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BUSINESS UPDATES | Angie McQuistion joins PALO Creative as graphic designer

Also among today's business updates: Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber; YWCA Mahoning Valley; and Healthy Community Partnership-Mahoning Valley.
Angie McQuistion
Graphic designer Angie McQuistion has joined Palo Creative. (Contributed photo)

YOUNGSTOWN — PALO Creative, 970 Windham Court, Suite 3, has hired graphic designer Angie McQuistion. She is the sixth new team member the firm has added since fall 2020.

McQuistion, of Columbiana, is a Youngstown State University graduate. She previously worked as a marketing coordinator and graphic designer for several businesses in the Mahoning Valley and has experience in both print and web design.

“Angie is a great addition to our talented design team,” Rob Palowitz, president and CEO of PALO Creative, said in a news release. “As we continue to bring on new clients, we are excited about how she can quickly incorporate herself into the work. Her creativity and execution are very impressive, and we can’t wait for her to help build the brands of our current and future clients.”

YWCA offers free entrepreneurship seminar through WE360 program

YOUNGSTOWN — YWCA Mahoning Valley is helping new entrepreneurs through the WE360 program. 

“Entrepreneurship 101: The Business of the Business,” led by Carmella M. Williams, owner of Carmella Marie, is the first seminar in the spring cohort series. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday on Zoom.

“Successful entrepreneurship is more than just producing a great product or providing a wonderful service,” Williams said in a news release. “The day-to-day business activities must be run effectively to guarantee success.” 

To register for the seminar, click here or visit YWCA Mahoning Valley’s website.

WE360 is a partnership between YWCA and Ureeka, an online platform dedicated to assisting women and entrepreneurs of color with their business. For more information on WE360, contact Jessica Gibbs at or 330-746-6361, ext. 110.

Regional chamber partners with Optimally Business Performance

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber is partnering with Optimally Business Performance to offer members a program to help reduce their operating expenses.

Optimally owns one of the largest data lakes in North America, housing $6 trillion worth of vendor-specific invoice data from more than 10 million businesses, a news release states.

Optimally’s benchmark pricing technology ensures a business’s vendor pricing does not leave it at a competitive disadvantage, the release states.

“We are so excited to bring another great cost-saving program to our membership, and Optimally can help businesses grow their bottom lines by ensuring significant reductions in expenses,” Kim Calvert, vice president of Marketing and Member Services at the regional chamber, said.

Optimally will provide regional chamber members a “free analysis,” which is the first step in leveraging big data to set savings benchmarks, the release states.

Healthy Community Partnership releases 2020 Year in Review

YOUNGSTOWN — The Healthy Community Partnership-Mahoning Valley recently released its 2020 Year in Review, which highlights stories from Partnership members about the challenges and accomplishments experienced last year. 

“What changed in 2020?” is the question that is woven throughout the 2020 Year in Review, highlighting COVID-19 relief efforts and progress made in the areas of collaboration and leadership; communication and engagement; policy and advocacy; capacity and investment; and data and research.

The 2020 Year in Review highlights partnership members’ reflections about how they were impacted by and responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Partnership members secured nearly $5 million in state and federal funding to support initiatives in Mahoning and Trumbull counties; multiple partners collaborated to provide more than 11,000 meals and 3,500 boxes of fresh produce for seniors and individuals vulnerable to the coronavirus; the County Food Access Coordinators engaged new community stores to offer fresh produce in their businesses; and multiple greenspace redevelopment initiatives have begun to improve parks and greenspaces.

For more information, click here.

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