13 June 2013

We’re happy to announce that, working with our Night Market planning committee and our partners at the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, we’ve got a launch date for the Garfield Night Market: our first Night Market will be on August 2nd, 2013. Interested in being a vendor, volunteer, or performer? Fill our survey at nightmarket.citylabpgh.org. And email garfieldnightmarket (at) gmail.com with other inquiries.

12 June 2013

Lesson #3: Financial Planning for Freelancers
with Melissa Stein of Stein Wealth
Thursday, June 12th, 6:30 PM—8 PM
Assemble Gallery, 5125 Penn Avenue

Imagine: you, older. Scary thought? It doesn’t have to be.

Certified Financial Planner, Retirement Planning Counselor, and small business owner Melissa Stein is well qualified to help you think through your financial future. By setting up your accounts today you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of compounding interest in the future. Learn about different retirement and investment vehicles as well as which one(s) are best for you.

Join us for the third of our Lessons from the 6% Place series at 5125 Penn Avenue in Garfield. Admission is free and snacks will be served!

See you there!

Eventbrite - Lessons from the 6% Place: Financial Planning for Freelancers

12 June 2013

A good crowd turned out last Friday to listen to stories from Garfield residents at Catapult’s Show-n-Tell #13: Garfield Edition, co-organized with cityLAB.

The presenters, which included Mark Fairclaugh of the 6% Place advisory committee, Jesse Rommelt of the BUNKERproject, Michael Stanton of Open Hand Ministries, and Jason Sauer of Most Wanted Fine Art, had their presentations and stories recorded by visual note-taker Stephanie Bercht.

And the Garfield Show-n-Tell also got a nice write-up in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette!

Our thanks to all of the presenters and to Lara Schenck at Catapult for letting cityLAB collaborate with her on Show-n-Tell #13. Find out about Catapult’s upcoming Show-n-Tell here.

6 June 2013

Catapult Show-n-Tell #13: Garfield Showcase
Friday, June 7th 2013 at 6 PM
Catapult PGH, 5139 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224

RSVP for a very special edition of Catapult’s monthly Show-n-Tell, featuring projects and stories from Garfield residents—and how they are helping the neighborhood grow.

The event, co-organized by Catapult and cityLAB, will feature Jason Sauer of Most Wanted Fine Art, Jessie Rommelt of the BUNKERprojects, Mark Fairclaugh of cityLAB’s very own 6% Place committee, and Michael Stanton of Open Hand Ministries.

Show-n-Tell is free and open to the public, and there will be snacks!

See you there tomorrow!

3 June 2013

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.

the sign we set outside of Assemble gallery in Garfield the night of "Freelancing and the Law."

Eric Davis works the crowd of assembled freelancers.

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.

Valerie Voss at Lessons from the 6% Place

Accountant Valerie Voss talks to freelancers at Lesson From the 6% Place

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.

4 May 2013

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!

3 April 2013

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.

1 April 2013

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.

1 April 2013

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.

7 March 2013

cityLAB’s 6% Place Tracking Tools have a new home! Check them out at here and see the results of cityLAB’s 2012 Garfield Creative Census (according to our calculations, the 6% Place is currently a 3.9% Place!). All that and more at trackingtools.citylabpgh.org.

(And while you’re at it, see the talent in the Garfield Freelancers Database!)