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Chamber Does Seminar With Pitt

On Thursday, August 20 The Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce held the first in a series of business seminars presented in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (IEE). Ray Vargo, who is the IEE’s director and teaches at Pitt’s Katz Graduate School of Business presented the class, “Understanding the Financial Condition of Your Business.” One attendee said that despite years of being in business and giving continuous attention to his finances that in just about an hour and a half the seminar gave him information and tools in which he can better run his business and control his finances.

As well as offering seminars with the chamber, The IEE offers consulting to businesses in Wilkinsburg free of charge. The IEE offers personalized, focused support to start your business, take it to the next level, and navigate challenges or plan for the future. Contact the IEE at 412-648-1544 for further information.

The chamber and the IEE is offering a seminar each quarter. The fee for each seminar is $15 for members of the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce and $25 for non-members. For further information contact The Chamber at 412-242-0234.

Wilkinsburg Business Helps to Inspire at Tour de France

When Paul Gruber at Pennwood Paint received an unusually large and unexpected order for 350 gallons of specialty paint a few months ago he was not quite sure what to make of it. Pennwood Paint is one of the few dealers in the country that handles the specialized water-soluble theatrical paint. Pennwood has been supplying theatrical paints to the CLO, Pittsburgh Ballet and the numerous theater companies in Western Pennsylvania for many years. However, this order was to go to France. As it was, the paint was part of a promotional program related to Lance Armstrong’s return to the international bicycle race, Tour de France.

Traditionally, messages of support and inspiration to the racers have been painted or chalked onto the roadway of the 2,200-mile course of the race held each July. For the 2009 race the Lance Armstrong Foundation (Livestrong), whose mission is to inspire and empower people with cancer, along with Nike developed a campaign to “chalk” messages along the course with a robot. The Chalkbot, developed by Pittsburgh’s DeepLocal and StandardRobot, is likened to a giant dot-matrix printer on wheel printing individual messages up to 40 characters each.

Via Web site, texting and Twitter messaging people from around the world offered words of support to the racers, but mostly words of hope and encouragement for those who have cancer. The Chalkbot received the messages, painted the message onto the roadway, took a photo of the message, and then sent the photo back to the message sender along with the GPS coordinates of message.

Over the three weeks of the race some 100,000 messages were “chalked” by the Chalkbot. Now, that’s a lot of paint!

PT Center Outgrows Space

Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy recently moved from their West Street location a just a few blocks down Penn Avenue and across Braddock Avenue to The Factory at 7501 Penn Avenue. Dr. Scott Rosen, director of the Wilkinsburg office, said that having outgrown the first floor facility in the PennWest Building they needed to find another location in the Wilkinsburg area. Unfortunately, they were not able to find anything suitable within Wilkinsburg, but found the Penn Avenue location available. The former bicycle shop has been newly renovated into a spacious, light and comfortable facility that makes the rigor of physical therapy more enjoyable.

Save The Date: Thanksgiving Breakfast

The Chamber’s annual Community Thanksgiving Breakfast will be Tuesday, November 20 at 8 a.m., at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

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