Monday, December 23, 2013

How to Get a Business Loan

If you think a business loan might be part of your plans for next year, check out the SBA's 6-step guide on "How to Get a Business Loan." It will guide you through six important questions:
  1. What criteria do banks look for in making small business loans?
  2. What information will you need?
  3. How can you set yourself up from the beginning to make the process easier? (i.e. accounting systems, etc.)
  4. What is the typical size of a small business loan?
  5. How can you get financing to start a business since many banks want to fund growth?
  6. Are there associations that can help?
The answer to that last question, of course, is yes.

SBA works closely with a large network of partners that leverage SBA resources, including Women’s Business Centers (WBC), such as E-Magnify.  

As a Women's Business Center, E-Magnify provides direct client counseling for women interested in starting a business or growing an existing business. Contact us to learn more and to schedule a no-cost counseling session.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Healthcare Law & Your Business (Webinar)

What does the new healthcare law mean for your business? 

Register for this no-cost webinar on Dec. 19, presented by the U.S. Small Business and Small Business Majority, a national nonprofit advocacy organization.

Date: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (EST)
Location: Online webinar
Presenter: Meredith K. Olafson - Senior Policy Advisor to the Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

This webinar will focus on what the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses. It will focus on both federal and state provisions to help local small business owners understand how the law will affect them. Topics being discussed include the following:
  • Small business tax credits (available to businesses and tax-exempt non-profits)— who’s eligible for them and how to claim them
  • Marketplace updates
  • Shared responsibility
  • Cost containment
  • Tools and resources available for small businesses interested in learning more about the law
A question and answer period will follow.

Learn more and register for this no-cost webinar.

You can also visit http://business.usa.gov/healthcare to learn more about how the Affordable Care Act will impact your business.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Marketing for Small Businesses

 If you're scrambling to get together your holiday or year-end customer gifts, check out these six tips from the SBA blog to turn your gifts to customers into a marketing tool for your business.

This article, also from the SBA blog, details five ways to market your business for the holiday season, including social media contests, email marketing, and open houses. Christmas is coming fast, but there's still tie to try a few of these ideas.


And lastly, here are some last minute holiday marketing tips, just in time for when you're running out of time! (This article was posted on SBA's blog last year, but the general tips still apply.)

Social Entrepreneurship Students Raise Money for Project

Join us in supporting Seton Hill University (SHU) students who have embarked on a social entrepreneurship project

Students from SHU have partnered with FilterPure, a nonprofit organization that manufactures and distributes ceramic water filters in places such as Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

In January 2014, twelve students and two faculty supervisors from SHU will travel to the Dominican Republic to make and deliver ceramic water filters to families. While there, the students will also study Spanish and Business as part of SHU's January Term.

The SHU team has a goal to raise $3,500, which will be enough to provide water filtration systems to 100 families. All the money raised through this fundraiser goes directly to the FilterPure charity to buy filters. To date, the fundraising campaign has raised $1,982, which leaves another $1,518 to be raised.

E-Magnify has a fundraising team to support this social entrepreneurship project. If you'd like to donate to this cause, please visit E-Magnify's fundraising team page here. Thank you!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Most Common Biz Mistakes During a Crisis (webinar)

Business Continuity Strategies Offered at Free SBA/Agility Webinar

Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (EST)
Space is limited. Register here.

What are the biggest and most common mistakes business owners make when dealing with a disaster?  Whether it’s property damage caused by a flood, or the loss of sensitive data thanks to a hacked email account, how you respond within the first few hours of the crisis can make or break your small business.

Get tips on how to avoid the costly mistakes that could put the safety of your clients and your organization at risk at a free webinar hosted by Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration on Tuesday, December 10.  True stories about business owners’ pre-disaster missteps, plans not followed and errors made—as well as what they learned during the recovery phase, will be discussed.

SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips. 

The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

It's Cyber Monday! 

In-between your online shopping (or filling orders from your own online shop!), take some time to check out "Cybersecurity for Small Businesses," a self-paced online course from the U.S. Small Business Administration that helps business owners safeguard their information from computer attacks and determine their readiness against security breaches.

Small business owners will learn the types of information that should be secured, how to protect themselves from attacks or unintentional damage, guard from decreased productivity caused by security breaches and evaluate security tools and techniques.  The course gives useful and practical steps to take to protect a business’ operations.

Cybersecurity for Small Businesses is self-paced and also offers best practices for guarding against cyber threats, potential computer weaknesses and the corrective actions for risk management.

Course participants completing the online course can earn a certificate of completion from the SBA.  The SBA Learning Center offers free courses covering topics such as Starting, Managing, or Financing a Business, and can be found at www.sba.gov/sba-learning-center.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30


From the corner café with the tasty cappuccinos to the tailor who can expertly hem a pair of chinos, our streets are brimming with special stores that are the heartbeat of our neighborhood.
 
Small Business Saturday® is a day to support the local businesses we love. This year, the big day is Nov 30, and we want you to get out and Shop Small®. 

If you’re a small business owner, you can head to ShopSmall.com to download free marketing materials to help attract customers on the day. Let’s make this the most successful Small Business Saturday yet!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Register for Financial Boot Camp (Nov. 21)


Register today for PowerLink's Financial Boot Camp. 

Date: 
November 21, 2013

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Location: Markovitz Dugan and Associates, Pittsburgh, PA


January 2006 participants rated the program 4.75 out of 5 stars

“The Boot Camp was excellent. The second half was the best application of financial analysis to real life situations I have ever seen.”
—Beth Newbold, CEO, Rampart Hydro Services

Financial Leadership for CEOs
: 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. 

Our talented advisory team of Dan Miller and Sue Parker 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, breakeven analysis, and ratio analysis.
Registration fee: $149.00
(includes breakfast, lunch, and all materials). Register online today.

For more information, please contact Lee Ann Munger, PowerLink Director, at 724-552-4388 or lmunger@setonhill.edu.

SBA Loans for Military Veterans

The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced new measures to help get small business loans into the hands of veterans by setting the borrower upfront fee to zero for all veteran loans authorized under the SBA Express program up to $350,000. This initiative will start on January 1, 2014 and continue through the end of the fiscal year.
 



Of all SBA loans that go to veterans, 73 percent are $350,000 and below.  The SBA Express Loan Program, which supports loans under $350,000, is SBA’s most popular loan delivery method, with nearly 60 percent of all 7(a) loans over the past decade being authorized through the program. Since the program’s inception, it has also been one of the most popular delivery methods for getting capital into the hands of veteran borrowers.

For more information about these and other SBA programs, visit the SBA website at www.sba.gov, or contact your local SBA field office.  You can find contact information for your local SBA office at http://www.sba.gov/localresources/index.html

Monday, November 4, 2013

Longest Serving President of Seton Hill Sparked Growth & Development

E-Magnify celebrates the life of Seton Hill University President Emerita JoAnne Boyle and her contributions to the women entrepreneurs of our region.
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Longest Serving President of Seton Hill Sparked Growth & Development
November 2, 2013
Author: Molly Robb Shimko


JoAnne Woodyard Boyle, Ph.D., Seton Hill University’s longest serving president, died on Friday, November 1, 2013. She was considered by her colleagues and friends a talented teacher and visionary leader.

A 1957 alumna of Seton Hill, JoAnne Boyle served as President of Seton Hill from 1987 until her retirement in June 2013. Prior to becoming President, JoAnne Boyle served as professor of English at Seton Hill and chair of the English Department. She was a tireless champion of the liberal arts. She once wrote, “I can’t imagine what life would be like without grounding in the liberal arts. Without a foundation in the arts and sciences, people cannot be as effective in the world; they miss the frame of reference that helps them compare and think carefully about a subject. I think there is a hunger in us and a yearning for the knowing of where what we do and who we are fits into a larger picture and the study of the liberal arts provides that for us.”

According to Sr. Lois Sculco, Vice President for Institutional Identity, Mission and Student Life at Seton Hill, “JoAnne Boyle was an exceptional teacher. She taught because she was passionate about the subject matter and was deeply satisfied when she found students who shared that passion. And, JoAnne was a fearless leader for Seton Hill. As a visionary and a risk-taker, she opened many doors and helped others see possibilities that otherwise they might not realize were there.”

JoAnne Boyle’s tenure was marked by numerous achievements. Seton Hill University Interim President, Bibiana Boerio said, “She was at the forefront of leaders who recognized the value of a university to the economic stabilization and growth of downtowns. Shortly after Seton Hill’s plans for the Performing Arts Center in downtown Greensburg solidified, the University and the City received recognition from the Brookings Institute as a model program for the way universities can drive economic development in communities. Her vision brought programs of national prominence to Seton Hill including the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill opportunity, the University’s highly ranked physician assistant program and the Center for Orthodontics.”

Michele Ridge, Chair of the Seton Hill University Board of Trustees said, “JoAnne Boyle was remarkable. Because of her leadership, Seton Hill experienced an incredible transformation from a small women’s undergraduate college to a coeducational university with an enrollment of more than 2,500 students. She worked diligently to strengthen the University’s academic and financial foundations and led Seton Hill forward by focusing campus resources on programs, faculty, key personnel and facilities that positioned the University as an educational leader in the nation.”

Ridge continued, “In recognition of JoAnne Boyle’s courageous leadership, the University’s new Health Sciences Center will be named in her honor. The JoAnne Woodyard Boyle Health Sciences Center will help ensure that our students are well prepared for graduate study, research and careers in science and healthcare.”

Bishop of Greensburg, Lawrence E. Brandt, who serves as Honorary Chairman of Seton Hill’s Board of Trustees said, “On the occasion of the death of Dr. JoAnne Boyle, I extend in the name of the Diocese of Greensburg and in my own name as bishop our heartfelt sympathy to her husband, Arthur, and their children Arthur III, Elizabeth, Terrence, John, Patrick, Teig and Morgan. We assure the Boyle family of our prayers that the Lord give Dr. Boyle the reward of her goodness. Our sympathy and prayerful remembrance likewise go out to the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and the faculty, administration, alumni and students of the Seton Hill University community.”

Bishop Brandt continued, “Under Dr. Boyle’s 25 years of leadership as president, this Catholic, liberal arts university has grown in both its scope and service to the community and the region following in the rich tradition of faith and academic excellence established by its founders, the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill. We thank the Lord for the years Dr. Boyle lived and worked among us. May she now rest in the Lord’s embrace and sing his praises forever.”

Sr. Catherine Meinert, Provincial Superior and President of the U.S. Province of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill added, “When you spoke with JoAnne, you sensed immediately her commitment to our students, her energy, her wit, and of course, her wisdom. You always wanted to hear more about anything she had to say. She will be missed, especially by the Sisters of Charity who were such an integral part of her life.”

The Seton Hill University Board of Trustees designated JoAnne Boyle President Emerita in June 2013. Boyle was the University’s first president to receive the title. In June the Board also acknowledged how Boyle, as an educator, affected the lives of countless young people in a profound way. Michele Ridge said, “As a way to celebrate JoAnne’s commitment to education, the Excellence in Teaching Awards were named in her honor. The JoAnne Woodyard Boyle Excellence in Teaching Awards will recognize JoAnne’s tenure in the classroom by honoring those teachers with a passion for learning and a deep care and concern for their students.”

B. Patrick Costello, Esq., Seton Hill Emeritus Trustee and General Counsel for the University said, “JoAnne cherished our students and believed they would transform the world the way the Sisters of Charity, our pioneering founders, did when they established this wonderful place more than a century ago. And, JoAnne loved the Sisters of Charity and this university that she helped them build. We will all miss her very much.”

Don Francis, President of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania (AICUP) commented, “Seton Hill, where enrollment has grown 60 percent during the last decade under JoAnne Boyle’s presidency, plays a growing role in the City of Greensburg’s and the region’s economy. Indeed, JoAnne Boyle made Seton Hill an engine of prosperity for the community.”

Former Mayor of the City of Greensburg, Karl Eisaman, added, “It was a privilege to be a colleague of JoAnne’s. She imagined a community revitalized by a determined partnership of culture, commerce, government and education. Her vision to bring vital Seton Hill programs into downtown Greensburg created a new future for the City and helped our town become an attractive destination and a better place to live and work.”

As a result of JoAnne Boyle’s leadership, multi-million dollar capital campaigns restored the University’s historic Administration Building and led to the construction of the Katherine Mabis McKenna Center, two residence halls, Farrell Hall and DeChantal Hall, the Athletic Field House, athletic fields and the Performing Arts Center.

Numerous endowed scholarship funds were created during Boyle’s tenure to help ensure the affordability of a Seton Hill education for thousands of students. Michele Ridge commented, “Containing costs and providing students with generous financial aid awards were hallmarks of JoAnne Boyle’s administration.” The University experienced 14 years of balanced budgets and operating surpluses under Boyle’s leadership.

During Boyle’s presidency, Seton Hill strengthened its international faculty and student exchange programs, established the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education (featuring The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference), opened a Women’s Business Center, a Center for Family Therapy, a Center for Orthodontics and the Wukich Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities.

Sr. Gemma Del Duca, Co-Director of Seton Hill’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education in Israel said, “JoAnne Boyle creatively supported the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education and actively participated in preparing educators to mend our world through understanding and reconciliation.”

Under Boyle’s tenure, Seton Hill integrated mobile technology into the University’s curriculum. Boyle wrote about mobile learning, “In my many years of college experience, I believe that nothing has changed the landscape of education the way mobile technology has. When the Oxford English Dictionary was first published—or when the first encyclopedia was released—people were stunned by such a treasure trove of knowledge. Of course, both can be found now using the iPad—along with so much more, all at your fingertips. By embedding mobile technology into a rigorous learning environment, we, as educators, are not only providing students with unimpeded access to all the world’s learning, we are also supplying them with the tools to create new ideas, new art, new horizons.”

In recent years, Boyle led the institution’s move to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and its latest move into the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). In 2012, Seton Hill was recognized as the highest academic ranking school in the NCAA Division II East Region.

Boyle received a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in English from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Seton Hill.

Boyle served as board chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, and the International Women’s Forum of Pennsylvania. She was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania and later served as president of the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. Boyle served on the boards of the Economic Growth Connection, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, the University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees and its College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors, Westmoreland Museum of American Art and the Honor Board at WQED and was a former board member of the Council for Independent Colleges and Universities, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, United Way of Westmoreland County, and Westmoreland Regional Health System.

A native of White Plains, New York and brought up in Charleston, West Virginia, JoAnne Boyle was born on October 27, 1935. She was a member of Holy Trinity Parish in Ligonier, Pa. Her parents, Josephine and Gordon Woodyard, predeceased her. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Arthur Boyle, Jr., seven children, Arthur Boyle III, Elizabeth Boyle McDonald, Terrence Boyle, John Boyle, Patrick Boyle, Teig Boyle, Morgan Boyle, and 13 grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by her sister, Nancy Woodyard Chilcoat and brother, Gordon Woodyard, Jr.

Visitation will be held in the Parlors on the second floor of the Administration Building at Seton Hill University from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 4; and from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5. JoAnne Boyle’s funeral Mass will be held in St. Joseph Chapel at Seton Hill on Wednesday, November 6 at 11:00 a.m. with Msgr. David Rubino officiating. Private interment will follow the service at the Sisters of Charity Cemetery at Seton Hill. Pantalone Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the Boyle family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Seton Hill University Reeves Library or to the JoAnne Woodyard Boyle Health Sciences Center at Seton Hill University. Memorials may be sent to Seton Hill University, Office of Institutional Advancement, One Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601.


(originally posted here)


Friday, November 1, 2013

Tomorrow: Call to Entrepreneurship

Join us tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 2) for Women Veterans Marching Forward: Call to Entrepreneurship, an educational program for anyone interested in small business ownership. The event takes place from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on the Seton Hill University campus in Greensburg, PA. (Details here.)

Women with military experience are natural entrepreneurs who possess the training, experience, and leadership skills to start businesses that will create U.S. jobs. Explore entrepreneurship as your next step, secure available business resources and tools, and meet other women veterans who are business owners. 

Not a woman with military experience? You're still invited! Although this event is geared toward women with military experience, the information and resources that will be presented are useful to anyone (male or female, with or without military experience) who is interested in learning about entrepreneurship.

What last year's participants said about the event:
"Inspiring!" 
"A wealth of information."
"All of the panelists were knowledgeable and entertaining."
"I really enjoyed hearing the stories and helpful information/advice!"
"I'm not a woman or a veteran, but it was still interesting."

Speakers & Sessions
  • Angela Reynolds (Director of Programs for Financially Struggling Adults and Families, United Way of Allegheny County)
  • JulieHera DeStefano (Producer/Director of the film Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home) The film trailer will be shown at this event.
  • Commander Lindsey Weaver-Marcenelle (Commanding Officer, USCG, Pittsburgh)
  • Teresa McTavish (Military Veteran; Owner, Ross Distributions)
  • Gail "Maa-t" L. Manker (Military Veteran; Owner, Gail Manker Photography and Maa-t's Righteous Sweets)
  • Macy's Monroeville presents: "Fatigues to Fabulous" Dressing for Business
Registration fee (includes lunch):
Regular rate: $20.00
Student rate: $15.00 (ID required at check-in)

Register online.








Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Film Director JulieHera DeStefano at E-Magnify this Weekend

JulieHera DeStefano, producer and director of the documentary film Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home, will join us this Saturday at Women Veterans Marching Forward: Call to Entrepreneurship. There will be a showing of the film's trailer.

Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home recounts the unprecedented story of women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Filmmaker JulieHera DeStefano launched this project to explore the psychological and social dynamics of their service, to follow their reintegration into civilian life, and to preserve their stories.

Journey to Normal turns the film over to the true storytellers, the women themselves. Their collective narrative reflects these changes in our society and helps to bridge the perceived gap between military and civilian culture.

The film is slated for release in September 2014.

Join us this weekend (November 2) to see the trailer, hear DeStefano speak, and learn about how military service prepares women for small business ownership. Registration for this half-day event (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) is just $20, and includes lunch. Men and women, regardless of military experience, are welcome.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Q&A with Gail "Maa-t" Manker, Veteran & WBO

Gail "Maa-t" L. Manker will be part of a panel discussion at Women Veterans Marching Forward: Call to Entrepreneurship on November 2 on the Seton Hill University campus. Manker is an Army veteran and the owner of two businesses:  Gail Manker Photography and Maa-t's Righteous Sweets. In this Q&A she shares about her businesses and how her military service prepared her for entrepreneurship.

How did your military experience prepare you for entrepreneurship?
I knew nothing about photography when I joined the Army. Actually, I cried when it was offered to me. I wanted to go into computers. However, once in school I realized how much I enjoyed it. One of the best things I was taught in school was that no matter who you’re photographing (Colonel, Private, General), as long as you have a camera in your hand, you're in charge.

My first duty assignment was Camp Zama, Japan, where I photographed events soldiers were taking part in: marathon races, musical festivals, cherry blossom festivals, Officer’s Wives Club teas with Japanese women, and joint exercises with the Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces. My base commander was Gen. Roscoe Robinson, Jr., the Army’s first black four-star general, whom I photographed many times. It was there I learned how to respect those in high ranks and how to gain respect as the photographer.

My other assignments were Ft. McClellan, Alabama, and Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, where I was the only military person in the lab/studio. I worked freely on my assignments, and was given freedom to control when and how long assignments were to be completed. My military experience taught me to think and work independently. 

Why did you start your own business?
I started my photography business because I wanted artistic control over my work. I am also a hard worker and felt that an employer would not compensate me for the long hours I put into my work. I also wanted to bring a higher standard and quality of work to the African American community.

I started my baking business by accident. I was asked to bake a carrot cake for a small restaurant and it took off from there. I wanted to bring healthy baked treats to people. Treats that are not full of dyes and artificial ingredients, but made with organic, natural ingredients and are vegan.

What do you find most challenging and most rewarding about being a business owner? 
In today’s world everyone owns a digital camera and thinks of themselves as a “photographer,” which makes it difficult to find clients willing to pay what I’m really worth without going through the details of why I’m worth the money: I have a degree in photography, I own all the latest software needed to produce the highest quality product, etc.

It is challenging to keep up with the latest equipment, software and trends in the industry. Overall, the biggest challenge is funding. I have many ideas for artistic photographs and shoots, but I'm unable to produce them because of lack of funds. Funds are needed to rent the studio space and rent or buy props, and pay models. Lack of funds also hinders my ability to advertise.

The biggest reward is the ability to control my time. I can travel when I want, for how long I want. My business travels well; it’s always with me, it’s mobile, and I love that. I can accept assignments that suit my style or that offer artistic challenges.

When I think about the old photographers -- Gordon Parks, Ansel Adams, Mary Ellen Marks or Carrie Mae Weems to name a few -- they were able to prefect their craft because they had benefactors, be they through the government or private funding. This allowed them to live, breath, sleep photography. Oh, I would love to be able to do that, but in today’s world I have to have multiple streams of income, thus I have the baking business, as well.
  
But money is the biggest challenge with the baking business, too. Having more funds would allow me to rent a commercial space to bake and package my goods. But again, the most rewarding thing about the baking business is being able to control my time, and seeing people enjoy my products.

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Join us on November 2 to hear more from Manker and other women business owners. Registration is open, and this event is open to both men and women, regardless of military experience.  

Friday, October 25, 2013

Q&A with Teresa McTavish, Veteran & Entrepreneur

Teresa McTavish will be part of a panel discussion at Women Veterans Marching Forward: Call to Entrepreneurship on November 2 on the Seton Hill University campus. McTavish is both a veteran and a business owner. In this Q&A she shares about her business, Ross Distributions, and how her military service prepared her for entrepreneurship.

Tell us about Ross Distributions. What does your business do?
I specialize in marketing industrial by-products, primarily slag materials. In addition, I provide construction project coordination and support services such as trucking and engineer approval
assistance.

Where is your business located?
My office is based in Acme, PA, and I provide services throughout western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, and eastern Ohio. 

How did your military experience prepare you for entrepreneurship?The character traits that are enforced in military service prepare you well as a business owner. These traits are critical: integrity, courage, strength, flexibility, the ability to adapt to an ever-changing
environment, personal responsibility, pride in your work, resourcefulness and creativity, mission accomplishment, determination, and persistence. The list really goes on and on.

Why did you start your own business?
In a nutshell, I was laid off.  But more than that, I was tired of building other people's companies or corporations. I was tired of doing what I was hired to do better than they expected but still not being in control of my earnings and future.

What do you find most challenging and most rewarding about being business owner?
Most challenging are the many moving pieces that are constantly changing. The good news is that I never get bored. The most rewarding is that you are in charge of you. You don't have to ask 15 different people and wait for approvals to make a decision; you can just decide for yourself and make it happen.

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Join us on November 2 to hear more from McTavish and other women business owners. Registration is open, and this event is open to both men and women, regardless of military experience.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Discount Code for PA Conference for Women (Nov. 1)

E-Magnify is proud to be a supporting organization for the Tenth Annual PA Conference for Women.  We invite you to take advantage of this special invitation and use discount code SO13PA when registering at PAConferenceForWomen.org.

Pennsylvania Conference for Women
Did you know you can get a free resume review, coaching session, social media advice, and one-on-one meetings with local leaders at the Nov. 1 Pennsylvania Conference for Women? This is in addition to all the great keynotes, breakout sessions and networking. Take advantage of all this day has to offer!



Speakers include Madeleine Albright, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sallie Krawcheck, and Glenda Hatchett.





Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Call to Entrepreneurship (Nov. 2)

November 2 (9am - 3pm)
Seton Hill University campus
Seats are limited. Register now.


Women with military experience are natural entrepreneurs who possess the training, experience, and leadership skills to start businesses that will create U.S. jobs. Explore entrepreneurship as your next step, secure available business resources and tools, and meet other women veterans who are business owners. 

Not a woman with military experience? You're still invited!

Although this event is geared toward women with military experience, the information and resources that will be presented are useful to anyone (male or female, with or without military experience) who is interested in learning about entrepreneurship.

What last year's participants said about the event:
"Inspiring!" 
"A wealth of information."
"All of the panelists were knowledgeable and entertaining."
"I really enjoyed hearing the stories and helpful information/advice!"
"I'm not a woman or a veteran, but it was still interesting."

Speakers & Sessions
  • Angela Reynolds (Director of Programs for Financially Struggling Adults and Families, United Way of Allegheny County)
  • JulieHera DeStefano (Producer/Director of the film Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home) The film trailer will be shown at this event.
  • Commander Lindsey Weaver-Marcenelle (Commanding Officer, USCG, Pittsburgh)
  • Teresa McTavish (Military Veteran; Owner, Ross Distributions)
  • Gail "Maa-t" L. Manker (Military Veteran; Owner, Gail Manker Photography and Maa-t's Righteous Sweets)
  • Macy's Monroeville presents: "Fatigues to Fabulous" Dressing for Business
Registration fee (includes lunch):
Regular rate: $20.00
Student rate: $15.00 (ID required at check-in)

Register online.








Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Affordable Care Act Panel (Oct. 30)

E-Magnify will host a free panel session about the Affordable Care Act. The Connellsville Chamber has assembled a panel to discuss some of the possible effects of the legislation to your business. Representatives from the Small Business Administration, health insurance consultants, and accounting experts will be on hand to take part in this basic conversation about the Affordable Care Act.

Date: October 30, 2013
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Bud Murphy's, 718 McCormick Ave., Connellsville, PA 15425
Cost: FREE (lunch will be served)

Panelists: 
Chuck Whitford, JRG Advisors, Representing the ChamberChoice program
Bryan S. Kisiel, CPA.CITP, CISA,, Kisiel & Associates, PC
Moderated by Carl Knoblock , SBA District Director, SBA, Western PA District

The forum is free but seating is limited and available on a first-­come basis, so please contact Mr. Michael Edwards at jmedwards@zoominternet.net or at 724-­626-­1645.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pennsylvania Conference for Women

Pennsylvania Conference for WomenE-Magnify is a Supporting Organization of the 2013 Pennsylvania Conference for Women. We invite you to take advantage of this special invitation and use discount code SO13PA when registering at PAConferenceForWomen.org.

Registrants receive: 
  • All-day Conference admission
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities
  • Cutting-edge keynote presentations
  • Skill-building breakout sessions
  • Seated lunch
  • Access to the exhibit hall featuring a Career Pavilion and Health & Wellness Pavilion
SPEAKERS: 


Learn more and register at PAConferenceForWomen.org.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Call for Women Veteran Business Owners


Apply to be a panelist at "Women Veterans Marching Forward: Call to Entrepreneurship" on November 2, 2013. (Know a woman vet biz owner? Please pass this along!) Deadline to apply is October 15. 

Seton Hill University’s E-Magnify invites you join the panel of women business owners on November 2 and share your knowledge and perspectives on business ownership. We are looking for panelists that can integrate the conference theme with one or more of the focus areas outlined below. We invite you to share your best practices, successes, and proven techniques in your industries.

Focus Areas:

  • How military background positively effected your business
  • The adjustment from civilian to military life and back to civilian
  • Discuss milestone achievements in your business ownership
  • Support received from veteran organizations
  • The balance between business ownership and family life
We encourage you to answer the call and share your powerful knowledge and perspectives on the above mentioned focus areas. The Women Veterans Marching Forward: Call to Entrepreneurship event will create a positive atmosphere in which women business owners expand upon the possibility of entrepreneurship after military life.

Interested?

Please submit the following information:

  • Women Veteran Business Owner Name
  • Business Name
  • Business Address
  • Description of Business (max. 500 words)
The deadline to submit is October 15, 2013. Email submissions only, please.

>>Email submissions to:
Debra L. Mason (Education and Training Manager, Seton Hill University E-Magnify) at dmason[at]setonhill[dot]edu.

For more information, please call Debra at (724) 830-4614.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

QuickBooks Clinics in October


Learn how to use QuickBooks for your small business.

E-Magnify will present series of QuickBooks Clinics in October. Choose from Tuesday or Wednesday sessions.Updated 10/2/13: Tuesday sessions are now closed. All sessions will be taught be Anne-Terese (Teri) Hayes, a QuickBooks Pro advisor since 1999. As a consultant and bookkeeper who has worked with small businesses, Teri understands the needs of entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Session Topics
  • Session 1 – Setting up and navigating QuickBooks, Accounting Review, Sample Company, Chart of Accounts, Working with Lists
  • Session 2 – Sales and Invoicing, Payments and Deposits, Entering and Paying Bills
  • Session 3 – Bank Accounts, Inventories Payroll, Estimating, and More
Instructor: Anne-Terse (Teri) Hayes, Certified QuickBooks Consultant
Location: YWCA of Westmoreland County, 424 North Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (for all sessions)
Dates: Wednesday sessions Choose from Tuesday or Wednesday Sessions
  • Tuesdays: October 8, 15, and 22
  • Wednesday: October 9, 16, and 23
Registration Fees
    •   
All Three Sessions: $135.00

Register for Wednesday sessions (Oct. 9, 16, or 23) here.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Why Going Global Matters

Below is a guest post from Laurel Delaney, a global small business expert and the keynote speaker at E-Magnify's upcoming Go Global: Taking on the International Market, a small business luncheon discussion to be held on Thursday, September 26. (Details here.)


If I had a dime for every time someone asked me, "Why go global?" I would be one rich woman!

Let me ask you this: "Why not go global?" Most people respond to that question with a laundry list of what I define as excuses for not taking their business global -- from I'm too busy to I don't know how to start.

What's your reason for not going global?

Imagine selling a shipment of decorative nail files in Australia for U.S. $2 apiece that cost 25 cents apiece to manufacture in the United States -- and all you needed to do was setup a Skype call and make the sale. You'd do it, wouldn't you?

If you received an inquiry from Ireland requesting a price quote for one million beaded bracelets, wouldn't you respond, especially if you currently manufacture bracelets?

These opportunities are out there, waiting to be seized. Some realistic incentives of exporting, include, but are not limited to the following:

•  Increasing your sales;
•  Enhancing your image in the world marketplace;
•  Generating economies of scale in production; and
•  Raising your profitability.

If these incentives aren't enough, how about survival pure and simple? Business is about beating the competition, or keeping up at the very least, and these days you've got a lot more to worry about than the competing business on the other side of town.

No matter what your product or service, you've got competitors all over the world, and more and more of them are managing worldwide operations. The best -- maybe even the only -- way to stay competitive in our brave new interconnected world is to become an exporter yourself.

Furthermore, consider how your business helps fuel your country's economic engine. If you and other business owners fail to keep pace with the changing world and exporting, that engine will run out of steam. Then where will you be?

Learn what it takes to expand your business internationally.  Join us on Thursday, September 26th when I will be presenting on the topic of Go Global!

I look forward to meeting you!
 
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About Laurel Delaney:
Laurel Delaney runs Chicago-based GlobeTrade.com, a leading management consulting and marketing solutions company dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses go global. She is the creator of The Global Small Business Blog (www.globalsmallbusinessblog.com), ranked No. 1 in the world for entrepreneurs and small businesses interested in going global. She is currently at work on Exporting: The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably, a new book on exporting to be published December 2013. You can reach Laurel at ldelaney[at]globetrade[dot]com.

Register for Go Global.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Shop Local to Support Women's Business Centers


Seton Hill University’s E-Magnify, a Woman Business Center (WBC), joins the Association of Women's Business Centers (AWBC), in  announcing that EILEEN FISHER, a brand synonymous with beautifully simple clothes, is partnering with specialty stores across the United States for its third Shop Local event Thursday, September 26, through Saturday, September 28. The three-day event, in conjunction with the shop local movement, aims to support the small business owners who supported designer Eileen Fisher from her company's early days.

In keeping with Fisher's philosophy of giving back, EILEEN FISHER is also partnering with the AWBC as the brand's 2013 Shop Local donation recipient and is generously donating a portion of the days' proceeds to the AWBC, a national non-profit organization that represents women business owners through a network of over 100 women business centers in the United States. The AWBC's mission is to develop and strengthen a network of women's business centers to advance the growth and success of women's business owners.

The participating store in Southwestern PA is:

DALES MAXIMA
5867 FORBES AVE.
PITTSBURGH, PA 15217
dalesmax@gmail.com

Designer Eileen Fisher is grateful for the independent business owners who carry her collections.
"Specialty store buyers helped me get my start. They answered my questions when it came to styles,
colors and even how to price garments," says Fisher. "I see specialty stores as valuable members of the EILEEN FISHER family and I am proud that they are creating community by engaging with customers in their towns through our Shop Local event."
     

Meet the Lenders (9/25/13)

Are you looking to start or expand your business?

Come to "Meet the Lenders," a unique forum to learn about financing opportunities with representatives from area lending institutions, economic development organizations, and certified development companies

Date: September 25,2013
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (registration at 5:00)
Location: Connellsville Community Center, 201 E. Fairview Ave., Connellsville, PA 15425
No cost to attend. Refreshments will be provided.  Space is limited.
RSVP to Michael Edwards, jmedwards@zoominternet.net or 724-626-1645

Guest Speakers & Topics
  • "Getting the Bank to Say Yes" by Melanie Ansell, E-Magnify business counselor
  • "Inking the Deal" by Joseph A. Eori, President, & David D. Miller, Senior Vice President & Relationship Manager, Enterprise Bank
  • "Financing Options to Acquire and Improve Commercial Real Estate, and Capital Equipment" by Rebecca L. MacBlane , Executive Director, Regional Development Funding Corporation
  • "Funding Hospitality & Tourism" by David A. Kahley, President & CEO The Progress Fund
  • "Covering Your Needs from a Few Thousand to $100,000" by Ed Molchan, Business Development Specialist, Fay- Penn Economic Development Council & April Cacia, Loan Officer, Washington County Council on Economic Development
Moderated by SBA Lending Relations Specialist Stephen Drozda. Presented by the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority Downtown Connellsville.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Global Small Biz Expert Laurel Delaney to Speak at E-Magnify Event (9/26/13)



How can you take your small business to the world? 

Join E-Magnify and world-renowned global small business expert Laurel Delaney of GlobeTrade.com to find out! 

Delaney will be the keynote speaker at "Go Global! The International Market Small Business Luncheon Discussion" on Thursday, Sept. 26, on the Seton Hill University Campus in Greensburg, PA. 

(Full event details and registration here.) 

We're excited to bring Delaney, who is based in Chicago, to Greensburg for this exciting event.

Meet Laurel Delaney:
Laurel Delaney is a successful entrepreneur, speaker, educator and author with more than 25 years of global business experience. She runs GlobeTrade.com, a leading management consulting and marketing solutions company dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses go global.

The United States Small Business Administration has recognized Ms. Delaney as a world-renowned global small business expert by naming her the "Illinois Exporter of the Year."  She is the author of "Start and Run a Profitable Exporting Business" as well as numerous articles that have appeared in international and scholarly publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Conference Board.

Ms. Delaney produces a monthly e-newsletter called "Borderbuster" and is the creator of a social media platform comprising of four blogs: Escape From Corporate America, Women Presidents' Organization Chicago Chapter, The Global Small Business Blog and Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global.
She is a charter member and a board member by appointment of the World Entrepreneurship Forum and a member of the International Council for Small Business.

She serves as the Import/Export Guide for About.com, and is the Chicago chapter chair for the Women Presidents' Organization.  Ms. Delaney is currently at work on a new book on exporting to be published by Apress December 2013.

Ms. Delaney holds an M.B.A. from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.


September 26, 2013
11:00 a.m. registration
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. lunch & program

Cecilian Hall, 1 Seton Hill Drive
Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA 15601

Cost: $25.00. Register online



Free QuickBooks Webinar Today (Sept. 12)



Join us for a free QuickBooks webinar today! Why does your business need QuickBooks? 

Talk to a Certified QuickBooks Consultant today and find out.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m. - Noon 
Location: Online and by phone
Cost: No cost to attend.
Registration: Register online.

What today's webinar will cover:
  • Hear a QuickBooks Pro's advice on recordkeeping.
  • Learn the different components of QuickBooks.
  • Discover the most important tools in bookkeeping. 
  • Learn how to become more efficient in your recordkeeping. 
  • Time will be allotted for Q&A at the end of the webinar. 

About the presenter: Anne-Terese (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.

This no-cost webinar is a great opportunity to talk with a QuickBooks Pro. Join us! 

Register here. (You'll receive instructions on how to join the webinar after you register.)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Get an International Perspective


Join us on the Seton Hill campus for this exciting event and learn about the international market for your small business. 

The keynote speaker is Laurel Delaney of GlobeTrade from Chicago. Special guests include Natalia Olson-Urtecho, Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration and Lyn Doverspike, Director, U.S. Commercial Service, Pittsburgh Office.

Date: September 26, 2013

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Cecilian Hall, Seton Hill University
, Greensburg, PA
Registration: $25 (or $4.50 for SHU students)

You'll learn the following:
  • Global small business trends, common myths about taking a business global, number of online users worldwide and information about the latest National Export Initiative.

  • What it takes to capture the attention and business from people worldwide, including online users – movers, shakers, travelers and key influencers in our world (emphasizing the importance of using social media – with specific best practice examples).
 
  • Where to look for help online in taking a business global and how to structure getting paid.
 
  • The 10 disciplines to thriving in a wired, interconnected world.
Get all the details and register here. 


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Help a Local WBO Get on Walmart's Shelves

A local woman business owner needs our help to get on the shelves of Walmart!

E-Magnify client Charlene Cunningham, founder of the footwear and apparel company Walk for God, has entered Walmart's national "Get on the Shelf" competition.

As an E-Magnify client, and with the support of her E-Magnify business counselor, Lyz Marshall, Charlene has crossed the first hurdle of Walmart's "Get on the Shelf" program.  

Now she needs all of our votes to clear the next hurdle.

Vote for Charlene here! (Time is running out! Voting closes September 2.)

About Walk for God footwear and apparel:
Based on the counseling she received from Seton Hill University's E-Magnify women's business center, Charlene Cunningham launched "Walk for God" in March 2013. Cunningham, a first-time entrepreneur, has created a line of apparel that includes t-shirts, hats, handbags, slap bracelets, and sneakers with the tagline, "Walk for God."

About Walmart's Get on the Shelf Competition:
Get on the Shelf is a social, crowdsourcing competition developed by @WalmartLabs. The contest gives entrepreneurs a chance to get noticed and sell their products on Walmart.com and potentially in select Walmart stores.

We at E-Magnify are proud to support Charlene in this exciting phase of her business and invite you to show your support for this local small business woman by voting for her each day between now and September 2.

Please vote for Charlene by September 2. (You can vote once per day.) 

Thank you! 


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

National Small Business Week (Pgh.) Video

If you missed "Regional Innovations, Global Impact," the National Small Business Week, Pittsburgh event on June 20 (or if you'd just like to revisit the day) you can watch a video of the event online.

This video includes E-Magnify Director Jayne Huston's panel about the "Entrepreneurial Ecosystem."View the video online here.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Understanding the Affordable Care Act Workshops

E-Magnify is a partner for a series of workshops to help small business owners understand how the Affordable Care Act will affect their businesses. The next workshop will be held on September 10 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Additional workshops will be held on September 11 in Monongahela (details here), and on October 30 in Connellsville (details TBA).

Workshop: “Understanding the Affordable Care Act”  
Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Time: 7:30 -9:30 a.m. (Registration and Breakfast served at 7:30 a.m.)
Location: Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (KCAC), 711 Pratt Dr, Indiana, PA 15705

Workshop Description
Are you a business with questions or concerns about upcoming healthcare changes? Employers large and small facing uncertainty should attend this seminar. A formal presentation by Joe Reschini of The Reschini Group will occur at 8 a.m. A panel of business leaders and insurance professionals will follow with Q&A. You are welcome to submit questions in advance to center-familybusiness@iup.edu.

Registration Information
Registration is required. To register, please call 724-357-2323, email center-familybusiness@iup.edu, or register online at www.iup.edu/centerforfamilybusiness.

This workshop is presented by the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce and the IUP Center for Family Business in cooperation with the Small Business Development Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Seton Hill University's E-Magnify & PowerLink; and the U.S. Small Business Administration. 



Thursday, July 25, 2013

Western PA Flooding: Disaster Assistance Now Available

The Pennyslvania counties of Jefferson, Clearfield, and Fayette have been declared a disaster area after flooding in Western Pennsylvania from weather events starting June 27.

Citizens in these three counties and the 14 counties that border them may be eligible for low interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.

The bordering counties in Pennsylvania include Armstrong, Blair, Clarion, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland.

(Contiguous Maryland county: Garrett; Contiguous West Virginia counties: Monongalia and Preston)

Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial qualifications.

Disaster Loan Outreach Center Locations & Hours: 
>>These centers opened on July 23 and will close on July 30. 
  • Clearfield County: DuBois Area United Way 223 S. Jared St. DuBois, PA 15801
  • Fayette County: Joseph A. Hardy – Connellsville Airport (New Terminal Building) 988 Sky Drive Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
  • Jefferson County: First United Methodist Church of Reynoldsville 504 Jackson St. Reynoldsville, PA 15851-1356
Hours:
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, through Tuesday, July 30 
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27 
  • Centers are not open on Sunday, July 28
SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the disaster loan outreach center to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals to complete their applications.

Individuals and businesses unable to visit the center in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Business loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA website at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.

Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Victims may apply for disaster loans from SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is September 16, 2013. The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 16, 2014.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Changes to SBA Contracting Program for Women-Owned Small Businesses

In May, an interim final rule (available here) published in the Federal Register and effective immediately amended regulations to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program allowing for greater access to federal contracting opportunities for women-owned businesses as a result of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) signed in January.

The interim final rule removes the anticipated award price of the contract thresholds for women-owned small businesses (WOSB) and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSB) to allow them greater access to federal contracting opportunities without limitations to the size of the contract.  

As a result of the rule change, contracting officers will be able to set aside specific contracts for certified WOSBs and EDWOSBs at any dollar level which will help federal agencies achieve the existing statutory goal of five percent of federal contracting dollars being awarded to WOSBs. The SBA is currently working on the changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulations.

Prior to the rule change, the anticipated award price of the contract for women-owned and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses could not exceed $6.5 million for manufacturing contracts and $4 million for all other contracts.

Every firm that wishes to participate in the WOSB program must meet the eligibility requirements and either self-certify or obtain third party certification.  There are four approved third-party certifiers that perform eligibility exams: El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Women Business Owners Corporation, U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Additional information and links about approved third-party certifiers are available at www.sba.gov/wosb.

To qualify as a WOSB, a firm must be at least fifty-one percent owned and controlled by one or more women, and primarily managed by one or more women.  The women must be U.S. citizens and the firm must be considered small according to SBA size standards.  To be deemed “economically disadvantaged,” a firm’s owners must meet specific financial requirements set forth in the program regulations.

The WOSB Program identifies eighty-three four-digit North American Industry Classification Systems (NAICS) codes where WOSBs are underrepresented or substantially underrepresented.   Contracting officers may set aside contracts in these industries if the contract can be awarded at a fair and reasonable price and the contracting officer has a reasonable expectation that two or more WOSBs or EDWOSBs will submit offers for the contract.

For more information on the Women-Owned Federal Small Business Contract Program or to access the instructions, applications or database, please visit www.sba.gov/wosb.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Thank You! Macy's Networking & Cosmetics Gala

Thank you to everyone who came to our first Networking & Cosmetics Gala hosted by Macy's Monroeville Mall last week! It was a delight to mingle with many of you throughout the evening. Special thanks to the staff at Macy's for making the event possible, as well as to Savoy restaurant for providing the delicious food.

 

A few photos from the event....


L-R: Mark Ionadi (VPSM Macy's Monroeville), Jayne Huston (Director, E-Magnify) JohnAnthony DeLeon (Special Events Coordinator, MidWest Region, Macy's) 

Debra Mason (Education & Training Manager, E-Magnify) and Macy's make-up artist

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tonight: Networking & Cosmetics Gala

Join us from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. tonight (June 27) for our first Networking & Cosmetics Gala hosted by Macy's Monroeville Mall. 

The full cost of registration ($15) benefits programs and services for women business owners like you.

Register online or at the door! 

Event: Networking & Cosmetics Gala
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Date: June 27, 2013
Location: Macy's, Monroeville Mall, Monroeville, PA

Registration: $15 (Registrants will receive a $15 gift card to be used on the evening of the 27th.)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pittsburgh ATHENA Award Nominations


Who inspires you? Nominate her for the ATHENA or ATHENA Young Professional Award.

Nominations are open for the ATHENA Awards Program of Greater Pittsburgh, which honors exceptional women who excel in their profession, serve the community, and -- most of all -- mentor and inspire others.

ATHENA Young Professional honorees are emerging leaders 35 and under who do the following:
  • Demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession;
  • Provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community; and
  • Serve as personal and professional role models for young women.
Benefits of nominating a woman in your life include the following:
  • Enhancing the public profile of the nominee and her organization through ample pre- and post-event media coverage and the event itself, which draws 800+ people;
  • Providing substantive, well-deserved acknowledgement to individuals whose dedication, service and leadership may go unrecognized;
  • Fostering a community that promotes ongoing contributions from this influential group; and
  • Enjoying access to an exclusive Nominees Reception a month prior to the event to mingle with all nominees, nominators, and sponsors.
The nomination deadline is June 28th at 5:00 p.m. Learn more and submit your nomination today at www.ATHENA-Pittsburgh.com.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Serious Networking, Casual Atmosphere (June 27)

A note from Jayne Huston, Director, E-Magnify: 


My staff and I would like to invite you to join us for our first Networking & Cosmetics Gala hosted by Macy's. The event will be held at Macy's Monroeville store from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on June 27, with 100% of the cost of registration for the event benefiting programs and services for women business owners like you.
We look forward to you joining us for this evening of networking in a fun, social environment, complete with entertainment and special offers.

Event: Networking & Cosmetics Gala
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Date: June 27, 2013
Location: Macy's, Monroeville Mall, Monroeville, PA

Registration: $15 (Registrants will receive a $15 gift card to be used on the evening of the 27th.)

Register online here.

AARP & SBA to Share Start-up Advice (June 18)


AARP and the U.S. Small Business Administration will team up again during National Small Business Week to honor the contributions of the nation’s small businesses, and to provide business startup advice for “encore entrepreneurs,” those over the age of 50. 

On June 18, SBA Administrator Karen Mills and AARP President Robert Romasco will have an armchair discussion at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas, to share the tips, advice and resources available to those over age 50 who want to start or grow a small business. 

This event is one of four National Small Business Week events being held throughout the United States (June 17-21, 2013). All events, in-person and online, will be streamed live on www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek.

For more than 70 million Americans over age 50, business ownership is a practical option. One in four individuals ages 44 to 70 is interested in becoming an entrepreneur, and 63 percent of Americans plan to work during retirement.  

SBA developed a 50+ toolkit, at www.sba.gov/encore, that includes an online self-assessment and other free online courses targeted at helping encore entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses.
The training courses include profiles of successful entrepreneurs, recommended action steps, and information on licensing and financing.  AARP resources can be found at www.aarp.org/startabusiness.


Event: China Strategy for Growth (June 27)

Join the Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland and the Pittsburgh China Center for a seminar on how to incorporate China into your company's manufacturing strategy. The keynote speaker for this event is David Iwiniski, Managing Director Blue Water Growth, LLC. Blue Water works with companies to execute successful business strategies in Asia, including mergers, acquisitions, product solutions, outsourcing, and other business services. Learn about identifying and leveraging these opportunities.

Date: June 27, 2013
Location: Westmoreland County Community College (Mon Valley Dining Room, Commissioner's Hall)
RSVP by June 20th to jberenbrok@egcw.org
Agenda: 
7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Seminar
9:30 a.m. Private Discussion

Thursday, June 6, 2013

National Small Business Week in Pittsburgh (June 20)



In honor of the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week, Pittsburgh was selected as one of five host cities on a nationwide tour. 

Join E-Magnify Director Jayne Huston on Thursday, June 20, 2013, for National Small Business Week in Pittsburgh. The theme of the day's event is "Regional Innovations...Global Impact." Huston will be facilitating a panel at this free event, presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Keynote speakers include Karen Mills (SBA Administrator), Gus Faucher (PNC Senior Economist), and Scott Rotruck (Chesapeake Energy). The day also includes a series of practical workshops to help you ramp up your business, and a small business resource fair.

Event: National Small Business Week, Pittsburgh: "Regional Innovations...Global Impact"
Date: June 20, 2013
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Pittsburgh Technical Institute in Oakdale (
1111 McKee Rd
., Oakdale, PA 15071)
Registration: No cost; register online
Who should attend? Small business owners and entrepreneurs

A boxed lunch will be served to attendees. Space is limited, and this event will sell out quickly.
  
For more information about National Small Business Week (NSBW), including a complete list of events around the country, please visit www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek. If you can't attend in person, you can watch all events live on the NSBW website.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Networking & Cosmetics Gala (June 27)

Join us on June 27th for a Networking & Cosmetics Gala at the Macy's in Monroeville Mall. 

Enjoy an evening of networking in a fun, social environment, complete with entertainment and special offers.
 

Event: Networking & Cosmetics Gala
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Date: June 27, 2013
Location: Macy's, Monroeville Mall, Monroeville, PA

Registration: $15 (Registrants will receive a $15 gift card to be used on the evening of the 27th.)

Register online here.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

New Entrepreneurship Lending for Veterans

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched the SBA Veteran Pledge Initiative to help veterans become entrepreneur.

According to the SBA:

Often times, veterans face challenges in raising capital or have trouble receiving a conventional loan. With the support of SBA’s top 20 national lending partners, and approximately 100 additional regional and community lending partners across the United States, SBA expects to assist an additional 2,000 veterans obtain loans to start or expand small businesses by increasing lending by $475 million over the next five years. This equals a five percent increase above historic veteran lending activity by the SBA.
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Veterans make up a large number of successful small business owners. Nine percent of small businesses are veteran-owned. These 2.45 million veteran-owned businesses employ more than 5 million individuals. In the private sector workforce, veterans are more likely than those with no active-duty military experience to be self-employed.

To learn more about all opportunities for veterans available through the SBA, visit www.sba.gov/veterans.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pop City Features PowerLink

Check out this article in Pop City about how local mentoring programs, including PowerLink, are helping Pittsburgh-area women entrepreneurs grow their businesses. 

The article features Lee Ann Munger, PowerLink Director, talking about how the program seeks to help women-owned businesses reach and surpass the million-dollar mark: 

“If your intention is to keep it small, that’s great,” says Munger. “But if your goal is growth, we’re interested in programs that will drive that growth. About three percent of women-owned businesses in the nation have revenue over $1 million while 32% of Pittsburgh women-owned PowerLink companies surpassed $1million after engaging their board."
Read the full article here.

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