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BUSINESS UPDATES | Intwine Connect gets national recognition

Among today's business updates: Youngstown natural gas aggregation program; Tebo’s Caribbean Cuisine; Duncan’s Bath & Kitchen Center; Mind and Body Counseling Solutions; BRITE Energy Innovators; and PBS Western Reserve.

WARREN — Intwine Connect was recognized by top U.S. economic leaders in Washington, D.C., last week for using federal Opportunity Zone funds to make critical hires and shift products to provide COVID-19 relief efforts.

Intwine Connect was highlighted as a national example for its use of Opportunity Zone funds, designed to help create jobs and economic mobility in communities of need. According to the U.S. Economic Development Administration, an Opportunity Zone is “an economically distressed community where private investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for capital gain tax incentives.”

“All of our clients — from mom and pop shops, restaurants, light industrials and now even school districts — want to connect and protect their teams. So we pivoted our hardware and software to do just that," Dave Martin, founder and CEO of Intwine Connect, said in a news release.

Intwine Connect, a hardware and software solutions provider, is a portfolio company at BRITE Energy Innovators, a regional energy tech incubator in Warren. 

"Intwine is yet another example of a best practice coming out of Northeast Ohio and the Mahoning Valley,” Rick Stockburger, president and CEO of BRITE, said in the release. “This region is setting a national standard for investments and innovations that create jobs and spur economic development.”

Youngstown chooses Constellation
for natural gas aggregation program

YOUNGSTOWN — The city has chosen Constellation for its natural gas aggregation program.

The city established a 36-month fixed rate of $3.12 per Mcf for natural gas for members. The new rate will run through the September 2023 meter reads.

Residents and small businesses can expect a letter from Constellation next week that will explain the rate, terms and conditions of the offer.

To continue with the new supplier, customers need to return the prepaid, pre-addressed reply card, call 833-969-2854 or visit

Those not currently participating in the program also will receive a letter from Constellation explaining the offer and how to join.

“We are pleased to make this rate available for our residents and small businesses,” Mayor Jamael Tito Brown said in a news release. “The fixed rate will give them price protection and budget stability for the next three years. There is no charge to join the program and, as before, our program has no early termination fee.”

Ribbon-cutting set for
Tebo’s Caribbean Cuisine

BOARDMAN — A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday for Tebo’s Caribbean Cuisine, 4150 Market St.

Tebo’s Caribbean Cuisine offers a fast-casual dining experience and specializes in authentic island flavors.

Brothers Gaeton and Michael Thompson opened Tebo’s with a goal of bringing traditional Caribbean flavors to the Valley. Their family moved to the U.S. from Jamaica 30 years ago, and the brothers have been in the restaurant business since then but had always wanted to open their own restaurant.

Tebo’s menu includes Caribbean-style fare with rice, beans, cabbage and plantains, or a build-your-own meal with rice, toppings and homemade salsas.

Duncan’s Bath & Kitchen Center
named to magazine’s Top 500 list

POLAND — “Qualified Remodeler,” a publication serving remodelers and home improvement companies in the U.S., ranked Duncan’s Bath & Kitchen Center, 108 S. Main St., No. 481 on its 42nd annual Top 500 list of remodelers. 

Duncan’s was chosen as a 2020 Top 500 remodeler for meeting a set of criteria, including installed remodeling dollar volume, total years in business, industry association membership, industry certification, industry awards and community service, according to a news release.

“... The Top 500 firms tend to share several common attributes, including strong revenues, a commitment to customer service, insightful sales techniques and strong customer loyalty,” Patrick O’Toole, “Qualified Remodeler” owner and editorial director, said in the release. “These attributes helped put the firms on this list and contribute to their success.”

Ribbon-cutting ceremony set for
Mind and Body Counseling Solutions

BOARDMAN — A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday for Mind and Body Counseling Solutions, 5621 Market St.

Among its services, Mind and Body provides individual, family, couples and group therapy; expressive arts; LGBTQ+ focused services; and aromatherapy, play therapy and teletherapy.

Owner Jacob Telego has worked in the field since 2010. He began with foster children at Homes for Kids in Niles, developing a clinical foundation for treating children.

The business accepts a variety of insurance, and hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

BRITE Energy Innovators
adds Cole Simon to its team

WARREN — BRITE Energy Innovators, 125 W. Market St., is expanding its team with the hiring of Cole Simon, who will assist with onboarding and working with new affiliate and portfolio companies.

“One hire at a time, we’ve made a commitment to keeping and attracting talented young people to the Mahoning Valley,” Rick Stockburger, BRITE president and CEO, said in a news release. “Cole is one of the best and brightest the country has to offer, and we are excited that he chose to be a part of our future.”

Simon, a Venture for America Fellow, graduated from Colorado College where he studied economics and environmental issues. He worked with a tech accelerator and incubator in Colorado Springs, and he also has done consulting work for a municipal utility company, marketing for a cybersecurity firm, and worked in college admissions.

“I’m thrilled to deepen BRITE’s impact and work with incredible innovators solving some of the world’s most critical problems,” Simon said. “I’m excited to apply my business-building experience in the energy sector to empower founders and fuel regional growth.”

Joyce Mistovich elected secretary
of PBS Western Reserve board

KENT — Joyce Mistovich, education director at the Butler Institute of American Art, was elected secretary of the board of directors of PBS Western Reserve.

PBS Western Reserve offers educational content that includes broadcast channels WNEO and WEAO, which serve 4.9 million viewers in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.

Also elected to board leadership positions were Romona Davis, chair; Stephen Colecchi, vice chair and Governance Committee chair; and Bruce Sherman, treasurer and Budget & Finance Committee chair. Davis is vice president, senior SBA business development officer for Huntington National Bank. Colecchi is chief executive officer at Hattie Larlham. Sherman is owner of Sherman Creative Promotions Inc.

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