Pitt IEE Partners with Startup Oakland: Business Development Assistance for OBID Members

Few people understand the intricate opportunities and challenges that entrepreneurs face every day. The University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (IEE) offers customized, personal consulting services enable you to discuss the situations you face with a seasoned advisor who can help you build a plan for success. Experienced consultants can help you address unique challenges and guide you successfully to the next stage of business.

In order to provide this unique business development service to the OBID Membership, Startup Oakland has partnered with IEE to provide free twenty minute sessions with experts the second Friday of each month, starting Friday October 11th. RSVP is required to participate, please see details below:

Date: 2nd Friday of the Month
(October 11; November 8; December 13)

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: Revv Oakland, 122 Meyran Avenue, 2nd Floor

RSVP Required: Joseph Ciotti, IEE Management Consultant, jpciotti@katz.pitt.edu

Explore Bus Rapid Transit

GET THERE PGH recently created a video to help demonstrate what using BRT will be like.

On June 20, 2013, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald led a delegation of community leaders to visit Cleveland and experience its highly regarded HealthLine. The HealthLine is the name given to Cleveland’s successful bus rapid transit – or BRT – line, where high quality transit has sparked neighborhood revitalization and new development. The Pittsburgh group sought to learn more about Cleveland’s model BRT as we continue to assess development of a similar BRT line between Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland.

Click here to watch the video.

Pitt’s Kids Fall Program

The University of Pittsburgh’s Family Saturdays Fall 2013 Program is accepting registrations.

The PITT’S KIDS program provides instruction in aquatics and physical activity to children ages 3–13 years old. As a developmental program, PITT’S KIDS is comprised of two parts: Physical Activity in the gym and Aquatic Instruction in the pool. All children involved participate in a variety of age-appropriate activities with a focus on progressive skill instruction. These Saturday mornings offer two sessions including: 50 minutes of physical activity and 50 minutes of aquatic instruction, plus a Parent Fitness program for parents of children who participate.

Who: Children Ages 3 to 13, including children with special needs
Days/Times: Saturdays, 9:45 a.m.–Noon, September 21st–November 23rd, 10 Sessions
Where: Trees Hall, University of Pittsburgh (Across from the Field House on Allequippa St)

This program is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s oldest community outreach program, Community Leisure-Learn, under the Department of Health and Physical Activity. Click here to learn more.

City Panhandling Ordinance

According to City of Pittsburgh Ordinance 602.04, it is illegal to panhandle:

  • Within 25 feet of an ATM, or the entrance to an establishment which has an ATM visible from the street.
  • Within 10 feet of a bus stop
  • Within 10 feet of a sidewalk food vendor
  • Within 25 feet of a sidewalk cafe or dining area, or
  • In an aggressive manner

Resources are available for individuals in need. If you have questions regarding panhandling near your business, contact Alex at 412-683-6243 ext 20.

For the full text of the Pittsburgh City Code referring to panhandling, please see section 602 at: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=13525

Pittsburgh PARK(ing) Day

Pittsburgh PARK(ing) Day is quickly approaching – where will your spot be?


PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh is seeking area businesses, artist, designers and nonprofits to set up a community space inside a parking spot.

From a table and chairs to giant recycled sculptures – a  spot to some yoga to a mini dog park – the parking spot is your canvas.

What will your spot be on September 20th, 2013?  Sign up today. http://bit.ly/19N79Il