Thursday, March 21, 2013

Meet the Symposium Speakers

The agenda for our March 26  Women's Entrepreneurial Symposium is packed with amazing speakers all ready to help you to build a benchmark business. Full Symposium details and registration are available here.

Ana Harvey, Assistant Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership
Symposium Presentation: Helping Women Entrepreneurs Create the Building Blocks to Success
As the U.S. Small Business Administration’s assistant administrator for women’s business ownership, Ana Recio Harvey is the director of the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership. She oversees the agency’s efforts to promote the growth of women-owned businesses through programs that provide business training and counseling, access to credit and capital, and multiple business and networking opportunities. [Full bio]

Julia E. Trimarchi Cuccaro, Attorney at Law
Symposium Presentation: Access to Capital: Debt vs. Equity
Julia E. Trimarchi Cuccaro is a native of Indiana County, Pennsylvania where she currently owns and operates her own law firm and several family businesses including Foremost Consumer Discount Company, which grants consumer loans to Pennsylvania residents, and the Valley Conservation Land & Tree Company, which owns and operates Trim Tree Nursery. [Full bio]

Lyn Doverspike, Director, U.S. Commercial Service
Symposium Presentation: Why You Should Consider Exporting as a Part of Your Business Growth Plan
Lyn Doverspike has served as Director of the Pittsburgh office of the U.S. commercial Service since 2003.  Ms. Doverspike and her staff address the exporting needs of companies in 36 of the 67 counties of Pennsylvania and regularly provide assistance to companies in export consulting, foreign market intelligence reporting, overseas business-to-business matchmaking, advocacy and commercial diplomacy. [Full bio]

Gayle Nuppnau, Procurement Liaison, PA Department of General Services, Bureau of Small Business Opportunities
Symposium Presentation: Doing Business with the Commonwealth
Gayle Nuppnau is the Procurement Liaison, for the PA Dept. of General Services, Bureau of Small Business Opportunities (BSBO).  She is responsible for reviewing contracts and implementing the Small Diverse Business program.  Additionally, she educates small businesses on state contracting policies and procedures by providing technical workshops, marketing and verification assistance. [Full bio]

Jacqueline Lampert, Sr. Health Policy Analyst, Insurance Service Division, UPMC
Symposium Presentation: Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

6th Annual NAWBO Day Pittsburgh 

Sixth Annual NAWBO Day, “Think Ginormous™" Big Business Branding for Small Business

The sixth annual NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Day Pittsburgh will celebrate the achievements of Pittsburgh business women who use big-business branding to move their businesses and the Pittsburgh-area economy.

Date: March 22, 2013
Time: 8:00 3:30 p.m.
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh/Greentree

The event will feature local, national, and international speakers who will address key aspects of business branding. Click for full details and registration.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Building a Benchmark Business Sessions

E-Magnify's 2013 annual symposium will cover a range of topics designed to help you build a benchmark business. Keep reading below for the symposium agenda, and then click over to the event page for full details and online registration.

Ana Harvey
Ana Harvey, Assistant Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership

The Small Business Administration is committed to helping small businesses in the U.S. succeed. This session with cover President’s Obama second term agenda for supporting small businesses, which will include development of new markets and customers.


Lyn Doverspike, Director, U.S. Commercial Service
Do you know that 97% of the world’s purchasing power lies outside of the U.S.?  In this session you will learn the why and how to get started in exporting. You will also gain knowledge of the resources that are available to you and how you can employ them to grow your company.


Julia E. Trimarchi Cuccaro, Attorney at Law

Deciding between equity financing and taking on a loan for your business is a challenge for all small business owners when they need capital to expand a business. Should you go to a bank and apply for a business loan? Or should you look for an investor? Consider the advantages and disadvantages of each to determine which type of financing is best for your business.


Gayle Nuppnau, Procurement Liaison, PA Department of General Services, Bureau of Small Business Opportunities

In this session you will learn about Pennsylvania’s Department of General Services' expansion of opportunities for small businesses. The topic of discussion will be the Small Business Procurement Initiative and the Small Diverse Business Verification Program. 


(Speaker to be announced)

The Affordable Care Act includes a variety of measures specifically for small businesses that help lower premium cost growth and increase access to quality, affordable health insurance. Depending on whether you are self-employed, an employer with fewer than 25 employees, an employer with fewer than 50 employees, or an employer with 50 or more employees, different provisions of the Affordable Care Act may apply to you.

Click here for full Symposium details and to register online for just $65.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Tax Year: Calendar or Fiscal?

What kind of a tax year is right for your business? Should you follow the calendar year or a fiscal tax year? This article from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers three tips on choosing the best tax year structure for your small business.

Working on your taxes? Check out these other tax-related resources from the SBA:

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

E-Magnify Symposium Registration Open

Registration is now open for Building a Benchmark Business, A Women's Entrepreneurial Symposium. Join us later this month for our signature event!

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Ave., Greensburg, PA (free parking and shuttle available)Registration: $65 (register here)

Keynote Speaker: 
Ana Harvey
Assistant Administrator
U.S. Small Business Administration's
Office of Women's Business Ownership 

The E-Magnify Women’s Entrepreneurial Symposium provides women business owners a platform for business ideas and strategies that lead to more productive and profitable business endeavors. An emphasis on networking and mentoring is woven throughout the event to encourage women to support each other.

Additional Symposium Presenters:
  • Gayle Nuppnau, Procurement Liaison, Bureau of Small Business Opportunities (BSB), Harrisburg, PA
  • Lyn Doverspike, Director, U.S. Commercial Service, Pittsburgh
  • Julia E. Trimarchi Cuccaro, Attorney at Law
Business Topics:
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Pennsylvania State Self Certification
  • International Trade
Register online for $65. Full details and registration are available here. 

For more information, please contact E-Magnify at or 724-830-4625.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Apply for 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned/Led Companies

Deadline extended to March 4, 2013. 

Submit your application for the Women Presidents' Organization sixth annual search for the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies™ in North America, sponsored by American Express OPEN.

Companies will be ranked according to revenue growth from 2008 through 2012. The 50 fastest growing companies have the chance of being published online and in print.

To be eligible, companies must be...
  • privately-owned
  • women-owned/led
  • must have generated $500,000 in annual revenue by year end 2007
  • must have reached revenues of $2 million by year-end 2012
You do not have to be a WPO member to apply.  

More information and the application are available here.  The application deadline is Monday, March 4, 2013.

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