EGNC 2019

Region's largest and longest running entrepreneur event!

The Entrepreneurs Growth & Networking Conference is one of the largest events for small businesses in the Pittsburgh region. Join hundreds of other business owners and managers to heartoday’s hottest tips and strategies for growing your business. Our speakers are leaders in areas of technology, marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

This year we present more than 12 growth driving workshops, 3 Breakout Sessions and a Tradeshow!

Learn How to: 
  • Achieve Hockey Stick Growth
  • Boost Your Sales
  • Leverage Social Media
  • Raise Money
  • Start or Grow Your Business

8:30 - 9 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast

9 - 9:50 a.m.

Welcome & Morning Keynote

How to Create Something from Nothing: Never Give Up!

Mark F. DeSantis, CEO, RoadBotics and Executive in Residence, Palumbo-Donahue School of Business

10 - 11 a.m.
Breakout Session 1

12:10 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch & Keynote

Leverage Your Team for Success

Bill Molyneaux, Vice President and Co-owner and Melissa Molyneaux McFarland, COO

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Tradeshow, Networking and Dessert

3 - 4 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

Superior Sales: How to Close More Business in 2019
J. Scot Teachout, Peak Performance, Principal & Ray Sidney-Smith, W3 Consulting, President

Pricing for Greater Profits: Getting Maximum Value for Your Product or Service

Bill Ringle, System Ringle, President & Jim Barnes, Network Access, President

Raising Money for Growth

David Wilke, Wilke & Associates, CPAs, Founder/Owner

Angel Marschik, SBA Pittsburgh District Office, Supervisory Lender Relations Specialist

Ryan Lockhart, The 504 Company, Vice President

Jennifer Wilhelm, URA, Assistant Director

Heather Thomas, Huntington Bank, Sr. Vice President &  Sr. SBA Business Development Officer

Checklist for Launching a Successful Business

Rich Longo, Senior Consultant, Duquesne University SBDC

Paul Bucciarelli, Senior Consultant, Duquesne University SBDC

Matthew Clark, Cohen & Grigsby, Director/Attorney

Inspirational & Insightful Stories from Successful Entrepreneurs

Leah Lizarondo, 412 Food Rescue, Founder & CEO

Kelly Costello, Puppy Cake, Owner/Founder

Curtis Brown, Jireh Mobile, Co-CEO

Social Selling: Which Channel is Best?

Tim McLaughlin, 321Blink, President

Building a Great Brand & Why it Matters?

Jon Kasunic, Crown Run Pictures, Writer/Producer/Director

Stephen Wayhart, BrandMill, Managing Partner

Money to Launch: Where to Find Startup Capital in Pittsburgh

Miriam Parson, IOBY, Pittsburgh Manager

April Cacia, Washington County Council on Economic Development, Loan Officer

Tanner Fitzgerald, Bridgeway Capital, Loan Officer

Angel Marschik, SBA Pittsburgh District Office, Supervisory Lender Relations Specialist

Selling to Government & Global Markets

David Pinkosky, Business Opportunity, Economic Development Specialist

Brent Rondon, Manager, Global Business Program Duquesne University SBDC

Securing Patents & Prototypes for Your Invention

Matt Beale, Daedelus, President

Micheal Dukes, Cohen & Grigsby, Associate

Get a Bigger Bang for Your Email Buck

Andrew Gregory, Clarity Squared, Founder

Rules, Regualtions & Best Practices for Hiring Great Employees

Kelly Radomski, Compass Resources, Vice President Client Solutions

Rabih Helou, The Beauty Shoppe, COO

Uncover Opportunities & Drive Growth with Market Research

Alice Greene, Campos, Vice President Research Services

Jeff Schirm, Ebb Sleep, CTO

Bill Molyneaux

Molyneaux Tile Carpet Wood

Vice President and Co-owner

Bill Molyneaux is co-owner and Vice-President of Molyneaux Tile Carpet Wood with over 43 years of experience in the flooring industry.  His current focus is providing flooring services for the property management and commercial market in Pittsburgh. 

He started in the business at the age of 14 installing flooring and learning skills of ceramic tile, vinyl tile, and sheet goods. His career in the family business progressed quickly and at the age of 20 Bill became responsible for running the entire operation.  Bill was a vital part of the business growing from one location to its current eight locations today.

Bill is a proud father of one Duquesne alumni (Melissa ’11) and soon to be alumni (Bill ’19) and is currently helping his youngest son Danny prepare to begin his undergrad degree.  Outside of his work and family, Bill is a director for a medical team in Honduras where he shares his knowledge of farming, construction and Spanish. 

Bill has a passion for connecting people and opportunities in the Pittsburgh region and welcomes you to connect on your flooring needs!


Melissa Molyneaux McFarland

Molyneaux Tile Carpet Wood


Melissa Molyneaux McFarland is the Chief Operating Officer at Molyneaux Tile Carpet Wood, where she is responsible for customer experience and operational efficiency.  Melissa graduated from Duquesne University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and Finance.  Before joining the family business in 2016, Melissa gained external experience holding positions in IT at Federated Investors and Konica Minolta. 

Melissa is extremely passionate about the family business and has been involved with the company for as long as she can remember.  Melissa’s earliest responsibility at Molyneaux was accompanying her dad, Bill, to the office and job sites to learn about the flooring industry.

Today, she always has continuous improvement and growth in mind. She is invested in developing the company’s 100+ employees in order to achieve sustained success of Molyneaux Tile Carpet Wood for future generations.  Some of her largest achievements to date are: establishing an organizational structure focusing on the company’s Vision, Mission, and Values, transitioning the company to a paperless ordering system, mobilizing salesforce with tablets, and forming a customer experience team to ensure quality and communication after the installation.

When she is not working, you can find Melissa serving as the Campus Director at Amplify Church’s Strip District campus.  Melissa was recently married in October 2018 and loves spending time with her husband and friends.  

Last years Entrepreneur's Growth and Networking Conference

A breakout group in one of our conference rooms.
A breakout group in one of our conference rooms.
Dr. Mary McKinney , Dr. Dean McFarlin , Michael DelGrosso , and President Ken Gormley (Pictured left to right)
Dr. Mary McKinney , Dr. Dean McFarlin , Michael DelGrosso , and President Ken Gormley (Pictured left to right)
Jim Rooney From the Pittsburgh Steelers
Jim Rooney From the Pittsburgh Steelers
Lunch is served at the Entrepreneur's Growth and Networking Conference
Lunch is served at the Entrepreneur's Growth and Networking Conference

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