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Upcoming Events

  • Sep

    Concept to Launch - Hybrid

    06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    "Concept to Launch" is a 6-week entrepreneurial training program for entrepreneurs in the early stages of starting a business.

    Dates: Six Wednesday evenings from 6-8 PM starting on September 27th and ending on November 1st.

    The Fall program will be offered in a hybrid model at a reduced rate of $55. The program is capped at 25 participants.

    The first class will be held in person at Conover Room in Mellon Center on Chatham University's Shadyside Campus, Woodland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Attendance for the first class in person is mandatory. Remaining five classes will be online via Zoom.

    Required: Zoom capable device and internet access to participate for remaining classes.

    Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants who complete four or more classes live.

    Classes focus 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”

    Facilitator: Lillian Rafson, Founder and CEO of Pack Up + Go

    To view the syllabus for the Concept to Launch program: Click here

    Class in Full. Join waitlist for next class.

  • Oct

    Digital Service Training Series: Websites that Work - Turning Visits into Value

    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    This four-part training series is designed for small business owners interested in understanding the essence of creating effective websites. The series not only covers the foundational aspects of website strategy but also dives deep into advanced strategies that make websites stand out. Through a blend of lectures, collaborative discussions, and real-world applications, business owners will gain comprehensive insights into website creation, ensuring their digital presence aligns with their business goals. The goal of this series is for business owners to leave with a website they’ve built that brings value to their business.

    The training series will run on Wednesdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM on October 4, October 18, November 1, and November 15 at Chatham University Eastside Building. This is a hands-on, interactive training series and participants are expected to attend all four sessions. After each training session participants will be asked to complete an assignment before the next session.

    To participate in this training series, you must have access to a laptop and have a website domain established. The training series is limited to 15 participants. Any size business is welcome. The training series is in-person and is not recorded.

    - Session 1 - October 4: Introduction to Website Strategy (Platform Analysis, Brand Position, User Intent, and Data Analysis).
    - Session 2 - October 18: Website Strategy Deep Dive (Real-world website strategy challenges and experiences, performance tracking).
    - Session 3 - November 1: Website Tools and Beyond (ADA Compliance, Mobile Responsiveness, Social Media, Cybersecurity, Digital Marketing, Intellectual Property, E-commerce, and Digital Asset Creation).
    - Session 4 - November 15: Website Review & Feedback (Present and Review each participants’ website and provide feedback on improving website strategy, website design and optimization).

    Meesha Gerhart, CEO, RedTree Web Designs
    Auldyn Matthews-McGee, Founder, Auldyn Matthews Consulting, LLC & Assistant Teaching Professor at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

    To register for the Digital Service Training Series, CLICK HERE!

  • Oct

    Webinar: Introduction to Government Contracting

    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Learn about what a SPC APEX Accelerator is, the government marketplace, how to get started in the government marketplace, and small business certifications. This webinar is ideal for any small business interested in learning more government contracting at the local, state, and federal levels.

    Presenter: Faith Collins | APEX Accelerator Counselor, SPC APEX Accelerator Subcenter

    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!

  • Nov

    ServSafe® Food Manager Certification

    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    ServSafe is a food safety training administered by the U.S. National Restaurant Association which prepares food industry leaders to implement essential public health practices and create a culture of food safety. Pennsylvania law requires at least one employee per licensed food facility to hold a nationally recognized food manager certification during all hours of operation.

    ServSafe Manager Certification training, offered in collaboration with the Center for Regional Agriculture and Food Transformation (CRAFT) , is held in two 8-hour sessions, with the exam held in the latter part of the second session. The training consists of a mix of slides, videos, and group activities that cover many topics that relate to running a safe and healthy food business including: foodborne microorganisms and allergens, the flow of food, food safety management systems, pest management, and cleaning and sanitation. Upon successful completion of the training and exam, certification is valid for five years.

    With the support of a grant we have a limited number of partial scholarships to reduce the cost for Women and BIPOC owned business located in Allegheny County. If interested, please contact Rachel Webber, or 412-365-1419

    To register for the Workshop, CLICK HERE!

  • Nov

    Webinar: Capabilities Statements and Their Use in Government Contracting

    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Learn more about capabilities statements, their parts, and their utilization in the government marketplace. Capabilities statements are resumes for your business and can leave a lasting impression - this webinar will help you make the right impression. This webinar is ideal for any small business interested in learning more government contracting at the local, state, and federal levels.

    Presenter: Faith Collins | SPC APEX Accelerator Counselor, SPC APEX Accelerator Subcenter

    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!