The Network’s Business Bonus is an opportunity for our regular participants to educate, promote and market their company during our monthly meeting.

Business cards are collected and there is a drawing, whereby one lucky person is given 5 minutes to present information about their company.

So far the following people have had this wonderful opportunity:

Bruce Golden, Keystone Environmental Solutions

John Patterson, Pittsburgh Community Television (PCTV 21)

Charles "C J" Marchetti, Prudential

Leigh-Anne Weiss, Airheads Balloon Art

Terri Seidman, American Diabetes Association

Tara Hill-Conroy, Pre-Diabetes detection and diabetes prevention

Amber Busch, SeniorDirectory

​Deb Sawchak, Homes for Heroes

Babs Sefiane, On Site Rep

We request that everyone bring their business cards and be prepared to present if your name is drawn!
Thank you for your interest in the Community Bridge-Building Network.  If you are interested in attending a meeting, please email and provide your name and company.  

Registration is required to attend the meeting and walk-ins will not be honored.

Scroll down to view our upcoming meeting dates as well as an impressive listing of Past Network Presenters!
Past Presenters Have Included:

Dr. Sarah Tambucci, Director, Arts Education Collaborative

Therese McShea, My Write Tool

Melanie Patterson, “The Good Ol’ Days House,” America’s first Nostalgic Guesthouse

Vivien Li, President and CEO, Riverlife Pittsburgh

Bonnie Baxter, Founder and Executive Director, Doors Open Pittsburgh

Felicia Richards, Creative Beyond Control Photography

Meg Pryor, Director, Henry Mancini Academy at Lincoln Park

Kim Adley, Owner and Custom Tour Designer, Passport to Pittsburgh 

Helen Wilson, Vice President, Squirrel Hill Historical Society

Wasi Mohamed, Executive Director, The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh

Cory Van Horn, Owner/Head Guide, Food Guy Adventures

Adam Nelson, Director and Founder, The City of Play 

Wendy Long, Owner and Operator, Solutions for Independence

Pat Clark, Managing Partner, Jackson/Clark Partners

Matthew Craig, Executive Director, Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh

Robert Messner, Director, Braddock’s Battlefield History Center

Natalie Bencivenga, SEEN Editor/Ask Natalie advice columnist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ken Gormley, Dean of Duquesne Law School, Author of Archibal Cox: Conscience of a Nation and The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr

Rich Salvante, Yard to Table Garden Builders

Judi Vitale, Astrologist and Author

Todd Wilson, Author, Pittsburgh's Bridges

Fred Thieman, Esq., President of Buhl Foundation

John Fetterman, Mayor of Braddock and Candidate for United State Senate

Patricia McElligott, Author, Irish Pittsburgh

Wendy Lydon, Vice President/Business Coach, ThistleSea Business Development

Sarah Mayer, Partner, UpToKnowGood

Carrie Pavlik, Owner, Steel City Grazers

Arthi Subramaniam, Food Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

Eric Sloss, Principal, Creative Strategist for SHIFT

Keri Rouse, Allegheny Land Trust

"Homestead Jenn" Tompkins, Founder, Rent the Chicken

Douglas Heuck, Founder, Editor and Publisher of Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine

Dana Brown, Director, Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy at Chatham University

Patricia Penka French, Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational Cultural Center

Robin Nicholson, Director, Frick Art & Historical Center 

Laura Zorch, one of the authors of Food Lovers' Guide to Pittsburgh

Leslie Bonner, BonnerSpahr Consulting

Richard Piacentini, Executive Director, Phipps Conseratory

Emil Heintzinger, Small Business and Group Benefits Specialist, Legal Shield

Mark Valenti, Director of Education and Coaching, Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative

Jim Bonner, Executive Director, Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania 

Tracy Certo, Founder and Publisher, NEXTpittsburgh

Etty Reut, Therapist who practices John F. Barnes Myofascial Release and Mind Body Therapy

Michele de la Reza, Managing Artistic Director, Attack Theatre

Denys Candy, Consultant to schools, businesses, and organizations interested in creating sustainable communities

Chef Bill Fuller, Corporate Chef for big Burrito Restaurant Group, awarded both Chef of the Year and Restaurateur of the Year by Pittsburgh Magazine

Arthur P. Ziegler, Co-Founder and President, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

Michael Sriprasert, Real Estate Development Projects and Initiatives, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

Melanie Linn Gutowski, Author of Pittsburgh's Mansions

Amanda Priebe, CFP, Associate Wealth Planner, PNC Wealth Management

Barney Oursler, Executive Director, Pittsburgh United

Angela Garcia, Deputy Director, Global Links

Drew Goldstein, PA Brew Tours

Kate Dewey, Executive Director, Forbes Funds

Matt Gaston, Co-Founder and Trustee, Awesome Pittsburgh

Mike Schiller, Executive Director, Green Building Alliance

Court Gould, Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh

Cindy Howes, Morning Mix Host, 91.3 WYEP Pittsburgh

Abby Goldstein, General Manager, 91.3 WYEP Pittsburgh

Cynthia Pulkowski, Executive Director, ASSET STEM Education 

Louis Butler, The Pittsburgh Pie Guy

Peter Greninger, President, Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group

Bruce Klein, Founder, Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History

Hoddy Hanna, Chairman and CEO, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Al Condeluci, Executive Director, UCP/CLASS

Maura McCall, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Research

Jennifer Antkowiak, KDKA TV News Anchor, Author 

Rick DiClemente, Astrologer, Author of The Exquisite Zodiac

Julie Ann Sullivan, Author, Facilitator of Enhanced Learning, Learning Never Ends

Bradley Hilbert, Owner, Three Rivers Wealth Management Group

Mary Lou Bradley & Joe Groom, Owners, Paint Monkey, a BYOB Painting Studio in Lawrenceville

Chris Anthony, Owner, Chris Anthony Fitness

Lynn Figgins, Director of Business Development, Eyetique

Dr. Guy Caruso, Western Coordinator, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University

David L. Donahoe, Executive Director, Allegheny Regional Asset District

Hilda Pang Fu, Founder and President, Luminari 

Mary Gregg, Functional Literacy Ministry of Haiti Inc. and winner of 2012 Jefferson Award for community and public service in America

Barbara Johnstone, Carnegie Mellon University Linguist Professor and Expert in Pittsburghese

Brian O'Neill, Author of The Paris of Appalachia and Lifestyle Columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

MaryLynne Pitz, Reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Erika Peterson, Owner, Green Circle Farms

Bob Firth, Founder, Informing Design

Deb Mortillaro, Owner, Palate Partners and Dreadnaught Wines

Bobby Zappala, Chief Executive Officer, Thrill Mill

Dottie Coll, Owner, Two Men and a Truck Moving Company

Lisa Brown, Executive Director, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association

Mike Kaus, Curator, Soldiers and Sailors Museum

Bob Bruce, formerly WPXI TV News Anchor, currently with Integrity Wealth Consulting

Heather Walsh, Co-founder, Living Pittsburgh

Deborah L. Acklin, President and Chief Executive Officer, WQED Multimedia

Scott Bricker, Executive Director, Bike Pittsburgh

Rick Sebak, Producer, WQED Multimedia Pittsburgh

Dorit Brauer, Teacher of Meditation and Author of Girls Don't Ride Motorbikes: A Spiritual Adventure Into Life's Labyrinth 

Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive 

Tony Norman, Columnist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Harish Saluja, Founder, Silk Screen Asian Arts and Cultural Organization

Linda Benedict-Jones, Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art

Bill Flanagan, Host of Our Regions Business, Executive VP Allegheny Conference

Scott Leib, President of the Board of Directors, Preservation Pittsburgh

Janet McCall, Executive Director, Society for Contemporary Crafts

Georgia Berner, President and CEO, Berner International Corporation

Heather McElwee, Executive Director , Pittsburgh Glass Center

Bill Peduto, City of Pittsburgh Mayor

Registration is required. Email and provide your name and company.
The Business Bonus!
Meetings are held:

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Courtyard by Marriott

401 Waterfront Dr W, Homestead, PA 15120

Dr. Karen Hacker, Director of Allegheny County Health Department

Upcoming Meetings


 March 21, 2018

​                              Regina Able, Deputy District Director, Small Business Administration, Pittsburgh District 

April 18, 2018
                               Emily Catalano, Founder, Good Food Pittsburgh

​                               Cynthia Caul, Outreach & Research Coordinator, CRAFT 

May 16, 2018

                   It's the Birds and the Bees!                 

                                    Matt Webb, Urban Bird Conservation Coordinator, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

                                    Joe Zgurzynski, Owner, Operator, Master Beekeeper, Country Barn Farm

June 20, 2018

July 25, 2018

​                                               Cody McDevitt, Author

Community Bridge-Building Network

A network unlike any other professional network
Serving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Greater Pittsburgh area
Pittsburgh skyline photo credit: Joyce Scott-Kliber
Good Food Pittsburgh is an online magazine that shares news and tells stories about the people, places and events that make up Pittsburgh’s thriving food community. It provides information about what’s happening in and around the city, from restaurant openings and event previews, to in-depth profiles on the chefs, restaurateurs and food producers in the area.

Please note:  Rain, Sleet or Snow, we will still have our monthly meeting.
Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

Let's see what the Small Business Administration has to offer our business and community.

BirdSafe Pittsburgh is a partnership between 8 local conservation organizations whose mission is to research and reduce bird-glass collisions while educating the community to make Pittsburgh and beyond a better, safer world for birds.

Country Barn Farm produces premium, local honey in Allegheny County.  Their farm is maintained by the master beekeeper and his family, with  keen focus on beekeeping, organic gardening, and sustainable agriculture.  You can find Joe on CBS-Pittsburgh or WQED Pittsburgh discussing the Plight of the Honey Bees and urban beekeeping.  Their products also include maple syrup, lip balm, and beeswax candles.
CRAFT (Center for Regional Agriculture, Food, and Transformation) at Chatham University works to transform the future of food and agriculture in Western Pennsylvania and beyond.  The team at CRAFT offers support, knowledge coordination, skills development, and visibility for collaborative projects that advance the social and economic health of our region through better food systems.

The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh

We are honored to have a special presentation by a Holocaust survivor.

Cody will be talking about his book, Pittsburgh Drinks: A History of Cocktails, Nightlife and Bartending Tradition, as well as the evolution from speakeasies, jazz clubs, cocktail lounges, hippie bars, nightclubs, to now the brewpubs and craft cocktail bars. 

There will be books for sale and autographed.