Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn't know where to start? This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. Hosted by Saint Vincent College's Small Business Development Center. Fee: $20 per person, payable by Visa, MasterCard, Check or Cash. To register, please call 724-537-4572 or email
Date: Tuesday, June 26
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Office Hours: HR & Financial Services with Stacey Etherson

By appointment only. Stacey Etherson has over 20 years experience in human resources which includes financial services and generalist human resources (she is SHRM-CP certified). Her approach is to bring awareness to the tools and strategies to help small businesses manage employees and improve their bottom line. Areas of focus are typically talent acquisition including job descriptions, paying over time and compensation; policy handbooks, performance management and coaching new supervisors. To set up a time with Stacey, please email
Date: Wednesday, June 27
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Most financing options require a solid business plan. Join University of Pittsburgh's Small Business Development Center, Bridgeway Capital, and The Corner to learn all you need to know about operational and production planning, conducting market research, and creating financial spreadsheets to attract funding for your business. In this round-table discussion, we will discuss the purpose of a business plan and what resources are available to you to gather information that will give the lender insight into the business.
Date: Friday, June 29
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Have a cool idea that you want to turn into a business or see if it's viable? Your ultimate goal is to figure out, as quickly as possible, the right thing to create that customers want and will pay for. Before you can build anything, however, you must be able to 1) clearly articulate the problem/need that your customer has and 2) be able to find customers that have the problem. Our 4-week Idea TestLab helps you get a better handle on what problem your customer really has, where they hang out, and what value you can provide that others can’t. Each two-hour workshop will feature guest speakers and interactive content to help you take your idea and get on the path to make it a reality.
Date: Multiple dates: June 18, June 19, June 25, June 26
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Office Hours: St. Vincent Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

By appointment onlyThe St. Vincent Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides education and no-cost consulting services to entrepreneurs and small business owners. The SBDC’s one-on-one management consulting emphasizes education and guidance in finding practical solutions to business problems. Consulting is confidential and provided at no-charge by a staff of skilled professionals. Please email Peter Tulk to schedule an appointment:
Date: Every month: 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Office Hours: Accounting / Finance

By appointment only. Chris Kaminski, MBA, CPA and CFO Method Automation Services, has over 30+ years of education and experiences within business, accounting, and finance sectors. He provides complimentary assistance to entrepreneurs and start-ups that have questions or concerns for establishing and/or structuring their businesses. Please email Chris Kaminski to schedule an appointment:
Date: Ongoing
Time: By appointment