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MERCY HEALTH EARNS LAB ACCREDITATION: Mercy Health recently earned the highest designation of Electrodiagnostic (EDX) Laboratory Accreditation given by the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine — Laboratory Accreditation with Exemplary Status. The reaccreditation is valid through 2027.

Mercy Health has been accredited since May 2012, and is one of eight accredited labs in Ohio.

EDX medicine is a subspecialty that focuses on the nervous system and diagnosing the cause of symptoms related to neurologic, neuromuscular and muscular impairments. EDX is used to evaluate a patients nerves and muscles to treat pain, tingling, numbness, weakness, cramping and more.

EDX Laboratory Accreditation acknowledges laboratories for maintaining the highest level of quality, performance and integrity based on the association’s professional standards. The standards evaluate diagnostic services and clinical operations essential to providing quality patient care.

FIRSTENERGY PICKED: For the fifth year in a row, FirstEnergy Corp. has been named by Site Selection magazine as one of the nation’s leading utilities in promoting economic development, helping to attract more than 12,000 new jobs and $7.3 billion in third-party corporate facility investment in its six-state service area, which includes Ohio, in 2022.

Twenty Site Selection award winners were chosen from a field of more than 3,300 electric companies and cooperatives across the country. They were recognized for complementing reliable power delivery to their customers with a hands-on approach to encouraging business development in their operational areas.

FirstEnergy’s economic development team influenced 86 major projects in 2022.

The company has been recognized 19 times in the past 21 years by Site Selection.

COURSE RECOGNIZES EMPLOYEES: Kennsington Golf Course, 4171 Westford Place, Canfield, recently celebrated the dedication of it’s Golf Superintendent, Sean Novotny, and his groundskeeping crew with a “Thank A Superintendent Day.”

In recognition of the staff, along with Kennsington’s horticulture and landscaping team, each employee received a gift card to Kennsington Grille.

Kennsington Golf Club is an 18-hole, par 71, public golf course designed by award-winning golf course architect, Brian Huntley. The course is 7,044 yards. Kennsington Grille is located just off the green at the clubhouse.

AIM INNOVATES: Aim Transportation Solutions, headquartered in Youngstown, has launched a road rescue feature to its smartphone app, Aim Navigator.

The function, which streamlines the way Aim customer drivers request roadside service, has caught the eye of the Commercial Carrier Journal, which recently profiled the Aim Navigator add-on.

The function allows drivers to text with Aim’s Road Rescue department and it can translate languages in real time.

Aim Navigator also allows drivers and customers to complete, submit, store and retrieve their driver vehicle inspection reports; it gives real-time status updates on Aim Integrated Logistics-managed deliveries, including estimated arrive times and current locations; and gives customers snapshots of fuel economy, cost per stop and cost per mile.

LOCAL FIRM PRESENTS AT CONFERENCE: Representatives from Farris Marketing in Boardman presented a special instructional session for attendees of the 2023 Ohio Needs Transit Conference & OPTA Expo last week in Columbus.

Hosted by Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA) it brought together more than 400 transit professionals from Ohio’s 63 transit agencies across the state.

Farris Marketing CEO George Farris, and Vice President of Client Service Makenna Ozenghar, were invited to present to the group based on their experience working with public service agency clients across the U.S. They presented a course titled “Building Brand Value with Community Engagement.”

Earlier this year, Farris won a national award from the American Public Transportation Association on behalf of client Western Reserve Transit Authority for first place in the category Communications Educational Initiative and Special Event.

OUTING RAISES FUNDS FOR EGCC: Eastern Gateway Community College, which has a campus in downtown Youngstown, raised $22,000 to benefit the Student Support Fund for Academic and Career Success at the college’s third annual golf outing held recently at the Knoll Run Golf Course in Lowellville.

Eastern Gateway is a state, public, accredited institution of higher learning dedicated to providing a debt-free, college degree to students from Columbiana, Jefferson, Mahoning and Trumbull counties, across Ohio and other locations.

New businesses

TWO OPEN AT EWM: Two new businesses at the Eastwood Mall Complex celebrated grand openings last week.

McAlister’s Deli, which has a menu of sandwiches, spuds, salads and sweet tea, and Auto Evolution / Noel’s Car Toys, which offers detailing services and after-market products for vehicles of all kinds, opened in the newly developed section of the complex near Boscov’s.

People on the move

NEW DIRECTOR AT BRITE: BRITE Energy Innovators in Warren has appointed Victoria Rusu as the organization’s new director of strategic partnerships, a role in which she will work to develop relationships that advance the energy revolution in Ohio and the Midwest.

Her background includes positions in community development, marketing, tech startups, entrepreneurial efforts, nonprofit administration, international community partnerships and global corporate development.

She is a graduate of Youngstown State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in business administration.

FARMERS GROWS INSURANCE TEAM: Canfield-based Farmers National Bank recently hired Joseph Pinciaro Jr. to work as an insurance representative based in Boardman.

Pinciaro, a graduate of Youngstown State University, specializes in commercial, personal and life insurance.

He serves as president of the Boardman Football Alumni Association and is treasurer of the Boardman Soccer Boosters.

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ALUMNI RECOGNIZED: The Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University will present its Outstanding Alumni Awards on Oct. 20 at Williamson Hall at YSU.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the award presentation follows at 7 p.m.

This year’s recipients are Charles George, CEO, Hapco, Inc. and Sapientia Ventures, LLC; David Stillwagon, CEO, Community Corrections Association, Inc.; and Marcy Angelo, director of operations, White Glove Payroll.

To attend the program, RSVP by Oct. 4 at ysu.edu/alumnireservation. Reservations are $50 each. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean in the Williamson College of Business Administration at 330-941-3064.

LOGISTICS CONFERENCE SCHEDULED: The first Mahoning Valley Logistics Conference is planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, 1453 Youngstown Kingsville Road.

The half-day event will feature panels and speakers discussing topics that relate to logistics sectors.

Featured will be Eastgate Council of Governments, county engineers’ offices and the Western Reserve Port Authority on airport planning.

A panel will feature Joe Joseph with Americas at Doncasters and attorney Dennis Unkovic of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott and author of several books on global supply chain and international trade. The event also will feature a public policy discussion by the executive director of the Ohio Trucking Association, Thomas Balzer.

For information, contact David Wilaj at 330-881-8675 or david@regionalchamber.com.

BUSINESS RESOURCE LAUNCHED: The Mahoning Valley Resource compass is a platform for small business owners and entrepreneurs in the Mahoning Valley to help launch and grow a business platform.

It is accessible at www.mahoning.biz.

Mahoning County commissioners along with Economic Action Group, Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber, Youngstown and Economic Impact Catalyst collaborated to implement the platform.

HOSPITAL EARNS 5-STAR RATING: The Surgical Hospital at Southwoods recently received a 5-star excellent overall rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

This recognition places Southwoods in the top percentile nationally, and it is the only hospital in the Mahoning Valley to earn the rating.

CMS assigns star ratings to U.S. hospitals annually based on their performance across five quality categories: safety of care, mortality, patient experience, readmission rates and timely and effective care.

DESIGNATION RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED: The Ohio Department of Higher Education has named the first group of Ohio colleges, universities and technical centers to earn the Ohio Reach Postsecondary designation for their efforts to support foster care-connected students.

The designation is awarded to those campuses meeting criteria that depict their support of students with experience in foster care or kinship. Ohio Reach is a network of professionals, advocates, and students across Ohio determined to support former foster youth on their education journey.

Local schools include Choffin Career and Technical Center, Kent State University and Mahoning County Career and Technical Center.

COMPANY MARKS MILESTONE: Public accounting firm Cohen & Company is marking its 40th year in business.

It was opened in 1977 by Ron Cohen, and in 1983, the office in Youngstown was opened. The firm now employs more than 50 people in the office.

HILL INTERNATIONAL TRUCKS CONTINUES TO GROW: Hill International Trucks of East Liverpool, recently announced the company will acquire Truck Sales Service, Inc., which includes five dealerships eastern and central Ohio. The locations in Canton, Mansfield, Marietta, New Philadelphia, and Norwalk, Ohio are full service International Truck, IC Bus, and Idealease dealerships.

With the acquisition, Hill International Trucks operates 10 locations between the International Truck, IC Bus, and Idealease franchises. In addition to those dealerships, the company also owns six NAPA Auto Parts locations and one Ford dealership.

GOLF TOURNAMENT IMPACTS LOCAL ECONOMY: The Mercy Health Foundation’s American Junior Golf Association Junior All-Star event and preview events the week of June 19 set a new financial record of $436,087 in economic impact for the Mahoning Valley and a total of $2.6 million in economic windfall since its inception in 2016.

The tournaments at Mill Creek Golf Course hosted 356 junior competitors more than 100 volunteers, more than 40 college coaches from across the U.S. and 24 staff and interns from the AJGA.

The economic impact includes lodging for families and AJGA representatives, rental cars, dining and entertainment. In addition, a $7,200 donation was made between Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation and the AJGA Ace Grant that came from money raised for the AJGA tournament and Junior-Amateur event. To date, the AJGA event has raised more than $67,150 for local charities.

HUMTOWN CELEBRATED: As a component of its 70th anniversary nationwide celebration, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognized Humtown Products as an SBA Legacy Business at the company’s additive manufacturing facility in Leetonia.

The SBA defines a legacy business as one that has benefited from utilizing SBA resources in the early stages of its development. Sixty-eight businesses across the nation have been honored with the recognition.

People on the move

COVIELLO APPOINTED: Guy C. Coviello of Liberty, president / CEO of the Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber, has been reappointed by Gov. Mike DeWine to the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission for a term beginning Aug. 17 and ending June 30, 2028.

NEW HIRE AT CONSUMERS: Consumers National Bank has brought on Nick Mascitti of Alliance, as mortgage originator.

He joins the bank’s six other mortgage originators who work in six counties in northeast Ohio. Mascitti has 28 years of experience in mortgage lending.

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PITCH NIGHT SET: The Minority Business Assistance Center at the Youngstown Business Incubator is hosting pitch night for 24 minority and women entrepreneurs enrolled in the MBAC Launch program 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at BRITE Energy Innovators in Warren.

After four weeks of the program, the minority entrepreneurs will spend their last night of class pitching their business plan to lenders and procurement officers for a $5,000 grant award sponsored by Chase Bank.

Each presentation will include the entrepreneur’s business plan and the course material they’ve learned throughout the program, giving the grant winner a chance to launch their product into the marketplace.

Launch is a program primarily focused on those who have started their own business, but need assistance launching their product into the market and gaining greater access to government and state institutional contracts. Participants who attended Launch courses learned about marketing tools and strategies, partnerships, accessing capital and certifying their business in Ohio as a Minority Business Enterprise from industry experts.

Those interested in learning more about what MBAC offers at YBI are invited to visit ybi.org/programs/mbac.

PANEL DISCUSSION PLANNED: The Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber and Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 396 will host a panel discussion on permitting reform 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Local 396’s office, 493 Bev Road, Suite 3, Youngstown.

The discussion will be led by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta.

Go to regionalchamber.com and click on the Events tab to register.

McCONNELL MARKETING ACQUIRED: Carson Lisko and Deanna Clement have acquired McConnell Marketing of Canfield.

The acquisition was completed in June. Lisko and Clement are equal partners and are dedicated to maintaining the company’s commitment to integrity, creativity, service and social responsibility.

Under the new ownership, McConnell Marketing will continue to operate under its brand name and bring forth opportunities for growth, new services and enhanced client support.

Lisko and Clement are Youngstown natives and graduates of Youngstown State University with degrees in graphic and interactive design. They have a combined 15 years of marketing experience and are proficient in graphic and web design, brand development, copywriting and public relations.

McConnell Marketing was founded in 1991 by Mark McConnell, a former luxury hotel director of sales and marketing and purchased in 2015 by longtime senior associates, Katie Swain and Megan Magnetta.

PEDIATRICS OFFICE OPENS: Akron Children’s Hospital will provide pediatric primary care to Campbell and surrounding communities with the opening of a new practice Aug. 28.

At the Community Literacy Workforce and Cultural Center, the new office is located at 434 Struthers-Coitsville Road in Lowellville. It is the 40th office in the Akron Children’s Pediatrics network.

Akron Children’s Pediatrics, Campbell office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Providers Dr. Aaron Sweeney and certified nurse practitioners Laurie McGlynn, Terri McCaughtry and Marie Lingenfelter offer wellness checkups, immunizations and treatment for illness and chronic disease management.

MERCHANT LECTURE SERIES ANNOUNCED: The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor has announced the fall lineup of the Downtown Merchants Lecture Series.

The lecture series begins 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Former trainman in the mills and founder and director of the Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Association, Carl Jacobson, will present the story of trains and their pivotal role in keeping the mills in operation.

Jacob Harver, a local entrepreneur and doctoral student at Kent State University, will recount his rides along the Ohio Canals and the industries of a bygone era 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

Former co-director of the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University, Sherry Linkon, director of the writing program at Georgetown University and professor of English, will lead a discussion during the closing reception of the “Women at Work” exhibit 6 p.m. Nov. 10.

Allison Bye, assistant director of YSU Alumni Engagement, will discuss the importance of community engagement and the role local citizens and alumni play in promoting local organizations 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

Jonathan Cambouris, president of the Hellenic Preservation Society of Cleveland will speak on Greek culture and its community contributions to industry and labor 5 p.m. Dec. 8.

All events are free and open to the public. Reservations, which are preferred, but not required, can be made by calling 330-941-1314.

PROGRAM HONORED: Valley Little Melodies in Canfield has been named a Top Program by Kindermusik International, a provider of music-based education for infants, toddlers and young children.

Valley Little Melodies placed fifth in the United States and eighth in the world. The Top Program award recognizes excellence in spreading the power of music and movement to young children and their families through Kindermusik’s curricula.

Cara Vernal is a Kindermusik-accredited educator and the owner of Valley Little Melodies, which has been open since 2017.

Vernal presented at the Kindermusik International Conference in July on how she creates community in and out of the classroom for grown-ups. She believes one of the greatest influences in her studio’s growth and retention is the connectedness that her grownups feel to her educators and to each other.

New business

VIRTUAL KITCHEN LAUNCHED: Jimboy’s Tacos has opened its first virtual location in Youngstown with delivery-only service. Guests can order menu items for delivery through the Jimboy’s Tacos online ordering system or through third-party delivery services like DoorDash and Grubhub.

Also known as ghost, dark or cloud kitchens, virtual kitchens are designed for off-premises dining with a focus on cooking for online ordering and delivery services.

The Youngstown location is open for delivery from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The website is jimboystacos.com.

People on the move

PREMIER PROMOTES: Premier Bank recently promoted Jonathan J. Guerrier to branch manager of the Newport Glen office.

Guerrier, who joined Premier Bank in June 2015, has held various positions at the bank, starting as a customer service representative then universal banker. He most recently served as a relationship banker at the office in Struthers.

In his new role, Guerrier of Austintown, will lead his team to deliver exceptional customer experience, with a focus on driving growth and developing key business and community relationships.

Guerrier studied political science and pre-law at Youngstown State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Penn State University. He also earned an executive certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

MARKETER GROWS STAFF: Sable Beshara-Kyle has been hired as an account and digital growth manager at 898 Marketing, a full-service strategic and integrated marketing agency in Canfield.

She previously worked as digital growth manager at Optimal Digital Marketing, an out-of-state agency. Prior to that, Beshara-Kyle worked at the Cafaro Company in positions that included digital marketing manager and marketing campaign manager.

At 898 Marketing, she will handle account management and digital marketing strategies for a range of consumer clients.

Beshara-Kyle is a Mahoning Valley native with an economics degree from Miami University.

FARMERS ANNOUNCES BOARD ADDITIONS: Farmers National Banc Corp., the holding company of Farmers National Bank, has added two new members to its board of directors, Carl D. Culp and Gina A. Richardson.

Culp was appointed to serve as a Class III director, with a term expiring at the 2025 annual shareholders meeting. He spent 32 years at Farmers National Bank and retired in 2021 as senior executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Richardson has been appointed to serve as a Class II director, with a term expiring in 2024. As founder of Gina Richardson LLC, she focuses her legal practice in Canfield on business and commercial matters, real estate and employee compensation.

Culp will serve on the board’s enterprise risk management committee. Richardson will serve on the board’s audit and corporate governance and nominating committees.

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