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$10,000 Family Reunion Grand Prize, From Home Instead

January 17, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

By Rebecca Champagne,
Human Resource Coordinator
Home Instead Senior Care
1102 S Braddock Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Phone: (412) 731-0733


For fifteen years, the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise network has been devoted to providing seniors with the highest quality care in their own homes, and to arming families with the information they need to make the best decisions about caring for aging loved ones. Our “I Will Remember You” campaign is designed by Home Instead Senior Care to support families caring for relatives with Alzheimer’s Disease. Visit www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com to learn about Preserving Memories, Alzheimer’s Conversation Tips, and even Creating Memory Boxes. But first! Enter to win a $10,000 Family Reunion Grand Prize!

Family reunions are special occasions that bring relatives together from far and near to share lots of love, laughs and memories together.
The family of one lucky “I Will Remember for You” contest winner will get the opportunity to experience an unforgettable family reunion. The event, funded by Home Instead Senior Care, will include activities to help family members create and capture special memories together such as a scrapbooking and shadow box station, a memory booth to capture videos, photos or written thoughts, and assistance from a professional family historian to create a family memory anthology.

Attendance of the family member with Alzheimer’s disease will be left to the discretion of the Grand Prize winner. If the individual with Alzheimer’s does not attend, Home Instead Senior Care will arrange for a local office to provide the family member with in-home care services during reunion activities.

Every family has a story. So gather together to share and preserve the stories that help keep memories alive, especially for families touched by Alzheimer’s disease!

If you, or any organization of which you are a part, is interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s, please contact our office. We would be happy to speak to your group free of charge about this subject, our services, and even employment opportunities

Did You Know?

January 17, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

That Coretta Scott King was born on April 27, 1929 in Marion, Alabama in Perry County and that her parents were truck farmers?

That Coretta S. King made money by working for neighbors picking cotton?

That during Ms King’s school years she had to walk to and from (about 6 miles) school while white children were bused to and from a closer school?

That Coretta Scott went to Lincoln High School in Marion, Alabama?

That at Lincoln she became interested in music and decided music would be her


That in 1945 Ms King graduated from Lincoln High School and won a partial

scholarship to Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio?

That she then went to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston,

Massachusetts and it was there that she met Martin Luther King, Jr. ?

That Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King Jr. were married on June 18, 1953?

That Martin Luther King was a minister and that meant that Coretta Scott would be giving up her career as a performing concert artist.

That Martin Luther King Jr. became the minister at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama and both Coretta S. King and Martin Luther King became important leaders in the Civil Right Movement?

That the Kings had three children?

That On April 4, 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee?

That Coretta Scott King was a civil rights activist?

That at Lincoln she became interested in music and decided music would be her career?

That in 1945 Ms King graduated from Lincoln High School and won a partial scholarship to Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio?

That she then went to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and it was there that she met Martin Luther King Jr?

That Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King Jr. were married on June 18, 1953?

That Martin Luther King was a minister and that meant that Coretta Scott would be giving up her career as a performing concert artist.

That Martin Luther King Jr. became the minister at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama and both Coretta S. King and Martin Luther King became important leaders in the Civil Right Movement?

That the Kings had three children?

That On April 4, 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee?

That Coretta Scott King was a civil rights activist?

That Ms King continued to speak out after her husbands’ death and continued his work. And that she wrote a book called “My Life with Martin Luther King Jr.?

That the Coretta Scott King Award is given every year by the American Library Association and it is given to an African American author and an African American Illustrator for an outstanding inspirational and educational book published that year?

As We Say Goodbye to the Rabbit, the Year of the Dragon is Most Welcome

January 17, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

An Ancient Tradition in Modern Times
by Yvonne Phillips FSII

As the most important and festive of the traditional Chinese holidays, the 2012 Chinese New Year of the Water Dragon starts January 23 and will end on February 9, 2012. The celebrations begin New Years Eve and continue on until the full moon 15 days later.

Every year, the New Moon in Aquarius marks the Chinese New Year. Rather than have a fixed date each year, the Chinese culture tunes into more natural celestial events. Aquarius is the sign that represents humanitarianism so there may be something to this approach that we in the west can learn from this ancient civilization.

The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old. Honored in countries with significant Chinese populations, it is also celebrated in countries that don’t recognize it as their own national holiday, such as Canada, United States and Australia. For many, the spectacular New Year parades throughout China towns are the main attraction, showcasing colorful costumes, elaborate floats and performances, fireworks, lion dances and the hundred foot-long dragon puppet made from silk, bamboo and paper.

The tradition is that every family thoroughly cleans their house to sweep away any ill-fortune with the intention to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red color paper cut-outs with positive themes of “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”. Living rooms are adorned with blooming plants to symbolize rebirth and new growth, platters of oranges and tangerines and a candy tray with eight varieties of dried sweet fruit are there for the celebration. Each following day of the 2 week celebration marks customary activities, and the 15th day is the Lantern Festival celebrated at night, with children carrying lanterns in a parade.

The Year of the Water Dragon

According to the Chinese Five Element Astrology Calendar, January 23, 2012 marks the year of the Water Dragon, with the Water Element providing better communication and endurance, and the elemental colour of black or dark blue.

Dragons are known to be one of the most auspicious animals in the Chinese Zodiac and have the intelligence and drive to bring all projects to a great conclusion. Those lucky enough to be born in the year of the Dragon are passionate and magnificent. Their inner energy is bold and strategic and they most always are successful.

The Chinese New Year is a celebration of change; out with the old and in with the new! A Chinese proverb says that all creations are reborn on New Year’s Day. We can all benefit by celebrating this ancient tradition to bring renewal into our own lives.

Not Really Sick…just not right

January 17, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

By Barbara Killmeyer

I first noticed a problem in mid-October while in Nashville TN doing research for a travel article. Sometime early Saturday morning, about 4 am, I awoke with pains in my stomach. I wasn’t feeling too well in general, not really sick - just not right. I had several places on my agenda to visit that day so I did what was needed to get the facts for my story.
I managed to sit at every opportunity and ate a small, light lunch: convinced that by the time I arrived home the next day the pains would be gone and things would be back to normal.
That didn’t happen. I continued to have small jabs of pain and after a few days my husband insisted that I make a visit to the doctor. I described my symptoms to our family practitioner and after a careful examination he sent me for some blood work and an upper GI test. The results were a shock to me; it turned out that my sugar was up and my blood was down. I was severely anemic; in fact the nurse who called with my results said that if I were very much more anemic I would have to have transfusions. This caught my attention. The upper GI showed only some acid reflux. Because of the anemia my doctor thought I must be bleeding internally and he referred me to a gastro-intestinal specialist to have a colonoscopy.

I was nervous and frightened, but everyone assured me that the evening before, when you must clean out your colon is the worst part – and they were right. The procedure itself was simple and comfortable. I was given a “conscious sedation” so I was asleep during the entire procedure and woke up comfortably in the recovery room.

Now the real worry began. The doctor informed me and my husband that he removed five polyps but the problem came when he discovered a tumor that was cancer. He referred me to a surgeon with the notation that “he can cut it all out and you’ll be done with it.” Cancer! I was frightened and as soon as I got home I called to make an appointment with the surgeon. I couldn’t get one for several weeks and by now we were into the Christmas holidays so I’m sure that had something to do with the wait. But waiting was just horrible because I imagined every sort of tragedy. I could see myself lying in the funeral home and wondered if this might not be my last Christmas, and would the family miss me next Christmas. Outrageous things I know, but I couldn’t turn my brain off. I had watched my father die of cancer and it was terrible. Now I might be facing the same thing. I was so tired at night that I went to sleep right away, but I always woke up between 3 and 4 o’clock and then the thoughts would come and I couldn’t get rid of them. I prayed a lot and was just plain scared.

I needed to have a CT Scan prior to my appointment with the surgeon so I scheduled that for Christmas Eve morning, December 24th. I was dreading this; not the exam itself, but they were going to do my pelvis, stomach and colon. What if they found more tumors there.

I have so many good friends and they all sent encouraging wishes and offers of help. I was very appreciative of each one. I was also on the prayer list for several churches and of several individuals.

On December 28th I received a telephone call from the doctor’s office giving me the results of my CT Scan. They could detect no more tumors! I felt as though a 100 lb. weight was lifted from my shoulders. Now I began to feel more confident. I still had to wait a week before I could see the surgeon, but at least I felt that the cancer was probably localized and, although I still had to go through a rather unpleasant operation, I was feeling more positive that it would turn out alright.

The longer the wait the more anxious I get. Let’s get this over with!

On Saturday evening I started to have more pain in the area of the tumor (lower right side) In addition to being uncomfortable it is very frightening to me. The pain is not a sharp jab, but more of a feeling of soreness. Today is Monday and I can’t wait until my appt with Dr. Lally tomorrow a.m.: the sooner the better. Did I mention that I’m anxious to get this done? Today I have an appt w/ Dr. Noecker about my eyes. What is this? I’m literally falling apart. Maybe I can get all this garbage over now in the beginning of the year and have the rest of the year as normal as possible. I’m trying very hard not to be a baby about this and complain all the time…

Finally! It’s Tuesday and I have my appt with the surgeon, Dr. Lally. He was very nice and explained everything to Don and I answering all my questions. The best news is that the success rate of this surgery is 95%, that made me feel a lot better. I will be having the operation on Friday, January 7 at Ohio Valley General Hospital. About half of my colon will be removed along with the surrounding lymph nodes and blood vessels. In the recovery room I will wake up to find that I have a catheter and an NSG tube that runs from my nose to my stomach. Also, the colon does not begin to work again for about 3 days after the surgery so I will be fed intravenously until they can hear my “guts gurgle” which is a sign that the colon has come alive again. I will be in the hospital for 5 or 6 days with the day of surgery counting as day 0. I left his office and went right to the hospital section to have my blood work done and to have an ekg, more waiting!

It’s Thursday and I am on a liquid diet, waiting for the hospital to call and tell me what time to be there in the morning. I’ve become resigned to the fact that this is going to happen so I made up my mind that I will go to the hospital, get on the bed, gurney, whatever, and let them do their thing. The hospital didn’t call until around 5 p.m. I am to be there at 11 a.m. and the operation is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The citrate of magnesia that I drank at 2 finally started to work about 7 so I’ve been spending a lot of time in the bathroom.

Now it’s Friday morning and I’m getting ready to go to the hospital. I’m looking forward to getting out of the operating room, out of recovery, and into a room of my own when I’ll know it’s over and I can just relax and sleep off the effects of the anesthetic.

One thing I have found through all this is that I have so many wonderful, caring friends who are worried about me, praying for me, and who have offered to do anything at all that would be helpful to me or to Don. Their concern means a lot to me and I am so thankful for them.

It was quite an adventure. The operation was scheduled for 12:30 and they didn’t even take me down to the operating and prep rooms until 1:30. Needless to say I was a nervous wreck.

On the advice of several people I opted for an epidural rather than the self-administered morphine. It may have worked wonders for others, but for me it was a bad move. I ended up with a terrific backache that may or may not have been from the epidural. Anyway, the procedure for inserting the tube and medication was interesting. Not painful, but at that point everything is worrisome.

At last I was wheeled into the operating room and shifted to the operating table. A very kind and sympathetic nurse told me when she was going to administer the anesthetic and said that I would next wake up in the recovery room. That’s my last memory of Friday. I don’t remember the recovery room and Don said he talked to me, and I answered, in the hall when they brought me to my room.

I slept through Friday. Saturday and Sunday were painful, but I got through it. Then Sunday night/Monday morning the nurses came to my bed and asked if I was feeling alright. I told them yes and asked why. They said my heart was fluctuating a lot. Don told me later that this was what had him very worried because my heart rate would jump from 180 to 175 to 150 then spike back up to 180. I was moved to intensive care and there they were able with the cardiologist to stabilize the heart rate. I had so many tubes etc coming out of me, into me and hanging from me that I couldn’t keep track of them.

The incident with the heart called for heart tests. I received an echocardiogram and the doc said he was scheduling me for a stress test for the next day. I must have looked shocked because he quickly assured me that I didn’t have to get on the treadmill. That was good because I have no idea how I would have managed that! Instead I remained on a gurney and they chemically simulated the stress of the treadmill. I was amazed – I never knew that could be done.

One of the heart tests showed a shadow on one of the chambers of my heart and needed to be checked out to make sure there was no clot. The next morning Don was there at 8 a.m. to be there while I had the test. I was taken to a room on the same floor as my room – 4th floor, heart patients. My throat was sprayed with something to make it numb. This was extremely difficult for me since I have a very sensitive gag reflex and just getting the tongue depressor near my mouth is a major accomplishment. After several tries they got it numbed. I was turned onto my side and the doctor came in. I was given a twilight sedation so I heard, saw, and felt nothing. A probe was put down my throat to check out the heart chamber. The next thing I knew the procedure was over and I was waking up and gagging out the probe. I wasn’t permitted to eat or drink anything for an hour afterward because my throat was still numb and there was the possibility of choking. We waited patiently until 4:00 and no one came to tell us any results. I had been told that I could go home that day depending on what was found. Finally, Don went to the desk to ask. No one knew anything. They called Dr. Ghandi who performed the procedure and she said she had no authority to release me. They then called her associate Dr. Kunsman and he said he couldn’t release me – that was up to the admitting surgeon, Dr. Lally. He was called, but was in surgery. At last, about 4:45 Dr. Lally came to the room and informed us that there was no clot (I wish Dr. Ghandi had taken a minute to tell us that earlier!) and that I could go home.

Dr. Lally assured me once again that all the cancer was taken out. But as a precaution I need to have six months of chemo.
I went home sore and moving quite slowly, but glad to be there. I had been operated on Friday, Jan. 7 and went home the evening of Thursday, January 13.
Recovery seemed to be slow, but Don is a great nurse and took such good care of me. My friends were also so fantastic. I just never knew I had so many of them. Between calls, cards and flowers I was overwhelmed. Then there were the special friends who did things like provide us with home cooked meals.
On Jan. 28 I was back in the hospital. This time as an out patient to get a port implanted in my chest with a tube running to a large vein. Through this port I will get all bloodwork and chemo done.
On Feb. 7, one month after the surgery, I had my first chemo treatment. I have to go every two weeks. On the first day I receive a combination of drugs in a two hour session, then home with a bag containing more medicine and a pump which keeps giving me the medicine over a 22 hour period. For several days I have to be very careful about eating or drinking anything cold because the one drug will give me reaction where I’ll feel like my throat is closing. Don’t want that!! I also have to cautious when handling cold things because it will make my fingers etc. hurt. On the second day, I return for another two hour chemo session and a refill of “Buddy” my bag. On the third day, I go to be disconnected from Buddy. The week I don’t go for chemo I have to have my blood checked. If this sounds like a lot – it is! And I won’t be done with it until the end of July.
I am well now, still go for checkups, but the prognosis is good.

Barbara Killmeyer
Author of: It’s Nobody’s Business but Yours


Business Calendar, 2012

January 05, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

Business Program Series Calendar
January 2012

Programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Downtown & Business, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. They are free and open to the public.

January 5. 2012 What’s New in Taxes for 2011 / 2012
Robert J. Henkels, CPA, Senior Manager
R.D. Hoag & Associates, P.C.

Mr. Henkels, adjunct professor at LaRoche College and president of Professional Tax & Accounting Seminars, Inc., will discuss recent changes and updates in personal and business taxation than can save you money when you file your return.

January 12, 2012 A Guide to Public Benefits
Frank J. Pistella, Public Benefits Attorney
Neighborhood Legal Services Association

Mr. Pistella, Public Benefits Attorney with the Neighborhood Legal Services Association, will focus on those programs funded by the government that help individuals and families in need, including Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and child care subsidies, as well as help for seniors and women seeking emergency protection from abuse (PFA) orders.

January 19, 2012 Build Your Business Using Every Door Direct Mail – an exciting shipping solution from the U.S. Postal Service
Michelle J. Dugas, Business Development Specialist
United States Postal Service
Every Door Direct Mail can provide your business with an efficient way to promote your services by getting your marketing message directly into the hands of customers while reducing the mail preparation costs associated with lists and printing. Find out how this service can help you build more traffic, find new customers and increase revenue.

January 26, 2012 Getting Started with eBooks and eReaders
Scott Pyle, Reference Librarian
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Downtown & Business

Mr. Pyle will discuss the basics of eBooks and eReaders, the differences between a Nook and a Kindle, and how to use Carnegie Library’s Overdrive service that loans eBooks to its patrons free of charge. He’ll also demonstrate several devices and walk us through the process of finding and checking out an eBook from CLP’s web site


January 05, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

By Patricia Thibault
Social Security District Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

January 16 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — a national holiday. To some, the day means more than an observance of the birthday of the civil rights leader. It is also a day to be of service to others.

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.
A great way to be of service to others is to help someone you know who may need assistance applying for Social Security, Medicare, or Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. Each of these is easy to do at www.socialsecurity.gov

Some people who need these benefits may not be comfortable with computers or may not even know applying online is an option. But now it’s easier than ever to apply for such benefits from the convenience of a home computer at www.socialsecurity.gov

For example, it’s easy to apply for retirement benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline. It can take as little as 15 minutes from start to finish, and once the application is electronically submitted, in most cases, there is nothing more to do.

It’s even easier to apply for Medicare, for people who do not plan to begin their Social Security retirement payments yet but who do want Medicare coverage. The application takes about 10 minutes and can be found at www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly.

People who already have Medicare coverage, but who have trouble meeting prescription drug costs, can apply for Extra Help online at www.socialsecurity.gov/extrahelp.

This holiday, you may want to make a trip to see the new Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington D.C. or listen to a recording of a memorable speech. You can also make your Martin Luther King Day a day of service to someone who can use your help. Lead them to www.socialsecurity.gov. It may be easy for you, but it may be a dream come true for the person you help.

T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More) Work

January 05, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

by Mary Grace Musuneggi

Sometimes, we all like working alone. That said, I have often seen people find greater success solving problems when they work with a partner.

The Princeton Weekly Bulletin reported in February of 2001 about experiments conducted by two Princeton economists which proved the old maxim that two heads are better than one. Two sets of experiments showed that groups made better decisions on average than individuals.

Some of us are self-motivated, and once we make the decision to go after something, we do. For others there needs to be a person behind us moving us along - a coach. Besides the obvious sports coaches, today there are people to coach us in every area in our life. There are career coaches, life coaches, fitness coaches, business coaches.

Sometimes they are called consultants; people who you can consult to get good input on how to reach your goals. Financial consultants, marketing consultants, investment consultants, make-up consultants.

To reach your personal goals, make a list of people that you think you could use to coach you or consult with you on how to take the right steps to your life goals.

Chances are that what you are trying to accomplish in your life has ben done before. Who do you know that has been down the road you want to follow? What qualities do they have that you need? How did they do what they did? Would they be willing to share their knowledge? Can you follow in their footsteps?

Read the “Richest Man in Babylon.” Learn the value of having mentors - a group of like-minded people who can inspire and fill the gaps in what you can and cannot do on your own.

Build a mastermind group. In Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich,” he demonstrates the value of having his own special group of people who have an interest in his success. If you don’t have all the skills you need, and most people do not, gather together a group of talented people who can complement your talents.

The best people for your group will be those who have a vested interest in you - people who will also benefit if you are successful. For instance, in my business I have people whom we count on to provide us with products and services for our business. The more successful we are, the more of their services we use. That means our success helps their success. So we have asked them to be part of our team. We started a program many years ago called “Friends Helping Friends.” We ask our clients and business associates to introduce us to their friends, family, organization members, and business associates. When they do and these people become our clients, we reward the introducing client with invitations to special events including our “Friends Helping Friends” gala event that is held every October.

Most of us already know many people who can help us, but for some of us we will have to go out and find those people. This is “networking,” a process to get you out in front of the people who have the information and skills to help you reach your goals. Sometimes this means joining a group with similar interest to yours. This can be social or business. Sometimes it just means being out in your community, involved in your church, attending classes at the local community college, or working to raise finds for a charity.

But the fact is, whenever have to go it alone. When we meet a challenge where we know we don’t know what we need to know; we need to find that person who knows what we don’t know and make them a part of our team.

The most successful people are those that know what they know and what they don’t know; and they surround themselves with a T.E.A.M. of people who fill in the blanks.

Mary Grace Musuneggi
Executive Director and Founder
January 2012

Did You Know?

January 05, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

Did You Know?

That on Jan 3, 1949 - Margaret Chase Smith (R-Maine)
started her tenure in the Senate, where she remained until 1973.She was the first woman to serve in both the House and Senate as she previously served in the House (R-Maine, 1940-1949)?

That on Jan 5, 1925 - Nellie Tayloe Ross was inaugurated as the first woman governor in U.S. history (governor of Wyoming)?

That on Jan 7, 1896 - Fanny Farmer’s first cookbook was published in which she standardized cooking measurements?

That on Jan 7, 1955 - Marian Anderson was the first African American woman to sing at the Metropolitan Opera?

That on Jan 8, 1977 - Pauli Murray, the first female African American Episcopal priest, was ordained?

That on Jan 11, 1935 - Amelia Earhart made the first solo flight from Hawaii to North America?

That on Jan 12, 1932 - Hattie Wyatt Caraway (D-Arkansas) was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate?
She was the first woman to chair a Senate Committee and the first to serve as the Senate’s presiding officer as well.

That on Jan 16: Martha Cotera, pioneering Chicana Feminist, author of two seminal texts Diosa y Hembra and Chicana Feminist was born?
She was the founding member of the Raza Unida Party in Texas, 1969 and one of the mothers of Chicana Feminism.

That on Jan 25, 1980 - Runner Mary Decker became the first woman to run a mile under 4 1/2 minutes, running it at 4:17.55?

That on Jan 29, 1926 - Violette Neatly Anderson was the first black woman to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court?

January 2012 Events

January 05, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

Business Exchange Networking Lunch
* Give a 1-2 minute commercial for your business.
* Bring business cards, brochures, and samples.
* Make new business contacts.

Four Dates and Locations:
Jan. 4- Wexford, Atria’s, 12980 Perry Highway, Wexford
RSVP: email Michelle Zmijanac at

Jan. 11- Mount Lebanon, Atria’s, 110 Beverly Road, Mt. Lebanon
RSVP: email Tina Nobers at TinaNobers@CMNNutritionGroup.com

Jan. 18- Murrysville, Bella Luna Trattoria, 5060 Wm Penn Hwy,
Monroeville, Pa 15146
RSVP BLXMurrysville@gmail.com

Jan. 25- Fox Chapel, Comfort Inn (Old Holiday Inn) RIDC Park,
Ohara Twp
RSVP: 412-781-8773 or PlanBConsultant@comcast.net 

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $18 (Bring cash; No-shows will be billed for the lunch)
RSVP: By Monday prior to the event
For more information: http://www.blxnetworking.com

Business Women Connect Lunch
Business Women Connect is a free monthly networking group open to any woman in business who is interested networking and sharing information about her business with other professionals. Lunch locations alternate between the Monroeville/Murrysville areas one month and the Greensburg/North Huntingdon areas the other month.
Bring 30- 35 business cards and be prepared to give a 60-second commercial about your business.
Date: Friday, January 6, 2012
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:0 p.m.
Place: Rodney’s Restaurant, 557 Wendel Road, Irwin PA 15642
Cost: Cost of your own lunch check
RSVP: Suggested by Wednesday, January 4th
To register contact Donna Cheswick at 724-837-1130 or

January 9 – Pittsburgh Professional Women Clever Connections Dinner Club -from 6-8pm - at BRAVO! McKnight Road - Speaker: Dr. Shannon Thieroff - “Strong Women, Strong Business” www.pittsburghprofessionalwomen.net

January 12 - Featured Theme:
The Business of Communications - Traditional & Leading Edge
A casual weekly networking event for those interested in what’s
innovative and positive in Pittsburgh. A jazz, soul & blues happy
hour show plus open-mike interviews with local executives.

Time: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Place: Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh
Host: Jessica Lee
Cost: $5 (hors d’ouevres included)
For further info, email smarshall@pghgateways.org

January 13 - Butler Women’s Power Lunch -1:00-3:00 pm - Siba Restaurant - Rt. 228 Cranberry Twp - Cost: $30 - Prepay at www.womenspowerlunch.com - Hosted by Suzanne Froehlich - 412-389-3420 for details

January 11 - Brown Bag Lunch - 12:00 – 2:00pm - Speaker: Suzanne Caplan - Topic: Show Me the Money….What Does my P & L Say? Understand the information needed to generate a profit by increasing revenue and reducing costs.Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania 1650 Main Street Pittsburgh – FREE - RSVP: 412.782.5344 x 209 or volunteersofamerica@voapa.org

January 13- WOMEN BUSINESS LEADERS BREAKFAST SERIES - 7:30-9:00A.M. - Venue: James Laughlin Music Hall, Chatham University, Shadyside Campus - Cost: $25.00 (including continental breakfast) - Register Online at www.chatham.edu/cwe- Olga Watkins, Performer, The Olga Watkins Band
Donna Baxter, Founder & Web Mistress - Chris Dilla, Owner, Bocktown Beer - “Social Media Success Stories”-Come join us as a panel of successful women entrepreneurs talk about how they’ve mastered social media, building a customer base and maintaining virtual relationships by engaging, informing, and connecting through social media outlets. Hear firsthand what they’ve tried, what worked, what didn’t, and find out what could work for you!

 New Venue–
The monthly luncheon meeting of the Women’s Networking of the Brentwood Baldwin Whitehall Chamber of Commerce will meet on Friday, January 13, at
Steel Center Area Vocational Technical School. 
 Since South Hills Country Club is closed for remodeling, this is a perfect opportunity to try something new!
 In addition to lunch, we have the option of having a spa service performed by the cosmetology department. 
If you are interested, you can choose a Manicure and pedicure $15, Manicure with paraffin wax treatment $10, or a Facial with a manicure $15. 
Appointments need to be scheduled. All appointments will be for 10 o’clock.  
 To make an appointment, please email Lori Warabow,  lwarabow@scavts.net or leave a message at 412-469-3200, x2542. 
The Steel Center is located at 565 Lewis Run Road, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025. Directions
To enter the school, drive to the very top of the hill and enter at the back of the building.
Students from both Baldwin and Brentwood attend classes at the school. The food service class will be preparing lunch.
Lunch for Chamber Members - $15 - Bring a friend!
Lunch for Non-Members - $18
For Lunch Reservations, please email Mary at secretary@bbwchamber.com.
 Please make your reservations by January 5.

January 14- Small Business Basics Workshop
8:30 am – Noon - Place: Mellon Board Room, Chatham University - Cost: $30.00 -Register online at www.chatham.edu/cwe The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) and SCORE® Pittsburgh partner to present a “Small Business Basics” workshop to women interested in starting their own business or expanding their current business. Industry experts will discuss business planning, financing, bookkeeping, marketing, and legal issues pertaining to small business. The workshop is informal, and questions from the participants are solicited and encouraged throughout to help each participant receive the knowledge they need.The Small Business Basics workshop is a great introduction to the 10-week Kauffman FastTrac® NewVenture program. A continental breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and parking is free.

January 18- Pittsburgh Social Exchange
Networking Center Stage at The Byham Theater!
When: Wednesday, January 18th from 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Where: The Byham Theater, 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA
What: Make your business shine in the spotlight like never before as we draw back the curtains for one of the most interesting and cultural networking events of the year! Don’t forget to bring travel-sized toiletries for the Light of Life Rescue Mission if you wish to participate in the cause. Esspa Kozmetika is generously donating a bar of soap for every guest that registers!
Info/RSVP: www.PittsburghSocialExchange.com

January 19 - Disability Resource Breakfast - 8:30 – 9:30 AM - Speaker: Becky DeSantis, American Heart Association, Physical Therapist and Stroke Support Group Leader - Topic:Heart Disease and Stroke: What we can and cannot control - Risk factors, signs and symptoms, prevention, limitations and getting back to work are all concerns for employees and employers. Learn what you need to know about these important health issues and how to help yourself and others -Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania - 1650 Main Street Pittsburgh – FREE - RSVP: 412.782.5344 x 209 or volunteersofamerica@voapa.org

January 20 - Pittsburgh Women’s Power Lunch - 1:00-3:00 pm - Tambellini’s Restaurant - 139 Seventh Avenue Pittsburgh - Cost: $30. - Prepay at www.womenspowerlunch.com - Hosted by Suzanne Froehlich
412-389-3420 for details

January 26-Pittsburgh Social Exchange Wine Club, Educational Series Part 3/6
Thursday, January 26th 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Where: Willow, 634 Camp Horne Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
What: “Old World Wines vs. New World Wines.” Why do French and Italian wines tend to be more subtle, and California wines tend to be more bold and fruit-forward? What is the better selection for food choices, how do you explain the different tastes, are the growing conditions a contributor to the difference, or is the traditions that make the wine so unique to each other? Event caps at first 50 registrants!
Info/RSVP: www.PittsburghSocialExchange.com

January 30 - April 9 -Kauffman FastTrac® NewVenture™(no class on March 5th) Session runs 10 weeks: Mondays 6:30 – 9:30 PM - Cost: $375.00 (includes textbook, online materials, and class sessions) Place: Chatham University - Register online at www.chatham.edu/cwe- Kauffman FastTracNewVenture is a nationally renowned, hands-on entrepreneurial training program designed to help entrepreneurs hone the skills needed to create, manage, and grow successful businesses. Over 300,000 entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs have found success through the proven, practical benefits of FastTrac’s award-winning entrepreneurial learning programs. - This is a 10-week entrepreneurial training program offered on Monday nights from January 30 to April 9. Please submit applications prior to this date. For more information, please go to http://www.chatham.edu/cwe/events/fasttrac/fasttrac.cfm


The WSBA Network Lunch
A Networking Luncheon for Women Business Owners & Professionals
“Get Heard, Get Noticed, Get Leads”

A networking event open to any business woman who would like
to increase her business contacts/clientele. Our networking
format will be structured to provide participants with high
profile and networking. Bring 20-30 business cards/brochures,
cash for your lunch check, and be prepared to give a 60-second commercial about yourself.
January 5 - 11:30 a.m. - Natrona Heights
January 9 - 1:00 p.m. - Beaver County
January 13 - 1:00 p.m. - Robinson/Airport
January 17 - 5:00 p.m. - After Work Network
January 18 - 1:00 p.m. - South Hills
January 19 - 1:00 p.m. - East End
January 20 - 1:00 p.m. - Monroeville
January 23 - 6:30 p.m. - After Work Network - Washington
January 24 - 1:00 p.m. - North Hills
January 27 - 12:00p.m. - Westmoreland
Host: Women’s Small Business Association
Fee: $2 meeting fee (plus the cost of lunch)
RSVP: Required (Note: Any “Yes” RSVPs who do not show
will be charged a $20 no-show fee.)

Key Card Events

January 9th - from 6-8pm
at BRAVO! McKnight Road
Clever Connections Dinner for Members only
Speaker: Dr. Shannon Thieroff
“Strong Women, Strong Business”

February 23rd - from 11am-2pm
at Embassy Suites Hotel, Moon Twp.
Special PPW Workshop with Rhonda Britten
“Fearless Business” Note: This event is NOT available as a Key Card Event

March 8th -from 1-3pm
atAndora Mt. Lebanon/Greentree
Clever Connections Lunch
Speaker: Health Coach and Author Lindsey Smith
“Junk Foods & Junk Moods: Stop Craving and Start Living”

Save the Date
Pittsburgh Social Exchange
Lunch & Learn Series - Featuring Cindy Rack of Social Voice Marketing!
Optimize Your LinkedIn Account!
When: Friday, February 3rd, 12:00PM - 2:30PM
Where: ContactPointe, 1000 Omega Drive, Pittsburgh, PA
What: Want to optimize your LinkedIn account for business and personal growth?
Many people have a LinkedIn account but are uncertain on how it works and how
it can improve your business! Join PSE and the owner of Social Voice Marketing,
Cindy Rack, for this in-depth 2.5 hour training class. Event caps at first 50 registrants!
More Info/RSVP: www.PittsburghSocialExchange.com


February 28 - Pittsburgh Public Schools – Business Opportunity Extravaganza – 1:30-4:30 – Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers – 10 South 19thStreet , Pittsburgh

March 11 - 17th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner, a simple meal of bread and soup, to benefit Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest, and raise awareness about the problem of hunger in our communit at Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 5th Ave, Oakland, 2-6 pm. Celebrity soup servers, live entertainment, children’s activities, silent auction of world-class ceramic art and celebrity-autographed bowls*, and ticket holders choose a beautiful hand made bowl to take home. Tkts: $20: call (412) 431-8960 or visit www.pittsburghfoodbank.org. - *Autographed Bowls for 2012 Empty Bowls: Tom Cruise, Bono (U2), Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Joe Manganiello, Bret Michaels, Pittsburgh Penguins, Bob Segar, Meredith Viera, Carlos Mencia - for more information, contact - Iris Valanti, Director of CommunicationsGreater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank - 412-460-3663, ext 208 - Visit www.pittsburghfoodbank.org for information about the Food Bank and all of our events!