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Sidewalk Café Permits

As the warmer weather approaches, please keep in mind that all outdoor seating in the public right-of-way requires an annual permit through the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works. Cafés must allow a 5’ wide minimum passable pedestrian space. Applications and additional for Sidewalk Café permits can be found at or by calling 412-255-2370.

VisitPITTSBURGH Annual Meeting

Join VisitPITTSBURGH on March 16 for its annual meeting to recap a strong year in the tourism and meetings industry for Pittsburgh and map out new initiatives and upcoming events to promote the region. This event is also an excellent opportunity to network with community leaders.

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Saint Patrick’s Day Opportunities and Information

Promotions and events

Are you a Downtown business with a special, event, or celebration of sorts for Saint Patrick’s Day? If so, please send details to Becky Thatcher at to be included on a special promotional page on our website.

In addition, whenever you are hosting any sort of event or activity, send it our way and you can be added to our year-round event calendar. More information can be found HERE.


The annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Saturday, March 11 at 10:00 a.m.. Parade formation will begin at the Greyhound Bus Station at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 11th Street. Staging will take place from the bus station and away from Downtown to 26th Street. The parade will commence from the intersection of Liberty and 11th Streets, down Grant Street, turning right onto Boulevard of the Allies, and proceed to the reviewing stand at Stanwix Street where it will disburse at Commonwealth Place.

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Irish Fair in the Square

Each year Market Square Merchants Association presents the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day party in Market Square. For more information, please visit:

Road closures

All roads in Market Square will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 6:00 a.m. and remain closed until 6:00 p.m. Liberty Avenue from 26th street to Grant Street, Grant Street to Boulevard of the Allies, and Boulevard of the Allies to Stanwix will be closed for the parade from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m (trying to confirm).

Resources and Information

Articles and Opportunities:

FedEx Launches Fifth Annual Small Business Grant Contest – entry period ends March 29, 2017

Workshops/ Webinars:

Accounting Fundamentals – Chatham’s Women’s Business Center Webinar – March 7, 2017

How to Run an Inbound Marketing Campaign – Duquesne Small Business Development Center – March 8, 2017

Up Your Game with Social Selling  – SCORE Webinar – March 9, 2017

Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series  – Chatham’s Women’s Business Center – March 10, 2017

Financial Strategies – Chatham’s Women’s Business Center Webinar – March 14, 2017

Ask The CPA 2017: Tax Advice for Small Businesses – SCORE Webinar – March 16, 2017

QuickBooks: Basics – Duquesne Small Business Development Center – March 17, 2017

Meet the Lenders – Allegheny County Economic Development Office – March 29, 2017

Upcoming Large Events, Conferences, and Road Closures:

Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show – David L. Lawrence Convention Center – March 10 – 19, 2017

Farm to Table – David L. Lawrence Convention Center – March 24 – 25, 2017

Tekko 2017– David L. Lawrence Convention Center – April 6 – 9, 2017

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Annual Meeting
We hope you will consider joining us for our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the JLL Center at Tower Two-Sixty. Reception will be immediately following at Revel + Roost. Tickets and more information are available on our website. Formal Invitations will be in the mail shortly.

PDP’s New Website
The PDP has a shiny new website (but still the same address The new site launched on Thursday and we can’t wait for you to take a look at it. Our website is your go to spot for everything you need to know about Downtown. It includes an event calendar packed with activities, a directory of all stores and restaurants, information on living Downtown, research and reports, parking information, resources for retailers and small businesses, and much more. We hope you will love the clean, crisp design and will find everything you are looking for – however, if you have any suggestions, we’d always like to hear them, feel free to email us at Also, if you had any previous pages (other than the homepage) bookmarked, you’ll need to update your bookmark, as most page’s addresses have changed.

Resources for Small Businesses
Business Incentives for Healthy Corner Stores

Just Harvest provides incentives and assistance for small grocers and corner stores to begin stocking healthy fresh fruits and vegetables. They can provide financing for store equipment, access to local distributors, staff training, and storefront beautification. Interested operators can contact Joshua Berman at 412-431-8960 x122.

SBA Emerging Leaders Program 
The Small Business Administration is offering the nationally acclaimed Emerging Leaders program in Pittsburgh. This free initiative provides the opportunity to work with experienced professionals and develop connections with peers, city leaders and financial communities.

The SBA Pittsburgh District Office is seeking applicants for their third executive training course. Classes will run one day a week, every other week from April to September 2017.  Program eligibility criteria include:

  • Business must have been in operation for at least three years
  • Annual revenue must be between $400,000 and $10,000,000
  • Business must employee at least one full-time employee, besides the owner
  • Participant must be committed to not missing more than two classes

Interested small business owners are invited to learn more about the program by contacting Ms. Karan Waigand at 412-395-6560, x127 or

Application deadline is March, 2017. If you are interested, please fill out an online application at

Workshops/ Webinars:
Small Business Cyber Security Preparedness 101  – SCORE Webinar – February 9, 2017
Overcoming the Four Barriers Blocking Women Entrepreneurs  – SCORE Webinar – February 16, 2017
PowerPoint Basics – Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Downtown & Business – February 16, 2017
6 Steps to a Better Business – Duquesne Small Business Development Center – February 17, 2017
3 Essential Steps to Building a Powerhouse Online Brand  – SCORE Webinar – February 21, 2017
How to Grow Your Business With Social Media  – SCORE Webinar – February 22, 2017
Take Your Ecommerce Business To The Next Level  – SCORE Webinar – February 23, 2017
SEO for Small Businesses, What Google Wants  – SCORE Webinar – February 28, 2017
How to Run an Inbound Marketing Campaign – Duquesne Small Business Development Center – March 8, 2017
Ask The CPA 2017: Tax Advice for Small Businesses – SCORE Webinar – March 16, 2017

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