Hosting NAFTA event

Hosting NAFTA event


The Ohio Small Business Development Center Export Assistance Network at Youngstown State University will host the NAFTA-Canada Seminar from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. March 28 in Room 3415 in the Williamson College of Business Administration at YSU.

Registration and breakfast runs from 8 to 8:30 a.m. The seminar will cover market opportunities with U.S. and Canada and the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA rules of origin, the future of NAFTA under the Trump administration and a global immigration update.

To register online, go to For information, contact Mousa Kassis, director of the Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network, at 330-941-2145 or

YSU degree in top 9


Youngstown State University’s online master’s degree in financial economics has been ranked as one of the top nine Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in the nation by ranked the YSU program fourth in the nation for its “academically rigorous program at an affordable price.”

The master of arts in financial economics at YSU is designed to provide students with a firm understanding of economic theory and how to analyze financial markets. The program is one of only two online programs that allow students to earn a degree specializing in financial economics.

Brown’s CLASS Act


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, reintroduced legislation to ensure that Ohio students defrauded by for-profit colleges can have their day in court.

Forced arbitration clauses deny students the ability to hold for-profit colleges accountable for their misconduct.

Brown’s Court Legal Access & Student Support (CLASS) Act would prohibit any school receiving federal student-aid funds from including forced arbitration clauses in enrollment agreements in order to restrict students’ ability to pursue legal claims against higher education institutions in court.

Goodyear deflates blimp but keeps its flight program


Goodyear has let the helium out of the last of its fabled fleet of blimps, but the company’s flight program will continue.

About two dozen employees were on hand early Tuesday to witness the deflation of California-based Spirit of Innovation.

But shed no tears, blimp fans, you’ll still see a familiar blue-and-gold form floating over your favorite sports event or awards show.

Although the blimp’s replacement, Wingfoot Two, will look about the same when it arrives at Goodyear’s airship base in Carson later this year, it will be a semi-rigid dirigible.

Such aircraft, one of which has already replaced Goodyear’s Florida blimp, have a frame, which means they maintain their shape when the helium is drained. Blimps, on the other hand, go flat. Wingfoot Two, currently operating in Ohio, will be replaced by yet another dirigible when it leaves there for Southern California.

Staff/wire reports

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