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Pittsburgh Business Show Supports Local Non-Profit Organizations

The Pittsburgh Business Show is proud to support several non-profit organizations in the Pittsburgh area, as well as throughout Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region. We have found that non-profit success develops from a mixture of traditional business models that are strengthened by fresh approaches to advocacy, education, and fundraising.

Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania

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JAWP is the official charitable organization of the Pittsburgh Business Show. This organization prepares young people for economic success and supports free enterprise. The Pittsburgh Business Show will be supporting JA with generated revenue at an awards ceremony on the closing day of the show to help grow the next generation of entrepreneurs in our region.

JA is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provides relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

50 Shades of Silence

50 Shades of Silence was founded by Darieth Chisolm.  As a recent survivor of cyber sexual assault, sometimes referred to as revenge porn, after an ex-boyfriend created a website with nude pictures and videos of her that he took while she was asleep. Instead of remaining silent, Darieth began speaking out and launched 50 Shades of Silence, a social justice project to educate on the issues of cyber assault, advocate for tougher laws, and empower victims of these crimes.

50 Shades of Silence is comprised of a feature-length documentary, a website and app with resources and services, and a line of motivational and empowerment material for assault victims and survivors called Everyday Courage. Darieth is also speaking out and sharing her experiences on national TV shows including The Dr. Oz Show and Megyn Kelly TODAY.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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AFSP is the leading national non-profit organization focusing on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by delivering prevention education and advocacy programs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and supporting those individuals who have lost someone to suicide. The AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states, including Pittsburgh, with programs and events nationwide.

Veterans Place

Veterans Place is dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans in the Pittsburgh region. They offer homeless veterans a safe, supportive and regenerative environment as they gain the necessary skills to face real life challenges, secure permanent housing and lead productive and self-sufficient lives.

Veteran’s Place has an array of services dedicated to addressing issues that our veterans face in the Pittsburgh region. They pride ourselves with not only our success, but the quality of services they provide, including Day Programs, Transitional Housing Programs and Employment Services.

She Deserves

She Deserves was founded by Susan Miller, one of our returning speakers to the Pittsburgh Business Show. Because of her courage to believe in herself and to help create the support of woman victims of abuse and abusive relationships. The mission is to help abused women to develop confidence and self-worth, so they can become independent, self-reliant, and take pride in developing their own security, with economic independence.

This organization will help to provide individual evaluations and analysis, which will identify the strength of each victim. Enroll victims in programs that offer a business plan and entrepreneurial skill development. Provide an individual support team that will offer encouragement, but yet accountability and provide business grants to individuals that continue to demonstrate growth in their business.


The Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence

mid atlantic alliance for performance excellence

MAAPE is a Baldrige-based awards program that serves Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. MAAPE helps organizations improve their performance and outcomes, including productivity, workforce engagement, competitiveness, and customer and stakeholder satisfaction. They use the leading-edge Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence as the basis for their process and for giving feedback to applicants. While MAAPE’s process is modeled after the prestigious Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the process is not about “winning an Award.” It’s about using the Criteria to perform low-cost, non-prescriptive assessments in addressing each applicant’s unique challenges.

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