If you’re looking for a rising star in the urban firmament (and a great place to do business), look no further than Pittsburgh. “Pittsburgh?” you say, barely concealing your surprise and disgust. “Isn’t that just an old steel town?”
No longer. With major industry changes in the 1980s, Pittsburgh shifted its economic base to education, services, tourism, medicine and high technology. For those who live there–natives and transplants alike–there’s a cultural renaissance going on as well. Nestled in the fork where the Allegheny meets the Monongahela to form the Ohio River, history abounds.
Pittsburgh has also made great strides in encouraging an entrepreneurial as well as artistic culture. In addition to the Business Tech Conference on November 13 (at which I will be this year’s keynote speaker), Pittsburgh’s SBDC (located at Duquesne University) has sponsored an Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference for 10 years. If you’re anywhere in the area, this year’s Business Tech Conference will be the place to be–and I say that not just because I’ll be speaking there. A host of workshops that will be offered, so many of which look immensely valuable for entrepreneurs and business owners.
Let me know if you’ll be there!