Friday, October 30, 2009

Pittsburgh-based Company DKT Communications Partners with Nolcha and PimTim to Jump-Start Independent Fashion Designer ‘s Branding Initiatives


Nolcha, in Partnership with DKT Communications and PimTim, Announces Michelle Barone, Winner of “Branded:
Nolcha's Contest for the Independent Designer”

In a concerted effort to help independent fashion designers jump-start their branding initiatives, multifaceted fashion services company Nolcha, branding and marketing communications firm DKT Communications and graphic-design crowdsourcing platform PimTim launched “Branded: Nolcha’s Contest for the Independent Designer.” Rising star Michelle Barone was awarded the prize: a logo, designer profile and professional photograph valued at $1,700.

New York, N.Y. Oct. 29, 2009 – After an in-depth review of Nolcha’s network of independent fashion designers, the award-winning, multifaceted fashion services company -- in partnership with branding and marketing communications firm DKT Communications and graphic-design crowdsourcing platform PimTim -- honored rising star Michelle Barone as the winner of “Branded: Nolcha’s Contest for the Independent Designer.” Created to help independent fashion designers jump-start their branding initiatives, “Branded” provides the winner with the building blocks of their brand identity and messaging. The prize package is valued at $1,700 and consists of a logo, designer profile and professional headshot produced by the creative minds behind Nolcha, DKT Communications and PimTim.

“Nolcha is a business network for independent designers at all stages in their career,” says Nolcha creative director Lynn Furge. “Therefore, to be able to partner with both DKT Communications and PimTim to help Michelle Barone -- a young, fresh designer -- create her brand image is so exciting and important. The initial branding of Michelle’s label will be the skeleton that holds the business together, and Nolcha cannot wait to see the results.”

Barone, the visionary behind the Misha Barone label (, agrees. “Every new opportunity leads you to another. Gaining these tools and elements will no doubt assist me in the next step of the process. I think it is a wonderful thing when artists and out-of-the-box thinkers are able to come together in collaboration. That’s what makes the creative world so incredible. It’s definitely a comforting support system.”

To be rolled out annually, the contest is an excellent vehicle to spark designers’ interest in branding while vying for the opportunity to win the services of some of the best names in the industry. From crafting the brand story to designing its identity to shaping its message, branding must be at the core of every business strategy.

“The story of the people behind an idea, a product or a design is the essence – the soul -- of the brand,” says Dawn Terrick, president of DKT Communications, Inc. “And Michelle’s radiating energy and cutting-edge creativity make for a fantastic tale – one that I look forward to telling. Playing a part in the growth of Michelle’s label by providing her with a designer profile that she can use to promote herself and her work across various marketing channels, thus contributing to the Misha Barone brand, is extremely rewarding.”

Further capturing the young designer’s spirit is PimTim. An online marketplace for graphic design, where buyers and creatives connect, PimTim is challenging talent from all over the world to design the new identity for the Misha Barone label.

“This is what PimTim is all about -- giving people the possibility to connect to talent all over the world,” says PimTim founder Vincent Bröring. “We are very proud to support the branding of the Misha Barone label, and our talented community of graphic designers around the world is happy to help. They will unleash their creativity!”


Nolcha is a leading operator of educational, event and b2b services devoted to independent fashion entrepreneurs and related retail businesses. The Nolcha platform includes, an online fashion portal delivering daily business education; Nolcha Fashion Week, currently held during New York fashion week and providing key exposure to press, buyers, and industry figures for emerging and independent fashion designers from all over the world, in both apparel and accessories; events during London Fashion Week with key partners and Independent Retail Week in New York and Chicago, as an initiative to drive business and increase revenue for small fashion retail brands.;_ylu=X3oDMTE3OWxsMWV2BHBvcwMxOARzZWMDbmV3c0FydEJvZHkEc2xrA3d3d25vbGNoYWNvbQ--/SIG=10rnt4eg0/**http%3A/ Kerry Bannigan, CEO 888.Nolcha.1

DKT Communications, Inc.
DKT Communications is a branding and marketing communications company specializing in identity and messaging. The hallmark of the boutique firm is its ability to capture the essence of established, global brands and entrepreneurs alike, while offering a forward-thinking approach and the know-how to put clients at the forefront of trends. Understanding the value of having branding at the center of every business strategy, DKT acts as a collaborator, assembling the right team to suit its clients’ specific needs. The goal: to develop an iconic identity and consistent message for every client to differentiate them from the competition, capture customer loyalty and fuel profitability. DKT caters to a wide range of industries, including design, luxury and hospitality. Dawn K. Terrick, President 305.342.2658

PimTim ( is an online marketplace for graphic design, where buyers and creatives around the world meet and connect. PimTim is devoted to crowdsourcing by giving everybody the possibility to connect to talent all over the world. Buyers can post a project (logo, stationery, T-shirt, website or illustration), set their own reward, enjoy the designs and make a choice. Creatives can show their creative talent, learn, interact and earn money along the way. Vincent Bröring, Founder +31 6 235 20 392

Governor's Executive Order on American Recovery and REinvestment Act of 2009

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governor's Office
Creating Opportunities for Small and Disadvantaged Businesses in the Expenditure
of Federal Stimulus Monies
By Direction of: Edward G. Rendell, Governor
Date: October 28, 2009

WHEREAS the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub. L. 111-5, (ARRA) was enacted to preserve and create jobs, promote economic recovery, assist those most impacted by the recession, provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health, invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits, and stabilize state and local government budgets in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases; and
WHEREAS, in the expenditure of ARRA funds, the Commonwealth must seek to provide opportunities for small businesses, including small disadvantaged businesses, to compete for contracts and grants and to participate as contractors, subcontractors and suppliers (ARRA opportunities) because these businesses play a critical role in stimulating economic growth and creating jobs, they are the engine of our economy, and provide creative, innovative, and technical expertise to support our agencies; and
WHEREAS, I have established, as an overall Commonwealth aspirational goal, that at least ten percent of ARRA funds should go to small disadvantaged businesses as contractors, subcontractors, grantees, subgrantees, and suppliers.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Edward G. Rendell, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, do hereby order the following in regard to the expenditure of ARRA funds:
1. Commonwealth agencies shall seek to provide maximum practicable opportunities for small disadvantaged businesses to compete for contracts and grants and to participate as contractors, professional service providers, subcontractors, and suppliers, and shall in good faith make their best efforts to reach the ten percent aspirational goal. At a minimum, Commonwealth agencies shall:
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a. Inform the Department of General Services’ Bureau of Minority and Women Business Opportunities of contracting opportunities and competitive grant opportunities at the same time that it advertises or otherwise posts public notices of such opportunities;
b. Participate in outreach activities and events to increase small disadvantaged business interest and participation in ARRA opportunities;
c. Use the Department of General Services’ Web site ( to identify Department of General Services-certified minority business enterprises (MBEs) and small women business enterprises (WBEs) for solicitation for ARRA opportunities; and
d. Track and report to the Department of General Services information on MBE and WBE participation in ARRA opportunities.
2. Commonwealth agencies shall, when permitted by law, consider a small business’ disadvantaged status as a factor in the procurement and grant selection process to the extent permitted by the United States Constitution, Pennsylvania Constitution, Commonwealth Procurement Code, or other state or federal law.
3. In addition to complying with existing Commonwealth policy requirements relating to the solicitation and utilization of small disadvantaged businesses, Commonwealth agencies shall require contractors and grantees to make reasonable and good faith efforts to provide maximum practicable opportunities for small disadvantaged businesses to participate as contractors, professional service providers, subcontractors, and suppliers. Contractors and grantees, at a minimum, shall be required to:
a. Consult with the Department of General Services’ Bureau of Minority and Women Business Opportunities to ensure significant ARRA opportunities for small certified MBEs and WBEs unless the Department of General Services agrees that contractor or grantee participation in outreach activities will satisfy this requirement;
b. Participate in outreach activities and events to increase small disadvantaged business interest and participation in ARRA opportunities;
c. Use the Department of General Services’ Web site ( to identify certified MBEs and WBEs as potential sources for ARRA opportunities;
d. Include certified MBEs and WBEs on solicitation lists;
e. Prepare and keep records of solicitations, including a bid tabulation, showing names of all firms solicited and the dollar amount of the bid, quote or proposal, as well as copies of all bids, quotes, and proposals received; and
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f. Provide monthly reports to the Department of General Services’ Bureau of Minority and Women Business Opportunities on MBE and WBE utilization.
4. Commonwealth agencies shall fully comply with any and all federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) requirements and Commonwealth small disadvantaged business policy requirements. To the extent that the federal DBE requirements conflict with the requirements of this Executive Order, the federal DBE requirements shall prevail. To the extent that federal funding would be jeopardized by implementation of any requirement set forth in this Executive Order, the requirement shall not be imposed. Agencies shall verify with the appropriate administering federal agency that implementation of these requirements shall not jeopardize ARRA funding.
5. The Department of General Services’ Bureau of Minority and Women Business Opportunities shall notify, collaborate with, and involve organizations that represent respective minority community groups to ensure effective public awareness and outreach.
6. The Department of General Services shall prepare and submit a written report, on at least a quarterly basis, to the Governor and Stimulus Oversight Commission on ARRA participation by all DBEs/MBEs/WBEs.
7. The Department of Community and Economic Development shall work through small business development centers to reach out to small businesses and provide information on contracting, professional service, subcontracting, and purchasing opportunities.
8. The Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs shall, in cooperation with the Department of General Services and the Department of Community and Economic Development, develop outreach efforts to increase participation in contracting, professional service, subcontracting, and purchasing opportunities with small veteran-owned businesses.
9. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.
10. This Executive Order shall remain in effect until September 30, 2011.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Phase 3 Productions Finds Home in Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh

Phase 3 Productions 5314 Butler Street, Suite 2 Pittsburgh PA, 15201 Theatre. Evolved.


Contact: Melissa Hill Grande

In Search of a Serial Killer
Phase 3 Productions opens 2009-2010 season with Roberto Zucco

Pittsburgh, PA – October 29, 2009. Phase 3 Productions has located a performance venue and announces their production of Roberto Zucco, the first play in their 2009 – 2010 season. The company lost their performance space when the Brew House (located on Pittsburgh’s South Side) was condemned in September.

Roberto Zucco will be performed in downtown Pittsburgh, at 125 7th Street, on the 6th floor. The play is a compelling look at the world through a criminal’s eyes. After escaping from prison, Zucco is pursued by both the police and a mysterious girl. Even if they do capture him, can anyone hope to contain the elemental force that is Roberto Zucco?

The play is inspired by the exploits of a real man who was Public Enemy Number One in France, Italy and Switzerland in the 1980s, and is directed by Dek Ingraham. It was written by Bernard-Marie Koltes and translated by Martin Crimp.

The production features Douglas Baker as Zucco, with Fredi Bernstein, Emily Cordes, Josh Inklovich, James Masciovecchio, Matthew McNear, Sajith Pillai, Joe Roots and Jamisa Spalding. Fight direction is by Tonya Lynn, with production design by J.R. Shaw and costume design by Rachel Parent and Melissa Hill Grande.

Roberto Zucco previews on Friday, November 6th, opens on Saturday November 7th, and runs through November 22nd at 125 7th Street on the 6th floor, downtown. (Elevator available.)

Douglas Baker plays the role of Roberto Zucco. Baker’s recent Pittsburgh credits include George Gibbs in Our Town (Prime Stage), and Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks). He also recently participated in the MFA New Playwrights' workshop at the Kennedy Center in D.C.

Ingraham’s Pittsburgh directing credits The Moustrap (Heritage Players) and The Seahorse (South Park Theatre). He also served as Associate Director for the London premiere of The Guys (Rosemary Branch Theatre) and helmed the North American premiere of The Master's Boy (Friederich Theatre).

The play is the first show in Phase 3’s 2009-2010 season, which features the theme of violence. The community partner for the season is the Pittsburgh Center for Victims of Violence and Crime. Zucco looks at crime through the perspective of the violator; the second play of the season, Irish playwright Frank McGuinness’ Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, uses the perspective of victims to spark discussion. The final play of the season, Lion in the Streets by Canadian playwright Judith Thompson, shows the aftermath of crime in a community.
Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me runs Feb. 26 - March 14, 2010, and tells the story of an Irishman, an Englishman and an American who are being held hostage by terrorists in Lebanon. Will they be able to maintain their essential humanity under these horrifying conditions? Lion in the Streets runs June 4 through 20, 2010, and follows Isobel, the ghost of a young Portuguese immigrant who observes the lives of her former neighbors years after her murder.

Phase 3 Productions is comprised of Executive Director Rachel S. Parent, Managing Artistic Director Dek Ingraham, Artistic Director Melissa Hill Grande, and Production Manager J.R. Shaw. The company’s central mission is to include relevant social awareness in their productions.

The Pittsburgh Center for Victims of Violence and Crime (CVVC) provides victim advocacy and support services, crisis intervention, counseling and community education programs that address the causes and impacts of all types of violence and crime. Their website is

Roberto Zucco previews November 6th at 8 p.m., opens November 7th at 8 p.m., and continues with performances November 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st at 8 p.m., with a closing matinee performance on November 22nd at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for students, senior citizens, and persons under 25. Previews are $12 for adults and $10 for students, senior citizens, and persons under 25. Tickets are available through ShowClix at 1-888-71-TICKETS or online at

For more information visit the Phase 3 website at

Roberto Zucco Fact Sheet

Roberto Zucco by Bernard-Marie Koltes
Directed by Dek Ingraham

125 7th Street, 6th floor, downtown Pittsburgh

Cast: Douglas Baker, Fredi Bernstein, Emily Cordes, Josh Inklovich, James Masciovecchio, Matthew McNear, Sajith Pillai, Joe Roots and Jamisa Spalding

Designers: J.R. Shaw (Production design), Rachel Parent and Melissa Hill Grande (Costumes)

Fight Direction: Tonya Lynn

Stage Manager: Jen Atwood

Performance Dates and Times:

First Week: Friday, November 6, PREVIEW, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 7, OPENING, 8 p.m.

Second Week: Friday – Saturday, November 13 - 14, 8 p.m.

Third Week: Friday-Saturday, November 20 - 21, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 22, 2 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $15 for Adults
$12 for Senior Citizens, Students, and Under-25s

Preview tickets: $12 for Adults
$10 for Senior Citizens, Students, and Under -25s

For Tickets, Call ShowClix at 1-888-71-TICKETS or visit the ShowClix website at

For more information, visit
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It's that time of year again!The Three Rivers Film Festival is now set, and the program is online at:
The festival runs from November 6-21, 2009.

Steeltown Entertainment Project will launch their Film Factory competition at the Three Rivers Film Festival next month. (see the Save the Date info at the end of this message)

The Steeltown Film Factory invites students and amateur filmmakers (and screenwriters) to submit original film ideas for the competition. Submissions must include a 10-12 page script along with a logline, a one-page synopsis and an optional sample of prior work (scripts or reels).

All submissions will be required to be:

Relevant to the SWPA/Pittsburgh region.
Commercially viable.
Capable of being produced in the SWPA/Pittsburgh area during Summer 2010.

Submissions will be reviewed by a selection panel. The most promising screenplays will be developed into full-fledged productions thru staged readings, panel discussions and public workshops, which will be open to the public.

Call for submissions will open in November and continue thru December 31, 2009.

Fees: $50; $25 for students with valid ID


The total prize package is worth $25,000. This prize is available to be used to produce the winning film or films. One to three short films will be chosen and the funds will be divided and awarded at the discretion of the judges.

The winning film(s) will premiere at the Three Rivers Film Festival in November 2010.

More details to come.


Submissions - for those who wish to enter - they need quality scripts.

For those not entering there are lots of ways to help --

Publicity - getting the word out
Volunteering at events
Sponsorships -- monetary and in-kind

The Three Rivers Film Festival opens Friday, November 6.

On Saturday, November 7 Steeltown will sponsor a panel discussion entitled "Getting Started: Where Do Good Ideas, Great Scripts & Talented Filmmakers Come From?"

Invited panelists include John Dellaverson, Producer, Lionsgate (Timber Falls, In the Mix); Lee Daniels, Producer/Director (Monster's Ball, Precious); Eric Gold, Agent (Jim Carrey, Ellen Degeneres); David Koepp, Screenwriter (Spiderman, Mission Impossible, War of the Worlds).
MODERATER - Carl Kurlander, Screeniter & Producer (My Tale of Two Cities, St. Elmo's Fire, Saved by the Bell)

Panel discussions/workshops will continue throughout 2010.

More details to come.

Heshie Segal Premier of Jetnetting Connection with Dennis Waitley first guest

When Dr. Denis Waitley speaks everyone eagerly listens!

You can catch this live interview (and special announcements) tonight at 10PM.

Details: Wed. evening, Oct. 28th,, 10PM EDT Heshie Segal launches her radio show, The JetNetting Connection, with Dr. Denis Waitley as her inaugural guest. Each week her show will feature an outstanding speaker, author, TV, Radio or Movie personality, celebrity, business or web/social media expert who has made a strong impact on the lives of others. She is thrilled to have Dr. Denis Waitley as her first guest.

Through Dr. Waitley’s speaking, teaching and writing, his work with Olympic athletes, the US space program, over 10 million audio programs sold in 14 languages, author of 15 non-fiction books, including several international best sellers, he has become one of the most listened-to voices on personal and career success in the world, and in the process, has changed thousands of lives. You will not want to miss this educational and inspirational call.

Blogtalk Radio showpage link:

Twitwall link: Heshie Segal To host The JetNetting Connection on

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Procurement Opportunities Fair, GACO

Procurement Opportunities Fair 2009

As of today the following government agencies and corporations will be participating in the fair. If you have not registered complete the attached registration form in the brochure and submit with payment. The admission fee for Procurement Opportunities Fair 2009 is $30 per attendee if postmarked by October 16, 2009, which includes a buffet lunch. After October 16, 2009 the cost per attendee is $40. Please contact Tracy Julian with any questions at 724-938-5881 or email at


911th Airlift Wing, Coraopolis, PA US Air Force-Langley AFB
Centers for Disease Control/NIOSH US Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh, PA
Defense Supply Center Columbus US Army TACOM LCMC
Defense Supply Center Philadelphia US Department of Energy, NETL
Defense Supply Center Richmond US Department of Housing & Urban Development
General Services Administration US Department of Labor, Pittsburgh, PA
Naval Inventory Control Point/DLA, Mechanicsburg US Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC
Naval Inventory Control Point/DLA, Philadelphia US Navy, Philadelphia, PA
Naval Supply Systems Command, Arlington, VA US Small Business Administration
Office of Surface Mining , Pittsburgh, PA VA Pittsburgh Healthcare, Pittsburgh, PA
Social Security Administration, Baltimore, MD

Department of General Services, COSTARS PA Department of General Services Bureau
PA Department of Corrections of Minority & Women Business Opportunities
PA Department of Environmental Protection PA Department of Public Welfare
PA Housing Finance Agency

3 Rivers Wet Weather, Inc. City of Pittsburgh
ALCOSAN Community College of Allegheny County
Allegheny County Pittsburgh Public Schools
Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women Port Authority of Allegheny County
and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Washington County
City of Pittsburgh, Equal Opportunity Review Commission
Prime Contractors

BAE Systems Lockheed Martin
Bechtel Laboratory Mascaro Construction
Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
Converteam PJ Dick-Trumbull-Lindy Paving
DRS Technologies RAND Corporation
Lobar, Inc. SMR Technologies

Tracy Julian
GACO - Government Agency Coordination Office, PTAC
California University of PA
250 University Avenue, Box 20
California, PA 15419
phone: 724-938-5881
fax: 724-938-4575

Sunday, October 25, 2009

U.S. Debut French Artists at Wood Street Galleries

Kill Date: January 1, 2010
Contact: Veronica Corpuz, (412) 471-6082 /
Electronic images available upon request.

The U.S. debut of French installation artist
Exhibition runs through Thursday, December 31, 2009
601 Wood Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222

[PITTSBURGH, PA] Wood Street Galleries, a project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents “Matter and Memory,” the U.S. premiere of French installation artist Julien Maire. This special exhibition features four experimental forms of projection, highlighting simultaneously both the simplicity and complexity of matter, vision, and memory. The exhibition closes on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, 2009, as part of the Cultural Trust’s First Night Pittsburgh celebration.

Julien Maire is a French artist and performer based in Berlin. In his work and performance he deconstructs and re-devises audiovisual techniques. His performances and installations have been shown in several countries, including Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria; Sculpture Space in Shanghai, China; Sonar 07 in Barcelona, Spain; Tesla Media in Berlin, Germany; and the Kibla Multimedia Center in Maribor, Slovenia; as well as the Digital Art Festival in Tokyo, Japan, and Australian Centre for Moving Images in Melbourne, Australia, among others.
Julien Maire won an award at the Ars Electronica festival in Austria in 2004 and in 2007. He also won the first prize at the Liedts-Meesen Fondation in Belgium for his Exploding Camera installation in 2008. Most recently, he was nominated for his collective body of work at "World Technology Awards" in New York.

On view at Wood Street Galleries are four installations. “Demi-Pas” (2002) is a short film which is projected using a ‘reversed camera’ technique. A projector has been converted to house micro-mechanisms that produce animated images using a principle similar to that of cinematography.

Constructed with a television monitor connected to the dissected body of a video camera lying on a table, the piece “Exploding Camera” (2007) is a kind of destroyed medium able to produce live an experimental historical film, reinterpreting the events of the war since 2001.

"Low resolution Cinema" (2005) is a 128 x 64 pixels projection. The piece is based on a high reduction of the resolution and by the other way it tries to "decompress" the image in a three dimensional space. The projection is produced with a special projector using two black and white Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD). Both are in movement inside of the projector. The horizon line, or border, is physically cut on each lcd ( each LCD has been half- destructed in order to display only the upper or the lower side of the image. Abstract landscapes and architecture are moving between dissolution and resolution.

Lastly, “Digit" (2006) is a live performance that is also conceived to be presented as a piece of living Art. A writer sits at a table writing a text. Simply by sliding his finger over a blank piece of paper, printed text appears under his finger. The spectators can come very close to the 'writer' and read the text following the movement of the finger. The writer remains absorbed in his task.

Located at 601 Wood Street above the T-Station in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, the Galleries are free and open to the public Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. For more information, call Wood Street Galleries at (412) 471-5605 or visit

Support for Wood Street Galleries has been provided by the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Additional support provided by the Port Authority of Allegheny County and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


Transfer Lounge
Through November 21
TRANSFER LOUNGE is a project that involves art professionals from Spain and U.S.A and creates a unique opportunity for artists from different parts of the world to actively exchange their views and ideas around issues of mobility and transition. Co-curated by Carolina Loyola-Garcia (USA) and Ima Pico (Spain).

A project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, SPACE is located at 812 Liberty Avenue, Cultural District, and is free and open to the public Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 am-6:00 pm and Friday-Saturday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. For more information call (412) 325-7723 or visit

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh
October 30 - December 31

707 Penn Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 am-6:00 pm and Friday-Saturday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. For more information call (412) 325-7017 or visit

Nests, Rhizomes, Seeds: Anna Divinsky, JoAnna Commandaros, Karen Page and Holland Williams: A collaboration evolving from a cabinet of curiosities becomes an investigation of body and nature.
November 13 - December 31

The 709 Penn Gallery is FREE and open to the public Tuesday -Thursday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. For more information call (412) 224-4651 or visit

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Woodcutting Exhibition at Woodville Plantation

October 13, 2009



Event: Necessary Domestic Duties: Woodcutting
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Place: Woodville Plantation, 1375 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017
Cost: $5.00 for Adults, $10.00 for Families


BRIDGEVILLE, PA (October 13, 2009) – Step back in time at Woodville Plantation as this living history museum presents a new programming series called “Necessary Domestic Duties: a Thousand Little Occurrences Never Foreseen.” On Sunday, October 25, 2009, the next installment of this series will feature the importance of cutting wood and maintaining fires in the 18th century home.

From 1 – 4 pm, guests are invited to join the overseer at Woodville Plantation as he discusses the ever-present necessity of maintaining the fires used for heating and cooking at Woodville. He will also demonstrate period methods for cutting, stacking and using wood. Admission to this special event is $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family.

Part of the monthly “Necessary Domestic Duties: a Thousand Little Occurrences Never Foreseen” series, these programs will present the common everyday activities necessary to maintain and operate a plantation in the 18th century. Throughout 2009, visitors are invited to join the interpreters of Woodville Plantation as they demonstrate how these activities compare to our modern chores such as laundry, cooking, gardening and sewing. In addition, guests will learn about some very different jobs such as raising chickens and cutting and hauling wood. In some cases, visitors may participate in these interactive programs.

Woodville Plantation, the home of John and Presley Neville, is Western Pennsylvania’s link to the late 18th century. Built in 1775, this living history museum interprets life during the period of 1780-1820, the Era of the New Republic. Guided tours of the house are available every Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.

Just 7 miles and 15 minutes south of Pittsburgh, Woodville is conveniently located 1/4 mile north of Interstate I-79 Exit 55 (Kirwin Heights Exit) on Route 50, near the intersection of Thoms Run Road. For further directions or for more information, please visit Woodville’s website at or call 412-221-0348.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

SBDC Achievements for Women

From: SBDC News [] Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 11:33 AMTo: undisclosed-recipients:Subject: SBDC Award for Woman Entrepreneur

SBDC Honors Achievements of Women for 14th Year
The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will celebrate success in entrepreneurship by honoring four businesswomen at the Award for Woman Entrepreneur (AWE) luncheon on Tuesday, October 20 here at The University of Scranton.
The fourteenth AWE winner and three “Women of Merit” will be announced at the luncheon, which is open to the public. Finalists are Michelle Bersch of Design Done Right, Lake Ariel; Danielle K. Fleming of Danielle and Company, Scranton; Michelle LaBarre of LaBarre Dressage Training Center, Noxen; and Heidi L. Secord of Josie Porter Farm, Stroudsburg. Jill Aldrich, 2004 woman of merit and owner of Pure Pennsylvania, will keynote this year’s luncheon. Tickets are $25 each or $180 for a table of 8. Attendees are also asked to bring a canned good to donate to a food drive sponsored by local banks.
We will also offer two pre-luncheon seminars that day: “Top 10 Tips for Staying Organized” from 9 to 10 a.m. and “The Leader Within You” from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. These are great professional development opportunities open to anyone interested in learning more about the topics!
Scroll to the bottom of this link for copies of the invitation and registration form: -- Small Business Development CenterThe University of Scranton411-413 Quincy AvenueScranton, PA 18510Phone: (570) 941-7588E-mail:

Monday, October 5, 2009

Anna Recio Harvey of SBA Speaks in Pittsburgh


Contact: Joanne Quinn-Smith
Public Relations
Tel. 412-628-5048

Associations Assist in Business Growth, Growth Generates More Jobs

Pittsburgh, Pa. (October 2, 2009) – Ana Recio Harvey, Director of the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Office of Women’s Business Ownership, will be on a Women Business Owners Advocacy panel hosted by the National Association of Women Business Owners at the 3rd Annual NAWBO Day Friday, October 2, at the Greentree Radisson Hotel, at 10 AM.

According to the Department of Labor, in 2008 the economy lost 62,000 non-farm jobs. Yet it has been reported that there are now over 27.5 million people working for women-owned firms. Statistics show female owned businesses out employing Fortune 500 companies by 30 percent.

"It is imperative that the financial and government communities understand both the tremendous present economic contributions and future potential of women-owned businesses," says Gillian Rudd, NFWBO chair.

It is the goal of the Small Business Association to promote company growth in women owned businesses, which in turn generates more jobs and improves the economy. Ana Recio Harvey’s responsibility as Director of the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership is to oversee this effort by managing a network of women business centers across the country. Harvey ensures that these business centers have programs that provide training and counseling, opportunities, and access to capital.

Harvey has a personal understanding of what it takes to grow a business. She grew her translation business from a one person company that translated English to Spanish to a 75 employee, certified multilingual communications company. Her business grew to serve the government, nonprofits and some of the top 500 businesses in the US.

The NAWBO Day Women Business Owners Advocacy Panel will afford the opportunity for female entrepreneurs to discover how they can continue boosting the US Economy by growing their businesses. It will also be an opportunity for these entrepreneurs to express their issues to representatives of organizations that exist to make such growth possible.

In addition to the advocacy panel discussion, NAWBO Day includes speakers, workshops, and a trade show, designed to inform business owners. Whether just starting or seeking growth, struggling or soaring, a large corporation or a consultant in any industry, this event is suited to equip Entrepreneurs.

It was largely due to the efforts of the National Association of Women Business Owners that after 1989 women were finally acknowledged as business owners. NAWBO continues to provide support to and advocacy for women entrepreneurs. The Pittsburgh chapter is the 5th oldest in the nation and the only chapter that has a City Council and Mayor designated NAWBO Day.


For more information about NAWBO Day or Ana Recio Harvey please visit or contact Joanne Quinn-Smith at 412-628-5048. You may also email Joanne at

Ana Recio Harvey:
· U.S. Small Business Administration’s assistant administrator for women’s business ownership,
· Director of the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, President Obama appointed
· Manages a nationwide network of women's business centers
· Translation consultant from 1991 to 2000
· Established Syntaxis, LLC, a highly successful SBA 8(a)-certified multilingual communications company with clients from Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
· Successfully grew her company from a single English-to-Spanish translation agency into a full-service multilingual communications firm with 75 employees handling communications and translations in 25 languages.
· Served for two years as Latino Programs Director for Cultural Tourism DC,
· Named president and CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2007
· Bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston.

· Friday, October 2, 2009, 8 AM to 3 PM, at:
Radisson Greentree Hotel
105 Radisson Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
· Registration and trade show begin at 8:00 AM
· A day of speakers, panel discussion, workshops and trade show for entrepreneurs of all company sizes, industries - new or continuing business.
National Association of Women Business Owners
· Gives support to and advocacy for women business owners.
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Han Will Lead the Only Dues Paying Organization Representing the Interests of More than 10.1 Million Women Entrepreneurs in the U.S.
Washington D.C.—The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) has taken the next step in its organizational evolution by appointing Helen Han to the position of President & CEO.
Ms. Han has been working with NAWBO as an independent consultant in the role of Interim Executive Director since May 2008. Over the past 18 months, she has led NAWBO through an extensive operational transformation to streamline its processes, reallocate its resources and position the organization to serve its members and business community better. Ms. Han previously served as the CEO of the Los Angeles Chapter of NAWBO; was the senior program manager at the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management; and ran her own entrepreneurial business for more than seven years.
"In Helen, NAWBO has found a leader who is equal to the task of moving the organization to the next level of success," said NAWBO 2009-2010 Chair Wendy Lopez.
NAWBO's mission is to propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by:
Strengthening the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community
Creating innovative and effective change in the business culture
Building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations
Transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers
Just as many of its member businesses are taking steps to re-align so they can compete more effectively in the current economic downturn, NAWBO is also developing a long-term strategic plan that will enable the organization to build the capacity of women-owned businesses and strengthen the infrastructure of its more than 80 local chapters. Additionally, NAWBO is focused on building its resources, expanding its reach within the business community, advocating on behalf of women-owned businesses, and developing an infrastructure to sustain future growth.
"It's an exciting time for NAWBO," says Ms. Han. "I am honored to have the opportunity to lead an organization that has played such a critical role in promoting women's entrepreneurship for the past 35 years."
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About NAWBO Founded in 1975, NAWBO propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. More than thirty-five years later, NAWBO is still the only organization that solely represents the interest of women entrepreneurs in all industries. The organization's mission is to strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promote economic development; to create innovative and effective change in the business culture; to build strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and to transform public policy and influence opinion makers. To learn more about NAWBO, visit