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Three business leaders whose companies have a footprint in West Virginia will represent the state at the U.S. Small Business Administration's National Small Business Week event in Pittsburgh.

The June 20 event is geared toward area entrepreneurs who are looking to start or grow their small businesses. They'll learn international trade strategies, tips on obtaining certification and best practices for successful local business leaders, including Scott Rotruck, vice president of Chesapeake Energy, who will deliver the keynote speech; Judy Sheppard, CEO of Professional Services of America, who will sit in on the panel "Certifications Benefits Small Businesses"; and Kim Mack, president of Cyclops Industries, Inc., who will sit in on the panel titled "Growing and Going Global."

The informational sessions and workshops will be held at the Pittsburgh Technical Institute in Oakdale, Pa.

SBA Administrator Karen Mills will lead an armchair discussion with leaders from Pittsburgh's nationally-acclaimed startup accelerator, AlphaLab.  Mills, Jim Jen, executive director of AlphaLab and Ilana Diamond, managing director of AlphaLab Gear will discuss early stage business development for small companies and give advice on what small businesses need to succeed and grow.

"This event is a great opportunity for small business owners, or those who want to start and grow a business, to learn from those who have gone before them and succeeded," remarked SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho.  "AlphaLab and accelerators like it are instrumental in teaming with the SBA to kick-start small businesses into engines for our economy."

Breakout sessions on certifications for small businesses, crowdfunding and speed mentoring sessions will also be featured.  Other highlights include an economic overview address by the chief economist for PNC Bank, a luncheon address by Chesapeake Energy's vice president and executives from 84 Lumber, Innovation 21 and staff from local universities will also be on hand to dispense advice.

A discussion on the "Pittsburgh Entrepreneurial Ecosystem" will be led by local business leaders and moderated by Seton Hill University's E-Magnify Director Jayne Huston, an SBA Women's Business Center.