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Wednesday April 2, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM EDT
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Clarion Hotel and Conference Center 
401 Holiday Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

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Susan Miller 
Women's Small Business Association 


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Cheryl Wood

Mary Lee Gannon


2013 Testimonies


"The speakers were awesome! I always learn so much from Cindy Rack and Laura Cooks.  I was so impressed with JJ DiGeronimo & I'm going to be looking up the places Mr. Vernard Alexander presented us with. The lunch was yummy & the company beyond fabulous."

Cassie Gillen, Cassandra's Florals



"This was a great event! I totally got my money's worth before the first speaker finished talking!"

Bettina Cornell,  Clean Time Home Management



"This was my first experience with the WSBA Conference and It was truly a great experience! Very organized and well put together so that I am sure each of us took some valuable nuggets to build, develop and take our businesses to another level. Great Job WSBA!!"

Cathy Edmondson, Vision Services Business Solutions


"Wonderful Conference with plenty of information for any entrepreneur-established or budding out there. It was an awsome day of learning and networking with like minded business women."

Eileen Marzillo, Send Out Cards


"Great conference today! Wonderful group of women, fabulous speakers, terrific vendors. a "must attend" for next year. Great job by WSBA and the team. Cudos to all who participated."

Debi Arnett, Who's Your Brother



Customer that has attended for 5 years!


Customer that has attended for 3 years!


Customer that attended for the 1st time in 2013!


6th annual Pittsburgh Entrepreneur Conference and Honoring Extraordinary Women Luncheon 


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The Women's Small Business Association (WSBA) is proud to present our 6th annual Pittsburgh Entrepreneur Conference and Honoring Extraordinary Women Awards Luncheon 

This signature event to be held on April 2, 2014 will be our most intensive yet! The PIttsburgh Entrepreneur Conference will focus on the different components that contribute to a successful business. The 2014 event includes a full day of education, networking, service vendor presentations and a series of engaging speakers!

9:00 - 9:50 am: Registration/Networking

10:00 - 10:35 am: Mary Lee Gannon, CAE from Starting Over Now. She presents, "Executive Academy: Discovering the Innermost You"

You have to manage a lot in little time - a household, family obligations, work, employees, a home, friends, your health, parents and more. How do you fit it all in, build your business, and feel joy? In this session Mary Lee Gannon helps you align it all by searching inside yourself to uncover how self-knowledge leads you to attract more clients with your unique value. Mary Lee’s personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother with four children under seven-years-old who endured a divorce that took her and her children from the country club life to public assistance from where she reinvented her life to support her family. Today she is an executive coach and the CEO of St. Margaret Foundation, a $21 million organization. Bring a notebook and pencil and learn the strategies that got her there.


10:45 - 11:20 am: Eric Guy from Predictive Synergistic Systems. He presents: "Psychometrics and the Role of Human Capital Analytics" 

Discover how to manage, lead and leverage the behavioral strengths, skills and motivations of your staff to drive bottom line results.


11:30 - 12:45 pm: Honoring Extraordinary Women Awards Luncheon 
We will honor the nominees and winners for the following awards. 

- 2014 Best Business Woman of Pittsburgh

- Community Service Award presented by WSBA

- 2014 WSBA Business Woman of the Year

Nominate an Extraordinary Woman today!


12:55 - 1:30 pm: Keynote Speaker - TBA

1:40 - 2:15 pm: Cheryl Wood from Cheryl Wood Empowers. She presents, "From salesperson to relationship specialist: The Secret to Growing Your Empire"


Underestimating the power and importance of developing relationships with customers is a challenge faced by many entrepreneurs. Today, customers have an increasing desire to be invited into a two-way conversation where they can be heard and understood and get to the root of their problems, not "pitched to" to buy a quick service or product. in this informative and higly-engaging session, participants will learn the secrets to develpoing the Know, Like, & Trust factor through the art of relationship-building versus pushing sales and being viewed as a "pesky" salesperson. Participants will learn valuable tips for creating customer sustainability which result in increased profit margins.

2:25 - 3:00 pm: Panel discussion - Understanding how to capitalize on event marketing.
Presented by Susan Miller of Miller Promotions,  

This event offers several price points to meet any budget!

  1. $38 - Early registration (save $12 off the "at the door" price. Deadline is Feb. 1, 2014)
  2. $42 - General admission (save $8 off the "at the door" price. Deadline is April 1, 2014)
  3. $50 - At the door price (effective 9pm on April 1, 2014)
  4. WSBA members pay $30! Join us today to get discounts on admission, vendor booths, and sponsorship. 

Attend any of our WSBA networking events to buy discounted tickets! This link will provide an up to date listing of our upcoming events.

Upcoming WSBA Networking Events

You can participate in this event several ways!

Click on the links to get additional information on each opportunity.

We invite you to support our worthy cause by sponsoring this day-long conference crafted to educate, entertain and offer exposure to business men and women in the Pittsburgh area. Our event sponsorship packages are designed to enhance the visibility of your business to a highly targeted and active audience. In addition to financial sponsorships we also offer opportunities for product and in-kind sponsorships.

By participating as a sponsor your organization will benefit from extended exposure through media campaigns and promotional efforts directed toward the WSBA network as well as business owners and professionals throughout the Pittsburgh region.

The WSBA was founded in 2007 and is currently one of the largest small business organizations in the region. The mission of the WSBA is to be a valuable resource to business women by helping and stimulating small and start-up businesses. The goal of the WSBA is to foster women's economic independence by helping them develop skills needed for entrepreneurial success through networking and education.