In the Know E-Newletter

In The Know is our monthly e-newsletter designed for street level businesses to keep you appraised of upcoming events and opportunities in Downtown. Occasionally, we also send special alerts.

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Spotlight Program for Retailers

Calling all retailers!!  It is time again for the launch of our Spotlight at the Market Square Farmers Market. We have 10 spots available for the season for retailers in the Central Business District to get a single-day vendor spot at our Market Square Farmers Market.  The market hosts 5,000 – 7,000 people, weather depending, each day.  This is an excellent opportunity to promote your business and engage with new customers, while also making sales.

For more information, and to apply, please visit:

Vendor Opportunities for Food and Retail Vendors

There are many retail and food vendor opportunities at all of our event throughout the year.  Our Night Markets, Picklesburgh, Light Up Night, and more have great opportunities to connect with large audiences and make significant sales for your business.

To view all the opportunities, please visit:

You Are Welcome Here Program
On June 2-11, Downtown Pittsburgh will host Pittsburgh Pride, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) event in Pennsylvania. Produced by the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, the leading non-profit advocacy organization for the LGBT community, Pittsburgh Pride has an economic impact of $12.5 million dollars and will be bring tens of thousands of people from all over Western Pennsylvania and beyond to your doorstep.

We invite you to join us as we partner together to launch a new initiative called “You Are Welcome Here.” The program aims to show visitors and customers that Pittsburgh welcomes all regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

This exciting new initiative kicks off June 1, which is the traditional start of Pride month all over the world. Register by May 15, and you will receive:

  •  An 11” x 8.5” clear Pittsburgh Welcomes You cling for your front door.
  • Inclusion of your name with a link to your website or Facebook page on the Travel Page at the website.
  •  Inclusion of your name in the press release that will be distributed to media outlets announcing the launch of the program.
  • The opportunity to show your support even further by purchasing and displaying a rainbow flag, the traditional symbol of the LGBT community, to hang at your business.

The cost to participate is $15.00 and signing up is easy!
1. Visit
2. Enter your information as requested.
3. Submit your payment info

If you have any further questions about the You Are Welcome Here Program, please contact Pride at 412-322-2800 or via email.

Resources and Information

Articles and Opportunities:

Request For Proposal for Concessionaire Services For The City-County Building And County Office Building – RSVP FRIDAY APRIL 7! Full Details

Workshops/ Webinars:

Small Business Basics Workshop  – SCORE Webinar – April 8, 2017

The Second Step: Practical Legal Considerations For Your Growing Business – Chatham University – April 12, 2017

Sales Boot Camp Certification: What is the Best Approach for YOUR Business? – Duquesne Small Business Development Center – April 18, 2017

QuickBooks Advanced – Duquesne Small Business Development Center – April 19, 2017

Small Business Resource Fair – Food Retailers Edition – URA and City of PGH – April  26, 2017

Before you Sign: Effective Commercial Lease Agreements – Duquesne Small Business Center – April 27, 2017

Using QuickBooks Online Version – Duquesne Small Business Center – May 3, 2017

Upcoming Large Events, Conferences, and Road Closures:

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

Pittsburgh Business Show – David L. Lawrence Convention Center – April 19 – 20, 2017

Earth Day in Downtown Pittsburgh – Fairmont Hotel and Market Square – April 20 – 22, 2017

Pittsburgh Earth Day Biz Breakfast – David L. Lawrence Convention Center – April 21, 2017

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.

Tekko 2017 Opportunity

The Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society announces Tekko 2017 to return back to the David Lawrence Convention Center from April 6th -9th, 2017.  Tekko is the region’s premier anime, gaming, fashion, music, and Japanese Pop Culture Convention now in its fifteen year. Last year they obtained record attendance an overall economic impact of $4.5 million in terms of hotels, restaurants, local transportation, shopping, etc. This year they are looking to increase this attendance by 25%,  with over 9,000+ unique attendees, artists, guests, and vendors.

Tekko 2017 is looking to collaborate with local businesses by providing their attendees a “Show your Badge” discount program.  There is no cost to participate and businesses are able to decide on what type of discount they would like to offer.  In exchange, the name of the business and logo will be posted, listed, and promoted in collateral that the group publishes and distributes including their program book, guide book, social media, etc.  The business will also receive a sign that will be placed in the front of their establishment letting attendees know they are participating.   If you would like further information, please go to the link attached  Here is the link to officially sign up for the Show Your Badge Discount Program:

In addition to the above,  the group is offering premium advertising space in their printed program book as well as their on-line Guidebook application.  This is just another opportunity to get the name of your business or organization out to their 9000+ attendees. This is the only item that would have a financial cost.  If interested, please sign up here:

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