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How to Survive the First 5 Years of Startup

October 09, 2014 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

A whopping 50 percent of small businesses do not survive the first five years of business. Why? Most of the time it be blamed on poor planning, especially when it comes to financial forecasting. But let’s say you have your financial ducks in a row.

Here are five items to pack in your business emergency kit to help you through the first five years:

1. Surround yourself with the right people. You know the age-old adage: Hire where you’re weak. Nowhere is that more true than in small business. Even if you can’t afford employees from the get-go, you can still surround yourself
with mentors, advisors, friends, family, independent contractors and professionals you can turn to with questions and for guidance.

2. Know your target market. Also know where they shop and how they decide what to buy. Peruse social media channels to eavesdrop on conversations about buying trends. You’ll need to do this consistently to stay in touch with today’s fickle consumer.

3. Get the word out. Marketers must be creative and reach out to bloggers and other influencers on social media. Join networking groups and attend seminars and trade shows. Network online, too, by reaching out to others in your industry to see how you can help each other.

4. Focus on customer service. Consumers choose a small business over a big business because they want personalized service. What are you doing to make the shopping experience memorable and special? Listen to what your customer wants and give it to them. It’s really that simple.

5. Make an appointment with a local SCORE mentor .I can’t tell you often enough how reaching out to SCORE for free advice can improve your chances of survival. In 321 chapters across the U.S., over 124,000 clients have participated in over 250,000 mentoring sessions, and it’s working. According to the SBA, small business clients who receive three or more hours of mentoring reported higher revenues and increased business growth.

Rieva Lesonsky, SmallBizDaily, GrowBizMedia, SCORE BlogRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media and custom content company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. Email Rieva at 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.

Domestic Violence Wokplace Guidelines

October 09, 2014 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

Workplace Guidelines, information from www.ncadv.org
What to Do . . .
If you are experiencing domestic violence:

Notify your supervisor and the human relations manager about the circumstances regarding your situation.

Discuss options available to you, e.g., scheduling, safety precautions, employee/family assistance benefits.

Submit a recent photo of the perpetrator to your safety manager in the event of a confrontation at work.

Request that all information be treated with confidence to provide for your safety and well-being.

If you are the co-worker of someone experiencing domestic violence:

If you suspect a co-worker is suffering abuse, do not directly confront her/him since it is important for an individual to self-disclose for her/his own safety and well-being.
Express concern and a willingness to listen and be supportive if needed.
Offer support by listening and assisting; when an individual is ready, she/he will confide.
If a co-worker confides in you, encourage communication with the human resources manager and her/his supervisor.
If you witness an incident at work, contact your safety manager or law enforcement immediately. Make sure that the incident is documented.

If you are the supervisor or manager of an employee who is experiencing domestic violence:

Be aware of unusual absences or behavior and take note of bruises or emotional distress.
Contact the human resources manager to discuss concerns, resources available and ways to support the employee, e.g., safety planning, employee assistance counseling, family resource referrals, flexible scheduling, security measures.
Be familiar with community resources and referrals.
Maintain confidentiality at all times; be sensitive to the seriousness of the situation.
Discuss who is appropriate to speak with the employee; agree on all forms of communication, e.g., providing the safety manager with a photo if there is a risk at work.
Assist the employee in documenting all incidents with the batterer that occur in the workplace.
Take action against domestic violence by encouraging employees to volunteer and by providing financial or in-kind support to your local domestic violence programs.

Meditation For Healing, Relaxation and Rejuvenation

October 09, 2014 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

by Dr. Kathleen Hartford

We have been hearing for decades about the power and importance of meditation. Studies have shown that meditation not only lowers blood pressure but can also enhance your immune response, while improving your ability to concentrate. In the Fit, Fun and Fabulous meditation we even go further. In Eastern practices such as yoga they often discuss the chakra centers but did you know that these
chakra centers align with your neurological plexus of traditional medicine? And that in Chinese Medicine there are certain emotions, life patterns and physical attributes that affect these centers and their corresponding organs? Yes the human body is fascinating and if we can integrate approaches from these various world disciplines then we can truly have the best of all worlds.

In our Conscious Living Meditation CD we incorporate all of these healing disciplines beginning at the root of your spine. Here we find your root chakra, whose color is red, it aligns with your sacral and pudenda plexus and houses the emotions related to group safety issues, do you feel safe in your world? Physically this is where we find our strength and vitality. In my practice I often find patients who feel helpless or powerless suffering with recurrent bladder or reproductive issues. In this case they will benefit from a conscious focus and mental releasing of these limiting emotional belief systems along with appropriate therapies to help bring balance and healing to the organs affected.

Your heart chakra, whose color is green, aligns with your cardiac plexus and emotionally houses the areas of love, both divine love and personal love, here is said to lie your ability to give and receive unconditional love. We have all felt our hearts broken and we’ve all felt our hearts leap for joy. We’ve even felt our heart skip a beat with excitement and felt the heaviness of our heart when it was sad. These emotions are real and directly affect the functioning of their corresponding organs. Research has proven that love and companionship are important and there are times in our lives when we will have to be our best most loving companion to ourselves.

These are only two examples of seven very powerful and accessible energy centers in your body. The process of meditation to support balance and bring harmony to these areas has nothing to do with religion; it is actually a health enhancing function just like flossing your teeth, eating correctly and exercising. Think of it as exercise for you mind and spirit to bring health, happiness and energetic balance to your body.
We are integrated beings, the second we think a thought it changes our body’s chemistry, and our body’s chemistry effects our immune system and the ability of our organs to function. The second we eat a bite of food our body springs into reaction to digest and manage that food, that food will change the chemistry of our body as well as the function of our organs and the emotions of our mind. Everything from the thoughts we think, to the foods we eat, to the company we keep leaves our body responding to its environment. This response from our body physically and emotionally truly creates our lives.

Meditation simply provides for us an intimate moment to spend with our deepest self, to quietly release any negativity of our day while bringing forth and magnifying the goodness and profound energies that are innately ours to enjoy and to play in each day! It will not change what has happened to you but it will profoundly change your ability to stay grounded and peaceful in response to these occurrences.

For more information or to download your MP3 of Meditation For Conscious Living please visit www.drkathleenhartford.com

Carnegie Library Programs

October 09, 2014 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Downtown and Business
Library Programs
October 2014

Tuesday Programs

October 7, 2014 – 12:15 pm
Page To Screen – DVD 130 Minutes
The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though he is obviously innocent, the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him–except the town’s most distinguished citizen. His compassionate defense costs him many friendships but earns him the respect and admiration of his two motherless children. Starring Gregory Peck. Based on the novel by Harper Lee. (1960).

October 14, 2014 – 12:15 pm
Map Day
Every day, maps tell us stories about the world around us, but most of us don’t give a second thought to how they are made, who makes them, or whether we should accept what they are trying to say. Freelance cartographer and University of Wisconsin–Madison honorary fellow Daniel Huffman will introduce you to mapmakers and what they do. Senior Graphics Editor Ginny Mason, will talk about the editorial process in making maps and graphics for National Geographic magazine. She will discuss research, design, and production for both print and digital media.

October 21, 2014 – 12:15 pm
Page To Screen – DVD 112 Minutes
Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning forbidden books, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom. Starring Julie Christie and Oskar Werner. Based on the novel by Ray Bradbury. (1966)

October 28, 2014 – 12:15 pm
Ghosts of Pittsburgh’s Past
Pittsburgh is a veritable trove of spectacular tales of the unexplained. Join Haunted Pittsburgh for a spine-tingling, whirlwind virtual tour through the city’s most unusual and most terrifying locations, complete with magnificent photos of each site. Presented by Ghost Guides of Haunted Pittsburgh.

Wednesday Programs
October 8, 2014 12:00 PM
Second Wednesday Meditation Group
Whether you’re a seasoned meditator or just a beginner, join us for a meditation practice session on the second Wednesday of the month. Each session features an audio guided meditation, followed by silent meditation. Doors open at noon, close at 12:15, and the sessions last a total of about 35 minutes.

Thursday Lunch and Learn

October 2, 2014 12:15PM
Meet the Artist: Cory Bonnet and The Art of Preservation
Cory Bonnet, Pittsburgh oil painter and preservationist, will speak about his ongoing exhibit “The Art of Preservation” currently on display at Shehady Gallery in the Strip District. His work transforms reclaimed and salvaged raw materials into one of kind works of art that reflect on the innovation, optimism and historic beauty of Pittsburgh. Join us for a lively discussion with Mr. Bonnet followed by a virtual tour of his studio exhibit.

October 9, 2014 12:15 PM
Small Business Legal Assistance
Presented by Keith Whitson, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
The Pro Bono Center provides assistance and advice to qualifying small businesses in the areas of employment law, tax law, intellectual property, corporate law, contracts, leases, and small claims litigation with the help of volunteer attorneys. Come learn how Pro Bono Center attorney volunteers can assist you with a variety of legal needs for your business.

October 16, 2014 12:15 PM
Investing Basics to Grow a Nest Egg
Presented by the Pennsylvania State Department of Banking and Securities
Learn the basics of investing in this introductory session, whether you want to start investing or want a refresher. Learn how risk is a normal part of investing, how stock market fluctuations are normal, and how various basic investment offerings exist from stocks, to bonds, to mutual funds, to exchange traded funds (ETFs). This is an educational and non-commercial presentation. No investment products are being sold or endorsed.

October 23, 2014 12:15 PM
Ghost Legends of Western Pennsylvania
Presented by Tom White, Duquesne University Archives
Join author and historian Thomas White as he explores the history and cultural meaning behind some of our region’s supernatural legends. Hear the story of whispering dead beneath the Black Cross, the ghostly woman of Summit Cut Bridge, the phantoms of Pittsburgh’s steel mills, and the ghosts and cults that stalk Blue Mist Road. Learn the truth about the curse at the old Quaker Church, Judge Reddick’s contest with the Devil, and many other spooky tales.

Saturday Programs

October 4 I 2:30-4:00 pm
Getting Connected: Computer Basics
Are you new to computers? Are you uncomfortable using a mouse, drop down menus, and scroll bars? In this class you will learn the fundamentals of a computer and how to use Microsoft Windows. This class is designed for those who have little or no computer experience.
October 11 I 105 minutes
Saturday Silver Screen Film Club
Once upon a time in a castle high on a hill lived an inventor whose greatest creation was named Edward. Although Edward had an irresistible charm, he wasn’t quite perfect. The inventor’s sudden death left him unfinished, with sharp shears of metal for hands. Edward lived alone in the darkness until one day a kind Avon lady took him home to live with her family. And so began Edward’s fantastical adventures in a pastel paradise known as Suburbia. Starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder (1990).

October 18 I 2:30-4:00pm
Meet the Author: Marian Szczepanski and Playing St. Barbara
Up-and-coming local writer Marian Szszpanski will read from Playing St. Barbara, a courageous story of a coal-miner’s wife, her three daughters and their uncanny connection to the 7th century legend of St. Barbara, patroness of miners. Copies of Playing St. Barbara will be available for purchase along with an opportunity for a book signing by the author.

Getting Connected: Google Docs I 2:30-4:00 pm
Take your Google experience to the next level with Google’s cloud tool, Google Docs. Google Docs allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating with other users live. This class will introduce you to the basics of using Google Docs and its multiple functions. Prerequisite: Computer Basics or solid mouse, keyboarding, and Windows experience.
Book Discussion Groups
October 1, 2014 12:00PM
Light Literary Lunch Club
Love literature, but don’t have much time? Bring a lunch and join us at noon on the first Wednesday of each month to discuss a short story. Light refreshments are provided. This month’s selection is “Brotherly Love” by Jhumpa Lahiri.
October 15, 2014 12:00 pm
Smithfield Critics Book Discussion Group
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
This is a wickedly funny, big-hearted novel about life in the office. The characters in Then We Came to the End cope with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, secret romance, elaborate pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks. By day, they compete for the best office furniture left behind and try to make sense of the mysterious pro-bono ad campaign that is their only remaining “work.”

Teen Programs
Teen Time
Thursdays I 3:30 pm
Hang out at the Library and make Teen Time your time! Play Xbox projected on a screen for larger-than-life action; get crafty, read a book, play board games or just hang out with your friends and eat snacks.
Children’s Programs
Storytime: Toddler and Preschooler Tales
Tuesdays | 10-10:45 am
October 7, 14, 21
Children 18 months to 5 years and their parents or caregivers will get up and get moving at the Library with stories, songs, rhymes and silly fun. In these 30-40 minute Toddler and Preschooler Tales storytimes, children and adults will actively explore books that expand the imagination and inspire self-discovery.

Saturday October 11 | 10:15-11:15 am
Storytime: Family Fun
Bring the whole family to the Library, we’ll read some books, sing some songs, learn about the seasons changing and make a leafy craft!

Tuesday October 28 |10-10:45 am
Storytime: Halloween Special
Come in costume and listen to Halloween stories. We’ll color masks to take home! This program is for children age 1-5.

October Events

October 09, 2014 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

Ninth Annual Think Big Forum
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Place: Chatham University
Woodland Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 365- 1253

Place: Chatham University Shadyside Campus
Topic: “Women Who Make & Create”

Speakers & Talk Descriptions:
Georgena Terry, CEO, Heart of Steel Bicycles
Georgena’s business evolved from a desire to work for herself without the constraints of a traditional corporate lifestyle. She likes to call herself a “seat of the pants” entrepreneur – one who follows her intuition and plays to her strengths while ignoring her weaknesses. Relying on anecdotal and scientific evidence, she created bicycles designed for women.

Lani Lazzari, President & CEO, Simple Sugars
The Simple Sugars’ story is about identifying a personal need that grew out of frustration with the options available to her, having the initiative to want to find something better and then the determination to make it happen! It’s not rocket science, it’s about finding an unmet need and then creating an awesome and unique product to fill it

Heather Knight, Founder & Chief Roboticist, Marilyn Monrobot
Assisted by her pint-sized robot comedian, Heather will describe social robotics, how we make snap decisions about the capabilities and intent of machine, and how robot designers can influence these impressions via motion. From call centers to mobile robots, we have emotional reactions to technology and apply social conventions to machines.

October 2014 Events

1. 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:
Oct. 1 - Wexford, Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North,
910 Sheraton Drive, Mars/Wexford, PA 16046
RSVP: email Carol Briney at
Oct. 8- Mount Lebanon, The Devonshire of Mount Lebanon,
1050 McNeilly Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15226
RSVP: email Carol Briney at Carol@CarolBriney.com
Oct. 22- 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=JqsRN5o_AeZhGz&b=JKf2jRojxwlpawrJbN4hVA.


Get Paid What You’re Worth
A Workshop for Professional Women

Presented by Beth Caldwell, Author and Business Expert and
Diane Dean, Licensed Professional Counselor and Coach
Do you struggle with asking for payment for your services?
Do you ever give away services instead of charging for them?
Are you uncertain about how to structure your fees?
Struggle with clients who want to barter for services?
Is it time to implement a payment, billing, or collections system?
Have you been told that you’re not charging enough?
Join us at this interactive and informative workshop and learn how
other professional women have overcome these challenges.

Date: October 7, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Place: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Monroeville Convention Center,
101 Mall Plaza Blvd. Monroeville, PA 15146
Host: Pittsburgh Professional Women
Cost: $59 (includes breakfast and workshop)
RSVP: Early registration encouraged (Limited Space)

Register online at:


Five Steps to Mentally Shift from Coach to Salesperson
How to Make Selling Natural and Fun
Presented by Doug Sprague of Sunrise Coaching

Most coaches see selling as a negative experience. The problem
is that it is nearly impossible to be a financially successful
coach without a shift into a sales mentality, as well as having
appropriate sales skills. This is true for both private practice
coaches as well as for internal coaches.
The purpose of this talk is, through a series of interactive
exercises, to inspire and introduce coaches to how this mental
shift happens. As a result, the coach will more confidently
communicate his/her coaching value to others, thus increasing
the likelihood of acquiring new clients.

In this interactive workshop we will look at the core principles:

* To sell well, we need to change how we view sales
* A client-focused sales approach is extremely fulfilling
for the coach
* Sales and networking skills are learnable regardless of
personality type and strengths
* Coaches already have many of the skills fundamental to
sales success
* Selling is about my prospective clients’ individual needs,
NOT about mine!
* Passionate Belief + Sales Mentality & Skills + Self-Care
+ Action = Sales Success

From this informative session, participants will learn how
to overcome the common fears around “selling” your coaching
expertise, as well as how to transfer and enhance coaching
skills into client-focused sales success.

Date: October 8, 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., Oct. 3: Members -$35, Nonmembers-$45.
After 5 p.m., Oct. 3: Members-$45, Nonmembers-$45
Register online at
Further info: contact Roberta Rollings at Pghcoachesassoc@aol.com.

BizMix at the National Aviary
Join the Pittsburgh Business Times and their partners to mix,
mingle and network with Pittsburgh professionals at BizMix, an
evening networking event presented by the Business Times. This is
also a great opportunity to meet and visit with Business Times
editors, reporters and staff in an informal setting. Bring your
business cards and get ready to make new acquaintances. Most of
this open-house style event will be informal networking.

Your reservation includes:

- Delicious hors d’oeuvres and appetizers
- Two drink tickets
- Five free auction tickets for chances to win gift cards,
baskets and more

Want to showcase your product or service at BizMix? There are a
limited number of display tables available for this event.
Please contact Dena Trusiak at 412-208-3814 or
dtrusiak@bizjournals.com for information and pricing.

Date: October 9, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Place: National Aviary, 700 Arch Street Pittsburgh PA 15212
Host: Pittsburgh Business Times
Cost: $31.50-Business Times Subscribers; $35-Others
(Includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks, Advance payment required)
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:

October 10, 2014
Noon at the South Hills Country Club

The monthly luncheon meeting of the Women’s Networking of the Brentwood Baldwin Whitehall Chamber of Commerce will meet on Friday, October 10, noon, at South Hills Country Club. . Please plan on attending and bring a friend. We welcome members and non-members. Everyone will pass out cards and brochures and present a one-minute “commercial.”
Guest Speaker
Diana Napper, Founder
A Glimmer of Hope Foundation
A Glimmer of Hope Foundation, ‘the symbol of the cure”, is widely recognized in the Pittsburgh area. Over the past 18 years, it has invested over 2.3 million dollars for pre-menopausal breast cancer research in Western PA. Since the incidence of breast cancer in women under forty is increasing, the foundation is positioning itself to expand its effort to a national level in order to focus more attention to this alarming development.
Lunch for Chamber Members - $20 - Bring a friend!
Lunch for Non-Members - $25
Display Table $10
Please make a reservation by contacting our secretary:
Mary Dilla - secretary@bbwchamber.com

Next Women’s Networking Meeting
Friday, November 14
9th Annual Holiday Bazaar
If you are looking for new marketing opportunities to showcase your product or service, reserve a table and share this information. Display tables are limited and will be reserved on a first come basis. Deadline to reserve a display table is November 6. We will once again hold a raffle at the luncheon with the funds raised going to South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM). If you would like to donate an item to the raffle, please let Mary know what you are donating.

Think Big Forum: Women who Make and Create

Featured Speakers:
Georgena Terry, Founder, Heart of Steel.
Lani Lazzari, President & CEO, Simple Sugars.
Heather Knight, Founder & Chief Roboticist, Marilyn Monrobot

The Think Big Forum is annual event that addresses current
issues of importance to businesswomen. Regional and national
speakers are brought in to provide key insights and experiences.

Program Agenda:

4:30 - 6:00 PM: Networking & Speaker Reception
6:00 - 8:00 PM: Speaker Forum

Date: October 14, 2014
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Place: Chatham University Shadyside Campus
Host: Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship,
Chatham University
Cost: $45.00 (Student Rate: $25 with valid student ID)

Questions? Contact 412-365-1253

Register online at:

Professional Development Day…a half day workshop
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Gaetano’s Restaurant, 1617 Banksville Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
“Be The Change! A day Filled With How To’s…
Registration online: http://pittsburgh.na-win.com/professional-development-day/

WIN-Referral Network
The Women’s Interactive Network is launching a unique members only referral based group that will be industry specific per chapter. All individuals must be a member in good standing of the local chapter of WIN to be accepted into the group. Visitors may attend 2 meetings prior to be required to submit application. Visitors do not have to be WIN members to “visit.” However, prior to submitting an application, visitors must become a member first.
This unique WIN-Referral Network will meet every other Thursday from 11:30-1:00 P.M. Lunch will be included with paid ticket below). Join us for our next meeting on Sept. 18th.
Gaetano’s Banquet Center & Restaurant
1617 Banksville Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15216

Build Relationships with Holiday Marketing Campaigns
Speaker: Matt Tomsho, Baker Street Business Solutions

Learn how to develop a Holiday Marketing Campaign that will
not cost much but will be an effective tool in building your
relationships and increasing your business profits.

Date: October 15, 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


The Authors’ Zone Awards Dinner

Featured Speakers:

*Jay Speyerer - How to write to a specific audience
*Gina Mazza - How identify a good editor
*Bonita Penn - How to market your book

Awards will be presented in between each speaker and KDKA’s Dave
Crawley will also speak during the awards presentation. Then more
networking to wrap up a wonderful evening.

The mission of The Authors’ Zone is to create a platform that
celebrates and honors authors from local and surrounding areas
to the general public - and connects them to national and
international organizations and readers.

The schedule is as follows:

* 5:30 until 6 p.m. will be registration and networking
* 6:00 p.m.: Dinner at grazing stations
* 6:45 p.m.: Featured Program

Vendor table, if desired, is included with your registration.
To reserve a table, contact Yvonne Phillips at

Date: October 16, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Place: Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant St., Pittsburgh
Host: The Authors’ Zone
Cost: $49
RSVP: Suggested by October 13th

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: October 17, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Place: To be annoucned
Cost: $25.00 (Prepayment required)
RSVP: By October 15th

Questions: Contact Suzanne at Suzanne@womenspowerlunch.com
or 724-452-5152. Register online at: http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=4gu7_&m=JqsRN5o_AeZhGz&b=tuF0jFcK6lLUJwJysLZacA


BEE a Brilliant Leader: What Women Can Learn from Honeybees

Don’t miss this delightful presentation as Michelle Wright,
News Anchor for WTAE TV 4 shares the leadership lesson’s she’s
learned from the Queen Bee in her honeybee business. You’ll be
surprised, enlightened and inspired.

Date: October 21, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Place: DoubleTree Hotel in Green Tree
Host: Pittsburgh Professional Women
Cost: $35 for PPW Members; $45 for Non Members
Includes luncheon
RSVP: Suggested by October 17

Register online at:


Creating Systems to Put You Center Stage

Presented by Ruby Newell-Legner, Certified Speaking Professional

Since 1994, Ruby Newell-Legner has been the behind-the-scenes
force fueling the dynamic advances in customer satisfaction
programs for the Leisure Industry. In the last 19 years she
has presented more than 2300 staff development sessions in
11 countries.

Her clients range from the only 7 Star Hotel to Ferrari World,
the largest indoor amusement park in the world and includes 27
professional sports teams and 60 sports and entertainment venues.
She trained the guest relations staff for Super Bowl XLI, the
2006 & 2013 Grey Cup, the 2008 US Open (tennis), the 2010
Olympics and 2012 National Republican Convention. She was
elected as Vice President and will serve as President of
the National Speakers Association 2015-16.

In this session, you will:

-Learn how Ruby has become a celebrity in her niche market
and how you can too
-Find out how to get referrals and testimonials with one
simple technique
-Learn how to avoid cold calling and still get booked
-Review strategies to plant subliminal seeds that make
audience members want to hire you
-Develop systems to improve your efficiency
-Learn strategies for becoming a hero to every meeting planner

Date: October 25, 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 October 22nd

For more information and to register, go to:


Miss Representation - Film Screening

Join us for a screening of Miss Representation, a 90-minute film
to be followed by a facilitated interactive audience discussion,
led by Lee Ann Munger, PowerLink Director at Seton Hill
University’s EMagnify Program. Lee Ann’s passion for women’s
issues, and specifically women entrepreneurs, should guarantee
a lively and thought-provoking discussion!

Who needs to see this film? If you have children - especially
teens or young adults - you most definitely should see this film!
Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to
the under-representation of women in positions of power and
influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited
and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make
it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for
the average woman to feel powerful. Miss Representation includes
stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with
politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists, and academics.

Immediately following, we will proceed to the comfortable lounge
and courtyard area for light fare, beverages, further casual
conversation and networking. Wine will be available for purchase.

Sponsorship Opportunities are Available!
Our mission is to create awareness of issues for the betterment
of women, and we are looking for support from local businesses
with like-minded values to help us to reach those women. We are
especially passionate about providing a positive influence to
young people who are constantly bombarded by derogatory messages
of media in general - mostly social media.

For sponsorship details, contact Sydnee Bagovich at
sydnee.whirlwind@gmail.com or 412.848.2053.

See the movie trailer here: http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=4gu7_&m=JqsRN5o_AeZhGz&b=neLrMvoQsS4mZ2eiAuZU1g

Date: October 26, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Place: The Kean Theater, Gibsonia
Host: Whirlwind Events
Cost: $30 by October 10; $35 after October 10

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Achieving Global Web Presence and Thought Leadersip
Cyber Strategies to Transform Your Business
Presented by Chad Barr

What are the best practices of multi-million dollar entrepreneurs?
How do they leverage their web presence to significantly grow
their business and dominate the web? What can you do to strengthen
your thought leadership, increase your global reach, and generate
significant more revenue?

Chad Barr is the business and internet mastermind who created
Alan Weiss’s digital on-line empire. He is the founder of
The Chad Barr Group and has helped hundreds of consultants,
entrepreneurs and organizations on four continents. He will
share with us the latest amazing ideas on how to make money
and build a community of loyal clients who love doing business
with you.

During Chad’s program, you will learn how to:

-Leverage the web to dominate your niche expertise
-Create instant credibility
-Evaluate your Internet Strategy Profile
-Create a million dollar blueprint for success
-Attract clients with Internet Marketing Gravity
-Build communities around your brand
-Avoid key mistakes people make with their sites
-Easily incorporate podcasts and videos to reach new audiences
-Produce products to generate revenue
-Develop a practical action plan to turbo-charge your growth

Special Feature: During the program, Chad will anlayze the
web presence of three Consulting Community volunteers and
provide strategic and tacitical recommendations on how they
can dramitically improve their web presence.

Date: October 29, 2014
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Place: Sigmas Conference and Event Center, 1717 Babcock Blvd.,
Pittsburgh, PA 15209
Host: Pittsburgh Consulting Community
Cost: $35 (includes hors douvres and a wine tasting)
RSVP: October 24 (Limited seating)

Questions: contact Michael Couch at
michael@mcassociatesinc.com or 412-952-9036.

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