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BUSINESS UPDATES | Michael Francisco hired as account coordinator at 898 Marketing

Also among today's business updates: Explore the Valley Virtual Career Fair; Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition; Warren Area Chamber of Commerce Education, Civic & Cultural Foundation; and Ohio Small Business Development Center at YSU.
Michael Francisco
Michael Francisco has been hired as an account coordinator at 898 Marketing. (Contributed photo)

CANFIELD — After having his 2020 internship at 898 Marketing extended during the COVID-19 pandemic so he could gain additional experience, Michael Francisco has been hired full time as an account coordinator.

“Finding local talent and retaining them is a way we can continue to build our community and what we do for our clients,” Jeff Ryznar, president of 898 Marketing, said in a news release. “Michael is evidence to not only the talent that YSU is producing with young business professionals but has adapted to a unique internship experience, showing that he would be a valuable asset to our team and portfolio of partners. We’re excited to welcome him to our team.”

Francisco graduated from Youngstown State University in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a major in advertising and public relations and a minor in marketing management.

At 898 Marketing, Francisco will assist in the development of social content for a variety of clients, including Peak I.T., Valley Office Solutions, Burgan Real Estate, Thompson Heating & Cooling, Youngstown Country Club and others.

“Being an intern with 898 Marketing only confirmed that this was the only place I wanted to be,” Francisco said. “I’m surrounded by such a special group of people who I know will help me and our clients succeed. I can’t wait to continue to grow and learn here as an official team member of this great company.”

Explore the Valley Virtual Career Fair scheduled for Wednesday

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University’s Division of Workforce Education and Innovation, Jobs Ohio and General Motors Community Investment are partnering to present the free Explore the Valley Virtual Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Individuals looking for the latest career opportunities in the Mahoning Valley’s emerging high-tech industries are invited to register for the event.

Participating employers include Ultium Cells, Cafaro Co., Lordstown Motors, Mercy Health, L.B. Foster, Steward Healthcare, Respiratory Care Partners, Cintas, Southwoods Health, Valor, Schwebel’s Aptiv, Windsor House, Vallourec Star, Community Corrections Association, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Park Vista, Gillette Skilled Nursing Rehab, Youngstown Tool and Die, Briarfield Manor and ONE Health Ohio.

“The Youngstown/Mahoning Valley region is making a major comeback with new industries centered around electric vehicles, energy storage and other industry 4.0 jobs like robotics, automation, information technology, advanced manufacturing and more,” Jennifer Oddo, executive director of Workforce Education and Innovation, said in a news release.

“Thousands of new-collar jobs are being created, and YSU is leading the charge to bring the community together and attract talent to the area through this virtual career fair.” 

For more information, contact Oddo at or 440-725-1825.

MVMC engages partners to establish Career Coaching Network

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition has taken the initial steps toward establishing a local Career Coaching Network, including identifying partner organizations to help build and execute the program. 

“The Mahoning Valley has a strong manufacturing heritage, and we are excited to see it grow through partnerships established by Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition’s Career Coaching Network,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a news release. “General Motors’ investment in the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition will further strengthen Ohio’s manufacturing industry.”

The Career Coaching Network is funded from a portion of GM’s $12 million Community Support Fund in the Mahoning Valley, established as part of the settlement for GM’s repayment of its Job Creation and Retention Tax Credit incentives related to the closure of the Lordstown assembly facility. 

“Through this initiative, we aim to create a forum for the exchange of best practices and ideas, and improve exposure to the in-demand career pathways available in today’s manufacturing industry among a broadly defined group of career counselors,” Jessica Borza, MVMC executive director, said in the release.

In April, MVMC solicited proposals to aid in the planning, professional development, academic and career counseling and coalition-building elements of the network. Partners chosen to assist in the building of the Career Coaching Network include:

  • Career Coaching Learning Community: The Chelsea Mills Group, Towards Employment, R4Workforce; to build programming, capacity, fiscal management and administration;
  • Career Coaching Asset Mapping: The New Growth Group LLC, United Returning Citizens; to identify partners, employers, aligned programs and resources involved in career counseling;
  • Grassroots Outreach and Coordination: National Center for Urban Solutions, United Returning Citizens; to build networks and strategies for engaging students and job seekers, particularly among minority and re-entry populations.

Warren Area Chamber of Commerce ECC Foundation distributes $25K

WARREN — The Warren Area Chamber of Commerce Education, Civic & Cultural Foundation recently distributed $25,000 in grant funds to two organizations in support of the arts. 

The Education, Civic & Cultural Foundation distributed $20,000 to the Warren Community Amphitheatre Foundation to support the River Rock at the Amp 2021 concert season, as well as $5,000 to the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra for the Strings of Joy program.

The foundation, established in 1991 and managed by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, exclusively funds projects in Trumbull County.

Since 1991, the ECC Foundation has given more than $1.7 million to organizations, a news release states.

LinkedIn webinar for businesses scheduled for June 22

YOUNGSTOWN — The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Youngstown State University is partnering with Curt Anderson, an eCommerce consultant, to provide a LinkedIn webinar for businesses just starting out and those that want to increase their current customer network.

The webinar, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. June 22, will focus on:

  • Creating an inviting LinkedIn profile;
  • Showcasing experience and expertise;
  • Connecting and engaging with a target market;
  • Delivering valuable and impactful content;
  • Developing vibrant business relationships.

To register, click here.

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