Refresh Pittsburgh

A community of web designers & developers working to refresh the web design industry in Pittsburgh.

Next Meetup:

March 16 / 6:30pm

Left Field Meeting Space

“Enabling Collaboration”

Ben Callahan

“Let’s Work Together”

Brad Frost


June 2014 Meetup!

After a few months off, we’re back!

Please join us on Tuesday, June 24 for the next Refresh Pittsburgh at Left Field Meeting Space, 116 Federal Street, on the North Shore. We’ll be starting at 6:30 pm. When you get to the building, walk through the large, glass doors that say “Smith Brothers Agency” and take the elevator to the 4th floor. The front doors will automatically lock at 7:15!

We have two great presentations lined up for the evening including Russell Dunkin from Fort Henry Capital, and Eric Davis from Elliot & Davis, PC!

To make sure we have enough space for everyone, please reserve your seat by grabbing a FREE ticket from our Eventbrite page:

Financial Planning for Freelancers

Russell Dunkin, Certified Financial Planner & Partner at Fort Henry Capital

Working for yourself presents many challenges, but also many benefits to take advantage of. The traditional approach to financial planning and investments typically doesn’t work for those with uneven cash flows, or multiple businesses. We’ll review the top things you should consider with your personal finances as well as the things you should avoid.

Russell Dunkin is a native of Wheeling, where he currently resides. A graduate of Capitol University, Columbus, Ohio, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree in 1998. He has been a certified financial planner since 2007.

After 16 years as an advisor, Russell took the plunge and opened his own firm in 2014. He and his business partner, Jeremy Lowe, operate Fort Henry Capital, located at 48-14th Street, Wheeling, West Virginia.

An active community member, Russell has served as president of OV Connect for two terms, 2013 and 2014. He is a past treasurer of Laughlin Memorial Chapel, Ohio Valley Jaycees and Russell Nesbitt Services, Inc., all of Wheeling.

He is an avid runner, having completed six marathons. He and his wife Christine have one daughter, Aubrey.

Learn to Decode Legalese!

Eric S. Davis, Managing Partner, Elliott & Davis, PC

Attorney Eric Davis has worked with start-ups, entrepreneurs, designers and technologists for much of his career. He’s seen it all. Let Eric answer your legal questions: incorporation, contracts, collections, immigration and cyberlaw. The talk will involve a discussion of liability, tax, entity formation and contract law basics that will be relevant to every designer and developer.

Eric Davis is the Managing Partner of Elliott & Davis, a twelve Attorney, full-service law firm based in Pittsburgh. He specializes in working with start-up and technology businesses. Eric has a lot of experience working with developers and designers. If you look to your right and left at this talk, it is likely that one of those people is a client of his firm.

Elliott & Davis is a law firm that is organized under collectivist principles and this interesting form of organization has enabled the firm to attract the finest Attorneys and build a loyal and connected client community. Simply put, Elliott & Davis walks the walk when it comes to organizing itself from the ground up to be an extremely positive place. Such forward thinking and business awareness could bring a unique perspective to how you approach legal issues. Given the amount of time Eric has put into creating business processes designed to create happier lawyers and happier clients, and incorporating this thinking into organizational documents, contracts, invoices, client communications and marketing, he might be able to provide insight to you about a healthy approach for dealing with legal aspects of your business.

Eric is recognized as a leader in providing corporate, business and tax counseling to privately-held companies, including representing clients in transactions involving equity and debt financing, formation and start-up, raising capital, sales, mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing, and information technology. Eric is also at the forefront of the social enterprise movement and has worked with many of the B-Corporations, Worker Owned Cooperatives, Social Enterprises, Nonprofits and other do-gooder types of organizations in the area. He teaches lawyers about how to form nonprofits and social enterprises and is always willing to lend a hand to people trying to make the world a better place or advance the legal profession. This talk will provide an opportunity to get some insight about legal issues you will probably face and give you the chance to meet Eric and get some free legal advice.

Check out the attendees list for this month’s meetup on Lanyrd!