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BUSINESS UPDATES | Mahoning Valley College Access Program unveils new name

Also among today's business updates: Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber; Boscov’s; Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley; and OhanaLink Technologies.
Gerri Jenkins - MyPath
Gerri Jenkins, executive director of MyPath Mahoning Valley, unveils the organization's new name and logo at the Youngstown Event Center. (Contributed photo)

WARREN — The Mahoning Valley College Access Program last week unveiled a new name — MyPath Mahoning Valley — to reflect the expanding scope of its service to local high school students. 

“Our new name reflects the individuality of the students we serve and our dedication to helping each student identify his or her individual path to success,” Gerri Jenkins, executive director of MyPath, said in a news release. “While helping students prepare for college is still an important part of our work, we’re also serving students who need to prepare for other paths, like career or technical training, employment and military service.”

Established in 2001, the agency’s original mission was to help more local students access financial aid for college. But in recent years, MyPath has broadened its work to help high school students prepare for whatever pathways they choose.

MyPath serves students at five local high schools: East, Chaney and Rayen Early College in Youngstown, Warren Harding and Campbell Memorial. Its work is supported by those three school districts, charitable foundations and individual donors.

Regional chamber’s Good Morning, Niles! event set for Wednesday

NILES — The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber will welcome Boscov’s owner Jim Boscov to the Mahoning Valley at its Good Morning, Niles! event at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Boscov’s Eastwood Mall location.

Also during the event:

  • Mayor Steve Mientkiewicz will give an update about economic development initiatives in Niles and also present the city's 2021 Business Pride Award to Imperial Glazing Concepts.
  • The Avenue & Main will present its 2021 Niles Community Spirit Award to C.O.P.S. Driving Academy.
  • John Kroner Sr. of The Review Newspapers will kick off the program with remarks.

Cost is $25 for chamber members and $35 for nonmembers. To register, click here.

Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley adds board, staff members

GIRARD — Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley recently announced the appointment of seven new board members and two new staff members.

Appointed to the JAMV board were: 

  • Judge Renee DiSalvo, Youngstown Municipal Court;
  • Rocky Page, Cortland Bank;
  • Lindsay Tipton, Vallourec USA;
  • Donald Trummer, HBK CPAs and Consultants;
  • Aaron Pitko, Bodine Perry;
  • Toussaint Blake, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank;
  • Felisa Vogrin, Woodforest National Bank.

“One of our organization’s greatest assets is our highly engaged board, and the board is further strengthened by new members who bring strong leadership qualities, diverse personal perspectives and professional experience and active engagement in their communities,” Michele Merkel, president, said in a news release. “They are each well-respected and will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to drive our mission and build deeper relationships in our community.”

JAMV also welcomed to its team Jill Martin, program director, and Morgan Conley, program and special events coordinator.

OhanaLink Technologies teams up with West Virginia University program

HERMITAGE, Pa. — OhanaLink Technologies has partnered with West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics Professional Sales Institute to offer hands-on sales training for students through the university’s Sales Accelerator Program. 

The program is designed to offer an opportunity for select WVU sales management students to engage in real world sales experience. 

“We are pleased to have OhanaLink Technologies on board as one of the business partners of the Sales Accelerator Program.” David Brauer, director of the Professional Sales Institute at WVU, said in a news release. “The goal of the program is to partner with companies across a wide variety of markets where students can earn scholarship dollars while gaining practical hands-on experience navigating every part of the sales cycle in real world scenarios.”

Two students will be selected to complete onboarding and sales training with OhanaLink Technologies. They will conduct sales activity on behalf of OhanaLink with a focus on West Virginia and the surrounding region. They will be awarded scholarships based on the success of their sales activities and value of sales to customers.

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