Chatham University

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Upcoming Events

  • Mar

    Free Telephone & Online Counseling Hours to Assist with COVID-19 Loan Programs, Resources and Recovery Assistance


    CWE is offering telephone & online counseling hours dedicated specifically to answering questions on COVID-19 Federal, State and Local loan programs and resources. To schedule an appointment, complete the New Client Signup online and select the COVID-19 Loan Programs & Resources Scheduler.

    Sign up, CLICK HERE!

  • Oct

    Concept to Launch - Online

    05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
    "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 5:30-7:30 PM starting on October 5th and ending on November 9th.
    The Fall 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”

    To view the syllabus for the Concept to Launch program: Click Here.

    This session is full. To be added to the wait list for next session in 2021, email

  • Oct

    Breaking Down the Business Plan - ONLINE

    06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    This 6-week program will help you develop a comprehensive business plan for your business.
    This program is targeted to existing businesses and well developed business concepts.
    Dates: Six Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 PM starting October 6th and until November 10th.
    The fall program will be offered Online Only at a reduced rate of $75 (includes a 3-month license for the 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.

    This session is full. To be added to the wait list for the next session in 2021, email

  • Nov

    Growing Your Business Online Training Series

    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    This training series will consist of three webinars to help launch and grow your business online, including website development, selling online, and increasing your customer base. These webinars can be attended individually or as a series.

    Presenter: Meesha Gerhart, Owner of RedTree Web Design.

    Webinar 1: Website Building Basics - October 8 --- To access the Webinar 1 Recording, CLICK HERE!
    This webinar covers the basics to consider before creating your website. A good foundational understanding of topics, issues, and intended use is best before getting too far into building a website. Topics discussed will include:
    - Differences in website platforms (e.g. WIX, WordPress, Shopify);
    - Audience Research;
    - Determine Differentiators;
    - Identifying & Incorporating Keywords;
    - Agency versus Freelancers for Website Design;
    - Cost-Effective Tools & Strategies.

    Webinar 2: Selling Online & eCommerce Store Setup - November 5
    This webinar will run through the best practices for setting up an eCommerce store via Shopify. The content covered in this webinar will be applicable to other website platforms, so its still relevant if you’re not using Shopify. Topics discussed will include:
    - Identifying the right template to fit your brand;
    - How to configure your products;
    - How to set up payments, shipping and other features;
    - How to organize your products for a better user experience.

    Webinar 3: Reach More Customers Online - December 3
    Once your website is up and running, how can you increase traffic and generate more exposure? This webinar will cover some slam dunk action items and optional out of the box approaches to increase exposure for your website, brand, and products. Topics discussed will include:
    - Use Social Media to drive traffic & sales to your website;
    - Setting up an email list ;
    - Creating valuable content;
    - Partner with other businesses.

    To register for the Training Series, CLICK HERE!

  • Nov

    LIVESTREAM: Women Business Leaders Breakfast

    08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
    Over a decade ago Newlin Archinal left a career in broadcast journalism with several Emmy nominations under her belt and pivoted into a career in wealth management. Today she is the Managing Partner and Founder of 4Rivers Wealth Management, a fee-only wealth management firm based in Pittsburgh, PA. After covering major stories including the 9/11 attacks and the rescue of the minors at Que Creek Mine, Newlin realized she was driven by a desire to positively impact peoples’ lives, not just cover their stories. Join CWE to hear Newlin speak about making this significant career move and the lessons she learned along the way.

    To register for the Livestream, CLICK HERE!

  • Nov

    Timeboxing Webinar

    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    COVID-19 has accelerated the rate at which employers and employees shift to remote work and has raised questions about remote time management. Timeboxing is a simple time management technique for getting things done remotely. Offered in collaboration with Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC), this virtual interactive webinar will provide tips on efficiently and effectively managing time and streamlining meetings. Business owners will be able to practice Timeboxing steps to apply using their scheduled meetings and events. With Timeboxing, business owners will gain focus, structure, and time in their daily routine.
    Presenter: Tracey Grace, President & CEO, IBEX IT Business Experts

    To register for the webinar, CLICK HERE!

  • Dec

    Introduction to Cybersecurity Webinar

    01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
    Due to COVID-19, many businesses are shifting their business operations online. While this provides flexibility and can broaden the business's reach, it is not without risk. This webinar will provide a deeper understanding of current information and system protection technology and methods. Offered in collaboration with Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC), the webinar will help business owners develop a lifelong passion and appreciation for cybersecurity, which will support future endeavors. The webinar will provide real-world examples of infiltrating attempts and provide best practices to reduce your organization's exposure to cyber threats.
    Presenter: Tracey Grace, President & CEO, IBEX IT Business Experts

    To register for the webinar, CLICK HERE!

  • Dec

    LIVESTREAM: Women Business Leaders Breakfast

    08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
    Tracey Grace seized an opportunity that she found while working as a VP in Corporate America. She took a chance and bet right. Fast forward 8 years, Grace is Founder and CEO of IBEX IT Business Experts, #802 on the INC 5000 list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies. A woman of color, negotiating deals with the Military and Federal Government Agencies like NASA while preparing to launch a Software Application nationwide. Hear how she navigates the tech industry and cracked the code on Federal Government Contracting to be one of the most successful women-owned businesses in the country.

    To register for the Livestream, CLICK HERE!