Monday, April 27, 2015

Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking


There's still time to register for this class! 

Learn how to overcome your fear of public speaking and become a more confident, powerful speaker. 

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: The New Connellsville Canteen, 131 West Crawford Ave., Connellsville, PA 15425

Registration: $30 for the class (register online here)


Trainer: Rita Yunker, Owner & Consultant, Speak Not Afraid

In this class, Rita Yunker will help you unlock your speaking potential. You'll learn techniques to become a powerful public speaker.

Topics will include: 
  • Overcoming anxiety and developing confidence
  • Using body language effectively in oral communication
  • Sharpening your verbal skills;
  • Avoiding communication problems
  • Developing speaking skills
  • Exploring the three types of speeches

This event is presented by E-Magnify & Downtown Connellsville,  an initiative of the Fayette County Cultural Trust.



Opportunities for WBOs in Federal Contracting

Register for ChallengeHer, presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), and American Express OPEN (OPEN). 

Date: May 11, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00pm (Registration and network open at 8:00 am.)
Location: ChallengeHER—SBA HQ, 409 3rd Street SW, Washington, DC 20416
Registration: Free, but registration is required

Join the ChallengeHER movement to help empower the success of the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program.

Featuring: Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, U.S. Small Business Administration. 

WOSB federal contractors can have a unique opportunity to:
  • Learn from and Connect directly with federal buyers
  • Receive updates on current Procurement Policy and the WOSB Program
  • Network with peer mentors and other WOSB firms working in your field.


This event is free to attend; seating is limited, registration is required. For registration or event inquiries, please email ChallengeHER@wipp.org.

Pittsburgh WBO is Finalist in SBA InnovateHER Business Challenge

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced the finalists in the InnovateHER Business Challenge, a nationwide competition for entrepreneurs to develop products and services to enhance the lives of women and their families.

Pittsburgh-based Sophia Berman, owner of Trusst Lingerie in Pittsburgh, PA, is one of the finalists. 

“The incredibly innovative entries we received from all across the country are a testament to the genius of America’s entrepreneurs,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. “We received so many thoughtful business ideas it was difficult to narrow them down to just fifteen finalists. There’s no shortage of entrepreneurs with insightful, practical solutions, and all of us at the SBA are focused on ensuring that they get the capital and services they need to start and grow the next generation of great American companies.”

An executive committee of SBA officials reviewed the nearly 75 semi-finalist nominations and selected 15 finalists whose products and services best met the competition criteria and presented the greatest potential for success.  The SBA congratulates the following finalists, who will compete for the top three awards and a total of $30,000 in prize money provided by Microsoft:

  • Heather Badal, LoEapps Drive Control, Albuquerque, NM
  • Sophia Berman, Trusst Lingerie, Pittsburgh, Pa. 
  • Lisa Crites, The Shower Shirt Company, Cocoa Beach, Fla.       
  • Wendy Davis, GestVision, Inc., Guilford, Conn.
  • Helen Denise, Hilin Life Products, Inc., Newark, N.J. 
  • Joseph Dorsey, Backseat Baby Alarm2, Fort Mitchell, Ky. 
  • Bethany Edwards, Lia Diagnostics, Philadelphia, Pa.     
  • Rozalynn Goodwin, GaBBY, Columbia, SC 
  • Jonathan Marshall, Baby Booster, Fayetteville, AR
  • Cherie Mathews, Heal In Comfort, Austin, Texas 
  • Adriana Moscatelli, Play Works Studio, Normandy Park, Wash.
  • Whitney Reeves & Seabren Reeves, Bitzy Baby, Brunswick, Maine
  • CJ Scarlet, Tiger Eye Sensor, Inc., Clayton, NC
  • Leiah Scheibel & Alexandra Bradberry, The Sparkle Bar, Glendale, AZ
  • Candace Sparks, S.P.A.R.K. LLC, Ocean Springs, Miss.


These finalists will travel to the District of Columbia on May 8th where they will pitch their products and services to a panel of expert judges during SBA’s National Small Business Week.  Finalists will also be invited to a Women in Small Business breakfast hosted by the Washington Post.   

InnovateHER: 2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge kicked off in early March with local competitions throughout the country hosted by universities, accelerators, clusters, scale-up communities, SBA’s resource partners and other local organizations.  The SBA sought entrepreneurs who created a product or service that will have a measurable impact on women and their families, fills a need in the marketplace, and has the potential for commercialization.

For details on the competition and to sign up to attend the Live Pitch Finale event, visit www.sba.gov/innovateHER. A live stream of the event will also be available at that the link on the day of the event.


Friday, April 24, 2015

SBA Representatives Visit Local Woman-Owned Business


E-Magnify was pleased to host three representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration last week. Here we are during a site visit to Stellar Precision Components, a woman-owned business in Jeannette, PA. 

Stellar Precision Components is a manufacturer of high precision, tight tolerance parts and assemblies with a core focus on aerospace machining. Owner Lori Albright is a member of the Greensburg Chapter of the Women Presidents' Organization, which is hosted by E-Magnify. She is also a subcontractor to the U.S. Department of Defense. 


Pictured, left to right:
  • Lori Albright (Owner, Stellar Precision Components; Greensburg WPO Member & President)
  • Erin Andrew (Assistant Administrator, SBA’s Office of Women's Business Ownership)
  • Kelly Hunt, (SBA Pittsburgh District Director)
  • Debra Mason (E-Magnify Education & Training Manager)
  • Karan Waigand (SBA Pittsburgh District Office)
  • Jayne Huston (E-Magnify Director)
  • Michaelene Ressler (E-Magnify Administrative Assistant)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fear of Public Speaking? Overcome it!


Learn how to overcome your fear of public speaking and become a more confident, powerful speaker. 

Date: April 30, 2015
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: The New Connellsville Canteen, 131 West Crawford Ave., Connellsville, PA 15425

Registration: $30 for the class (register online here)


Trainer: Rita Yunker, Owner & Consultant, Speak Not Afraid

In this class, Rita Yunker will help you unlock your speaking potential. You'll learn techniques to become a powerful public speaker.

Topics will include: 
  • Overcoming anxiety and developing confidence
  • Using body language effectively in oral communication
  • Sharpening your verbal skills;
  • Avoiding communication problems
  • Developing speaking skills
  • Exploring the three types of speeches

This event is presented by E-Magnify & Downtown Connellsville,  an initiative of the Fayette County Cultural Trust.



Women Building "Bridges to Business"




Thank you to everyone who came out to our Bridges to Business event last week! A special thank-you to our amazing panelists and speakers, including those pictured here: Darieth Chisolm (Owner, Hustle & Heart TV); Jennifer Boczar (Owner & COO, AM-GARD Inc.); Erin Andrew (Assistant Administrator, Office of Women's Business Ownership, SBA), Regina Koetters (Founder & CEO, Marty's Market); and Jan Lehigh (President, Alpine Packaging, Inc.).


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Last Chance to Register for the Bridges to Business Luncheon!

A message from Jayne Huston, E-Magnify Director: 

If you haven't already signed-up for tomorrow's Bridges to Business Luncheon, I hope you'll register today. We have a great event have planned for you!

Our keynote speaker will be Erin Andrew, Director of the SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership. She'll share information about accessing capital and doing business with the Federal Government. 

Plus, you'll hear from a panel of our region's best and brightest women business owners as they share the resources they've used to drive their companies to new heights. 

Panelists include: 
  • Facilitator: Doris Carson Williams (African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA)
    Jennifer Boczar (AM-GARD, Inc.)
  • Darieth Chisolm (Hustle and Heart TV) 
  • Regina Koetters (Marty's Market)
  •  Jan Lehigh (Alpine Packaging, Inc.)


Join us tomorrow (April 16) at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh.  Registration and networking start at 11:00 a.m., and the luncheon program takes place 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Come learn and network at Bridges to Business! We look forward to welcoming you.

Meet Jan Lehigh of ALPINE PACKAGING (Bridges to Business, April 16)

Jan Lehigh, President of ALPINE PACKAGING, Inc., will speak on a panel of women business owners at E-Magnify's Bridges to Business event on April 16. 


ALPINE PACKAGING, Inc. is a global business.


As President at ALPINE PACKAGING, Jan Lehigh recognizes the importance of “getting things done” and driving results. She has always placed a high value on building relationships, trust, and rapport with almost anyone, and utilizing those relationships along with her enthusiasm and genuinely friendly attitude to deliver value and benefits to her customers. 

Since assuming the position as President of ALPINE PACKAGING in 2004, Jan continues the tradition of excellence and innovation in the packaging and labeling industry that her father set forth when he founded the company in 1972 in his garage. 

Jan had a passion for the business, so she decided to leave her job as a teacher and began working at ALPINE with her parents. She worked in almost every aspect of the company as she prepared to take over for her father. Jan’s tenure as President has been filled with many key challenges including the 2008 recession and how she has guided ALPINE as a result. Partnering with her stock suppliers, new flexible packaging initiatives were introduced that allowed for expansion into the food, janitorial, and medical vertical markets. This diversification strategy has fueled numerous other ventures, and currently ALPINE has strategic initiatives and pending expenditures involving Digital printing capabilities, smart label and variable data, process improvements, 5-S implementations and current asset base upgrades.

A University of Pittsburgh graduate, Jan has always been a strong advocate of the importance of continuing education and training. She believes that "you must always be growing and expanding your abilities." This philosophy has carried over to her organization and her desire to see it upgrade and expand upon its current capabilities. 

As co-owner of ALPINE along with her twin sister, Jan realizes that the future of her company rests upon how well the ALPINE team continues to push forward, research and develop new visions and practices and grow the company now and for the next generation. 

Jan will speak on a panel of women business owners at the Bridges to Business event on April 16 at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. Full details and registration are available here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SBA Lending Is Up in Western PA


Kelly Hunt
The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that U.S. Small Business Administration loans in Western PA have doubled over last year

Kelly Hunt, Director of the SBA's Pittsburgh District, attributes this rise in loans to several factors. "The economy is starting to more more quickly in our district and the loans we’re doing are at higher amounts than we’ve done previously,” she told the Times.

Are you interested in learning about SBA funding for your business? Kelly will be at our "Bridges to Business" program this Thursday (April 16). Come meet her and ask her to "show you the money!" 

Also in attendance from the SBA will be Erin E. Andrew, Assistant Administrator of the SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership. Erin will give a Keynote Address called "Empowering Women Entrepreneurs," which will cover the following: 

  • Overview of SBA programs and opportunities for women business owners and entrepreneurs;
  • Discussion of how SBA empowers women entrepreneurs through access to capital, contracting, and counseling; and 
  • Examination of new and exciting initiatives impacting women entrepreneurs. 


Meet Regina Koetters of Marty's Market (Bridges to Business, April 16)

Regina Koetters, Founder/CEO of Marty's Market, will speak on a panel of women business owners at E-Magnify's Bridges to Business event on April 16. 

Marty's Market is a Veteran-Owned Business located in the Strip District.

LCDR Regina Koetters, USNR, is driven to unleash the unrealized potential of the country’s riverfront Rust Belt cities through regionally significant redevelopment projects and investments in infrastructure. 

She chose Pittsburgh over every other city in the nation to begin her work in 2008. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Regina was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy in 1999 upon graduating from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in Naval Architecture. In 2007, she transitioned to the United States Navy Reserve and completed her masters studies in progressive real estate development and business at the University of Michigan the following year. 

During her Naval career, she has managed operations and maintenance of the largest air base in Iraq, led airborne maritime patrol and reconnaissance missions throughout the western hemisphere, and facilitated maritime security and economic development projects in western Africa. She currently serves as the Officer in Charge, Naval Reserve Tactical Operations Center 0374 located at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida. 

Since relocating to Pittsburgh, she has championed several initiatives for sustainable development projects in downtown Pittsburgh, augmented a public-private team endeavoring to bring passenger rail service to the Allegheny Riverfront, and most recently launched Marty’s Market, a unique food market, cafĂ© and coffeehouse in the Strip District dedicated to strengthening the southwestern PA food system.

Regina will speak on a panel of women business owners at the Bridges to Business event on April 16 at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. Full details and registration are available here.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Meet Darieth Chisolm of Hustle and Heart TV (Bridges to Business, April 16)

Darieth Chisolm, Owner of Hustle and Heart TV, will speak on a panel of women business owners at E-Magnify's Bridges to Business event on April 16. 

This former WPXI news anchor is now a serial entrepreneur who offers her clients a range of unique services.


Former WPXI News Anchor Darieth Chisolm has launched a new video podcast show, Hustle & Heart TV with Darieth Chisolm
The show has a #1 rated TOP podcast status on iTunes with subscribers and viewers in several different countries. It’s available on 5 different platforms, iTunes Video & Audio, Stitcher Radio, YouTube and at www.HustleandHeartTV.com 

Darieth interviews inspiring and successful people, showcasing their strategies, rituals, and principles for success. Anyone looking to start, grow, or expand a business, dream, or passion should watch the weekly shows for motivation, guidance, and inspiration, plus practical tips, tools, and resources.

Podcasting is the fastest growing medium available for entrepreneurs to build brand, influence, and income. Darieth is coaching entrepreneurs to strategize on ways to create and launch their own video and audio podcast shows and will be soon be releasing an online training program called TheVideoPodcastAcademy 

Darieth’s entrepreneurial experiences were cultivated while working as a television news anchor for WPXI TV, the NBC Affiliate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Channel 11 News at 11pm and 10pm newscasts before she retired in September 2013 after 20 years on the news set.  She also brings her own experiences as a business owner to her international audience. In 2013, Darieth was the 54th highest paid distributor with It Works Global, a network marketing company with over 70,000 representatives. Darieth also spent 3 and a half years as the owner of Fullbody Fitness Club, an aerial arts studio in Pittsburgh.  

In November 2014 Darieth sold Fullbody Fitness Club to focus exclusively on Hustle & Heart TV and on coaching people on ways to build their brand, influence, and income through podcasting.

Darieth is set to release her first book, HUSTLE: Why Now is the Time to Unleash your Passions, Turn them into Profit & Love your Journey

“Success in anything is hard work and hustle, passion and heart, commitment and sacrifice, trial and error, failure and triumph. Hustle & Heart TV and Hustle, the book, expose these truths and pump fresh ideas into the hearts and minds of my viewers, listeners, and readers.”  Darieth says, “With my busy schedule, my other businesses and my personal life being so demanding, I too need course correction and motivation from others who are successful. That’s why I started Hustle & Heart TV, so that I could pool the resources and mindsets of powerful people and then share this with others. I trust you’ll be inspired by their stories and encouraged to take action and make your dreams come true.”

Although Darieth’s news career had been full of many outstanding awards and recognition, she says, “Nothing makes me more excited than when I see people dream big and go after those dreams. I love watching people having huge breakthroughs and succeed! Entrepreneurs share a unique ability to be tough and have unwavering belief in themselves and their visions and goals.”

She now features other successful entrepreneurs, authors, artists, celebrities, and business owners on her video podcast show. You can subscribe to Hustle and Heart TV on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, YouTube or watch and listen directly from her website at www.HustleandHeartTV.com or www.DariethChisolm.com


Darieth will speak on a panel of women business owners at the Bridges to Business event on April 16 at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. Full details and registration are available here.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Meet Jennifer Boczar of AM-GARD (Bridges to Business, April 16)

Jennifer Boczar, Owner & COO of AM-GARD, Inc., will speak on a panel of women business owners at E-Magnify's Bridges to Business event on April 16. 



AM-GARD is #3 on the Pittsburgh Business Times Book of Lists' largest Pittsburgh area women-owned businesses

AM-GARD is a leader in contract security ,providing service to governmental, medical, industrial, commercial, and transportation industries. Owner Jennifer Boczar’s grandmother founded the company with her husband in 1970. 

After earning her degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003, Jennifer became a partner with her father in the family business in 2006, making it a third-generation, woman-owned, family business. 

Jennifer and AM-GARD’s corporate management team have more than 175 years of combined experience in the contract security business. The most challenging part of starting this business, says Jennifer, was the security services market’s incredible competition. It’s challenging to set your company apart from the competition, but they did just that with the customized services, unparalleled experience and products, along with great management. They have a team that remains on site to ensure customer satisfaction and conduct regular evaluations. 

AM-GARD is one of the largest Women Owned Businesses in Pittsburgh, and it is also privately owned. They are best known for providing quality security guard service at a fair price. They work closely with every customer to develop their security programs for each of their needs. 

AM-GARD has also been providing security guard service to UPMC Shadyside and US Airways for over 35 years, which is rare in this competitive industry. The company has set the standard for security.

Jennifer has been recognized in Maniac Magazine's “Women of Power “ Issue in 2013.  In November 2014, Jennifer and her husband welcomed their first child, a baby boy.

Jennifer will speak on a panel of women business owners at the Bridges to Business event on April 16 at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. Full details and registration are available here.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Meet Doris Carson Williams of AACCWP (Bridges to Business, April 16)


Doris Carson Williams will facilitate a panel of women business owners at E-Magnify's Bridges to Business event on April 16 at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. 


With more than 500 members, the Chamber is the second largest minority Chamber in the United States.

Doris Carson Williams, CCE, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania. Since opening the office in 1998, the Chamber has grown from 28 to over 500 paid members and corporate sponsors, and is ranked the 10th largest in the Pittsburgh Region.

In July 2013, Doris received the National Certification of Chamber of Commerce Executives by the Board of Directors and Certification Commission of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Doris serves on the Board of Directors the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland-Pittsburgh Branch, Highmark, Inc., is the Vice Chairman of Highmark’s Foundation, and is Vice Chair of the Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the International Women's Forum, and a 2008 Ford Foundation Fellow on Sustainability.

In 2009, Doris served as the Co-Chair of the G-20 Summit held in Pittsburgh. She is the recipient of the 2010 Pittsburgh Business Times Top 50 Women in Business, a Woman of Excellence from the New Pittsburgh Courier, Junior Achievement’s Woman in Business, a Carlow University Woman of Spirit, and is listed the publication Voices: African American and Latino Women.

She earned a BS degree in Business from the University of Hartford, is a graduate of Fairfield University’s School of Banking and Financial Management, and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business’s Management Program for Executives. Doris and her husband James have one son, James III.

During the April 16 Bridges to Business luncheon, Doris will moderate a panel of women business owners as they discuss how they have built "bridges" to their business success. Full event details and registration are available here.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Meet Erin Andrew of OWBO (Bridges to Business, April 16)

E-Magnify is pleased to introduce the Keynote Speaker for the Bridges to Business event on April 16: Erin E. Andrew, Assistant Administrator, Office of Women's Business Ownership, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

As the U.S. Small Business Administration’s assistant administrator for women’s business ownership, Erin E. Andrew 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 advocacy and programs that provide business training and counseling, access to credit and capital, and multiple business and networking opportunities. 

Erin manages a nationwide network of women's business centers that provide training, counseling and mentoring to hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs in every state and two U.S. territories. Her office also works with representatives in every SBA district office to oversee operations of the women’s business centers and to coordinate services for women entrepreneurs.

Most recently, Erin served as director of the Innovation Clusters and Skills Initiatives in the SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development, which works to meet the counseling and training needs of America’s small businesses. She focused on supporting entrepreneurship skills initiatives, regional innovation clusters, and entrepreneurship training for America’s transitioning military service members, women, youth and 50+ Americans. 

Prior to her work at the SBA, Erin was a senior policy analyst at the National Governors Association, focusing on workforce and economic-development issues. She has held positions at different levels of government, including working in the Governor of Iowa’s Office as a policy advisor on economic development and workforce-development issues; and at a local/regional development authority in Pittsburgh, PA. She was also a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she counseled federal agencies on organizational change strategies and enterprise architecture.

Erin holds a B.S. in business administration and ethics, and an M.S. in public policy and management, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

Erin will deliver a Keynote Address called "Empowering Women Entrepreneurs" at E-Magnify's Bridges to Business event on  April 16 at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. During her address, she will cover the following: 

  • Overview of SBA programs and opportunities for women business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Discussion of how SBA empowers women entrepreneurs through access to capital, contracting, and counseling
  • Examination of new and exciting initiatives impacting women entrepreneurs 
Full event details and registration are available here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

E-Magnify on Comcast Newsmakers

Watch Debra Mason, E-Magnify's Education & Training Manager, on Comcast Newsmakers.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Bridges to Business: April 16



Learn business tools that will drive your business to new heights! 

Date: April 16, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Location: Rivers Club, Pittsburgh, PA
Register for $45

Keynote Address: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs
Erin E. Andrew
Assistant Administrator
Office of Women's Business Ownership
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)  
  • Overview of SBA programs and opportunities for women business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Discussion of how SBA empowers women entrepreneurs through access to capital, contracting, and counseling
  • Examination of new and exciting initiatives impacting women entrepreneurs 

Women Business Owner Panel:
A panel of women business owners will share the "bridges" they have constructed to reach their goals. Hear their methods for maintaining and growing their businesses as they share the strategies, techniques, and tools they use to overcome challenges such as economic recession, government regulations, political environment, customer retention, and employee satisfaction.


Panelists:
  • Doris Carson Williams (panel facilitator), President & CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania 
  • Jennifer Boczar, Owner & COO, AM-GARD, Inc. 
  • Darieth Chisolm, Owner, Hustle and Heart TV
  • Regina Koetters, Founder/CEO, Marty's Market
  • Jan Lehigh, President, Alpine Packaging, Inc.


Join other women entrepreneurs at this exciting event and build your bridge to business success.





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