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Barbara VanKirk had the opportunity to sit down with students from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg along with local high school seniors to discuss their future careers during Career Quest 2009!
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Barbara VanKirk received the ATHENA Award at the annual Winners’ Circle Luncheon on Wednesday, May 13th 2009 at the Four Points Sheraton in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
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Barbara VanKirk, President and Owner of IQ Inc. a technical consulting and software development company located in Murrysville, Pennsylvania was recently featured in a Q&A segment with Keystone Edge in their Rise of the Little Guys: Emerging Trends in Innovation issue. Keystone Edge is a weekly online magazine dedicated to telling the story of the new economy in Pennsylvania, covering stories from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. To view a copy of the complete article please visit http://www.keystoneedge.com/default.aspx
Barbara VanKirk, President and Owner of IQ Inc. a technical consulting and software development company located in Murrysville, Pennsylvania was announced as this year’s ATHENA Award® Winner by Seton Hill University’s E-Magnify.
The ATHENA Award® is a national award that is presented by chambers of commerce, women’s organizations and universities throughout the country. The ATHENA Award® recognizes an individual who devotes time and energy to improve the quality of life of others, mentors other women to reach their full leadership potential and demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession. Barbara. VanKirk will be honored at the Winners’ Circle Luncheon on May 13th 2009 at the Four Points Sheraton in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. For more information about the ATHENA Award® or the Winners’ Circle please visit www.e-magnify.com.
Barbara VanKirk established IQ Inc. in 1994 to provide expert consulting, staffing, project management and software development services to companies with Information Technology and software needs. IQ Inc. is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). IQ Inc. continues to benefit from steady growth and success under Barbara’s leadership and began its 15th year in business in October 2008.
The Athena Awards Committee surprised Barbara VanKirk at IQ – announcing she was the 2009 Seton Hill University’s E-Magnify, 2009 Athena Award Winner!
Barbara VanKirk, President and Owner of IQ Inc. a technical consulting and software development company located in Murrysville, Pennsylvania was recently featured on the TechV!BE Radio program on Pittsburgh Business Radio 1360AM. The TechV!BE program, hosted by Audrey Russo, President Pittsburgh Technology Council and Jonathan Kersting, Director of Visibility Initiatives Pittsburgh Technology Council, focused on the region’s technology sector in the wake of continued economic downturn and how companies were overcoming daily business challenges.
TechV!BE is on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month from 2 to 5PM on Pittsburgh Business Radio (PBR) 1360 AM. The goal of PBR is to raise Pittsburgh’s “business IQ” with daily local business coverage and promote business development in the region.
“On behalf of IQ Inc. and the Westmoreland Community Food bank, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to making our “Take a Byte out of Hunger” food drive such a huge success. It is truly refreshing to see during difficult economic times that love, generosity and compassion still rings strong in our community! May God bless you for your kindness!” Barbara VanKirk, President and Owner of IQ Inc.
To learn more about the Westmoreland County Food and/or to make a donation please visit their website at http://http://wcfb.convio.net.
IQ Inc. a technical consulting and software development company located in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, has launched its first blog, Cocktail Thursday. The goal of Cocktail Thursday is to encourage and facilitate communal discussions between individuals and business professionals, while providing relevant information and sharing entrepreneurial experiences.
“I feel there is a real need to connect with the multigenerational work force that we find ourselves working in today. I believe blogs are a great way to bridge the gap and initiate conversations. Cocktail Thursday is also an opportunity for individuals to network with business professionals and share their experiences; whether it is information about starting their own business or obtaining career advice for the next step in their career.” To learn more about Cocktail Thursday or if you would like to be a guest contributor please visit www.CocktailThursday.com for more details.
Barbara VanKirk, President and Owner of IQ Inc. a technical consulting and software development company located in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, was a guest bartender at the Airport Area Chamber of Commerce’s Mixers with Shakers annual fundraiser.
The Mixers with Shakers event features local business celebrities and CEO’s who appear as “guest bartenders” for the evening to help raise money for their favorite charities. Along with Barbara VanKirk other guest bartenders included former Pittsburgh Steeler LC Greenwood, WTAE News Anchor/Reporter Janelle Hall and other Pittsburgh area celebrities.
IQ Inc. selected the Sunny Carney Carcinoid Cancer Fund as their charity for the event. The goal of the Sunny Carney Carcinoid Foundation is to raise $100,000 for Sunny Carney’s treatment of carcinoid cancer which she will undergo in Basel, Switzerland. Doctors in the United States cannot effectively treat the rare carcinoid cancer long term; this treatment is the only option for Sunny and her family. With the help of friends, family and the local community IQ Inc. was able to donate over $2,000 to assist the foundation. To learn more about Sunny Carney and/or to make a donation to the foundation please visit her website at: http://www.sunnycarneycarcinoidcancerfund.blogspot.com/.
Barbara VanKirk, President and Owner of IQ Inc. a technical consulting and software development company located in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence Entrepreneurial Fellows program.
The mission of the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence is “to be the innovative leader of economic renewal and growth serving enterprising people and business in the region”. The Entrepreneurial Fellows program is a twelve month series intended to address relevant issues facing a leader of a growing organization. The curriculum combines academic study with guidance and mentoring opportunities from veteran entrepreneurs directed towards real-world business concerns. To learn more about University of Pittsburgh, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence program please visit their website at: www.pittentrepreneur.com/about_iee/. Applications for the 2009 class are now being accepted.
Earlier this year Ms. VanKirk was awarded the 2008 Marcus L. Ruscitto Fellowship by the Marcus L. Ruscitto Charitable Foundation in conjunction with the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence. The goal of the foundation is to nurture innovation, leadership and compassion with the energy for which Mr. Ruscitto, founder of the Pittsburgh based technology Stargate Inc. was well known.
IQ Inc, a technical consulting and software development company located in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, began its 15 Year Anniversary celebration Friday, November 7th 2008. The festivities began with a launch party held at the Marquis Place Clubhouse in Murrysville and will conclude with the final party in October 2009. Events throughout the year will include various projects, fundraisers and parties for employees, clients, families and members of the business and local communities.
IQ consultants and their families kicked off the 15 Year Anniversary Celebration with a party at Marquis Place in Murrysville!