Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs Turn Teachers For Duquesne Business Growth Conference

On June 10th, more than 40 of the region’s most successful entrepreneurs and business experts will gather to share advice and stories with more than 450 attendees at the 12th annual Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference at Duquesne University. The event is one of the largest entrepreneurship events in Pennsylvania and features the region’s top entrepreneurs, workshops on the hottest topics in business and a vast array of business-building resources.

Ed Stack, CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc., and Roger Byford, CEO of Vocollect, will headline the event as keynote speakers. One of the event’s 15 workshop features a trip of headline-making entrepreneurs who will share how they’re grown their businesses and some of their biggest mistakes. J.C. Carter, President of Wrecking Crew Media, Scott Kerschbaumer, CEO of ESSpa Kozmetika & Spa 101 and Galadriel Strauser, Owner of Simply Clean are teaming up to lead Inspirational Success Stories from Entrepreneurs on the Rise.

The 14 other featured workshops are designed to help attendees (from start-up through growth stages) lower business taxes and increase sales, turn their new product ideas into a business, raise capital, turn their website into their #1 seller, leverage search engines and social networks to find customers, protect business investments, building wealth, use advertising, networking and digital PR for growth and much more.

“Our attendees have come to expect keynote speakers of the highest caliber and this year will be no exception. They are true pioneers in their respective industries,” says Dr. Mary T. McKinney, director of Duquesne’s Small Business Development Center and lead organizer of the event.

One of the event’s most popular features is the Business Building Tradeshow & Networking Mixer that provides the opportunity for attendees to meet representatives from more than 40 of the region’s entrepreneurial support organizations, see hands-on demonstrations and helpful products and services, and visit the Capital Corner, a section dedicated to helping entrepreneurs find funding.

For a complete list of speakers, workshops and registration information, visit http://www.egc.duq.edu or call 412.396.6233.

Celebrating 8 Years of Spa Success spent with some Walt Disney Institute Training

First allow me to say on behalf of my wife, and ESSpa Kozmetika CEO, Eva and all of team-members and other stakeholders – THANK YOU (times infinity) to every single one of our guests who have visited our spa (in person or virtually via our website) over the last 8 years. It is because of your generousity, friendship and trust that ESSpa Kozmetika has been able to grow and continues to innovate and lead while staying true to our traditions.

To celebrate 8 years of operating a (we think) successful business, Eva and I decided to spend the anniversary of our original opening date (02/02/02) with an intensive, all-day educational training seminar with a group of executives, cast-members and facilitators from the Disney Institute. These incredible people generously shared their processes, programs and protocols (plus a little magic) that the Walt Disney Company uses to create the best customer experience on planet earth.

What does this mean to you. It means that Eva and I and our entire team of spa professionals will not rest on our laurels or our international awards. We are not satisfied with being named the “Best in Pittsburgh” or even the “3rd Best Spa in America”. It means that Eva and I will go to unusual degrees to ensure that every time a guest walks through our doors (or calls us on the phone, or visits our website) WE will exceed their expectations.

So, as we say thank you for helping us achieve 8 years of growth and success, we also say to all who are listening – “wait til you see what we are going to do tomorrow.” To reinforce our feelings about this, I invite you to watch the short video below.

Sincerely hoping to exceed your expectations every day – Scott Kerschbaumer

Tour the spa remodeling project with Esspa owner Eva Kerschbaumer

Right, so every year we close ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare for the first week to make a few improvements to our spa. To many, with only 5 days available in the middle of winter, you might think that the improvements would be minor little fixes. To those who know us, well lets just say we are a little bit crazy – because we basically blow up the entire place and build entirely new additions to our spa……..each and every year. And to really make us (and everyone who help us) go absolutely nuts, we do this all in 7 days or less (this year we started work on January 4th and reopened for business on January 11th) AND we really don’t write down any concrete plans (I do plan things out in my head but I hate writing things down – because I am king of the procrastinators and a little bit lazy). And besides, like I keep saying to my builders, as long as they keep finishing on time what the ideas in my head are, why do I need to waste time writing things down?

So take a moment and watch this lovely video as Eva takes you on a tour of the storm before the calm as we remodel ESSpa Kozmetika into Version 8.0.

Remodeling the remodel at ESSpa Kozmetika – Pittsburgh’s Top Day Spa

Two weeks ago we completely gutted and remodeled our pedicure area during our week-long New Year vacation. The finished result was a beautiful room complete with glass mosaic tiles; a vintage fireplace mantle; a 12 foot high, dry-stack stone chimney and deep, colorful, sari-like cushions. Everything was perfect………except one small thing. The dimensions of the “stadium seating” area were off just enough to make it next to impossible for the pedicure specialists to comfortably polish our spa guest’s feet. So what do we do. Other places might try to “band-aid” the problem by using recliners or extra pillows or such. But that is not good enough for ESSpa Kozmetika. So Sunday night, beginning at 5pm, our crew of dedicated construction professionals from Krain Construction will arrive en masse prepared to completely rebuild the pedicure seating area in such a way to make everyone (both guests and staff) able to enjoy our pedicures as much as possible. You might ask why the crew is showing up to start work at 5pm on a Sunday. The answer is that we are opened for regular business hours on Sundays from 11am until 5pm. And considering that we will reopen for our regular business hours at 10am Monday morning, Sunday night is going to be one long, stressful yet ultimately rewarding moment in time.

I will film it for you as I am sure that Eva, Chris “The Englishman” Bladen (our good friend and helpful handyman [and financial guru]) and the Krain crew will provide hours of exciting action and commentary for your entertainment.

So check back soon and see how this most recent project turns out – there are lots of moving pieces and everyone has a theory of what exactly we should do so it really should be an interesting night.

Cheers,

Scott and Eva Kerschbaumer

Happy New Year + Out with the Old & In with the New @ ESSpa Kozmetika

 

Hello All. 2009 turned out to be our best year ever and as tradition would have it, ESSpa Kozmetika will be temporarily closing our doors from January 1st until January 10th to give our Staff some well-deserved time-off and allow us to continue to add to already unique and welcoming physical plant.

Here are some of the things that we will be working on during the break:

Adding a new treatment room.

Remodeling and repainting existing treatment rooms.

Upgrading all equipment in all treatment rooms.

Remodeling and upgrading the pedicure salon.

Upgrading our technology with the addition of new, high-speed computers, new phones and other new equipment to enhance guest relations and improve your ESSpa experience.

And there will surely be a few other additions that you will just have to keep an eye out for when we reopen next week.

Thank you again for a very successful 2009 and here is to an even more enchanting 2010.

Best Regards,

Eva and Scott Kerschbaumer

ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare

17 Brilliant Avenue, Aspinwall, PA 15215, (412) 782-3888

www.esspa.net

The Best Staff in the Day Spa and Salon Industry

What makes ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare so successful and keeps our guests both happy AND coming back again and again? It is a combination of many things but at the end of the day IT comes down to one very important thing above all others. IT is our TEAM. Comprised of professionals from all over the reiong, country and the world, our staff is absolutely the BEST in the business. Our team of highly-trained therapists exceed the highest expectations and would be welcome additions at any spa in the world (in fact, many of our therapists have come to us from some of the most well-known spa resorts in the world). Therapists come to us because Eva takes the time to teach them her unique and ultra-effective Hungarian methods and because we have created a fun, friendly atmosphere where the best in the world can thrive without stress and a corporate mentality. I invite you to watch this short video that includes only a few of our great employees. AND to them, Eva and I say “THANK YOU!”

Stayed tuned this week for Big news at ESSpa Kozmetika

Sometime later this week, there will be a very exciting story released about ESSpa Kozmetika and how we are striving to not only enhance our guest’s spa experience but are always working to make that experience better and share our success with as many local businesses as we can.

President Obama hosts G-20 Economic Summit in Pittsburgh, PA

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome G-20 leaders to the United States at a reception at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Oakland (just minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh) on Thursday, Sept. 24, officials said Monday.

The leaders of the world’s largest economies and their spouses will be greeted soon after arriving in Pittsburgh, the White House announced. President Obama and the G-20 leaders will remain at Phipps for a working dinner. A dinner for Mrs. Obama and the First Spouses will be held at Rosemont, a working farm in Fox Chapel owned by philanthropist Teresa Heinz.

The G-20 leaders will reconvene Friday morning, Sept. 25, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.

ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare, also located in the Fox Chapel Area just minutes from Rosemont, will stand at the ready by offering extended private hours for the entire summit. The Spa will also have its full-compliment of internationally trained therapists on hand to assist any of the attending delegates, their spouses and/or staff who might be in need of a brief and relaxing respite from the weekend’s activities in order to recharge and maintain an optimum level of efficientcy and productivity.

ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare is one of the leading dayspa establishments in the United States and was recently named “The 3rd Best Spa in America” by The Indsutry Source Magazine. The spa is also the only member of the prestigious Green Spa Network in Pennsylvania and was selected as “The Best Green Spa” by Pittsburgh Magazine in April, 2009. Founded and built by Hungarian immigrant Eva Sztupka-Kerschbaumer, ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare is a leading example of how innovative and hard-working Pittsburghers have helped keep the city above the recent economic turmoil.

For more information contact:
Eva or Scott Kerschbaumer
ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare
17 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(412) 782-3888
http://www.esspa.com

Team Member Bio: Christy, Manicurist

Christy, a long time employee of ESSpa Kozmetika is a very talented and personable manicurist and esthetician from the south hills area of Pittsburgh. She has been in the spa industry for about 9 years and she has been with ESSpa Kozmetika for the past 6 years, loving it all the time. Christy’s education all started when she attended south hills beauty academy for her extensive training in two areas of cosmetology.

Others say that Christy’s personality is what really makes her stand out among the crowd, and it is one of the reasons why she is so popular at ESSpa. Not only does she treat ESSpa’s guests with the up most care and hospitality, she provides relaxing spa pedicures too. Her favorite spa treatment to provide for her guests is a foot massage. Christy says, “A foot massage in our spa pedicures just make my guests feel so relaxed and rejuvenated.” Along with Christy’s extensive training as a nail technician, she has also received extensive training and a license in skincare.

Christy’s favorite spa treatment to get is the ESSpa European facial. She suggests that everyone must try it at least once and get a bottle of the drying lotion for problem skin. The drying lotion is one product at ESSpa that Christy just can’t live without. Not only does Christy take care of her skin and nails, she promotes healthy living of the mind, body, and soul. She loves to incorporate a low-fat yogurt and trail mix into her diet. Christy also enjoys traveling all over the world, checking out art museums, and going to the theatre.

One of the highlights of Christy’s day is getting to know new people and interacting with guests at ESSpa. “It’s a great atmosphere and I have great people to work with,” Christy says. You can find Christy at ESSpa Kozmetika on Saturday mornings and afternoons providing extraordinary nail care treatments.

ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare & Day Spa exists within an organically restored WWI-era auto dealership located just 8 miles north of Downtown Pittsburgh in Aspinwall Borough. Eva and her team of Hungarian-trained professionals use only the finest and handmade products in facials, massages, body and nail treatments that are each designed to go beyond mere relaxation and deliver better-looking, healthy skin. It is Eva’s belief that a trip to a spa should never be considered a luxury and that regular visits to ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare treatments are true preventative medicine that should be routine for the entire family – even children.

For more information contact:
Scott Kerschbaumer
17 Brilliant Ave
Pittsburgh, Pa 15215
412-782-3888
www.esspa.com

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