Tuesday, September 22, 2015

E-Magnify Closing on September 30, 2015

Dear Friends of E-Magnify,

After careful review and consideration, Seton Hill University has decided it will no longer formally host the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) women’s business center program. E-Magnify will close on September 30, 2015.

At this time, E-Magnify staff member are assisting with the closure transitioning while simultaneously taking on new responsibilities within the University.

The University is in the process of restructuring some entrepreneurial support services formerly provided through E-Magnify under the auspices of Seton Hill’s Wukich Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities. In addition, other external programs and services are transitioning as follows:

>Clients who have received business counseling services under the women’s business center program have been advised of alternative SBA technical assistance resources available to them. See: Small Business Development Centers (pdf) and SCORE Chapters (pdf). 

>As an independent contractor, Jayne Huston will continue to lead the Greensburg Chapter of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO). After September 30, Jayne can be contacted regarding WPO at huston5157@gmail.com.

>PowerLink, licensed for the past two years under E-Magnify, will return to its roots as an independent economic development organization and continue under the leadership of long-time Executive Director Lee Ann Munger. After September 30th, Lee Ann can be contacted at leeann@powerlink.biz, 412-431-4110, and at PowerLink’s new website: www.powerlink.biz.

>E-Magnify’s ATHENAPowerLink (APL) licenses will be transitioned to PowerLink to continue to provide the Advisory Board program throughout Western PA. All APL inquiries should be directed to PowerLink at the above contact number;

>Awards, presented during the past 20 years under the Westmoreland County Winners’ Circle Program and hosted by E-Magnify for the past decade, including the ATHENA Award, YWCA Rising Star Award, and Seton Hill Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, have been “re-homed” with other organizations. The Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce will host the ATHENA Awards, and the YWCA will host the YWCA Rising Star Award. The University will continue to host the Seton Hill University Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. It was determined that volunteer recognition was being done by many non-profit organizations in the community. As a result, the Award for Community Service will not be continued under a new host. If you would like to continue to be involved with any of the award recognitions, we encourage you to make your interest known to these respective organizations.

We are proud of the impact E-Magnify has had on start-up and growing women-owned companies for more than two decades and have appreciated the opportunity to serve you!

With Gratitude and Our Best Wishes for Continued Success,

Jayne Huston and Staff

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Opportunities for Women in Federal Contracting

Event: ChallengeHer
Date: September 22, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, 10 South 19th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

E-Magnify is proud to be a partner for this event.

Information is power. In order to successfully navigate the federal contracting industry and win federal contracts, you MUST know the rules and understand the strategy.

ChallengeHER has assisted woman business owners all across the country to help them understand the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Procurement Program, the federal procurement process, and to connect them with the right people. With this knowledge, you are much better positioned to grow your business and increase your revenue.

  • Learn about the WOSB Set Aside and how to market your business under this program.
  • Network with peer mentors and other women business owned firms.
  • Hear a panel of women business owners share tips and real-life stories in federal contracting.
  • Hear a Contracting Officer's panel talk about the best practices of working with federal agencies.
ChallengeHer National Partners: Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and Open from American Express

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