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Local Resources

Check out this growing list of local and all other resources you may find useful to help you with your business. If you know of a great resource for women business owners, please send the link to and we will get it listed!

PA Women and Minority Certification
The Bureau of Minority and Women Business Opportunities (BMWBO) is now known as the Bureau of Small Business Opportunities (BSBO). This agency provides the necessary information and inspiration for their customers, the small, women, and minority business owners, to compete for and participate in the state contracting process.  The Bureau now uses third party entities to certify minority, woman, veteran, or service disabled veteran businesses. These entities include the Unified Certification Program (UCP), the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(A) Business Development Program, and the Vetbiz VIP Verification Program.

Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship | Chatham University
The mission of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is to educate, create economic opportunities, and foster entrepreneurial thinking for women entrepreneurs, women in business, and students. The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs in both new development and growth stages of their businesses to start, develop and significantly grow their companies by utilizing Chatham resources, programs, faculty expertise, and student assistance. CWE also provides programming targeted to local and regional women in business. This programming is designed to teach women in business how to think and act entrepreneurially by focusing on innovation and creativity within the context of an existing organizational environment. And finally, CWE offers specific programs for both undergraduate and graduate students which help them learn the skills needed to become either successful entrepreneurs or successful women in business.

The Diversity Business Resource Center(DBRC)
The Diversity Business Resource Center(DBRC) is a joint venture between Riverside Center for Innovation and the MWDBE Governmental Committee to assist and foster small existing and start-up minority and women-owned businesses in acquiring key information necessary in building a sustainable firm.

African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania
This group provides access and business opportunities to African American business owners and professionals throughout the region.

Allegheny County Office of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (M/W/DBE)
This office works in partnership with all county departments and the community at large, to ensure the inclusion of M/W/DBE firms in meaningful business opportunities throughout Allegheny County.

City of Pittsburgh Equal Employment Opportunity Review Commission
In addition to monitoring, contract review, and contract reporting, the office proactively develops opportunities for minority and women owned businesses with a focus on outreach programs such as training, technical assistance, and capacity building.

Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The Mission of the PMAHCC is to provide regional business opportunities which allow economic growth, while simultaneously advocating, promoting, and facilitating the success of Hispanic businesses.

Seton Hill University E-Magnify
Seton Hill University’s E-Magnify® provides business counseling, training and mentoring to help women start and grow their businesses. The only SBA-funded women’s business center in Western PA, E-Magnify serves more than 1200 clients a year in its 27-county Western Pennsylvania marketplace and is part of a network of more than 100 women’s business centers throughout the United States. E-Magnify’s Strategic Alliance with PowerLink Pittsburgh provides custom Advisory Boards to women owned companies to assist them with profitable growth. E-Magnify is also home to the Women Presidents’ Organization  (WPO) Greensburg Chapter, a peer-to-peer mentoring group comprised of multi-million dollar women led companies in the region. For more information, please reference our website at

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh: Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise
The URA strives to provide equal opportunities for business growth and development to minority and female business owners. All projects in excess of $150.000 or more are expected to award 18% of the total project costs to MBEs and 7% of total project costs to WBEs. It has a searchable directory of certified minority and women-owned business firms.


Heinz Family Philanthropies – Women’s Conferences
The Women’s Health and the Environment Conference series explores the impact of the physical, psychological, and economic environment on the health and well-being of women. A project of the Heinz Family Philanthropies, this conference series began in 1996, bringing together environmental and women’s health leaders. This conference series is based on Teresa Heinz’s belief that women deserve to have our health studied in our own right, with our distinct physical strengths and susceptibilities. Held each fall in Boston, the conference attracts thousands of women, activists, and mothers for panel discussions by some of the leading experts on women’s issues.

Make Mine a Million $ Business!
OPEN from American Express is the founding partner of Make Mine a $Million Business, a program of Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence. NAWBO encourages you to get involved in this innovative program. Click on the link above to find out on how you, as a business owner, and your chapter, can help make one million women entrepreneurs reach one million in revenues by 2010.

Business & Professional Women/PA
This organization has recently become affiliated with the US Women’s Chamber of Commerce to provide greater economic development opportunities for women and bring about real change in the key issues affecting women in business.

Pennsylvania Bureau of Minority and Women Business Opportunities
This agency provides the necessary training and resources for women and minority business owners to compete and participate in the state contracting process.

Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority
Low-interest financing for businesses owned and operated by ethnic minorities.

Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Center
Committed to accelerating the growth and development of minority-owned enterprises all over the state of Pennsylvania.

Center for Women’s Business Research
The Center for Women’s Business Research provides original research documenting the economic and social contributions of women-owned firms. It is an excellent source for industry data, information on growth industries and general business statistics for women business owners.

Count Me In, a national nonprofit organization, is an online microlender, uses a unique women-friendly credit scoring system to make loans of $500 – $10,000 available to women who have nowhere to turn for that all-important first loan. Its goal is to promote the cause for women’s economic independence through business loans and education.

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