What we're about

Professionals and Entrepreneurs of Pittsburgh (PEP) is a business roundtable networking and business referral group for entrepreneurs and freelancers looking to connect with other professionals to help expand and grow their businesses.

PEP is also a forum for entrepreneurs - at every stage of their business- to come out and informally discuss ideas or challenges within their business and to gain some practical and timely insight that they can then use to grow and expand their businesses.

Come out and share, learn and be a part of a fun and interactive community of young professionals here in Pittsburgh. We meet twice a month to network with other Pittsburgh based professionals for informative workshops and to a number of cutting edge business and marketing strategies.

The topic for each meeting is tailored to the specific needs of the members of our group, and we cover various subjects including Finance, Business Planning, Social Media Marketing, Building a Nonprofit, Freelancing, and so much more. We encourage each other to think outside the box to get noticed and grow. This is a friendly, casual environment free of sales pitches.

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How to Fund Your Business

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Money makes your business go-round and funding is the life blood of any business. One of the biggest hindrances for small businesses is a lack of access to capital. Not having access to the right type(s) of funding- when you need it- can cost your business dearly. Fortunately, there are numerous types of alternative funding sources available to help you at early every stage of your business’ development. Whether you’re in the napkin stage or you have a million-dollar business, there are plenty of sources of funding here in Pittsburgh to help take your business to the next level. Join us for an in-depth discussion on ways that you can access capital to fund your new or existing business without having to turn to a bank. Don’t miss out. Start Preparing Your Company to Get Funded Today! In this workshop we’ll discuss: • How to align yourself to be funded quickly and repetitively • How to properly utilize Crowd Funding • What are Micro-loans and how do they work • Many useful tips on Raising Money, Looking for investment partners, Business Development and much more. About Our Presenter – Emily Keebler As the Kiva Pittsburgh Program Director, Emily leads the Kiva Pittsburgh initiative, a partnership between Kiva, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, and Urban Innovation21. Kiva manages an innovative online platform that utilizes crowd-funding to assemble funds from individuals around the world who support small businesses via micro-loans. Emily informs Pittsburgh’s small business community about the opportunity offered by crowdfunding and Kiva and assists entrepreneurs throughout the Kiva application and crowd-funding process. Prior to her current role, Emily was the Chief of Staff for City Councilman Patrick Dowd and the Manager of Financial Education Initiatives at NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania. In each role, she strove to empower residents with knowledge about the systems that impact their lives and communities, whether it be zoning policies, traffic engineering regulations, or credit score calculations. Emily is a Pittsburgh native and graduate of Schenley High School. She majored in Social Policy and minored in Economics at Northwestern University. Emily’s passion for Pittsburgh’s communities extends to her volunteer work. Through Urban Hike, she leads walks that showcase Pittsburgh’s unique neighborhoods. She has served as the Dean of Awesome for micro-grantmaker Awesome Pittsburgh since its founding in 2011.

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How to Increase Your Sales and Grow Your Business

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