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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Better Business Bureau serving Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties has set its 2014 Annual Meeting of Accredited Businesses for 9 a.m. Nov. 19. Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel will be the featured speaker for the event, which will be held in the Covelli Centre's Huntington Bank VIP Lounge. A light breakfast will be served at the meeting, which will provide information on the BBB’s efforts to build a network of trustworthy businesses in the Mahoning Valley.  There is no charge for the event, but reservations are...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Tony Paglia, a local news veteran and former vice president of government and media affairs for the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, has joined Pecchia Communications as senior consultant, the company announced today. Paglia will work with companies in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys on public relations, government relations and marketing programs. “Tony’s addition provides a huge lift to our company and our clients,” said Dan Pecchia, president of Pecchia Communications. “In addition to exceptional talent and experience, Tony brings an...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Investors put $149 million to work with Ohio entrepreneurial companies in 2013, according to a report released Monday by VentureOhio. VentureOhio, founded last year, describes itself as “a unified voice for the capital sources and other organizations that finance or support high growth that seek to make Ohio a preferred location for high potential entrepreneurial activity.”  Its report points out the need for more capital if the needs of the growing companies are to be met. The report is based on responses from 48 investors, 34 of which have their headquarters in Ohio....

Monday, October 6, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Dr. Iryna Lendel, assistant director of the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University, will give a presentation on shale opportunities in Ohio to a select group of Mahoning Valley business leaders Oct. 23. The boards of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, the Better Business Bureau serving Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of the Valley and the Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania are invited to the private, two-hour event. The 2 p.m. program...

Monday, October 6, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The professional practice program in Youngstown State University’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will host the semi-annual STEM Internship/Co-op Expo from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center. The expo will provide businesses an opportunity to build awareness about their organizations, learn more about student dynamics and potentially connect with faculty in various academic departments. The event is open to all current STEM students who are seeking an internship/co-op for the upcoming year....

Monday, October 6, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Every part --– some 1.3 million of them -- has a plan as the parts flow each day through Comprehensive Logistics Inc.’s operation on Victoria Road in Austintown, executives say. Each item, from the largest component to the torque value on a bolt, is accounted for at this 820,000-square-foot plant that works 24 hours a day, five days a week. All of these parts are categorized, scanned, tracked and then delivered in perfect choreographed order to their ultimate destination: the General Motors Co...

Monday, October 6, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Chris Fisher was confident that VXI Global Solutions Inc.  vxi.com  would find success when he suggested it establish a call center here. What the VXI director of operations and Howland nativeubbard  didn’t anticipate, he says, was the company’s expansion elsewhere in Ohio. Five years ago, VXI opened its first Ohio call center at 20 Federal Place with an initial class of 50 trainees. The telecommunications company opened additional sites in Canton in 2011 and Cincinnati last year. Still, the...

Monday, October 6, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- By the end of October, if all goes as Gregg Strollo anticipates, work will at last begin on Strollo Architects’ renovation of the historic Wells Building in downtown Youngstown. Strollo, partner in the architectural firm, says he should know in two to three weeks whether bank financing for the project, somewhere between $4.5 million and $5 million, will come through. He hopes to renovate the structure over seven months so it will serve as the new headquarters of his architectural firm – now...

Monday, October 6, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Wally Lamb, author of four novels that made the best-seller list of The New York Times, will deliver the Skeggs Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Stambaugh Auditorium. The Skegg Lecture Committee at Youngstown State University did not provide the subject of his talk. The committee did say his presentation is free and open to the public but those who attend must present a ticket. Lamb is the editor of anthologies of nonfiction, Couldn’t Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters and I’ll Fly Away, collections of autobiographical...

Monday, October 6, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Revenue generated from playing slot machines at the 12 casinos in the Keystone State in September was $180,311,642, or 3.9% lower than September 2013, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reports. Taxes paid were $96,417,980, the board said. Slot machine revenue at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh was $21,518,302.43, down 2.55% from September 2013. At Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie, revenues of $9,972,834.53 represent a drop of 8.55%. The average number of operating slot machines at the 12 casinos in Pennsylvania was 26,400 in September compared...

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