Office of Mayor William Peduto

The Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment was born in the first 100 days of Mayor Peduto’s administration. This team works hand-in-hand with city neighborhood leaders to help lift up their communities so all residents can share in the promise of the Next Pittsburgh.

This page will connect you with events and programs like Small Business Resource Fairs, The Next 3 Days, Pods and more. Share #PGHSmBiz or #PghNgh to connect with us!

Join Us in Your Neighborhood

Small Business Resource Fairs take place all over the city. On July 25, come to The Beauty Shoppe in East Liberty to talk shop – about coworking, that is.

Business in Action

Who’s doing what, when, where and why? Henry Pyatt, Small Business and Redevelopment Manager, speakers with local movers and shakers to learn more about their business ideas, motivation and inspiration.

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The Small Business and Neighborhood Group within the Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment is charged by the Mayor with helping communities use best practices from revitalization strategies all over the country to achieve their revitalization goals.  Working in close collaboration with the Urban Redevelopment Authority, this staff helps community groups form plans, build cohesion, attract resources, interface with government and other entities, and provide resources that help entrepreneurs succeed.

This webpage represents some of that work, especially larger programs like the Next 3 Days, Small Business resource Fairs, and the Building Ownership and Acquisition Manual.  It’s also meant to connect readers to other resources like those provided for entrepreneurs at the URA's, or through our Small Business Resource Fair Partners.  If you've got questions or ideas, or are looking for help for your community group, please don't hesitate to use the 'contact us' link on the right of this page.

Date Focus Neighborhood Venue
January 25 Food + Food Trucks Troy Hill Scratch Food and Beverage
February 22 Government City City-County Building
March 21 Makers Allegheny Center Nova Place
May 2 Veterans North Shore Riverside Center for Innovation
June 6 Government City City-County Building
July 25 Coworking East Liberty The Beauty Shoppe
September 6 Government City City-County Building
September 26 Immigrants and Refugees Knoxville Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Knoxville
October 11 Cooperatives (Co-Ops) Beechview Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Beechview
November 9 Getting into a Building Squirrel Hill Jewish Community Center

Please visit LaunchPGH for event details and more business-related events and service providers around Pittsburgh 

Mayor Peduto is proud to support small businesses across Pittsburgh

Mayor Peduto is proud to support small businesses across Pittsburgh and encourage all Pittsburghers to shop small on Saturday November 26th, and everyday.  Not only does doing business with small locally owned firms keep more of your purchase dollar in Pittburgh's local economy, but small firms less than 5 years old have created nearly all of the new jobs in the US over the three decades leading up to 2011 (data from the Kauffman Foundation's 2011 Report on Jobs and Competitiveness). 

If your looking for some ideas for local businesses you can support this holiday season and beyond, take a look at this list of Neighborhood Business Districts hosting special activities and promotions for Small Business Saturday (November 26).

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The fifth annual People's Gas Holiday Market will once again bring international flair to Downtown Pittsburgh this holiday season.


East Liberty

East Liberty will have offerings for the whole family, from children's activities to an adult hot chocolate bar to a free holiday photo to remember your great day! Free Molly Trolley rides will be available to get you to all your favorite East Liberty spots.


Garfield / Bloomfield / Friendship

Over twenty shops, galleries, and restaurants will be celebrating Small Business Saturday along Penn Avenue in Garfield. The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation will also have a Holiday 'Crafters' Market from 11-4pm in the BGC Activity Center at 113 N. Pacific Avenue.


Hill District

The Hill will feature both the Small businesses along Centre as well as a pop-up shop for entrepreneurs aspiring to go brick and mortar.



The Homewood-Bruston Business Association is launching a Passport to Homewood coupon book for only $5 each. In addition to being packed with savings, each book includes a bonus chance to win a grand prize drawing for a $100 Visa Gift Card.


Northside Neighborhoods

The Northside Chronicle is offering a passport to promote local business throughout the holiday season, but especially corresponding with the Dirty Dozen bicycling competition.



Tweet a picture during your shopping trip for a chance to win two tickets to Phipps Botanical Gardens.



Shadyside entrepreneurs are ready for holiday shoppers.


South Side

The South Side welcome center will have balloons, cookies, and hot apple cider on Small Business Saturday.


Squirrel Hill

Anticipate special offers from local merchants as well as free hot chocolate and other activities along Forbes Avenue.


Mayor Peduto is proud of the hard work all of Pittsburgh's entrepreneurs put in to their businesses and communities, and of the cities partners like the Urban Redevelopment Authority, KIVA, Urban Innovation 21, Small Business Development Centers, Carnegie Library System and many others who work everyday to help Pittsburgh's entrepreneurs succeed.

posted 11/22/16 @ 7:11 am
Small Business Resource Fairs Sponsored by Mansmann Foundation

The Mansmann Foundation supports small business owners in underrepresented communities through education, mentoring, and peer to peer programs. Their support for the Small Business Resource Fairs series helps providers better connect with entrepreneurs and small businesses.  The City of Pittsburgh, URA, and KIVA applaud and appreciate the Mansmann Foundation's generous contribution, and the access it provides entrepreneurs to vital resources.

posted 8/04/16 @ 12:00 pm
Pods from Mansmann Foundation and City Support Small Businesses

The Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment's Small Business and Neighborhoods Group, in partnership with the Mansmann Foundation, have developed peer advisory support groups for small business owners known as Pods. Pods consist of 6-12 individuals who meet monthly to work through their business's issues and opportunities. Sessions are led by an expert facilitator and often include specific curriculum, which may include topics such as sales, pricing, hiring, technology, etc. Pods are located in communities convenient to local entrepreneurs who have expressed interest. 

Contact Danielle Davis using for more information

posted 6/29/16 @ 12:37 pm

The Office of Mayor William Peduto
512 City County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-255-2626

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