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Celebrate & Share
P. O. Box 472
Oakmont, PA 15139
Jo Ann Forrester 412-440-6969 / Bonnie DiCarlo 412-362-7690
5th Annual Women of Achievement Awards
Celebrate & Share Co-Founders

Bonnie V. DiCarlo has worked as a financial planner for over 28 years with Allegheny Investments, concentrating on women and small businesses. She has presented seminars at many institutions including Carlow University, Chatham University, YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, LaRoche College, and Point State Park University. Bonnie has taught as an Associate Professor at CCAC, Carlow University and Duquesne University.

Ms. DiCarlo is District 3 Director for Business & Professional Women, and has served on many Boards including The Pittsburgh Camerata, Bethlehem Haven, NAWBO, Carnegie Library of Homestead, Thomas Merton Center, Financial Planning Association, and is a long-time member of the Pittsburgh Guild of rganists. Bonnie has received the YWCA Tribute to Women Award, named one of The PA Best 50 Women in Business, and the SBA's Women's Advocate for Small Business Owners.

Bonnie is well known throughout Pennsylvania for her support of and strategy for electing women to public office. She can often been seen on PCNC-TV as a political analyst.

JoAnn R. Forrester is co-host of Empress of Biz Talkcast and founder, president and owner of S I Business Associates, a business growth management firm established in 1975. Over 75,000 hours of experience in teaching, consulting, human relations and business development classes, seminars and individual consultations have made her a prominent woman on the business scene in Western Pennsylvania. In 1998 she co-developed the PRICE IT PERFECTв„c cost management and cost analysis program for small business. As a financial consultant and growth management specialist, JoAnn has specialized in helping small businesses grow and prosper. She has secured 40 million dollars in loans and investment for her clients. In the fall of 2008 JoAnn started the Empress of Biz Talkcast showRe-Inventing Yourself in Rugged Times. For her advocacy and support of small, minority and women owned businesses, JoAnn has been recognized by numerous organizations, including the Small Business Administration (Women Business Champion 1989 and 2000) and as a Pennsylvania Best 50 Women (1999).

In 2002 Bonnie DiCarlo and JoAnn R. Forrester co-founded Celebrate & Share. This organization is dedicated to raising funds for women and children in need and highlighting the achievements of women in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Celebrate & Share has raised over $160,000 through events, such as the Women of Achievement Awards, that have been held since March 2005, during Women's History Month. Over 150 women have been recognized for their contributions to the Greater Pittsburgh region. The long term goal of the Women of Achievement event is to establish a permanent Women's Hall of Achievement.

In 2010 JoAnn was recognized by YWCA Tribute to Women in the Entrepreneur category for her work and advocacy of small business and women business owners.

 

2012 Women of Achievement Awards Benefits Cribs for Kids
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Celebrate & Share presents 7th Annual Women of Achievement Awards Dinner“A Celebration of Women’s History Month,” on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Omni William Penn Grand Ballroom in downtown Pittsburgh. This gathering of a veritable ‘who’s who’ in Pittsburgh honored 23 prominent Women of Achievement from our region and will benefit a worthy cause, Cribs for Kids® National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative. Our 2012 Honorees are:
Deborah Acklin ~WQED
Melissa Anderson, CPA, SVP ~Highmark, Inc.
Tammy Aupperle ~H.J. Heinz Company Foundation
Barbara Bateman McNees ~Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
Melissa Bizyak ~Grossman Yanak & Ford, LLP
Melanie Brown ~The Heinz Endowments
Dr. Linda M. Clautti ~Urban Pathways Charter School
Mary Conturo – Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh & AC
Etta Cox ~Singer/Entertainer
MaryAnn R. Davis, RN, DMD – Davis Dental Office
Mary Ann Eisenreich – Office of Governor Tom Corbett
Harriet Ellenberger – Westmorland Co. DWC
Michelle Figlar – The Pittsburgh AEYC
Gretchen Lengel Kelly – The PNC Financial Services Group
Holly Lorenz, RN, MSN, CNO – UPMC
Cynthia M. Maleski – Attorney at Law
Inez K. Miles – Citizens Bank
Erin Molchany – PUMP
Joni Rabinowitz—Community Activist
Sharon Rubin – Jewish Association on Aging
Diane Swan – Rosedale Block Cluster, Inc.
Kristy Trautmann – FISA Foundation
Maria Watts – Allegheny County Deputy Sheriff
Ø If you or your company is interested in joining Title Sponsor and event Chairman, DA Stephen A. Zappala, Jr. as asponsor of the awards dinner; purchasingticketsor a table; or placing an acknowledgement ad in the event program book, please respond to this e-mail, call Heather Glaser at 412-322-5680 ext. 5, complete the attached sponsor form and fax to (412)322-5686, or view information on the Cribs for Kids National Infant Safe Sleep website: http://cribsforkids.org/event-calendar/.
If you have any questions, please contact Heather Glaser at 412-322 5680 ext. 5 orhglaser@cribsforkids.org.
Sincerely,
 
Bonnie DiCarlo and JoAnn Forrester
Celebrate & Share Co-Founders

 

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Judy Bannon - Cribs for Kids
Judy Bannon - Cribs for Kids
BIOGRAPHY

Judith A. Bannon, BS

Executive Director

S.I.D.S. of Pennsylvania

Suite 250 Riverfront Place

810 River Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Judith Bannon began her career with SIDS of PA in 1989, taking the organization from a regional to a statewide presence by 1992. With the success of the Back to Sleep Campaign, Bannon, as a member of the Allegheny County Child Death Review Team, determined that the majority of babies dying of SIDS or accidental suffocation were not found in cribs, but were sleeping in unsafe sleep environments. In 1998, with the help of the district Attorney of Allegheny County, local foundations and corporations, Cribs for Kids® began. This program has provided safe sleep education and cribs for over 80,000 families through Cribs for Kids® partnerships throughout Pennsylvania and 44 other states. Judith has presented Cribs for Kids® to national audiences at the APHA Conference in Washington DC and CityMatch Conference in Portland, Oregon, in 2005. In June 2006 she was asked to present Cribs for Kids® at the 9th International SIDS Conference in Yokohama Japan. In April, 2008, Judy Bannon hosted the first National ‘Cribs for Kids' Safe Sleep Summit, which brought together over 200 professionals from across the country to discuss safe sleep for infants. That same year she presented at the 10th International SIDS Conference in Portsmouth England.

 

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Lourdes Sanchez Ridge Interview.

Ms. Sanchez Ridge’s law practice includes commercial litigation with a strong focus on white collar defense. She has handled domestic and international fraud litigations. She has also handled Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) issues confronting multi-national corporations including drafting and assisting in the implementation of comprehensive compliance programs, custom-tailored systems of internal control, and training. She has also been a speaker on various FCPA panels. Ms. Sanchez Ridge has experience in international bankruptcy dealing with international service of process and recognition courts.

Member of the Executive Committee of Community College of Allegheny County Educational Foundation
Board member of World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
President, Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Committee for Governor’s Conference on Women
Committee Member, Women Economic Development Outreach
Graduate, Leadership Pittsburgh
Former Chairperson, Familylinks
Former Commissioner, Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Commission for Latino Affairs
Former Member, Holy Family Courage House Award Committee
Former Board Member, Shuman Juvenile Detention Center

Bar / Court Admissions:

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
State of Florida
District of Columbia

Publications / Presentations:

Upcoming presentation of “A Survey of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” in June 2009 in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia hosted by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.
“The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Best Practices for Compliance & Risk Mitigation,” panelist in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, 2008.
FCPA Presentation for the Certified Fraud Examiners, 2008.
"Are U.S. Companies and Executives Safe When the Public Is Not? A Look at FDA Enforcement in the International Arena," Communiqué, April 2008.
"Conspiracy: To Charge or Not to Charge? That is the Question," In Your Court, November 2005. 

 

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Jo Ann Forrester - Celebrate and Share

JoAnn R. Forrester

Empress of Biz Re-Invent Yourself in Rugged Times

S. I. Business AssociatesOffice: 412-670-440.6969  Cell: 412-670-4322

E-Mail: selfimagebz@aol.com or empressofbiz@aol.com

www.sibaworld.com

 

Jo Ann R. Forrester is founder, president and owner of S I Business Associates, a business growth management firm established in 1975.  Over 75,000 hours of experience in teaching, consulting, human relations and business development classes, seminars and individual consultations have made her a prominent woman on the business scene in Western Pennsylvania. As a financial consultant and growth management specialist, Jo Ann has specialized in helping small businesses grow and prosper. A number of her clients have won local, regional and national recognition for their achievements as small business owners. In 1998 she co-developed the PRICE IT PERFECTTMcost management and cost analysis program  for small business.

 

Concentrating on small businesses, Jo Ann's experience includes developing over three hundred business plans and being the on-site consultant for the Women's Entrepreneurial Training Program for the City of Pittsburgh and the State of Pennsylvania.   From 1991 to 1995 she served on a Pennsylvania Governor's Task Force for the development of a strategic growth plan for women business owners. A member of the US. Small Business Administration's Small Business Advisory Council for the Western Pennsylvania District, JoAnn was appointed the first woman in Chair of the Council in May of 1993.

 

Co-author of STEPS TO OWNING YOUR OWN SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS, a workbook that has been used at Community College of Allegheny County since 1984, Jo Ann has led hundreds of men and women into an understanding of the often confusing world of business.  Jo Ann is a nationally certified trainer for the National Foundation of Women Business Owners.  JoAnn has shared her expertise with many organizations and institutions, including Carlow College, Robert Morris University, Community college of Allegheny county, National Association of Women Business Owners and Allegheny County M/W/D.B.E. Department.  In 2004 she was appointed one of the Program Loan Coordinators of the M/W/D.B.E. Working Capital Loan Program of Allegheny County.

 

JoAnn has served 5 terms  as President of  the National Association of Women Business Owners, spanning the years from 1988 to 2001, she also served on the National Board of NAWBO for the 1990-91 year.  She has also served as on the National Nominating committee 2007-2009.  She was  actively involved in establishing WOMEN DIRECT, the largest directory of women business owners  to be published in the United States.  In 1995, Jo Ann served as the primary consultant in the study, FINANCIAL PORTRAIT OF WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS, an in-depth regional survey of women business owners and their economic strengths conducted by the SBD of Duquesne University.

 

The U. S. Small Business Administration awarded JoAnn the U.S. Small Business Award for 1989 Woman Business Advocate for Western Pennsylvania.  She has made numerous speeches and appearances on radio and television promoting the interests of women business owners as a specialist in business planning and development. Recently JoAnn started the Empress of Biz Talkcast show-Re-Inventing Yourself in Rugged Times  In 1993, she received recognition from THE BUSINESS SHOW as the Women Business Owner of the Year. In March of 1996, Jo Ann was elected to the Pennsylvania Honor Roll of Women sponsored by the PA Department of Commerce.  She served as chair of the Global Partnership with Pennsylvania in 1997 and 98. 

 

 JoAnn=s advocacy and support of small business has led her to be appointed to a number of board positions, including First Commonwealth Bank, Community Development Corporation and the Loan Review Committee of the URA of the City of Pittsburgh.  Previously she served on the Advisory Council of  the Small Business Administration and The Women=s Enterprise Center. Times  In 1993, she received recognition from THE BUSINESS SHOW as the Women Business Owner of the Year. In March of 1996, Jo Ann was elected to the Pennsylvania Honor Roll of Women sponsored by the PA Department of Commerce.  She served as chair of the Global Partnership with Pennsylvania in 1997 and 98. 

 

In 1999, Jo Ann received recognition as one of the Top 50 Women Business Owners in Pennsylvania.  In  2000 Jo Ann R. Forrester was awarded the SBA Women in Business Advocate Award for the state of Pennsylvania.

 

Clients of SI Business Associates

 

African-American Forum                                                      Apcon, Inc.

Steven Bales Plumbing & Construction                                 Boehm Ceramic Tile & Marble

EXTRAORIDNARY Catering by Bart                                  Baskets of Pittsbrugh

Business Show 95, 96, 97                                                       Braddock Hospital

Boyle, Inc.                                                                             PA Department of Commerce

Clay Campbell Accounting Services                                      CMS Medical Works

Casey's Restaurants                                                              EMR Communications

Eagle Valley Construction, Inc                                              Family Endeavors

Family Floors                                                                        FireWater Restoration, Inc

Independent Business Ser. Assoc.                                          Eagle Valley Construction

James W. Martin, Inc Heating & AC                                    Independent Therapeutic Services

Kevin Kennedy & Associates                                                 National City Bank

Lenkner Audiology & Speech                                                Kinetic Technology, Inc.

Kings Restaurant                                                                  Kozera Construction

Reliable Steel                                                                         Livingston Construction

Maguire Personal Care Home                                               McGinnis Sisters Country Deli

Mung Dynasty                                                                       Kiwi Fence Systems, Inc

Organized Chaos                                                                   Pennsylvania Window Company

Pulakos Chocolates                                                                R & D Security

RE/MAX Realty                                                                    R.J. Liberto, Inc.

R.G. Technology                                                                   REPRO Graphics

Second Street Coffee Factory                                                Service Point for Seniors

Shady Oaks Personal Care Home                                          Spark Technologies, Inc

Star Auto Glass, Inc.                                                             Stephens Traffic Control and Flagging

Tom Hecker's Auto Service Center                                       The Corporate Extension

State Farm, Grace Robinson Agent                                       The Employment Network

The Glass Kaleidoscope                                                         The Pain Relief Center

Thermo King of Pittsburgh                                                   Transmission by Lucille

Three Rivers Power Sweep                                                    Therapeutic Options

Valet Media Solutions                                                           Women Direct

Youth Build of Pittsburgh                                                     YourStaff Solutions

 

                                   Lecker, Hodgin & Associates, American Express Financial Advisors

                                                   The Greater Pittsburgh Women's Yellow Pages

                                                   Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

                                                     Women's Entrepreneurial Training Program

                        The National Association of Minority Contractors/Black Contractors Association

                                                                                    ****       

                                                          Colleges/Universities/Classes/Seminars

CCAC - Boyce, South, North Campuses

Carlow College

Clarion University

Duquesne University

Penn State - New Kensington

Robert Morris College

Minority Enterprise Corporation

National Foundation of Women Business Owners

 

SI Business Associates (SIBA) is a business growth management firm specializing in the needs of small business since 1975.  The principals, JoAnn R. Forrester and James W. Martin have a combined experience of over 75 years of business management, teaching, cost analysis, strategic growth planning and financing.  Since 1994 that have secured over 25 million dollars in financing for small business. In 1997, SIBA developed Price it Perfect (TM) (formerly ACHIEVE), a customized cost management and pricing software for small business.   Price it Perfect (TM)  has been installed in over 25 locations, ranging from construction, manufacturing to hi-tech firms in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Connecticut.

 

 

 

                            Services include the following:

 

 

Business and Strategic Plans for Growth

 

 

Financing Strategies & Options

 

 

Cost Analysis & Cost Management

 

 

Price it PerfectTM

 

 

Growth Management and Business Guidance

 

 

Marketing & Pricing Strategies

 

 

Empress of Biz Talkcast..Reinventing Yourself in

Rugged Times

 

Blue Ribbon Profiles

 

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SI Business Associates (SIBA) is a business growth management firm specializing in the needs of small business since 1975.  The principals, JoAnn R. Forrester and James W. Martin have a combined experience of over 150,000 hours of  business expertise in management, training, teaching, cost analysis, financing, strategic growth planning and positioning their clients  for success. They have written two  workbooks, including "15 Steps to Writing A Successful Business Plan, "The David vs Goliath" Marketing Workbook.  Small Since 1994 SIBA has  secured over 30 million dollars in financing for small business. In 1997, SIBA developed Price it Perfect (formerly ACHIEVE), a customized cost management and pricing program for small business.    Price it Perfect  has been installed in over 25 locations, ranging from construction, manufacturing to hi-tech firms in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Connecticut.

 

JoAnn R. Forrester, majority partner, has been recognized by several organizations for her expertise and dedication to small business owners including:

          U. S. Small Business  Administration Woman Business Advocate for PA in 2000 and 1989

          Pennsylvania Best 50 Women in 1999

          PA Women's Hall of Fame

          National Women's Hall of Fame

 

 

JoAnn Forrester is also a well know talkcast host the "Empress of Biz" Re-inventing Yourself in Rugged Times on www.talkshoe.com.

 

SIBA  also offers the following service: Blue Ribbon Profiles .  JoAnn R. Forrester has  written over 300 Award Winning Profiles for her clients.  Clients have received recognition in the following categories:

SBA National Journalist of the Year Award, First in Social Media

SBA National Small Business Owner of the Year

SBA National Veteran Advocate of the Year

SBA Minority Business Champion of the Year

SBA Financial Services of the Year

YWCA Tribute to Women

PA Best 50

The Stevie Awards,

YWCA Tribute to Women, 

The Athena Awards,

SBA Minority champion of the Year,

Gannon SBDC Champion Awards