Helping Small Business Succeed

It’s at the core of what we do.

About the Mansmann Foundation

The primary mission of the Mansmann Foundation is to support entrepreneurs and small business owners who live and work in underserved or marginalized communities. To that end, the Mansmann Foundation creates financially accessible programs for small business owners to overcome business challenges and build the skills they need to run successful businesses. The flagship program of the Mansmann Foundation is Entrepreneurs Forever, or eforever, a peer-to-peer program that has, to date, served over 300 entrepreneurs in more than 25 peer-to-peer groups. Entrepreneurs Forever is now operating in a variety of communities in the Pittsburgh, PA and Boston, MA regions. Click here to visit the eforever website and for more information about the peer-to-peer program.  

Mission and Vision

We believe that when small business owners have the resources and support they need to become more profitable, they become vital contributors to the economic stability that reenergizes communities.  Our mission is to create accessible programs for entrepreneurs who live and work in evolving communities; meaning, communities who have been marginalized, underserved or under-resourced for some time and are now becoming reenergized.

Our History

Mansmanns Department Store

The Mansmann Foundation was founded in 2014 by successful Pittsburgh, PA entrepreneur and business leader, Joe Calihan.

Born into a long line of entrepreneurs, Mr Calihan’s grandfather, Albert J. Mansmann, founded Mansmann’s Department Store in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh in 1888. Along with his wife Agnes, acting as vice president and trusted financial advisor, the Mansmanns found much success in East Liberty, which was second only to downtown Pittsburgh as the vibrant  and popular shopping destination of the day.

Albert and Agnes prided themselves on their entrepreneurial spirit and rarely missed a day of work. Mansmann’s Department Store remained in the family involving two additional generations. Despite the failed urban renewal project in East Liberty in the 1960s, this popular store managed to survive the community downturn until 1979 when it closed its doors. 

Mr. Calihan, also a lifelong entrepreneur, created the Mansmann Foundation in 2014 and named it to honor his grandparents’ entrepreneurial spirit. Since its inception the goal of the Foundation has been to focus on small business owners in communities seeking economic revitalization.

Mansmann Foundation is a Pennsylvania nonprofit Corporation. It is recognized as a 501(c)(3) charity under the code of the United States Internal Revenue Service.

Our Board Members

Joe Calihan
Founder and Board Chairman, Mansmann Foundation

AJ Drexler
CEO, Mansmann Foundation

Barb Moore
Founding President, Mansmann Foundation

LaToya Johnson-Rainey
Founder and Owner, A Hair Boutique

Jeremy Resnick
Founder, Propel Schools & Innovation Fellow, Propel Schools Foundation

Our Board of Advisors

Arthur Brooks
Professor, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School

John Staley
Founder & President, Staley Capital

Paul Bishop
Chairman and CEO, H-P Products

Marc Spencer
President and CEO, Summer Search

Katherine Kennedy
Entrepreneur, Speaking To What Matters

Contact Us

The best way to reach us is by emailing us at info@mansmannfoundation.org. Contact us any time and we will follow up within 48 hours to arrange a mutually convenient time to discuss your needs. 

Thank you for your interest in Mansmann Foundation. We look forward to learning about your business!