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BUSINESS UPDATES | Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates to open new center in Warren

Among today's business updates: Bloomberg Eyecare; Salem Car Wash and Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley; Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC; Mahoning County Educational Service Center; Coldwell Banker EvenBay Real Estate; Direction Home of Eastern Ohio; MacPherson & Company; and Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.

WARREN — Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates is opening an orthopaedic-focused urgent care center at 1695 Niles-Cortland Road NE, Warren, on Monday. 

The center will provide specialized care for patients 13 and older with orthopaedic injuries in need of immediate attention. This includes sports injuries, workers’ compensation injuries, dislocations, fractures, strains, sprains and any muscle, bone or joint injuries. It also will provide X-ray imaging and bracing services.

The new orthopaedic-focused urgent care center, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, is the first of its kind to open in Trumbull County, a news release states.

“We’re looking forward to filling this gap in Trumbull County, by providing low-cost, high-quality specialized orthopaedic care for injuries that need immediate attention,” Dr. Thomas A. Joseph, an orthopaedic surgeon and YOA partner, said in the release. “We provide a safe, quick and effective alternative to the usual lengthy emergency room visit.”

Boardman eye clinic
gets new name, location

BOARDMAN — After 39 years at its former location, Dr. Bloomberg’s Eye Clinic moved to a new office Sept. 21 and changed its name to Bloomberg Eyecare.

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Tuesday to celebrate the opening of its new location, 1449 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite 230.

“We’ve simply outgrown the old location and needed more space,” Dr. Brad Bloomberg, chief professional officer of Bloomberg Eyecare, said in a news release. “The new location will have more examination rooms, better parking and a wider selection of eyeglass frames for our patients.”

Bloomberg Eyecare’s website also has been updated and allows for patients to request appointments.

Salem Car Wash fundraiser
to benefit Second Harvest

SALEM — Salem Car Wash, 1041 E. State St., is helping Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley’s effort to Wash Away Hunger during October. 

Anyone who donates a nonperishable food item through Oct. 31 will receive $1 off a car wash. In addition, Salem Car Wash will donate $2 for each “The Works,” “Ultimate” or new “Unlimited Wash Plan” purchased during the month. 

For every $1 received, the food bank can provide six meals to families in need in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, a news release states.

“We greatly appreciate the continued support of Salem Car Wash,” Mike Iberis, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank, said in the release. “Last year, Wash Away Hunger enabled the food bank to provide 11,250 meals to hungry people in our community.”

Sweeney promotion boosts
Joanie's Promise fund

YOUNGSTOWN — Mercy Health-Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, the Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley and Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC are teaming up to help women get screening mammography and diagnostic imaging. 

For every new car sold in October, Sweeney will donate $50 to Joanie’s Promise, a fund of the Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley that provides financial assistance to help women get their annual exam.

According to Mercy Health, one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Early detection remains the key in helping women both battle and win their fight against this all too common diagnosis. 

“Our family, much like Mercy Health, have been serving the Valley for 100 years,” said Alexa Sweeney Blackann, president, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC. “We, along with our customers who are helping to support this campaign, are proud to afford women in our community access to these life-saving exams.”

Mahoning County ESC to host
weekly virtual hiring event

CANFIELD — The Mahoning County Educational Service Center, 7320 N. Palmyra Road, will host a virtual hiring event weekly every Tuesday at 9 a.m. beginning Oct. 6. 

Each week, participants in the Zoom event will hear about positions available in local school districts. Available positions include preschool and school-age education aide, substitute teacher, tutor, special services aide, school nurse substitute and Help Me Grow home visitor. Positions may change or be added throughout the school year based on need, a news release states.

Attendees are asked to have a resume available in PDF form ready to provide during the event. Interested candidates can register here.

The event is organized by the Mahoning Valley Regional Council of Government. For more information, contact Sandy Furnao, director of MVRCOG, at 330-533-8755 or

EvenBay Real Estate brings
Coldwell Banker back to Valley

WARREN — EvenBay Real Estate has joined the Coldwell Banker family through franchise and, as of Thursday, is doing business as Coldwell Banker EvenBay Real Estate.

“Bringing Coldwell Banker back to the Valley is an exciting time for EvenBay,” Michael Stevens, owner and Realtor, said in a news release. “As we worked alongside Coldwell Banker on this transition, we identified the immense value that Coldwell Banker brings to EvenBay, our agents and the Mahoning Valley/Northeast Ohio. Likewise, Coldwell Banker showed the utmost interest in the potential of EvenBay Real Estate and the Valley.”

"The addition of the new Coldwell Banker EvenBay Real Estate office will further strengthen the Coldwell Banker presence in the Northeast Ohio market,” M. Ryan Gorman, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker, said in the release. “Coldwell Banker is pleased to add this new office to our network”.

Direction Home honored for
Crisis Intervention Program

YOUNGSTOWN — Direction Home of Eastern Ohio has received a 2020 Aging Achievement Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging for its Crisis Intervention Program.

The program is a community partnership that identifies and serves at-risk individuals living in Mahoning County through direct crisis coordination.

The crisis coordinator serves as a single point of contact for identified cases, ensuring coordination of services, reducing service overlap and creating customized plans of care during face-to-face home visits with individuals needing in-home services or suffering from mental health challenges or housing instability, a news release states.

The Crisis Intervention Program is a partnership between Direction Home of Eastern Ohio, Judge Robert Rusu of Mahoning County Probate Court, Mercy Health Foundation and the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board.

“This program has been a wonderful addition to the county, and through a collaborative effort we continue to help those individuals who would have otherwise fallen through the cracks of the systems,” Joseph Rossi, CEO of Direction Home of Eastern Ohio, said in the release.

MacPherson & Company to have
ribbon-cutting and open house

WARREN — MacPherson & Company will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at 11 a.m. Monday to celebrate its move to its new location, 2809 Mahoning Ave.

The company manufactures specialty glass exclusively for industrial applications, according to its website

The company has brought 10 new jobs to the Valley and hopes to triple that number in coming years, a news release states.

When the company renovated its new location, additional office space was converted into a conference meeting room that can seat up to 35 people and a dining hall that seats 25. Both will seat more when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. The meeting room and dining hall are available for rent by businesses and residents.

Regional chamber’s MacMillan
earns Ohio CED credential

YOUNGSTOWN — Shea MacMillan, manager of business development for the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, has completed the necessary coursework through the Ohio Economic Development Institute to earn the Ohio Certified Economic Developer credential.

“The Ohio Certified Economic Developer credential is designed to demonstrate the depth and breadth of an individual’s knowledge and their ability to apply that knowledge to the benefit of their community or organization,” according to the Ohio Economic Development Association. “The Ohio CED designation also represents the economic development practitioner’s commitment to advancing the Ohio economy and elevating the economic development profession.”

Over the past two years, MacMillan completed the Basic Economic Development Course, as well as training related to real estate development, site selection and development, finance and incentives, and business retention and expansion. The training concluded with a yearlong capstone project, presentation and exam.

MacMillan’s capstone project was an analysis of the railroad infrastructure in the Valley. The goal of the project was to produce a resource that helps maintain the local railroad infrastructure and support the businesses that rely on it, as well as generating new rail usage and identifying the necessary upgrades.

Giant Eagle, Walgreens
acknowledged for inclusion

COLUMBUS – Giant Eagle and Walgreens are among the companies honored by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) for the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the workplace.

Friday, OOD named The Kroger Co. as the 2020 Champion of Inclusion Award winner for its commitment to inclusion and for being a leader of diversity and inclusion best practices in Ohio.

OOD’s Employer Partners of Inclusion Awards are a significant part of OOD’s annual business recognition program and highlight Ohio companies committed to providing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. There are four levels of awards: Champion, Platinum, Gold and Silver.

Giant Eagle and Walgreens received Platinum status.

At each award level, employers must meet certain diversity and inclusion criteria. Other conpanies honored are: 

  • Platinum Award: Advance Auto Parts, FedEx, OhioHealth and The Ohio State University and OSU Wexner Medical Center.
  • Gold Award: Aramark, Bob Evans, Cleveland Clinic, InfoCision, Janitorial Services Inc., KeyBank, Levy Restaurants, MaritzCX, Meijer Inc., Mercy Health, Procter & Gamble, ProMedica/Heartland-HCR ManorCare, Sodexo, Speedway, Staffmark, Startek and Teleperformance USA.
  • Silver Award: Amazon, Incept Corp. and University Hospitals.

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