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, 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 (, 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:


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, 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 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, 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, 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. 

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