Chatham University

Upcoming Events

  • Nov

    Concept to Launch

    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, with classes focusing 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”
    - Explanation of business plan types
    A full syllabus is available here.
    Dates: Six Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm on Nov 1, 8, 15, and 29 and continues Dec 6 and 13.There is no class on Nov 22nd.
    A limited number of partial, need-based scholarships are available through a generous partnership with Bridgeway Capital. APPLY HERE

  • Nov

    3D Modeling Workshop for Entrepreneurs

    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.

  • Nov

    HR Basics for Startup and Small Business Workshop

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Presenter: Jessica Eberley, CEO, HRT Solutions LLC
    This seminar is a collaboration between the Chatham Women’s Business Center, Paramount Co-op and HRT Solutions, LLC. During this presentation, you can expect to learn more about the importance of hiring the right people, attracting talent when you are a small business, compliance, payroll, and other HR basics that are imperative to scaling the people side of your business.
    Registration coming soon

  • Dec

    Managing the Financial Operations of Your Business Workshop

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    This workshop will discuss the best ways to manage your cash flow, track your accounts receivable and payable and gain a better understanding of business and sales taxes.

    This workshop is part of the Empowering Women in Communities Program funded by PNC Foundation offered this fall in the Hill District in collaboration with the Hill CDC.

    This free workshop is open to the entire community, registration is required. Workshop is facilitated by Jonnet Solomon, Founder & CEO of J. Solomon and Associates, LLC.

  • Dec

    Connecting Entrepreneurs Using Wordpress: Information Webinar

    11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
    This webinar will provide information about the new CWBC Connecting Entrepreneurs Using Wordpress training program. This 6-week evening program is open to 15 participants and will start January 17th 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 December 4th at the conclusion of this webinar and will close at midnight on Thursday, January 4th.

    This program is supported by and will utilize Google tools.

  • Dec

    Webinar on Demystifying Customer Relationship Management Software “CRM”

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Entrepreneur and certified CRM instructor Terrence Pavlin comes to the table with over 15 years of CRM expertise. Terry understands the frustration that many business owners and CRM operators feel as they try to find and implement their CRM systems. He will demystify CRM in the following manner:
    -Defining exactly what CRM means
    -Helping you decide if it’s just a fancy contact list or can it be a game changing business solution
    -Defining who the CRM players are and how you can determine which is best for your business
    -How someone that is technically challenged can benefit from the right CRM implementation
    -This session will include an opportunity for Q&A to fulfill the individual needs of the audience.

  • Dec

    Prototypes for Learning (webinar)

    12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    What is a prototype? How complete does it need to be? What can be shown to a potential user to gain feedback? This webinar will briefly introduce: paper; digital (clickable, no-code); 1 click web sites; 3D printed; hand-manufactured; and service prototypes. We will also discuss prototype evaluation methods for early learning and the importance of supporting continuous learning for best results. We will encourage participants to launch their products as early as possible to learn from the experience and improve more quickly. Facilitated by Carol Smith, Senior Design Manager and Researcher at IBM Watson. Free, online, registration required.

  • Dec

    Introduction to Electronic Textiles for Entrepreneurs

    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.

  • Dec

    Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

    08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
    Do you ask for what you want or are you waiting to be offered the opportunity that will advance your career and/or compensation? Learn how to better navigate the barriers we know women face in the workplace. Did you know: Men are 4x more likely than women to negotiate, women are more anxious about negotiating, and women are great negotiators on behalf of other people but not necessarily themselves? During this presentation, participants will learn to recognize opportunities to negotiate, eliminate anxiety, feel entitled to get what they want and avoid social consequences that inhibit good outcomes for you and your organization.

  • Dec

    Business Value Identification (webinar)

    12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    This session will introduce various early planning frameworks such as the Business Model Canvas, SHIP IT (pamphlet inspired by Seth Godin’s Linchpin) and the importance of focus for success. Classic business texts and reliable online resources will be referenced. Carol will point to the importance of finding a good mentor for the founder and the business. Finally, the significance of spending time with and getting to know the customers/users to really understand their problems will be emphasized. Facilitated by Carol Smith, Senior Design Manager and Researcher at IBM Watson. Free, online, registration required.

  • Dec

    Using an Industrial Serger for Fashion & Product Design

    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.