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An old friend gave me book by BrenĂ© Brown called “Daring Greatly.” It’s a book about the courage and vulnerability needed to be a great leader. She got her title from a speech by Theodore Roosevelt. The excerpt from the speech took my breath away the first time I read it:
“The Man in the Arena”
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so th…
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If you missed Duquesne University's Entrepreneur's Growth and Networking Conference reach out to us at PowerLink and we will fill you in on what you missed.

For example, below is a slide from Dan Droz's (Droz Marketing) presentation showing the role of a business owner as helping to solve a customer's problem.


Jim Rooney, co-founder and principal of FirstLink Research and Analytics, spoke to the importance of culture in any business or organization. Using his personal experience growing up in the Rooney family, he shared insight into the Steelers journey to greatness inside and outside the football franchise. Thanks Jim!


We will also share news about our PowerLink CEO Circles and Advisory Boards for business owners who want to grow. Monthly meetings begin this month in several areas including Cranberry Twp, Airport Area, Monroeville, Indiana (PA), Washington (PA) and Penn State. Contact us to learn more.






Had a great turnout at the Penn State Think Tank

If you missed it...


Cris Kostiuk of Appollo Ridge Education Foundation presented on her business challenge - even as a nonprofit, she understands the need to think like a business.

A panel of serial entrepreneurs, for profit and nonprofit executives provided the presenter with a brain-trust that could question and probe to uncover the challenge or opportunity.

Tammy Davis of Nexlevel Consulting Services, LLC, who is currently working with a PowerLink Advisory Board, also presented during the second half of the program.

Thanks to the Penn State SBDC, the panelists and the great audience participation. We are excited to see many business owners at the PowerLink CEO Circle on June 20, 2017 from 3 - 5 pm at Penn State SBDC. For info contact Dana Mattern at dana@powerlink.org.

Calling all Corporations Small - and especially - BIG
Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs Forum needs YOU to build a better ecosystem on par with other cities for tech based, high potential companies. Attend the
Corporate Startup Champions Event
May 11, 2017Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Truefit, Union Trust Building (Auditorium), 501 Grant Street, Suite 1025, Pittsburgh
Parking: Mellon Garage or street parking
Corporate support for a region's entrepreneur sector can make all the difference in growing the economy and attracting and retaining talent. Learn how the CEO of Proctor & Gamble took the lead in raising what is now a $58 million fund for startups. Hear what large corporations are doing to support (and benefit from) local startups. Could this happen in Pittsburgh?
Evening includes networking and appetizers, introductions, panel discussion with Q&A and the award for the first startup champion voted as most deserving by area startups.
Click HERE to read more and to Register.
Our PowerLink Connect the Dots Series will highlight those individuals we honored at our 25th Anniversary Party last week 

Where it all started 25 years ago...
the story of PowerLink...
two women got together, saw a need, 
and found a way to address it - together!

After ten years of working for the family business, Barb bought her family trucking company from her widowed mother. Because she was surrounded by men in the trucking business, she enjoyed mentoring women business owners. She was named Women’s Business Advocate of the year by the SBA in 1991. On the day that she was featured in the Pittsburgh Business Times, she received a phone call from a female management consultant at Price Waterhouse who read the story. Over lunch the two women compared notes on how small and emerging women-owned companies were isolated from good advice and did not have access to really-sharp and insightful executives who could help them grow. The Price Waterhouse consultant had the same drive - to help wom…
From One Owner to Another… by Anita Brattina
In a prior blog, I told you I was one of two companies lucky enough to receive the help of PowerLink in its first year. You probably wondered who the other company was – it was owned by Andrea Fitting – can you guess the name of her business?

Andrea was one of two companies that got a knock on their door in 1992 to receive a very special gift: a PowerLink Advisory Board. Andrea knew Barb Moore and trusted her. And the truth was, she was struggling with her marketing and branding company, Fitting Communications. The idea of having 6 corporate executives, a CEO, and a facilitator helping her run her company in a corporate board format with no fiduciary involvement seemed amazing to her. Why did she deserve such a high-powered team of people for such a low fee? (PowerLink calculates the value of staff time and donated time at 175 hours of time per year @$100/hour is a $17,500 of consulting time per year… a current PowerLink board can be awarded …