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BUSINESS UPDATES | Discussion to focus on impact of crime on economy

Also among today's business updates: Hearing Missions Foundation; The Valley Lead Group; Mahoning County Career and Technical Center; Romeo’s Pizza; Soft Touch Furniture; American Business Center; RISE Recovery; and Blue Technologies.
Lunch and Learn - October 2021

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and The Youngstown Foundation will present a Lunch & Learn discussion from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at DoubleTree by Hilton Youngstown Downtown, 44 E. Federal St.

Shea MacMillan, director of Economic Development Projects at the regional chamber, will moderate the discussion on “Crime and Its Impact on Economic Development and Our Economy.” The panel discussion will focus on the impact of crime on the economy and the solutions that some of the panelists are working on to change the dynamic, a news release states.

Panelists will include:

  • Don Thomas, president of Platz Realty Group;
  • Dionne Dowdy, executive director of United Returning Citizens;
  • Judge Theresa Dellick, Mahoning County Juvenile Court;
  • Youngstown police Chief Carl Davis.

The cost is $10. To register, click here.

Candidates sought for free hearing aids

BOARDMAN — Hearing Missions Foundation, an affiliate of Centers for Hearing Care, is seeking local hearing-impaired candidates for its 10th annual Hearing for the Holidays mission. 

Potential candidates must contact the Hearing Mission Foundation at 330-779-8090 by Oct. 25. If selected, candidates will receive audiological counseling, their own custom-made and fitted hearing aids, a limited supply of batteries and education and instruction on proper operation and care of their new hearing devices. 

"It's not enough for patients to simply receive new hearing aids. Each recipient must know how to use and care for their devices," Dr. Sheryl Figliano, co-founder of Hearing Missions Foundation and president of the Centers for Hearing Care, said in a news release.

Candidates for the Hearing for the Holidays mission can be of any age but must be a resident of

Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana counties and be available Nov. 27 to receive their new aids. 

Eligibility is based primarily on financial need. Candidates are also screened to ensure they have a hearing impairment that can be improved with a hearing device.

"Hearing for the Holidays is focused on changing the lives of those who otherwise could not afford hearing aids. We help these patients attain their full hearing potential,” Figliano said.

Valley Lead Group to host mixer for business professionals

BOARDMAN — The Valley Lead Group, a Mahoning Valley-based business networking nonprofit organization, will host an open mixer at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Blue Wolf Tavern, 1295 Boardman-Canfield Road.

The networking event for Mahoning Valley business professionals is informal. There will be no presentation. An RSVP is requested to account for all visitors, including name, business name, phone and email. 

“This event is a great way to meet other business and community leaders and hear about growth opportunities and success stories, all in a fun and informal atmosphere,” Rob Palowitz, president and CEO of PALO Creative and co-founder of The Valley Lead Group, said in a news release.

Student-run flower shop at MCCTC is open for business 

CANFIELD — The student-run flower shop at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, 7300 N. Palmyra Road, will open to the public today.

The shop will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday.

A variety of student-created floral arrangements and wreaths will be available in a variety of styles and prices.

For more information, call 330-729-4000, ext. 1671.

YWCA offers hiring interviews today

YOUNGSTOWN — YWCA Mahoning Valley is hiring and having open interviews today from 3 to 6 p.m. at  25 W. Rayen Ave. 

These positions are open:

  • Maintenance Assistant
  • Resident Aide
  • Teacher’s Aide
  • Floater (Childcare)
  • Janitorial

Full job descriptions are available at

5 Valley businesses to have ribbon-cutting ceremonies

Five Mahoning Valley businesses will celebrate with ribbon-cutting ceremonies this week.

  • Romeo’s Pizza will celebrate the opening of a new location, 3006 Center Road, Poland, at 11 a.m. today. The new location will be under the ownership of Patrick Howlett and the Howlett Restaurant Group. It will be open seven days per week for lunch through late night. Romeo’s Pizza now has 51 locations in Ohio, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.
  • Soft Touch Furniture, 1560 S. State St., Girard, will celebrate its warehouse expansion at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Soft Touch Furniture is a family-owned and operated business that has been making commercial furniture for more than 45 years. The store recently finished construction on a new backstock material warehouse. Soft Touch Furniture stocks thousands of yards of commercial-grade fabric, vinyl, leather and recycled leather, and the backstock material warehouse is open to anyone.
  • American Business Center Inc., 7677 South Ave., Youngstown, is celebrating its 40th anniversary at 10 a.m. Thursday. “It’s incredible to be the founder of a company that has grown in the tri-state area for 40 years, and I recognize that we would not be where we are today without the support of great local businesses, our loyal customer base, collaborative business organizations such as the [Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, Better Business Bureau], one of our primary business partners, Ricoh Corp., and our dedicated staff of business professionals,” Robert Wagner, president and CEO, said in a news release. “We have accomplished a lot as a company in our first 40 years, and we are proud to say that we did it right here in Youngstown, Ohio. We are looking forward to continued growth and prosperity over the next 40 years.”
  • RISE Recovery will celebrate the opening of its third medication-assisted treatment and counseling center at 175 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, at 10:30 a.m. Friday.  "RISE Recovery is different than most other Medication-Assisted Treatment programs who use Suboxone and Vivitrol to help those with addiction,” Dr. Maria D. Kowal, chief medical officer, said in a news release. “We include a full service model that provides comprehensive medical and dental care because we know our patients do not get the full health care they deserve and need on a regular basis. This model is a more responsible way to help our addicted patients to recover and give them the gift of good health." For information about the medication-assisted treatment and counseling program, call 844-652-8219 or click here.
  • Blue Technologies, 6790 Belmont Ave., Suite A, Liberty, will celebrate the grand opening of its new office and demo room at 1 p.m. Friday. Blue Technologies is an office technology solutions company. It was founded in 1995 and also has offices in Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Columbus, Mansfield and Toledo.

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