6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
"Concept to Launch" is a 6-week entrepreneurial training program for women in the early stages of starting a business.
Dates: Six Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm on April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9, and 16th.
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 HereA limited number of partial, need-based scholarships are available through a generous partnership with Bridgeway Capital. APPLY HERE
05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Electronic textiles, also known as smart garments, smart clothing, smart textiles, or smart fabrics, are fabrics that enable digital components such as a battery and a light (including small computers), and electronics to be embedded in them. Smart textiles are fabrics that have been developed with new technologies that provide added value to the wearer. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of e-textiles based on a project. Facilitated by Lori Hepner, Artist and Associate Professor of Integrative Arts at Penn State University. Limited to 15 people.
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
CWBC is a partner for this daylong event, which will provide opportunities to network with Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies, Prime Contractors, Universities, Support Organizations, and other businesses both large and small. Attendees can connect with representatives throughout the day, attend training sessions, market their products and services, and get answers to their questions.
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5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Ideas, energy, and passion are the base for any business, and you’re already good at that. Where many businesses struggle is in the area of risk management — how to sustain the business and avoid risk and legal liability. In this seminar, we’ll help you better understand and navigate a number of those challenging areas.
Discussion topics include: Contracts, Insurance, Indemnification, Employee/Independent Contractor Classification, and what to do if a claim is made against your business.
Presented by: Beth Slagle, Esq. of Meyer Unkovic & Scott.
Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series: Pittsburgh’s Business Women who Lead - The Opportunities and Challenges
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
How can Pittsburgh women put themselves in position to gain access to more c-suites and boardrooms? Stefani Pashman, CEO, Allegheny County Conference on Community Development, will share insights from her career on topics such as preparing to be board-ready, board service and entering the c-suite. During her talk, she’ll discuss trends, opportunities and challenges for women leaders in Pittsburgh to better position themselves for these types of leadership opportunities.
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
REGISTER ONLINE HERE
This webinar will provide information about the new CWBC Building Websites: Connecting Entrepreneurs training program. This 6-week evening program is open to 15 participants, will start August 15th, and is designed for business owners without a website and little to no website experience. The program will take participants from constructing to launching a simple 5-page information website using Wordpress by the end of the course (an additional ecommerce option is available). This webinar will cover the outline of the program, costs, the application process, and criteria. Applications for the program open June 1st and will close at midnight on June 30th. This program is supported by Google.org and will utilize Google tools.
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
How often does your career inspiration and interest connect to your personal passion? This interactive presentation from Dina L. Clark, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Covestro LLC, will highlight the importance of building passion into your focus as you navigate your personal and professional journey, and challenge participants to answer their “Why?” question. Participants will also be able to: -Consider how bias might impact or impede the strategic development process -Identify at least 3 resources to consider for ongoing professional development -Identify ways to continue to build genuine, strategic relationships
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Your business is off to a fast start and you’ve landed a number of new clients. But have you adequately protected the very foundation of your business — the creative ideas and/or unique designs that set you apart from your competition?
In this seminar, we’ll help you better understand the various business considerations with respect to intellectual property law.
Discussion topics include: Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents, Non-Disclosure Agreements, and Trade Secrets
Presented by: David Oberdick, Esq. and Michael Monyok, Esq. of Meyer Unkovic & Scott.
08:30 AM - 01:00 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