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March Business Events Hosted by Duquesne University

Tuesday, March 1

First Step: Business Startup Essentials (Butler Outreach)

Designed for new business startups and entrepreneurs, attendees will learn about business structure and formation, insurance, government procurement, major components of the business plan and more. Sponsored by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.

10 a.m. to noon, Butler CDC, 112 Woody Drive, Butler. Cost: Free

Call 724.283.1961 to register and for more information.


Export Market Opportunities, Export Business Plan and Resources

The first in a five-part certification program, this session will help attendees identify the export potential of their product or service. Topics include exporting statistics and competition in the global marketplace. Sponsored by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.

9 a.m. to noon, Room 108, Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh. Cost: $45.

Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.

Thursday, March 3

First Step: Business Startup Essentials (Beaver County)

Designed for new business startups and entrepreneurs, attendees will learn about business structure and formation, insurance, government procurement, major components of the business plan and more. Sponsored by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.

9:30 a.m. to noon, Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, 300 South Walnut Lane, Suite 202, Beaver. Cost: Free.

Call Rosemary at 724.775.3944 to register and for more information.

Tuesday, March 8

Letters of Credit, Export Financing and Payment Methods

The second in a five-part certification program, this session will help attendees learn about the financial services of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Export Import (EXIM) Bank and private sources. See how public programs will help when commerical banks are unable assist your firm. Other topics include how to move goods overseas and understanding crucial export documentation such as letters of credit, documentary collections and proper use of open account terms. Grant information will also be available. Sponsored by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.

9 a.m. to noon, Room 108, Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh. Cost: $45.

Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.

Wednesday, March 9

Responsible and Responsive Bidding

Attendees will learn key elements of putting together a comprehensive bid, definitions of terms used in proposals and bidding, and packaging a bid, among others. Sponsored by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.

9 a.m. to noon, Room 505, Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh. Cost: Free.

Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.

Thursday, March 10

First Step: Business Startup Essentials

Designed for new business startups and entrepreneurs, attendees will learn about business structure and formation, insurance, government procurement, major components of the business plan and more. Sponsored by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room 505, Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh. Cost: Free.

Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.

Tuesday, March 15

U.S. Export Regulations and Controls, International Regulatory Marks and Agreements

The third in a five-part certification program, this session will help attendees learn about U.S. exports licensing and controls, types of insurance and the European "CE" mark, among other topics. Sponsored by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.

9 a.m. to noon, Room 108, Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh. Cost: $45.

Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.

Tuesday, March 22

International Logistics, Incoterms, Insurance and Carnets

The fourth in a five-part certification program, this workshop will address moving goods overseas, including packaging and labeling, as well as basic export rules, certificates of origin and other important export documents. Sponsored by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.

9 a.m. to noon, Room 108 Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh. Cost: $5.

Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.

Wednesday, March 23

QuickBooks Made Easy

Attendees will learn how to set up company files, process invoices and create financial reports from a certified public accountant from Dennis Piper & Associates, P.C. Sponsored by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center and Dennis Piper & Associates, P.C.

9 a.m. to noon, Room 108 Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh. Cost: $45.

Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.

Thursday, March 24

Incoterms 2010 and Routed Transactions

Attendees will explore topics including the changes to the international terms of sale; how to implement sales and purchases to incorporate the new Incoterms®2010 terms; and buyer's and seller's responsibilities and costs associated with each international term of sale. Featured speaker is Catherin Thornberry, a federally appointed member of the Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Sponsored by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., SMC Business Councils, 1382 Beulah Road, Building 801, Pittsburgh. Cost: $275.

Visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.

Increasing Sales Through Effective Communications

This seminar will focus on establishing rapport and bonding. Topics include the role of communication in developing rapport, the primary elements of communication, and the benefits and methods of active listening. Sponsored by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.

9 a.m. to noon, Room 108 Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh. Cost: $45.

Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.


Tuesday, March 29

Legal Issues: Intellectual Property, Contracts, Patents, Internet Webpages and Trade Missions

The last in a five-part certification program, this workshop will examine the legalities of exports, including agent and distributor agreements, and international contracts. Sponsored by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.

9 a.m. to noon, Room 108, Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh. Cost: $45.

Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.

Wednesday, March 30

Doing Business With the Commonwealth

Attendees will learn how small businesses can pursue contract opportunities with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Topics include how state government purchases goods and services, where to find state business opportunities and certifications for minority- and woman-owned businesses. Sponsored by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.

9 a.m. to noon, Room 505, Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh. Cost: Free.

Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.

Thursday, March 31

One Day Marketing Plan With Dan Droz and Associates

Prior to this workshop, attendees will receive a preliminary marketing audit and a series of videos that explain marketing basics. Attendees will learn how to break out of the standard mold of selling price, quality and service as well as how to differentiate a business from competitors. Sponsored by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Room 108, Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh. Cost: $195.

Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.

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