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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 DowntownPittsburgh.com). 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 pdp@downtownpittsburgh.com. 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.

Assistance Requested

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Missing Persons Unit is diligently working to locate 23-year-old Dakota James. At this point, numerous hours of surveillance video from 16 different locations including the Port Authority of Allegheny County have been reviewed by detectives.

James was last seen at approximately 11:39 p.m. Wednesday, January 25 in Downtown near the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 6th Street.

He is a white male, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 5’8″ and weighs 145 pounds. He has a chin-strap style beard, both ears are pierced with an extra earing on the upper part of his right ear lobe. He was wearing blue jeans, an olive green Columbia Jacket with a red shirt, and tan moccasins.

Anyone with information concerning James’ whereabouts should call the Missing Persons Unit at 412-323-7141. Additionally, any businesses or residents willing to provide video not previously obtained by investigators from the vicinity in which James was last seen, please contact police.


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 karan.waigand@sba.gov.

Application deadline is March, 2017. If you are interested, please fill out an online application at https://www.interise.org/sbaemergingleaders

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


Upcoming Events, Large Conventions, and Conferences 

For more information about conventions, including when attendees will have meals on their own, be sure to visit DowntownPittsburgh.com/do-business/in-the-know/.

2017 Pittsburgh International Auto Show  – David L. Lawrence Convention Center – February 17 – 20, 2017
CCO- Annual Jubilee Conference – David L. Lawrence Convention Center – February 17 – 19, 2017
Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest – David L. Lawrence Convention Center – February 24 – 25, 2017
Lights! Glamour! Action! 2017 – David L. Lawrence Convention Center – February 26, 2017

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