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Kelly-Strayhorn Theater launches Penn Avenue Creative accelerator

The historic Kelly-Strayhorn Theater has honored its famous Pittsburgh-born namesakes -- Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn -- by enriching the city’s arts and cultural scene with dance, film, theater, and community events. This year, the East Liberty venue will expand its influence with Penn Avenue Creative, a new accelerator for emerging artists, social change leaders and entrepreneurs.

Created by Kelly-Strayhorn Executive Director Janera Solomon and supported by the Heinz Endowments, Penn Avenue Creative was inspired by a desire to see development in the East End reflect the diversity of the people who live there. The theater plans to attract six individuals who reside and work on Penn Avenue, and want to implement projects meant to serve the neighborhood.

Performance artist and Kelly-Strayhorn project manager, Joy KMT, believes the program is essential to encouraging positive change for the fast-shifting Penn Avenue Corridor.

"We hope to create a hub of conversation and innovation in East End neighborhoods that develops networks of sustainability and collaboration," says KMT. "Penn Avenue Creative is the groundwork that is necessary for building diverse and welcoming communities through tapping into and helping to support talented individuals who already live and work in the community."

KMT adds that desired applicants should demonstrate a "strong vision for themselves and their community, whose motivation for creating change is evident in their everyday lives, and whose generosity and unique perspectives will enrich the Penn Avenue Creative cohort." Chosen candidates will receive a yet undetermined stipend, and take part in a 12-week course that includes a retreat, professional workshops, and one-on-one mentoring with Kelly-Strayhorn's large network of artists, creatives and experts. Those who complete the program successfully will then present their projects to community leaders and benefactors at the Penn Avenue Creative Symposium.

While the program description targets certain creative types, KMT explains that proposals are welcome from anyone with a vision for the East End.

"We seek applications from artists and entrepreneurs, as well as people who may not think of themselves strictly as artists or entrepreneurs, but whose approach to engaging communities offers potential for unexpected impact," says KMT. "We hope to tap into leadership that may not be recognized by standard models."

Applications for Penn Avenue Creative are due by July 17. Further details are available on the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater website.  

Who's hiring in PGH? Bricolage, Verizon and more

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The immersive theater company Bricolage is seeking a full-time development associate to help manage a year-long grant-funded, project-based initiative. All application materials are due by July 17.

The Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) is seeking a full-time curatorial assistant to help organize the 2018 Carnegie International (CI) exhibition. Candidates must have a four-year degree or higher in art history, studio arts, or a related field, as well as a minimum of three years of administrative experience with contemporary art in a museum or archive environment.

American Eagle Outfitters is hiring an image retoucher to ensure the quality of company marketing and website images. Requires at least three years of experience with image manipulation and color handling.

Deeplocal has several open positions, including art director, creative director, and interactive producer.

Philips is looking for a full-time software engineer (Job Number: 144375) to oversee the conceptual design and implementation of real-time embedded software for use within medical devices. Requirements include a four-year degree and two years of applicable experience.

Verizon is hiring a full-time RF design engineer to work in the company's Bridgeville offices. Candidates must have a four-year degree in engineering or computer science and a minimum five years of experience in the cellular or telecommunications industry.

Pittsburgh Psychotherapy Associates has openings for a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist to work at its private practice in the North Hills.

Job Fairs:
On July 16, Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) will hold a career fair tailored for refugee and immigrant job seekers who possess legal status to work in the United States, English proficiency, professional skills, and higher education. The career fair will take place on the lower level of the Department of Human Services (DHS) offices from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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Who's hiring in PGH? The Winchester Thurston School, Boat Pittsburgh and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

The Green Building Alliance (GBA) is looking for a new communications director to oversee the successful planning, oversight, and implementation of all GBA communication outlets. Requirements include a four-year degree and two years of professional experience. Please send a cover letter, resume, and samples of communications or promotional materials to hr@gbapgh.org by July 10.

Growth Through Energy and Community Health (GTECH), an organization dedicated to improving the economic, social, and environmental health of local communities, is hiring an outreach and communications manager.

The Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) needs a qualified individual to fill a recently added chief executive officer  position. Candidates must have a four-year degree and extensive experience as a senior manager within a healthcare or case management organization, or in an equivalent organization. Application materials are due by July 15.

The Winchester Thurston School is hiring a part-time Upper School computer science teacher. Candidates must have a degree in computer science or related field.

Nectr, an app that connects users to their favorite local businesses, is hiring an iOS Engineer.

Cygnus Manufacturing Company, a precision manufacturer of products and components for non-invasive medical devices, transportation, scientific instrumentation, energy, aerospace and defense applications, is in need of a technology and information systems administrator.

Boat Pittsburgh, a powerboat rental company located in Sharpsburg, is hiring a part-time boat rental assistant. Boating, marina or concession experience preferred. Please send resume to Nicole at boatpittsburgh@gmail.com.

Paid Internships:

CAI, a global IT services firm, has an available IT internship at its Pittsburgh offices.

Campus recruiters head to PNC Park for networking event

Employment is a two-way street, and those seeking potential candidates for open positions can find the process just as frustrating as job seekers. Fortunately for one sector, the University of Pittsburgh has created an event designed to ensure students embarking on careers are connected with potential employers.

On June 23, Pitt's Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance, along with the Bank of New York Mellon, will host a Tech Recruiters Talk at PNC Park. As Pitt Employment Development Specialist Kristian McCloud explains, the networking event and happy hour was created as a forum for campus recruiters looking to attract technical majors to entry-level positions in a variety of fields.

"We have found that students with technical majors lean predominantly toward tech companies during their job search," says McCloud. "However, as we know, every company has the capacity to hire, as well as the need for talent with technical backgrounds."

To encourage engagement, guests are required to bring two to three ideas for recruiting tech, computer, and information science majors. They can then talk shop with talent acquisition specialists and recruiters from various companies, organizations, and firms, including UPMC, NetApp, Mylan, and the event sponsor, BNY Mellon. As McCloud points out, the summer event will hopefully prepare recruiters to best approach new students.

"Our goal is for recruiters to walk away with concrete and helpful campus recruiting strategies and for them to be able to implement them in the upcoming academic year," says McCloud.

The Tech Recruiters Talk will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event will include light refreshments and drinks, as well as complimentary tickets to the night's baseball game. Those interested in attending must submit an RSVP form.  

Who's hiring in PGH? Schell Games, Grow Pittsburgh and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

Grow Pittsburgh is hiring a part-time edible schoolyard garden educator to provide programming to five Pittsburgh elementary schools through the organization's Flagship School program.

Carlow University has multiple open positions, including a part-time alumni assistant and a network services administrator.

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, an award-winning, employee-owned civil engineering consulting firm with offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, is seeking a land development engineering project manager to join the team in Cranberry Township. Candidates must have a four-year degree in civil engineering and a professional engineering license.

Sequoia Waste Solutions is hiring a full-time client communication supervisor to work alongside their operations team and provide customer service.

The Information Networking Institute (INI) at Carnegie Mellon University is looking for a marketing communications associate to support the Director of Marketing and Communications. Requires a four-year degree in marketing, communications, creative writing, journalism or a related field.

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden has a new opening for a part-time marketing associate.

The Pittsburgh-based game design and development company Schell Games has multiple open positions, including a project director and an advanced game producer.

Allegheny Conference, a nonprofit community development organization, needs a web developer with at least two years of backend development experience. 

Check out last week's listings for more opportunities.

Pittsburgh business leaders convene for 29th annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards

Last February, EY called on western Pennsylvania's best and brightest to enter the 29th annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards, a program meant to highlight the individuals behind successful enterprises. Now those local business leaders who stepped up will be honored during a special black-tie event.

EY will gather finalists from across the region to announce this year’s winners at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Gala. The list of contenders includes Pittsburgh entrepreneurs representing a wide array of industries, from tech to retail. Among those attending is Dick Zhang, CEO and President of Identified Technologies. In a few short years, the drone startup has used its success to give back to the city by employing CMU grads and moving into a renovated office space behind Bakery Square.

"Many of the finalists have spent decades improving the region as they improve the world,” says Zhang. “I'm both flattered, and deeply humbled to be included with such an inspiring group."

Zhang isn’t the only new kid in town. Also attending is CJ Handron, the co-founder and CEO of Diamond Kinetics. Since its founding in 2013, the sports technology company has focused on improving athletic performance with its inventions, including SwingTracker, an innovative motion-sensor device that premiered at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Handron, a University of Pittsburgh alum who earned his Master of Business Administration from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, believes the event could serve as an inspiration.

"I like to think that one of the biggest impacts of an event like this is that the celebration of entrepreneurs across such a wide range of industries might help create the spark for others in our region to pursue a dream or a passion,” says Handron. “A robust entrepreneurial community will only continue to strengthen our region."  

Other Pittsburgh finalists include Charlie Batch from the Best of the Batch, Greg Petro of First Insight, Pam Cohen and Gail Klingensmith of Pamela’s P&G Diners, Meg Cheever of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and many others. See the complete list of finalists here. The event will also recognize entrepreneurs from outside Pittsburgh and from West Virginia.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Awards Gala will take place on June 19 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Who's hiring in PGH? JFilm, Chemistry and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

JFilm, an organization that offers year-round programming showcasing international, independent Jewish-themed films, has openings for a full-time programs and communications manager and a part-time accounting and office manager.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh needs a part-time project assistant to provide support to the Communications and Creative Services (CCS) department and the Director’s Office.

The Carnegie Science Center is hiring a STEM professional development coordinator (Req. ID 1038). Three years of experience required.

The full-service ad agency Chemistry is looking for an entry-level junior web developer to work on a range of projects. Requires two to four years of experience with web development and backend technology.

The Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University is hiring a multimedia designer. Requires a four-year degree or equivalent experience and two to three years of experience working in communication design, with experience in information architecture, web design, and video/animation creation. 

Paid Internships:

The Pittsburgh-based PR agency Yearick-Millea has an available summer account coordinator internship. Responsibilities include research, social media management, website updates, writing, and media pitching.

Duolingo has an open product designer internship.

Check out last week's listings for more opportunities.

Who's hiring in PGH? The Pittsburgh Foundation, WTAE and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

The Pittsburgh Foundation, a grant-making public charity dedicated to improving quality of life in the city and surrounding region, is hiring a director of public policy and advocacy. Requires at least five to seven years of experience in public policy and/or government relations, or a related field. Application materials are due by June 5, 2015.

The Career Development Center (CDC) of Jewish Family and Children's Service (JF&CS) is hiring an employer relations coordinator to oversee the business development efforts of the CDC, including facilitating job placements through the identification of job leads and developing outplacement and other business contacts with local and national employers.

La Escuelita Arcoiris, Pittsburgh's only Spanish immersion pre-school, is hiring lead and assistant teachers and an administrative assistant.

The Pittsburgh ABC affiliate WTAE needs five full-time digital video creators to work over the summer.

The Pittsburgh-based architectural firm mossArchitects is looking for an intermediate architect/designer with three to six years of interiors experience. The firm is also hiring an office manager.

Optimus Technologies, a startup that designs and manufactures next-generation fuel systems, is hiring multiple positions in Pittsburgh, including an electrical/mechanical assembler.

Paid Internships:

AllFacilities, a research and business development support services firm specializing in facilities management, has full-time summer internships available.

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Drone startup Identified Technologies moves upward and onward

It's graduation season, a time for recognizing the accomplishments of students as they go on to bigger and better things. But in Pittsburgh, it's not just high schools and colleges saying goodbye to those they helped groom. Identified Technologies officially relocated from its digs in the East Liberty startup accelerator, AlphaLab Gear, to a space just behind Bakery Square on Hamilton Avenue. The small drone company used the move as an opportunity to invest in the renovated building, which previously sat vacant for 25 years.
"They are breathing new life into the neighborhood, and we hope they are the first of many startups filling offices in the area as they grow beyond their accelerators or co-working spaces," Property Manager Jonathan Shapiro stated in a press release.
Founded in 2013 by CEO and President Dick Zhang, Identified Technologies specializes in creating self-piloting drones used to monitor various jobsites. Unlike other systems, the company's fully autonomous mapping system requires no human interaction to operate or maintain. Products such as the Boomerang drone can fly and land itself on a specially designed Launchpad dock. It can even change its own batteries.
While the company’s main focus remains on oil and natural gas, primarily in the Marcellus Shale region, Zhang believes the technology can contribute to safer working environments across a variety of industries.
"The mapping and inspection work that we offer via drone would otherwise have to be done manually by humans in a wide variety of dangerous situations,” says Zhang, rattling off a number of scenarios the technology can scan, including leaking gas pipelines, damaged electrical lines, unstable mines, toxic waste dumps, and other hazardous conditions. In addition to safety, the drones can also ensure efficiency by delivering continuously updated data.
Identified Technologies currently works with numerous undisclosed blue chip companies, and growing demand for their products warranted expansion into a new location. While Zhang attributes some of their success to the support of AlphaLab Gear, other investors have recently stepped in. Last April, the startup acquired $2 million in funding from Birchmere Ventures, which, as Zhang explains, will allow them to optimize their sales and deployment model, scale their operations, and expand their customer base. With new seed money and office space, the company can look to the future of new possibilities.
“We will continue to invest in research and development to use our technology to solve broader problems in bigger markets,” says Zhang.

Who's hiring in PGH? Attack Theatre, Axixe and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

Attack Theatre is seeking a full-time audience and communications associate to manage public relations, social media presence, and other aspects of the company’s image. Deadline to apply is May 22.

Deeplocal is looking for a creative designer. Requirements include a degree in graphic design or a related field and two years working at a design studio or advertising agency. 

Bechtel Plant Machinery is hiring a technical writer. Candidate must have a four-year degree in technical writing, computer science, engineering, business, or information technology.

The Design Center, a nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region, is hiring a senior community architect. Requirements include a graduate degree in architecture, urban design or urban planning and five years of experience.

The Maker’s Place, an out-of-school program focused on entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art and math (ESTEAM), is hiring a program coordinator.

Intermedix, a leader in healthcare business services and technology-enabled solutions, is hiring a technical support specialist to provide hands-on and remote technical assistance to internal employees. Position requires four to five years of help desk or technical support experience.

The healthcare technology consulting and innovation company Axixe is seeking a senior developer with Python, Django and jQuery experience. A four-year or graduate degree in computer science or related technical field is preferred.

Paid Internships

Familylinks, a provider of integrated, family-centered services focused on behavioral, social and developmental health issues, is currently accepting applications for a paid internship in communications and marketing for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters. Applications will be accepted until May 29.

Summerbridge Pittsburgh, a tuition-free, academic enrichment program committed to helping at-risk students get into college, is seeking undergrads to serve as office managers.

Check out last week's listings for more opportunities.

Trusst uses engineering to design the perfect bra

Engineers apply their expertise to everything from food to cars to city infrastructures, working to make everything bigger, better, and more efficient. In Pittsburgh, two Carnegie Mellon University alums saw an opportunity to use their skills in one neglected market -- bras for the well-endowed.

Last September, industrial engineers Laura West and Sophia Berman founded Trusst, an East Liberty-based lingerie company that specializes in creating a more comfortable, more supportive bra for women with larger busts. What started as a side project that combined their educational backgrounds with their mutual love of sewing has since gained attention for raising awareness of a problem many women face -- finding a bra that actually fits. To drive that point home, Trusst even produced a humorous promotional video showing men struggling to wear various bras stuffed with melons.

As for their products, the team at Trusst hopes to stand out from other retailers with innovative designs enhanced by intelligent engineering.

"As designers, we are placing form and function as our primary focus, ensuring support and comfort ahead of pure fashion," says Berman. "We are removing the extreme pain that larger busted women face from unsupportive bras."

While most bras on the market depend on the shoulder straps for support -- which can cause various problems, including back strain -- Berman and West's patent-pending design lifts the weight of a woman's bust from underneath. The company also created its own sizing system that determines cup size by breast volume as opposed to more traditionally used band measurement, which allows for a more customized fit.

Aiding them in their mission is the startup incubator AlphaLab Gear, which, as Berman explains, provided a space for them to grow and build their company. The women also invested in a MakerBot 3-D printer to help them achieve their vision of the perfect bra.

"We used 3-D printing a lot in our initial development to help us rapidly iterate and develop the form of our structures," says Berman. "The first purchase we made as a company was our MakerBot, and it has been extremely instrumental in aiding us in our prototyping."

Their work, as well as their self-promotion, has not gone unnoticed -- recently, Berman and West launched a Kickstarter campaign for Trusst that reached its $25,000 goal in less than a week. Any additional funds raised over the campaign's remaining weeks will help the company add to its large selection of sizes (the number now stands at 42), as well as its product line, which now includes three bras and matching panties.

"Depending on demand, we plan to expand our core line into additional colors and patterns, as well as expand to even larger sizes than we are initially offering," says Berman. "Future development includes athletic and swimwear for larger cup sizes."

The Trusst Kickstarter campaign will continue until May 22. 

Who's hiring in PGH? Sequoia Waste Solutions, Edward Marc Brands and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

A+ Schools, a local advocate for equity and excellence in public education, needs a community organizer to build, manage, and mobilize adult networks in Pittsburgh. Please send a cover letter and resume to newopportunities@aplusschools.org by May 31, 2015.

Team Tassy, an organization committed to eliminating global poverty, needs a candidate to fill the newly created manager of engagement and partnerships position.

Sequoia Waste Solutions is looking for an implementation and operational support analyst to help clients streamline their waste and recycling removal processes. Candidates must have a four-year degree in business, statistics, mathematics, or a related field.

The Pittsburgh-based chocolatier Edward Marc Brands is hiring a logistic specialist to help maintain efficiency throughout the company’s supply chain.

American Eagle Outfitters is looking for a product manager to help deliver the next version of the company’s website. Requirements include a four-year degree in marketing, MIS, business administration, or a related field and five years of consumer-based online experience.

Uber is looking to fill numerous engineering positions at their Pittsburgh Advanced Technology Center.

Who's hiring in PGH? Three Rivers Rowing Association, Kopp Glass and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

Three Rivers Rowing Association (TRRA), one of the largest community boathouses in the country, is seeking a full-time executive director. The candidate will help develop and deliver safe, sustainable programs and events that teach and promote the benefits of rowing and paddling in Pittsburgh. Deadline for applications is April 24.

Neighborhood Allies and LISC are seeking a program manager for lending and financial services

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures is looking for a part-time graphic designer and marketing assistant. Requires an undergraduate degree and three to six years of graphic design and customer service experience.

Kopp Glass, a worldwide leader in molded, blown, precision, and filter glass for technical, industrial, and commercial applications, has multiple open positions, including a materials engineer, a new product engineer, and a marketing assistant.

The Center for Energy at the University of Pittsburgh is hiring a manager of business development and outreach.

Paid Internships

kWantera, a GE-backed intelligent energy startup, is looking for a graphic and web design intern.

The Grant Street Group, a leading developer, host, and administer of customized software applications, needs a summer IT services intern to assist with their relocation.

Check out last week's listings for more opportunities.

Who's hiring in PGH? RE2, Maker Theater and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

RE2, a Lawrenceville-based robotics outfit and Carnegie Mellon University spin-off, recently received funding from the U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) office and the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) to develop technology that would assist combat medics in the field. Called LIFELINE, the system would allow them to quickly maneuver, treat, and evacuate wounded soldiers in dangerous situations.

In the past, RE2 has researched and developed robotic technologies for the U.S. military, the Allegheny County bomb squad, and for people with disabilities. LIFELINE is the first project created specifically for front-line medical personnel. RE2 President and CEO Jorgen Pedersen says that, unlike the currently used body armor, the project could offer combat medics a much-needed hand.

RE2 now has openings for a senior electrical engineer and a product/project manager.

Identified Tech, a Pittsburgh-based startup that uses drones to help energy and construction sites operate safely and efficiently, is hiring a front-end developer and a lead software engineer.

The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is hiring a full-time IT associate to provide administrative, technical, and project-related support.

The Sewickley-based nonprofit Sweetwater Center for the Arts is hiring a full-time marketing and development coordinator.

The nationwide employee-owned firm SWCA Environmental Consultants is hiring a cultural resources project manager for their Pittsburgh offices. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in archeology, anthropology or a related field.

The Maker Theater, a small 99-seat black box venue located in the East End, is looking for a part-time house manager to oversee the space during show nights and matinees.

The Andy Warhol Museum is hiring an associate registrar to assist with incoming exhibitions and loans. Requires a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in art history or a related field.

Paid Internships:

The marketing analytics company Rhiza has an open design internship and a market research internship. Both positions are open to undergraduate and graduate students.

The online language learning platform Duolingo has an available product designer internship.

Check out last week's listings for more opportunities.

Duquesne University enables entrepreneurs with VIE program

Last month, a report from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry showed that Pittsburgh held fast to a 5.2 percent unemployment rate over the past two months. Though the number is an improvement from the previous year, it still means that thousands of people remain without work. To help improve the statistic, Duquesne University will offer unemployed residents the chance to create their own jobs through an instructional program at the school's Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

From April 20 through April 23, the SBDC will kick off Venturing Into Entrepreneurship (VIE), a free program designed to increase small business success and bring prosperity to economically distressed areas. Duquesne SBDC Director Dr. Mary McKinney says that VIE will offer aspiring entrepreneurs the tools and confidence to make their ideas a reality.

"The person needs to have a good idea, want to own a business, and have the dedication and motivation to take the step," says McKinney. "Our training and follow-up consulting will then assist them in understanding the necessary steps and guide them through the process of developing the plan. The goal, of course, is to have them actually open the business within a reasonable period of time."

As McKinney explains, the program will gather qualified unemployed individuals from Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties to take part in four days of intensive in-class training and one-on-one counseling and mentoring. The sessions are taught by a select group of business consultants and professionals, and deal with the specific issues and challenges faced by the new entrepreneur, among them writing a business plan, crafting a marketing strategy, and seeking financial resources.

Through VIE, Duquesne hopes to assist 50 to 55 clients and create 10 to 12 businesses by the end of September.

"The Duquesne SBDC has a strong track record of assisting individuals in the transition from employment to business ownership," says McKinney. "We have directed several previous programs targeted to training recently unemployed workers to start a business quite successfully."
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