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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!

  • Sep
    13

    First Leap - Application

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    First Leap is an entrepreneurial readiness program for startup and emerging creative businesses coordinated by Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) and Bridgeway Capital’s Creative Business Accelerator (CBA).

    Whether you identify as an artist, maker, designer, or craftsperson, creative entrepreneurs often possess sophisticated skills when it comes to making. But the business skills needed to turn a passion into a livelihood often remain underdeveloped. First Leap will provide participants the foundations to become business owners ready to pursue growth investments and realize financial resilience.

    Through an application process, the Creative Business Accelerator (CBA) and Chatham’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) will select 12 emerging creative entrepreneurs and guide them through an intensive, yet supportive, 7-week program. Participants will leave with increased confidence and an actionable business plan outlined in a class presentation and the Live Plan online tool. They will also be eligible to apply for an emerging grant program.


    To Learn More and Application, CLICK HERE!

  • Sep
    22

    Concept to Launch - HYBRID (in-person & online class)

    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 22nd and ending on October 27th.
    The fall program will be offered as a hybrid: the first and last sessions (September 22 and October 27) would be in-person at Chatham Eastside (6585 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206), and the rest of sessions would be online via Zoom.
    The program will be offered at a reduced rate of $45.
    The program is capped at 25 participants.
    Required: Zoom capable device and internet access to participate.

    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.
    A limited number of partial, need-based scholarships are available through the generous support of Bridgeway Capital. Access the Application, Here!

    To register for the Program, CLICK HERE!

  • Sep
    27

    Webinar: Business Planning Bootcamp for Creatives

    05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    > Have a business plan, but worried it does not fit your post-pandemic goals and realities?
    > Have some notes with ideas for growth, but need to get detailed and data driven?
    > Looking to get funding to grow, and want to create a business plan to inspire investors?

    On Monday, September 27, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. creative entrepreneurs can join the free webinar “Business Planning Bootcamp for Creatives” to participate in an intensive unpacking of business planning essentials. Those already with guiding documentation can use the webinar to make sure their plan is relevant and refined. Those new to the process will learn more about the key elements that make business planning helpful in translating good ideas into next steps.

    Flexible and clear business planning has never been more important as creatives pivot and adapt to the evolving economic conditions from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, sound planning can build entrepneruial confidence to make big moves and inspire investors to fund those next steps.

    This workshop is presented by Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship in partnership with Bridgeway Capital’s Creative Business Accelerator. The webinar will be led by business planning expert, Debbie Magyar, CEO of Virtual Business Design at Launch and Balance Consulting. Katie Johnson, Associate Director of the Creative Business Accelerator, will help facilitate to keep the focus on building creative fulfillment and commercial success into business planning.

    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!

  • Sep
    27

    Food Start Up Success - HYBRID (in-person & online class)

    05:30 PM - 07:30 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.

    This 6-week program will be offered as a hybrid: the first and last sessions (September 27 and November 1) would be in-person at Chatham Eastside (6585 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206), and the rest of sessions would be online via Zoom. The program will be offered at a reduced rate of $45. The program is capped at 25 participants. Required: Zoom capable device and internet access to participate.

    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!

  • Sep
    30

    Cybersecurity Awareness Training (CSAT) Series

    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have experienced the hypergrowth of e-commerce, remote work, and a blurring boundary between the business and personal. Between web-based business models, social media marketing, affiliate sales strategies, the monetization of data, and the new work-from-anywhere culture, companies have had to innovate to remain relevant and participate in the new economy. With these innovations come inherent and new cybersecurity risks that every business needs to take into consideration. Join us for a three-part training series on cybersecurity. These webinars can be attended individually or as a series.

    Webinar #1 - September 2, 2021 : Cybersecurity – What is it and why it is important - To access the Webinar #1 recording, Click Here.
    *** Overview: What do you need to know to protect yourself and your business?
    - You are the catalyst and the weakest link in your cybersecurity
    - What is Personally Identifiable Information (PII)?
    - What is MFA? 2FA? Spam? Phishing? Vishing? Spoofing? SMishing… too many things to remember?!
    - Real-life examples & lessons learned How to know what is real and what isn’t

    Webinar #2 - September 16, 2021 : Cybersecurity – Work from anywhere? Be secure and smart - To access the Webinar #2 recording, Click Here.
    *** Overview: How to be safe and efficient when working from anywhere
    - Best practices when working from a home-based network
    - Best practices when working from a public network
    - Protection methods & systems

    Webinar #3 - September 30, 2021 : Cybersecurity - Your personal life and business life come together
    *** Overview: Business and personal have merged. Your device, their device, a mobile device... business owners and employees are working from anywhere on everything, but who owns what and how do we stay safe?
    - What is Ransomware and why it’s the most critical threat
    - E-mail safety – the first place “they” hit you
    - Mobile Device Management
    - Online purchasing safety and best practices
    - Internet browsing safety

    Presenters:
    Rick Topping , Vice President | Ceeva, Inc.
    Seth Fosmire, Senior Sales Executive | Ceeva, Inc.
    Joe Rudolph, Senior Network Engineer | Privacy and Security Officer | Ceeva, Inc.


    To register for the Training Series, CLICK HERE!

  • Oct
    07

    Webinar: Introduction to Government Contracting

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Learn about what a SPC PTAC 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.
    This webinar is ideal for any small business interested in learning more government contracting at the local, state, and federal levels.

    Presenter: Faith Collins | PTAC Counselor, SPC PTAC Subcenter

    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!

  • Oct
    08

    LIVESTREAM: Women Business Leaders Breakfast "At Home" Series

    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    Join us as Kelly Hanna Riley, Chatham Alumna ’95, discusses the opportunities and challenges presented by working in a family business. Learn how the Howard Hanna family has grown and moved together to evolve the business into the nation’s largest family-owned and operated full service real estate brokerage and how they navigated residential sales through the pandemic.

    To register for the Livestream, CLICK HERE!

  • Oct
    12

    Webinar: Crowdfunding for Food Businesses

    01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
    Have you run into problems figuring out how to raise capital for your small business? Many entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry are having issues getting loans from banks and are turning to alternative sources of funding, like crowdfunding.
    This webinar will provide an overview of the three major kinds of crowdfunding for small businesses: gift/reward, equity, and loan crowdfunding and offer insight into the advantages and disadvantages of each. It will also provide some tips on how to make the most of your crowdfunding campaign.

    Presenter: Calla-Marie Norman, Graduate Student Consultant | CRAFT

    Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Hillman Family Foundation

    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!

  • Oct
    27

    Webinar: Storytelling - A Marketing Strategy For Food Businesses

    02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Storytelling is a content marketing strategy focused on ways to share the story of a business, their products, and services. Storytelling is an incredible post COVID-19 marketing strategy as it’s an informative but personal way to let consumers understand why your business is worth their interest. By attending the webinar, business owners will learn a set of actionable strategies on how to use storytelling in their digital marketing to increase customer engagement and loyalty, attract new customer and gain a competitive advantage.

    Through a series of real world examples of successful small food business experiences you will learn about the science of storytelling and how it impacts on people’s behavior, the benefits of using storytelling within the food business environment, and how to craft an authentic story for your restaurant, food product, or agriculture business.

    Presenter: Martina DiFolco, Food Innovation Lab Coordinator | CRAFT

    Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Hillman Family Foundation

    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!

  • Oct
    28

    Webinar: Capabilities Statements and Their Use in Government Contracting

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    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.
    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 PTAC Counselor, SPC PTAC Subcenter

    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!

  • Nov
    03

    Webinar: Fall Business Planning Bootcamp for the Food Industry

    5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    This 3-hour bootcamp introduces skills & specific steps to build a business plan for the food industry.

    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 business planning include identifying the right content, research, and presentation format. We will introduce techniques for addressing and planning specific elements in a business plan related to food business operations and how to incorporate relevant topics such as food production, food packaging, food safety, and customer and vendor management into a comprehensive business plan.

    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!