Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Crowdfunding Webinar (April 23)

What is crowdfunding? How does it work?

To get a clearer idea of this financial phenomenon, join us for this webinar, facilitated by Carl Knoblock, District Director, Western Pennsylvania SBA office. 

Hear first-hand from two business owners / entrepreneurs 
who have used crowdfunding: Tom Joseph 
(Epiphany Solar Water Systems) and Bobby Fry 
(Bar Marco).

The webinar will conclude with Q&A. Register online for just $10.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

AlphaLab Named to List of Top U.S. Accelerators

Congratulations to AlphaLab, which has been named one of the best 15 accelerators in the U.S., according to the 2013 Seed Accelerator Rankings. 

"Super Charged" PowerUp Lunch
Featured Speaker: Ilana Diamond
(Managing Director, AlphaLab Gear at
Innovation Works; and PowerLink Co-Founder)
The Featured Speaker at our upcoming "Super Charged" PowerUp Lunch is Ilana Diamond, who is Managing Director at AlphaLab Gear, the new hardware and robotics accelerator from AlphaLab, part of Innovation Works, one of the nation's most active seed-stage investors.

Read more about the 2013 Seed Accelerator Rankings in this TechCrunch article.

Come hear Ilana Diamond speak at our "Super Charged" PowerUp Lunch on April 2 at the Rivers Club in Pittsburgh. 

This event will also feature Roundtable Discussions with the region's most successful women entrepreneurs on the following topics: overcoming sales challenges; succession planning and exit strategy; evaluation health insurance options; financing business growth; leveraging WBE certification; conquering social media; growing a multi-million dollar business; and cultivating top-notch customer service.

Register online for the "Super Charged" PowerUp Lunch featuring Ilana Diamond.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"Super Charged" PowerUp Lunch (April 2)

Join E-Magnify + PowerLink for a "Super Charged" PowerUp Lunch in April! 

Date: April 2, 2014
Featured Speaker:
Ilana Diamond
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Rivers Club, Pittsburgh, PA
Registration: $45 (includes program & lunch)
Featured Speaker: 
Ilana Diamond 
Managing Director, 
AlphaLab Gear at Innovation Works
and PowerLink Co-Founder

Plus: Roundtable Discussions
The region's most successful women entrepreneurs will lead roundtable discussions and share their insight on how they PoweredUp their business. Learn from the best, and walk away with strategies you can use to power the growth of your company.

 Choose from these roundtable discussion topics:
  • Overcoming Sales Challenges
  • Succession Planning and Exit Strategy
  • Evaluating Health Insurance Options
  • Financing Business Growth
  • Leveraging WBE Certification
  • Conquering Social Media
  • Growing a Multi-Million Dollar Business
  • Cultivating Top-Notch Customer Service
Reserve you spot for this special "Super Charged" PowerUp Lunch!

Free Online Government Contracting Training

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering an exciting FREE training opportunity for any person or business that is socially or economically disadvantaged. To determine if you qualify as a socially or economically disadvantaged business, a self-certification is included in the registration process.  (Normally, these 7(j) trainings are reserved for companies in the SBA 8a Program.)

March 20 (1:00 - 5:00 p.m.) - Audits and Accounting Systems

March 24 (1:00 - 5:00 p.m.) - Introduction to Construction Project Management

March 25 (1:00 - 5:00 p.m.) - Government Contract Negotiations

March 26 (1:00 - 2:00 p.m) - Facilities Clearances

March 27 (1:00 - 2 :00 p.m.) - Understanding RFPs

March 27 (3:00 - 4:30 p.m.) - How to Qualify for the GSA Schedule

March 31 (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.) - Developing Technical and Past Performance Volumes in Response to RFPs

Click here for course details and to register.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

QuickBooks Clinics in April

Learn how to use QuickBooks for your small business.

Join E-Magnify for our next QuickBooks Clinics in April 2014. 

April 3, 10, 17

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (for all sessions)
YWCA of Westmoreland, 424 North Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601

Sessions feature hands-on training with the software and a small class size led by a Certified QuickBooks Consultant.
  • Session 1 (April 3) – Setting up and navigating QuickBooks, Accounting Review, Sample Company, Chart of Accounts, Working with Lists
  • Session 2 (April 10) – Sales and Invoicing, Payments and Deposits, Entering and Paying Bills
  • Session 3 (April 17) – Bank Accounts, Inventories Payroll, Estimating, and More

Instructor: Anne-Terese (Teri) Hayes, Certified QuickBooks Consultant
Teri Hayes has been a QuickBooks Pro advisor since 1999. As a consultant and bookkeeper who has worked with small businesses, she understands the needs of entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Register online here.
Registration: $150 (for all 3 sessions)
Student-discount registration: $135 (for all 3 sessions)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Canadian Market Opportunities (Go Global webinar)

If you are looking to grow your business by exporting, Canada is a market that holds tremendous opportunities for U.S. goods & services.

Event: Canadian Market Opportunities  (Go Global webinar)
Date: March 5, 2014
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Location: online

Registration: $20

Did you know.....
  • U.S. small & medium sized businesses export to Canada more than any other country.
  • In 2011 U.S. small to medium sized businesses accounted for more than $41 billion in exports to Canada.
  • Since 2004 the #1 Pennsylvania export market has been Canada.   
Why Export to Canada?
  • Canada accounts for 20% of total U.S. trade.
  • Canada is a member of NAFTA  (North American Free Trade Agreement), which allows trade to move more freely between our borders and eliminates tariffs.
  • Canadian companies are safe and trustworthy.
  • Transportation costs are low.
  • Canadian culture is similar to U.S. culture, plus there is little to no language barrier between the two. 
Interested? Join us for this 1-hour webinar that will cover the following:
  • General overview of the Canadian market with specific market opportunities
  • How to participate in Canadian government procurements
  • Ease of exporting to Canada & benefits of the Free Trade Agreement
  • Local, State & Federal export programs & resources to assist your company in Canada
This webinar is open to all industry sectors with the best market prospects coming from these fields: Aerospace, Automotive, Renewable Energy, Mining, Oil & Gas, Travel & Tourism, Power Generation, Safety & Security, Agricultural Products, Environmental Sectors, Information & Communication Technologies, Defense Products & Services

Presented by E-Magnify, the U.S. Commercial Service, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, Duquesne University Small Business Development Center, St. Vincent College Small Business Development Center, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Federal Certificate Program for Women Entrepreneurs

Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), a national nonpartisan public policy organization that advocates on behalf of women business owners, has launched The WIPP Federal Contracting Certificate Program to provide women entrepreneurs with credentials, recognition, and tools to successfully compete in the federal marketplace.

Federal law mandates the U.S. Government to purchase at least five percent of its goods and services from women-owned small businesses (WOSBs), however, Barbara Kasoff, president of WIPP, says more than $4 billion is still up for grabs.

For more information and to enroll in The WIPP Federal Contracting Certificate Program, visit or email

Educational Resources 
WIPP provides several educational tools and resources to the women’s business community, such as Give Me 5 and ChallengeHER.

Give Me 5 is an online education program created by WIPP and American Express OPEN to educate women entrepreneurs on how to successfully navigate the federal contract marketplace through a full range of courses. You can access the Give Me 5 modules on the E-Magnify Training page.

ChallengeHER is an initiative created by the SBA, American Express OPEN and WIPP to help expand the reach of impact by the WOSB Federal Contract Program.

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