Friday, May 15, 2009

Positively Pittsburgh Live News, Vol 5, May 4, 2009

Mother's Day Brunch

Jimmy G’s at Jim Guenther
Brackenridge Heights Country Club
1299 Lane Avenue
Natrona Heights, PA 15065
Pianist and Roaming Tableside Magician Performing for Your Enjoyment!
Public Welcome to Jimmy G’s Dining Room
Brunch 11am-3pm
$24.95 adults $14.95 children
Dinner 4pm-8pm

Mother’s Day
SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2009

A feast of love, Honor, and celebration
12:00 PM-5:00p.m.
Carving Station, Breakfast Entrees, Hot Luncheon Entrees , Salad Bar , Dessert Bar
Adult’s $19.95, Children under 12 $8.95, Reservations Required,

Upward Bound is currently recruiting motivated high school students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade that currently attend a Pittsburgh Public High School, who have an interest in attending college after high school.

Rising Sophomore and Junior students who return applications by May 15th may be eligible to participate in the Summer program.

About Upward Bound

Go beyond your expectations, and achieve academic success with Upward Bound, a dynamic college-readiness program at the University of Pittsburgh. Upward Bound provides fundamental support to high school students in preparation for college by giving them the edge they need to improve grades, develop social skills, and identify interests and potential career paths.

Upward Bound, part of the Academic Resource Center, is a federally funded TRIO Program for low income and potential first generation college youth in high schools across the nation. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which students complete their high school education and enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions. By the time students graduate from high school they will be well equipped with what it takes to attend and graduate from the college of their choice and will have also discovered new possibilities and hope for the future.

Sent by Black Tie Pittsburgh

Gateway to the Art's Tap Into Art
Friday, May 8, 2009
7:00 PM

Tap into Art is an eclectic evening of exploring the ‘greener’ side of the arts, from recycled visual arts to music and dance. The Golf Club will be transformed into a giant palate for artistic exploration. Plus, we’ll support some of our regional classrooms with a new program—Adopt-a-Classroom, helping local teachers expand their students' arts experiences.

Calling All Foodies!
"Cocktails and Cuisine for Women in Crisis" presented by Crisis Center North. Scheduled for Thursday May 7th at the Woodlands in Bradford Woods, this event will showcase unique offerings from over 20 chefs, wine and ale purveyors, in addition to the Caesar Salad Taste Off! Come Hungry, come to celebrate spring and community, but mostly come to support the necessary work of this great agency toward assisting women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

Girls Coalition Quarterly Programming, First in the Series: Are all Girls the Same?

Please join Mell Steven Cosnek (YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, Office of Racial Diversity and Inclusion), Dr. Melissa Swauger (Department of Sociology, Carlow University ) andLaVerne Baker Hotep (Center for Victims of Violence and Crime) for a conversation and workshop on gender, race and class. This program will speak to service providers about the diverse experiences of girls and the intersections of gender, race and class. The morning's activities will include an examination of how economic, social and cultural resources matter in the lives and futures of girls, as well as a hands-on discussion about how to address issues of race, class and gender in girl-centric programs.
Date: Wednesday, May 13th
Time: 8:30am - 11:30am
Location: YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
305 Wood Street
Pittsburgh , PA 15222
Cost: $15.00

Registration: (RSVPs must be made directly to the Girls Coalition.)

Register Now for an exciting day of Business-Building and Networking.
The Business-Building Tradeshow and Networking Mixer
afford entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet representatives from more than 50 organizations.
To register, visit or call 412.396.6233.
Thursday June 4 * AM to 5 PM
Entrepreneurs Growth Conference
Special Discount for Positively Pittsburgh Live Listeners $99.00
Morning Guest Speaker
Jim Rudolph, CEO of Rita's Water Ice
Breakfast keynote speaker is Jim Rudolph, CEO of Rita's Water Ice and previous owner of 47 Pittsburgh-area Wendy's restaurants.
Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Dr. Giorgio Coraluppi, Founder and President of Compunetics, Inc.
Luncheon keynote speaker Dr. Giorgio Coraluppi, founder and President of Compunetics, Inc. and its sister companies, will discuss "Forty Years of Looking Forward" — his path to success and what he has learned along the way.

A Europe Day Discussion
Global Business Breakfast Briefing
Panel Discussion & Networking Event
May 7, 2009

No Charge - Registration Required

A Europe Day Discussion: Pittsburgh’s Ties To Europe - Sponsored by a grant from the European Union

Join the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and globally-minded Pittsburgh professionals for a conversation about the area’s ties to Europe. Economic, political, and cultural relations will be discussed in a panel discussion with European leaders in the region. The discussion will be moderated by Jean-Pierre Collet, Head of the Pittsburgh Consular Association. There is no charge for this program.

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – Discussion 9:00 a.m. – Networking
9:30 a.m. – Adjourn
Location: Rivers Club, 301 Grant Street,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Subject: The Race to Keep The Promise
Also, here is a link to an article in the Post Gazette about Dane Rauschenberg, the Charity Chaser.

The Pittsburgh Promise needs to raise $15 million dollars by June 30, 2009 to unlock the $10 million UPMC Challenge grant. We are still $3 million away and will need everyone’s help to reach the goal.
Any contribution you can make would be a wonderful gift to The Promise.
Marsha Dugan Kolbe ~ Development Manager
Pittsburgh Promise
1901 Centre Avenue #204 ~ Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-281-7605 x 15 ~

The Financial Times of London calls Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood a "Diamond in the Rust," and quotes former CMU professor Richard Florida's continuing admiration for the area.
"He did the research for the book that made his name, The Rise of the Creative Class, there, and he thinks Lawrenceville – with its inexpensive housing stock, growing number of restaurants, bars, arts outlets and specialty shops – has what it takes to attract and keep precisely the type of people he describes in that book – the designers, engineers, technology workers and artists he sees as the drivers of contemporary economic growth," the article states.
You can find a link to full article in the Linked In Group, Imagine Pittsburgh
Sent by YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
Point Park University cordially invites you to attend the following conference, sponsored through the Education Department:
4th Annual Multicultural Conference

Project Children LEAD (Learning Early to Appreciate Diversity)

Project Children LEAD (Learning Early to Appreciate Diversity) and Point Park University invite you to join us for our 4th Annual Multicultural Conference:

"Implementing Technology Rich Multicultural Educational Experiences In The Digital Age”
Friday, May 8, 2009 8am to 2:30pm
Point Park University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Lawrence Hall Ballroom Registration Fee:$40, includes materials, CD, refreshments and lunch Act 48 Credit available>
The SBA Annual Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at the Omni William Penn Hotel from Noon – 1:30 pm. There is a trade-show prior to the luncheon that begins at 10:00 AM, for those who want to network before the luncheon. Cost is $45.00 per attendee. Attendance in prior years has been in the 550-800 range. The South Hills Chamber of Commerce has three tables at this event. If you would like to reserve a spot20at one of the Chamber tables, please contact the office right away. We will make the reservation for you, and arrange seating with our group. Please make your checks payable to: South Hills Chamber of Commerce and mail the check to: South Hills Chamber of Commerce, Manor Oak One, Suite 140, 1910 Cochran Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220 --- This is THE event to be seen at when it comes to being in business! Hundreds of guests to network with … a white-glove service lunch … and recognition of successful
small businesses!!!

PRMPC sent in by Jo Ann Forrester, SI Business Associates
Hi Joanne, the Opportunity Fair will be open FREE to the public on May 7 th From 3-4 at he convention ctr. On Friday. The fair is open
Free tp the public from 2-4 pm. Please contact everyone. Not restricted for those times and dates. You would also have opp to speak
To the purchasing agencies.
33rd Annual Minority Opportunity Business Fair, David L Lawrence Convention Center

DBRC Announcement

Now, offers you MORE business-expansion possibilities.

The new DBRC web portal centralizes all local, state, and federal contracting information in the southwestern PA region.

As a DBRC client, your basic information has already been added so that you are also a member of the DBRC portal. What does that mean exactly?

• Search for open government contracting opportunities from one convenient location.
• Access a large social networking community of MWDBE business owners and professionals. Team up and compete for more contracts!
• Find clear government contracting tips and instructions for success, and brose the new DBRC information library.

You can log in to customize your profile and settings, which will also automatically update the online client directory, using the information below.

Roving Pittsburgher

Have you ever heard of a runner who waits until all the other runners leave the start line before he takes off? Well that is exactly what The Pittsburgh Promise Charity Chaser did on Sunday at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon.
Dane Rauschenberg runs a marathon almost every weekend. This weekend he ran the Pittsburgh Marathon to raise money for The Pittsburgh Promise. He will raise money by starting Dead Last, and by passing as many runners as possible during the course of the race. Instead of getting sponsors per mile, Pittsburgh Promise asked for sponsors to make a pledge based on the number of runners that Dane passes on the course. There were 10,000 runners registered for the Pittsburgh Marathon. Dane anticipated passing 90% of them. 100,000
The Promise is transforming the lives of Pittsburgh Public School students by helping their dreams of a college education to become reality. Before you decide if you will pledge, please take a moment and read about Sarmed, a 2008 Schenley High School graduate. He finished high school with a 2.0 grade point average and just squeaked into a Promise Scholarship. Every time I tell his story, I watch people gasp with joy at the power this program has to motivate students to dream big about their lives. Here’s the link to Sarmed’s story: Enjoy!

Up a Notch Marketing Meeting, Mary Pam Kilgore, Great workshop on thinking differently about your business

Free Zumba Party at Hillsdale Schoo

Steeltown Heroes—Don Carter

While an injury ended his baseball career, Don, who was recruited by the Small Business Administration, ended up as a “major league” player for small business owners throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Carter enjoyed a 37-year career with the SBA, holding the final duties of the Pittsburgh Deputy District Director

In fact, he once estimated that he had been indirectly involved with some 20,000 SBA loans.

During his long tenure, Don recalled to staff members that he had held almost every district-level job with the agency.

“I’ve done loans, run the 8(a) program, worked in the disaster program, did counseling, training and was an SBDC project officer,” he once said joking. “I’ve done it all, there’s nothing I haven’t done except maybe get a loan.”

Throughout his career, Don had worn many hats, serving as assistant district director for minority small business; assistant district director for business development and acting district director in both West Virginia and Pittsburgh. In 1996, he relocated to Pittsburgh to assume the role of deputy district director.

Carter, who attended West Virginia State College, once worked for a telephone company, an entrepreneurial development company and even owned a daycare center.

He stated that he loved his job.

“I enjoy helping people and seeing people become successful and obtaining their dream,” he once said. “But, I am most proud of my involvement in the 8(a) program.”
He was born Jan. 3, 1942 and passed away at 67 -- April 14, 2009.
He served on a number of local business-related committees including the Minority Business Opportunity Committee, Minority Women Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and the African American Chamber of Commerce. His involvement did not go unnoticed as he was lauded three times by the Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board as Bronze Award winner for the Excellence in Government Awards program. He also was a recipient of the Minority Small Business Advocate award.

In closing, Don received many awards throughout his career at SBA, but his career was more than this. Don lost his dream to become a baseball player because the dear Lord had a higher calling for him. His true mission was to help small businesses become home run hitters. Don is looking down and smiling for having a great batting average in helping small businesses. When you think of Don, look up and say “thank you for the home run you gave my business.”

Special Offer from Positive Pittsburgher and repeat PPL guest Lisa Spahr
May is National Military Appreciation Month. We are very pleased to present:
Leadership Traits and Principle of the Marine Corps: Leverage Military Skill and Experience in Your Business

Since its inception the military has designed world-class leadership programs and fostered some of the preeminent leaders of our country. Sergeant Lee Wagner, of Waddell and Reed, will share the leadership traits and principle of the Marine Corps with attendees. He will use specific examples from his time in the Marines and discuss the transition from the military to how he uses them in his practice today.

The Champions Series Meetings are open to guests for $20. Champions attend for free. Those who served in the Armed Forces are also free to attend this seminar.

The Champions Series Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Fifth Third Bank, 5834 Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill
3:30 – 4:30 PM

All attendees must RSVP to by May 16th.

Champions Membership is open to those who are interested in personal and professional growth. A Champion is one who invests in him/herself and recognizes the potential for improvement in all areas.

Taking Advantage of the Direct Flight to Paris, Come to learn about Business Opportunities in France seminar on May 20, 2009 at Duquesne University.
The event will count with local Pittsburgh companies doing business in France, a connection to the Pennsylvania office in Paris, the Honorary Consul of France in Pittsburgh, the Alliance Francaise, discussions about the legal environment, shipping, regulations, and much more!!! Duquesne University-SBDC. 600 Forbes Ave. Rockwell Hall, Room 505. Pittsburgh, PA 15282. Tel. 412-396-6233. Fee: $45.00. Time: 9:00am - 12Noon. May 20, 2009.

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