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January 2021

Getting Strategic: Budgeting and Planning

January 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Getting Strategic: Budgeting and Planning Thursday, January 21, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Planning for the future often feels out of reach for small business owners but it’s an important part of thinking strategically. We can’t anticipate everything that will come our way, but having a solid business budget can provide guidance for decisions and opportunities as they arise. Olga Pagoda, principal & co-founder of KRNLS, will lead this deep dive into how small business owners can budget for…

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Legal Best Practices for Wholesale and Purchase Orders

January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Legal Best Practices for Wholesale and Purchase Orders Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Do you offer wholesale and/or bulk ordering or are you thinking of offering it for your business? If so, you should have clear purchasing terms for your business. This not only streamlines the process for you, but also makes sure you and buyers are on the same page about things like shipping liability, pricing, defects, and more. In this webinar Marlene van…

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February 2021

Understanding Your Business Legal Checklist

February 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Understanding Your Business Legal Checklist Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Join Marlene van Nelson, the founder and principal attorney at Trellis Legal, to explore the fundamental legal considerations for your small business. Marlene will walk through the Trellis Legal Business Checklist and explain items such as Operating Agreements, why you should create a separate business bank account, selecting an Entity, and basic business contracts. Check out the Trellis Legal Business Checklist REGISTER

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Tax Planning for Small Businesses

February 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tax Planning for Small Businesses Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We will be joined once again by a certified CPA from Wilke and Associates to explore topics around financial health and planning. To help you prepare for the 2021 tax season, join us to learn more about commonly missed tax deductions, how entity choice relates to your taxes, and the 20% pass-through tax deduction, and how it may impact your income tax. REGISTER

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The Fundamentals of Creative Business Photography

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Fundamentals of Creative Business Photography Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Photography is a key element for any creative business but hiring a photographer might not be an option for many reasons. Sam Laffey and Nathan Shaulis of Porter Loves are experts on this complex topic and will spend an hour discussing some strategies and tools for creating your own photography.   REGISTER  

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Design in Conversation: Where are the Black Makers, Artists, and Designers?

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Conclude Black History Month with a discussion on representation in design and the national maker community. This is a dedicated conversation, facilitated by the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), on paving pathways for Black craftspeople today. Join in on this panel discussion with makers and designers as they talk about the work, challenges, and importance of creating accessible entry points and visibility for Black creatives. This Design in Conversation was…

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March 2021

Identifying Your Brand and Understanding Your Customer

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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 businesses, will explain why understanding your target customer is one of the most important steps you can take to get your marketing efforts to the next level. Knowing your target customer helps you think smart with your marketing budget and allows you to build a brand that they will be…

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E-Commerce Fundamentals

March 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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 non-profit management, owning a small business (YOGAMOTIF), and teaching. For this webinar, Alecia is combining content from the two E-Commerce videos she developed for the CBA (available to view in our Resources Section at the bottom of the page) and will discuss the fundamentals of creating an E-Commerce store for…

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Let’s Talk Strategy with Nisha Blackwell

March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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 store, and great marketing collateral with your own photography. What next? To round out our Get Legit webinar series, Nisha Blackwell, Founder of Knotzland and Program Coordinator/Business Coach for the CBA’s ORIGINS Program, will discuss how you can take all of the business fundamentals you’ve built upon over the last few months and develop solid strategies…

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