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Regional Business Digest



Published: Sat, October 14, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



REGION

Supplyroom movesto Belmont Avenue

LIBERTY -- The Supplyroom has moved from Boardman to 3221 Belmont Ave. to better serve the entire Mahoning Valley, said owner Sharon Blumental. She started the store 24 years ago with Marsha Fader, but her former partner moved to Florida in 2002. The store provides educational materials for schools, teachers, businesses, parents and others.

Roses of Woodwill mark opening

WARREN -- Roses of Wood will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Oct. 19 to celebrate the opening of the store in the Elm Village Plaza, 1795 Elm Road N.E. The store offers flowers that are made out of wood in 56 colors. It carries arrangements to meet a variety of needs and also supplies products to 120 other stores. The owners are Miles and Kevin Ulrich.

Mark IV Buildersplans open house

HUBBARD -- Mark IV Builders will hold an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at its new office complex, 154 Youngstown-Hubbard Road. The complex houses the offices of MJ Patrick & amp; Co, Atty. Richard LaCivita, Associated Land Title, Edward Jones Financial, Atty. Jeff Adler, Atty. John Falgiani and Atty. Ursula Shugart.

NATION

Discuss college fundingwith your children

NEW YORK -- Even as parents help their children prepare for college academically, many of them avoid in-depth discussion about college financing, according to a study by The First Marblehead Corp. While 79 percent of students and 85 percent of parents said they've talked about college financing as a family, these discussions don't last even 30 minutes, according to three-fourths of students and 82 percent of parents. "Thoughtful and well-planned dialogue between parents and students is important to identifying the most appropriate financing options and limiting surprises," said Jack Kopnisky, First Marblehead's president and CEO.

Kopnisky gives the following tips for parents:

Start early: Start the financing discussion as soon as you start talking about your student's academic goals.

Give time: Don't rush the discussion.

Be honest: Tell your student what you're prepared to spend on college early on so everyone has the same expectations.

First Marblehead surveyed 400 students and 400 parents online.

At party time, watchyour step at office

NEW YORK -- As the holidays approach, tread carefully when celebrating in the office, according to one business etiquette expert. "Many times people don't think about what they say or do in the office," said Barbara Pachter, author of "NewsRulesWork: 79 Etiquette Tips, Tools and Techniques to Get Ahead and Stay Ahead." To avoid office gaffes, Pachter offers a few guidelines:

Dress up cautiously: Some companies encourage employees to dress up for Halloween. If you do, make sure your costume is easily removable like a mask or funny hat. You don't want to be the only ninja turtle in the office.

Celebrate smartly: Before decorating your office or cubicle, check company policies first. Make sure holiday gifts, cards and decorations are tasteful. Most important, avoid too many trips to the bar at office parties.

Avoid practical jokes: While Halloween and April Fools' Day gags can serve up laughs, you may also offend co-workers and bosses. Keep the shenanigans at home.

From Vindicator staff and wire reports




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