Wednesday, April 23, 2014

More Women Seize Opportunities to Start Businesses

The Tribune Review reported on women business owners in the Pittsburgh region: "More Women Seize Opportunities to Start Businesses." 

The article features E-Magnify director Jayne Huston and several women business owners with ties to E-Magnify, including PowerLink Advisory Board client Judy Masucci (owner, A Mother's Boutique), and Stephanie DiLeo (owner, Homer City Automation), who is a past PowerLink Advisory Board client and current member of the E-Magnify-hosted Greensburg chapter of the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO). 

 From the article:
“[Women] are starting lots and lots of companies,” said Huston. “But what's not happening is the growth of their companies.”
Even as the number and scope of businesses owned by women have grown, their influence in the larger economy has not kept pace. These companies remain relatively small, typically with only a few employees and pulling in less than $1 million in annual revenue.
That is especially true in Pittsburgh, which American Express ranked near the bottom for cities in which women-owned firms have the greatest “economic clout,” measured by the growth in number, revenue and employment of female-owned businesses.
Among the 25 most populous cities, Pittsburgh ranked 24th (41.3 percent) in the growth of number of female-owned firms and 23rd (18.4 percent) in revenue between 1997 and 2014, according to American Express.
One possible explanation for Pittsburgh lagging behind is that some of the major industries — high-tech, professional and business services, manufacturing — tend to be male dominated, said Julie Weeks, the report's author.
Huston doesn't believe that. She sees women entering a variety of industries, and where they need help most is in connecting with mentors and peer networks who can help them learn how to grow.
“That's what we need to do,” she said. “It's not enough to just start them.”
E-Magnify + PowerLink provide a variety of services to help women start and grow businesses.  
WPO is a national non-profit membership organization for women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies. The members of the WPO take part in professionally-facilitated peer advisory groups in order to bring the 'genius out of the group' and accelerate the growth of their businesses. Learn more about WPO
The PowerLink Advisory Board Program provides women business owners with a high-level advisory board for one year. These customized boards are comprised of volunteer business professionals who are carefully chosen to meet the specific needs of the company. Founded in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1991, PowerLink is a unique and proven resource for advancing women-owned businesses. In January 2013, PowerLink formed a strategic alliance with Seton Hill University's E-Magnify, bringing together two of the Pittsburgh region's strongest organizations dedicated to the growth of women entrepreneurs. Learn more about PowerLink Advisory Boards.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ACA Webinar for Small Biz w/ Seasonal & Variable-Hour Employees

Join us for this FREE webinar, May 2, 2014, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

If you own a restaurant, personal care home, landscaping company, or any business that employs people seasonally or with variable hours, do you know if your employees should be covered under the Affordable Care Act?

The time to find out is now.

Featured Speakers: Carl Knoblock (District Director, Western Pennsylvania SBA Office) and Jacqueline Lampert (Founder, Lake Street Strategies, LLC).

There is no charge to attend this webinar, but registration is required.

 Learn more and register for free here.

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)

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