City Entrepreneurs Make It Happen on June 2

For Immediate Release

City Entrepreneurs Make It Happen on June 2 – Magic Johnson’s business partner to give keynote

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 21, 2012 – Adrienne Brown of Sassy Gourmet Sauces is making it happen. Frederick Douglas of Cosmos Technologies is making it happen.

Steve Shelton of Shelton Masonry is making it happen.

They are 3 of the 8 Pittsburgh business owners who will tell aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs how they can make their business dreams happen during the Make It Happen! Entrepreneur Conference in the Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at the Kaufmann Center in the Hill District on June 2 from Noon to 5:00 PM, sponsored by the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh.

Cheering on the entrepreneurs at the lunch that kicks off the event is Josh Linkner, author of the New York Times best-seller Disciplined Dreaming and business partner of basketball hall-of-famer Magic Johnson in Detroit Venture Partners, focused on  investing in the revitalization of the city of Detroit.

And it’s all free to the public, including lunch and refreshments.

The news media is invited to attend any part of the Make It Happen Entrepreneur Conference. We can also arrange to have reporters interview Josh Linkner the day or two before the event. 

“Any city resident wanting to build upon their ideas and take advantage of the opportunities that are everywhere in Pittsburgh should attend,” said Ann Dugan, founder of the Institute.  “We developed an afternoon dedicated to the excitement of starting and running your own business to show that all Pittsburgh residents with passion and a willingness to reach out and build their ideas into a business will be able to fully capture all the opportunities that our neighborhoods have to offer.”

In his keynote address at lunch, Linkner will discuss how he and Magic Johnson are actively rebuilding urban areas in Detroit through entrepreneurship.   After lunch, City entrepreneurs will share their personal and business stories. Also present will be a number of Pittsburgh organizations that provide financial and technical support to entrepreneurs including Pittsburgh Gateways the developers of the Connelly School into a regional energy powerhouse for entrepreneurs.

“Those thinking about opening a new business will be able to find all the resources needed to start up at the Make It Happen! conference,” said Dugan.

To register for the event, visit  or call (412) 648-1544.

The Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at Kaufmann Center is located in the Hill District at 1825 Centre Avenue.

About The Institute:
The Institute’s mission is to be the innovative leader of economic renewal and growth serving enterprising people and businesses in the region.
A dynamic economic development  organization created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh  ( provides the power fueling the entrepreneurial  vitality of western Pennsylvania.


For More Information:
Beth Wiehagen Almes
Jampole Communications

By: Wadria Taylor

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