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BUSINESS UPDATES | Kravitz to deliver boxed lunches to St. Elizabeth workers

Among today's business updates: BRITE Energy Innovators; Burgan Real Estate; Farmers National Banc Corp.; Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics and Locust Pediatric Care Group; and AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

YOUNGSTOWN — With COVID-19 cases spiking in the region, Kravitz Deli, 3135 Belmont Ave., is turning its attention back to hospital workers, and its Inspired Catering staff will deliver 125 boxed lunches to workers at Mercy Health — St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital today.

“We have always offered box lunches because they are a convenient way to feed a group. Now we know it is the safest way,” Jack Kravitz, president of Kravitz Delicatessen Inc., said in a news release. “Unlike a buffet or a deli tray where people share at least serving utensils, the box option offers an individual item without any group handling."

Since March, Kravitz Deli has delivered more than 1,000 boxed meals to the hospital with the help of customers and donors. Each box delivered to a worker contains a note identifying the sponsor. Sponsorships are available through the end of the year for the Youngstown hospital or other hospitals throughout the region. For more information, call Patty at 330-881-8081.

Akron Community Foundation
awards $1K to BRITE Energy

WARREN — The Akron Community Foundation has awarded BRITE Energy Innovators $1,000 to facilitate its work with eight Akron-metro startups. 

BRITE is the state’s only energy incubator and has assisted nearly 300 new energy startups statewide.

“Akron and Warren have a long history of working together — from Simon Perkins to the eBay program. We have a lot of places to grow together,” Rick Stockburger, BRITE CEO, said in a news release. “The commitment from the Akron Community Foundation continues to build on the relationship in our goal to support cleantech startups in the region."

The collaboration will open avenues for economic development in the Akron and Summit County area by assisting with fundraising, capacity building and transformation of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

To satisfy the goals of the funding, BRITE will review pertinent information provided by partners and then assist in areas specific to BRITE’s expertise through a management workflow system.

The Akron Community Foundation Civic Affairs committee annually awards grants to programs that address the workforce skills gap, support economic empowerment initiatives and boost neighborhood revitalization programs, among other civic initiatives, the release states.

Karl Reph begins career
with Burgan Real Estate

CANFIELD — Karl Reph, a native of Berlin Center, is the latest addition to Burgan Real Estate’s group of agents.

“As I start my professional career, I was searching for an opportunity that would not only

challenge me but allow me to be in control of my path to success,” Reph said in a news release. “Meeting Patrick Burgan and seeing both the joys and successes he and Sue [Filipovich] have both had early on in their careers in real estate is something I know I can achieve by being with a company that is as supportive and trusted as Burgan Real Estate.”

Patrick Burgan, broker and co-owner of Burgan Real Estate, said Reph reminds him of himself at the start of his career.

“Meeting Karl reminded me of how I was in my early days as a Realtor and seeing the type of person he is and who he hoped to become, it was very clear that this was someone who would embrace our culture as he grows as an agent and a person in his professional journey with Burgan Real Estate,” Burgan said in the release.

Farmers National Banc Corp.
declares quarterly cash dividend

CANFIELD — The board of directors of Farmers National Banc Corp. on Tuesday declared a quarterly cash dividend of 11 cents per share. The common stock cash dividend will have a record date of Dec. 11 and is payable to shareholders on Dec. 31.

Akron Children’s practices launch
telehealth option for pediatrician interviews

AKRON — Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics and the Locust Pediatric Care Group now offer free provider interviews via telehealth.

“We’ve always offered in-person interviews for expectant parents who are choosing a provider for their babies — or parents who want to change their child’s primary care provider,” Ben Teske, director of primary care operations at Akron Children’s Hospital, said in a news release. “Offering these interviews by telehealth/video provides a convenient and safe option as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Every Akron Children’s primary care provider who is accepting new patients offers telehealth interviews. To schedule a telehealth interview, parents should call the Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics office of their choice or Locust Pediatric Care Group. Parents will receive an email the day before the appointment that includes the video link for the telehealth visit.

During the interview, parents can ask about the provider’s education and years of experience; philosophy on everything from vaccines to potty-training; and learn about office hours, appointment availability and after-hours coverage. If parents don’t make a connection with the provider during the telehealth interview, they can schedule an interview with a different provider.

Northeast Ohio gas prices
steady ahead of Thanksgiving

YOUNGSTOWN — The average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio is the same this week at $1.96 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

The average price for unleaded self-service gasoline in the Youngstown area is $1.93 per gallon.

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