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Duquesne University Small Business Development Center

108 Rockwell Hall

600 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15282-0103

 

Phone: (412) 396-1633

Fax: (412) 396-5884

Email: duqsbdc@duq.edu

Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 4:30 PM

 

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Export Certification
Date: 6/28/2016
Time: 08:00 AM
Price: $249
Event Type: Training Event
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Export Certification to be held on June 28th and 29th from 8:30 am- 4:30 pm in Rockwell Hall room 108. This will be a strong hands-on training program and is ideal for exporters of all experience levels. We will discuss many different topics from licensing, and incoterms, to documentation and country specific requirements.

 

Did You Know:

    • More trade means more choices. The U.S. exports to more than 161 countries, which account for about 98% of world trade! Where to start or where to expand next?
    • In 2014, the U.S. exported more “Made In USA” goods and services than ever before: $2.35 trillion!
    • $765 billion went to the 20 countries that have “Free Trade Agreements” signed with the U.S.
    • 98% of exporting companies in the U.S. are small or medium sized with fewer than 500 employees.
    • 59% of all small or medium sized export to only one foreign market. There is room to grow!  

Topics Include:

· Export Market Opportunities, Strategies and Export Plan

· Letters of Credit, Export Financing, Payment Methods and International Credit Check

· U.S. Export Regulations, ITAR, CE Mark & Free Trade Agreements

· International Logistics, Incoterms, Quotes, Shipping Insurance, HTS Classification

· Legal Issues: Contracts, Patents, Impact of Translations and Going Global

 

Invited Speakers Include:

· Brent Rondon from the Global Business Program, Duquesne University SBDC 

· LeeAnne Haworth from the U.S. Commercial Service

· Ricardo Iriart from Global Strategies

· Doug Harding, formerly with PPG Industries

· Pat Hayes from the Small Business Administration

· Regina Gordin, EXIM Bank

· Harold Booth from the Pennsylvania Association of Credit Management

· Bruce Chiu from Cohen & Grigsby Law

· Susanne Cook from Cohen & Grigsby Law

· Gonzalo Manchego from the Center for International Regulatory Assistance

· Marco Gruelle from DT Gruelle logistics

· Carla Anderson from UPS International

· Chuck Watson from RL Swearer Inc.

· Jim Singer from Fox Rothschild LLP.

· Charlene Nagy from Confluent Translations

· Jason Yarborough from Meyer, Unkovic & Scott Law

 

Take-Aways:

  • All Attendees will receive an  Export Training Certificate from the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • You can start increasing your sales overseas
  • You can better  understand the export  regulations, documentation and payment methods

 

Who should attend: Traffic managers, purchasing managers, plant managers, shipping/receiving personnel, compliance officer, ISO managers, sales managers/department, customer service managers, anyone involved/concerned with export compliance

 

Cost:

  • $249 for the 2-day course.
  • Two or more people from same company: $195 each
  • For one-day only: $150

Cost includes all reference material, morning pastries/coffee, and lunch.

Seating is limited, registration required to guarantee seat.

 

 

 

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Pittsburgh)
Date: 7/11/2016
Time: 09:30 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop before meeting with one of our consultants.  After attending the workshop, you will have the option to meet with a consultant at a later date.

Topics:

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

9:30am - 12:30pm

Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 108

 

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 7/12/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Butler Community Development Corporation, 112 Hollywood Drive, Suite 102 Butler PA 16001
First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 7/14/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

100 East Reynolds Street

New Castle, PA 16101

 

 

Abre Tu Negocio
Date: 7/20/2016
Time: 01:00 PM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

This seminar is presented in Spanish. The presenters will cover issues such as how to get a Tax ID Number, fictitious name for the business, trademark the name, insurance, taxes, legal structures, business licenses, business permits, certifications, obtaining a website, bookkeeping, loan programs, real case scenarios, and business plan development.

 

Este seminario te da una perspectiva amplia de todos los temas que tienes que tener presente antes de empezar un negocio. Tiene dos partes, una de la estructura y la otra de mercadeo. Al final recibiras un cuestionario para que lo llenes y luego lo envias con el formato Request for Consulting para asi fijar una cita y conversar sobre tu cuestionario de tu empresa.

 

This is the same as the First Step seminar given in English every month at the SBDC.

 

Event time: 1pm - 4pm
Cost: $25.00 (Payments are non-refundable)
Location: Duquesne University Rockwell Hall 108

Writing and Implementing a Business Plan
Date: 7/20/2016
Time: 08:30 AM
Price: $0
Event Type: Training Event

The most critical element for any start-up or established business expansion is creating a business plan. Without this first step, the progression of any project is uncertain. This seminar will be a guide for preparing a written business plan in order to communicate that the operational and financial success of the business is feasible.

 

Join us as our panel of experts will convey step-by-step instruction on how to write and implement a business plan along with the financing options available to assure the best results for achieving the established goals.

 

Seating is limited so please register today at: www.alleghenycounty.us/econdev or by calling 412-350-1067

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

8:30 - 10:30 am

 

Allegheny County Economic Development

One Chatham Center, Suite 900

112 Washington Place

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 8/2/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Butler County Chamber of Commerce

101 East Diamond Street

Lower Level Suite 116, Butler, PA 16003

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 8/11/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

100 East Reynolds Street

New Castle, PA 16101

 

 

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Pittsburgh)
Date: 8/16/2016
Time: 01:30 PM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop before meeting with one of our consultants. After attending the workshop, you will have the option to meet with a consultant at a later date.

Topics:

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

1:30pm-4:30pm

Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 108

 

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Beaver)
Date: 9/1/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: 798 Turnpike Street, Beaver, PA 15009

 

 

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 9/8/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

100 East Reynolds Street

New Castle, PA 16101

 

 

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 9/13/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Butler Community Development Corporation, 112 Hollywood Drive, Suite 102 Butler PA 16001
First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Pittsburgh)
Date: 9/15/2016
Time: 09:30 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop before meeting with one of our consultants. After attending the workshop, you will have the option to meet with a consultant at a later date.

Topics:

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

9:30am - 12:30pm

Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 108

 

Exit Planning For Your Business
Date: 9/30/2016
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $599
Event Type: Training Event
register

So you have built a strong business.  What’s next? Are you considering selling or exiting? How can the SBDC help you? Start your planning today by attending the “Exit Planning For Your Business”  workshop at Duquesne University.  At this workshop, you will learn the best strategies for increasing the value of your business, saving on taxes and creative options for selling as well as negotiation skills. 

 

Did you know?

In a survey done by M&A Today, 65% of business owners don’t know the value of their company and 85% don’t have an exit plan.[1]

 

According to a Price Waterhouse Coopers study, failing to do pre-sale planning is the number one reason why business deals fail. [2]

 


 

 

 

Exit Planning For Your Business

September 30, 2016

9:00am - 4:30pm

 

A light breakfast and lunch are included in the price.

 

Workshop will include:

 

•An overview of the buying and selling atmosphere in Pittsburgh and Western PA

•What is transitional planning?

•Goal setting for your plan 

•Preparing for tomorrow’s sale – revenue reporting, changes in balance sheet, tax strategies, management issues

•Communicating with your employees and vendors about the possible transition

•Different ways to preserve the value of your business

•A review of the pros and cons of different ways to sell a business- ESOP, owner financing, succession, acquisition, leveraged buy-out

•An understanding of how much information you should a potential buyer and in what format 

•Learning the role a broker plays and how to determine if you need one

• How to make or break the transition deal

• A look at methods for valuing a business and which one is right for you

• A review of a sample appraisal

• Tips for paying less taxes and getting a better price for your business

• How to find a business appraiser and important questions to ask them 

• Strategies for increasing the value of your business

• A look at legal contracts- what to expect, what’s negotiable and a list of different legal terms

• Key elements to effectively present your deal

• Tax Review

 

Price:$599



First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 10/4/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Butler County Chamber of Commerce

101 East Diamond Street

Lower Level Suite 116, Butler, PA 16003

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Beaver)
Date: 10/6/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: 798 Turnpike Street, Beaver, PA 15009

 

 

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 10/13/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

100 East Reynolds Street

New Castle, PA 16101

 

 

Abre Tu Negocio
Date: 10/14/2016
Time: 02:00 PM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

This seminar is presented in Spanish. The presenters will cover issues such as how to get a Tax ID Number, fictitious name for the business, trademark the name, insurance, taxes, legal structures, business licenses, business permits, certifications, obtaining a website, bookkeeping, loan programs, real case scenarios, and business plan development.

 

Este seminario te da una perspectiva amplia de todos los temas que tienes que tener presente antes de empezar un negocio. Tiene dos partes, una de la estructura y la otra de mercadeo. Al final recibiras un cuestionario para que lo llenes y luego lo envias con el formato Request for Consulting para asi fijar una cita y conversar sobre tu cuestionario de tu empresa.

 

This is the same as the First Step seminar given in English every month at the SBDC.

 

Event time: 2pm - 5pm
Cost: $25.00 (Payments are non-refundable)
Location: Duquesne University Rockwell Hall 108

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Pittsburgh)
Date: 10/24/2016
Time: 01:30 PM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop before meeting with one of our consultants. After attending the workshop, you will have the option to meet with a consultant at a later date.

Topics:

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

1:30pm-4:30pm

Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 108

 

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 11/9/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Butler Community Development Corporation, 112 Hollywood Drive, Suite 102 Butler PA 16001
First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 11/10/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

100 East Reynolds Street

New Castle, PA 16101

 

 

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Pittsburgh)
Date: 11/16/2016
Time: 09:30 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop before meeting with one of our consultants.After attending the workshop, you will have the option to meet with a consultant at a later date.

Topics:

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

9:30am - 12:30pm

Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 108

 

Export Basics
Date: 11/18/2016
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $49
Event Type: Training Event
register

This course is designed to meet the needs of:

 

  • Manufacturers and technology companies seeking to initiate export programs
  • Employees within exporting companies who need a basic knowledge of exporting
  • Service firms seeking to improve their understanding of globalization

 

Course Topics Include:

 

  • Recognizing and Identifying Export Opportunities
  • Shipping and Payment
  •  Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Exporting
  •  Sources of Information and Assistance
  •  Cultural Issues

 

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Duquesne University Rockwell Hall Room 108
Cost: $49

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Beaver)
Date: 12/1/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: 798 Turnpike Street, Beaver, PA 15009

 

 

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 12/6/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Butler County Chamber of Commerce

101 East Diamond Street

Lower Level Suite 116, Butler, PA 16003

Abre Tu Negocio
Date: 12/9/2016
Time: 02:00 PM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

This seminar is presented in Spanish. The presenters will cover issues such as how to get a Tax ID Number, fictitious name for the business, trademark the name, insurance, taxes, legal structures, business licenses, business permits, certifications, obtaining a website, bookkeeping, loan programs, real case scenarios, and business plan development.

 

Este seminario te da una perspectiva amplia de todos los temas que tienes que tener presente antes de empezar un negocio. Tiene dos partes, una de la estructura y la otra de mercadeo. Al final recibiras un cuestionario para que lo llenes y luego lo envias con el formato Request for Consulting para asi fijar una cita y conversar sobre tu cuestionario de tu empresa.

 

This is the same as the First Step seminar given in English every month at the SBDC.

 

Event time: 2pm - 5pm
Cost: $25.00 (Payments are non-refundable)
Location: Duquesne University Rockwell Hall 108

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 12/15/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

100 East Reynolds Street

New Castle, PA 16101