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They’ve Got Your Number

April 14, 2014 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

When checking out prospective accountants, find out what kinds of services are offered such as bookkeeping, management consulting, investment management and estate planning.

When I started my business, one of the first people I missed was the corporate accountant who worked at my old job. No more handing off receipts to get reimbursed for expenses or telling someone to create an invoice. I suddenly had to figure out what the best format for my business should be (corporation or LLC), how to pay employee taxes, and what expenses are deductible.

You’re probably already using an accounting program like QuickBooks or Sage to create invoices and track sales and expenses. A good accountant can show you how to use those programs to do more for your business than just the basics. He or she can show you how to look for warning signs, manage late payments and run reports to show you who your best and worst customers are.
Do you really have time to have to keep up with new tax laws, the ins and outs of business structures and shareholder decisions? Of course not. That’s what an accountant is for.
If you ever want to retire or pass the business on to your family, a good accountant can advise you on the best way to make that happen.
So how do you find a good accountant? Start by getting recommendations from other small business owners in your area and/or industry. It’s best if the accountant is familiar with your specific business issues. Local review sites like Yelp and Local.com can help you search in your area.
When checking out prospective accountants, find out what kinds of services are offered such as bookkeeping, management consulting, investment management and estate planning. Will the accountant also help you with small business loan documents or managing employee retirement plans?
Finally, make sure you understand how you’ll be billed. Many accountants charge by the hour, but you might be able to pay a monthly retainer fee so you can ask questions anytime you need help.

Rieva Lesonsky, headshotRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media and custom content company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. Email Rieva@rieva@smallbizdaily.com , follow her on Google+ and Twitter.com/Rieva and visit her website, www.SmallBizDaily.com , to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

Have You Considered a Second Act Career in Entrepreneuship?

April 14, 2014 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

by Tameka Montgomery, SBA Official

Did you know that one in four individuals between the ages of 44 to 70 are interested in becoming entrepreneurs? In fact, entrepreneurs over the age of 50, also known as encore entrepreneurs, are one of the fastest-growing groups of entrepreneurs in the United States.

If you are one of the 63 percent of Americans planning to work during retirement, then small business ownership may be a good option for you to use your experience and knowledge gained during your career toward starting a new business.

Each year, the SBA helps more than one million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow and succeed. If you are thinking about starting a business, the SBA and our resource partners can provide you with the tools to help. During the month of April, SBA and AARP are teaming up to host National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month to provide a range of resources to entrepreneurs and small business owners over the age of 50. The events will help connect encore entrepreneurs with mentors such as those from SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE chapters that can help throughout the life cycle of an entrepreneur’s business.

Events will include speed mentoring, which allows mentors with small business experience and entrepreneurs to share information during one-on-one counseling sessions, and workshops for entrepreneurs to get advice and assistance from successful business owners and community leaders. You can find local events taking place around the country to learn more about how to become an entrepreneur or how you can grow your existing small business.

Now is a great time to explore your options. SBA has free online courses targeted at helping encore entrepreneurs to get started. Go online to access SBA’s online small business learning center that offers free courses on how to start your own business and a course designed for women entrepreneurs over the age of 50.

SBA and AARP are also hosting free webinars on related topics that you can easily access, Are You Ready to Start Your Small Business? and Steps to Starting Your Business: Encore Entrepreneurship Webinar Series.

You can find more encore entrepreneurship information at www.sba.gov/encore and www.aarp.org/workresources

We look forward to seeing you at a Mentor Month event and encourage you to visit with our mentors and counselors, as well as explore SBA’s online tools to help you to build your own small business.

Let’s do Spring Now!

April 14, 2014 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

Spring is the time of rebirth and renewal, a time to replace the old and quiet energy with new, vibrant energy. With rebirth and renewal comes change. Allow yourself to experience positive changes in your home with help from a few Feng Shui tips:

• Throw out those items you no longer need that could benefit another person, including clothes in your closet, knickknacks in your drawers, and books on your shelves. Items that you no longer need only prevent you from moving forward to new ventures. Plus, giving those items to people in need will get you started on a positive path.

• Consider the metaphorical and literal meanings of the word, “open.” Open your windows, your doors, your closets, and your mind. Replace stale air and stagnant ideas with fresh possibilities. Watch the beauty of spring unfold in front of you.

• Being outside breathing in the crisp air is often the number one goal during the springtime. But when you have to be inside your home, bring a bit of the outdoors and the earth elements inside, including fresh cut flowers, branches, natural crystals, and stones. Consider a new coat of paint for your rooms using natural earth colors, such as light yellow, light brown, or sandy.

• Rearrange the position of your furniture and/or your bed for a new direction and flow of energy.

Most importantly, your re-energized home space awakens your mind to the potential of a fresh start, allowing you to consider the future rather than dwell on the past. What have you always wanted to do but didn’t? What are your hopes and dreams? Let your home represent the revitalized YOU.

Yvonne Philllips FSII
Feng Shui Business Educator
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Celebrating Mothers

April 13, 2014 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

Ebony Earth Entertainment is proud to announce its “1st Annual Mother’s Day Cookout.”

This event is to celebrate mothers throughout the City of Pittsburgh. We want to inspire mothers and their youths about Pittsburgh sustainable concepts. Mothers should be recognized and commended for their unconditional devotion to family.

So as an appreciation, we are providing a free hands-on event that will include mothers empowering themselves; mothers exchanging and sharing ideas; changing the culture of family dynamics, supporting grieving mothers by providing resources, and green activities that will build better community relationships and provide support to strengthen family core values!

In order for our event to be a great success, we are asking for the following donations: which are food, utensils, paper products, soil, coolers, grills, tents, tables, gift cards, financial contributions, volunteering time, and also purchasing adds for our booklets will help with our cost!

Ebony Earth Entertainment (eEe) is in collaboration with Steel City Sports World. Steel City Sports World is the fiduciary/fiscal sponsor, so all checks and money orders are made payable to Steel City Sports World. Website: scsportsworld.com. Our mailing address: 6516 Dean Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

If you need any further information, please contact Ebony Earth at 412-463-4074, email address: earthsgarden@yahoo.com , or contact the Program Coordinator, Carmen Brown, at 412-818-6703, email address: cab1230@hotmail.com.


Ebony Earth
Program Director

April 2014 Events

April 03, 2014 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.

Dates and Locations:

April 2- Wexford, Atria’s, 12980 Perry Highway, Wexford
RSVP: email Carol Briney at

April 9- Mount Lebanon, Atria’s, 110 Beverly Road, Mt. Lebanon
RSVP: email Michelle Zmijanac at

April 23- Fox Chapel, Comfort Inn (Old Holiday Inn) in RIDC Park,
Ohara Twp
RSVP: email Carol Briney at

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 info, go to: http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=4gu7_&m=IcJAqW0KOeZhGz&b=Y3nhvwnHj4VGylthZvYGjw.


Bizwomen Mentoring Monday

Meet your mentor at the Bizwomen Mentoring Monday breakfast.
Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from 40 mentors
who are the most influential women in the community for one-on-one
coaching sessions for five minute conversations.

The event will be held in a “speed mentoring format,” giving you
a chance to meet and discuss your career with the mentors. Don’t
miss this unique leadership training opportunity!

Lori Greiner, from TV’s Shark Tank, will share her advice and
insight in a broadcast interview. Lori started with one idea and
turned it into a multi-million dollar international brand. She is
now regarded as one of the most prolific inventors of retail
products, having created over 400 products, and holds 120 U.S
and international patents. She is a star shark on the hit
entrepreneurial business show, Shark Tank on ABC, where she
invests in companies and helps turn dreams into a reality.
She also has her own show on QVC TV for the last 16 years
called Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner

Date: April 7, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Place: Power Center at Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Avenue,
PIttsburgh PA 15219
Host: Pittsburgh Business Times
Cost: Business Times Subscribers-$22.50; Others-$25
RSVP: Advance registration required

For questions or additional information, contact Richard Cerilli
at 412-208-3815 or rcerilli@bizjournals.com.

Register online at:


Coaching Beyond Words

Speakers: Marlene Boas, Ph.D., BCC and Ed Boas

As coaches we regularly ask our clients to go outside their
comfort zones, explore new ways of looking at things, find
practices that are energizing and motivating, expand their
experiences in order to increase their realm of possibilities;
we push, we pull, we support, we challenge.

But how often do we do the same for ourselves?

Join ICF Pittsburgh member Marlene Boas and her husband, Ed for
a powerful rhythm based event that will propel your ideas of
coaching beyond words and into new territory. Marlene and Ed
use group drumming as a vehicle for corporate training in
leadership, team cohesion, alignment, balance, diversity,
innovation and more. Experience the power of facilitated
group drumming and how it can enhance your coaching by
encouraging: presence, taking risks, going with your gut,
listening attentively, using metaphor, challenging assumptions,
and promoting active experimentation. These are just a few
coaching competencies to be addressed.

In this highly interactive workshop everyone will get a drum
and together we will make “music in the moment”. You’ll be
astounded at what we can create. Absolutely no musical experience
necessary! Its great fun and you’ll be energized and engaged.

From this informative, interactive session, participants will:

* Improve their active listening skills via nonverbal/nontraditional
communication experience
* Improve their “coaching presence” by experimenting and responding
spontaneously within the group
* Explore alternative ideas and activities to encourage
self discovery

Date: April 9, 2014
Time: 11:15 - 11:30 a.m: Registration and Networking
11:30 - 12 noon: Announcements & Luncheon
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Featured Presentation
Place: Cambria Suites Pittsburgh at Consol Energy Center
Host: Pittsburgh Coaches Association
Cost: By 5 p.m., Apirl 4: Members -$30, Nonmembers-$40.
After 5 p.m., April 4: Members-$40, Nonmembers-$40

Register online at

Further info: contact Roberta Rollings at Pghcoachesassoc@aol.com.


Taking care of your most loyal customers

Speaker: MJ Rulnick Callaway, Rock More Sales

Celebrate customer Loyalty Month as we learn to create
conversations that put your customer first and result in
more sales and more profits from the customers who already
know, like and trust your work.

Date: April 10, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Place: VOA, 1650 Main Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Host: Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania
Cost: Free

RSVP: 412.782.5344 x 209 or volunteersofamerica@voapa.org


Successful Serial Entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh:
One Woman’s Extraordinary Path

Speaker: Mary Del Brady, Proprietor of Mansions on Fifth Hotel
and Chairperson and CEO of Wellbridge Health, Inc.

The Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series features prominent
regional women business leaders speaking on a variety of
progressive business topics. Casual networking and a continental
breakfast precede engaging and interactive presentations on topics
essential for women in business such as innovative entrepreneurship,
strategic business growth, unique marketing strategies, and
logistical business planning.

Date: April 11, 2014
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Place: James Laughlin Music Hall, Chatham University, Shadyside
Host: The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University
Cost: $25 (includes continental breakfast)
Students- $12.50 with valid ID (Email pdecker@chatham.edu)
RSVP: Suggested by April 7

Questions? Contact 412-365-1253

Register online at:


Got the Picture? Good. Now Go Make Money!

Presented by Jolene Jang

With our cell phones and digital cameras we all can take great
pictures. Do you know how to use yours to maximize your business
and income? Pictures build a lasting connection. Your clients
remember you when they see a memorable picture of themselves.

Fine you say, but how? Thought you’d never ask.

Enter Jolene Jang, the Conference Reporter! She’s everywhere.
She knows that getting the shot is valuable and will tell us why.

In one brief session she’ll show you how to:

- Use photos and videos to create a lasting impression that your
client will proudly share with his clients and refer them to you.
- Select the right pictures and videos to capture
- Plan strategies to use video and photos
- Tag and Title to increase you SEO
- Post your visual content multitude of platforms
- Reuse your content again and again and stay top of mind

In Jolene’s fun and highly interactive workshop, you will learn
which tools to use to get the sale, get you booked and get you
referrals. Be the speaker that is impossible to forget.

Jolene Jang is a 10 year member of NSA, 3rd term past president
of NSA Northwest, 18 years in business, gadget girl, tech geek,
adventure seeking, entrepreneurial Meeting Maximizer.

Date: April 12, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Location: Sheraton Station Square, 300 W Station Square Dr,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Host: National Speakers Association, Pittsburgh Chapter
Cost: NSA Members & Affiliates-$35; Nonmembers-$45
Add $20 for networking lunch.
RSVP: Suggested by April 9th

For more information and to register, go to:


Creating Compelling Communications

Speaker: Jennifer Greevy,
Director of Executive and Leadership Communications, Giant Eagle

Join us as Jennifer shares advice and suggestions on how to create
compelling communications, marketing and public relations plans to
help advance and promote small businesses, and improve engagement
with their customers.

Date: April 16, 2014
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Place: Volunteers of America, 1650 Main Street, Sharpsburg, PA
Host: Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania
Cost: Free (Bring a brown bag lunch)

To register, call 412.782.5344 (x209) or email


Secrets of Pittsburgh’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Join us and discover the secrets of Pittsburgh’s fastest growing
companies. A panel of representatives from several of the 2013
Pittsburgh 100 companies will discuss their perspectives at this
executive luncheon at the Rivers Club.

Date: April 17, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Place: Rovers Club, 301 Grant Street, One Oxford Centre, Ste 411,
Pittsburgh PA 15219
Host: Pittsburgh Business Times
Cost: $49.50-Business Times Subscribers; $55-Others
(Includes networking luncheon)
RSVP: Early registration encouraged (Limited Space)

For questions or additional information, contact Kelli Komondor at
412-208-3845 or kkomondor@bizjournals.com.

Register online at:


Women’s Power Lunch

Come be a part of the longest running networking luncheon in the
Pittsburgh area. Bring 50 business cards or brochures to hand
out and be prepared to give a short presentation on your business
to introduce yourself to other business women and professionals.

Date: April 18, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Place: To be announced
Cost: $22.00 (Prepayment required)
RSVP: By April 16th

Questions: Contact Suzanne at Suzanne@womenspowerlunch.com
or 724-452-5152.

Register online at: http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=4gu7_&m=IcJAqW0KOeZhGz&b=ArhK4c3safaDcfnjz9qhig

For Women Self-defense
Join us for an empowering and fun program! Learn to
protect yourself with verbal skills, safety strategies and
basic physical techniques — all in a supportive environment
with other women. Created especially for beginners, these
classes are perfect for all ages and abilities! Have questions?
Contact us at info@lionessmartialarts.com or 412.241.6519
As with any exercise program, please have your physician’s
approval before taking this class. Wear loose, comfortable
clothing and soft-soled
or athletic shoes to class. No woman is turned away for lack of funds!
Contact us if you need financial assistance.

Self-Defense for Women (April 19 - May 10, 10am - noon)
APRIL 19 - MAY 10
10am - noon
Wilkins School Community Center
7604 Charleston Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218
(Regent Square)
Just $120 for all four classes. Financial assistance
is available if you need it.


The Ultimate Recipe for an Energetic Life

Presented by Kathy Parry

Do you need caffeine and chocolate to make it through your day?
Are you dragging by mid-afternoon? Unfocused? Unproductive?
You’re not alone. Millions of people feel tired and sluggish,
even worn down, on a daily basis.

Kathy Parry’s The Ultimate Recipe for an Energetic Life gives you
the information you need and desire to finally feel vital and
productive! Kathy will share tips, tactics and fun stories that
will have you on your way to living an engaged and energetic life.

Kathy Parry is Your Real Food Coach. She is the author of the
newly released book The Ultimate Recipe for an Energetic Life.
As a mother of four, she understands the difficulty of finding
time to eat well and feed healthy meals to our families. Her
children have registered complaints about leafy-green foods and
lack of Coke in her house. But Kathy is passionate about feeling
well and the role that food plays in our health and well being.

Kathy believes health is a journey but we should have fun along
the way. She speaks at events nationwide, coaches individuals
and teaches classes about wellness and the benefits of a whole
food diet. Kathy’s hope is for you to walk away with a new
tactic, tip or “ah ha” moment that helps you on your journey
to feeling well.

Date: April 24, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Place: BRAVO! Robinson
Host: Pittsburgh Professional Women
Cost: $35 for PPW Members; $49 for Non Members
RSVP: Suggested by April 21

Register online at: http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=4gu7_&m=IcJAqW0KOeZhGz&b=Hkd5Em56G_OYiTKw1_rmfQ

Voluteers of America April 2014 Workshops

April 03, 2014 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

Brown Bag Lunch
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

12:00 – 1:00pm

Speaker: Jennifer Greevy, Director of Executive and Leadership Communications, Giant Eagle
Topic: The importance of strong verbal, written and electronic communications skills.

Join us as Jennifer shares advice and suggestions on how to create compelling communications, marketing and public relations plans to help advance and promote small businesses, and improve engagement with their customers.

Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania
1650 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
RSVP: 412.782.5344 x 209 or volunteersofamerica@voapa.org

Disability Resource Breakfast
Thursday, April 17, 2014

8:30 – 9:30 AM

Speaker: Lu Randall, Executive Director, ABOARD
Topic: Autism Awareness Month

Learn how the most recent support efforts in employment and entrepreneurship can maximize the vocational potential and opportunity for individuals in Pennsylvania with autism and related disorders.
Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania
1650 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
RSVP: 412.782.5344 x 209 or volunteersofamerica@voapa.org

Special Workshop
Thursday April 10, 2014
1:00pm – 3pm

Speaker: MJ Rulnick Callaway, Rock More Sales
Topic: Taking care of your most loyal customers
Celebrate customer Loyalty Month as we learn to create conversations that put your customer first and result in more sales and more profits from the customers who already know, like and trust your work.

Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania
1650 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
RSVP: 412.782.5344 x 209 or volunteersofamerica@voapa.org

Special Workshop
Thursday April 24, 2014
9AM – 11AM

Speaker: Ken Eisner, President of Eisner Law, P.C.
Topic: Where there is a (living) will, there is a way

Don’t put off getting your papers in order. Ken Eisner brings 30 years of experience to help you with your estate planning documents, including if desired, a Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney and Financial Power of Attorney signed, witnessed, and notarized. You will be able to complete these three important legal documents and protect your family before a crisis occurs.

Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania

1650 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
RSVP: 412.782.5344 x 209 or volunteersofamerica@voapa.org

Carnegie Library Business Programs

April 03, 2014 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

Thursday Lunch & Learn Programs
April 2014
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Downtown & Business
612 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

April 3 Lunch & Learn: How to Get Ahead at Work
Presented by Robert O’Friel, O’Friel Consulting
Stuck in a career rut? Tired of seeing others advance while your career remains stagnate? Grab your lunch and join us for a presentation on how to get ahead on the job. Career Consultant Robert O’Friel will discuss ways you can jump start your career, fight your own negativity, and achieve your professional goals.

April 10 Lunch & Learn: Avoiding Scams and Fraud in Today’s Marketplace Presented by Caitlin Driscoll, BBB
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) will be presenting helpful information on scams and schemes targeting our marketplace and ways you can avoid becoming a victim. Bring a bagged lunch and get tips on outsmarting investment fraud, hiring a home improvement contractor, evaluating job opportunities, and more!

April 17 Lunch & Learn: Financial Planning is For Everyone!
Presented by Robert Henkels, CPA
Whether you’re trying to find ways to save for your future, establish a spending plan or pay down debt, having a financial plan helps. Grab your bagged lunch and join us for a presentation on the basic building blocks of personal finance- money management, saving, and financial goal setting.

April 24 Lunch & Learn: The Art of Win-Win Negotiation With Sonia Layne-Gartside, Duquesne University’s School of Leadership
Effective win-win negotiation aims to resolve situations by providing acceptable solutions that leave all parties involved feeling as though they have “won” in some way. Drop in with your bagged lunch and learn the techniques for achieving win-win in any situation.