For Immediate Release
May 24, 2016
PA Treasury and University of Pittsburgh Bringing Business Experts to Local Small Businesses with Small Business Initiative Event on June 2
Businesses can learn about key issues from business experts including keynote speaker Rasu Shrestha, Chief Innovation Officer, UPMC, Executive Vice President UPMC Enterprises
Harrisburg, PA – Pittsburgh area small businesses can learn about key issues that may hinder their growth at the Pennsylvania Treasury’s Small Business Initiative (SBI) event on June 2, 2016. The event, held in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School and Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, will feature workshops on health and insurance, corporate structure and governance, finance and revenue and legal and intellectual property. Registration for that event is available at www.patreasury.gov/sbi. Registration is free.
“Small business is a key driver of job creation and economic growth not just in Allegheny County but across the entire state, so by helping them we are helping all of Pennsylvania. As an entrepreneur, I understand small businesses face many challenges as they try to grow, so we are offering area businesses the opportunity to learn from experts and arm them with the information and contacts they need to increase revenues and jobs.”
Pennsylvania Treasurer, Timothy Reese
The SBI workshops are held at prestigious universities across the state and are conducted by leading businesses across the state including Ernst and Young, UPMC, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, among others. The Pennsylvania Department of General Services and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development will also lead an additional workshop session on the procurement process.
Rasu B. Shrestha, M.D., Chief Innovation Officer, UPMC, executive vice president UPMC Enterprises of Pittsburgh, PA will give the keynote address on the importance of innovation in healthcare and how moving from data to actionable insights can transform medicine.
Dr. Shrestha is one of the leaders driving UPMC’s innovation strategy as the health system pursues new models of patient-centered, value-based care. He is also part of a 200-person team at UPMC Enterprises, the commercialization arm of UPMC. Through strategic partnerships, joint development agreements and start-up investments, UPMC Enterprises champions the development, implementation and commercialization of innovations that will help to solve some of the toughest problems in healthcare and fuel new jobs and companies in the region.
“One of the many ways that the University of Pittsburgh serves our community is by partnering with local small businesses. We work together with these businesses to address their knowledge gaps and resource needs so that they can succeed.”
Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Pittsburgh, Patrick Gallagher, PhD
The SBI event includes breakfast, lunch and access to 12 workshops, networking with the SBI business partners, access to information and resource tables and networking opportunities with possible investors, business services providers and mentors. Seating for the event is limited, so pre-registration is required.
The SBI is aimed at small business owners who have been in business a minimum of three years with gross revenues exceeding $250,000 for the prior two years and who provide a product or service with expansion plans within the next six to 12 months. Two more events are planned in the Lehigh Valley and York, PA for later this year.
To learn more about Pennsylvania Treasury’s Small Business Initiative or register for the Pittsburgh event, visit http://www.patreasury.gov/sbi or call 717-787-2991.
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The Pennsylvania Treasury is an independent department of state government led by the state treasurer, who is elected every four years. The department's primary duty is to safeguard and manage the state's public funds. It invests state money to generate income on behalf of the citizens of Pennsylvania, reviews and processes payments for state government agencies, and serves as custodian of more than $100 billion in state funds. Key Treasury programs include Unclaimed Property, PA 529 College Savings Program and the Board of Finance and Revenue.