What A Racket!

Class Act

By Cynthia E. Griffin

Long before soho became a buzzword of the '90s, the Duquesne University Chrysler Corp. Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Pittsburgh was catering to the needs of homebased entrepreneurs. This June, the center is holding its 10th annual homebased business conference.

The conference is a perfect example of the above-and-beyond support of homebased business that has made Duquesne a role model in its field. Sixteen workshops covering topics such as marketing, financing, the Internet, hot businesses, recordkeeping and legal issues will be featured at the daylong meeting. Vendors, including banks, software and computer companies, credit card services, and other companies providing services to homebased business owners, will also be exhibiting.

In addition to helping homebased businesses, the SBDC conducts a biannual zoning study for Allegheny County in Pennsylvania. The results of the study help entrepreneurs learn about zoning laws in the county's municipalities and find resources to tackle zoning problems. Sometimes, entrepreneurs come in just to peruse the center's homebased business library.

Beginning in June, the center will also co-host monthly breakfast meetings. "Homebased business owners have a problem with accountability," says Laura M. Magone, manager of program development. "These breakfast meetings are designed to provide a buddy with whom homebased entrepreneurs can review goals and objectives."

Contact the SBDC at (412) 396-6233 or e-mail duqsbdc@duq.edu

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