Friday, March 30, 2012

Marcellus on Main Street

The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) has unveiled the first online business directory -- Marcellus on Main Street -- designed exclusively to connect the natural gas industry with small- and medium-sized businesses across the region. This new, interactive web-based portal ( will bring together entrepreneurs and small businesses with energy and services companies, contractors, and suppliers in New York, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Marcellus on Main Street is a business directory to support shale gas development by connecting the natural gas industry and its employees to local vendors, suppliers, and service. Interested businesses are encouraged to visit the site -- or contact -- for more information.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

E-Magnify Symposium Recap

A big thank you to everyone who made this year's E-Magnify Women's Entrepreneurial Symposium a success! If you weren't able to join us on March 9 for “Building Strategies for Sustainable Growth,” here's a quick recap of what you missed.

Keynote speaker Mary Cantando, President of The Woman's Advantage, gave a two-part presentation. She brought her insight and energy to the symposium stage with  Make This Your Best Year Business! Make This Your Best Year Life! Mary's sessions were based on her widely acclaimed Woman's Advantage Shared Wisdom Calendar. She drew on the work she does with women entrepreneurs around the world to inspire and motivate audience members.  
Jayne Huston, E-Magnify Director; Mary Cantando, Symposium Keynote Speaker; Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek, Seton Hill University Provost & Dean of Faculty
In addition to the keynote presentation, symposium attendees heard from local women business owners during the panel discussion “Solutions That Work.” Attendees were eager to learn tried-and-true business tips from their peers. The panel was a great success, with glowing reviews coming in from attendees. 

Betsy Benson, panel moderator; Panel members: Wendy Staso, Danielle D'Alessandro, Sandy Burkett

Here are a few highlights from the panel.

Danielle D’Alesandro, Owner of My Posh Baby & Kids, discussed how to use social media to grow your business. She offered sound advice on time management and ways to streamline your social networking initiatives. And Danielle should know, since 70% of her sales take place online.

Sandy Burkett, President of Vital Signs, shared examples of her guerrilla marketing techniques. She emphasized the need to do your research before embarking on anything new and the importance of staying open to new strategies. As one attendee put it, Sandy “offered practical advice that can be used right away.”

Wendy Staso, President and CEO of Huckestein Mechanical Services, Inc., discussed the difficult decisions business owners must make to ensure their success. When Wendy needed to save the company from going out of business, she employed a strategy of restructuring and downsizing.  As painful as that was, she said, the company is now back on track and profitable.

Debra Mason, E-Magnify Education and Training Manager; Karan Waigand, Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration; Jayne Huston, E-Magnify Director; Lyz Marshall, E-Magnify Business Counselor
Again, thank you to all who attended, spoke, and volunteered!

April 2: WOSB Federal Contractor Forum

Attention Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contractors! The Federal government wants to meet with you.

What: WOSB Training and Opportunity Forum
Date: April 2, 2012 Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm
Location: US Department of State, George C Marshall Conference Center, 2201 C Street, NW (21st Street Entrance) Washington, DC 20520

Join the Department of State’s Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and American Express OPEN’s Give Me 5 Program on April 2, 2012 in Washington, DC, for the WOSB Training and Opportunity Forum.

This forum will bring together government and women-owned businesses for a unique one-day program. At the meeting, women-owned small business owners will receive training on the program from the SBA and have the opportunity to listen to and meet federal agencies that will detail their acquisition strategies for potential women business owner opportunities and forecasts. The meeting will include the following:
  • A WOSB program update and training from the SBA
  • An opportunity to hear from and meet the OSDBU Directors and procurement representatives from the following agencies (invited): 
    • State Department
    • USAID
    • Air Force
    • Department of Homeland Security
    • Department of the Interior
    • General Services Administration
  • An Opportunity to meet other WOSB and EDWOSB Businesses working in your field
Agencies will announce forecasted contract opportunities making this an event you do not want to miss. Space is limited, and limited to women owned small businesses, so register early!

More information and registration are available here.

March 22: WBO Web Chat with SBA

SBA’s March Web Chat Offers Tips and Advice for Women-Owned Small Businesses

Topic: Ask the Expert: Women's Small Business Open Forum    
Host: Ana Harvey, Assistant Administrator, SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership
Time: Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
In recognition of National Women’s History Month, SBA’s March web chat will feature an open forum on Women’s Business Ownership.  The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership helps to promote growth of women-owned businesses through SBA programs offering business training and counseling, access to credit and capital, and business and networking opportunities.  It also administers a nationwide network of Women's Business Centers that provide training and counseling to entrepreneurs.

SBA's Online Business Chat is a live Q&A session with small business experts. Submit your question before or during the chat discussion. You cannot submit question after Closing Remarks for the chat. No registration is needed for the web chat.

Learn more and submit your question. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

This Friday: E-Magnify's Entrepreneurial Symposium

Join other women entrepreneurs and business owners this Friday, March 9, for the E-Magnify Women's Entrepreneurial Symposium, "Building Strategies for Sustainable Growth." The symposium takes place at the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center in downtown Greensburg, PA, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. 

Growing a business is challenging whether you are just starting or are a seasoned entrepreneur. Developing key strategies to sustain your business are essential to long-term growth. This year's Symposium will focus on growth strategies for small businesses and will include workshops and a keynote address on a variety of ways to increase your organization's revenue stream.
Mary Cantando, president of The Woman's Advantage, will deliver the Keynote Presentation: Make This Your Best Year Business! Make This Your Best Year Life! This fun, interactive, thought-provoking session is based on her widely acclaimed Woman's Advantage Shared Wisdom Calendar. In addition to her annual calendar, Mary has written five books, each presenting ground-breaking ideas for busy women who want to make a difference in their workplace, family, and community. Read five tips from Mary that she couldn't squeeze into her keynote presentation.

Learn from the following women entrepreneurs on the panel discussion, "Solutions That Work." 
Learn more and register for the March 9 Symposium. We hope to see you there!

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