9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
THIS EVENT WAS RESCHEDULED FROM JAN 13 TO JAN 20
Chatham’s Women Business Center in partnership with SCORE Pittsburgh will presents a Build Your Business Workshop to women interested in starting or expanding their business. Business experts and seasoned entrepreneurs will discuss the following topics: business planning, marketing and sales, financing, legal issues and business lessons learned. A continental breakfast will be provided.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
As a small business owner knowing the difference between a w9 employee vs a 1099 contractor is very important. It's a mistake that could cost you thousands and/or result in IRS penalties.
In this session you will learn how to determine if you need an independent contractor or withhold taxes from their compensation as an employee?
The learning objectives include:
- Discuss the differences between an independent contractor (IC) vs. an employee
- Learn how the IRS rules affect the classification of workers
- Learn to determine the classification of workers by using three key business operation categories
- Discuss the consequences of misclassifying a worker
Presented by The Bradley Partnerships, Inc.
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
What if you could create a job with the ideal work/life balance? What would it look like to you and how would you achieve it? Textile Designer Savannah Hayes launched her business with that goal in mind. After years of researching other women in business, a few things became clear: plan for scalability from day one, outsource anything that is not stimulating, and just show up – everyday. Hear how Savannah launched seven product lines three months after quitting her day job, how she manages three very different sales channels, and how she created her dream job that affords her the flexibility to attain her perfect version of work/life balance.
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of 3D modeling using the free online program TinkerCAD. Participants will be guided through three tutorials as a group and then have time to free build objects of their own design. Each participant will leave the workshop with their own TinkerCAD login to continue modeling on their own and get their designs 3D printed at our Prototyping & Design Lab. No prior experience is required: amateurs and beginners welcome! Please bring your own laptop! Facilitated by Erin Gatz and E. Louise Larson, founders of Prototype PGH, a feminist makerspace. Limited to 15 people.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bonus: all participants who sign up for this program prior to Friday, January 12th will receive free admission to our Build Your Business Workshop on January 13th. "Concept to Launch" is a 6-week entrepreneurial training program for women in the early stages of starting a business.
Dates: Six Monday evenings from 6-8pm on Feb 19, 26, and March 5, 12, 19, and 26th.
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”
To view the syllabus: Click Here A limited number of partial, need-based scholarships are available through a generous partnership with Bridgeway Capital. APPLY HERE
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
There might be many “how to start a business” books and blogs out there, but do they really talk about the sheer energy needed to fuel the flame and idea? Join Nina Barbuto, founder and director of Assemble, to learn about how Assemble has been Assembling. Get some FYIs for your own business beginnings along with what are some ways to be resourceful and how to truly start something with “nothing.” This talk will also include some hands-on aspects where you can assess your own eight forms of capital, look for collaborators, and reflect on your context.
05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
This workshop will introduce entrepreneurs to the many applications of an industrial serger in fashion and product design. Lauren Sims, seamstress and entrepreneur, will demonstrate how to thread, troubleshoot, and sew using Chatham's factory-spec industrial 5-thread serger, and help you demystify this (sometimes intimidating) piece of equipment. Participants will have an opportunity to try out the serger and the single-needle sewing machine at the end of the demo. Limited to 15 people.
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Wanting to help others is often a common reason cited by those who pursue careers in social service. This is also a motivating factor for many to establish a non-profit for a cause that they are passionate about. TO be successful, one has to consider the business implications for starting and managing an organization. During this presentation, Kathi will review specific steps to establish a new non-profit in PA. She will also share practical tips and lessons learned from leading a mid-size non-profit. This will include essential business management functions, such as staff development and human resources; development; fiscal management; board recruitment and retention; networking and community engagement.