Saturday, February 6, 2010

YWCA Invites Entrepreneurs to Microenterprise Symposium



Laura Harwin
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

YWCA invites entrepreneurs to Microenterprise Symposium

PITTSBURGH, PA (January 28, 2010): Local entrepreneurs can jump-start their small business even in a struggling economy. The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is inviting small business owners, or those interested in starting or growing a business, to the second annual Microenterprise Symposium on Saturday, February 20, where they can attend workshops to help grow or launch their small business.

The Microenterprise Symposium will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business, 5000 Forbes Avenue. Cost is $45, which covers workshops and lunch. Online registration is available at For more information, persons may contact Alice Williams, at 412-255-6743 or

Ruth Byrd-Smith, Director of Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, will provide the opening keynote address. Numerous workshops covering technology, marketing, regulations and finance will follow throughout the day. Some workshop titles include “Building a Billion Dollar Brand,” “Responsible and Responsive State Bidding,” “Protecting your Business Structure,” “Guerilla Marketing,” “Business Blogging,” and “10 Businesses to Start in a Down Economy.” A panel of Million Dollar Women Business owners will be moderated by Rosemary Martinelli of WQED.

By definition, a microenterprise is a business with five or fewer employees, small enough to require initial capital of $35,000 or less. The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh supports microenterprise through the Enterprising Women program, which is a comprehensive training program for low and moderate-income women seeking to develop a microenterprise.

In addition to the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, symposium partners include Students in Free Enterprise/Carnegie Mellon University; Allegheny County; City of Pittsburgh; Small Business Administration; The Soul; Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and National Organization of Women Business Owners.

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is a women’s membership movement committed to the elimination of racism and the economic empowerment of women and girls. For more information about the YWCA’s programs and services, persons may visit or call 412-391-5100.

Laura Harwin

Director of Development and Marketing
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-255-1279 (phone)

412-391-5109 (fax) (e-mail)

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February 20 – “Microenterprise Symposium” – this annual event provides continued education to women business owners. A microenterprise, by definition, is a “business that starts with five or fewer employees and small enough to require initial capital of $35,000 or less.” Please join us at the Second Annual Microenterprise Symposium to be held on Saturday February 20, 2010 at Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For registration information please call 412-255-6743.

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