More than 400 small business managers and owners will gather for breakout sessions, keynote addresses and a tradeshow at the annual Entrepreneur's Growth & Networking Conference, hosted by Duquesne University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

The 19th annual conference will focus on finding and keeping customers, growing revenues, motivation and business planning at the daylong event on Friday, June 2, in the Duquesne Union Ballroom.

Jim Rooney, founder and owner of FirstLink and a member of the Steelers ownership family, will deliver the luncheon keynote. Mike Silverman of Cohen & Grigsby will open the conference with a breakfast keynote address at 9 a.m.

Local business experts and successful entrepreneurs will cover a range of topics useful to businesses right now, such as becoming a breakout brand, the importance of greening a business and social media marketing. Nearly a dozen different breakout sessions will be offered.

"There are a lot of new trends in the entrepreneurial world right now and this conference can help attendees to strategically plan and look at their business as a whole," said Christine Hughes, training manager and business consultant for Duquesne's SBDC.

For more information, including the detailed conference schedule, cost and registration, visit

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May 25, 2017