Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Presents Business Networking Series

Pittsburgh, PA  –   – 

According to a recent report released by the National Federation of Independent Business, small business hiring increased in August. Overall, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for 44 percent of U.S. economic activity.

In addition to offering personalized small business assistance to entrepreneurs, including business plans, demographics, and market and industry analysis, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is piloting a series of networking nights to connect small  business owners with regional resources.

“The Library is a great place for budding entrepreneurs to make connections,” said Tammy Stoken, Business Librarian at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. “We want to show that the Library is more than books. It is an information hub for creative people in Pittsburgh and a hub in the entrepreneurial community.”

Space for each networking session is limited. Participants are invited to register for one or all three events online at

Financing a Small Business
Speaker: David Miller, Enterprise Bank
Wednesday, September 18 | 6 – 8 pm
CLP – Main (Oakland), North Wing Music Room

Learn options to finance your dream. There will be an opportunity to network with representatives from around the area to learn about their financial assistance and products.

Minorities and Small Business
Speaker: Mark Sotomayor, Founder of Treecup
Wednesday, October 16 | 6 – 8 pm
CLP – Main (Oakland), South Wing Reading Room

Mark Sotomayor is the Founder of Treecup, which is an eco-friendly iced tea company that plants trees in Haiti. Learn Mark’s story and journey of becoming an entrepreneur. There will be an opportunity to network with representatives from around the area who also assist and support small businesses.

Direct Sales with Emphasis on Marketing
Speaker: Cullen Richardson
Wednesday, November 20 | 6 – 8 pm
CLP – Main (Oakland), South Wing Reading Room

Social Media is just talking to people. Do you think they know you’re having a sale? Launching a new product? I can guarantee most of them don’t. Their attention is spread too thin. We need to re-learn how to talk to our customers, what works and what doesn’t work — because growing our business is our goal!

Cullen Richardson is the Chief Content Officer at Equity Bolt, of Denver, Colorado and the Founder of Rich House Media. He is the Co-Owner and CMO of The Loveliest Coffee & Clothes in Sewickley.

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