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First Leap is helping creative entrepreneurs jumpstart their small businesses

"In March, Bridgeway Capital’s Creative Business Accelerator (CBA) and Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) launched the program to help local makers get their products to the masses. Funding is provided by the Hillman Family Foundations and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

Applications are open to any artist, craftsperson or small-batch manufacturer in Western Pennsylvania or northern West Virginia who has at least one year of product development under their belt and aspires to be a full-time business owner. The goal, says CBA Director Adam Kenney, is to turn passions into professions."

Open for Business provides no-cost business assistance to help small businesses recover and remain open.

The grant supports the Open for Business program, launched by Bridgeway Capital in partnership with Paramount Pursuits. The program offers free capacity-building services to qualified Allegheny County-based small businesses located in low- and moderate-income areas to help them recover from the immediate impact of COVID-19 and reposition businesses for long-term success.

12 Creatives Plan their First Leap to Business Growth

Bridgeway Capital’s Creative Business Accelerator (CBA) and Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) present the first twelve graduates of their inaugural First Leap program. In March 2021, CBA and CWE created First Leap as an entrepreneurial readiness program for startup and emerging creative businesses from the Pittsburg area. The twelve participants represented a wide range of creative practices, from soap making to landscape design to woodworking.

Creator Square deal: ‘Maker’ project in Johnstown follows successful Pittsburgh model

"According to Bridgeway Capital’s Creative Business Accelerator Adam Kenney, there are plenty of old mill towns, but not all of them have the resources Johnstown has in place.

“Johnstown has all the elements needed to foster a maker ecosystem that supports the area’s economic future,” Kenney said.

“Creator Square can become the hub of this ecosystem which includes cultural assets such as the Center for Metal Arts, as well as small business supports such as JARI and Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.”

Kenney said Bridgeway also intends to find a role in supporting Creator Square.

Four to eight makers can occupy Creator Square at a time. There, they would have access to studio space and a variety of equipment to produce their goods and sharpen their business knowledge."

Coffee with Consultants Featuring Mary Jo Lincoln, CPA of Riverside Sales Group, LLC

Join Mary Jo Lincoln, CPA of Riverside Sales Group, LLC to discuss any of your accounting, tax, sales, or business start-up questions over a cup of coffee. She will cover …

Let’s Talk Strategy with Nisha Blackwell

Let’s Talk Strategy with Nisha Blackwell Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. So now you have good bookkeeping practices, a solid legal foundation, a fully functioning …

E-Commerce Fundamentals

E-Commerce Fundamentals Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This Get Legit webinar is lead by Alecia Dawn, a Pittsburgh-based creative entrepreneur with a wide range of experience including …

Identifying Your Brand and Understanding Your Customer

Identifying Your Brand and Understanding Your Customer Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. In this webinar, Madeline Farina, a freelance marketing consultant who specializes in small …

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2020 has been a complicated year, which means your taxes may be even more complicated. Mary Jo Lincoln of Riverside Sales Group is here to answer any of your tax questions. From financial aid to business loans, Mary Jo can help you figure out how to accurately account for that information. Register for our webinar being held on April 14th from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlc-GsrjktGtQvK7bkik9n6NJ6fnQWTW6C ...
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Check out our event below! Thank you Cocoapreneur for the shoutout. Register for our event to receive free business guidance from an expert with over 20 years of experience. Register at zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlc-GsrjktGtQvK7bkik9n6NJ6fnQWTW6CNeed help with your taxes this year? Check out Bridgeway Capital’s upcoming event! Details below 👇🏾・・・Mary Jo Lincoln, CPA of Riverside Sales Group will be hosting our upcoming Coffee with Consultants. Join us to receive free accounting, tax, sales, and business guidance from an expert who has over 20 years of experience. Bring all of your questions and a cup of coffee to have a casual conversation with a consultant.Register: zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlc-GsrjktGtQvK7bkik9n6NJ6fnQWTW6C ...
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Congratulations Talpha Harris, Bridgeway's Entrepreneurship Hub Manager on being named 30 Under 30 by the Pittsburgh Business Times. We are proud to have your leadership recognized! Can't wait to read your upcoming feature in the April special edition. Take a look at the honorees at www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2021/04/06/second-group-30-under-30-winners.html ...
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The SBA has extended PPP forgivable loans through May 31, 2021. President Biden announced program changes to help even more small businesses access PPP. We can help you determine eligibility and assist you with the application process. Connect with us to get started so you can submit your PPP request with confidence. Learn more at www.bridgewaycapital.org/ppp/ ...
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2020 has been a complicated year, which means your taxes may be even more complicated. Mary Jo Lincoln of Riverside Sales Group can answer any of your tax questions. Register for our webinar being held on April 14th from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlc-GsrjktGtQvK7bkik9n6NJ6fnQWTW6C

The SBA has extended PPP forgivable loans through May 31, 2021. President Biden announced program changes to help even more small businesses access PPP. We can help you determine eligibility and assist you with the application process. Learn more at https://www.bridgewaycapital.org/ppp/

Bridgeway Capital is seeking to hire a Senior Credit Analyst. If you or anyone you know may qualify, check out our posting for more information on the position and how to apply at https://www.bridgewaycapital.org/about-bridgeway/careers/

Read in @NEXTpittsburgh about Bridgeway Capital's Creative Business Accelerator's First Leap program and how it is jump-starting 12 creatives' careers by turning their passions into professions. https://nextpittsburgh.com/latest-news/first-leap-is-helping-creative-entrepreneurs-jumpstart-their-small-businesses/