Small Business en Small Rural Businesses In Western PA Urged to Export <p>As a junior business major at Elizabethtown College, Sarah Lanphier and her mother founded “Nuts About Granola,” a wholesome snack company in York, Pa. that buys local ingredients.&nbsp;</p><p>Six years later, after impressive growth, “Nuts About Granola” is a perfect example of a small rural business poised to go global, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.</p><p>The Obama administration picked the Pittsburgh region Wednesday to launch an effort to boost exports and grow rural economies.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:17:49 +0000 Kevin Gavin 30371 at A Week-Long Celebration of Small Businesses <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week is <a href="">National Small Business Week</a>.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rebecca Harris, Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, discussed the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">week-long</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;celebration.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She explained that more than half of all Americans either own or work for a small business, and each year these businesses create two out of every three new jobs in the United States.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“[This week] is really designed to recognize the nation’s top businesses, the entrepreneurs,and really the business advocates. There are a number of activities; there are panel discussions, there are forums, there are workshops, there are webinars,” Harris said. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It’s a big, big venture and it culminates with the naming of the <a href="">Small Businessperson of the Year in Washington D.C.</a> at the end of the week.”&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 20:43:16 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 29152 at A Week-Long Celebration of Small Businesses Like Black Friday For Vinyl, Local Shops Gear Up For Record Store Day <p>What started eight years ago as a gathering of store owners and employees celebrating the culture of independent record stores has evolved to include major music industry events, limited edition album releases and people camped out in front of record stores.</p><p>Saturday is <a href="">National Record Store Day</a>, and it’s <a href="">one of the biggest days of the year for record stores</a> and collectors alike.</p><p>“I like that it was started to bring back the whole record store experience,” said James “Selecta” Scoglietti, part owner of <a href="">720 Records</a> in Lawrenceville. “People used to go every weekend to their local record store, and it was a social event. It was like a barbershop, where guys and gals would come in and discuss the latest hot tracks of the week. So I love that it’s bringing that back to the mainstream.” Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:42:21 +0000 Heather McClain 27755 at Like Black Friday For Vinyl, Local Shops Gear Up For Record Store Day Pennsylvania Small Businesses Expected To Hire, Report Shows <p>The future is looking a little bit brighter for Pennsylvania small businesses, <a href=";amp;CACHEID=21b6ce804368555895f3b763bee20f45">according to a PNC survey</a>.</p><p>The bi-annual report shows 13 percent of small and mid-sized businesses in the state will look to hire more full-time employees in the next six months. But 7 percent of business owners plan to reduce their full-time staff.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:30:33 +0000 Michael Lynch 26992 at Rebecca Harris Travels to Washington With a Focus on Small Business <p>The bad weather currently blanketing the northeast did not keep our intrepid business contributor, Rebecca Harris from making it to the nation's capital Monday. &nbsp;She sat on a business roundtable at the White House which focused on the government's interest in local businesses.&nbsp;</p><p>Harris received the invitation from Sam&nbsp;Brown, Director of the White House Business Council, a part of the <a href="">Office of Public Engagement</a> and Intergovernmental Affairs. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:44:50 +0000 Nick Frost 21141 at Rebecca Harris Travels to Washington With a Focus on Small Business Pittsburgh-Area Companies Push 'Buy Local' Message for Industry, Businesses <p>The &ldquo;buy local&rdquo; movement gets a lot of attention for efforts to get communities to shop locally and buy local food, but buying local can also extend to industry. That&rsquo;s the message of the second annual Buy Pittsburgh First Expo.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:43:50 +0000 Deanna Garcia 17195 at Business Basics 101 <p>Many people dream of having their own business but how do you get started? Business contributor <a href=""><strong>Rebecca Harris</strong></a> begins a two-part series on the basics of starting a business. She talks with attorney <a href=""><strong>Beth Slagle</strong></a> about what you need to know from writing a business plan to hiring employees. Also take a look at some of the State websites for proper business licensing and fees: Mon, 06 May 2013 21:48:23 +0000 Heather McClain 9085 at Business Basics 101