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Upcoming Events

  • May

    Concept to Launch - Hybrid

    06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    "Concept to Launch" is a 6-week entrepreneurial training program for entrepreneurs in the early stages of starting a business.

    Dates: Six Wednesday evenings from 6-8 PM starting on May 1st and ending on June 5th.

    The Summer program will be offered in a hybrid model at a reduced rate of $55. The program is capped at 25 participants.

    The first five classes will be held online via Zoom, and the last class will be held in person on June 5th at Chatham Eastside, 6585 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

    Required: Zoom capable device and internet access to participate for remaining classes.

    Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants who complete four or more classes live.

    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”

    Facilitator: Lillian Rafson, Founder and CEO of Pack Up + Go

    To view the syllabus for the Concept to Launch program: Click here

    This program is full, please send us an email at "" to add your name to the waitlist for the next one which will be happening in Fall 2024.

  • Jun

    Voices Of Business Speaker Series

    09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Join Allegheny County Executive Sara Innamorato to discover how the county's plan prioritizes equity, sustainability, and resilience, aiming to uplift underserved populations and bridge socioeconomic disparities. Learn more about the recently completed All in Allegheny Plan, including priorities to help local entrepreneurs and small businesses grow.

    From investment in renewable energy infrastructure to support for small businesses and workforce development programs, learn how Executive Innamorato's holistic approach to economic development aims to build a more prosperous and resilient future for generations to come. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with local leadership and explore the transformative potential of inclusive economic development in Allegheny County and how it affects small business owners.

  • Jun

    Workshop: So, You Want to See Success on Supermarket & Retail Shelves

    01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
    The SBA Pittsburgh District Office is teaming up with Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship to offer an in-person workshop on strategies to get your products onto retail shelves. If you are a food maker or make retail products with visions of seeing your products on local market shelves, then this workshop is for you.

    Small business owners will share their entrepreneurial journeys to get their items on local shelves. Allianna Moximchalk, owner & founder of Allianna’s Kitchen and Priya Osuri, owner of Anar Gourmet Foods will share best tips, tricks and approaches to marketing products wholesale.

    Nicolette Spudic, the Director of Business Support at Chatham University’s Center for Regional Agriculture Food Transformation (CRAFT) will be discussing the labeling of consumer products.

    Tyler Kulp, General Manager at the East End Food Co-op will share strategies to keep in mind as you apply to be a vendor.

    Community & Membership Engagement Coordinator Michelle Price will discuss the Center’s programs and services to help entrepreneurs launch and scale their businesses.

    SBA Lender Relations Specialist Lynn Ann Vozniak will speak on the SBA’s three traditional lending programs and how to effectively articulate your funding needs to any lender by using the different elements in the SBA’s Lender Match Program. SBA Micro-lenders from the region also will be present to meet with attendees.

    To register for the Workshop, CLICK HERE!

  • Jul

    ServSafe® Food Manager Certification

    08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
    Offered in collaboration with the Center for Regional Agriculture and Food Transformation (CRAFT), the next round of ServSafe Food Safety Manager Certification in-person training will be held on July 20th-21st at Chatham University Main Campus in Shadyside.

    ServSafe is a food safety training administered by the U.S. National Restaurant Association which prepares food industry leaders to implement essential public health practices and create a culture of food safety. Pennsylvania law requires at least one employee per licensed food facility to hold a nationally recognized food manager certification during all hours of operation.

    With the support of a grant we have a limited number of partial scholarships to reduce the cost for Women and BIPOC owned business located in Allegheny County. If interested, please contact Rachel Webber, or 412-365-1419

    To register for the Workshop, CLICK HERE!