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April Business Events Hosted by Duquesne University

Thursday, April 2 
The First Step: Business Startup Essentials (Beaver Outreach Center) 
Designed to teach individuals about the process of starting a small business, this workshop will address the many issues that face entrepreneurs in today’s changing world. Topics include business structure and formation, employee issues, taxation requirements and insurance, among others. Conducted by Duquesne’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) staff. 
Sponsored by the SBDC at Duquesne University.
10 a.m. to noon, Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, 300 S. Walnut Lane, Suite 202, Beaver. Cost: Free.             
Call 724.775.3944 to register and for more information.
 
Tuesday, April 7 
The First Step: Business Startup Essentials (Butler Outreach) 
Designed to teach individuals about the process of starting a small business, this workshop will address the many issues that face entrepreneurs in today’s changing world. Topics include business structure and formation, employee issues, taxation requirements and insurance, among others. Conducted by Duquesne’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) staff. 
Sponsored by the SBDC at Duquesne University.
10 a.m. to noon, Butler County Community Development Corp., 112 Woody Dr., Butler. Cost: Free.
Call 724.283.1961 to register and for more information.
 
Wednesday, April 8 
Export Documentation: Avoid Compliance Mistakes 
Attendees will learn how to avoid compliance mistakes and ensure profits. Designed around the book Export Procedures: An Interactive Guide to Export Documentation, the course will be taught by the book’s author Catherine E. Thornberry.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Room 108, Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave. Cost: $299.
Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.
 
Thursday, April 9 
The First Step: Business Startup Essentials (Lawrence County Outreach) 
Designed to teach individuals about the process of starting a small business, this workshop will address the many issues that face entrepreneurs in today’s changing world. Topics include business structure and formation, employee issues, taxation requirements and insurance, among others. Conducted by Duquesne’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) staff. 
Sponsored by the SBDC at Duquesne University.
9 to 11:30 a.m., Lawrence County Learning Center, 131 Columbus Inner Belt, New Castle. Cost: Free.
Call 724.656.3564 to register and for more information.
 
Wednesday, April 15 
The First Step: Business Startup Essentials 
Designed to teach individuals about the process of starting a small business, this workshop will address the many issues that face entrepreneurs in today’s changing world. Topics include business structure and formation, employee issues, taxation requirements and insurance, among others. Conducted by Duquesne’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) staff. 
Sponsored by the SBDC at Duquesne University.
1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Room 505, Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave. Cost: Free. 
Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.

Thursday, April 16 
Writing an Effective Business Plan
Focused on the importance of a business plan, this seminar is designed for accountants, business consultants, financial experts and business owners who are starting up, expanding or seeking increased profitability. Topics include where to look for financing, preparing financial statements and cash flow projections, and software packages that can help, among others.
Sponsored by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.
9 a.m. to noon, Room 108, Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave. Cost: $45.
Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.

Tuesday, April 21
Ethics, Regulation and Risk Management: A New Paradigm for the Financial Services Industry
This one-day event, which will address future directions in the financial services industry, will feature ethic, regulation and risk management panels and attendees will break into small groups to discuss topics including mark-to-market accounting, fiduciary standards and regulatory issues. Key speakers include Michael Oxley, former congressman and co-author of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act as well as Robert P. Kelly, chairman and chief executive officer of the Bank of New York Mellon.
Presented by Duquesne University’s Beard Center for Leadership Ethics, the Donahue Chair of Investment Management, the School of Law’s Securities Arbitration Practicum and the Greater Pittsburgh Compliance Roundtable.
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University, Forbes Avenue at Chatham Square. Cost: $250 for professionals, $150 for academics.
Registration is due by April 13. For more information, call 412.396.4005 or visit www.business.duq.edu/financialsymposium.
 
Wednesday, April 22 
Financial Strength 
Attendees will learn about financial statements, smart financial tools and how to apply them to your business, among other topics. Marilyn Landis, founder of Basic Business Concepts, is the featured presenter.
Sponsored by the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.
9 a.m. to noon, Room 108, Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave. Cost: $45.
Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.

Intermediate QuickBooks (For Windows Users Only)
Learn to broaden your skills with QuickBooks, the No. 1 management and accounting tool utilized by startups and small business entrepreneurs. Topics at this workshop include working with inventory, handling sales tax, processing and accounting of payroll, using estimates and financial reports, among others. Conducted by Dennis Piper & Associates, PC. 
Sponsored by Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center.
9 a.m. to noon, Room 108, Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave. Cost: $45.
Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.

Thursday, April 23 
Exploring Government Compliance Issues 
Attendees will review payroll, internal controls and human resources compliance issues. The workshop will be presented by David Wilke of Wilke & Associates.
Sponsored by Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center.
9 a.m. to noon, Room 108, Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave. Cost: $45.
Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.
 
Friday, April 24 
Bridgeway Capital Quality of Life Breakfast Series: Time Management 
Attendees will learn tips and tricks for effective time management as well as have the opportunity to network and share ideas on how to help balance work with personal life in a more manageable way.
Co-sponsored by Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center and Bridgeway Capital. 
8 to 10 a.m., Room 707, Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave. Cost: $15.
Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.
 
Wednesday, April 29 
Break the Rules and Close the Deal 
Attendees will learn about increasing revenue through the sales process, why traditional sales tactics don’t work in today’s environment and how to avoid falling victim to unpaid consulting, among other topics. Nationally recognized business development expert Sean Coyle of Peak Performance Management will be the featured presenter.
9 to 11:30 a.m., the Duquesne Club, 325 6th Avenue, Pittsburgh. Cost: $45.
Call 412.396.6233 or visit www.sbdc.duq.edu to register and for more information.
 
Thursday, April 30 
The First Step: Business Startup Essentials 
Designed to teach individuals about the process of starting a small business, this workshop will address the many issues that face entrepreneurs in today’s changing world. Topics include business structure and formation, employee issues, taxation requirements and insurance, among others. Conducted by Duquesne’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) staff. 
Sponsored by the SBDC at Duquesne University.
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room 505, Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave. Cost: Free.

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

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