Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Pink Tie Affair to Benefit Budway Foundation and Breast Cancer Survivors

Monday, February 25, 2008

Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for all women and the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55, with approximately one in nine women developing the disease in her lifetime. Both its cause and the means for its cure remain undiscovered. Increased awareness means more survivors.

The Pink Tie Affair event is an effort to raise the awareness and help a few of our fellow sisters in the Pittsburgh area. The thought of having this type of event was started by Terry DiBattista in an effort to help some of her dearest friends who are coping with the mental, physical and financial issues that accompany this disease.

The Pink Tie Affair will be held on:

April 26th, 2008 at the Double Tree Hotel located at 8402 University Boulevard in Moon Township, PA. from 7pm to 1am. The ticket price includes hors d’ oeuvres, desserts and a drink coupon. There will be live entertainment by local jazz performers, Lisa Ferraro and Antoinette Manganas. In addition, DJ Adele will be there to ensure those that want to dance the night away will have the ability to do so. Two round trip air fares to Chicago and a 2 night stay at Hotel Indigo Chicago Gold Coast will be given away as a door prize. There will be a Chinese auction where you will have the opportunity to win great prizes as well. We are committed to raising $15,000 and we are asking you to make a commitment as well. Please consider making a tax-deductable donation to help us achieve this goal.

To purchase tickets send check or money order to:
PTA Fund
Judi Albert
122 Homer Circle
McKees Rocks, PA 15136

The proceeds will benefit local Breast Cancer Survivors in our community & The Budway Foundation. Raye Budway is a surgeon at West Penn Hospital who lost her mother several years ago to breast cancer. Raye started a fund through West Penn Hospital and dedicated it to her mother. The Foundation is called the Loretta Budway Breast Cancer Care Fund and it supports local women who are struggling financially. Donations are tax deductable #25-0969492.

Will the Real Techno Granny Please Stand?

Who is Techno Granny? No she is not, the Techno Granny from Bulgaria who dances with a cane to Techno Music. Although I have thought that I should hook up with her because she has become quite a cult figure. Techno Granny is also not a geek, just a grandmother who is trying to get over her fear of technology and take baby boomers and others with her. The Techno Granny Show is hosted on Talk Shoe network every Monday at 7 AM EST.

She is also a Pittsburgher who has a longstanding love affair with her home city, Pittsburgh, and is establishing a resource for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the USA. She is also a person who is sick of hearing how many people were shot, killed, raped, how many kids were molested and who stole what, so she focuses on Positive News about her beloved city in a show called, Positively Pittsburgh Live, 7 PM EST every Monday.

She is also the author of a Ning social network and forum for Positive Pittsburghers at

Techno Granny is Joanne Quinn-Smith, Creative Energy Officer of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates. who provides 15 minutes of guerilla marketing ideas for small business owners every Monday at 9 AM so that like the gazelle and the lion they can hit the ground running. She is also the Marketeer involved in marketing her own serial businesses and others since 1976.

Techno Granny also has a nose for news of professionals who have an impact on the community: local, state, national and international and hosts a 30 minute show called Professionals with Impact where she allows 30 minutes of shameless self promotion by her guests, uncluttered by commercials or sponsors.

Techno Granny also provides her community with a blog that posts community press releases at:

Positively Pittsburgh Live has become popular enough in Pittsburgh area that in April of 2008, there will be an on-line Community Magazine at: This site will allow Pittsburgh to post positive content, schedules articles, and will also provide Internet Radio and TV for pod cast hosting of the wonderful TalkShoe Podcasts and other audio content and also allow videos. It's going to be a stellar yet reasonable, inexpensive way for Pittsburghers to get the word out about their organizations.

Show schedules:
Techno Granny is at 7 AM EST on Monday,

Monday Morning Marketing is at 9 AM EST on Monday

Positively Pittsburgh Live is at 7 PM:EST on Monday evening:

Also scheduled when I have a noteworthy guest: Professionals with Impact:

You can also find my Ning social networking group for Positively Pittsburgh Live at:

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Positively Pittsburgh Live Celebrates 50th Episode

Positively Pittsburgh Live Celebrated 50 shows on February 11, 2008. Positively Pittsburgh Live will celebrate 1 year on March 24th with Pittsburgh authors, third edition.

Positively Pittsburgh Live has a new format with editorial calendar.
January—Pittsburgh Technology
February—Black History Month
March—Pittsburgh as a culturalcenter
If you have suggestions for shows you can go to and post in the forum or e-mail with title: show suggestions as long as you keep within editorial calendar which is posted for March at:

I will also do special editions for Pittsburgh events with a worthy cause as you list my show in your promotional package as a media sponsor.
You can also e-mail me at:
Please title subject line: “PPL editorial calendar”
Posiitvely Pittsburgh Live archives:
Listen at:

Techno Granny—30 minutes of techno talk and interviews to bring you up to date with 21st Century technology:

Episode 42--I Phone--My Phone, Your Phone, Whose Phone?
EPISODE41 - Yahoo, Not Just for Teenager-How Business Owners Use
EPISODE40 - RSS Feeds, Breakfast or Lunch? Debbie Ducic, of Gutzy
EPISODE39 - Voice Over IP, How Far Can I Call for 2 cents a minute?
EPISODE38 - Trends in E-Marketing, Don't Get an F!
EPISODE 36 - Web 2.0, a Web Date? Debbie Duccic of
EPISODE 34 - No Website? Robert Faletti of Blue Archer on Launch Options
Listen to archived episodes at: It

Monday Morning Marketeer, 9 AM every Monday, 15 minutes of guerilla marketing techniques for your business, inexpensive or no cost ways to promote your business or just to get you on the marketing concept track.
Listen to archive episodes at:
EPISODE28 - Catering to Customer Concerns
EPISODE27 - Book Marketing Tips
EPISODE26 - Branding in a B Bop World--What's in a Name?

Professionals with Impact, a half hour show featuring professionals that have a profound impact on the community at large or self improvement genre, both local and national interviews>

EPISODE 22 - Becky Gomes of Up a Notch Marketing
EPISODE18 - Kathy Morris of LNK Services, WBE
EPISODE15 -Janet W. Christy, Author of Captializing on Being Woman Owned
EP13 - Ann Martin of Law to Lipstick Fame
EP12 Suzanne Froehlich--Power Lunch & PowerProtection/HealthInsurance
EPISODE7 - Penny Haynes, On Line Community Mag, "Around Cherokee County
EPISODE6 - Deborah Levine, American Diversity Report
EPISODE4 - -PWI--Dan Friedman of Optimum Realty Corporation
EP 3- -PWI, Carol Carmichael of Carol's Restaurant, Pittsburgh, Pa
EPISODE5 - Mary Pam Kilgore of Kilgore Business Services
EPISODE2 - Jo Ann Forrester, Price It Perfect, Blue Ribbon Profiles
EPISODE1 - Weston Lyon-King of the Functional Fitness Jungle

Monday, February 25, 2008

Celebrate Women's History Month to Benefits Cribs for Kids

For Immediate Release
Contact: Celebrate & Share
Bonnie DiCarlo, Co-Founder
JoAnn R. Forrester, Co-Founder
412.440.6969 or 412.670.4322

"Celebrate and Share"
Pittsburgh's 2008 Women of Achievement Honorees

Pittsburgh, PA - February 25, 2008

Twenty-three of Pittsburgh's most notable women will be acknowledged for their accomplishments and contributions to the City of Pittsburgh at the Third Annual Celebrate & Share, Women of Achievement Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at The Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh.

District Attorney, Stephen A. Zappala, Jr. and wife Mary Zappala will Co-Chair the third annual event, which is traditionally held every March in observance of Women's History Month. Cribs for Kids® was founded in 1998 by Pittsburgh District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., the late Mayor Bob O'Connor, the late Commander Gwen Elliott, and SIDS of PA Executive Director, Judith Bannon.

Celebrate & Share, an organization founded by Bonnie DiCarlo and JoAnn R. Forrester in 2002,
features the achievements of women, and raises funds for organizations which focus on the needs of women and children in the community. The Women of Achievement Awards Breakfast was established in March during Women's History Month to honor the women of Pittsburgh who contribute so much to our community. This year will feature a special tribute to Women of Achievement past and present in honor of the city of Pittsburgh's 250th Anniversary Celebration.

Cribs for Kids® will be the beneficiary of the proceeds of the 2008 Women of Achievement Breakfast. They were chosen due to their commitment to reducing the incidence of SIDS by supplying cribs for infants and educating parents about practicing safe sleep for their babies. Since the beginning of the campaign that recommends infants sleep on their backs - the "Back to Sleep" campaign - the incidence of SIDS has been cut in half.

2008 Women of Achievement Award recipients include:

The Honorable Cheryl L. Allen ~ Judiciary
Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania
Georgia Berner ~ Business Owner
Berner International, Inc
Sara Davis Buss, Esq. ~ Law
Houston Harbaugh
Sherri Bevan Walsh ~ Prosecuting Attorney
Akron, Ohio
The Honorable Jane Clare Orie ~Government
PA State Senator 40th Senatorial District
Laura Ditka, Esq. ~ Child Advocacy
Deputy District Attorney for Child Abuse
Jeanine Fallon ~ Banking
Senior Vice President, First Commonwealth Bank
Lynne Garfinkel ~ Non Profit
President of the Pittsburgh National Council of Jewish Women
Shirley Gleditsch ~ Community Volunteer
Manager of the Thomas Merton East End Community Thrift Shop
Linda Leonhardt ~ Finance
VP Market Manager First National Bank of PA
Emma Lucas Darby, PhD ~ Social Justice
Chair of School for Social Change, Carlow University
Rev. Dr. Jermaine McKinley ~ Community Affairs
Ass't Director Metro-Urban Institute, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Catherine Raphael ~ Philanthropy
Mary Riebe, PhD ~ Women's Advocacy
Director of the Women's Center for Entrepreneurship at Chatham University
Roberta L. Schomburg, PhD ~ Academia
Director of School Of Education, Carlow University
Arletta Scott Williams ~ Public Service CEO
Executive Director Alcosan
Det. Jill Smallwood Rustin ~ Law Enforcement
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
Suzanne Steiner ~ Arts
Rev. Bebb Wheeler Stone, PhD ~ Spirituality
The Presbyterian Church of Mt. Washington
Sarah Tambucci, PhD ~ Education
Executive Director of the Arts Education Collaborative
The Honorable Debra Todd ~ Judiciary
Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Ann Truschel ~ Entrepreneur
President, Truschel Insurance
Brenda Waters ~ Media

For more information about Celebrate & Share and the Women of Achievement Awards contact Bonnie DiCarlo 412.480.5247 or JoAnn R. Forrester at 412.670.4322. For tickets please contact Cribs for Kids® at 412.322.5680, ext. 5.

JoAnn R. Forrester
S. I. Business Associates
Blue Ribbon Profiles
Price it Perfect Cost Management System
Celebrate & Share
412-440-6969 Office
412-670-4322 Cell
PA Best 50 Women in Business 1999
SBA Small Business Women Advocate 2000 and

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Press Release Breast Cancer Education & Awareness Program

Breast Cancer Education & Awareness Program
Immediate Release Please

Pa Connecting Communities
600 Clay Street Pittsburgh, PA 15215 (412) 784-1470 FAX (412) 784-1474

Breast Cancer Education & Awareness Program

The Breast cancer awareness training is made possible by a grant from the Pittsburgh Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the cure Foundation and is intended for women with disabilities, special needs, and their family and friends. “All women of all abilities” need this life saving information. It is no enough to receive a yearly mammogram. Come learn techniques for early detection of breast cancer, ease the fears of doctor exams and mammograms, ask questions and discus your concerns of breast cancer.

Staff, caregivers, and family members are welcome to learn this important life saving information.

Additional trainings can be custom designed to meet your group’s needs. i.e. lunch time trainings at a workshop or day program, or evening trainings at group homes.

Call us to scheduled a training at a community center in a neighborhood with easy accessibility for your friends and neighbors. Trainings are usually ½ - 1 hour in length or longer if desired and if time permits.

There is no cost to individuals.
Scheduled trainings are open to the public. Call or email for registration of any of the following trainings.

Free - Scheduled Day Time Programs:
Location: United Methodist Church 905 Mifflin Avenue Regent Square
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Time: 11:30 AM- 1 PM

Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church 1719 Mt. Royal Blvd. Glenshaw, PA 15116
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2008
Time: 11:30 AM – 1PM

Location: Ascension Lutheran Church 1290 Silver Lane, McKee rocks, PA 15136
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Time: 11:30 Am – 1 PM

Location: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 4048 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15236
Date: Monday, February 18, 2008
Time: 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Free – Scheduled Evening Programs
Location: Bethel Park Community Center - Park Avenue, Bethel pPark, PA 15102
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Time: 6:30 PM-8PM

Location: United Methodist Church 905 Mifflin Avenue Regent Square
Date: Monday, March 31st, 2008
Time: 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Additional Trainings:

Registrations are required.

The Human Services Bldg. (Formerly the United Way Bldg.
Location: 1 Smithfield Street (downtown) Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Date: Sunday, March 9th, 2008
Time: 10 Am- 10:30 Am registration 10:30- 11:30 presentations
Box lunch 1130- 12:30
12:30 –2 Pm speakers on men’s and women’s health (Breast Cancer & Prostrate)

As part of the WELLNESS EXPO
Registrations are required.
CCAC North Campus Wellness Expo 2008
Location: 8701 Perry Highway Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Date: Friday, May 9, 2008
Time: 9:30 AM

Trainings in surrounding counties
Westmoreland Arc April 10th
Beaver County - Wednesday, April 16th. 1 training during the day at Beaver County Rehabilitation Center and a second training at Arc Beaver building at 6:30 PM.
Butler County - Community College April 24th
Washington County - Washington Arc June 5th
Fayette County - FayetteArc September 18th 1 during the day and 1 in the evening

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Letter from Miracles from Marissa Songstress


Have you ever wondered about the families that we put our money in the donation jars for? We stand in line at the check out and put our change in from our bill. Did you ever stop to think of how you are helping someone?

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Loren Webb in Carol Carmichael’s Carol’s Restaurant in Pittsburgh’s Historic West End. The Webb family moved to Pittsburgh from Kansas for their daughter Marissa to get treatment at our Children’s Hospital and Children’s Institute.

Marissa has spina bifida and has had forty one surgeries and has five heart defects. The family

As Christmas was approaching Carol wanted to get Marissa’s and her sister McKayla each a gift. As a girl her age you would have expected a wish for clothes, an I-pod etc. She immediately said, ”Our family could really use a new stove!” This is how wonderful the whole family is! They give unselfishly to always care for each other and to help their wonderful Marissa.

Carol’s son-in-law Dennis called Bodnar’s Appliance Store. They offered a very generous discount. Dennis’s place of business purchased the stove for them. They also donated money for Christmas gifts! What wonderful people he works for! Pittsburgher’s always come together when someone needs help! Carol was able to have the stove delivered and installed while they were at the hospital. When Marissa’s mother Mandy got home she called Carol and shouted, “SANTA WAS HERE!” They were so happy!

We recently got a few local musicians, Joe Fairweather, trumpet and vocals,
Zach Hudson, all original acoustic guitar music and vocals, and Char Carr, vocals,
to come for an open jam at Carol’s. We were able to raise $467.00 in just a few hours. We will continue to do so Friday’s 6pm-10pm. Our goal is to raise money for the installation of hardwood floors in their home. Marissa needs a smooth surface to be able to practice walking. Their home has wall to wall carpeting making it difficult to do so. We would like to see if it is possible to have a parade for her though the West End.
There are many new shops and the main street has really been revitalized.

Please stop into Carol’s anytime for a delicious meal! Marissa stops by often. She will brighten your day when you meet her! Have a heart, help be a part of Miracles for Marissa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! stopped into Carol’s Restaurant and she adopted them. They have no relatives here to help them or even just to talk to. Marissa was in the hospital for nine weeks over the holidays. Carol took Thanksgiving dinner and all the trimmings to the hospital for her and her family!

Miracles for Marissa Songstress
Char Carr

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Free Event, Les Brown to speak at Mt. Ararat Baptist

“Make Everything Great in 2008”
an entrepreneurial event featuring Les Brown
Friday, February 22, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church
Free Event Set to Motivate Aspiring and Existing Business Owners
World-Renowned Motivational Speaker Comes to Kick-Start the Year for Entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh

Mount Ararat Baptist Church’s Entrepreneurs for Christ and Amachi Pittsburgh have partnered to host
“Make Everything Great in 2008” an entrepreneurial event featuring Les Brown,
world-renowned motivational speaker, best-selling author, radio and television personality on Friday, February 22, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, 271 Paulson Avenue, in East Liberty.

This free event is open to aspiring and existing business owners and multi-level marketing professionals. Attendees can obtain a free ticket to the event at the following locations:
Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Dorsey’s Record Shop in Homewood
and Family Christian Store in Monroeville
Interested individuals can also RSVP by emailing
For more information about the event, please call Mt. Ararat Baptist Church at 412-441-1800 or The Darkins Group at 412-646-2238.

Les Brown delivers a high-energy message that assists professionals in shaking off mediocrity and living up to their greatness. His message is reflective of what he has learned from his own life, and one that he is helping others apply to their lives. Brown has had no formal education beyond high school, but with persistence and determination he has initiated and continued a process of unending self-education, which has distinguished him as an authority on harnessing human potential.

The event will be hosted by WPXI Anchor Darieth Chisolm and will feature Brown speaking to Pittsburgh’s entrepreneurs on how to impact their business and Pittsburgh’s business community by using their vision, discovering their purpose and igniting the drive the lies within all who inspires to greatness.


Mt. Ararat Baptist Church’s Entrepreneurs for Christ is an organization that meets monthly to assist aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. Their mission is to encourage, develop and support entrepreneurs by providing leadership, fellowship, education and resources for the advancement of the Church Kingdom.

Amachi Pittsburgh is a unique partnership of secular and faith-based organizations working together to provide mentoring to children of incarcerated parents. Faith institutions work with human service providers and public agencies (particularly justice institutions) to identify children of prisoners and match them with caring adults.

For more information about the event, please call Mt. Ararat Baptist Church at 412-441-1800 or The Darkins Group at 412-646-2238.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Enterprize Business Plan Competition Gears Up Its Tenth Season

News Release

Contact: Kevin Lane @ (412) 687-0200, extension 247 or:

For Immediate Release


Pittsburgh, PA, January 28, 2008…The Pittsburgh Technology Council has announced that its EnterPrize Business Plan Competition will kick off this year on Wednesday, February 20, 2008
with a workshop entitled, “Developing the Idea.” The workshop will be held at the training facility at the Council’s offices in the Pittsburgh Technology Center, starting with registration at 5:30 p.m. The workshop will wrap up with a question and answer session at 7:30 p.m. The cost for EnterPrize competitors and Council members is $25.00, and the cost for non-members is $40.00.

Each EnterPrize workshop will feature subject matter experts and distinguished professionals who will present a wide variety of key topics that are necessary to consider in developing a business plan. Budding entrepreneurs with ideas for potential high-growth business are urged to attend this and seven other workshops throughout the series to ensure that their business plans include everything potential investors require, all the while competing for cash prizes to fund their businesses. Last year, EnterPrize awarded $80,000 to participants in two categories over three phases of the competition. Participants in the competition, regardless of whether they have won or lost, have attracted a total of more than $100 million in venture capital funding over the course of the nine years the competition has been in existence.

The three phases of the competition include:

EnterPrize Business Plan Competition
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Phase I: Business Concept

Three businesses in each category will win cash prizes for developing an executive summary that:

• defines customer value
• estimates market size
• selects target audience
• determines feasibility
• predicts profitability
• generates business leads

Phase II: Business Plan Components

Two businesses in each category will win cash prizes for expanding their business plans by:

• examining the components of a successful plan
• understanding what investors seek
• focusing on the final product
• working with a coach

Phase III: Business Plan Details

One business in each category business will win cash prizes for finalizing its business plan with:

• market, competition and sales information
• product or service features
• implementation schedules
• financing requirements

Additional topics and dates for this year’s workshops include:

• “Entrepreneurial Marketing Strategy” (Wednesday, March 5, 2008)
• “Business Plan Writing” (Wednesday, March 26, 2008)
• “How to Get Your Plan Ahead” (Wednesday, April 2, 2008)
• “Entrepreneurial Finance” (Wednesday, April 9, 2008)
• “Legal Issues of Starting a Business” (Wednesday, April 23, 2008)

EnterPrize Business Plan Competition
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• “Funding Sources” (Wednesday, May 28, 2008)
• “The Pitch” (Monday, June 16, 2008)

The objective of the EnterPrize Business Plan Competition is to increase the number of start-up companies in the Pittsburgh region, to increase access to capital, and to establish a channel for the commercialization of products, services and technology. The geographic scope of EnterPrize encompasses Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland Counties.

Sponsors for this year’s EnterPrize include the Idea Foundry, Innovation Works and the R.P. Simmons Foundation. For more information on the 2008 EnterPrize Business Plan Competition, contact Melissa Ungar, director, entrepreneurial programs at (412) 918-4292 or by visiting


Friday, February 1, 2008

Immediate Release 2-1-08 Entrepreneurial Thursdays New Venue

"Entrepreneurial Thursdays at Sassy Marie's"

Due to the unexpected closing of the Red Star Tavern, the “Entrepreneurial Thursdays” Rhythm Jazz & Blues Happy Hour Show has moved to a new venue!

Beginning on Thursday, February 21st, the show will run every Thursday from 5:30 PM – 8 PM at SASSY MARIE’S (formerly, the legendary jazz club known as the James Street Tavern) on Pittsburgh’s Historic North Side. Sassy Marie’s is located at the corner of James Street and Foreland Street – 422 Foreland Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. The show will be held in the newly renovated 2nd floor room, which has a separate entrance on James Street and the feel of an old school jazz club.

We look forward to supporting the entrepreneurs of Sassy Marie’s as they continue the James Street Tavern tradition of excellence in live music performance!

We hope to see you on February 21st or a Thursday soon after – and we thank you for your support of the arts and entrepreneurship in the Pittsburgh region.

Please see or for more information.