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 Pittsburgh business leader navigates road to success; potholes too 




November 7, 2007

Contact: K.E. Schwab  




Pittsburgh business leader navigates road to success; potholes too


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Steven Smith, managing partner at Pittsburgh's Plus Consulting, will outline  the road to success, including the potholes, when he delivers the next lecture in Slippery Rock University's "Success Starts Here" series promoting western Pennsylvania as a great place to start a business.

           The 12:30 p.m. Nov. 20 lecture in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Business Times, the SRU College of Business, Information and Social Sciences and the School of Business.

           Pittsburgh-based Plus Consulting is a regional technology consulting company providing expertise surrounding information technology, strategy, customer relationship management, Web portals, business intelligence, infrastructure and security solutions.  

            Before founding the company in 1999, Smith served in various management positions with leading service providers, including Andersen Consulting, Ernst & Young, Coopers & Lybrand, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  

            He earned his master of science degree with a concentration in management information systems at Carnegie Mellon University and his bachelor of science with a concentration in business administration at the University of New Hampshire.

            He founded the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group and is its executive director. Smith is a board member for Duquesne University's Information Technology Undergraduate Degree Program and a frequent lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University's Graduate School of Industrial Administration and the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate Master of Business Administration School.

            "This series, started in 2006, is designed to show our students and those in the greater regional community the success of businesses in our region. Those attending will glean information they may use in starting their own business, or for encouraging others to take advantage of opportunities available to entrepreneurs in western Pennsylvania," said Bruce Russell, dean of the College of Business, Information and Social Science.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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