Chatham University

Success Stories

Grandma Joans Pgh Food Truck

Jacquelyn (Jackie) Wright, a Hill District Native, owner and operator of Kelly's Kingdom Child Care for the past 18 years is stepping into a new but very familiar territory. Jackie is taking her love for cooking to the streets. Grandma Joans Pgh Food Truck is in Memory of her late mother, Joan Meyers, who inspired her to cook. Her mom called it comfort food. Day in and Day out she would create the most amazing pleasures through food. She hopes to launch in the Spring. Please come out and support her soul food cuisine.

– Jacquelyn (Jackie) Wright

Grandma Joans Pgh Food Truck

Crown Cut Concierge

Tia Baker, Crown Cut Concierge, specializes in personal and professional lifestyle management services, including destination services for individuals and corporations who are time deficient. They handle the necessary day to day tasks delivering life's most valuable resource: time.

Tia says: "CWBC has been an invaluable asset in building a solid foundation for my business. I've attended many classes and workshops which have helped me avoid common pitfalls which could have been detrimental to me as a new business owner. I will continue to utilize their services and gladly recommend the Center to women-owned businesses."

– Tia Baker

Crown Cut Concierge

Post Script Productions

As a member of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University I’ve had access to very helpful programming at the CWBC. So far, I’ve attended the SBA’s 8(A), Hubzone and Women-Owned Certification Programs workshop which gave me not only great insight into which certification’s I should go after, but also the motivation and additional resources I needed to complete the applications. In addition, I had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a CWBC’s partner who counseled me on getting WBENC certified. This insight and time spent with professional and successful women who have been through so many certifications was invaluable and so encouraging. These certifications can be challenging and the overall support the CWBC has given me so far has been essential. And, I look forward to attending more events in the future that provide insight on how to effectively use the certifications to my advantage.

– Carolyn Klasnick Brooks

Partner & Executive Producer of Post Script Productions LLC

story pearls
story pearls

The counseling I have received has been invaluable and has enabled me to create a new business card, a brochure, and a plan to revise my website and consider my participation in social media for my business. The counseling has been a great support to me and I have been able to focus on my goals in a clarifying and declarative way as a result. I look forward to continuing my business journey with the support of the Chatham Women’s Business Center. Thank you very much for this opportunity.

– Sydelle Pearl

Founder of Storypearls LLC

HRT Solutions

I took the Business Start-Up Course through in Fall of 2015 through the Chatham CWE, knowing that I wanted to launch my business. The class allowed me to stay on track, stay motivated to get to launch, and meet other inspiring women. I launched in August of 2016 with 4 other employees and have since added 5 clients to my book of work, including increasing work, allowing me to grow to a team of 7 (including myself). I have been able to meet some really great successful women along the way through CWE and Chatham’s SBA Women’s Business Center. I have been able to continue the momentum of my business through utilizing tools and counseling provided through Chatham’s SBA Women’s Business Center. Counselor Judy Herron did a great job of giving me accounting advice through the Women’s Business Center at no charge to me, when I needed it most and I know that I can always rely on Anne to help me connect to tools or resources through all stages of my business growth. It is nice to know as a woman owned business that I am able to get the support I need locally in Pittsburgh through affordable and free programs offered by the SBA. I am excited to continue to use the programs and counseling provided through the Women’s Business Center and my team and I are on track to double revenue stream over the next 12 months.

– Jessica Eberley

HRT Solutions LLC

Foley Physical Therapy

After completing the start up class in April 2016, I began seeing former patients in their own homes. As of 2017 I am fulltime in my own business, began turning a profit as of mid February and am considering developing a unique internship program for both businesses. Through the Women’s Business Center’s training and counseling, I learned about and held 3 focus groups - super helpful; learned about and developed my own free Weebly website and posted it; learned about and set up Quickbooks Online (brilliant); used free legal counseling offered through the WBC program and continued with these attorneys’ paid legal assistance.

– Nancy Foley

Foley Physical Therapy

Write Results LLC

I founded my small business, Write Results, LLC in June 2016. Chatham’s Women’s Business Center’s counseling has been instrumental in my early growth and success. I am also enrolled in the Concept to Launch course, which has been incredibly helpful thus far. Because of Chatham, I now have a much stronger focus, a business canvassing plan and an elevator pitch. I am eager to write my business plan and have every intention of staying very engaged with Chatham Women’s Business Center and their many beneficial resources. I am passionate about helping my clients share their stories, which often connect others and lead to stronger and more loyal client relationships. Stronger relationships often mean increased sales and profitable growth for my clients.

– Jennifer Greevy

Write Results LLC

Since I moved to Pittsburgh last summer, the Chatham Center for Women's Entrepreneurship and Women's Business Center have been key to my developing business and to helping me find a community here in Pittsburgh.

With help from Wendy Mascio and the WBC, I have firmed up my business concept and am now launching as an independent sales rep / consultant, connecting local companies to XR solutions. Since my last consultation with Wendy, I have established agreements with two XR companies that I will be representing.

Through a joint event CWE held with the East Liberty Chamber of Commerce, I met Lori Moran, who has made connections for me and expressed interest in having me conduct a seminar at some point.

Connections made and confidence boosted through CWE people and programs have also helped with a project dear to my heart, which involves getting 360-degree cameras into the hands of youth in neighborhoods around the city to provide their perspectives. This proposal has been enthusiastically received and I have potential partners in the Thrival Innovation Festival and the Obama Academy.

It's always exciting to attend CWE/WBC events and run into the dynamic women who are also members. Not only do they inspire me with their own business endeavors, but they give me a sense of being part of a supportive community. Many thanks to Wendy, Anne, Rebecca, and everyone at the CWE!

– Karen Alexander, PhD

Director, XRconnectED

Azorean Cafe

I can not thank enough to everyone at Chatham for all the help connecting me to the right people and services I needed to get me in the right path to open my Café.

I'm so exciting to have you come in on July 5th.

Thank you again,

– Elsa Santos

Azorean Cafe

This conference and everything I've been learning these last months has really prepared me for finalizing the last details of my "business plan". This conference certainly sealed the deal and I am grateful for the opportunity to attend. Thank you to Anne at the Chatham Women's Business Center for sharing the conference information with me. It was such a pleasant surprise seeing Wendy at this event too. This was a win-win for me, in so many ways.

– Jill Smallwood

J Koko Hauling LLC

Eva Bryn Shoetique

The Chatham's Women's Business Center (CWBC) has changed my life. I have experienced a very real metamorphosis from a 'hoper' or 'dreamer' to a true, honest-to-goodnesss 'doer' and a small business owner. I am on the verge of the Grand Opening of my dream business, Eva Bryn Shoetique, and it is greatly due to the support and knowledge gained from the CWBC.

From the very start, the CWBC has exposed me to women business owners that are confident, articulate and generous with their time and knowledge. From the business counseling to the Concept to Launch class, I was able to receive amazing insight on a fairly regular basis that helped me truly 'launch' my business concept. Wendy Mascio, my business counselor, has truly been a cheerleader for me while also being a the voice of reason and a valuable resource. The business advice I have received has truly given me the confidence to take the leap. Having this regular support has truly enabled and empowered me to follow through on becoming a 'doer'.

– Kelly Carney

Eva Bryn Shoetique

Cardinal

I consider myself a serial student at Chatham's Women's Business Center (CWBC). I have attended one day seminars, 6-week courses, participated in networking and marketing programs, and utilized their mentorship program. As a business owner, it is empowering to not have an excuse for failure as CWBC provides encouragement, sharing knowledge and resources to make success happen! I encourage every entrepreneur I meet to take advantage of this wonderful program. I will always be an advocate of CWBC.

– Kelly Campbell

Evalia Design LLC

I started my interior design business 4 years ago. Recently, my business began to grow rapidly. I was in search of help with hiring employees and making sure I had things documented properly. I found the CWBC and met with Wendy to discuss my business. She gave me lots of insight and was extremely helpful. I also attended two programs, "create a business plan" and "concept to launch". Both were very interesting and beneficial for me in my business. I have continued to use the monthly meetings when I run into a question about my business or for help with planning growth. The CWBC has been a key partner in my business success and I would definitely recommend them to other women.

– April Spagnolo

Evalia Design, LLC

I have had a dream to open my own grooming salon and had no idea where to start. I checked the SBA website and found a referral to CWBC. I started with a one-on-one counseling phone call with Wendy Mascio. She really helped me to get pointed in the right direction. While continuing one-on-one business counseling, I was also able to take the Concept to Launch Class. This class covered many of the basic topics that I had no idea I even needed to consider - LLC vs Sole Proprietor, accounting, insurance, business plans and so much more. Between the class and the individual guidance, I have honed my plan. Instead of a salon, I am now in the process of opening a mobile grooming service. I have started my own LLC, created a business plan, applied for a startup loan, located a van, and am developing marketing materials. Soon, I will be taking the Website Development class offered CWBC. So, excited to see my dreams becoming reality!

– Maura Newell

Beautiful Beast Grooming, LLC