Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Duquesne University Upcoming Workshops

Duquesne University Small Business Development Center

Upcoming Workshops
Phone: (412) 396-1633 Website:

Oct. 7

Doing Business with the Commonwealth


Cost: FREE

Location: Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 713

The Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) purchases more than $4.5 billion in goods and services each year and establishes procurement policy/procedures for most Commonwealth agencies. The Department’s Bureau of Procurement acts as the purchasing agency for statewide requirements contracts and for purchase orders for supplies in excess of $20,000 and for services in excess of $250,000.

Learn how your small business can pursue contract opportunities with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

· Discover whether the state buys what you sell

· Learn how state government purchases goods and services

· Know where to find state business opportunities

· Explore government programs to help small businesses

· Find out about certifications for minority and woman-owned businesses

Oct. 12

Doing Business with Mexico


Cost: $15

Location: Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 108

What will be covered?

· The NAFTA Advantage

· Industry analysis for your company

· How to find Manufacturing Reps

· Trade Mission to Mexico

Oct. 21

Export Documentation: Avoid Compliance Mistakes

8:00am – 4:30pm

Cost: $ 395

Location: Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 108

Course Topics:

Every topic in the course is presented in terms of actual transactions and the paperwork associated with each stage of the export process. Each chapter in the textbook contains forms, flow charts, and other valuable reference materials. Subjects covered include:

· Managing the Export Transaction

· Quoting Export Orders

· Implementing Incoterms

· Working with the EXIM Bank

· Implementing NAFTA Requirements

· Export Insurance

· Shipping and Packaging Issues

· Using Letters of Credit and Sight Drafts

· Complying with U.S. Government Export Regulations

Oct. 26

QuickBooks: Advanced


Cost: $45

Location: Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 108

Topics include:
Inventory, sales tax, payroll, business credit cards, job costing and time tracking. For windows users only.

Oct. 29

Abre Tu Negocio en Pittsburgh - First Step (Duquesne University)


Cost: FREE

Location: Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 713

Learn the nuts and bolts of starting a business. The entire class will be presented in Spanish.

The presenters will cover issues such as how to get a Tax ID Number, fictitious name for the business, trademark the name, insurance, taxes, legal structures, business licenses, business permits, certifications, obtaining a website, bookkeeping, loan programs, real case scenarios, and business plan development. Workshop Partner: PNC Bank

Save The Date!

Nov. 18

Pennsylvania Business Technology Conference

8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.

Cost: $119 Early Bird; after October 29th, $139

The Pennsylvania Business Technology Conference (PBTC) is designed to equip companies with the information they need to make smart technology decisions that will enhance their profitability, productivity and market adaptability. This full-day conference includes a panel discussion at breakfast, over 10 workshops and a technology showcase.

Morning Workshops:

The Biggest Website Mistakes That May Be Undermining Your Brand, Your Customer Service & Your Sales

An A-Z Guide To Pay-Per-Click Advertising

Free Tech Tools Exposed (If You Want To Save Money & Work Smarter)

7 Secrets to Power Marketing Videos That Will Explode Your Sales

Mid-Morning Workshops:

Moving Targets: Mobile Marketing For Better Outreach, Advertising & Impact

Why Rank Matters: Securing Top Positions On Google & An Unfair Competitive Advantage

Open Sesame: eMail Marketing Strategies That Work (And Those That Don't)

Planning, Promoting & Marketing Your Own Sales-Driving Webinar 

Afternoon Workshops:

Lost & Found: Free & Low Cost eMarketing Tools To Get Your Start-Up Noticed 

Confessions of a Blogger: What It Takes To Build Readership & Make Money

Sales Tools for Small Business: How to Attract, Manage & Retain Your Customers 

Follow Me: How To Use Social Networks to Build Visibility & Drive Sales 

To Register, Call (412)396-1633

Take advantage of the SBDC's upcoming workshops!

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