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BUSINESS UPDATES | Direction Home of Eastern Ohio offers Medicare assistance

Also among today's business updates: Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership; Oak Hill Collaborative; Dalia's Caribbean Kitchen; Minority Business Outreach Initiative; and AAA East Central.
Jennifer Adams - Direction Home of Eastern Ohio
Jennifer Adams, long-term care consultant for Direction Home of Eastern Ohio, said she has “saved people hundreds of dollars by finding a plan that covers more and costs them less.” (Contributed photo)

YOUNGSTOWN — Direction Home of Eastern Ohio is offering assistance in navigating Medicare open enrollment.

Staff members will help review current medications, doctors and pharmacies and offer a comparison of plans.

“I have encountered individuals who have had the same plan since signing up for Medicare,” Jennifer Adams, long-term care consultant for Direction Home of Eastern Ohio, said in a news release. “As your needs change, it is always good to look at your plan to make sure you are getting what you need and paying the lowest cost possible.”

For information about Medicare savings programs or help with Medicare open enrollment, call 330-505-2300 or 800-686-7367.

Oak Hill Collaborative, TNP partner on Digital Advantage effort

WARREN — Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and the Oak Hill Collaborative are partnering to promote the federal reimbursement Emergency Broadband Benefit program to Warren-area residents. 

Under the program, qualifying low-income families will receive up to $50 off per month on their internet bill. For many, it may result in free internet, a news release states.

“The Collaborative previously has been promoting the EBB program in Youngstown along with

low-cost refurbished computers and free computer classes,” Pat Kerrigan, executive director of the Oak Hill Collaborative, said in the release. “This effort will help bridge the digital divide in Warren as it brings more affordable and equitable internet to our residents.”

As part of its Digital Advantage Initiative, representatives from the Oak Hill Collaborative will be on-site at designated days and locations in Warren to explain the program and help residents

navigate through the two-step sign-up process. Sign-up days and locations will be announced later this month.

“We strive every day to help those families most in need in our community,” Lisa Ramsey, deputy director of Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, said. “Digital inclusion efforts such as this are essential in today’s society, where it is increasingly hard to access education, health care or employment opportunities without access to a computer and the internet.”

Dalia's Caribbean Kitchen to celebrate grand opening

YOUNGSTOWN — Dalia's Caribbean Kitchen, 832 Elm St., will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon today.

There will be a Caribbean seafood boil from 5 to 8 p.m.

Owner Dalia Edwards is a native of Brooklyn. N.Y., and has roots in Panama and Kingston, Jamaica. She moved to Youngstown about four years ago.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Minority Business Outreach Initiative to host webinar

YOUNGSTOWN — The Minority Business Outreach Initiative will host an “Introduction to Business Model Canvas” webinar from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday.

The instructor, TaRee Avery, is an operations specialist and Certified Business Advisor candidate. To register for the free webinar, click here.

The Minority Business Outreach Initiative also will host webinars on the third Thursday in November and December.

The city of Youngstown’s Community Planning and Economic Development Department, under the leadership of Nikki Posterli, chief of staff and department director, created the Minority Business Outreach Initiative. The MBOI is staffed with Certified Business Advisors and a Mahoning Food Access coordinator.

In December 2020, the city contracted with Carmella M. Williams to administer Community Development Block Grant CARES (CDBG-CV) Act funds and provide businesses with technical assistance. To date, $37,900 in grants have been awarded to five minority-owned businesses, with more in the process of receiving assistance and awards.

AAA East Central offering free battery checks in Niles

NILES — AAA East Central is offering a free battery and electrical system check from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at its office at 937 Youngstown-Warren Road.

Technicians will determine if attendees’ batteries are strong enough to endure the cold winter months. If needed, attendees can purchase batteries on the spot.

Gasoline prices increase 14 cents in Northeast Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — The average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio is 14 cents higher this week at $3.25 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

The average price for unleaded self-service gasoline in the Youngstown area is $3.22 per gallon.

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