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February 2021

Tax Planning for Small Businesses

February 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

We will be joined once again by a certified CPA from Wilke and Associates to explore topics around financial health and planning. To help you prepare for the 2021 tax season, join us to learn more about commonly missed tax deductions, how entity choice relates to your taxes, and the 20% pass-through tax deduction, and how it may impact your income tax.   REGISTER

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ORIGINS Cohort Monthly Meeting

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:00 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until June 30, 2022

A meeting for all creatives in the ORIGINS cohort to share ideas, collaborate and build community amongst creative businesses.

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The Fundamentals of Creative Business Photography

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Photography is a key element for any creative business but hiring a photographer might not be an option for many reasons. Sam Laffey and Nathan Shaulis of Porter Loves are experts on this complex topic and will spend an hour discussing some strategies and tools for creating your own photography. Strategies For Stellar Product Photography On Any Budget PDF is password protected: iLoveM8C@mera REGISTER

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Design in Conversation: Where are the Black Makers, Artists, and Designers?

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Conclude Black History Month with a discussion on representation in design and the national maker community. This is a dedicated conversation, facilitated by the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), on paving pathways for Black craftspeople today. Join in on this panel discussion with makers and designers as they talk about the work, challenges, and importance of creating accessible entry points and visibility for Black creatives. This Design in Conversation was…

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March 2021

Identifying Your Brand and Understanding Your Customer

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In this webinar, Madeline Farina, a freelance marketing consultant who specializes in small businesses, will explain why understanding your target customer is one of the most important steps you can take to get your marketing efforts to the next level. Knowing your target customer helps you think smart with your marketing budget and allows you to build a brand that they will be loyal to. With experience working at the corporate level as well as with small local startups, Madeline…

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ORIGINS Business Coaching: Peer Group Meeting

March 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 8:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until December 31, 2021

A monthly meeting of the peer participants of the ORIGINS Business Coaching Program to review coaching materials, discuss business, and get feedback from other business coaching participants.

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E-Commerce Fundamentals

March 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This Get Legit webinar is lead by Alecia Dawn, a Pittsburgh-based creative entrepreneur with a wide range of experience including non-profit management, owning a small business (YOGAMOTIF), and teaching. For this webinar, Alecia is combining content from the two E-Commerce videos she developed for the CBA (available to view in our Resources Section at the bottom of the page) and will discuss the fundamentals of creating an E-Commerce store for your business. There will be time for questions from the audience at…

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ORIGINS Cohort Monthly Meeting

March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 6:00 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until June 30, 2022

A meeting for all creatives in the ORIGINS cohort to share ideas, collaborate and build community amongst creative businesses.

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Let’s Talk Strategy with Nisha Blackwell

March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

So now you have good bookkeeping practices, a solid legal foundation, a fully functioning e-commerce store, and great marketing collateral with your own photography. What next? To round out our Get Legit webinar series, Nisha Blackwell, Founder of Knotzland and Program Coordinator/Business Coach for the CBA’s ORIGINS Program, will discuss how you can take all of the business fundamentals you’ve built upon over the last few months and develop solid strategies to both stabilize and grow your business. Setting growth goals, identifying resources and supports, setting benchmarks,…

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April 2021

Application/Sign-up for ORIGINS Virtual Market Opens

April 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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ORIGINS Virtual Market Sign-Up Closes

April 12 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Next Leap Information Session

April 13 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Apr 13, 2021 05:30 PM The Ascender and CBA teams will be hosting an information session to help potential applicants better understand this opportunity. Intensive business skill-building programs like Next Leap can be intimidating for even seasoned creative businesses. Additionally, there will be several Next Leap participants from 2020 on hand to describe their experiences with the program. What to expect at the info session: > Learn more about the Next Leap program > Eligibility > Tips and insights from…

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