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BUSINESS UPDATES | 898 Marketing named Agency of Record for Florida Holocaust center

Among the business updates this week: Better Business Bureau; Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition and Eastern Gateway Community College; Panera Bread; Boardman Rotary; Giant Eagle and Second Harvest Food Bank; Mahoning County Children Services; Area Jewish Federation; Dollar General; Home Builders & Remodelers Association of the Valley; and Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.

CANFIELD — 898 Marketing has been named Agency of Record for the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, located in Maitland. 

The Canfield agency will assist with digital marketing strategy, developing social media content and strategy, media planning and buying, creative design development and video production.

“While we apply our talents at 898 Marketing to enhance the stories of our clients, we are, first and foremost, called to use those talents to make our communities a better place,” Jeff Ryznar, president of 898 Marketing, said in a news release. “The opportunity to work with national clients like the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida enables us to help bolster the awareness of this facility while creating a society that accepts people for their differences instead of further dividing us.”

“From our first conversation, we were impressed with the passion, energy and ‘can do’ attitude the entire team at 898 Marketing has for our mission,” Lisa Bachman, assistant director of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, said.

BBB to host Mahoning Matters’ editor,
publisher at Lunch & Learn event

CANFIELD — Mahoning Matters will be the focus of the Better Business Bureau’s Lunch & Learn event at noon March 12 at Courtyard by Marriott, 4173 Westford Place.

Publisher Mandy Jenkins will review the ways Mahoning Matters, launched in October, can help local businesses connect with customers and expand their digital reach on an authenticated, updated community website.

Editor Mark Sweetwood will take members inside some of the Mahoning Valley's biggest local stories with a look ahead to what will be important in 2020.

Accredited businesses can RSVP for this networking event by calling 330-744-7210 or emailing

MVMC, Eastern Gateway partnership
to help jump-start apprentice programs

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition is partnering with Eastern Gateway Community College to offer an industrial math course starting the week of March 23 for participants in area apprentice programs.

The math course will allow employers to jump-start their apprentice programs this spring instead of waiting for a fall start, according to a news release. Apprentices who want to participate in the Group Sponsored Model Apprenticeship Programs — industrial maintenance, machinist and welder-fitter — are eligible.

EGCC will run the math course this spring, and apprentices can continue with their school of choice in the fall (Columbiana, Trumbull or EGCC). Math credit will be awarded. Cost is $800 for 80 hours (Math I and Math II, 40 hours each). Individuals must take both classes.

The deadline to register is March 16. To register, contact Julian Walker at 740-996-4039 or

Covelli Enterprises opens
Panera Bread at Cleveland Clinic

CLEVELAND — Covelli Enterprises, which operates more than 315 Panera Bread locations in eight states, including more than 150 in Ohio, opened a Panera Bread at Cleveland Clinic on March 3. 

The 6,667-square-foot Panera Bread location will be at 9500 Euclid Ave. in the J Building on the first floor.   

“We couldn’t be more proud to open our first location on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus,” Sam Covelli, owner and operator of Covelli Enterprises, said. “Both Panera Bread and Cleveland Clinic are industry leaders when it comes to focusing on overall well-being and providing options to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

The Panera Bread, which will operate 24 hours a day, will serve a modified menu to meet the diverse and health-conscious food preferences of Cleveland Clinic, according to the release.

“We are excited to welcome Panera Bread to our main campus,” said Simrit Sandhu, chief supply chain and support services officer. 

Covelli Enterprises is a long-time supporter of Cleveland Clinic, donating more than $1 million to various funds and departments within the hospital system since 2010.

Boardman Rotary Pancake Breakfast
set for last two weekends in March

BOARDMAN — The 38th annual Boardman Rotary Pancake Breakfast will take place at Boardman Park March 21-22 and March 28-29. 

Rotarians, students from Boardman High School’s Interact Club and Scouts from Boy Scouts of America will serve pancakes and sausage from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

Cost is a $6 donation (free for children 6 and younger) that will help support community organizations and local service projects.

Giant Eagle Check Out Hunger
coupons benefit Second Harvest

YOUNGSTOWN — Through April 11, customers can help provide food to those in need by tearing off a $1, $5 or $10 coupon at the cash register at select Giant Eagle locations in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. 

The donation will be added to shoppers’ grocery bills. Nonperishable food items also may be placed in designated bins at the front of the stores.

“In 2019, Giant Eagle stores in our community raised more than $111,000 through Check Out Hunger coupons,” Michael Iberis, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, said in a news release. “Giant Eagle’s efforts enabled the food bank to provide nearly 667,000 meals last year.” 

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, a member of Feeding America, provides food to those in need in the tri-county area through 160 programs provided by hunger-relief organizations. In 2019, the food bank distributed 11.5 million pounds of food, including 3.4 million pounds of produce. 

For more information on the food bank, go to its website or call 330-792-5522.

Mahoning County Children Services board
elects new officers, welcomes new members

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Children Services board elected new officers at its February meeting. 

The officers elected are Dr. Joseph Mosca, chairman; Dr. Benjamin McGee, vice chairman; and Marilyn Montes, secretary. The board also welcomed the Rev. Dr. Lewis W. Macklin II and Samuel Moffie, recently appointed to the board.

The board is comprised of nine members appointed by the Mahoning County commissioners.

“We look forward to working with our newly elected officers in their new roles, and welcome our new board members,” Randall B. Muth, executive director of Mahoning County Children Services, said in a news release. “All of these individuals are a tremendous asset to our community and to this board.”

Area Jewish Federation
names new executive director

YOUNGSTOWN — Richard Marlin, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation board president, and Andrew Lipkin, executive vice president, recently announced the hiring of Eric Murray as executive director of senior care and services. 

Murray will oversee Heritage Manor Rehabilitation & Retirement Community and Adult Day Services and Levy Gardens Assisted Living Facility. His start date is March 9.

Murray has more than 20 years of health care experience in a variety of settings, including hospital, inpatient rehabilitation, therapy services, skilled nursing/long-term care, home health, hospice and private duty nursing.

Murray is a licensed nursing home administrator, a certified executive for assisted living and a certified executive for home care and hospice. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy and the University of Akron with a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance.

Dollar General opens
new store in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — Dollar General will celebrate the official grand opening of its new store, 4804 Youngstown-Poland Road, at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Free prizes and special deals will be offered at the event. The first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card, and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag with complimentary product samples, among other giveaways.

“Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development, said in a news release. “We hope our area customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.”

Home Builders’ chief economist
to speak at HBA breakfast

YOUNGSTOWN — Robbert Dietz, National Association of Home Builders chief economist, will be the guest speaker at the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of the Valley’s 2020 Economic Forecast Breakfast from 9 to 10:30 a.m. March 20 at Mr. Anthony’s, 7440 South Ave.

Dietz will give insights on recent improvements for the housing market and economic growth prospects and what lower mortgage interest rates, a historically strong labor market and ongoing supply-side headwinds will mean for the residential construction industry and housing demand, according to a news release. 

Cost is $25 for HBA members and $30 for nonmembers. To register, call the HBA office by March 15 at 330-965-9779.

Tim Ryan to discuss issues
at regional chamber event

YOUNGSTOWN — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan will be the guest at the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s Lattes & Legislators event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. March 9 at Christman Hall in Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave.

Ryan will discuss the Department of Transportation's BUILD Grant, military construction and aircraft basing, the Mahoning River Corridor revitalization, Lordstown Motors and the LG Chem and General Motors battery plant.

Cost is $10 per person. Click here to register.

YSU student John Anzevino named
Risk Management Association Scholar

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University student John Anzevino of Youngstown has been named a Risk Management Association Scholar and awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the RMA Foundation. Anzevino, a junior finance major in the Williamson College of Business Administration, is one of 114 students nationwide to receive this scholarship awarded to students with an interest in a career in the banking industry, according to a news release.

Anzevino is an intern with Valmark Financial Group in Akron. He supports the financial planning team with initial plan development, ongoing plan revisions and relevant financial planning research. He is a member of the WCBA Student Leadership Council, the WCBA Student Investment Fund and the WCBA Business Leaders Program.

JA Titan Business Challenge
set for March 10 at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — The Junior Achievement Titan Business Challenge will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 10 at the Williamson College of Business Administration on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The Junior Achievement Titan Business Challenge is a business strategy tournament using the JA Titan program — an online business manufacturing simulation program. Each team acts as the senior management team of their company and is responsible for developing business strategies and making “do or die” decisions quarter by quarter. The competition is designed to unleash creativity, test leadership skills and demonstrate the competitive nature of the free enterprise system. Teams go head-to-head as they strive to make informed, intelligent business decisions in running their own global, virtual business, according to a news release.

The competition is designed for local high school juniors and seniors. Each student team gets paired with a local business mentor for the first two rounds of the competition. During the final rounds, students with the best scores will be awarded scholarships and prizes.

Participating schools are: Austintown Fitch High School, Cardinal Mooney High School, Champion High School, Howland High School, John F. Kennedy Catholic School, Lakeview High School, Lordstown High School, Mineral Ridge High School and Pymatuning Valley High School.

Gas prices drop in Northeast Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — The average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio was 14 cents cheaper this week at $2.32 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

In the Youngstown area, the price for gasoline was $2.32 per gallon this week.