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Duquesne University Small Business Development Center

108 Rockwell Hall

600 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15282-0103

 

Phone: (412) 396-1633

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Email: duqsbdc@duq.edu

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Export Opportunities in Mexico and Peru: Infrastructure Projects
Date: 2/28/2017
Time: 08:30 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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Mexico and Peru are two leading markets for infrastructure construction, water and mining.

 

Join a panel of experts who will be presenting up to date information on Mexico and Peru.

Topics:

* Export Strategies to enter Peru and Mexico. Industry briefings.

* Best ways to find reps and distributors, and how to deal with them.

* Invitation to join the Trade Missions and Trade Shows to Mexico and Peru scheduled for May 21-24, June 5-7 and September 18-22, 2017!

 

 

Date:  February 28

Time:  8:30-10:30

Location: SMC Business Council I 600 Cranberry Woods Dr #190 I Cranberry Twp, PA 16066 

Cost:  $25

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 3/7/2017
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

*Note: Parking and entrance in rear of building  

How to Run an Inbound Marketing Campaign
Date: 3/8/2017
Time: 01:00 PM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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Running an inbound marketing campaign is a constantly evolving and demanding undertaking for anyone; even experienced digital marketers. While the channels and tools that we use are changing almost weekly, we oftentimes experience a disconnect between the two. Results become tougher to measure & clients and managers start to question the value of inbound marketing.

 

This workshop will provide you with a framework to overcome common marketing problems related to launching your first inbound marketing campaign, and you'll learn about tools and methods to measure the performance of an online marketing campaign. You will learn how to develop an inbound marketing campaign that: 

 

- Starts and ends with the customer experience 

- Seamlessly uses effective tools to integrate your campaign & measurement techniques 

- Positions your brand as an authoritative though leader in your industry

 

Who should attend:  business owners and executives, internal marketing team members, sales executives/managers

 

Presented by:   Chris Vendilli, Founder, ProFromGo Internet Marketing 

 

Date: March 8, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Cost: $25

Location: 108 Rockwell Hall I 600 Forbes Ave I Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Government Contracting Basics & Getting Ready for the Government Market
Date: 3/9/2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $
Event Type: Training Event

 

This FREE workshop will provide an introduction to government contracting and cover the basics of doing business with the government including registrations, regulations, certifications and other factors to consider when getting ready to enter this market. Melissa Becker of the Northwest Commission Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will discuss aspects of federal, state and local government contracting including what and how government agencies buy, a 9-step approach to government contracting, and how the PTAC program provides free assistance to businesses pursuing the government marketplace. Cosponsored by the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation and Duquesne University Small Business Development Center. Questions? Contact Melissa Becker at melissab@northwestpa.org or 814-677-4800 ext. 124.

 

Date: March 9, 2017

Location: 214 East Washington Street I New Castle, PA 16101

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Details and Registration: http://nwpaptac.ecenterdirect.com/events/4243

10th Annual Lawrence County Women's Conference
Date: 3/11/2017
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Conference
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Celebrating our tenth year, the Lawrence County Women’s Conference was started by local women in 2007 and is part of the United Way of Lawrence County’s Women’s’ Initiative.

 

Mission: Delivered by women, for women, the Lawrence County Women’s Conference delivers top contacts and resources to enhance and engage women of all stages of life – Driven to foster the development of following individual dreams, the Conference focuses on sparking ideas by providing networking tools to help women initially grasp their dream --- and then follow it!

 

Join us for a high-energy, fun filled day with educational and motivational speakers, vendors, shopping, and networking all day!  You will become captivated by the days topics, thrilled while shopping to support local, women owned businesses, and leave satisfied as you develop new relationships with women from all faucets of life.

 

 

 

Thanks to our early Sponsors:

 

United Way of Lawrence County, Berner International, Stramba Farm and Fiber Studio, Shakespheare’s Restaurant & Pub, Duquesne University SBDC, JMG Accounting, Payroll, and Tax Services.

 

Time: 9:00 AM

Location: Shakespheare's Restaurant & Pub I 1495 Mercer Rd I Ellwood City, PA 16117

 

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Pittsburgh)
Date: 3/14/2017
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

Cost: $25.00 non-refundable

QuickBooks: Basics
Date: 3/17/2017
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $90
Event Type: Training Event
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This two-day workshop is designed for QuickBooks PC Users who have just started using the software and would like to learn how to set-up a company file, manage expenses and reconcile bank statements.

Attendees will learn:

Day One: (March 17)

  • Introducing the QB Program
  • Company File Set Up & Preferences
  • Sales Process
  • Managing Expenses


Day Two: (March 24)

  • Reports & Graphs
  • Additional Customer Transactions
  • Customizing QuickBooks

Cost for this event is $90 for both days of Quickbooks: Basic, or $150 for all 4 days of Quickbooks: Basic and QuickBooks: Advanced (April 19 and April 26).

 

Event Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

Location:

Duquesne University

Rockwell Hall Room 108

600 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15282

 

Speaker:  Representative from Dennis Piper & Associates, P.C

 

Export Certification
Date: 3/21/2017
Time: 08:30 AM
Price: $249
Event Type: Training Event
register

 

Export Certification to be held on March 21st and 22nd 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

 

 

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
  • Early Bird price: $224 by March 1st
  • 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 (Butler)
Date: 4/4/2017
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 (Pittsburgh)
Date: 4/5/2017
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

Cost: $25.00 non-refundable

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Beaver)
Date: 4/6/2017
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

Export Basics
Date: 4/11/2017
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 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Conover Conference Room, Lower level of Mellon Center Building, Chatham University, Shadyside Campus, 1 Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15232

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 4/13/2017
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

QuickBooks Advanced
Date: 4/19/2017
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $90
Event Type: Training Event
register

This two-day workshop is designed for QuickBooks PC Users who have experience using the software and would like to learn how to set-up payroll, manage sales tax, and more.

 

Attendees will learn:

Day One: (April 19)

  • Inventory
  • Time and billing
  • Company file set up & preferences
  • Adjustments and year end procedures


Day Two: (April 26)

  • Sales tax payable
  • Payroll set up
  • Payroll processing

 

Cost for this event is $90 for both days of QuickBooks: Advanced or $150 for all 4 days of QuickBooks: Advanced and QuickBooks: Basic (March 17 and March 24).

 

Speaker:  Representative from Dennis Piper & Associates, P.C.

 

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

Location:

Duquesne University

Rockwell Hall Room 108

600 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15282 

 

Abre Tu Negocio
Date: 4/28/2017
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 recibirás un cuestionario para que lo llenes y luego lo envías con el formato “Request for Consulting” para así 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: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cost: $25.00 (Payments are non-refundable)


Location:

Duquesne University

Rockwell Hall Room 108
600 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15282

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 5/2/2017
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

*Note: Parking and entrance in rear of building  

Using QuickBooks Online Version
Date: 5/3/2017
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $49
Event Type: Training Event
register

QuickBooks offers an online version for business owners and this workshop at Duquesne University will provide a product overview including navigation, recording transactions, and reporting.

 

The day will include:

  • Product Overview – Importing Data, Setting up Company File
  • Navigating – Home, Customer & Vendor Centers, Transaction
  • Recording Transactions: Sales & Expenses, Quick Create Menu
  • Reporting: Common Reports, Reports by Version, Customizing
  • Advanced Topics: Credit Card Payments, Payroll, App Center

The cost for this workshop is $49.

 

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

Location:

Duquesne University

108 Rockwell Hall

600 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15282

 

Speaker:  Representative from Dennis Piper & Associates, P.C.

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Pittsburgh)
Date: 5/9/2017
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

Cost: $25.00 non-refundable

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 5/11/2017
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

Entrepreneur's Growth & Networking Conference 2017
Date: 6/2/2017
Time: 08:30 AM
Price: $139
Event Type: Conference
register

 

Join us for the 19th Annual Entrepreneur's Growth & Networking Conference

 

When: Friday, June 2, 2017

 

Where: Duquesne University, Union Building 4th floor, Pittsburgh PA

 

Cost:

  • Full Day (includes breakfast, lunch): $139
  • Half Day: $79
  • Lunch Only: $50
  • Student: $50 (ID required)

Trade Mission to Mexico: Construction Industry
Date: 6/5/2017
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $1600
Event Type: Other
register

IMPACT PROJECT for the PACIFIC ALLIANCE COUNTRIES

 

Mexico ranks second among top markets for US exports. Mexico’s overall construction industry is expected to grow at 4.8% annually through 2018 driven by growth in the infrastructure market in line with government measures to enhance transport infrastructure.

 


 

Trade Show Itinerary

 

-          June 5: Arrive in Mexico-Briefing

-          June 6: Trade Mission Appointments

-          June 7: Trade Mission Appointments

 

 

Trade Mission Fee

 

Before March 31st: $1,600 (Price: $2,100 - $500 Impact Award)

After March 31st: $1,900 (Price: $2,400 - $500 Impact Award)

 

Application deadline: April 28, 2017

 

We accept: Visa, MasterCard and Discover

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 6/6/2017
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

Get Behind the Numbers & Increase Your Profits: Understanding Financial Statements Workshop
Date: 6/21/2017
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $49
Event Type: Training Event
register

Do you want to grow your business? Are you considering hiring a new employee? Do you want to invest in new equipment? Are you seeking new clients? Would a “yes” to any of these be a profitable decision? No one has a crystal ball to know for sure, but successful business owners analyze their current financial situation and project the impact of their decisions. You can too and you don’t have to be an accountant - just a smart entrepreneur. Own your numbers!

 

 

This hands-on workshop takes a step-by step approach to explaining two important financial statements: profit and loss statement and balance sheet. A representative from Wilke & Associates will offer clear examples for using these statements to make informed decisions, identify potential problems within your business and set realistic financial goals.

You will leave knowing how to read your statements and how they can be used to increase your profits.

 

 

Bring a calculator and a copy of your current financial statements.

 

Wednesday, June 21

 

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

 

Location:

Duquesne University

Rockwell Hall Room 108

600 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15282

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Pittsburgh)
Date: 6/22/2017
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

Cost: $25.00 non-refundable

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Beaver)
Date: 7/6/2017
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: 7/11/2017
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

*Note: Parking and entrance in rear of building  

Export Opportunities in Mining, Construction, and Energy in Peru
Date: 7/11/2017
Time: 08:30 AM
Price: $
Event Type: Training Event
register

Peru is booming and growing at 3.5% annually.  Demand for Infrastructure equipment and technology is high.  Two of the world’s largest copper mines, the expanded Cerro Verde and Las Bambas, located in the south of  Peru, ramped up output to dramatically increase the red  metal production profile of Peru.  Peru’s newly elected president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski will unlock some $20 billion in investments in mining and energy. 

 

Attend and Exhibit at the largest mining show in Peru: PERUMIN/EXTEMIN scheduled for September 18-22, 2017.

 

Join a panel of experts from the U.S. and Peru who will be presenting up to date information on current projects. 

 

Topics:

·         Export Strategies to enter Peru.

·         Industry briefings.

·         Invitation to exhibit  at the EXTEMIN mining show in Peru scheduled for September 18-22, 2017

Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Time: 8:30am to 10:30am

Location: SMC Business Councils | 600 Cranberry Woods Drive, Suite 190
Cranberry Township, PA 16066 |
www.smc.org | www.buypittsburghfirst.com

 

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 7/13/2017
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: 7/18/2017
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

Cost: $25.00 non-refundable

Export Basics
Date: 7/27/2017
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 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Duquesne University I Rockwell Hall Room 108

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 8/1/2017
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 (Pittsburgh)
Date: 8/16/2017
Time: 01:30 PM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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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

Cost: $25.00 non-refundable
Abre Tu Negocio
Date: 8/18/2017
Time: 01:00 PM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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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 recibirás un cuestionario para que lo llenes y luego lo envías con el formato “Request for Consulting” para así 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: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cost: $25.00 (Payments are non-refundable)


Location:

Duquesne University

Rockwell Hall Room 108
600 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15282

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 9/5/2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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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

*Note: Parking and entrance in rear of building  

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 9/14/2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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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

EXTEMIN 2017: Peru Mining Show
Date: 9/18/2017
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $2400
Event Type: Other
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The Biggest Mining Show in Latin America

Booth and Catalogue space available at the IMPACT Project Booth

September 18-22, 2017

 

Trade Show Itinerary

-          September 16: Trip to Lima, Peru.

-          September 17: Arriving to Lima and connecting to Arequipa, Peru. Booth Set up.

-          September 18 : Show Opening

-          September 18-22: Trade show exhibit

-          September 23: Return to U.S.

 

Cost

 

Before June 16th: $2,400

After June 16th: $2,700

 

Catalogue Show

$300

 

 The Registration Deadline is July 14th

 

We accept: Visa, MasterCard and Discover

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Pittsburgh)
Date: 9/19/2017
Time: 09:30 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Beaver)
Date: 9/21/2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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Exit Planning For Your Business
Date: 9/29/2017
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $599
Event Type: Training Event
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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.

 

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

 


 

 

 

Exit Planning For Your Business

September 29, 2017

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

 

"The course was invaluable. Immediately, I learned some key things and the type of information that I would need to get together to position my business for sale. It was good that I had the information and insight that I could use right away." -2014 Attendee

 

Price:$599


First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 10/3/2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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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: 10/12/2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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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: 10/18/2017
Time: 01:30 PM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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Export Basics
Date: 10/24/2017
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $49
Event Type: Training Event
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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 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Duquesne University I Rockwell Hall Room 108

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Beaver)
Date: 11/2/2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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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

Abre Tu Negocio
Date: 11/3/2017
Time: 01:00 PM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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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 recibirás un cuestionario para que lo llenes y luego lo envías con el formato “Request for Consulting” para así 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: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cost: $25.00 (Payments are non-refundable)


Location:

Duquesne University

Rockwell Hall Room 108
600 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15282

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 11/7/2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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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

*Note: Parking and entrance in rear of building  

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 11/9/2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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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: 11/10/2017
Time: 09:30 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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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

Cost: $25.00 non-refundable

Export Documentation and Compliance
Date: 11/16/2017
Time: 08:30 AM
Price: $399
Event Type: Training Event
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 Take your understanding of export procedures and documentation to the next level!

 

This seminar offers an in-depth understanding of export procedures combined with a thorough ‘hands on’ review of the appropriate documentation required to ensure a smooth and compliant international transaction.   Firms that rely on exports to enhance their bottom line can feel confident that attendees will have the training and references to succeed in today’s complex international trade environment.

 

Every topic in the course is presented in terms of actual transactions and the paperwork associated with each stage of the export process.  Each chapter in the textbook contains forms, flow charts, and other valuable reference materials.  Topics covered include:     

- Incoterms

- Methods of Payment including Letters of Credit

- Managing Export Quotations

- Export Regulations and Compliance

- Export Documentation Review

- Practical exercises

- Export Financing (Duquesne SBDC will present this topic)

 

Who should attend?

Experienced international operators including: shipping managers, traffic managers, purchasing managers, shipping personnel, compliance officers and anyone who wants to enhance their knowledge of international shipping practices and procedures.

 

Event Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Location: 108 Rockwell Hall, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa, 15282

 

 

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 12/5/2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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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: 12/7/2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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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