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Upcoming Events

  • Jan

    First Leap Application

    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    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!

  • Jan

    Webinar: Business Planning Bootcamp for the Food Industry

    05:00 PM - 08:00 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. 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!

  • Jan

    Webinar: First Leap Information Session

    06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Interested in First Leap but want to learn more? Join us for an informational session led by the Bridgeway Capital’s Creative Business Accelerator (CBA) and Chatham's Center for Women's Entrepreneurship (CWE). This session will cover the timeline for First Leap, as well as the program content and outcomes. We will also be joined by past participants who will be on hand to discuss their experience with First Leap. Both the CBA and CWE can answer questions about First Leap and discuss how the business plan that participants develop makes them eligible for the $2,000 Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Grant offered by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.

    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!

  • Jan

    Food Start Up Success - Online

    06:00 PM - 08:00 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.

    The Spring program will be offered Online Only and offered at a reduced rate of $45. The program is capped at 25 participants. Required: Zoom capable device and internet access to participate.

    Rachel Graper, Serial Food Entrepreneur & Marketing Professional
    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!

  • Jan

    Webinar: The Risks and Rewards of Gig Work

    12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    Have you considered jumping onto the gig work bandwagon? Maybe the allure of flexible scheduling and being your own boss has appeal. Come to this informative panel discussion to learn the pros, cons, and hidden costs of this growing area of employment. Companies are engaging contingent or gig workers more than ever, and plenty of people are leaping to being freelancers, consultants, seasonal workers, and other temporary or on-demand professionals. This structure allows companies to hire the right talent at the right time, so they have the flexibility to get the skills and availability needed. At the same time, workers enjoy increased job mobility. But what are the hidden costs of making this change?

    Join this powerful panel to hear more about the risks and rewards of gig work rom the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, Pittsburgh's Financial Empowerment Center, the Career Development Center at JFCS, Neighborhood Legal Services Association, and United Steelworkers. The webinar is hosted by The Center for Women, which is a program of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW).

    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!

  • Feb

    ServSafe® Food Manager Certification

    9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    ServSafe is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program administered by the U.S. National Restaurant Association. The ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-Conference for Food Protection (CFP), which is valid for five years, and recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

    ServSafe is the industry standard in food safety training and provides all employees with accurate and up-to-date information on all aspects of food safety and handling, from receiving and storing food, to food preparing and serving.

    Join the Center for Regional Agriculture and Food Transformation (CRAFT) and the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University for a two-day, 16-hour live training class to gain the industry recognized certification with a certified trainer. The live training class will consist of 8 hours of instruction each day, with participants taking the online exam at the end of the second day of training.

    Topics covered include:
    - Preventing cross-contamination
    - Cleaning and sanitizing
    - Food safety regulations
    - Time and temperature control
    - Safe food preparation

    Dates: Saturday February 5th & Sunday February 6th, 2022
    Times: 9:00AM to 5:30PM each day (break for lunch provided)
    Location: Community Kitchen Pittsburgh, 107 Flowers Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15207 (Google Map)
    Fee: $36 (incudes ServSafe® Manager Certification Two Day Live Training Class and Online Exam Access Code)

    ServSafe Manuals will be available FOR LOAN to registered participants.
    If you would like to purchase a manual to keep after the class has been completed, please click THIS LINKto order. Note: Books take 5-7 business days to be delivered, please plan accordingly.

    To register for the Program, CLICK HERE!

  • Feb

    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, February 7, 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!

  • Feb

    LIVESTREAM: Women Business Leaders Breakfast "At Home" Series

    08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
    Join the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship for an engaging and educational panel discussion held by entrepreneurs in the business of child care. Panelists Brittini Wright-Burley (Wright Childcare Solutions and The Learning Loft Childcare Centers), Tiffany Lewis (The Children’s Ark Learning Centers), and Victoria Deakings (Deakings Daycare Centers) will share their collective experiences serving parents, children, and employers through quality care and early education. Topics will include how they started, best practices, how they weathered and stabilized during the global pandemic, and visions for the future of the child care industry in our city.

    To register for the Livestream, CLICK HERE!

  • Feb

    Webinar: Build Your Business

    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    This Valentine’s weekend explore loving your life through being a small business owner. Offered in partnership with Pittsburgh SCORE and The Center for Women, the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship will host a half-day Build Your Business webinar for individuals interested in starting or expanding their business. The information shared in this comprehensive session will assist gig workers, small business owners, and those who dream of being their own boss. Entrepreneurs and business experts will present the following topics: Marketing & Communications, Legal, Financing, Accounting, and Business Lessons Learned. The presenters represent a wide array of experiences but all balance work, family and fun and will talk about how you can do it too!

    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!

  • Feb

    Breaking Down the Business Plan - Online

    09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    This 4-week program will help you develop a comprehensive business plan for your business.
    Dates: Four Tuesday mornings from 9:30AM - 11:30AM starting February 15 until March 8, 2022 The spring 4-week program will be offered Online Only at a reduced rate of $55 (includes a 3-month license for LivePlan business planning software).
    Required: Zoom capable device and internet access.

    You will work through all the major components of writing a plan and emerge with the first draft in hand. Breaking Down the Business Plan will utilize the software program LivePlan, and your registration will include a 3-month license for the software.

    This program takes a deep dive into each section of the business plan with a concentration on financial projections, what are they, and how to create them. Topics covered will include strategy, scaling, target markets, competition, marketing & sales, operations & metrics, accounting, forecasting, financial statements, strategic planning, financing, pitching, and more.

    Facilitator: Debbie Magyar, CEO, Launch and Balance Consulting LLC

    To register for the Program, CLICK HERE!

  • Feb

    Concept to Launch - Online

    6:00 PM - 8:00 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 February 23rd and ending on March 30th.
    The Spring program will be offered Online Only and 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!