Regional Business Digest



REGION
Seminar for businessesthat seek financial aid
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Public Library of Youngstown & amp; Mahoning County is sponsoring a seminar on finding financial aid for a business from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the main library, 305 Wick Ave. The seminar will help entrepreneurs find funds that are available for all types of businesses, whether established, emerging or prospective.
Speakers will include Julie Michael Smith, the governor's regional economic development representative; Bethany Stauffer, loan officer for the Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corp.; and William Carter and Alvin Hopkins of the Youngstown Area Development Corp.
Registration is required by calling 330-744-8636 and pressing 2 at the phone prompt.
Business expo setat Westminster College
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- The fifth annual New Wilmington Area Business Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10 at the Westminster College Memorial Field House. Last year's expo featured booths from more than 100 area businesses and more than 1,500 visitors.
The event is organized by the New Wilmington Area Chamber of Commerce and is intended to provide local businesses with one-on-one contacts and marketing opportunities. For more information, call Anne Bruening at (724) 946-3300.
Baby-related servicesavailable at new shop
HOWLAND -- Mama and Me has opened at 329 Niles Cortland Road. The business provides massage therapy, pregnancy massage, newborn and baby massage, photo birth announcements, belly casting for expecting mothers, baby bottom casting and footprint shadow boxes for infants.
Mama and Me also offers art consultations for nursery design and decor, including hand-painted furniture options, custom name canvases and nursery mural or wall accent painting.
The business can be reached at (330) 856-2805.
Fitness center hasa new owner
BOARDMAN -- Debbie Wojtkowski has taken over ownership of Body Sculpting Total Fitness, 1315 Boardman-Canfield Road. The business is a women-only fitness center that features treadmills, elliptical trainers, hydraulic circuit equipment, free weights and fitness classes.
New restaurant offersvariety of cuisine
BOARDMAN -- ShangriLa Shushi Grill & amp; Buffet has opened at 387 Boardman-Poland Road. The restaurant is owned by Cheng Dong and offers a variety of Chinese, Japanese, American and Italian dishes. A banquet room is available for corporate events and parties.
NATION
Moviegoers wantcheaper seats, poll says
NEW YORK -- Instead of better films, moviegoers want cheaper seats, according to one recent survey.
In a survey from PA Consulting Group, more than four out of five respondents said they were at least content with the quality of Hollywood films. However, most would prefer a more first-class theater experience that goes easy on the wallet.
Eighty-six percent would like to see ticket prices reduced substantially, while six out of 10 would like the theater to offer reserved seating. Sixty-three percent would prefer more food options beyond the typical movie fare of popcorn, soda and candy.
PA Consulting Group, a management and market research firm, polled 2,028 people in seven American cities and three European ones.
From Vindicator staff and wire reports

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