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Highmark – Save Time. Save Money.

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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift starring FANTASIA on May 11 at the Benedum

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift starring FANTASIA
@ Benedum Center
7th Street between Liberty and Penn Ave. | Pittsburgh, PA
Sun, May 11, 2014 at 7:30PM

Celebrate Mother’s Day with
at the Love & Laughter Concert
Proceeds Benefit the 7th Annual

Women’s Walk for Peace 

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Paying Homage to Boss Beauticians in the Spring Edition of Soul Pitt Quarterly – Also featuring other “Boss” women like Aja Brown, Tamica “Pied Piper” Wade, Tiffani Walker + a Whole Lot More!
“We at Soul Pitt Media are proud to present our Spring Edition to our readers and advertisers in the Tri-State Area. This must read edition is packed full of great stories and advertising.  I  dedicate this edition to the memory of my late father Mr. Roosevelt Dawson who taught me that nothing can beat hard work and dedication.”

– Crag Dawson, VP Sales and Marketing | Soul Pitt Media


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NAACP Human Rights Dinner Featuring AJA BROWN, Mayor of Compton on May 1st @ Westin Convention Center Hotel

60th Annual Human Rights Dinner
NAACP – Pittsburgh Unit
~ Featuring ~
of Compton, CA

Thursday, May 1, 2014 | 6-9PM
@ Westin Convention Center Hotel

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East Liberty Street Fest THIS Saturday with music by SlideWorldWide | April 26th 5-9PM

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Giant Eagle – View Weekly Sale!

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Talk Magazine’s 2014 PA African-American Network Convention on April 25 & 26

Talk Magazine Cordially Invites You to Attend the
2014 Pennsylvania African-American
Network Convention

Friday, April 25 & Saturday, April 26
@ Marriott City Center – Pittsburgh

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Moms and Cops One-day Training Seminar Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Wed, May 7, 2014
No Registration Fee – Continental Breakfast & Lunch provided
Seating limited to the first 100 participants registered

This is a Special Seminar for the residents, service providers and police officers in the East End section of Pittsburgh.  Presentations include: The Victimization of Women and Children -    Realities of Child Abuse and Neglect – Domestic Violence Prevention and Legal Advocacy – Child Traumatic Stress – Having a Safe and Healthy Pregnancy – Resources Available to Help Families Keep Children Safe – Violence and Mental Health, and much, much more.  Call 412-323-7821 for additional information.

Special Seminar Sponsored by
The Moms and Cops Collaborative in Memory of the Lives Lost

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RACE: Are We So Different? A groundbreaking exploration of race in America. Runs March 29–October 27, 2014
The exhibition weaves together personal stories of living with race along with expert discussions of the history of race as a concept, the role that science has played in that history, and emerging research that challenges the foundations of what we perceive as race. Interactive multimedia components, historic artifacts, iconic objects, and compelling photographs offer visitors an eye-opening look at a topic that is fundamental to our shared human experience.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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Soul Pitt’s CEO Donna Baxter featured in TribLive story about women business owners in our region

Thanks to TribLive, writer Chris Fleisher and photographer Guy Wathen for a great article on women business owners — Read it here:

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Mortgages for Mothers FREE Home Buying Workshop May 3rd

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A Breakfast Discussion at The River’s Club, Oxford Center “Women in Public Service: Path and Passion” on May 1
“Women in Public Service: Path and Passion” Panelists
Chelsa Wagner, Allegheny County Controller
Betty Esper, Mayor of Homestead
Valerie McDonald Roberts, Chief Urban Affairs Officer, City of Pittsburgh
Debra Lam, Chief Innovation & Performance Officer and Director , City of Pittsburgh
Moderator: Diane S. Richard, Past President, GPBPW
RSVP: JoAnn R. Forrester, 412-440-6969

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Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Johnstown PA is having their 2014 Annual Spring Revival 4/30 – 5/2 @ 7pm nightly
With guest speaker Evangelist Terina J. Hicks each night
AND a special performance by
Real Deal Brady Hill – RAP Ministries
on Friday Night!
For more information call 814-539-8528

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Steel City Sports World 2nd Annual Youth Education and Sports Awards Banquet | May 17 at Hosanna House Ballroom


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Open House on April 24 at Virtuous Academy – Scholarships Available!
Thu, April 24, 2014 | 6-8PM
One Library Place, Duquesne, PA 15110

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SPX Internet Radio Show with Donna Baxter & Terina Hicks – Week of April 17, 2014

Check out what’s going on this week!

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NEW HORIZON THEATER, INC. presents Regina Belle on Saturday May 3 at 7:30 PM @ Kelly-Strayhorn
Saturday May 3, 2014 at 7:30 P.M.  at Kelly-Strayhorn,
5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
The four-time Grammy® Award and Academy® Award winner vocalist, hits have included such stellar offerings as “Make It Like It Was,” “If I Could,” “Dream In Color” and “A Whole New World (with Peabo Bryson).
For more details email:

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Farm to Community Conference on Friday May 2nd 8:30AM – 4PM in Double Tree Hotel, Green Tree

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Queen for a Day Mother’s Day Celebration & Mini Spa Treatment on May 10th at 12 Noon
Click here for more info
and a chance to WIN 2 Tickets!

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Jazz Intervention Workshop featuring Walter Beasley on June 7th at Rodef Shalom | $10
N-Motion Entertainment is proud to present the Jazz Intervention Project Jazz Workshop featuring Walter Beasley.  Considered by fans and critics alike as the “heir to Grover Washington, Jr.’s Throne,” Beasley is the acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, educator, and entrepreneur of the decade. As the highest selling full-time Professor / Recording Artist in history, the Boston-based musician has long mastered an exhilarating high wire act of balancing a successful career as a contemporary jazz recording artist and performer with an equally thriving presence in the field of music education.   Click Here for Full Details

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ARTISTRY the Showcase Features Talent from the Pgh Area + Maya Milan and Wayne Wilson!
Willow Street Productions, LLC Presents


@ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
510 E 10th Ave, Munhall, PA 15120

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Show time:  5PM – 9PM | Doors open at 4:15PM

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University of Pittsburgh

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MYDC’s 4th Gala Celebration Feat. the Robinson Awards, Mike Logan & Chris Moore
2014 Manchester Youth Development Center’s

4th Gala Celebration
at the Rivers Casino Grand Ballroom
Saturday, May 17, 2014 | 6PM – 10:30PM

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EASIER…Port Authority ConnectCard

Port Authority of Allegheny County is now rolling out ConnectCard, a new smart card fare system that will eventually replace paper transit passes and tickets. With ConnectCard, passes and fare value are loaded onto a reusable plastic card that’s more convenient and secure than paper passes or cash.

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Nominate someone for NAACP’s 2014 Homer S. Brown Awards to be presented at the NAACP Human Rights Dinner on May 1st! Homer S. Brown is considered the first African American judge in Pittsburgh. He served the Pittsburgh community for over 50 years. Along with his many accomplishments Brown was the founder and first President of the Pittsburgh branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and member of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

The Judge Homer S. Brown award is presented annually at the NAACP Human Rights Dinner to an outstanding recipient who has positively impacted the lives of others, by demonstrating that she/he has been a constant force in the struggle for humanity, equality, and shared resources. This year’s recipient will be honored for their work in bringing wealth to the community.
Click here to download a Nomination Form

Submit answers along with the nomination form to: by Friday, April 4, 2014 at 1 p.m. for consideration

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Gateway Health Medicare Assured

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Rivers Casino – Win Free Slot Play for a Year!

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Who’s down with SPQ? Lamman, that’s who!
Pittsburgh native and Actor Lamman Rucker was in Pittsburgh on March 20th to keynote Duquesne University’s Unity Banquet.  Afterwards, Soul Pitt’s Terina Hicks  put him down with a copy of Soul Pitt Quarterly.

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Pastor LaShawn Youngblood Invites you to The Life Church’s Women’s Conference 2014 | May 1-3
For more info call 412.464.0241
or visit

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Soul Pitt Wins Daymond John’s Moguls Mobile Contest Pitt’s CEO Donna Baxter loves social media — especially Twitter.  One of the people she follows on Twitter is FUBU Founder & Shark Tank member Daymond John and his new company Moguls MobileDaymond had a national contest on Twitter which gave away a Moguls Mobile prize pack to the top three people, out of his over 175K followers, that referred the most friends to sign up for the launch.  Donna sent out the tweet via Soul Pitt’s twitter account and won – Daymond even shared her excitement with all of his over 175K followers!  Wow, look at the power of Twitter and the influence that Soul Pitt has in social media. So make sure you follow Soul Pitt on Twitter, like us on Facebook and even add us on Google +We are not only a leader in marketing to Pittsburgh’s minority community, but we are social media marketing experts as well.  Thanks Daymond John & Moguls Mobile!

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Meet Mr. Richard Ward, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Richard Leon Ward

Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management


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Open House Dates at The Neighborhood Academy April – June 2014


Upcoming Open House Dates

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Alpha Weekend 2014: Return of the Pharaohs } May 23 – 25 (Memorial Weekend)
Click Here for Full Details

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ED’s SUMMER OLDIES CABARET Saturday, June 28 At the Coliseum


Saturday, June 28, 2014 | 9 PM til 2 AM
At the Coliseum, 7310 Frankstown Avenue
This is a 30 year old and up event.
Anyone under 30 purchasing a ticket will not be admitted or refunded.
Doors open at 7:00 P.M. for people with tickets
Doors open at 8:30 p.m. for anyone without tickets
Tickets only $10.00
Get tickets in advance – Tickets on sale NOW!

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Covenant Church of Pittsburgh Prayerfest 2014 April 4th, 2014 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Covenant Church of Pittsburgh
2110 Andrews Ave. | Pittsburgh, PA 15221
We realize Friday is a work day for many people, and we also realize that seeking the Lord’s face isn’t based on convenience, but instead on the overwhelming need we have to find Him. So, take a vacation day or a personal day, but do whatever you need to do to get here.  Let’s seek the Lord while he may be found!

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Open House at the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry

Geneva College at the Center
for Urban Biblical Ministry (CUBM)

7418 Penn Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15208
March 27 & April 22 | 6PM – 7:30PM

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Panera Bread | Now Seeking Salaried/Hourly Management & Hourly Associates

Apply in person or apply or email

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Grand Hank Inks Deal With Congreso De Latinos Unidos…Expands Reach To Latino Audience

NOTE:  Grand Hank, Philly native, is the former DJ for Soul Pitt’s CEO Donna Baxter (yes, she can rap), Founder of the Punk Funk Nation and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.  It’s awesome to see how one’s passion for hip hop can play a major role in their journey to success :)   Let’s bring him to Pittsburgh to teach our youth!

Internationally renowned master scientist Grand Hank has reached another milestone as his universe continues to expand at an accelerated pace. The master scientist has inked a deal with Congresso De Latinos Unidos, Inc. to bring his high-octane STEM presentation to the Latino students across its 5 Out-Of-School Time sites in Philadelphia. Congreso is a nationally recognized multi-service organization. Congreso’s goal is to alleviate poverty and promote economic self-sufficiency to ensure that our most vulnerable populations have the educational credentials and workforce skills to compete in a global economy. Click Here for Full Details

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Treat Yourself to Some Fun by Getting on Ed’s Party on the Run for April – Sept 2014

Ed’s Party/Shopping on the Run
Bus Trips for April - Sept 2014
7 Great Trips - 7 Great Prices!
CALL ED @ 412.537.2484
** Tickets on Sale NOW for ALL Trips! **

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7310 – Pittsburgh’s Premier Location for Arts & Entertainment

Pittsburgh’s Premier Location for Arts & Entertainment
located in the Heart of Homewood. (Formally Pittsburgh Coliseum)
7310 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208
For booking call (404) 933-5237

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SPX Internet Radio Show with Donna Baxter & Terina Hicks – Week of Feb 20, 2014
This week on SPX we have our lil’ guest all the way from Detroit.  Frankie is in the house talking about what’s going on in Detroit, helping Donna with what’s going on in Pittsburgh and tellin’ why she loves Instagram and follows Soul Pitt :) – Check it out!

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Why Save the August Wilson Center (Bonita’s poetic spin on her Letter to the PG editor)

Regarding the August Wilson Center for African American Culture (“The Rise and Fall of the August Wilson Center: How Did Grandiose Dreams for an African-American Cultural Center Fail So Quickly?” Feb. 9):

It’s not about the building’s shape being that of a slave ship; it’s not that the building was designed by a black female architect; it’s not that the building was in part named after Pittsburgh’s native son, August Wilson; it’s not that his award-winning plays have been internationally performed and by some of our most artistic actors, James Earl Jones, Denzel Washington, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Leslie Uggams, Phylicia Rashad, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jesse L. Martin, Keith David; it’s not that the roots of these plays were birthed in the rich cultural history of Pittsburgh. So what is it all about? Why save the August Wilson Center for African American Culture? Why save the history of Pittsburgh? Because Pittsburgh celebrates the arts.  CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE

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Drive Today Auto Sales – Guaranteed Credit Approval!

Drive Today Auto Sales – Guaranteed Credit Approval!
Call 412.681.2500 or visit

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Brady Auto Sales & Service – $500 Cash Giveaway Now thru March 29th!

Brady Auto Sales & Service
has been in business for over 13 years and is a family owned and operated business.  We specialize in foreign and domestic pre-owned cars and trucks.  Our customers have come to expect and rely on our expertise for all their auto needs.  We offer guaranteed financing, warranties, vehicle finding, trade-in options and all service needs.  We are truly a one stop shop and a business you can trust and count on.  Visit our convenient location on Rodi Road just off the parkway in Penn Hills and brows our great inventory of cars.  Our sales staff is ready to help you and will treat you with the highest respect and courtesy.

412-244-8000 | 545 Rodi Road | Penn Hills, PA 15235

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Soul Pitt’s People to WATCH in 2014

BRRRR…it’s COLD, But Soul Pitt Quarterly’s new Winter 2014 Edition is HOT and full of awesome articles to make you feel
all WARM and fuzzy inside :) :) :) :)

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Press Release: MCG Jazz Named Great Jazz Room by Downbeat Magazine

January 21, 2014 (Pittsburgh)… For the fourth consecutive year MCG Jazz has been chosen as one of Downbeat Magazine’s Great Jazz Venues for 2014.  Only 160 venues in world-wide receive this distinction, and only half of those Jazz Rooms are located in the United States.

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild is one of only three Pennsylvania venues honored and the only honoree in Western Pennsylvania.  Downbeat says, “This list represents a comprehensive look at where great jazz and improvised music is being played globally – from terrific, intimate rooms to the most sophisticated concert halls.” Click Here for Full Details

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New Year New Mayor for the City of Pittsburgh by Diane I. Daniels

THE NEXT PITTSBURGH – Mayor Bill Peduto being sworn in as the 60th mayor of the City of Pittsburgh. The parents of fallen Officer Paul Sciullo share in the process.

It is official; the 60th Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh is in place. Monday, January 6, 2014 Mayor William (Bill) Peduto was sworn in by Judge Justin Johnson on one of the coldest days in the city’s history.

Using the theme – “The Next Pittsburgh,” in his 15 minute Inaugural Address, Mayor Peduto stated that the things we do in the next few years, the efforts we undertake together as a city will determine the fortunes of generations to come.  “Pittsburgh has given the nation and the world the steel framework on which an entire age was built. Along with steel and industrial might, it has given our nation artists, such as Andy Warhol and writers such as Gertrude Stein and August Wilson, visionaries such as Herbert Simon and Rachel Carson, historians such as David McCullough and healers such as Thomas Starzl and Jonas Salk.
Click Here for Full Details

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Allegheny Health Network

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3TG Pics and Upcoming Events

December 24 2013……Ronald McDonald House 451 44th Pgh 15201
January 16 2014…..Children’s Hospital 4401 Penn ave Pgh 15201
January 25 2014……American Got Talent 100 S Capitol ave Indianapolis, IN 46222
Click each pic for larger view

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World of Serenity Wellness Retreat Day Spa & Salon Services and Holiday Specials

World of Serenity
Wellness Retreat Day Spa & Salon Services
and Holiday Specials

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SPX Internet Radio Show with Donna Baxter & Terina Hicks – Week of Dec 12, 2013
Yes it’s cold out, but there are plenty of hot indoor events to keep you warm and cozy.  From the church scene to the movie screen we’ve got you covered.

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Holiday Health Pointers by Dr. Bononi for Allegheny Health Network

During the holiday season, sugary sweets
and drinks abound. 
Don’t let the temptation
to indulge derail your personal health.


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Advertise in the Next Issue of Soul Pitt Quarterly – Deadline Dec 23, 2013

Be part of Western Pennsylvania’s fastest growing Minority publication
–  Soul Pitt Quarterly by placing your ad in SPQ’s Winter Edition.

Have your product or services profiled to Soul Pitt Quarterly’s ever increasing readership. For more information on being part of our Winter Edition call
Craig Dawson, VP Sales and Marketing
at 412-407-SOUL (7685).

Deadline – Monday December 23, 2013 at 5PM

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Meet Author ShayLa Bryant and Check Out Her New Book “Reflections”

Introducing Author SHAYLA BRYANT
and her new book  REFLECTIONS:
Journalizing the Life of: Morgan Hixon-Chambers
Click here for details

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SPX Internet Radio Show with Donna Baxter & Terina Hicks – Week of Nov 12, 2013
From Greensburg to Pittsburgh.  From Carnegie to Monroeville. Despite the snow, our region still has a lot going on.  Something new for this week is that Donna and Terina will also share the different events that they get invited to on Facebook during the last part of our show.  So listen up as we got plenty of awesome things to tell you about!

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Emcee to Entrepreneur

Former hip-hop star rises to media mogul, president of NAWBO
November 4, 2013
By Deborah M. Todd / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Donna Baxter, a former rapper and founder of the entertainment and lifestyle site, has been named president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Business owners don’t often associate the creativity, congeniality and persistence that’s required to build a brand with building a rep in the rap game. But for Donna Baxter, the new president of the National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Pittsburgh, a 10-year transition from emcee to entrepreneur followed a natural course.

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New Pittsburgh Courier – County executive informs women business owners

SHARING A MOMENT—Donna M. Baxter, newly elected president of NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh and longtime member, Jo Ann Forrester thanks their guest speaker Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald for his participation in their monthly affair. (Photos by Diane Daniels)

Written by Diane I. Daniels – Courier Business Writer

More than 50 entrepreneurs, well known business leaders and business service providers were on hand during the recent National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Pittsburgh Chapter Breakfast with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

“Those that show up, go up,” said Donna M. Baxter as she conducted her first official welcome as the groups’ 2013-2015 president. “Knowledge is power and this is just one of many informative sessions NAWBO will host.”  Click Here for Full Details

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Soul Quotes

Share as a reminder to stay focused on creating quality engagements online that will bring you the results you need to grow your business. There are too many “shiny balls” on the internet that will distract and get you off track.

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Congrats to Mayor-elect Bill Peduto!

The diverse crowd inside of the Homewood Coliseum and the speech that Mr. Peduto delivered was definitely an indication of the era of a New Pittsburgh coming soon!

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Take Action To Stop a Killer – Help Stop Breast Cancer

African-American women suffer the highest breast cancer death rates in the country, according to the American Cancer Society.


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