Our Entrepreneur of the month:
want to help you get the freshest eggs you’ve ever had.
From writers and business coaches to tech companies, Pittsburgh is home to a growing number of entrepreneurs.
Michael Ocilka, CLTC
The biggest financial risk Americans face today is “not dying.” One’s Longevity Planning (retirement, life and LTC insurance, Medicare) should be a comprehensive, holistic process. As a Long-Term Care Education and Planning Specialist, I’ve discovered that paying for LTC services are another expense in life. The only two questions are where will the money come from and what will be the consequences – financially, physically, emotionally – on those you love the most? What is your plan to protect your most important asset, your family?
Phone: (412) 848-1065
~”My wife and I just purchased a long-term care policy though Mike Ocilka. The process took a while for various reasons, but Mike was very patient throughout the process. He listened to what we wanted and presented various options for our long-term care policy. Mike was very professional in his work. He met with us numerous times to make sure that we were purchasing the policy that worked best for us. He did not push any one policy but presented different policies for us based on our request. I would recommend Mike for anyone looking for a long-term care policy or any other types of insurance one may need.” ~ Joe & Debra
DDS Web Design LLC
DDS Web Design LLC has been creating custom results-oriented websites for businesses and non-profits since 1999, with a focus on excellent responsive server. We offer a complete turn key solution for our clients with a major focus on having them rank in search engines. The secret to our success is the partnership we form with our clients and our desire to help them grow their business by creating an innovative, interactive marketing tool that reflects their brand and vision.
“Imagine a website that works as hard for your business as you do!”
Phone: (412) 965-1390
~”Our company has been in business for ten years. During that 10 year period, we have had 3 other websites (all created by different designers). DDS was able to grasp the function and design concept we were looking for in an eye-pleasing presentation, which none of our previous designers/sites could do. As a small business, we have to wear many hats. Having DDS manage the SEO & provide a monthly website traffic analysis will be invaluable to us, so that our time can be better spent managing our day to day business. We don’t have the time to try to learn/master all of the tasks it takes to have a functional & business-building website. We are excited that DDS will fulfill that role for us. We are a part of a network within our industry which includes 280 other stores. We will happily be passing on the DDS company to them.” ~Sandy Burkett, Vital Signs Pittsburgh
~”It has been an absolute pleasure working with the DDS team. They are extremely attentive to the client’s requests and vision for a website, and their turn-around time for correspondence and changes is the fastest I’ve ever seen! I highly recommend DDS Web Design to anyone looking for “one-stop shopping” in their graphic design needs.” ~Emily Kasky, Lithodora Translation & Interpretation, LLC
Homestead Jenn & Phil Tompkins
Rent the Chicken, Hatch the Chicken
Are you ready to make meals for your family with fresh eggs from your backyard? Rent The Chicken can help with our turnkey rental packages with egg-laying hens, their portable chicken coop, feed for the six month rental, and more! Rent The Chicken started in the Pittsburgh area and has grown to service more than 60 major markets in the United States and Canada.
~“The interaction between the hens is amazing. They are very curious and can be gentle. Excellent experience all around. Superb support system. It was amazing to have repair people come into the yard and ask about the chickens. I told so many people about Rent The Chicken. I love that you guys exist!” ~Nicole, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Our Interview with Rent the Chicken
I Just Want It To Work
Kevin is great for trouble shooting, repairing, cleaning, web design and any other computer needs for business or personal use. Read more about what Kevin can do for you here.
~ I met Kevin at a networking group and I couldn’t be happier that I went to that meeting. It’s very reassuring to know that I have him in my corner. I have 5 computers and I have no doubt that Kevin is the reason they stay running and backed up. ~ Tom Pollard, Positively Pittsburgh
I specialize in businesses that need bookkeeping services ranging from 2 hours a week to 2 hours a month. “No business is too small.”
~ For my small business, Innovative Bookkeeping helped to educate me as well as to set up my accounting program. Gail is professional, reliable and easing to work with. I would highly recommend her. ~ Kathy Lipsitz, President, HealthCheck
~ As a small business owner, the last thing I need is complications at tax time. Gail’s services allow me to keep track of my income and expenses, and seamlessly communicate with my accountant. ~ Edward Kress, Esquire
Our Interview with Gail Bayer
JGRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS: Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Social Media Marketer
Joseph, operates under the name of J Graphic Communications, whose services are to design, program and communicate. He has a unique ability to provide creative solutions, while utilizing current trends in the design world, meeting the project needs and then promoting it thru social media outlets. Joseph also designs for his own t-shirt line called 3R WEAR.
~ “I knew starting a media company that I needed a logo that stood out and was top notch. I needed to seek a professional and sought the services of Joseph Gardonis. I knew the work would be excellent given his professional nature but when I saw the final product I was left speechless. The logo was perfect; it popped on social media pages and is extremely recognizable and unique. To not work with Mr. Gardonis is to put yourself at a disadvantage, he is an artist and a visionary.” ~Brian Crawford ~Station Manager~“The River’s Edge” Pittsburgh Radio Network.
~ “I was starting up my own life insurance agency and I needed someone to give it a very spot-on visual identity. Joseph came along and designed an amazing logo that really conveys what my business is all about. He also designed fill-in forms that I’m able to use for print and digital. He really knows how to think creatively and deliver precisely what I want. I would strongly recommend him not just for his creative abilities, but also his willingness to not stop until the job is done right.” ~Phil White~Life Insurance Agent~“Love & Life Insurance”.
~”3R WEAR shirts are the best shirts I own. They are great quality, and each shirt I own of his has been worn too many times to count. Joseph put his heart and soul into each design, using the Pittsburgh cityscape beautifully with clever and inspirational captions. The pride in Pittsburgh is strong on the shirts, and makes me proud to be wearing one.”~Cody Thompkins~Frequent 3R WEAR shopper
Berkheisers Living Naturally
Linda helps others move towards better health while improving their financial future using concepts of Wholistic Health and Shaklee Products.
Phone (office): 724-443-4654 Phone (cell): 724-612-1777
~ Linda’s expertise and support in building a nutritional home business is invaluable. Thank you for helping me on my healthy journey. ~ Veronica Mundis
~ Legally blind at age 5 from Macular Degeneration. With Linda’s help and Shaklee Nutrition regained my eyesight at age 7. Now, at age 22 have great eyesight and great health. ~ Miranda Eichelberger.
Mortgage Specialist, Federated Mortgage Corp nmls# 101475
My aim is to customize a program for you to achieve your goals whether it is to purchase a home, home improvement (equity line) or refinance your current home. One on one consultation, free at your convenience
Phone: 412-390-3530 ext 102 Fax: 412-390-3535
~ George, Just wanted to say thank you for the smooth and professional closing last evening, and the seamless experience throughout the refinance process. Jess and I thoroughly enjoy working with you, and will happily refer you to anyone in need of loan assistance. Thanks again, and talk with you soon. ~ Matt and Jessica
~ Working with George Payne is seamless and a pleasure. He is informative and main concern is the client. ~ Kristen
~ In an industry that often is viewed as transactional with minimal differentiation between providers, George clearly stands out. His integrity, knowledge, experience and genuine interest in his clients make him extremely valuable to those with whom he works. George takes the time to drill down and understand the needs of his clients to provide appropriate options and solutions. His service is exceptional. I would even recommend him to my brother, which I gladly did! ~ Smitty
Chroma Marketing Essentials
Designing Your Success Online. Founded by Jane, Chroma is a full service web design and online marketing agency in Jeannette, PA.
~ I can’t tell you how much our site has helped us grow over the past year. ~ Dan Zenisek, ZEN Industries
~ We have been working with CME for 6 years, and their expertise has truly made an immense impact. ~ Christina Yerep, Jeannette Specialty Glass.
Illustrator, Designer, Graphic Artist
Alyson Finelli specializes in art that turns her clients’ imaginations to reality. Her artistic style is quite unique; you can enjoy her creative touch on many of the pages of Popular Pittsburgh! You may contact Alyson at:
Janice Lane Palko
Writer, Editor, Novelist, Teacher
From greeting cards to web content to blog posts, tweets, articles, ads, magazine features, press releases, advertorials, and novels. If you are at a loss for words, I can find the right ones for you.
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