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The Soul Pitt Charter for Change trip was an awesome experience!
Check out the video by Andrew Rush and the Article by Sadie Gurman from the Post-Gazette who both traveled on our charter to document our journey!
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From age-old classics to contemporary work, the second annual Black Bottom Film Festival will illuminate and celebrate African American cinema and unique Black people. The festival will showcase movies that focus on the recurring themes of spirituality, race, family conflict, honor, duty and working-class struggle, themes ever-present in August Wilson’s The Pittsburgh Cycle plays. In particular, the festival will celebrate African-American filmmaking pioneers of recent decades. The BBFF fosters an examination of how Black filmmakers use art to inspire, challenge, confront, and influence American culture.
Expect a full day of B2B matchmakers, corporate roundtables, dynamic speakers, targeted workshops, AND the annual Stellar Awards Luncheon at the R.O.A.R. Conference & Matchmaker. The afternoon focuses on making connections through one-on-one matchmaking meetings and group corporate roundtable discussions.
The 30 minute Corporate Roundtable forums give M/WBEs the opportunity to find out how to do business with Corporate America. This casual group setting allows corporate representatives to meet with up to 9 suppliers and share information about their respective companies, their supplier diversity initiatives, and how to do business with the company. The advantage for the M/WBEs is that it affords them the opportunity to meet face-to-face with corporate representatives to introduce their companies, make contacts, and get one-step closer to building corporate relationships. M/WBEs can also benefit from the peer-to-peer synergy of this group setting.
Matchmaking meetings are 15-minute, one-on-one discussions between corporations/buying entities and diverse suppliers that are ready to fill the needs of upcoming opportunities. Buyers will have the first opportunity to schedule appointments with suppliers before suppliers can start requesting appointments with buyers. You must purchase a full conference ticket to participate. We are using Eventdex matchmaking registration software. This software will allow buyers and sellers to schedule appointments using a convenient web portal. You will have a detailed list of your scheduled meetings in advance, making the day more efficient and productive for everyone.
Dates to Remember
- February 23
Deadline for suppliers to complete matchmaking profiles
- February 26
Buyers begin requesting matchmaking appointments with suppliers
- March 1
Suppliers begin requesting matchmaking appointments with buyers
The City of Pittsburgh is collaborating with Carlow University
to host our 3rd Annual “How to Do Business” Series.
Please join us for this opportunity driven event which will include practitioner led workshops from business lending professionals, as well as subject maer experts in government procurement, in an effort to educate, inform and connect vendors to current and future contract opportunities within their respective agencies.
Carlow University, A.J. Palumbo Hall for Science and Technology
3333 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
9:00am-3:00pm, registration starts at 8:00am
This event is free but registration is required.
For more information please contact:
Emily Pontarelli, EORC Administrator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Together with the Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC), Wilkinsburg Borough, and Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce, we will host our next Green, Clean & Safe committee meeting on February 21. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at the Wilkinsburg Borough Building, 605 Ross Ave. 3rd Floor.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discuss litter, green spaces, and safety within our central business district!
This committee meeting will be facilitated by the PDC. The PDC is a state-wide nonprofit focused on community revitalization, and they are the official State Coordinating Program for our Main Street efforts here in Wilkinsburg.
All are welcome to attend this important community meeting.
FT Program Manager, who is a member of POWER’s Program Leadership Team, provides overall management of the program in a way that reflects gender-responsive and trauma-informed care, and supports POWER’s mission, philosophy, policies and procedures, and new initiatives.
As a service provider and employer, POWER values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity.
R.O.A.R. Conference & Matchmaker – Pittsburgh, March 8th – Register by February 8 for an Early Bird Discount!
What Should You Expect?
One-on-One targeted appointments designed to help buyers fill their supply chain with diverse suppliers. Both buyers and suppliers can request appointments.
Corporate representatives can meet with nine suppliers at one time to informally discuss current and upcoming opportunities, how to successfully enter the supply chain, and learn about the services the various suppliers provide.
Development and Training
This conference offers plenty of opportunities to gather new knowledge and insight. Delve into any of our concurrent independent workshops, including sales, cyber security, and more.
Stellar Awards Luncheon
During the luncheon we will honor the achievements of corporations, minority business enterprises (MBEs), and resource partners throughout Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware.
The Conference is about networking and the Dessert Break and Happy Hour are just two of the many opportunities that will put you in position for starting new business relationships and strengthening existing ones.
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Register by February 8 for an Early Bird Discount!
JOIN US for an evening honoring the pioneers of African Music, Afro-pop as well as Afro Jazz, as part of our BLACK HISTORY MONTH’s events. THE YETU BAND, Pittsburgh’s own all-stars jazz and Afro-pop band, including Jemiriye Adeniji, Elie Kihonia, Dr. Anicet Mundundu, Matthew Tembo, Sahara Nzongola & more, perform all the best selection of Afro Jazz as a tribute to the greatest and legendary musicians, notably Hugh Masekela, among the few.
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Have you picked up your copy of Soul Pitt Quarterly? We are so proud to be able to bring this Media Superbowl trophy back to the Burgh. We are Pittsburgh Proud…
The Soul Pitt team is excited to share this video of the excellent acceptance speech given by Craig Dawson as he accepts the award on behalf of Soul Pitt Media for Class 1 Supplier of the Year at the Eastern MSDC 2017 Gala in Philadelphia this past December! “About 6 years ago, when we were a struggling 38 page magazine, Highmark believed in us…Dr. Johnson said, ‘I like what you’re trying to do’…Highmark was there for us and we will NEVER forget that.” — Craig Dawson
5th Annual Sister’s Helping Sister’s Win | “Mission Unstoppable” on March 3rd featuring Keynote Speaker MARQUIS BOONE
5th Annual Sister’s Helping Sister’s Win | “Mission Unstoppable” on March 3rd featuring Keynote Speaker MARQUIS BOONE an Atlanta-based pastor, motivational speaker, Amazon best-selling author, entrepreneur, and more!
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The Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC) will be hosting the third annual “Stellar Awards” in conjunction with the ROAR Conference. During the conference we will honor the achievements of corporations, minority business enterprises (MBEs), and resource partners during the luncheon. The conference will take place on Thursday, March 8, from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, at the Wyndham Grand in Pittsburgh, PA. The luncheon is from 11:45 am – 1:15 pm.
We are now seeking nominations in various categories. See the attached list and criteria.
Submitting a nomination is a great way to show your appreciation to a deserving company or individual and help them get exposure. We are also accepting self-nominations. Once we receive your nominations, a package will be sent to the nominees for additional information. Please submit your nominations as soon as possible to give your nominees enough time to collect the information that will be used by the Selection Committee to determine the winner. The deadline for nominations is January 5, 2018. We will only accept nominations from EMSDC Corporate Members, Certified MBEs, and Subscribers.
You may notice that the Corporation of the Year and Supplier of the Year categories are not listed. You will have an opportunity to compete for these titles in the fall of 2018 and be recognized at the “Choice Awards” in Philadelphia on December 7.
Thank you in advance for your participation, and I look forward to seeing you at the Conference.
Yours in Business Success,
Valarie J. Cofield
Please return the completed form by January 5, 2018, to
Meg Markley | E: email@example.com | F: (412) 391-3132
M: 611 William Penn Place, Suite 401, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-6923
Movie Scene Queen, an interactive entertainment site for movies andmusic, will celebrate five years in business on January 25th. Over the past half-decade, MSQ has hosted 187 advanced movie screenings and distributed more than 46,000 FREE movie tickets. From “The Call” (MSQ‘s first movie screening) to “The Commuter” (MSQ’s most recent movie screening), Movie Scene Queen prides itself in the diverse selection of film, movies and entertainment.
Also dripped in diversity, Movie Scene Queen subscribers can fill up half of Heinz Field. And that group is growing tremendously, with subscribers now in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Orlando, Tampa, and Miami. Continue reading
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Soul Pitt Media Wins Prestigious Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council Supplier of the Year Award in Philadelphia
Pittsburgh based Soul Pitt Media recently received the Class 1 Supplier of the Year Award in Philadelphia. Recipients of this prestigious award have distinguished themselves and their businesses in the area of Minority Business achievement.
This year’s event was hosted by Monique Braxton, 2016 Broadcast Pioneer Hall of Fame inductee, and Philadelphia WNBC 10 Weekend anchor.
The EMSDC certifies and connects minority owned businesses throughout Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware with corporations who are committed to supplier development and engagement.
THANK YOU to our advertisers, readers, and internet viewers for helping us bring this prestigious award to The City of Pittsburgh.
Center for Urban Biblical Ministry Alumni Brunch Fundraiser on Jan 20, 2018 at 10AM at the Comfort Inn
The Honorable Ed Gainey, Master of Ceremony
Elliott Howsie, Allegheny County Public Defender
Recent tax reform legislation proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives eliminates
the federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) program. We request your help in ensuring that our elected officials are aware of the importance of this tax credit program in our community!
Uncle Redd’s BBQ in Penn Hills! Call 412.636.7711 to Order or Visit our Location Tue-Fri 11AM-7PM and Sat 2PM-7PM
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PO BOX 559 Duquesne PA 15110
Visit our website at www.WillettesHairDesigns.com
Rosemary Crawford, Esquire
who was named the
2017 Phenomenal Woman of Justice
by the NAACP East Boro Branch
Soul Pitt Quarterly Magazine announces partnership agreement to feature our magazine at 4 Giant Eagle locations to better serve our readers.
Get your Soul Pitt Quarterly at several Giant Eagle locations. Now at Penn Hills, East Hills, Northside, and Shakespeare Giant Eagle. New fall issue coming out in October.
Ad deadline 1/5/17 @ 5:00 p.m.
Call 412-407-SOUL (7685) to advertise.
Don’t Settle for Living with Bad Credit Anymore.
We can help you restore your credit! Call 412-837-9383
YouthBuild Program | Earn Your HS Diploma | Free Tuition for Ages 16-24 in Construction, Nursing or Customer Service/Retail
Garfield Jubilee YouthBuild Program is one of the most successful programs in Western Pennsylvania for young people ages 16 to 24 years of age.
5323 Penn Avenue | Pittsburgh, Pa. 15224
Call 412-665-5200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Soul Pitt would like to congratulate our friend Lorenzo Boone for being accepted to this prestigious Pittsburgh Filmakers Flight School Program. As the only African-American fellow, we are very proud of Lorenzo and we invite you take time to view his short film “Woogie” at the top of our website on Soul Pitt TV and also read more about the Flight School Fellowship cohort below!
Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PF/PCA) announces the acceptance of the 2017 Flight School Fellowship cohort. Flight School is an intensive and comprehensive 10-week professional artist development program. Fifteen artists working in a variety of media have been accepted as part of the 2017 Flight School Fellowship. The 2017 Flight School Fellows are:
Brittney Aston, Lorenzo Boone, Eric Boyd, Nick Childers, Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer, Sophie Goldstein, Ephen Hager, Stephen Knezovich, Laura Krasnow, Daniel Luchman, Jason Mendez, Jake Reinhart, Maree ReMalia, Nicole Ryan, and Hilary Schenker. Continue reading
WILKINSBURG, PA – On July 18th, the mission-driven organization “Community Forge” acquired the Johnston Elementary School at 1256 Franklin Avenue from the Wilkinsburg School District. Community Forge plans to transform the Johnston School into a community space that will be a home for small businesses, local events, municipal meetings, and educational programs. Since late 2016, Community Forge has been speaking with the School Board, City Council, the WCDC, and local Wilkinsburg residents about plans for the space. Now, after securing financing from Bridgeway Capital, renovation is beginning, and the space is slated to open to the public by November 2017. Continue reading
Visit emba.pitt.edu or call 412.648.1600 for more information
501 Penn Avenue Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
Next to East End Busway
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Soul Pitt Quarterly’s 30th Issue with a cover story on the “Power of TWO: Partners in Passion & Purpose”
Soul Pitt Quarterly’s 30th issue with a cover story on the “Power of TWO: Partners in Passion & Purpose” profiling four married couples from our region joining forces in entertainment, healthcare, fitness and hospitality. They will surely inspire you and make you proud — #BlackLove at its finest! Additionally, within these 112 pages of our free print magazine, you’ll find it’s packed with positive images, stories to inspire & uplift the community, but most importantly, it’s all good for your Soul!
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Ways to Work Family Car Loans
Contact us today! 866.965.5929, Ext. 650
Or visit www.pawaystowork.org
Families Outside | Call 412.661.1670, Ext. 628
Or visit www.fswp.org
The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania (www.aaccwp.com) announced that Marketing Executive Keeshia Muhammad has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, a new position within the Chamber. Ms. Muhammad will report to Doris Carson Williams, CCE-President and Chief Executive Officer. Continue reading
Soul Pitt Founder & CEO, Donna Baxter Porcher named one of Talk Magazine’s 100 Influential Pennsylvanians
I am pleased, honored and very humbled to be listed as #43 among 100 Influential Pennsylvanians and to join others, including MANY who I have long admired and respected. Thank you Roxanne Sewell and Talk Magazine! This was a total surprise to me and it’s definitely a blessing and a reminder from God and the universe to keep doing what I do for the community.
- Develop and document an actionable long-term Strategic Plan for the Sewickley Community Center
- Develop, plan, initiate, and oversee fundraising/grant writing activities per the priorities of the Strategic Plan
- Develop, document, and launch plan to secure funding required to hire a permanent Executive Director
- Secure plans and necessary relationships to begin renovation design for facility and property, per the priorities of the Strategic Plan
- Define and implement communication plan – from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger, positive, rebranding of the SCC, per the priorities of the Strategic Plan
- Collaborate with local businesses and other non-profits to maintain and grow community outreach
DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE GOAL
FOR FFY 2018-2020
The Cambria County Transit Authority (CamTran) hereby announces its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program goal under guidelines of 49 CFR Part 26 and the regulations and directions of the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). CamTran announces the establishment of the FFY 2018-2020 goal of 1.11614% based on relative availability of service capable DBE providers. This goal has been set based on information currently available. The rationale for this goal and supporting information regarding CamTran’s DBE program will be available for public inspection at the Cambria County Transit Authority, 502 Maple Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15901. These documents are available for inspection between the hours of 8:30 am and 3:30 pm Monday-Friday for thirty (30) days following the publication of this notice. CamTran and the FTA/DOT will accept comments on CamTran’s DBE goal and CamTran’s DBE program for 45 days from the date of this publication. Comments should be sent to the attention of: DBE Liaison Officer, CamTran, 502 Maple Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15901 OR to Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil Rights, 1760 Market Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4124.
Summer Camp Destiny | Serving girls, ages 8-18, who reside in Clairton, North Side, and East End areas of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Kirkland is the Pennsylvania Department of General Services
Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities.
Diversity, Inclusion and Fairness. I’m certain we all are familiar with these three words and what they mean. In Pennsylvania’s state government system, however, they have become much more than words – they have become a way of life.
Since taking office, Governor Tom Wolf and the Wolf Administration have adopted diversity, inclusion and fairness as their guiding principles for economic development and state government operations. Governor Wolf solidified his commitment to that philosophy when he signed Executive Order 2015-11 to improve the participation of small and small diverse businesses in state government contracting and the Commonwealth’s overall economy. Continue reading
Job Title: Executive Director
Job Status: exempt, full-time
Reports to and Supervised by: Executive Committee, Board of Directors
Position Supervises: Staff, interns and volunteers
Expected Start Date: June 2017
Pay Rate: $39,000/year salary and health care benefits
This position requires the ability to work effectively with the board, supervise staff, and oversee project relationships with the Center. Expertise and demonstrated commitment to the Thomas Merton Center mission is also required. Additionally, in this position there is responsibility related to assisting in finances and operations, including building maintenance, contracts, insurance and liability, and working effectively with volunteers, interns, and community and project leaders.
By Christiana Dillard
“It’s always about being better.” Darrell Warden, hiring manager for Team Warden & Team Tri-state Group (a part of The Miles Group Insurance Agency) is the embodiment of his own statement. The agency has personnel in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and even Delaware; and their motto, “One Vision,” exemplifies their commitment to “being better.” And each day Warden personally strives to be the best.
Warden had his beginnings in Rankin, a low-income borough in the Greater Pittsburgh area. However, he refused to allow the town’s bleak environment to bring him down. He attended Full Sail University in Florida and went on to become a music executive at Bad Boy Records with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. Warden was at Bad Boy for ten years before moving back to Pittsburgh to work in the mortgage loan department at PNC Bank. When he was laid off from PNC, he found out that some of his old acquaintances were forming their own insurance group, headed by Troy Miles and hopped on board. For his role as a founding member of The Miles Group, Warden became a hiring manager for his own team within the agency and hasn’t looked back since. Continue reading