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BUSINESS UPDATES | Chamber's Economic Forecast breakfast is Thursday

Also in today's business updates: OH WOW! has hired a new executive director, and ribbon-cuttings are set in Canfield and Niles.
Economic forecast

BOARDMAN — Warren native George Brown, executive director of the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program, will discuss workforce development in the energy industry during the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber's Economic Forecast Breakfast Thursday.

The event will be at Mr. Anthony's from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Also speaking will be First National Bank's Ahmed El Nokali, managing director of Capital Markets, to forecast the regional and national economy.

Professional golfer Jason Kokrak, a Warren JFK High School graduate, will receive the chamber's inaugural Valley Champion Award. This award was created to honor Youngstown-Warren area natives who have gone on to achieve greatness nationally and/or internationally.

Kokrak, who plays on the PGA Tour, ranks 11th and won two tournaments this year — the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas and The CJ Cup Shadow Creek.

Journalist Salena Zito of the Washington Examiner will be moderator and interviewer for Brown. Zito is as a Pittsburgh-based columnist and reporter. She also is a columnist for the New York Post.

The Regional Chamber and partner MAGNET will present the fifth annual Excellence in Manufacturing Award to Commercial Metal Forming. Bob Messaros, Commercial Metal Forming president, will accept the award.

Cost to attend is $40 for chamber members and $50 for non-members.

OH WOW! hires executive director 

YOUNGSTOWN — Science center OH WOW! has hired Marvin L. Logan, Jr., as executive director.

Logan, a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and a Kent State University alum, is returning to the the Mahoning Valley from Detroit.  He is a candidate in the University of Notre Dame Masters of Non-Profit Administration program and is scheduled to graduate in December.

"I'm incredibly excited and honored for the opportunity to lead this amazing organization," Logan said in a news release. "We've built a solid foundation of serving youth, families and educators throughout our community over the last decade and as we look to the future.

"OH WOW will play a major part in cultivating innovation and imagination and a new world of possibilities." Logan said.

Two ribbon-cuttings set this week

The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber reports that two businesses have scheduled ribbon-cutting ceremonies this week

In Canfield, Queen Nails and Spas II will be opening up at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The business also has a Boardman location.

Queen Nails specializes in nail services like acrylic nails, solar nails and manicures as well as pedicures and waxing. It's a family business going on its third decade of operation. 

To schedule an appointment, call 330-286-3050.

At 11 a.m. Friday in Niles, Infinite Consortium Gaming will open its second location in the Eastwood Mall. 

Infinite Consortium sells different types of board games and card games. The store offers items like Pokémon cards as well as puzzles and hobby supplies for miniatures. The shop also has a  selection of Legos and role-playing games.

“We wanted to thank our amazing community of gamers," owner Tom Vaughn said in a news release. "We are excited to show off the new store to old friends and to the new ones we have yet to meet."

To reach Infinite Consortium Gaming, call 724-342-0500 or email Tom@icgstore.com or visit the website www.icgstore.com.

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