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BUSINESS UPDATES | Regional Chamber Foundation raises $10K for OH WOW!

Among today's business updates: Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and the Mahoning Valley Farmer’s Market; Community Legal Aid; NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers; and Meijer.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber Foundation helped raise $10,000 for OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology through a fundraising event in 2020.

The Chamber Foundation hosted a VIP fundraiser with Majida Mourad, a vice president with Tellurian — the largest natural gas company in the United States — when she came to the Mahoning Valley to keynote the chamber’s Salute to Business Breakfast in late summer.

OH WOW! closed to the public in mid-March 2020 due to COVID-19 and has remained closed since then.

Suzanne Barbati, OH WOW! president and executive director, and her team have spent the past several months installing new exhibits, including a permanent energy exhibit, House of Shine exhibit and a microelectronics exhibit in partnership with Youngstown State University. The exhibits will be unveiled at the museum’s grand reopening May 15.

The Regional Chamber Foundation’s fundraiser also generated $10,000 for the regional chamber’s economic development efforts.

Workshops to help farms
plan advertising, marketing

WARREN — Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and the Mahoning Valley Farmer’s Market are presenting an interactive workshop series to help direct-to-consumer farms plan advertising and marketing.  

The course is for all farms — big or small — that sell their products at farmers markets, online, farm stands or directly from their farm. The series will kick off with a presentation at 11 a.m. today (Jan. 23) that will discuss how to use social media calendars to plan advertising campaigns.  

“Having a strong online presence and the ability to accept noncash payments like credit and the Ohio Direction Card is important for the long-term success of small, direct-to-consumer farms, and it has become even more so critical in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cassandra Clevenger, TNP community resource coordinator, said in a news release. “The workshops and networking opportunities provided through the Mahoning Valley Farmers Market Network help farmers and market managers increase their sales and customer base.”

For information about the workshops, call 330-774-8896, or click here to view all the workshops and other events in the community that are open to the public.

Community Legal Aid looks
to hire advocacy director

YOUNGSTOWN — Community Legal Aid is looking to hire an advocacy director to lead the organization’s litigation and systemic advocacy efforts.

Steve McGarrity, Legal Aid’s executive director, said he hopes this new position will take the nonprofit’s advocacy levels to new heights.

“The issues our clients face aren’t just personal issues,” McGarrity said in a news release. “They’re structural issues, including systemic racism.”

The new advocacy director will be largely focusing on those types of issues, he said.

“Fixing people’s problems one-by-one is important work, for sure. But we need a broader strategic approach if we really want to make an impact in addressing poverty in our communities — and we do,” McGarrity said.

According to McGarrity, the advocacy director will “round out” Legal Aid’s executive leadership team, which is largely new in the past five years.

“We’re taking intentional, strategic steps to make a deeper impact in the communities we serve, but to do it in a sustainable way,” he said. “This new position is deeply rooted in this idea, in that he/she/they will lead us in charting the course for Legal Aid’s litigation legacy.”

For more information and to apply, click here.

Dr. Brendan Barrett joins
NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers

YOUNGSTOWN — NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers recently announced the addition of Dr. Brendan Barrett to its staff of physicians and surgeons. 

Barrett, who specializes in sports medicine and wound care, is accepting new patients in the group's Boardman, Columbiana, Youngstown and East Liverpool offices. He is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. 

Barrett was raised in Poland and relocated to the area last fall. Before joining NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers, he worked as a podiatrist in Florida. He completed his three-year podiatric residency at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in Tampa and Bay Pines in 2016. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Youngstown State University in 2008 and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in 2013.

Meijer to provide opportunity for
businesses to showcase products

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer announced this week that it will host its first virtual Localization Summit on April 1, giving local businesses across the retailer's six-state footprint the opportunity to showcase their offerings to Meijer merchants.

Businesses that manufacture or grow retail-ready products in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan or Wisconsin can apply here by Feb. 19 for consideration.

The virtual event will focus on the following categories:

  • Grocery, including fresh deli and bakery;
  • Baby;
  • Beauty and personal care;
  • Over-the-counter and wellness.

"Many small, local businesses offer great products but can be hesitant to approach a major retailer because they are not necessarily ready to distribute to hundreds of stores," Jamie Akemann, Meijer’s group vice president of Global Sourcing, Indirect Procurement, Supplier Diversity and Product Quality, said in a news release. "This is the perfect opportunity for those businesses. The point of this summit is to bring in local businesses and accommodate what they can do now, while also building a partnership to help them grow in the future."

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