helpful; learned about and developed my own free Weebly website and posted it; learned about and set up Quickbooks Online (brilliant); used free legal counseling offered through the WBC program and continued with these attorneys’ paid legal assistance.
– Nancy Foley
I founded my small business, Write Results, LLC in June 2016. Chatham’s Women’s Business Center’s counseling has been instrumental in my early growth and success. I am also enrolled in the Concept to Launch course, which has been incredibly helpful thus far. Because of Chatham, I now have a much stronger focus, a business canvassing plan and an elevator pitch. I am eager to write my business plan and have every intention of staying very engaged with Chatham Women’s Business Center and their many beneficial resources. I am passionate about helping my clients share their stories, which often connect others and lead to stronger and more loyal client relationships. Stronger relationships often mean increased sales and profitable growth for my clients.