Thursday, June 11, 2015

Government Contracting & Networking Program

The SPC-IUP PTAC (Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Indiana University of Pennsylvania Procurement Technical Assistance Center) will sponsor a free government contracting assistance & business networking program at the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College in Latrobe on June 24, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Representatives from the National Energy Technology Lab, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mascaro Construction Company, LP, and H&W Global Industries, Inc. will be presenting on a variety of government procurement related topics. 

Register here to learn about working with two of the more prominent federal agencies in the Pittsburgh region as well as what it takes to function as a subcontractor in the Construction, Aerospace, and Defense Industries.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

PowerLink's Financial Boot Camp (in Erie)

Register for PowerLink's Financial Boot Camp (June 23, 2015) in Erie, PA. 

As a CEO, you need to use your financial statements to make sound business decisions. But for the vast majority of CEOs, that is easier said than done. You’re not an accountant or a financial manager. And you have myriad responsibilities. You need to be able to quickly review, interpret, and analyze your company’s financial information so you can use it to manage your business effectively and profitably.

After one intense and fun day at PowerLink’s Financial Boot Camp, you’ll be able to do just that.

Date: June 23, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Location: Gannon University SBDC, Erie, PA
Registration: $149.00 (includes breakfast, lunch, and all materials)

Our talented advisory team will help you improve your financial leadership skills so you will be able to do the following:
  • See your financial statements as dynamic tools for managing your business.
  • Have more effective communications and outcomes with your CPA and banker.
  • Interpret your financial statements more quickly and effectively.
  • Plan successfully using a customized budgeting tool.
  • Utilize classic methods for making good management decisions such as benchmarking, break-even analysis, and ratio analysis.

Participants have rated the program 4.75 out of 5 stars.

"Regardless of industry, understanding financials is the single biggest challenge for many business owners. Financial Boot Camp gave me valuable tools I will apply to my business to keep it financially healthy and profitable. Can't wait to attend again."(Erin Green, President, Verify Services, LLC)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Scholarships for CORE FOUR Business Planning Course

Instructor: Debra Mason
Instructor: Debra Mason
Education & Training Manager, E-Magnify
Scholarships are still available for the next session of CORE FOUR Business Planning Course. Enroll today for $150 (half-off the normal registration rate). 

Classes start next Tuesday and meet for four consecutive weeks: June 9, 16, 23, and 30 (6:00 - 9:00 p.m.). 

Location: The "New" Connellsville Canteen, 131 W. Crawford Ave.,  Connellsville, PA

Instructor: Debra Mason, E-Magnify's education and training manager 

In this class, you'll learn strategies for operating a sustainable business in four core bodies of knowledge: 
  • Success Planning
  • Market Planning 
  • Cash Flow Planning
  • Operations Planning

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following: 
  •  Explain the elements of a marketing plan.
  • Identify market niche.
  • Understand pricing of goods and services
  • Understand purpose and rationale for constructing cash flow projections.
  • Identify the support system and resources necessary for a sustainable business. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Fun at E-Magnify's Friends & Trends Event

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Friends & Trends event at Macy's Monroeville Mall last week! And a special thank-you to our sponsors Macy's, Pittsburgh Magazine, and First Commonwealth Bank!

Betsy Benson, Publisher, Pittsburgh Magazine; Mark Ionadi, VPSM (Store Manager), Macy’s Monroeville; and Jayne Huston, Director, E-Magnify

Women business owners at E-Magnify's Friends & Trends event, May 28, 2015

Nearly One-Fifth of U.S. Businesses Equally Owned by Men and Women

An Issue Brief published by the SBA's Office of Advocacy details a frequently overlooked category of business ownership: firms owned 50 percent by men and 50 percent by women.

Equally-owned businesses (EOBs) represent a significant share of firms, employment, and receipts. These firms are frequently overlooked in discussions about business owner demographics. To say that 30 percent of firms are female-owned suggests that the other 70 percent are owned by men, when in reality, 53 percent are male-owned, and 17 percent are equally-owned by men and women.

Compared to other firms, EOBs are more likely to be family-owned or owned jointly by a married couple, but less likely to be minority-owned or veteran owned. EOBs account for 11.6 percent of total U.S. business receipts, 20.2 percent of firms with paid employees, 14.2 percent of paid employees, and 11.1 percent of annual payroll.

Advocacy’s Issue Brief #8: An Overlooked Demographic: Equally-Owned Businesses or EOBs, is available on Advocacy’s website here.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fashion, Fragrance, Cosmetics & Networking at E-Magnify's Friends & Trends

Register for E-Magnify Friends and Trends, a fun night out to network with other women business owners and enjoy the latest trends in the fashion, cosmetics, and fragrance industries. All proceeds benefit programs and services provided by E-Magnify for women in the Western PA region.

Date: May 28, 2015
Time: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. (program starts at 6:00)
Location: Macy's Monroeville Mall, Monroeville, PA
Registration: $25 (includes a $15 Macy's gift card)

All proceeds from the event will benefit programs and services provided by E-Magnify for women in the Western PA region.

The event emcee will be Betsy Benson, Publisher, Pittsburgh Magazine. Welcome remarks from  Mark Ionadi, VPSM (Store Manager), Macy’s Monroeville; and Jayne Huston, Director, Seton Hill University E-Magnify. Guest Speakers include Kelly Scharbo, Retail Manager, CHANEL; Karen Young, Retail Development Field Supervisor, Macy's Private Brands; and Kathy Rollo, Account Executive, Clarins International Fragrances. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Understanding Financial Statements (May 21)

Instructor: Melanie Ansell
Business Counselor, Seton Hill University E-Magnify
Are you making or losing money? Do you understand your tax returns? How can you get the bank to say "yes? 

Find out in this class, taught by Melanie Ansell, an E-Magnify business counselor and a retired bank president and commercial lender. Melanie presents financial information in a way that makes it easy for participants to understand. 

Class: Understanding Financial Statements
Date: May 21, 2015
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: The "New" Connellsville Canteen, 131 West Crawford Ave. Connellsville, PA
Registration: $35 (register here)

Topics will include:
  • How to understand balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements
  • What bankers look for  
  • How to understand your tax returns
  • How to calculate your business cash flow
  • How to determine if you are bankable
  • How to get the Bank to say "Yes!"

If you would like to apply the information to your specific financials, bring a copy of your most recent federal tax return and follow along to calculate your current business financial position.

(Note: Confidentiality will be strictly enforced. Participants will have access to their own personal data only. A mock example will be utilized for instruction purposes.)

This class is presented by E-Magnify and Downtown Connellsville, an initiative of the Fayette County Cultural Trust.

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.