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Pittsburgh Business Organizations,
Associations, Societies and Initiatives

See also:
Chambers of Commerce and Pittsburgh Organizations

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  • Allegheny Conference Regional Investors Council
    More than 300 of the region’s leading organizations come together to provide input, expertise and resources for economic and community advancement across the 10 counties of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • The Allegheny County Bar Association
    A professional organization, chartered in 1870, with more than 7,300 member lawyers, judges, district justices, legal administrators and paralegals.
  • AlphaLab - Pittsburgh’s Startup Accelerator
    AlphaLab provides funding, mentorship, educational sessions and office space to accelerate the growth of innovative internet startups.
  • American Cable Association
    Headquartered in Pittsburgh, this trade association advocates the concerns of more than 1,000 independent cable television businesses before Congress, the FCC and other federal and state agencies.

  • American Institute of Architects, Pittsburgh Chapter
    Includes a section for the consumer, including a directory of local architects.

  • American Institute of Graphic Arts, Pittsburgh Chapter
    A professional association for graphic designers.
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    Provide essential value to our members and partners, advance civil engineering, and serve the public good.
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ), Pittsburgh Section
    Serving over 1200 members in the Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia areas, ASQ is the world's largest quality network, with access to the latest publications, conferences, and training related to quality improvement.
  • American Society for Training and Development, Pittsburgh Chapter
    Linking people, learning and performance.
  • American Society of Media Photographers, Pittsburgh Chapter
    Founded in 1991, the Pittsburgh Chapter has approximately 50 general members and 25 affiliate members.
  • American Statistical Association (ASA), Pittsburgh Chapter
    ASA is a scientific and educational society founded in 1839 with the following mission: To promote excellence in the application of statistical science across the wealth of human endeavor.
  • APICS, Pittsburgh Chapter
    APICS, the educational society for resource management, is an international not-for-profit organization with more than 70,000 members in over 270 chapters throughout North America. APICS offers a full range of programs and materials on the latest business management concepts and techniques.
  • Appraisal Institute, Pittsburgh Metropolitan Chapter
    The Pittsburgh chapter of America's largest real estate appraisal organization.
  • The Armstrong County Manufacturing Consortium (ACMC)
    An organization made up of member companies related to the manufacturing facility within Armstrong County.
  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Pittsburgh Chapter
    ACG Pittsburgh was established in 1985 and promotes the professional and business interests of its members through quality programs, education, and networking.
  • Automatic Identification Manufacturers (AIM) USA
    AIM, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is the global trade association for the Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) industry.
  • Better Business Bureau: Pittsburgh
    Links to national BBB resources as well as local BBB news.
  • Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh (BAMP)
    BAMP is a non-profit trade association representing companies engaged in residential and light commercial construction and related industries in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Beaver and Butler Counties.
  • Building Owners & Managers Association of Pittsburgh, Inc. (BOMA)
    BOMA has represented the interests of commercial real estate in Western Pennsylvania since 1919. It offers education, networking and support to all levels of property management professionals, including Asset Managers, Property Managers, Facility Managers and those supplier and service organizations that support them.
  • Business Marketing Association, Pittsburgh Chapter
    The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Business Marketing Association serves the professional, educational and career development needs of business-to-business marketers—advertisers, agencies, media and their suppliers—in the Pittsburgh area.
  • Economic Club of Pittsburgh
    Offers members the opportunity to remain well informed on regional, national and international economic issues through luncheons and an annual dinner.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau
    Markets and promotes the entire Pittsburgh region to convention planners and tourist groups.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Hotel Association
    A membership-based, not-for-profit, private association representing the hotel industry in the Greater Pittsburgh area.
  • Hardwood Manufacturers Association (HMA)
    This is site of the Hardwood Information Center, based in Pittsburgh, which is a service of HMA, a non-profit national trade association of more than 150 U.S. hardwood lumber producers and processors in 34 states.
  • Home Sewing Association
    Headquartered in Monroeville, The Home Sewing Association is a not-for-profit organization comprised of members who support and promote the home sewing industry. This includes manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, writers, publishers and educators and the home sewer.
  • International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Pittsburgh Chapter
    A network of communication professionals that includes communication managers, writers, editors, public relations and media specialists, designerss, audiovisual specialists, photographers and creative service professionals.
  • Innovation Works
    As a member of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners network, Innovation Works provides risk capital and support services to entrepreneurs and new enterprises.
  • Master Builder's Association of Western Pennsylvania (MBA)
    Representing Western Pennsylvania's commercial, industrial, and institutional construction contractors, MBA provides professional services in safety, labor relations, marketing, legislation, human and industry relations, education and apprenticeship."
  • Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Pittsburgh Chapter
    Representing the meeting and events industry, with 200 local members.
  • MIT Enterprise Forum of Pittsburgh
    Founded in 1986 by a group of MIT alumni and other local business professionals to promote the formation and growth of innovative businesses through a program of specialized executive education and networking.
  • Monroeville Convention and Visitors Bureau
    A service-promotional agency which attracts conventions, seminars, tour and travel groups in the greater Monroeville area.
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Pittsburgh Chapter
    NAIOP Pittsburgh is a local forum for the commercial real estate industry.
  • Institute for Supply Management, Pittsburgh
    Formerly the National Association of Purchasing Management
    Serving the education, certification, communication, and networking needs of purchasing professionals in the greater Pittsburgh area.
  • National Speakers Association, Pittsburgh
    The regional resource for experts who speak professionally. These speakers, trainers, consultants and coaches do professional presentations for organizations and businesses.
  • Pennsylvania Economy League, Western Division
    The Pennsylvania Economy League, Inc., Western Division, is a nonprofit, civic organization whose mission is to provide the research and analysis for the business, civic, and governmental leadership of western Pennsylvania in efforts to effectuate change to make our region a better place to live, work, and do business.
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)
    Pittsburgh Chapter
    Southwestern Chapter
    PICPA, Pittsburgh Chapter has over 3300 members in Allegheny (western), Beaver, Butler (lower), Greene, Lawrence (lower) & Washington counties, while the Southwestern Chapter has approximately 400 members in Allegheny (eastern), Armstrong (lower), Fayette, Indiana, and Westmoreland counties.
  • The Pittsburgh Advertising Federation
    A local professional organization of people in advertising, marketing and public relations. It is a member of the American Advertising Federation and each year presents "American Advertising Awards" for this area.
  • Pittsburgh Asian American Young Professional Association
    Provide an environments for Asian-American young professionals to share and exchange ideas in order to promote cultural and professional growth in the community.
  • Pittsburgh Association for Financial Professionals
    The Pittsburgh Association for Financial Professionals (formerly called the Pittsburgh Treasury Management Association) was founded to provide an informal forum for the exchange of ideas, concepts and techniques used by financial professionals. It is a regional Chapter of the Association for Financial Professionals and is open to all individuals professionally involved in cash management, treasury management or financial management functions.
  • Pittsburgh Association of Health Underwriters
    A chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters, its members service the nation's health insurance needs.

  • Pittsburgh Automobile Trade Association (PATA)
    PATA is a metro trade association representing over 330 franchised automobile and truck dealers and related industries in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, Westmoreland and other surrounding counties in Western Pennsylvania. They also sponsor the Pittsburgh International Auto Show.
  • Pittsburgh Builders Exchange (PBE)
    Since 1886, PBE has been serving the construction industry in Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh Business Group on Health
    The Pittsburgh Business Group on Health (PBGH) is an employer-led, non-profit coalition of 80 organizations that strives to improve the cost, delivery, and value of health care. They also do health care and benefit analyses and issue reports.
  • Pittsburgh China Center
    The Pittsburgh China Center promotes business development between China and Pittsburgh in key growth sectors, and positions the Pittsburgh Region as a primary U.S. destination for Chinese investment and growth.
  • Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG)
    Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation consisting of a consortium of community-based organizations that represent low- and moderate- income neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh. PCRG develops programs that address the core of community reinvestment issues.
  • Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation
    A non-profit, economic development support organization that provides strategic planning, development and direct management assistance for communities, community-based economic development organizations, research & academic institutions, and private entities seeking the acceleration of technology-based businesses.
  • Pittsburgh Human Resource Association
    The mission of the Pittsburgh Human Resource Association is to provide a forum for improving the competency of human resource professionals through the exchange of information and experience.
  • Pittsburgh Middle East Institute (PMEI)
    The Pittsburgh Middle East Institute (PMEI) is a non-profit consortium of prominent civic institutions and corporations in Pittsburgh with a mission of promoting business, educational, and cultural ties between Pittsburgh and the countries of the Middle East.
  • Pittsburgh Paralegal Association
    A voluntary, non-profit association formed in 1977 to promote the professional development and continuing education of paralegals.
  • Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
    Works to improve the region's business climate, market the region's assets for business growth, and provide superior customer service for businesses investing in the region.
  • Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives (PSAE)
    Founded in 1972 to provide an opportunity for exchange of experience and information through discussion and study at monthly meetings and conferences by executives who serve trade, technical, business, professional and philanthropic associations. PSAE is an allied society of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
  • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    The Pittsburgh Technology Council, with nearly 1,700 technology, manufacturing, and service companies from southwestern Pennsylvania, is the largest regional technology association in the United States today.

  • Pittsburgh Young Professionals
    Dedicated to providing young professionals in the western Pennsylvania area with the opportunity to interact professionally and socially with their peers; contribute to the community through philanthropic and volunteer activities; and promote an environment that helps attract, retain and nurture young professionals throughout the region.
  • Power of 32 (Counties)
    Power of 32 is a regional visioning initiative across 32 counties in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
  • Project Management Institute (PMI), Pittsburgh Chapter
    With over 80,000 members worldwide, PMI is the leading nonprofit professional association in the area of Project Management. PMI establishes Project Management standards, provides seminars, educational programs and professional certification that more and more organizations desire for their project leaders. The Pittsburgh Chapter has 610 members.
  • Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Pittsburgh Chapter
    With more than 200 members, they offer many programs, resources and opportunities to develop and enrich the professional lives of the public relations practitioners in this region.
  • PUMP: Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project
    An organization of young professionals working to make Pittsburgh a more dynamic and engaging place to live.
  • Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh
    Members follow a strict Code of Ethics and professional standards, uphold Fair Housing legislation and prevent discrimination in housing, protect the rights of property owners, advance their professionalism through continuing and advanced education and are designated by the registered trademark of REALTOR®.
  • Rivers Club
    The Rivers Club is a private business and sport club that represents over 2,500 community and business leaders.
  • SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Pittsburgh Chapter and Westmoreland Chapter
    Provides free and confidential business counseling for starting and growing a small business. SCORE counselors are available at Downtown & Business the 3rd Thursday of the month and at Squirrel Hill the 1st Monday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Westmoreland Chapter is located at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe and serves all of Westmoreland County and part of Indiana County.
  • SMC Business Councils
    Headquartered in Pittsburgh, this nonprofit trade association is dedicated to helping small service, manufacturing, and commercial companies achieve their business and civic objectives. "The Voice of Smaller Business,"SMC helps small business grow through grassroots lobbying, networking, educational seminars, publications and low-cost services to members and their employees.
  • South Side Business Alliance (SSBA)
    "South Side of Pittsburgh" is a website from SSBA and the South Side Local Development Company (SSLDC) promoting this Pittsburgh neighborhood along the south shore of the Monongahela River to visitors, businessmen, shoppers, homebuyers, and to people just looking for something to do. The site includes a list of South Side commercial properties for lease or sale, information on walking tours of the area, a searchable shopping guide, and information on the SSBA and the SSLDC.
  • StartUptown
    StartUptown is a nonprofit organization that provides collaborative work and living space for early-stage entrepreneurs and their companies at below market rates in the Uptown neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
  • Steel Valley Authority
    The Steel Valley Authority is a regional inter-municipal development authority representing the City of Pittsburgh and 11 municipalities in the Mon Valley. It was founded in 1986 to retain and revitalize the region's economic base, focused on saving and building "high road" companies and jobs.
  • TechBelt
    TechBelt is a portal for collaboration in the economic development of the Cleveland-to-Pittsburgh corridor and surrounding region, providing a forum for discussion, collaboration and knowledge-sharing for companies, universities and organizations located within the region.
  • TiE: The IndUs Entrepreneurs (TiE), Pittsburgh Chapter
    A non-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals with roots or interest in the Indus region, established to foster entrepreneurship and nurture entrepreneurs.
  • The Technology Collaborative
    Formed in 2005 by a merger of the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse and the Robotics Foundry, this economic development initiative's goal is to increase Pennsylvania's technology-based economy by developing industry clusters.
  • Vibrant Pittsburgh
    An organization interested in attracting a vibrant and diverse workforce to Pittsburgh.
  • Westmoreland Professional Builders Association
    An independent, non-profit trade association consisting of homebuilders, remodelers, trade contractors, developers and other related industries, located or doing business in Westmoreland County.
  • Women's Business Network, Inc. of Southwestern Pennsylvania
    An organization whose goal is to provide an environment of support and assistance for entrepreneurial and established women-owned businesses, as well as increase the success rate of women owned businesses in Pennsylvania by providing educational opportunities, business development opportunities and community involvement.
  • Worker-Ownership Institute (WOI)
    WOI serves as a forum in which management and labor from employee-owned companies, and ESOPs, come together to discuss their triumphs and failures, and to learn from each other. Headquartered in Pittsburgh and jointly sponsored by the United Steelworkers of America and the management of member companies which are partly or wholly employee-owned and employ members of the AFL-CIO-CLC, or other unions.
  • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), Pittsburgh Chapter
    Founded in 2009, the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN Pgh) promotes an efficient, viable and inclusive nonprofit sector that supports the growth, learning, and development of young professionals.

Last updated Thursday March 07 2013.