9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Ready to export? Global Ignition is a five-part monthly series starting on November 1st designed to help your company strategically approach international market development. Offered by U.S. Commercial Service - Pittsburgh in partnership with Chatham's Women's Business Center.
APPLY ONLINE TODAY. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first serve basis.
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
We are excited to team up with Google, Constant Contact, LinkedIn and Vistaprint for part two of the July 25th live-stream webinar to teach businesses how to standout online, build customer relationships and get ready for a successful holiday season. Register now and receive the link to the live-stream in your inbox on October 17th to enjoy the second part of this series!
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.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Are you ready to grow your business to job creator? This session will cover the basic HR and Legal information every business owner should know when growing their business. This workshop will:
- Address the HR and legal challenges faced by countless small businesses
- Obtain tips to protect your business through thoughtful HR and workplace policies
- Discuss ways to identify and address common legal pitfalls
- Identify policies, procedures and resources to comply with ever-changing labor and employment laws
Presenters: Lois A. Bradley, President, The Bradley Partnerships, Inc. and Beverly A. Block, Esquire Block & Associates, LLC
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
8:30AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:15AM Morning Session 1 (Parallel Sessions)
Session A: Client Relationship Manager (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Point of Sale (POS) Software. This session will cover the differences between these systems and why they are important, how to select the right system and software for your business, and how to prepare for implementation.
Session B: Exit Strategies. This session will cover different types of exits, when and how to start planning for an exit, due diligence items to start now, business valuation, and finding a buyer.
10:15-10:30AM Coffee Break
10:30-11:45AM Morning Session 2 (Parallel Sessions)
Session C: Cybersecurity. This session will cover why cybersecurity is a concern, areas of vulnerability for small businesses and how they can protect themselves, and the small business responsibilities when handling customer data.
Session D: Benefits and Compensation Packages, Human Resources. This session will cover how to acquire benefits for your employees and why, how to create compensation packages, and general HR must-haves.
12:15-1:00PM General Session: Growing Your Market
Identifying & Evaluating New Markets for Growth
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
This no-nonsense webinar will discuss the multiple different ways that a website should be adding to your bottom line on a regular basis. From promotion, to lead generation, to internal training, and even on-boarding clients, the webinar will walk you through several different ways that your website should be working for your business on a daily basis. Presented by Element212.
The webinar will focus on your company's website and discuss key elements pertaining to what your website should be doing for your business, such as:
- Presenting an accurate and consistent brand image
- Displaying important information about the products and/or services your company provides
- Bringing in prospective clients that don't know your business exists
- Converting leads into buyers of your products and services
- Collecting data from your leads, customers and even your employees
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
(Registration and networking begins at 5:30pm, event begins at 6:00pm) In this workshop, presented by Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP, topics covered include business formation and legal structure, contracts, employment & independent contractors, insurance & indemnification, intellectual property, and how to protect your brand and products.
Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series: From Starbucks to Startup- Applying Corporate Skills to Entrepreneurship
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Sandra E. Taylor, CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC and Falk Professor of Socially Responsible Business at Chatham University, will discuss how corporate experience can be a tremendous asset when launching a new business – deep expertise in a specific field, knowing how to manage teams, good presentation skills and familiarity with strategic planning -- long and short-term—and knowing how to drive change as an "intrapreneur" in a large organization. However, making the transition from corporate executive to entrepreneur also requires very different competences to survive and prosper in a small start-up where you don't have the resources available in a corporate environment. The entrepreneur must learn new skills – and quickly -- to be successful. She will share her own story -- mistakes to avoid, advice for marketing and client development, as well as the importance of building a brand or re-branding yourself in this new role.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
This webinar will cover how to assess and intentionally allocate your resources, how to define your customer base and take reasonable steps to meet their expectations, and how to find and focus on a target market segment. The webinar will end with a Q&A session and will help you engage your empathy to connect with your customers! This interactive webinar is presented by Tasha Gideon of Verrah, followed by Q & A.
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Come meet CWBC staff, business counselors, local business owners and development agencies that support small business. CWBC will share information about our programs for women business owners, including free business counseling, technical assistance and business workshops. Enjoy holiday refreshments and tour the beautiful historic mansion “Sleeping Octopus.”
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Lisa Slesinger, Owner of Larrimor's, will discuss the customer experience! Whether you are in a service or product business, your customer’s experience is everything and it is the only thing that sets you apart! Takeaways will include why the customer is still “always right,” how every touchpoint enhances or detracts from your customer’s experience, and why consistency must be part of your organization’s values.