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15th Annual Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference May 10, 2013

Duquesne University Small Business Development Center is celebrating its 15th Annual Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference on May 10, 2013.

This action-packed event has something for every business – just starting or growing fast – with workshops, a business building tradeshow and a keynote speaker at lunch.  Businesses looking to learn the hottest trends in social media, the latest strategies for finding and keeping customers and tips for increasing profits are invited.

 

Workshops include:

  • Starting a Business: A Roadmap to Success
  • Build a Better Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Guide To Writing a Great Business Plan
  • Before You Buy: Is a Franchise the Right Business for You?
  • Relationship Management: Tips to Find, Connect & Keep More Clients & Customers
  • Come On Big Money: How To Sell Your Business & Get Top Dollar
  • Re-Invent, Re-Invigorate, Re-Think: A Five-Year Strategic Action Plan for Faster Growth & Bigger Profits
  • Resources, Opportunities, and Ideas for Women & Minority Business Owners
  • Money, Money, Money: Who Has It & How To Get It
  • Deduct It! 15 Money-Saving Secrets of Tax Savvy Entrepreneurs
  • Next Generation Networking: How to Meet More Customers, Vendors, Partners & Friends Online & Offline
  • The Competitive Edge: How to be a Marketing Rock Star
  • The Social Savvy Entrepreneur: 15 Time-Saving Ideas to Build Business on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn
  • Watch This: The Marketing Power of Online Videos
  • Clicks & Cash: What It Takes to Drive Website Traffic, Convert Visitors to Customers & Keep Them Coming Back

A special networking opportunity will be provided at lunch – many of the events speakers have volunteered to stay for lunch and host a table.  This is a chance for attendees to sit with the expert and pick their brain; get a few new ideas and network with others at the table as well.  There will be speakers who are discussing topics such as branding, finding money and social media.

The Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference begins at 8:00 a.m. with registration and networking and continues through 4:30 p.m. at Duquesne University.

Register at www.sbdc.duq.edu.

Use code Pitt13 and receive a $20 discount.  If your customer is small business, consider exhibiting.

Ticketsburgh.com, a division of Eventsburgh LLC, Launched

Ticketsburgh.com is a new division of Eventsburgh LLC.  It was founded because the owners of Eventsburgh LLC recognizes that there’s a demand for a service that helps organizers, venues and show producers provide ticket deals to potential guests in Pittsburgh.  In essence, the site will help them sell tickets by making available attractive ticket deals.

ticketsburgh

Tony Hsieh, owner of Eventsburgh LLC and the man behind Ticketsburgh.com, issued a statement regarding the site’s launch.

“We are excited to provide organizers, venues and show producers an opportunity to reach out to more customers and help them sell more tickets,” says Tony.  “We at Ticketsburgh.com recognizes that these people produce and organize world-class shows, concerts and performances and the best way to thank them for their time and effort in putting together these events is to give them a full house.  We want to help them achieve that,” he followed.

The site has set aside a specific page wherein organizers, venues and show producers can get their businesses featured.  If you’re looking for ways to fill the house before show time, you can set up your organization profile at http://ticketsburgh.com/business/.

Before its launch, the site also created quite a stir among people in Pittsburgh and nearby cities.  This is because in essence, the site creates a win-win situation wherein guests get to enjoy discounted tickets for their favorite shows, concerts and performances.  The site aims to provide discounts from 30% off of the full ticket price!

“The whole world knows that our city plays host to world-class shows and performances and we’re just excited to provide people a good opportunity to enjoy them at discounted prices,” Tony said when asked about the opportunity to help people enjoy these events at discounted prices.  “Hopefully, people will support Ticketsburgh.com like how they supported Eventsburgh,” he followed.

The site has an easy setup process that can help you check out available deals.  You can subscribe for email alerts at http://ticketsburgh.com/.  Updates will also be provided through the company’s Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/ticketsburgh and through the company’s Twitter account at http://twitter.com/#!/ticketsburgh so follow them now!

About Ticketsburgh.com

Ticketsburgh.com (http://ticketsburgh.com/) is a company that makes available great discount ticket deals and last-minute ticket deals for shows, concerts and performances in the Pittsburgh area.  The company is a division of Eventsburgh.com – an event-listing company located in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh’s First Cash Mob: Support The American Diabetes Association

Pittsburgh, PA– On Friday March 30, 2012 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Station Square will host Pittsburgh’s first “Cash Mob”.  The Cash Mob will support the American Diabetes Association, Loova (www.loova.com) , and Buckhead Saloon (www.buckheadpittsburgh.com).

What is a cash mob? A cash mob is a flash mob with a purpose.  Our purpose is to show our dedication and gratitude to the local Pittsburgh economy by putting our money where our heart is, and we are inviting you to do the same!

How will this cash mob work?   More than 100 people from the greater Pittsburgh region will visit Station Square on the same day to use their dollars to support the local community by making a purchase at Loova, a handmade bath and body product store, and dining or having a drink at Buckhead Saloon.  In appreciation of your support, these local businesses will donate a portion of their proceeds to the American Diabetes Association.

The amount of the donation depends on you!

Loova will donate 25% of all Cash Mob related sales to the American Diabetes Association.

From 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Buckhead Saloon is offering all Cash Mob participants the opportunity to donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association to receive:

  • Free drink card redeemable for the drink of their choice, and
  • 1/2 off all drinks 6 p.m.-8 p.m. , and
  • 1/2 off appetizers 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Cash Mobs provide local businesses with a much needed injection of cash as well as encourage  business owners to stay in the community.  A well-orchestrated Cash Mob says, “We support the businesses that support Pittsburgh.”  The success of Pittsburgh’s inaugural Cash Mob, and local economy, depends on YOU, so all are encouraged to come out and support Pittsburgh on March 30, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

About Forest City Enterprises

Forest City Enterprises, Inc is a NYSE-listed national real estate company based in Cleveland, Ohio.  They are the real-estate company responsible for the redevelopment of Station Square, the Westin Convention Center, and multiple apartment home buildings state-wide. Founded in 1920, Forest City’s diverse portfolio includes hundreds of premier properties located throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.forestcity.net

Brownielocks and the Three Bears

Brownielocks and the Three Bears is a website that has been around for more than 10 years but I only bookmarked it a little more than year ago or so when my friend, Becky, talked about it at a meeting. If you are an event planner, school teacher or anyone looking for a theme for an event or school project then Brownielocks is the place to go. Pick a month — any month — and there are listings for holidays, weeks of or month of celebrations and awareness. For example: Did you know there was a National Hot Dog Day? (July 17th) or that May is Family Wellness Month?

Brownielocks and the Three Bears

The person who started Brownielocks said they did it as a fun way for older children to learn. Which means to me that listings on the site are actual days, that the illustrations are cute without being silly and the content is “G” rated.

For people like me who like to plan ahead the listings are for all months and not just one at a time. While the current month is the centerpiece, you can still access previous months or go click to choose future months. If a day or month as a link, they are also posted.

One caveat is that it doesn’t seem to work in Google Chrome. At least it didn’t work for me.

Brownielocks and the Three Bears is great site to spend some free time.

Mary Pam Kilgore, CMP, helps corporations and nonprofit organizations serve their target market with effective meetings and events. She is the owner of Kilgore Business Services, LLC, www.kilgorebusiness.com and teaches Event Planning As A Career at CCAC.  She may be reached by email at marypamkilgore@gmail.com

Post-it® brand Name Badges Review

You have the perfect setting for a meeting. The attendance is higher than last year. The program will be amazing. The food had been ordered. The Audio Visual is in place and working. The registration list is in alphabetical order and triple checked. What final thing are you missing? Oh yeah, name badges.

Name Badges

Name badges. They can range from personal pieces of art to “Hello My Name is …” written with a Sharpie. Name badges show everyone that you belong in the event and help in making connections from one person to another. Most people don’t think about name badges until there isn’t one with their name on it at an event.

I don’t remember when I bought my first box of Post-it® brand name badges. I do know I haven’t purchased another brand since then. They seem heavier and more substantial than other badges. They are perforated around each badge and separate easily. They stay on longer but don’t leave a residue. Like all adhesive name badges, the Post-it® brand is not recommended for certain fabrics including suede and silk. One more thing is the name badges don’t work with my laser printer even though they are supposed to work with laser printers. It could be that Post-it® brand name badges are thicker than other name badges. I also have an ink jet printer and have no problems with the badges. Post-it® brand name badges also work with Avery name badge templates so you don’t have to change your badge set up.

If you are using adhesive name badges, try Post-it® brand and you will be glad that you did.

Mary Pam Kilgore, CMP, helps corporations and nonprofit organizations serve their target market with effective meetings and events. She is the owner of Kilgore Business Services, LLC, www.kilgorebusiness.com and teaches Event Planning As A Career at CCAC.  She may be reached by email marypamkilgore@gmail.com

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Parking in the Cultural District — Yes! There’s an App for that!

Parking in Pittsburgh

One of the biggest complaints that I hear for not going to downtown Pittsburgh for events is that you can’t find parking. Now thanks to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and various partners including Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 Initiative, there’s an app for that!. ParkPgh, which was launched in 2011, enables you to find parking spaces in the 10 parking lots that populate the Cultural District. The lots combined offer more than 5,000 spaces, roughly 25% of all parking in downtown Pittsburgh.

You can access the information in ParkPgh several ways. Try the web site http://parkpgh.org, Select the Cultural District destination from the drop down menu and it will show you the closest parking lots and how many spaces are available. It will also show using color codes if a lot has reached capacity, approaching capacity or what percentage of the lot is available. If you have an Apple iPhone or iPad then you can get the app from the App Store. If you have an android phone select http://m.parkpgh.org and get the mobile site. If you want, you can text “parking” to 412-423-8980 (standard message rates apply) to get a list of garages. The website also has a list of shortcuts for getting the information via text. Finally, you can phone 412-423-8980 and follow the commands to get the latest parking information.

Not only can ParkPgh give current information, but it can also tell you when it expects a bump in parking lot usage in certain lots. For example when there are multiple events going on such as the Pittsburgh Symphony performing at Heinz Hall and a play at the O’Reilly Theater on the same evening would certainly mean a crowded parking situation. If you have the information ahead of time, you can avoid the busier lots. This ability to predict the future usage is unique among other parking programs.

Since I downloaded the app to my cell phone, I have used it several times to find parking in the Cultural District. It was easy to use, and knowing what lots were more available than others saved time and attitude. It would be wonderful it this program was expanded to other city parking lots.

Mary Pam Kilgore,CMP, helps corporations and nonprofit organizations serve their target market with effective meetings and events. She is the owner of Kilgore Business Services, LLC, www.kilgorebusiness.com and teaches Event Planning As A Career at CCAC.  She may be reached by email marypamkilgore@gmail.com

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Email Interview: The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF)’s Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows Program

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows Program

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship has a wide network of program sites all across the US and this post will focus on the Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows Program.  The organization recognizes that there is a huge disparity between the “haves” and the “have-nots” when it comes to health and healthcare.  This is the reason why they aim to lessen this disparity by improving the health of those who need help most.  Check out this post to know more about them.

What is your organization’s name?

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF)’s Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows Program

What is your name and what is your affiliation with the organization?

Nicole M. Cobb-Moore, MA, Greater Philadelphia Program Director

Please tell us a little bit about you.

I started working for ASF in 2006, while working at Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health (JSPH) as the Assistant Director of Academic and Student Services. I have a BS in Public Affairs and an MA in Organizational Management. Since the inception of the Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows Program in 2006, I have been hands-on in all aspects of the Fellowship’s programming, fundraising, mentoring, and advisory board cultivation. With a strong sense of Philadelphia, I am happy to encourage graduate students to reach their full potential by finding ways to serve our community.

How / why did your organization start? (Background, History)

One of thirteen Schweitzer program sites across the U.S., the Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows Program was established in 2006 under the leadership of David B. Nash, MD, MBA and colleagues at Jefferson School of Population Health of Thomas Jefferson University. Since then, Schweitzer Fellows in Greater Philadelphia—competitively chosen from health-focused graduate student applicants in a variety of fields—have worked tirelessly to reduce health disparities in Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Southern New Jersey.

Over 50 Schweitzer Fellows in Greater Philadelphia have provided nearly 10,000 hours of service to vulnerable communities. Partnering with nearly 40 area community-based organizations, these Fellows have conceptualized and carried out yearlong service projects directly addressing issues including:

• Childhood obesity in Philadelphia’s low-income communities (Alesia Mitchell, Temple University)

• The lack of Hepatitis B education and screenings available to Philadelphia’s Asian communities (Betty Chung, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey)

• Homophobia experienced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Philadelphia area’s school systems and workforce (Noel Ramirez, University of Pennsylvania)

• The prevalence of SIDS among infants of Philadelphia-area homeless women (Alana Wright Benton, St. Joseph’s University)

• The Delaware Haitian community’s access to cardiovascular disease education, prevention, and treatment (Sheila Salvant-Valentine, Widener University School of Law)

What is your organization’s objective? (What does it do?)

ASF’s mission is to develop “Leaders in Service”: individuals who are dedicated to and skilled in addressing the health needs of underserved communities, and whose example influences and inspires others.

ASF achieves this through an interdisciplinary, service-learning model that fosters moral and professional development. This model combines:

  • mentored, entrepreneurial, community-based service projects
  • a curriculum that emphasizes values and leadership
  • structured opportunities for individual and group reflection
  • lifelong fellowship with service-oriented colleagues

Each year, the U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program® competitively selects approximately 250 exceptional students from the nation’s top health and human service schools to follow in Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s footsteps.

These Schweitzer Fellows — mostly university graduate students –  partner with community-based organizations to identify an unmet health need, design a yearlong service project with a demonstrable impact on that need, and bring that project from idea to implementation and impact — all on top of their usual graduate school responsibilities.

After successfully completing their initial year, they become members of the Schweitzer Fellows for Life alumni network of over 2,000 Leaders in Service who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities.

How long has the organization been around?

In 1940, ASF was founded in the United States to support Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s medical work in Africa during World War II. Since Dr. Schweitzer’s death in 1965, ASF has continued to provide direct assistance to the Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné.

In 1979, ASF began sending senior U.S. medical students to work at the hospital. These Lambaréné Schweitzer Fellows work together with an international staff of Gabonese and expatriate professionals, providing skilled care through over 35,000 outpatient visits and more than 6,000 hospitalizations annually for patients from all parts of Gabon.

But ASF’s management soon realized that the same health disparities Fellows were traveling to Africa to address also exist in abundance right here in the U.S. So in 1992, they launched the U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program. Now, nearly 20 years later, ASF runs 13 program sites across the country.

What kind of events / activities does your organization do?

Leadership development for graduate and professional students; public outreach through symposia and health fairs; direct service to people and communities in need; professional development opportunities for individuals seeking to cultivate a life of service.

How can people get in touch with your organization (or you)?

They can visit our website at www.schweitzerfellowship.org/philadelphia. We are now accepting applications for the 2012-13 class of Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows.

Any messages to Philadelphia?

To learn more about the Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellowship Program attend one of our remaining information sessions January 9th or January 19th. Contact phillyschweitzer@gmail.com for more information.

Final Quote:       Do something wonderful, people may imitate it. – Albert Schweitzer

Business Etiquette is in season all year long

The holidays are here. A time of great food and good cheer. And a time to remember our manners.

Business Lunch

A Business Lunch

1. Dress Professionally. It doesn’t always mean a suit, but clean and neat is necessary. Tip: Dress like the people you are going to meet. If you are attending a meeting on behalf of your client, ask if they have a dress code.
2. Arrive on time. Arrive 10 minutes early. If you are meeting for lunch, let the people know that if you arrive early you’ll get a table. Have cell phone numbers in case you are running late.
3. Have a clear agenda on what you want to accomplish with your meeting. It doesn’t need written down, although that’s a good idea.
4. Schedule as much time as you need and don’t short yourself. Allow at least one hour for a one to one meeting.
5. If you are the one who did the asking, offer to pay for the meal. The other person may say, “Dutch treat is fine.” If doing separate checks, say so when you are ordering.
6. Order food you are comfortable eating.
7. Do not order alcohol at lunch.
8. Remember all those things your mother tried to teach you as a child about chewing your food. Don’t talk with your mouth full. Butter your bread one bite at a time. Cut your meat two bites at a time. Don’t shovel your food; it’s not a race.
9. Remember that meeting a new or possible client for the first time is a lot like a first date.
10. Keep the table as clear as possible when you are eating.
11. Once the person you are meeting has arrived, put your cell phone on mute and put it away.
12. Keep the lunch conversation professional, but light. This is Pittsburgh. You don’t have know the winning play, but at the very least know the score.
13. Remember that a meeting is a conversation, not an interview
14. Listen to what other people are saying. Try not to formulate your response while they are responding to your questions.
15. Follow up with a Thank you note. Handwritten is best. Use a “fun” stamp.

Mary Pam Kilgore, CMP, helps corporations and nonprofit organizations serve their target market with effective meetings and events. She is the owner of Kilgore Business Services, LLC,www.kilgorebusiness.com and teaches Event Planning As A Career at CCAC.  She may be reached by email marypamkilgore@gmail.com

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Catering Terms: Knowing the right terminology is half the battle

Menu TerminologyWhen you are reading catering menus you will see terms that may be unfamiliar to you. Here are a few definitions to help you when planning the food for your next event.

Hors d’oeuvres: An appetizer served before a meal.

Displays: These are foods that are placed on a table and people serve themselves. Fruit and cheese are often presented in this manner at receptions.

Crudités: Raw vegetables cut into bite size portions and served with a dip. Usually presented as a display.

Canapés: Bite sized hors d’oeuvres served on bread or toast.

Butler served: Hors d’oeuvres passed by a server.

Stations: Think buffet, but broken up and placed around the room. Sometimes stations may have a theme such as Italian or Mexican. Others may be carving stations such as a turkey or beef carving stations. Or a station may serve mini burgers with all the fixin’s.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres: I am not sure how this term originated, but it has come to mean by some as a combination of different types of passed hors d’oeuvres, displays and stations. It is sometimes being used in lieu of a sit down meal. People sometimes think that having heavy hors d’oeuvres will be cheaper than doing the regular dinner, this isn’t true.

Reception: A reception is a stand up social event. In other words, you may not see a lot of tables with chairs. It may be held prior to a meal or banquet.

In conclusion, menu terminology are sometimes confusing, I hope the above definitions helped.

Mary Pam Kilgore, of Kilgore Business Services, LLC You may reach me through my website www.kilgorebusiness.com

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A Timeline Is How To Eat An Elephant

Today, I am going to talk about what a timeline is and how it is used in meeting and event planning (and lots of other places). According to one dictionary I read, a timeline is .. a sequence of related events arranged in chronological order and displayed along a line (usually drawn left to right or top to bottom). Another described it as a management tool that lists when items are to be completed and by whom. Both of these entries are really good explanations of what a timeline is. What I am writing about is what four things a timeline does for me as both a planner and in other aspects of my work life.

Timeline

1. A timeline is one of the best ways to keep track of what needs to happen when. That is what organization is all about. Never think that just because you have done something many times you can keep things in your head. You will eventually miss something if you don’t have a written timeline.
2. A timeline gives you peace of mind. You have an action plan and you know when tasks need to happen. When you have multiple committees doing 50 or so tasks each, a timeline is the only way you will keep moving and everyone on track.
3. A timeline is one way to help keep you within budget. You can order items well in advance so you are not paying for unnecessary things such as 24 hour shipping, or on site printing.
4. A good timeline carries the event forward. I believe committees work best with clear direction. Timelines are one way to achieve clear direction.

New to using a timeline? It gets easier after you have created one a few times. A good tip is to develop a generic timeline and then customize it as needed. One of the best sayings about getting tasks done is comparing it to how you eat an elephant. You eat it a bite at a time. A timeline is that bite at a time that helps you get things done.

Mary Pam Kilgore,CMP, helps corporations and nonprofit organizations serve their target market with effective meetings and events. She is the owner of Kilgore Business Services, LLC and teaches Event Planning As A Career at CCAC.  She may be reached by email at marypamkilgore@gmail.com

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