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Upcoming Events

  • Mar
    23

    Free Telephone & Online Counseling Hours to Assist with COVID-19 Loan Programs, Resources and Recovery Assistance

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    CWE is offering telephone & online counseling hours dedicated specifically to answering questions on COVID-19 Federal, State and Local loan programs and resources. To schedule an appointment, complete the New Client Signup online and select the COVID-19 Loan Programs & Resources Scheduler.

    Sign up, CLICK HERE!

  • May
    12

    Webinar: Nutrition Labeling Information and Insight

    12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    This webinar will provide an overview of FDA and USDA regulations and requirements for developing a nutrition label for packaged food products. We will discuss approved methods for determining nutrition data, development of a nutrition facts panel, ingredient statement development, allergen labeling requirements and touch on health and nutrition claims and regulations for making claims for consumer product goods.
    This webinar will be helpful for companies new to developing packaged food products for retail sale or those who want a refresher on FDA and USDA labeling requirements and health and nutrition claim marketing.

    Speaker: Laura M. Ali, MS, RDN, LDN

    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!

  • May
    14

    LIVESTREAM: Women Business Leaders Breakfast "AT HOME" Series

    08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
    In this talk, “Throw Down a Rope” Heather Braimbridge-Cox | CEO and President of Windings Inc. Employee Owned (ESOP) will discuss; Why must women help other women succeed? One woman has power but collectively they have impact! As we climb our way to success it’s incredibly important to remember to throw down a rope. This is especially true for women entrepreneurs and leaders. What responsibility do we each have in making a difference for those who follow us? How can women leaders provide organizational and personal support?

    To register for the Livestream, CLICK HERE!

  • May
    17

    Training Series: Steps in Buying and Selling a Business

    12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    This training series will consist of two webinars to help business owners (a) move through the process of buying a business from Indication of Intent (IOI) to Closing and (b) the steps to sell your business and maximizing your company’s value. These webinars can be attended individually or as a series.

    Presenter: Jacquelyn Jordon Core, JD, PhD, Partner The Lynch Law Group

    Webinar #1 - May 10: Steps in Buying a Business: To access the Webinar #1 recording, CLICK HERE!
    Whether you are about to become a first-time business owner or have grown your business from the ground up and now want to grow through acquisition, join us to learn the basics of buying a business for the first time. We will discuss the importance of assembling an M&A (mergers and acquisitions) team to assist with your purchase, potential deal structures, the steps of the acquisition process from Indication of Intent (IOI) to Closing, common pitfalls of the buying process, and how to conduct a sophisticated and informed purchase while controlling costs in smaller acquisitions.

    Webinar #2 - May 17: Steps in Selling a Business: Whether you are ready to retire to travel the world and seeking an immediate exit or starting to plan early for the next chapter of your life, it is helpful to understand what is involved with selling a business. Join us to learn about the importance of maximizing company value and creating a growth trajectory in preparation to exit. We will discuss what you need to do to get ready to sell, including a process we call “reverse diligence,” the steps of the sale process from preparing your business to finding a buyer to considering offers to Closing, common mistakes owners make when selling, and how to conduct a sophisticated and informed sale while controlling costs in smaller transactions.

    To register for the Training Series, CLICK HERE!

  • May
    22

    Webinar: Build Your Business

    09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Offered in partnership with Pittsburgh SCORE and The Corner Launchbox/Penn State New Kensington, the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship will present a Build Your Business a webinar for women interested in starting or expanding their business. Business experts and seasoned entrepreneurs will discuss the following topics: Digital Marketing, Legal, Financing, Accounting, and Business Lessons Learned.

    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!

  • Jun
    08

    Pandemic Pivot Speaker Series: Food Trucks as a Post-Pandemic Business Model Shift

    02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    With the cancelation of countless events and temporary closing of many venues, food trucks experienced an incredibly difficult year. However, due to their mobility and ability to provide socially distant dining, is the food truck model the most resilient option as we emerge from COVID-19 crisis? Join two experienced Food Truck owners, Jordan Robrach of Revival Chili and Luke Cypher of Blue Sparrow as they recap their experiences the past year and offer suggestions and insight for the next generation of food truck owners.

    Speakers:
    Jordan Robrach| Revival Chili
    Luke Cypher | Blue Sparrow Food Truck

    The Pandemic Pivot Speaker Series is part of the Back to Business: Recovery & Growth for the Food Industry programming.
    Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Hillman Family Foundation


    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!

  • Jun
    08

    Webinar: Summer Business Planning Bootcamp

    09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    This 3-hour bootcamp introduces skills & specific steps to build a business plan.
    A solid business plan is a foundational piece to a successful business, regardless of where you are in the business lifecycle. If you are seeking to rebuild & reboot your business from the economic impact of COVID-19 or seeking to navigate the new economy as a startup, a business plan is a tool you’ll want in your toolbox. Building a plan identifies specific action steps to move a business forward, creates short- and long-term strategies, and may uncover gaps that should be bridged to reach your business objectives.

    In this bootcamp, the content is delivered in bite-sized pieces to introduce the major components for writing a business plan through an interactive approach and live Q&A. Best practices for identifying the right content, research, and presentation format will covered. We will demonstrate how to build a business plan using the specialized software, LivePlan, and participants receive a 30-day license to access to the software. Plans may be downloaded upon completion. LivePlan software provides an online template for entrepreneurs to input their plan content in a format that meets the scrutiny for the loan application process by including the required sections for SBA loans.

    Most importantly, you will have completed the first-and most difficult-step on the path to small business success. Don’t miss this opportunity to finally create your business plan. Committing your idea to paper in the form of a business plan may increase your chances of obtaining financing and keep your efforts on track and on budget for 2021 & beyond!

    Join Debbie Magyar, CEO, Launch and Balance Consulting, LLC, to learn how to design a business plan to build capability, productivity, and performance at all stages in the business lifecycle.

    ***Note: (This webinar will be offered again on 6/22 from 5:00-8:00PM)


    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!

  • Jun
    17

    Food Start Up Success

    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Do you have a great idea for a food business and don’t know how to turn your dream into a reality? This 6-week program will help any aspiring food business owner begin their business journey. Topics include how to formally start your business, marketing and branding, how to distribute and sell your food product and more. This course is ideal for anyone thinking about starting a restaurant, catering company, food product, or food service (meal planning, nutrition, etc.) business.

    Facilitator:
    Nicolette Spudic, Food Innovation Lab Manger | CRAFT
    Calla-Marie Norman, Graduate Student Consultant | CRAFT

    To view the syllabus for the Food Start Up Success program: Click Here.
    A limited number of partial, need-based scholarships are available. Access the Application, Here!

    The Food Start Up Success is part of the Back to Business: Recovery & Growth for the Food Industry programming.
    Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Hillman Family Foundation

    To register for the Program, CLICK HERE!

  • Jun
    22

    Webinar: Summer Business Planning Bootcamp

    05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    This 3-hour bootcamp introduces skills & specific steps to build a business plan.
    A solid business plan is a foundational piece to a successful business, regardless of where you are in the business lifecycle. If you are seeking to rebuild & reboot your business from the economic impact of COVID-19 or seeking to navigate the new economy as a startup, a business plan is a tool you’ll want in your toolbox. Building a plan identifies specific action steps to move a business forward, creates short- and long-term strategies, and may uncover gaps that should be bridged to reach your business objectives.

    In this bootcamp, the content is delivered in bite-sized pieces to introduce the major components for writing a business plan through an interactive approach and live Q&A. Best practices for identifying the right content, research, and presentation format will covered. We will demonstrate how to build a business plan using the specialized software, LivePlan, and participants receive a 30-day license to access to the software. Plans may be downloaded upon completion. LivePlan software provides an online template for entrepreneurs to input their plan content in a format that meets the scrutiny for the loan application process by including the required sections for SBA loans.

    Most importantly, you will have completed the first-and most difficult-step on the path to small business success. Don’t miss this opportunity to finally create your business plan. Committing your idea to paper in the form of a business plan may increase your chances of obtaining financing and keep your efforts on track and on budget for 2021 & beyond!

    Join Debbie Magyar, CEO, Launch and Balance Consulting, LLC, to learn how to design a business plan to build capability, productivity, and performance at all stages in the business lifecycle.



    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!

  • Jun
    23

    Webinar: How to Create Champagne Communications on a Beer Budget

    12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    You don't need a big budget to make a big impression on your audience. This workshop will arm you with affordable and effective ways to market your business. You'll learn how to cut through the noise of your competitors and amplify your messages, both online and off.

    Presenter: Heather Hopson, Founder | Motor Mouth Multimedia

    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!