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BUSINESS UPDATES | Lawmakers pass resolution to support Scrappers

Among the business updates this week: Braydich Dental; Youngstown Area Goodwill; Farmers Trust Company; Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber; and Penn State Extension.
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Both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly passed a resolution Wednesday in support of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and opposing Major League Baseball’s plan to eliminate the team, along with 39 other minor league teams. (Contributed photo)

COLUMBUS — With the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s Columbus Drive-In contingency present, both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly passed a resolution Wednesday in support of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and opposing Major League Baseball’s plan to eliminate the team, along with 39 other minor league teams across the country.

“We would like to thank our senators and representatives and the regional chamber for their help in putting this resolution on the Ohio Senate and House floors, Jordan Taylor, Mahoning Valley Scrappers general manager, said in a news release. “We appreciate the continuous support provided as we fight to keep the Mahoning Valley Scrappers a part of affiliated baseball past the 2020 season.”

“For more than 20 years the Mahoning Valley Scrappers have been a staple in our community, contributing so much to our economy and loved by thousands of sports fans and residents, said Nick Santucci, the chamber’s director of Government & Public Affairs. “We are happy to align with our policymakers and support the team.”

More than 70 people joined the chamber on its third annual Columbus Drive-In to advocate for issues that impact economic development and the quality of life in the region. In addition to networking opportunities and visits to policymakers’ offices, the group also spent time with Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, state Superintendent Paolo DeMaria, Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko and others.

Braydich Dental fundraiser
to benefit Warren organization

HUBBARD — Braydich Dental, 45 E. Liberty St., announced that Northeast Ohio Adoption Services in Warren will be the recipient of its Smiles for Charity 2020 fundraising campaign. 

The drive will run from March 1 to June 30, and100 percent of teeth whitening proceeds will benefit the nonprofit organization.

Started in 2004, Smiles for Charity is an annual fundraiser organized by Braydich Dental, providing aid to local nonprofit organizations and charities. To date, more than $300,000 has been raised and donated to various agencies and service groups, including Animal Charities, Neighborhood Ministries, Heart Reach Ministries and Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. 

“We identify and interview different organizations whose purpose is to improve the quality and comfort of everyday life,” Dr. Rudy Braydich, co-owner of Braydich Dental, said in a news release. During the course of the campaign, participants will donate $100 in exchange for an all-in-one teeth whitening kit from Braydich Dental. All of the teeth whitening proceeds will be donated directly to NOAS. 

NOAS provides adoption and foster care services to children and young adults with special needs in the child welfare system through recruitment, preparation and supporting specialized families. Braydich Dental hopes to raise $20,000 for the organization.

Youngstown Area Goodwill to host
Professional Development Day

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries is celebrating Digital Learning Day on Feb. 27 by hosting a Professional Development Day at its main offices, 2747 Belmont Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Professional Development Day will include multiple workshops focusing on resume development, applied digital skills, dressing to impress, preparing for an interview and mock interviews. In addition, each learner will be able to share his or her Google Doc resume to be reviewed by a Google professional for feedback.

Individuals attending the event will receive a voucher for 50 percent off an entire business-attire outfit at any Youngstown Goodwill retail store.

After Professional Development Day, Youngstown Goodwill will host a follow-up open house from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 12 where learners who submitted resumes to Google will receive suggestions.

“Our Professional Development Day will lead up to our Career Fair in March, where individuals can use their updated resumes to network with area employers,” Emily McHenry, manager of learning and development, said in a news release. The Career Fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19 at Youngstown Goodwill.

For information, call 330-759-7921 or email

Health professionals to address
Changes, future trends in health care

CANFIELD — Dr. Jordan Long from the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Marc Sweeney, dean of the School of Pharmacy at Cedarville University, will headline a group of health professionals who will address latest changes in health care delivery, along with future trends, at an educational forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24 at Old North Church, 7105 Herbert Road.

According to information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care occupations are projected to add more jobs than any other occupational group in the coming years. Driving this growth is the rapidly changing result of scientific advances, government policies and economic realities, according to a news release.

Individuals who are interested in a possible career in pharmacy are encouraged to attend. To register, go to

Farmers Trust Company shares
insights with 2020 investment outlook

CANFIELD — With a 30 percent-plus total return for U.S. equities in 2019 and an accommodative Federal Reserve Bank, the team at Farmers Trust Co. said this past year has seen a resilient market but cautions against an increase in inflationary pressures and potential volatility in the coming year.

U.S. equity markets recorded the best year since 2013 with the S&P logging a total return of 31.49 percent, the Russell 1000 Growth Index up 36.39 percent and the Russell Value Index up 26.54 percent.

The Fed cut interest rates three times in 2019, and the lower interest rate policy, in addition to long-awaited wage inflation, is the perfect recipe for price inflation on goods and services, as well as commodities and energy, according to a news release. 

“Volatility could be an ongoing issue in the coming year, particularly in regard to the upcoming 2020 presidential election,” John D. Stewart, senior vice president and chief investment officer for Farmers Trust Co., said in the release. “Any disruption to the current pro-business regulatory and administrative climate could bring some turbulence in the markets.”

Auditor of state to speak
at regional chamber event

LIBERTY — Auditor of State Keith Faber will discuss how a more efficient, effective and transparent government helps communities and businesses thrive at the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s monthly Lattes & Legislators event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Feb. 25 at the Liberty Township Administration Building, 1315 Churchill-Hubbard Road.

Cost is $10. To register, click here.

Penn State Extension offers
cooking class on vegetarian meals

MERCER, Pa. — As part of its "Let’s Cook with Penn State Extension" cooking class series, Penn State Extension, 463 N. Perry Highway, is offering a class on vegetarian cooking.

The hands-on cooking class will explore different ways to eat a balanced, plant-based diet and will provide tips on how to make traditional entrées the vegetarian way.

Let’s Cook Vegetarian will take place from noon to 2 p.m. March 4 (snow date is March 9).

For cost and to register, go to or call 877-345-0691.

Ohio gas prices drop as
oil prices continue downward

YOUNGSTOWN — The average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio was 11 cents cheaper this week at $2.31 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

In the Youngstown area, the price for gasoline was $2.28 per gallon this week.