Saturday, October 6, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live! For Sale Opportunity, Franchising Event Preview 10-4-12

Positively Pittsburgh Live! For Sale Opportunity, Franchising Event Preview

For Sale:Opportunity franchising event, featuring 30+ national and regional exhibitors, including Giant Eagle, Sport Clips, Liberty Tax, Handy Pro and Veterans Taxi; top SBA and franchise lenders, including FranNet and Benetrends; and representatives from Pittsburgh's top commercial real estate firms to be held October 9 at Fairmont Hotel. Light tapas and parking vouchers for PNC garage provided. Registration is $20 on

Adam J. Mohney, Director of Communications and Fund Development for Building Bridges for Business
Larry Carnell, CFE, CBI BeneTrends Inc./Vice President of Business Development
Sue Malone, "The Money Lady," Strategies for Small Business founder

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“Franchises have long been an important component in the structure of American business,” said Linda Handley, founder, Building Bridges for Business. “According to the International Franchise Association (IFA), over the first five years, four out of five franchises succeed, whereas only one out of five independent small businesses succeeds.” Franchises in the United States provide over 9.8 million jobs with a payroll of over $229 billion, according to the IFA.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will deliver a welcome message discussing the current state of locally owned small businesses. “Rich’s passion for small business development and sustainability in Allegheny County has been unprecedented,” said Amanda Wodzenski, president, Building Bridges for Business. “We are excited to hear him speak and know he will provide attendees with insights, information and resources from a governmental perspective.”

Partners for For Sale: Opportunity include, the Allegheny County Executive’s Office, the City of Pittsburgh, the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University and the Small Business Development Center at Duquesne University. Major sponsors are Positively Pittsburgh Live, Brunnhuber and Associates, Comcast Business Class, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Staples, Giant Eagle, Pittsburgh Business Times and Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association. 

Adam J. Mohney
Adam J. Mohney is a public relations, writing and social media specialist based in Western Pennsylvania. His experience includes helping boost social media outreach for a broad variety of organizations, web design and development, and formerly working for Pittsburgh’s highest-revenue-grossing public relations firm. From campfires to the World Wide Web, he enjoys practicing the art of storytelling.

Adam earned his M.S. and B.S. in Mass Media Arts and Journalism from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and 2009, respectively.

Currently, he supports Building Bridges for Business in their mission to educate and empower small business owners in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County through access to information, partnerships and resources. His roles include writing press releases, assisting with social media, copy editing and writing grant and donation letters.

Adam discusses the definition of public relations, effective PR with visibility and transparency, writing and messaging strategy and continuity, and how to develop your brand with words. He also talks about social media and small business.

This event will provide you with funding on the spot through a new loan program and access to 401k funding experts, and allow you to find space for the franchise.

It is apparent that Pittsburgh is experiencing significant economic growth, and this event will serve as a wonderful opportunity for national franchises to partner with local business leaders.
Building Bridges for Business anticipates another sold-out crowd. 

Larry Carnell
Larry Carnell is a recipient of: The National Association of Entrepreneurship's NAE 250 award given to the top 250 entrepreneurs in the country; Franchising "Industry Leadership Award"; Franchising "STAR" Award for Performance Excellence; The "President Club" award as a national award winning management consultant.

Larry has been asked to lecture to and train thousands of business professionals with organizations such as the International Franchise Association, SCORE, International Business Brokers Associations, universities and other organizations.  He has also spoken at seminars with business notables such as Donald Trump, Suze Orman and others.

Benetrends is the premier provider of services that enable an individual to use their retirement funds tax deferred, penalty free without loan or interest payments. They also provide a wide variety of other funding solutions and resources including SBA, Leasing, Asset Backed Loans and other funding solutions.

For more information contact Larry Carnell at 770-652-5393, or

Center, Sue Malone,
 Left Anna Harvey,
 SBA Office of Women Business Ownership   

Sue Malone is the founder of Strategies For Small Business. Her sole mission for the last ten years has been to help people obtain access to capital to start or expand their businesses. In doing so, one of her specialties has been small business start-up loans. And she has done so exceptionally well. She is the undisputed, number one SBA loan provider for the Community Express Loan Program in the nation. As of April 2008, she is responsible for closing over 41,000 of these much needed loans.
She is a grassroots provider of these loans, serving all communities across the United States. As one of the busiest women in America, she is on the road constantly, dispensing a plethora of capital through innumerable loan workshops to: organizations, groups, churches, associations, chambers of commerce, non-profits, colleges, franchises, and entrepreneurial organizations. She is proud, along with other banks, to work directly with the SBA, as well as SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), Women’s Business Centers, and SBA Small Business Development Centers (SBDC’s).
An inspirational speaker, she has been highlighted in countless speaking engagements, as well as in newspaper articles, magazines, television, radio, conventions, and CNN. Together with her numerous awards and with the assistance of the lenders she has partnered with, she has been responsible for their achieving the #1 SBA lender status in West Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Hawaii, North Carolina, and in the top five lenders category in other districts.
Sue Malone has a degree in accounting and an MBA in finance. As such, she brings not only the requisite education and expertise, but the proven commitment to care deeply for the success of this Nation’s small businesses. She sits on the White House Small Business Council.
Sue discusses access to capital, business needs and the way to approach, how to position yourself, the veterans program, and can you really position yourself in a six month period of time? Many people dig the well before they need the water.
This was reported as a reproduction of PositvelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith. (c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive(TM) 2012 All rights reserved.

Tara Darazio is a Positively Pittsburgh Live reporter, an independent copywriter, blogger, article writer, and social media strategist. If you are in need of writing assistance, or need help with your social media efforts connect with Tara on LinkedIn here.

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