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BUSINESS UPDATES | Ben Lachman joins BRITE Energy's roster of entrepreneurs-in-residence

Also among today's business updates: Ohio Living Lake Vista; Levy Gardens Assisted Living; and the Ohio Small Business Development Center at YSU.

WARREN — BRITE Energy Innovators, 125 W. Market St., has added Ben Lachman to its roster of entrepreneurs-in-residence. 

Lachman’s background includes more than 15 years of entrepreneurial experience — with eight working in energy — and he brings experience in building technology products and businesses to BRITE Energy. 

In addition to his own ventures, Lachman has worked with West Coast startups, small businesses and Fortune 50 companies as a consultant. He has developed revenue models, user analytics, sales funnels and fundraising pitches. He is currently principal of digital product studio Nice Mohawk and serves as co-editor of The Orbital Index — a weekly space tech newsletter.

In his role at BRITE Energy, Lachman will help early-stage energy companies develop products, prepare for raising capital and scale their operations.

“We’re excited to welcome Ben to the team. He’s been a part of our network for a while, but as one of our entrepreneurs-in-residence, we feel he brings a specific skill set that will support our startups — especially those with software-oriented products,” Rick Stockburger, BRITE Energy’s CEO, said in a news release. “As we expand our footprint, serving startups with different models is critical to truly serving the energy entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Ohio Living Lake Vista to have hiring event Tuesday

CORTLAND — Ohio Living Lake Vista, 303 N. Mecca St., will have a hiring event from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday (May 4). 

The facility is looking to fill STNA, non-STNA, LPN, RN, dietary and laundry employee positions.

No appointments or resumes are required at the open house-style event, but job seekers are asked to consider applying in advance here, where more information about position benefits is available. All attendees will be entered into a drawing for one of three $50 Visa gift cards.

For information, contact Bill Daugherty, Ohio Living recruiter, at or 614-430-3607. 

Ohio Living Lake Vista, established in 1947, is a community for people age 55 and older. Its campus includes home and apartment living, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, home health and hospice and long-term care.

Nicholas Hargate named director at Levy Gardens Assisted Living 

YOUNGSTOWN — Nicholas Hargate has joined the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation as director of Levy Gardens Assisted Living.

Hargate, of Canfield, brings 10 years of health care experience to the position. He earned a degree in long-term care administration from Youngstown State University. He began his career in long-term care in the kitchen of a nursing home and also worked as a long-term care administrative specialist. His last position was community relations manager for Canfield Place.

“I have a passion for helping seniors,” Hargate said in a news release. “I love sitting and talking with seniors, learning about their history and their wealth of knowledge. You always learn something new.”

Levy Gardens is an agency of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation.

Robotics and artificial intelligence seminars set for this week

YOUNGSTOWN — The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Youngstown State University is partnering with the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University for a webinar series to discuss how robotics and artificial intelligence can provide opportunities for your business.

The Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Webinar is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday (May 5). The featured speakers are Jeff Legault, associate director of the National Robotics Engineering Center, and Craig Zamary, business consultant at the Ohio Small Business Development Center.

To register, click here.

Drive Business Success Via Robots Webinar for Manufactures is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday (May 6). 

The featured speakers are Legault, Zamary and Herman Herman, director of the National Robotics Engineering Center.

To register, click here.

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