Sunday, May 31, 2009

Positive Pittsburgh News, 5-28-09 Vol 7

This news was broadcast in the first fifteen minutes of Positively Pittsburgh Live, Penny Pinching Vacations on Memorial Day, 5-28-09 Listen to Archived version at:


Yahoo! Selects Four CMU Grad Students as Future Thought Leaders in Computer Science
Yahoo! has named four Ph.D. students in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science among the 20 students selected as winners of its inaugural Key Scientific Challenges program, which recognizes outstanding graduate-student researchers with the potential to become thought leaders in their fields.
Pinar Donmez of the Language Technologies Institute (LTI) and Yi Zhang of the Machine Learning Department (MLD) were cited in the Machine Learning and Statistics category, while Jaime Arguello of LTI and Polo Chau of MLD won recognition in the Search Technologies category. No other university had as many winners in the program as Carnegie Mellon.

Thanks you so much for making F. Tambellini Ristorante the #1 Independent Restaurant in the WQED Best Restaurants Party. We appreciate you as a guest, and we will maintain the standards of service and foods that you have expected from us for almost 60 years.

F. Tambellini Ristorante, WQED Best Independent Italian Restaurant 2009

Communications In The Arts Seminar: Artists, arts organization, media outlets and local businesses gain greater advantage from their communications planning and implementation.
A seminar series with Andrew W. Thornhill

Communications Planning / Traditional Media / New Digital Tools

From basic media choices to the benefits of sophisticated corporate sponsorship, this series will guide each participant
to a better understanding of the marketing, media and communications world and the skills to be successful.
You can gain insight, ask questions and plan your strategy.

Monday, June 8, 2009 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
$10.00 Per Person
Location: WQED Multimedia
Elsie Hillman Conference Room
4802 Fifth Avenue, Oakland
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

For advance ticketing, go to

Networking Reception:

Tana Ethiopian Cuisine
5929 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 665-2770
The Networking Reception is from 5-7PM at Tana.

The No-Host Reception Is Open To the Public And Free of charge

Our seminar will cooperate with other events being planned for this important week. If you would like to be part of this inaugural Pittsburgh celebration, contact Kevin Amos, (412) 818-3789 -
TradeRoots PA is a year-long, private sector initiative led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the PA Chamber of Business & Industry, the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, and other key chambers and business groups.

Exports, imports, and foreign direct investment are fundamental to the success of the Pennsylvania economy. The goal of TradeRoots PA is to educate consumers, businesses, workers, farmers, families and elected officials as to the importance of international trade in all aspects of the economy.

For information about TradeRoots PA, contact Roger Cranville, Sr. VP at the PRA, at or by calling 412.392.4555 ext. 1030.

PPL Mag is a Resource Partner for:

The 2009 Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference is less than four months away, and we hope you'll join keynotes Suze Orman and Tory Johnson, dozens of expert speakers, and thousands of professional Pennsylvania women for this amazing event on September 17 in Philadelphia.
Register by May 27 to receive a discounted fee of $115 per person/$1150 per table. This includes the networking breakfast, all keynote speeches, all breakout sessions, keynote luncheon, and our new ReWork Career Fair. The fee increases to $125 on May 28 and $135 on August 18. You can find more information or register at

MELLON SQUARE CONCERT SERIES / Thu., May 28 / noon - 1 p.m.
Mellon Square, Downtown.
Look for City Paper, BOB FM and Q92.9 FM every Thursday through July 30 for this free, live concert series featuring local music. This week's band is Kellie Lynne. Bring your lunch, bring your friends and enjoy great music and sunshine. Register to win some great prizes too!

SIP IN STYLE / Friday, May 29 / 5:30 p.m.
SouthSide Works
Join City Paper as we kick-off this summer's first Street Party in the Works event. Enjoy food and cocktails while shopping at open-air sidewalk sales and catch live music performances by Boogie Hustlers and Airborne on the Ikea Stage and fashion show brought to you by FrockerOn "Fashion Social Networking." Special thanks to US Marines for supporting the event.

Kick off the summer with a splash at The Samuel J Foundation's Fifth Annual “Sam’s Summer Splash” fundraiser planned for June 27, 2009, at 6:30 pm at Scott Township Pool. Tickets are only $5 per person age 4 and up (children under 4 are free) or just $4 per person for groups of 10 or more (perfect for sports teams, scout troops or groups). Refreshments, including KFC, games for the kids and music by DJ Roy Smith are included in the price of admission. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and ticket auction (including Steeler tickets!).
Proceeds from this event will support Sam’s Snack Wagon, a snack cart program for parents and children on the inpatient oncology unit and outpatient hematology/oncology clinic at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Sam’s Snack Wagon was started as something tangible that could serve as a daily reminder for these families that someone is thinking about them, and that they are not alone

Entrepreneur's Growth Conference

Discover information that can transform your business. Choose from 20 expert-led workshops on the hottest topics in business today. Workshops designed exclusively for start-ups, growth companies, million-dollar enterprises, tech and bio ventures, retailers and more. A business building trade show featuring more than 50 support organizations. Unparalleled networking opportunities with entrepreneurial veterans, top level service providers and the region's most promising entrepreneurs.

Date: June 4, 2009
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Place: Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh
Host: Duquesne University Small Business Development Center
Cost: Full Day-$119 (By May 28); After May 28- $139;
Afternoon Only (including lunch)-$79;
Lunch & Keynote Only-$50; Walk-ins-$159.
Full day fee includes a continental breakfast, discount parking,
luncheon, workshops & business-building trade show.)
RSVP: Required to receive advance price.

To register, call 412-396-6233 or go to
When you call to register mention Positively Pittsburgh Live to get $99.00 rate.

Positively Pittsburgh Live, Pittsburgh Penny Pinching Vacations and Staycations


Jeff Croushore can be referenced as: Spokesperson and Park Historian for Idlewild & SoakZone in Ligonier, PA. he also is a published author on a book about Idlewild. See Amazon link here:

Jeff can also briefly talk about savings packages (hotels, season passes an park perks and more) at Idlewild and a little bit for Kennywood and Sandcastle Waterpark.

What’s more the value of all of the parks is huge when you consider you can picnic inside the park and bring in as much food as you like.

Plus, the one-of-a-kind attractions like Story Book Forest and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make-Believe can only be found inside Idlewild!

RE: Idlewild & SoakZone Talking Points – May 11, 7:00 p.m. ________________________________________________________________________

JQS: In just 10 days, on Thursday, May 21, Idlewild and SoakZone, a theme park in Ligonier, PA (about 55 miles - an hour drive southeast of Pittsburgh) will open its gates for it 132nd season. And, for parents and families of small children who are wondering about how they can afford a memorable summer vacation this year, it’s welcome news!

I’m happy to have with us Jeff Croushore from Idlewild Park and SoakZone who’s going to tell us how a trip (or a few trips) to Idlewild and other area amusement parks such as Kennywood and Sandcastle Waterpark can help families create a memorable summer vacation without breaking their bank accounts!


JQS: I read in a recent Orbitz Travel Blog, Pittsburgh was named one of the top 5 places for Staycationing families from the Washington, DC area to visit this summer and Idlewild & SoakZone was listed as a featured attraction. Congratulations!

Note: see the Orbitz Travel Staycation Blog link here:

Talk about History of Kennywood and Idlewild Park
Also Discounts Available at Giant Eagle, Get Go and various retail locations, also Senior Citizen Discounts and AAA Discounts.
also deals on Season Passes for Idlewild and Sandcastle

Debolt Unlimited and Steel City Flyer
George Solomon Teagarden DeBolt
Steel City Flyer
P.O. Box 335
Homestead, PA 15120

DeBolt Unlimited has been providing transportation to Western Pennsylvania since the present owner's namesake needed a means to deliver hay, feed, and grain from his warehouse to his customers in 1895. From those horse and wagon days, we have progressed through gasoline-powered wagons, trucks, moving vans, tractor-trailers, transit busses, and deluxe parlor coaches to supersonic aircraft. Our philosophy has been to provide our customers with the best transportation service possible in a way of which we can be most proud. In spite of wars, economic diasters, and times of unprecedented social upheaval, that tradition of transportation excellence continues today.
We have always felt that businesses had an obligation not just to their customers, but to their communities as well. In this regard, we pride ourselves on some of our achievements
2002 DeBolt provides transportation for two United States "presidents' within two weeks: President George W. Bush during his visit with the Quecreek miners and "President" Jed Bartlet during the filming of "The West Wing's" season premiere episode. In the opening scene a national audience of over 10 million sees DeBolt Unlimited motorcoaches.
2001 The first time in history that two athletes in one city in two different sports (Lynn Swann & Bill Mazeroski) are inducted into their respective Football & Baseball Halls of Fame on one weekend. DeBolt proudly creates and exclusively provides tours to both ceremonies in August.
2000 In one of the closest presidential elections in history, DeBolt provides transportation services for the campaigns of both Al Gore and George Bush.
1999 1999 Dallas Stars NHL Hockey Team chooses DEBOLT UNLIMITED for transportation in their only Pittsburgh appearance during the '98-'99 season. Four months later they win their first Stanley Cup.
1998 DEBOLT UNLIMITED "500" motorcoach appears in the NBC mini-series "The Temptations" Program scores highest ratings of the season.
1998 DEBOLT UNLIMITED receives first competitive charter authority in the 45 year history of the Pittsburgh International Airport.
1998 1998 "DeBOLTVISION" introduced permitting "every rider (to) see the world as if they were in the front seat " (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 22, 1998).
1997 DeBolt introduces first state-of-the-art, European-made T-900 model coach to Western Pennsylvania.
1996 Phantom Educational program expands to Maryland and Missouri.
1995 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra chooses DeBolt as its official motorcoach carrier during its centennial year.
1994 1994 DeBolt again provides transportation for the White House, a tradition dating back to 1976 and three administrations, both Democratic and Republican.
1993 DeBolt "990" motorcoach appears in the film, "Money for Nothing".
1992 1992 American Chemical Society chooses DeBolt as official carrier of the 24th International Chemistry Olympiad.
1992 DeBolt awarded exclusive contract to provide transportation service for "Phantom Educational Program" in Toronto from points in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
1991 DeBolt utilized for the filming of Oscar-winning "Silence of the Lambs".
1989 Company President, George S. T. DeBolt is chosen one of Pittsburgh's "Outstanding Citizens" by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WQED-TV.
1988 DeBolt offers the first motorcoach video service in Pittsburgh.
1988 1988 DeBolt chosen to provide guide service to His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales during his historic visit to Pittsburgh.
1987 DeBolt president chosen to chair American Bus Association National Marketplace.
1986 DeBolt becomes first private carrier to qualify for service on the Port Authority East Busway.
1985 1985 DeBolt chosen to provide transportation to British Airways Concorde during its inaugural visit to Pittsburgh.
1985 DeBolt hosts Liberty Bus Maintenance Forum - first time it is held in Western Pennsylvania.
1982 The Interstate Commerce Commission issues its historic first nationwide charter and tour authority to DeBolt under motorcoach deregulation.
Special Summer Deals and Tours to DC, Harrisburg, New York City

Mention Positively Pittsburgh Live or Techno Granny to get half price fair thru June 15, 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

Economic Summit to Be Held in Pittsburgh

World leaders to hold economic summit in Pittsburgh
Article from Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Full article at: Click on title above!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

By Ed Blazina and Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh will host the world's major economic powers at a G20 Summit in September.

The White House made the announcement at a press briefing in Washington, D.C. this afternoon. The summit will be held on Sept. 24 and 25.

Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs said the U.S. agreed to host the next summit during the London meeting earlier in the spring. Pittsburgh is "a good place" to hold the summit because of its recovery from the decline of the steel industry in the 1980s, he said.

At the Pittsburgh Summit, President Barack Obama will meet with leaders representing 85 percent of the world's economy to take stock of progress made since the most recent summits and discuss further actions to assure a sound and sustainable recovery from the global economic and financial crisis, officials said.

"With leaders already scheduled to be in the United States in September to attend the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama offered to host the Summit and leaders of the G20 welcomed the invitation," a White House statement said. "Pittsburgh has demonstrated a commitment to employing new and green technology to further economic recovery and development. The summit will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh, an exemplar of that commitment. The facility is proud to have a LEED Gold Certification from the U.S Green Building Council for leadership in energy and environmental design."

"This is a tremendous opportunity for Pittsburgh," said city Chief of Staff Yarone Zober. "This is a chance for us to showcase our city, and our region, for the world."

He said that Mr. Obama, perhaps joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, would be among the world leaders in attendance, "as well as hundreds of dignitaries, world leaders from around the globe, and thousands of journalists from around the world."

Mr. Zober said the decision to hold the summit here was based on repeated contact between White House staff, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and his staff, and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and his staff.

Among the selling points: "Pittsburgh has really been a model for an economic turnaround," he said, noting the smokestacks-to-knowledge transformation of the regional economy and the development of environmentally friendly "green" job sectors.

It doesn't hurt, he said, that "President Obama is a big Pittsburgh fan in so many ways, and we're glad of it."

He acknowledged that preparing the city to host the world's leaders would be a big job.

"We're going to be ready to welcome the world to Pittsburgh in September," he said. "We're going to make sure that this city shines. . . . This is potentially one of the largest things to happen in Pittsburgh."

The short-term economic impact to hotels, restaurants and other Downtown businesses is significant, he said. So may be the long-term impacts of introducing so many top leaders and international journalists to the city, hopefully including its neighborhoods, he said.

The city's public safety departments have already begun coordinating security planning with the Secret Service, he said, but details are not yet worked out.

Mr. Onorato said hosting the summit is a sign of the area's economic stability and environmental innovations. Pittsburgh's convention center is the largest LEED-certified convention center in the world.

"I want to thank President Obama for giving us this remarkable opportunity to showcase our accomplishments and transformation on a world stage," he said.

The G20 includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union (along with the European Central Bank).

The most recent summit occurred in April in London, Mr. Obama's first major international conference.

Previous conferences have spawned demonstrations that have sometimes become violent in the host cities. Pittsburgh had a peaceful protest in April during the London conference when marchers went from Market Square to the Federal Building on Liberty Avenue.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Positively Pittsburgh Live Hosts Entrepreneurial Thursdays June 11, 2009

5:30 PM - 8 PM at Little E's Jazz & Blues - Cover Charge: Only $5.00!
949 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
2nd Floor above Mahoney's Restaurant (412.392.2217)
Hosted by Jazz/R&B Vocalist - Jessica Lee

June 11, 2009 Topic will be: "Communications & Media"
Featuring Interviews with:

Co-host Joanne Quinn-Smith, CEO - Dreamweaver Marketing Associates & Publisher - Positively Pittsburgh Live Magazine (
Pat Jennette, APR Publisher/Editor/Owner - Jennette Communications Group Allegheny West Magazine (
Anne Fleming, President & CEO - (
Diane L. Daniels, DID & Associates, Free Lance Reporter Pittsburgh Courier (
Donna Baxter, Founder - The Soul Pitt (

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Positve Pittsburgh Newsletter, 5-11-09, Vol. 6

PPL 5-11-09 Pitt Penny Pinchers, Saving Consumers Money
Gaynor Grant from Sweetwater Cooking
Blogger Emily Nottle
Jeff Croushore from Idlewild Park
Pre Paid, Value Added Strong Card Founder, Eric Strong
Listen to the archived news and guest interview at:

Pittsburgh makes’s "Best Jobs" “ is a site dedicated to offering information to assist people in career transitions. The site shares career and interview advice, job postings, job fairs, etc. Pittsburgh joins the list with Seattle, WA, Dallas, TX, Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD, Milwaukee, WI and Washington, D.C. Pittsburgh makes the list according to CareerGuide101 despite our lost of manufacturing jobs and a jump in our unemployment rate from 3.9% to 5%.
Pittsburgh made the list because of our solid industries: healthcare, government and education. Listed as kind of second tier industries are banking and technology. Credit is given specifically to UPMC, Pittsburgh’s largest employer. One look on any of the job posting sites such as Monster, CareerBuilder or Hotjobs will substantiate these are companies showing job growth despite our economy.

Don't forget about the WTAE-TV Job Fair, May 12.

The Impact of the Economic Downturn on Charitable Giving
Is your development program playing offense or defense?
A seminar for development professionals, nonprofit board members and executives.
June 10, 2009
Heinz History Center 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Nonprofit executives, consultants, donor advisors and philanthropic donors discuss the "state of philanthropy" and practical strategies for ensuring that your organization's fundraising stays on track through 2009 and beyond.
This seminar will be held on the day of the public release of Giving USA 2009: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2008, by Giving USA Foundation. As interim executive director of the Center for Philanthropy at Indiana University, Dr. Patrick Rooney's organization is responsible for the data that comprises Giving USA 2009.
This program will be of special interest to development professionals, nonprofit board members and executives. There is no charge for this event, but you must register in advance.
Topics and speakers will include:
Report on the State of Philanthropy in 2008
• Dr. Patrick Rooney, Interim Director, Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University and Head Researcher, Giving USA
The Role of the Nonprofit Board During Challenging Economic Times
• Doreen Boyce, Ph.D.
Panel Discussion
Bringing it Home: Key Issues and Practical Strategies
for Meeting Donor Goals and Optimizing Fundraising Success

Title: Reiki Circle for Children With Special Needs

Date: Saturday May 16, 2009
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Repeats: This event repeats every month on the third Saturday.
Location: The Place For Reiki
Street: 139 Steuben Street, Suite 100
City State Zip: Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Phone: 412-920-2911
Notes: Does your child have special needs--medical, physical, emotional or developmental? If so, perhaps the gentle, loving energy of Reiki can make a difference. Reiki enhances traditional medical and therapeutic treatments and promotes a sense of peace and well-being. Held the third Saturday of each month. You must call to pre-register 412-920-2911. Cost--an offering from your heart. For more information visit

The Samuel J Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in memory of my son Samuel Jacob Johnson. The Foundation is dedicated to honoring Sam’s bright spirit and brave heart by giving children with brain tumors hope for a cure, bringing smiles into the lives of children with all types of pediatric cancers and their families, and supporting the needs of children with developmental disabilities. The Foundation is managed by a volunteer board of directors, and 100% of the net profits from our fundraising programs benefits the children and families we serve.
Fifth Annual “Sam’s Summer Splash” fundraiser at Scott Township Pool on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 6:30 PM . We are looking for businesses to either financially sponsor this event or provide food and drinks for our guests. We are also looking for any children's entertainers (balloon artists, costumed characters, etc.), that would be interested in supporting us with their time and talent. Our attendance is typically 200+ people. Our goal is to offset all of our expenses so we can use 100% of our revenues to benefit the children, families and institutions we support. In exchange for your support, we would place your business name/logo on our website, as well as on promotional materials for this event. Proceeds from this event will be used to support our Sam’s Snack Wagon program for children with cancer and their families at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
You can reach organizer at (724)693-9901 or via e-mail at

A Taste of Oakland
The Oakland Business Improvement District is proud to announce the 2nd Annual “A Taste of Oakland” on Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The event will feature a number of restaurants and retail establishments in the Oakland business district. Participants are invited to tour the Oakland business district and take advantage of great buys at some of our great retail spots!

Here’s how it works:
• On Saturday, May 16, 2008 from 12-3 p.m., participating Oakland retail shops will feature foods prepared by neighborhood restaurants.
• Participants can sample the appetizers by donating $5. Wrist bands can be bought on the day of the event at Eureka Bank and the parklet on the corner of Forbes Avenue and South Bouquet Street, or on our website beginning May 1st!

Sent by the Soul

Public Allies Pittsburgh, an AmeriCorps program and partner of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, identifies our city's most promising leaders, ages 18-30 from diverse backgrounds and creates opportunities for them to strengthen their communities through apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations.

In our 10-month program you will work full time for a nonprofit organization addressing critical community issues, and develop your own leadership skills through regular trainings delivered by community leaders. Join our network of thousands of young leaders already making careers out of making a difference.

• Earn a $4,725 AmeriCorps Service Award
• Receive $1,400 per month
• Acquire weekly leadership development training
• Receive much more!

• You must be between the ages of 18-30,
• have at least a high school diploma or GED,
• be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident,
• have a passion for community service

Contact Matthew Bartko at
412-258-3024 or
to learn more and to obtain an application.

Ally Application Deadline: Friday, June 5th, 2009

Saturday, May 23

Lokua Kanza, one of the most accomplished Congolese recording artists on the scene is on a rare US tour with his band. Lokua Kanza is a prolific singer, songwriter, and composer known for his soulful folksy sound, unusual in the land of Soukous. Lokua's music incorporates many natural sounds from the Congo rainforest including the symphonic chants of the pygmies as well as his own pop melancholic acoustic style of Soukous Music. He has worked and performed with the top names in the business such as Siedah Garrett, Lamont Dozier, Papa Wemba, Manu Dibango, Youssou N’Dour, and Angélique Kidjo to name a few. He also made a special appearance on Saturday Night live with Natalie Merchant.

Featuring WACONGO Dance Company, a traditional performing arts group from the Democratic Republic of Congo, this concert series aims to promote awareness and raise funds for the tens of thousand women and girls in conflict zones who are kidnapped, tortured, brutally raped and sexually enslaved daily in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s intractable civil war.

Sent by Diversity Business Resource Center , Want to Do Business with the Casino

Did you know the new casino is scheduled to open in August of this year? To learn more about what is planned, visit their website at
Are you interested in learning how to do business with the new casino? Then please join us as we host a Vendor Fair on Wednesday, May 20th from 1-4 pm at the Sheraton Station Square.
There will be an opportunity to learn more about the PA Gaming Control Board regulations ( as well as current and future contracting opportunities with the Rivers Casino. Depending on the number and type of businesses represented, there will be an opportunity to meet directly with the department heads.

Roving Pittsburgher—

Jimmy G’s at Brackenridge Country Club
Fresh Roasted meets, appetizer table, seafood table, salad bar, breakfast car including fresh made waffles, omeletter bar, desert bar, brunch music, Jason Christopher magaician, and beautiful view, about 20 miles North of Pittsburgh on Rte 28, just off the Natrona Heights Exit near the UPMC hospital branch

Rock N Roll by Tom Stoppard

Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre in Henry Heyman Theatre at Stephen Foster Memorial in Oakland—Not about Rock N Roll, not about the U.S. but does use American Roc n Roll
Sam Tsoutsosouvas, as Max and Helena Ruoti as Esme

From Prague Spring to Normalization : About History of Czech but more about the evolution of the soul of a people and their thirst for freedom
1976 kinda rock but not “Plastic People of the Unvierse”
Vaclav Havel and the Charter 77 calling for government to honor Helsinki agreement
1989 an author and playwright becomes Czechoslovakas first elected president following a semin bloodless revolution named after the Velvet Underground

Steeltown Hero From NAWBO Make the Connection Awards Winners

Saroj Bahl, Indian Nationality Room, University of

Saroj Bahl has been a tireless member sharing her time,
culture, cuisine and love for people as a window to the Indian
Community for over 30 years. As a founding member of the
University of Pittsburgh. s Indian Nationality Room she has
organized events such as India Independence day, presented
dancers, musicians and culture awareness of the Indian
culture to Pittsburgh. Saroj is a life long supporter of multicultural
relations and cross cultural understanding for all ethnic groups.

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.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Positively Pittsburgh Live News, Vol 4, 4-27-09

Three Rivers Youth Nellie Leadership Awards Gala
April 30, 2009
5:30 PM
The Twentieth Century Club

This wonderful event begins with a red-carpet entrance and only gets better!  You'll meet scholarship winners and community volunteers as well as learn more about the incredible work Three Rivers Youth has done for more than 125 years. 

August Wilson Center for African American Culture
and Pittsburgh Dance Council

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence in
One Shot: Rhapsody in Black & White
Saturday, May 2, 2009, 8 p.m. – Byham Theater
PITTSBURGH, PA – The August Wilson Center for African American Culture and the Pittsburgh Dance Council proudly co-present One Shot: Rhapsody in Black & White by Ronald K. Brown/Evidence on Saturday, May 2, 2009, 8 p.m. at the Byham Theater. Inspired by the photographs of legendary Pittsburgh documentary photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, Brown’s One Shot infuses traditional African dance, modern choreography, and spoken word to explore struggle and loss, hope and triumph, and the incredible sense of identity exhibited in Harris’s documentation of Pittsburgh’s African American communities.
Lokua Kanza, one of the most accomplished Congolese recording artists on the scene is on a rare US tour with his band.  Lokua Kanza is a prolific singer, songwriter, and composer known for his soulful folksy sound, unusual in the land of Soukous. Lokua's music incorporates many natural sounds from the Congo rainforest including the symphonic chants of the pygmies as well as his own pop melancholic acoustic style of Soukous Music.
Featuring WACONGO Dance Company, a traditional performing arts group from the Democratic Republic of Congo, this concert series aims to promote awareness and raise funds for the tens of thousand women and girls in conflict zones who are kidnapped, tortured, brutally raped and sexually enslaved daily in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s intractable civil war.

LIVE in Pittsburgh
Saturday May 23, 2009 8PM
@ The Byham Theatre, 101 Sixth Street
Appearing live with WACONGO Dance Company

From EWC:
YWCA Tribute to Women Leadership Luncheon

Honoring EWC Member Ellen Roth as well as seven additional women of achievement.
Join fellow EWC members and guests at a reserved table for the YWCA Tribute to Women Leadership Luncheon.  The 2009 Honorees include EWC member Ellen Roth along with Deborah Acklin, Sally Wiggin, Olga Welch, Joyce Rothermel, Sylvia Hill Fields, Aggie Brose and Valerie McDonald Roberts.  For more information, please visit the YWCA's website at
Event Info
Wed, May 20th
Westin Hotel, 1000 Penn Avenue
12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM
Fee: $65 for EWC members; $75 non-members
From EWC
EWC Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting and Women Voices Women Votes Update
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
Six Penn Kitchen Rooftop Terrance
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Registration Information to Follow! 

Network Now

A Business Networking and Social Media Event

Professionals are invited to come out and participate in open
networking and meet valuable business contacts. Make sure
to bring at least a few hundred business cards and your
appointment book.  This mega 1-day business networking
event is produced  in different cities in the Midwest and on East
coast.  Attendees are business owners, entrepreneurs, managers,
trainers, consultants, independent contractors, investors, executives,
marketing experts, coaches, social media experts, web 2.0
professionals and SEO experts.

Promote and showcase your business at a sponsor or
exhibitor table.  Reserve your table before April 30th to
receive the early bird exhibitor fee of $125.
Date: May 27, 2009
Time: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Place: Syria Shrine, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick, PA
Host: Network Now Events 
Cost: Free
For more info, contact Greg Leffel at 888-833-7610 or

From Pittsburgh Women’s Yellow Pages Publisher, Ann Marie Gire

I would like to congratulate Amber Ligget, one of the young entrepreneurs featured on this year's Women's Yellow Pages (WPY/SWP), for being selected as the 2009 Guardian Life Insurance Company's Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Award recipient.This event, Girls Going Places, is produced by Hurley Associates and held at Chatham University, for more information , contact Carol Hurley at info
Hurley Associates is listed on page 25 of the WYP/SWP.
Ms Liggett is an outstanding student and entrepreneur, giving back a great deal to her community, is a superior student and runs a
successful business.
Amber attended this years Girls Going Places with her mother, Marcia Ligget, a mentor at the event. Both are from Beaver County
Ms. Liggett's business is Amber's Amazing Balloons, her profile is on page 45 of the WYP/SWP and ad is on page 43.
Next time you are planning a special event, remember this young women who will make your event even more special,
 Amber's Amazing Balloons.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

"One Night Stand, Machine Improvisations"
I had made arrangements to go to “One Night Stand” and start out at Wood St. Galleries with Mary Ann Barnes. Well the exhibit was a noisy assault on the senses using computer generated images. I interviewed people outside and one gentleman from LA said he had come all this way to see it, and that all art was an assault on the senses. I never hooked up with Mary Ann but she did attend and when she got home was delighted that I suggested she go. We both went also to the Barbie art exhibit and the Czech exhibit and also the Apocalypse exhibit. The most Positive thing that I can say about is that this event celebrated our diversity in art expression here in Pittsburgh and the crowd was friendly and interactive with each other which was a great thing. So now I have written my roving Pittsburgher report about One Night Stand. Until Next week's report: JQS

Make the Connection

30 men and women honored at Sheraton Station Square by NAWBO with amazing diversity in gender, race and age, 85, 86 and 91 and still going strong. Received proclamations from Pittsburgh City Council sponsored by Council President Doug Shiels, Proclamation from the Mayors office and Proclamation from Senator Jane Orie’s office. Emceed by 986 Lineman of the Year Edmund Nelson, with musical entertainment by Marla Dean, next year’s event, April 21, 2010
Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre—Desolato
Comedy interpretation about life in Communist Czechoslovakia, Dark references to “them” and when “they” will come, repetition of wordy existentialism makes for comedic fun and as a survivor of the sixties I found the reading of the play including the stage directions hysterical as did most of the audience. It’s a rare treat in an off beat genre, the cast is stellar and there is no scenery so you are faced with the stark reality of communist Chzechoslovakia while assaulted continually by Vaclav Havel’s existential humor. Word of caution, procrastinators beware you may decide that the excuse making Leopold, the philosopher protagonist is a self portrait. And as always there are no bad seats in the intimate Henry Heyman Theatre.

After theatre we went to Folino’s/ Tom’s Diner for a Tuscan frittata, yes a frittata filled with artichokes and roasted red peppers and asparagus for dinner.

Steeltown Hero-Woman of Steel

Kathy Brophy, Think Pink Pittsburgh
Arizona’ s lost is Pittsburgh gain. Kathy Brophy, with
her husband and daughter, relocated to Pittsburgh six
years ago. Shortly thereafter, she meet Sharon Oliver,
Founding director of Think Pink, Inc and catching
Susan’s enthusiasm and passion for fund raising for
Hillman Cancer Patient Assistant Fund, she joined the
board and then later agreed to help Sharon by
becoming Director of Think Pink, Pittsburgh. Kathy is
the owner of A Perfect You, which integrates wellness services into Spas, Day
Spas, Salons and Dr.’s offices and also working with clients’ one-on one to help
them created their own custom cosmetic style and image.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

PositivelyPittsburghLive, Pittsburgh Penny Pinchers, B to B

This show originally aired on May 4, 2009 and archived version can be heard at:

Steel City Flyer

George Solomon Teagarden DeBolt is the President of DeBolt Unlimited Travel Services. As such, he is the third generation of his family to be associated with the transportation industry. His affiliation with the company began with a familiarization tour of the operation five days after his birth.

Mr. DeBolt is a student and aficionado of all forms of transportation. His interest has led him to skydive, ride the Orient Express, twice drive a “Moke” down the Pan American Highway to Panama, travel by school bus over the Andes Mountains, ride bulls in Belize and camels in Tunisia, finish the first Pittsburgh Marathon, and drive the German Gran Prix course at Nurburgring. As a licensed pilot he has landed aircraft at John F. Kennedy International Airport and flown gliders over the Mojave Desert.
1, The Steel City Flyer is the brainchild of a couple of railroad guys in Green Tree and the owner of a fleet of buses in the Mon Valley, and no subsidy is asked.

The bus will link in Harrisburg to high-speed Amtrak trains that go to Philadelphia and New York. The Flyer team hopes to eventually allow a bus rider transferring to the train to buy one ticket to cover both fares.

George DeBolt, the third-generation chief of the DeBolt transportation companies in Homestead, is partnering with Henry Posner III and Bob Pietrandrea, chairman and president of Railroad Development Corp., a Green Tree-based company with international rail investments.

Mr. DeBolt said he and the rail men may move people in different ways but both "think intermodally."

Steel City Flyer
P.O. Box 335
Homestead, PA 15120, USA
Toll Free: 1-877-743-5937 (1-877-PHFlyer) ~ 1-412-461-9132

Two Tech Divas

You will learn how the 2 Tech Divas save you money by teaching you about online tools that can really help your business. Most of the tools are free to use.

What kind of tools are out there?
Are these tools easy to use?
What's your favorite tool?
Why would you need to use these tools?

Donna Baxter, Co-Owner
"We're not your typical nerds!"

Jo Ann R. Forrester,
SI Business Associates

Pittsburgh, PA 15210

Some of the ways we help our clients SAVE MONEY!
Siba (Price it Perfect ) helps clients save money by Analzying the complete Business and make recommendations on the following:
1. Managing cash to avoid costly mistakes with the banks, credit card companies, suppliers, vendors and employees.
2. Review what it costs the business owner to borrow money and how that costs needs to be put into their overhead
3. Review over overhead and see where we can eliminate duplicate expenses, including insurance vehicle expense, equipment costs etc
4. Review bidding and make sure the owner is clearly COVERING ALL COSTS including, labor, material, disposal transportation, overhead, and ROI.. Make sure they are bidding correctly so they do not lose money on a project
5. Secure lines of credit to reduce the use of credit cards in the business.
6. Review accounts payable and determine if they are missing discounts or are overpaying
7. Review previous work to determine why the job was profitable or was the job lost.
8. Monitor employees expenses to determine if they are correct.
9. Determine what it costs them to run their business per day, how much they need to sell and the cost of getting the customer in the door.
10.. Help the owner implement the VISION OF THE BUSINESS WITHOUT GOING BROKE.

Gregg Mathis
SLFF Ventures LLC

• Savings in oil usage,
• Improving safety for you and your employees
• Improving your fryer’s condition,
• Making your kitchen a cheerier place by taking on the funky jobs that NOBODY likes to do, ‘cept us,
• Reducing waste,
• Dependable fryer oil maintenance
• Affordability.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Positively Pittsburgh Live Host and Publisher Designated 2009 Journalist of the Year

Pittsburgh “techno granny” honored as the Small Business Administration’s National Journalist of the Year

PITTSBURGH -- Her byline has never appeared in a newspaper and she’s never hosted a radio show or worked at a television station, yet Joanne Quinn Smith recently was lauded as the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2009 Journalist of the Year.

Smith twits, blogs and hosts podcasts – embracing the new medium – to promote Pittsburgh, technology, marketing and professional networking.

Our champion began her quest by winning at the district office level when she was chosen as the Pittsburgh District’s Journalist of the Year. Then, like the other 68 district winners, her nomination was forwarded to her respective regional office, in this case Region 3, which comprises 7 districts; Delaware, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia . After becoming the regional winner, one of ten throughout the country, Quinn Smith’s package was sent to Washington, D.C. for the national competition and she was selected as the national Journalist of the Year.

Carl Knoblock, Pittsburgh SBA district director, stated that Quinn Smith’s innovation sets her apart from traditional print and broadcast journalists. “She’s not only using social networking but also strives to show persons how to use these new technologies,” he said.

Quinn Smith and nine other local small business owners and advocates will be honored at the Pittsburgh District’s May 21st awards luncheon which will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel, downtown Pittsburgh.

Volunteerism led 59-year-old Quinn Smith into computer-based journalism. As a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Pittsburgh Chapter, Quinn Smith, a marketer and former owner of a limousine company, was delegated to promote the organization – via the web. “I hosted my first Positively Pittsburgh Live podcast in 2007 and all of the NAWBO women jumped in to listen and offer support.

According to Quinn Smith, Positively Pittsburgh Live treats listeners to stories not found in Pittsburgh’s mainstream media. Each Monday, she interviews three or four guests to tout the town.

“Its news that slips through the cracks and its all positive items about Pittsburgh,” she added. “We’ve got a roving Pittsburgher segment which is a report of what happened that was fun and Steel Town Heroes that showcases volunteers. It’s a site for and by Pittsburghers”

In two years, Quinn Smith said her show has grown to an audience of 50,000 listeners and has spawned two spinoffs – the “Techno Granny Show” and “Monday Morning Marketeer”.
“Techno Granny updates people about 21st century technology,” she explained.
“And Monday Morning Marketeer provides listeners with 15 minutes of guerrilla marketing tips – all for under $100.”

“It’s great to do something positive about Pittsburgh and receive national recognition for it”, she said. LIsteners wanted additional contact so I started an online multimedia magazine thru Penny Haynes, developer of OnLineCommunityMagazines.
The title is and is free to users and advertisers can acquire their own internet radio and TV channel inside the magazine. Again it is all monitored for A rated content and only Positive News.

Before her podcasts go to video in July, Quinn Smith will head to Washington, D.C. for the 46th annual celebration of National Small Business Week to attend a series of galas and events as the National Journalist of the Year.

Small Business Week will feature a series of forums on Energy (Going Green), Business Financing and Social Media, designed to help entrepreneurs with current, real-world issues that impact their business. In addition, there will be a town hall forum to discuss small business concerns. Small businesses nationwide will be able to view the forums and town hall via live webcast online. Also, the Small Business Week Cyber Café, sponsored by Trend Micro, will provide free Wi-Fi to all attendees.

Additional information on National Small Business Week, including a detailed schedule and registration information, is online at

Note: For more information on the SBA’s loan programs, please contact the SBA Western Pennsylvania District Office at 412-395-6560.

The U.S. Small Business Administration – helping small businesses start, grow and succeed.


Monday, May 4, 2009

Positively Pittsburgh Live, Pittsburgh Business As Usual

The premise of this show is that Pittsburgh is doing Business as Usual and that many firms are either steady, growing or hiring or at least two out of three.

This show was originally aired at and the archived version is available at:
or on Positively Pittsburgh Live unique radio channel at:

Eva Sztupka-Kerschbaumer
ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare

17 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
412-401-4219 direct
Eva Sztupka-Kerschbaumer
Scott Kerschbaumer
Voted "Best Spa" in Pittsburgh for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009
Winner of Skin Inc. Magazine's "Best of the Best" Spa Award (2008)
Named the 3rd Best Spa in America by The Industry Source Magazine (2008)
17 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
412-401-4219 cell
412-782-3888 spa
twitter @esspakozmetika

Today, Eva owns and operates ESSPA Inc., a Dayspa and Skincare company that had revenues over $1.9 million in 2008 (a 20% increase over 2007) with 15 treatment rooms in 5,000 sq.ft. and over 30+ employees. She is regarded as one of the top experts in the country on organic spa treatments for children and teens. And to top it off, her spa was just named the "Best Green Spa" by Pittsburgh Magazine (April 2009) and was voted "3rd Best Spa in America" by The Industry Source Magazine (Nov.'08).
Boasts 10% growth over last year.

J. Douglas Austin; Vice President
James Austin Company

In 1889, Mollie Austin asked her husband James if he knew of a better rug cleaner, James decided to make his own cleaner. After many versions, and Mollie's approval Austin's Carpet Cleaner was born. Cooking the formula on the kitchen stove, James sold his product out of his Pittsburgh, PA grocery store. By word of mouth, others asked for Austin's Carpet Cleaner; planting the seed for what is today a fourth generation family company that manufactures a wide variety of household and institutional cleaning products.
Certainly Mollie and James would be proud of today's fourth generation of Austin's who still uphold the family motto:
"Produce quality products for people and they'll come back."
Business is steady and Austin’s is hiring.

Lisa Behe, Agent
State Farm - Providing Insurance and Financial Services

1003 Lane Avenue
Natrona Heights, PA 15065
Phone 724.226.2120
Fax 724.226.2053

Owner of Lisa Behe State Farm Insurance and Financial Services in Natrona Heights

Synopsis of Organization:

The Lisa Behe Agency offers over 100 insurance, banking and investment products so that we can assist people to protect themselves, their families, their businesses and their assets. When working with our clients to help them to plan for life's setbacks, to help them save money and also to help them make money, we put their interests at the forefront of everything we do. Women's needs are my specialty.

• Best month ever in March!
• People are looking for the best value, not just the lowest price.
• People seem to be stepping up their understanding of their personal financial situation and taking an active role instead of a passive one.
• Our region has some unique qualities and instead of worrying about what we are not, we need to capitalize on what we are.
• People who have not lived elsewhere don't realize how unique and wonderful Pittsburgh is - and that every city/region has problems. The grass is NOT greener elsewhere!

Mary Pam Kilgore, CMP*
Business Name: Kilgore Business Services, LLC

At Kilgore Business Services, LLC, we provide the resources necessary to make your next meeting or event successful.
We can plan and execute the following types of corporate and fund raising events.
Awards Banquets
Arts and Music Festivals
Trade Shows
Special Events
Fundraising Events
Association Chapter Management
From working with you on goals and objections to final wrap-up meeting, let Kilgore Business Services, LLC be your strategic partner in making your event the “best ever.”
Profession: Independent Meeting/Event Planner
Mary Pam Kilgore
Kilgore Business Services LLC
Events are staying steady and some are growing!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Pittsburgh Schools Outreach to the Community, Episode 1

This show originally aired on 11-10-08 on and can be heard archived at:
or at on its own unique internet radio and TV channel.

Pittsburgh Schools Outreach to the Community, Episode 1

Kyle Holbrook
(724) 531-2184
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
MLK Jr. East Busway Community Mural Project
bio and info about program
Organization Background
The MLK Community Mural Project is for Pittsburgh the biggest and brightest art venture in the city's history, with murals scheduled to cover 26 walls throughout the city and already engaging hundreds of Pittsburgh's biggest and brightest residents.
Currently, we've produced more than a dozen murals along the MLK East Busway, spanning eight neighborhoods. The dimensions are larger than life. The colors are purposefully vivid and visually stimulating. The images are jazzy and abstract. The narratives painted are of great historical significance. Most importantly, we are developing the vast artistic and intellectual wealth represented by our gifted Pittsburgh youth.

Talking Points
• 2008 Moving the Lives of Kids Community Mural Project
• New Modules- Music, Web/Video, Fashion, Fitness
• Stopping Violence
• Upcoming events for the Christmas Season- Monroeville Mall and Ross Park Mall
Please visit our websites at and for additional information

From his Keystone Church in Hazelwood, Rev. Tim Smith, 47, runs the K.R.U.N.K. (Kreating Realistic Urban Newschool Knowledge) Movement through his nonprofit Center of Life. K.R.U.N.K. teaches teens how to write, engineer, perform and market their hip-hop and jazz music - with a message. Established in 2005, K.R.U.N.K. has 15 student-members, ages 15-17, who are booked for performances and assemblies through 2007, including a tour of England and France. Two K.R.U.N.K. CDs will appear in February.
Kreating Realistic Urban New-school Knowledge

The KRUNK Movement is a student lead music and health initiative that uses jazz, hip-hop, dance, recording & engineering, visual art and equipment management to communicate positive messages about physical and mental health to teens and pre-teens. The movement is designed as a production company and also serves to teach students how to start and run a small business. The movement started in 2005 with students brain-storming ideas that brought the KRUNK Movement into existence. Through KM the students have created a venue through which they can use their God given talents to impact the lives of their peers and earn income. The KRUNK Movement has completed three phases: The first phase was the creation of the movement as a small business. The second phase established the movement as a production company and a student health education provider. The third phase secured KM as Gateway to the arts artist in residence and opened up the doors for the students to take their message of physical and mental health into the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Last year the KRUNK Movement students performed for 46 organizations and produced two new CDs’. 100% of the students who have participated in KRUNK have been accepted to a major University with either a full or partial scholarship. It has been an incredible three years.
One of Tim’s mentors is Dr. John Perkins: the founder of the Christian Community Development Association. Like Dr. Perkins Tim’s philosophy is plain and simple:

We believe in giving people fish if they need it. But only so they can taste it and want more.

Then we believe in teaching people how to fish so that they can take care of themselves and their families and be a contagious example to others.
Tim Smith Keystone Church of Hazelwood | (412) 521-3468

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild Youth & Arts
1815 Metropolitan Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
412-322-1773 Ext. 378
Joshua Green
VP of Operations
Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
1815 Metropolitan Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
(412) 322-1773 ext. 307
Talking Points for Positively Pittsburgh (11/10/08)
• MCG Youth & Arts Programs
For teens = Apprenticeship Training Program (after-school) & Summer Studio Intensives
*ATP enrollment window- January 7-9, Classes begin on Jan 12.
School Day = Artists in Schools & Art Explorers (gallery & studio experiences at MCG)
Higher Ed and Career Connections at MCG
• Free access to two galleries and visiting artist workshops
• Family Days = Free access to learn more about MCG plus hands on workshops and demos
• Evening Courses for Educators and Adults

National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship
NFTE's History and Overview

Founded in 1987 by Steve Mariotti (a former business executive and entrepreneur) while he was a public high school teacher in New York City’s South Bronx, NFTE began as a program to prevent dropouts and improve academic performance among students who were at risk of failing or quitting school. Combining his business background with his desire to teach at-risk students, Steve discovered that when low-income youth are given the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship, their innate “street smarts” can easily develop into “academic smarts” and “business smarts.” Through entrepreneurship, youth discover that what they are learning in the classroom is relevant to the real world.
NFTE is widely viewed as a world leader in promoting entrepreneurial literacy among youth. When young people participate in our programs they begin to unlock their unique entrepreneurial creativity, have a greater understanding of the free enterprise system, improve the quality of their lives, and dare to dream for bright futures.
To date, NFTE has worked with over 186,000 young people from low-income communities in programs across the U.S. and around the world.
NFTE Greater Pittsburgh opened in 1995. Funded almost entirely by charitable gifts NFTE has partnerships with nearly 30 schools and not for profit and faith based organizations that serve primarily young people in lower income communities. While all young people would benefit from a NFTE program NFTE's mission is to use charitable funds to benefit disadvantaged youth.

Helping youth understand and experience the power of OWNERSHIP and how ENTREPRENEURIAL THINKING can help them discover new possibilities....for life are what distinguish NFTE from all other youth development strategies.

Jerry Cozewith
National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship
307 Fourth Avenue suite 500
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412 456 4169