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Chatham’s Women Business Center Captures National Honors from the U.S. Small Business Administration

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham’s Women’s Business Center, hosted by The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the 2018 Women’s Business Center of the Year. The SBA announced their National Small Business Week awardees on March 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation declaring National Small Business Week, and on April 29-30 to kick of the week, the SBA will present awards to state and national winners in Washington, D.C.

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Chatham University Forum to Dig into the Intersection of Business and Food

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship and the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment are hosting on Monday, November 13, 2017 a Business & Food Forum that will explore the intersection of our food system and the business world with demonstrations, tastings, and a keynote presentation by chef and restaurateur, Vimala Rajendran.

The event is being held at the Barazzone Center on Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus in Richland, PA on Monday, November 13th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The cost of attendance is $50 per person, $25 for non-Chatham students with a valid student ID, and $10 for Center members.  Visit for additional information and to register.

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Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship Launches Entrepreneurship Hub

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University announced today the opening of a new 3,000 square foot Entrepreneurship Hub located at Chatham’s Eastside campus at 6585 Penn Avenue. The Hub is a partnership to serve women entrepreneurs run by The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (Center) and Chatham’s Women’s Business Center (CWBC), formerly located at Chatham’s Shadyside campus, and is funded through the support of The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation,, and the PNC Foundation.

The newly established Entrepreneurship Hub will become a nexus for mentoring, training, and networking events, and among the highlights, will offer new digital literacy programming and prototyping/design training in a new lab space open to women entrepreneurs and the Chatham community. The core components of The Hub include:

  • A Financial Literacy Program
  • A Prototyping and Design Lab
  • A Digital Literacy Program
  • Mentoring and Mentor Training Programs

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Small Business Administration (SBA) Women Business Center to Launch at The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship

PITTSBURGH:  The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) announced today that it has been awarded an SBA Women Business Center. CWE is working with the SBA Pittsburgh District Office on this initiative, including District Director Dr. Kelly Hunt and District Office Technical Representative for Women Business Centers Karan Waigand.

The newly established Women Business Center will be focused on the design and implementation of programming geared specifically to underserved populations of women and the challenges they face in starting, growing, and succeeding in business. In addition, the Women Business Center will provide programming, one-on-one and group mentoring, and counseling focused on business financing, access to capital, certifications for federal contracting, and business expansion through international markets and exporting.

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Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship launches training and mentor program to assist in the transition stages of creating or growing a business

PITTSBURGH:    On March 1, 2016 The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is launching MyPath, a new program for women business owners in creative industries. MyPath is a four-month, customized, and immersive pathway program for women entrepreneurs in creative industries to prepare them to commercialize a product, secure financing for their business, or participate in an area accelerator.

The MyPath program provides intensive mentoring and consulting opportunities to guide women during the transition stages of creating or growing a product-based business. The initial cohort will consist of five women business owners.

The program was highlighted in the summer of 2015 as a part of the first-ever White House Demo Day, which welcomed a diverse group of entrepreneurs from all across the country – including women and minorities underrepresented in entrepreneurship – to the White House to “demo” the stories of their individual innovation journeys.

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