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

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

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, 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

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
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 If you can't attend in person, you can watch all events live on the NSBW website.

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