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MWDBE to hold Open House Sept. 17


Last updated 9/7/2015 at 6:10pm

Ruth Byrd-Smith, director of the Allegheny County Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Department (MWDBE), and David Pinkosky of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) announced the department’s annual Open House will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Two Chatham Center, Suite 400, 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

“At our annual Open House, we provide worthwhile information to minority and women owned businesses and offer an opportunity for them to network with government contacts, prime contractors and their fellow business owners,” said Director Byrd-Smith. “The Open House also gives our staff an opportunity to meet the firms we work with every day. We look forward to this time every year.”

Professionals from businesses that are MWDBE certified, or that do business with the county are invited to participate, as are corporations, government agencies, diversity staffs, public officials, and non-profits that work with small businesses, business organizations and trade associations. The two- hour event will include opening remarks by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, a presentation by representatives from Dollar Bank providing tips on how small business owners can use and protect their credit, and an overview from MWDBE and SPC on their services and programs.

“SPC is proud to partner again with Allegheny County on this important event,” said Mr. Pinkosky, development specialist at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission.

This is the 12th year the Open House has been held and the 12th year that SPC has been a partner. Space is limited, and individuals planning to attend are encouraged to register in advance by email ( or phone at 412-350-4309.


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