Duquesne University Small Business Development Center -- 10 a.m.- noon, Butler County Community Development Corp., 112 Woody Drive, Butler. The First Step: Business Startup Essentials. Structure and formation, insurance, government procurement, financing options, major components of the business plan and more. Free. Call 412-396- 1633 or visit www.duq.edu/sbdc to register and for more information.
Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, University of Pittsburgh, Joseph M. Katz School of Business -- 7:30-10:30 a.m., Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Wood Drive, Cranberry. Michael J. Gelb will discuss "How to Think Like da Vinci and Innovate Like Edison to Achieve Breakthrough Business Success." firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-648-4183.
Association for Corporate Growth, Pittsburgh chapter -- Reservations, payment and cancellations required by Aug. 30 for 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 6, Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Ave., Downtown. Izzy Dawood, BNY Mellon's director of investor relations and financial management and analysis acg.org/pittsburgh or 412-253- 7515 or email@example.com. Cost: Members $50; nonmembers $100.
Institute of Management Consultants, Western Pennsylvania chapter -- Noon, SiBA Cucina, 530 Northpointe Circle, Seven Fields. Tom "Cossie" Surman, retired marketing vice president of RCA Corp. music division in New York City and vice president of government relations and corporate communications at Vantage Healthcare network, Meadville, will discuss branding marketing and imaging. Cost: $35. Register with Jim Surman at 412-751-0807 or 412-841-6300 or RPIConsulting@msn.com or RPIConsulting. …