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BUSINESS UPDATES | Clever marketing agency launches

Among today's business updates: Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors; Huntington Bancshares; Limitless CBD; and AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.
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Clever founders are, from left, Adrienne Sabo, Tony Marr and Whitney Burd. (Contributed photo)

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown area has a new marketing agency with the launch of Clever.

Founded by Whitney Burd, Tony Marr and Adrienne Sabo, Clever offers branding, marketing, design and digital services to clients throughout the region.

From logo design and brand aesthetics to website development, marketing campaigns and social media management, Clever offers a variety of marketing services, according to a news release.

“We noticed there was a void in the region to work with clients who valued artful design and creative to represent their brands, and that was how Clever was born,” Burd, founder and designer, said in the release.

YCAR disposal initiative
helps to combat opioid crisis

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors this week announced an initiative aimed at combating the opioid crisis. 

In partnership with Ohio Realtors, YCAR will provide its members with prescription drug disposal bags, which they can use to remove any unnecessary prescriptions before an open house.

Law enforcement throughout Ohio has confirmed that individuals posing as buyers attend open houses to specifically steal medications from medicine cabinets, according to a news release. While those selling their homes are encouraged to lock up and remove valuables from the premises during open houses, the new initiative from YCAR aims to safely dispose of unused or expired prescriptions before they can be misused.

“Realtors feel it is important to keep families of this community safe by disposing of expired or unused prescription drugs,” Dennis Gonatas, chair of the Realtor Safety Committee and YCAR treasurer, said in the release.

Huntington announces $20B plan
to boost economic opportunities

COLUMBUS — Huntington Bancshares Inc. on Tuesday announced a $20 billion, five-year lending, investment and philanthropic commitment to help improve financial opportunities for the consumers, businesses and communities it serves in seven states.

Huntington developed the 2020 Community Plan in cooperation with community organizations throughout the Midwest to ensure the bank’s commitment reflects the needs of people and businesses, according to a news release. 

The plan reflects increased investments in access to capital, affordable housing and home ownership and community lending and investment. In the next several months, the bank will announce specific initiatives.

“Huntington is a purpose-driven bank, and our purpose of looking out for people leads us to do more to support underserved people, businesses and communities,” Steve Steinour, chairman, president and CEO, said in the release. “Together, the COVID-19 pandemic and recession, as well as critical issues related to racial and social inequity, have highlighted the need for increased economic opportunity for people in our region and across America. As a bank, our desire is to help drive meaningful change and to improve the economic vitality and financial security of those we serve.”

ODA issues public health alert
for Limitless brand CBD products

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Agriculture issued a public health alert for all Limitless CBD products.

Consumers are advised to be aware that Limitless CBD products were produced without a license and outside of ODA inspection, as is required for such products. There have been no reports of illness involving products addressed in the alert. ODA is encouraging anyone who is in possession of any items subject to the alert to discard them.

Gasoline prices jump
16 cents in Northeast Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — The average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio is 16 cents higher this week at $2.30 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

The average price for unleaded self-service gasoline in the Youngstown area is $2.21 per gallon.

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