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BUSINESS UPDATES | Klase named CEO of Easterseals of Mahoning, Trumbull & Columbiana Counties

Also among today's business updates: A Fresh Wind Catering; Luxe Loft by Mathews Aesthetics; Broadway Recovery Services; and Professional Development Center.
Jody Klase
Jody Klase is the new CEO of Easterseals of Mahoning, Trumbull & Columbiana Counties. (Contributed photo)

YOUNGSTOWN — Jody Klase has been appointed chief executive officer of Easterseals of Mahoning, Trumbull & Columbiana Counties.

“Jody comes to us with a vast knowledge and experience in the nonprofit world,” Christine Wray, board chair, said in a news release. “We are very excited to have her as a part of our Easterseals family.”

Klase earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Youngstown State University. Before joining Easterseals, she spent 10 years as the director of Valley Counseling Services.

She also worked at Forum Health as the supervisor of the Psychiatric Crisis Team.

A Fresh Wind Catering launches investment campaign for food truck

YOUNGSTOWN — A Fresh Wind Catering recently launched a crowdfunding investment campaign to fund the purchase of a food truck.

Owner Trina Williams launched the investment campaign Sept. 22 with Honeycomb Credit.

The campaign reached 50% of its $20,000 minimum funding goal in just five days, and exceeded 73% of its minimum goal with $14,550 raised as of Oct. 7.

“In the first week of the campaign we exceeded 50% of our minimum goal. I’ve been crying tears of joy at the abundance of blessings this community has rained down on me,” Williams said in a news release. “I’m still in awe and incredibly grateful for everyone who believes in me and this business.”

Williams launched A Fresh Wind Catering from her home in 2015 and later moved into the Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator on Elm Street.

She plans to use the truck to partner with local small businesses and to serve local students and provide fundraisers for nonprofits throughout the city.

Williams partnered with Kristen Olmi, chief economic development strategist at KO Consulting LLC, to get the investment campaign up and running.

“This type of campaign that catalyzes the power of the community to invest in small business — this is Main Street investing, and something we need more of in the Valley,” Olmi said.

There are 20 days left in the campaign. For more information and to help support A Fresh Wind Catering, click here.

Luxe Loft fundraiser to benefit Broadway Recovery Services

POLAND — Luxe Loft by Mathews Aesthetics, 112 W. Western Reserve Road, will host a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to benefit Broadway Recovery Services.

Visitors can purchase a ticket for a chance to win a free year of Botox. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. For a $50 donation, visitors can spin a prize wheel. Donations can be made at the event or online here.

Broadway Recovery Services is a “nonprofit organization that aims to provide a safe, structured, sober environment that enables and encourages individuals in recovery to continue their abstinence from drugs and alcohol, participate in treatment programs, and reconnect with their families and the community in a positive manner,” according to its website.

Professional Development Center has fall graduation ceremony

YOUNGSTOWN — The Professional Development Center, a division of Flying HIGH Inc., had its fall graduation ceremony Thursday at its main offices, 6 W. Federal St. 

Forty-two individuals earned credentials in several vocational tracks, including chemical dependency counselor assistants, state tested nurse aides, welders and computer foundation skills.

At the ceremony, Rose Carter, executive director of A.C.T.I.O.N., was the recipient of the second Eagle Award, which recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary efforts to provide opportunities for people to make their lives better and to help community members work together, a news release states.

The Professional Development Center, recognized by the Ohio Board of Career Colleges & Schools, has offered vocational training since 2011. It also operates Job Placement Welcome Centers at its downtown location and in Trumbull county at 237 Main Ave. SW, where Valley residents can walk in and have access to immediate job opportunities. The Welcome Centers are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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