We’re already gearing up for our third Lesson from the 6% Place, Financial Planning for Freelancers (which will take place on June 13th — RSVP here!) and wanted to share some photos from our first two sessions.
In our first session, attorney Eric Davis of Elliot & Davis, PC explained the legal issues related to running one’s own business and fielded questions from the crowd of 35 attendees.
For our second session, “Cringe-Free Accounting,” accountant Valerie Voss from Wilke & Associates explained everything from entity selection to deductible business expenses to our crowd of 28 freelancers.
Our thanks to Eric and Valerie for giving such great presentations, to Mark and Jarmele Fairclaugh, Abby Russell, and cityLAB’s very own Mollie and Alex for helping run the workshops, and to the Heinz Endowments and the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation for their support.
Lesson #2: Cringe-Free Accounting
with Wilke & Associates, LLC
Thursday, May 16th, 6:30 PM—8 PM
Assemble Gallery, 5125 Penn Avenue
Deductibles. Quarterly reporting. Avoiding audits.
Accounting is an essential task for every entrepreneur. Wilke & Associates have advised area small businesses for years. Our accounting experts will review bookkeeping and tax fundamentals for freelancers. 90 minutes this May will save you hours next April. Come with questions!
Join us for the second of our Lessons from the 6% Place series at 5125 Penn Avenue in Garfield. Street parking is available. Admission is free and snacks will be served!
Lesson #1: Freelancing and the Law
with Eric Davis of Elliot & Davis, PC
Thursday, April 25th, 6:30 PM—8 PM
Assemble Gallery, 5125 Penn Avenue
You’re up and running. Projects are coming in and clients are spreading the word about your good work. There’s not much time for sorting through legal mumbo-jumbo. Does it matter anyway?
Yes. Pittsburgh attorney Eric Davis has worked with start-ups, entrepreneurs, creatives and social businesses for much of his career. He’s seen it all. Let Eric answer your legal questions: incorporation, contracts, and the ins and outs of small-claims court are some of the lions that will be tamed at our first Lesson from the 6% Place on April 25th.
Lessons from the 6% Place is a free series that aims to make the business part of running one’s own creative business less scary with spirited workshops led by subject experts with an affinity for the creative community.
What’s that item in the back of this month’s Bloomfield-Garfield Bulletin?
Please come to our first workshop for Lessons from the 6% Place on April 25th, 2013 at 6:30 PM at Assemble Gallery in Garfield. Read more about our first session, “Freelancing and the Law,” and our series right here.
Have you heard the news? cityLAB and the 6% Place Advisory Committee are organizing a night market in Garfield to begin this summer and we are looking for vendors, volunteers, performers, and sponsors.
Read the article from the April issue of the Bloomfield-Garfield Bulletin below and then sign up here if you’re interested in being a part of the Night Market.
cityLAB’s intrepid CEO, Eve Picker, presented at TEDxCMU on Sunday. Her talk, “Cure for the Common City,” focused on the costs of top-down and bottom-up approaches to urban development. This morning’s issue of Carnegie Mellon University’s student paper said:
Picker explained the difference between bottom-up and top-down city design, using Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center as an example of an expensive, top-down project and the Toonseum in Downtown as an example of a cheaper, bottom-up method for revitalization.
“Imagine a city where 5 million visits are generated by 13,000 small projects — that’s a cure for the common city,” Picker said.”
Here’s the video and, below, some of Eve’s slides:
Join us for a free brown-bag lunch and Curbside Chat on Friday, January 11th, sponsored by cityLAB and Bruno Works.
Charles Marohn of Minnesota-based non-profit Strong Towns has been visiting communities across America with his Curbside Chats. See Charles in Pittsburgh and hear more about:
Why are our cities and towns so short of resources despite decades of robust growth?
Why do we struggle at the local level just to maintain our basic infrastructure?
What do we do now that the economy has changed so dramatically?
Friday, January 11th Noon-1 PM Bruno Works 945 Liberty Avenue, Floor 5 Pittsburgh, PA 15222
While cityLAB finishes up door-to-door surveying for the Garfield Creative Census, we’ll keep the online survey open so more people can take it — and be a part of the Freelancers Database too! Take the census here today!