Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Last Chance to Register for the Bridges to Business Luncheon!

A message from Jayne Huston, E-Magnify Director: 

If you haven't already signed-up for tomorrow's Bridges to Business Luncheon, I hope you'll register today. We have a great event have planned for you!

Our keynote speaker will be Erin Andrew, Director of the SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership. She'll share information about accessing capital and doing business with the Federal Government. 

Plus, you'll hear from a panel of our region's best and brightest women business owners as they share the resources they've used to drive their companies to new heights. 

Panelists include: 
  • Facilitator: Doris Carson Williams (African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA)
    Jennifer Boczar (AM-GARD, Inc.)
  • Darieth Chisolm (Hustle and Heart TV) 
  • Regina Koetters (Marty's Market)
  •  Jan Lehigh (Alpine Packaging, Inc.)

Join us tomorrow (April 16) at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh.  Registration and networking start at 11:00 a.m., and the luncheon program takes place 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Come learn and network at Bridges to Business! We look forward to welcoming you.

Meet Jan Lehigh of ALPINE PACKAGING (Bridges to Business, April 16)

Jan Lehigh, President of ALPINE PACKAGING, Inc., will speak on a panel of women business owners at E-Magnify's Bridges to Business event on April 16. 

ALPINE PACKAGING, Inc. is a global business.

As President at ALPINE PACKAGING, Jan Lehigh recognizes the importance of “getting things done” and driving results. She has always placed a high value on building relationships, trust, and rapport with almost anyone, and utilizing those relationships along with her enthusiasm and genuinely friendly attitude to deliver value and benefits to her customers. 

Since assuming the position as President of ALPINE PACKAGING in 2004, Jan continues the tradition of excellence and innovation in the packaging and labeling industry that her father set forth when he founded the company in 1972 in his garage. 

Jan had a passion for the business, so she decided to leave her job as a teacher and began working at ALPINE with her parents. She worked in almost every aspect of the company as she prepared to take over for her father. Jan’s tenure as President has been filled with many key challenges including the 2008 recession and how she has guided ALPINE as a result. Partnering with her stock suppliers, new flexible packaging initiatives were introduced that allowed for expansion into the food, janitorial, and medical vertical markets. This diversification strategy has fueled numerous other ventures, and currently ALPINE has strategic initiatives and pending expenditures involving Digital printing capabilities, smart label and variable data, process improvements, 5-S implementations and current asset base upgrades.

A University of Pittsburgh graduate, Jan has always been a strong advocate of the importance of continuing education and training. She believes that "you must always be growing and expanding your abilities." This philosophy has carried over to her organization and her desire to see it upgrade and expand upon its current capabilities. 

As co-owner of ALPINE along with her twin sister, Jan realizes that the future of her company rests upon how well the ALPINE team continues to push forward, research and develop new visions and practices and grow the company now and for the next generation. 

Jan will speak on a panel of women business owners at the Bridges to Business event on April 16 at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. Full details and registration are available here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SBA Lending Is Up in Western PA

Kelly Hunt
The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that U.S. Small Business Administration loans in Western PA have doubled over last year

Kelly Hunt, Director of the SBA's Pittsburgh District, attributes this rise in loans to several factors. "The economy is starting to more more quickly in our district and the loans we’re doing are at higher amounts than we’ve done previously,” she told the Times.

Are you interested in learning about SBA funding for your business? Kelly will be at our "Bridges to Business" program this Thursday (April 16). Come meet her and ask her to "show you the money!" 

Also in attendance from the SBA will be Erin E. Andrew, Assistant Administrator of the SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership. Erin will give a Keynote Address called "Empowering Women Entrepreneurs," which will cover the following: 

  • Overview of SBA programs and opportunities for women business owners and entrepreneurs;
  • Discussion of how SBA empowers women entrepreneurs through access to capital, contracting, and counseling; and 
  • Examination of new and exciting initiatives impacting women entrepreneurs. 

Meet Regina Koetters of Marty's Market (Bridges to Business, April 16)

Regina Koetters, Founder/CEO of Marty's Market, will speak on a panel of women business owners at E-Magnify's Bridges to Business event on April 16. 

Marty's Market is a Veteran-Owned Business located in the Strip District.

LCDR Regina Koetters, USNR, is driven to unleash the unrealized potential of the country’s riverfront Rust Belt cities through regionally significant redevelopment projects and investments in infrastructure. 

She chose Pittsburgh over every other city in the nation to begin her work in 2008. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Regina was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy in 1999 upon graduating from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in Naval Architecture. In 2007, she transitioned to the United States Navy Reserve and completed her masters studies in progressive real estate development and business at the University of Michigan the following year. 

During her Naval career, she has managed operations and maintenance of the largest air base in Iraq, led airborne maritime patrol and reconnaissance missions throughout the western hemisphere, and facilitated maritime security and economic development projects in western Africa. She currently serves as the Officer in Charge, Naval Reserve Tactical Operations Center 0374 located at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida. 

Since relocating to Pittsburgh, she has championed several initiatives for sustainable development projects in downtown Pittsburgh, augmented a public-private team endeavoring to bring passenger rail service to the Allegheny Riverfront, and most recently launched Marty’s Market, a unique food market, cafĂ© and coffeehouse in the Strip District dedicated to strengthening the southwestern PA food system.

Regina will speak on a panel of women business owners at the Bridges to Business event on April 16 at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. Full details and registration are available here.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Meet Darieth Chisolm of Hustle and Heart TV (Bridges to Business, April 16)

Darieth Chisolm, Owner of Hustle and Heart TV, will speak on a panel of women business owners at E-Magnify's Bridges to Business event on April 16. 

This former WPXI news anchor is now a serial entrepreneur who offers her clients a range of unique services.

Former WPXI News Anchor Darieth Chisolm has launched a new video podcast show, Hustle & Heart TV with Darieth Chisolm
The show has a #1 rated TOP podcast status on iTunes with subscribers and viewers in several different countries. It’s available on 5 different platforms, iTunes Video & Audio, Stitcher Radio, YouTube and at 

Darieth interviews inspiring and successful people, showcasing their strategies, rituals, and principles for success. Anyone looking to start, grow, or expand a business, dream, or passion should watch the weekly shows for motivation, guidance, and inspiration, plus practical tips, tools, and resources.

Podcasting is the fastest growing medium available for entrepreneurs to build brand, influence, and income. Darieth is coaching entrepreneurs to strategize on ways to create and launch their own video and audio podcast shows and will be soon be releasing an online training program called TheVideoPodcastAcademy 

Darieth’s entrepreneurial experiences were cultivated while working as a television news anchor for WPXI TV, the NBC Affiliate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Channel 11 News at 11pm and 10pm newscasts before she retired in September 2013 after 20 years on the news set.  She also brings her own experiences as a business owner to her international audience. In 2013, Darieth was the 54th highest paid distributor with It Works Global, a network marketing company with over 70,000 representatives. Darieth also spent 3 and a half years as the owner of Fullbody Fitness Club, an aerial arts studio in Pittsburgh.  

In November 2014 Darieth sold Fullbody Fitness Club to focus exclusively on Hustle & Heart TV and on coaching people on ways to build their brand, influence, and income through podcasting.

Darieth is set to release her first book, HUSTLE: Why Now is the Time to Unleash your Passions, Turn them into Profit & Love your Journey

“Success in anything is hard work and hustle, passion and heart, commitment and sacrifice, trial and error, failure and triumph. Hustle & Heart TV and Hustle, the book, expose these truths and pump fresh ideas into the hearts and minds of my viewers, listeners, and readers.”  Darieth says, “With my busy schedule, my other businesses and my personal life being so demanding, I too need course correction and motivation from others who are successful. That’s why I started Hustle & Heart TV, so that I could pool the resources and mindsets of powerful people and then share this with others. I trust you’ll be inspired by their stories and encouraged to take action and make your dreams come true.”

Although Darieth’s news career had been full of many outstanding awards and recognition, she says, “Nothing makes me more excited than when I see people dream big and go after those dreams. I love watching people having huge breakthroughs and succeed! Entrepreneurs share a unique ability to be tough and have unwavering belief in themselves and their visions and goals.”

She now features other successful entrepreneurs, authors, artists, celebrities, and business owners on her video podcast show. You can subscribe to Hustle and Heart TV on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, YouTube or watch and listen directly from her website at or

Darieth will speak on a panel of women business owners at the Bridges to Business event on April 16 at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. Full details and registration are available here.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Meet Jennifer Boczar of AM-GARD (Bridges to Business, April 16)

Jennifer Boczar, Owner & COO of AM-GARD, Inc., will speak on a panel of women business owners at E-Magnify's Bridges to Business event on April 16. 

AM-GARD is #3 on the Pittsburgh Business Times Book of Lists' largest Pittsburgh area women-owned businesses

AM-GARD is a leader in contract security ,providing service to governmental, medical, industrial, commercial, and transportation industries. Owner Jennifer Boczar’s grandmother founded the company with her husband in 1970. 

After earning her degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003, Jennifer became a partner with her father in the family business in 2006, making it a third-generation, woman-owned, family business. 

Jennifer and AM-GARD’s corporate management team have more than 175 years of combined experience in the contract security business. The most challenging part of starting this business, says Jennifer, was the security services market’s incredible competition. It’s challenging to set your company apart from the competition, but they did just that with the customized services, unparalleled experience and products, along with great management. They have a team that remains on site to ensure customer satisfaction and conduct regular evaluations. 

AM-GARD is one of the largest Women Owned Businesses in Pittsburgh, and it is also privately owned. They are best known for providing quality security guard service at a fair price. They work closely with every customer to develop their security programs for each of their needs. 

AM-GARD has also been providing security guard service to UPMC Shadyside and US Airways for over 35 years, which is rare in this competitive industry. The company has set the standard for security.

Jennifer has been recognized in Maniac Magazine's “Women of Power “ Issue in 2013.  In November 2014, Jennifer and her husband welcomed their first child, a baby boy.

Jennifer will speak on a panel of women business owners at the Bridges to Business event on April 16 at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. Full details and registration are available here.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Meet Doris Carson Williams of AACCWP (Bridges to Business, April 16)

Doris Carson Williams will facilitate a panel of women business owners at E-Magnify's Bridges to Business event on April 16 at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. 

With more than 500 members, the Chamber is the second largest minority Chamber in the United States.

Doris Carson Williams, CCE, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania. Since opening the office in 1998, the Chamber has grown from 28 to over 500 paid members and corporate sponsors, and is ranked the 10th largest in the Pittsburgh Region.

In July 2013, Doris received the National Certification of Chamber of Commerce Executives by the Board of Directors and Certification Commission of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Doris serves on the Board of Directors the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland-Pittsburgh Branch, Highmark, Inc., is the Vice Chairman of Highmark’s Foundation, and is Vice Chair of the Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the International Women's Forum, and a 2008 Ford Foundation Fellow on Sustainability.

In 2009, Doris served as the Co-Chair of the G-20 Summit held in Pittsburgh. She is the recipient of the 2010 Pittsburgh Business Times Top 50 Women in Business, a Woman of Excellence from the New Pittsburgh Courier, Junior Achievement’s Woman in Business, a Carlow University Woman of Spirit, and is listed the publication Voices: African American and Latino Women.

She earned a BS degree in Business from the University of Hartford, is a graduate of Fairfield University’s School of Banking and Financial Management, and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business’s Management Program for Executives. Doris and her husband James have one son, James III.

During the April 16 Bridges to Business luncheon, Doris will moderate a panel of women business owners as they discuss how they have built "bridges" to their business success. Full event details and registration are available here.

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