Entrepreneur's Growth Conference May 10, 2013
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Our primary offices are located at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.


Duquesne University

Small Business Development Center

108 Rockwell Hall

600 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15282-0103


Phone: (412) 396-6233

Fax: (412) 396-5884

Email: duqsbdc@duq.edu

Monday through Friday

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM



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Announcing Luncheon Keynote Speaker:  Will Knecht



History, a Fire, and the Seeds for Success in Setbacks


On March 4, 2010, Wendell August, a family-owned company that has produced ornamental and elegant metal giftware and home accents since 1923, got its largest order in its history from the Pittsurgh Penguins.  They were asked to make one of a kind, commemorative tickets honoring the final Penguins hockey game in Mellon Arena.  The team at Wendell August was excited to say the least.  Two days later, a fire destroyed the company's workshop, offices and flagship store in Grove City.  The historic building they had operated out of since 1932 was gone, burned to the ground.


These are the times when a good company and all stakeholders are tested.  Join Will Knecht, Wendell August's President, as he tells their story of history, tradition and the fire that could have destroyed a business and its people...but instead became a catalyst for new thinking and new opportunities for this almost 90 year young company that was forced to become a start-up once more.  If you've ever experienced setbacks and challenges with your business, in or out of your control...come hear how these challenges can become the foundation for future success and greatness.





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8:00 - 8:30 am

Registration, Breakfast & Networking

8:30 - 9:30 am

Welcome & Panel Discussion

9:40 - 10:55 am Break-out Session I
11:10 - 12:25 pm Break-out Session II
12:35 - 2:00 pm Luncheon & Keynote Speaker
2:00 - 3:30 pm Tradeshow
3:30 - 4:30 pm

Break-out Session III





(Click Here to View Workshop Descriptions, Times, and Speakers)

  • Starting A Business:  Road Map to Success

  • Build A Better Blueprint:  A Step-By-Step Guide To Writing A Great Business Plan

  • Before You Buy:  Is A Franchise The Right Business For You?

  • Customer Relationship Management 101:  A 5 Step Formula

  • Big Money:  Selling Your Business & Getting Top Dollar

  • Re-Invent, Re-Invigorate, Re-Think:  A Five-Year Strategic Action Plan for Growth

  • Women & Minority Business Owners:  Government Opportunities 

  • Money, Money, Money:  Who Has It & How To Get It

  • Deduct It! 15 Money-Saving Secrets of Tax Savvy Entrepreneurs

  • Next Generation Networking:  15 Ways to Meet Your Next Contact

  • How to be a Marketing Rock Star

  • The Social Savvy Entrepreneur:  15 Time-Saving Ideas To Build Business on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn

  • Watch This:  Creating Dynamic Online Videos That Drive Sales

  • Clicks & Cash:  Drive Website Traffic, Convert Visitors & Keep them Coming Back

  • Greening Your Business