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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- William Cann, Trumbull County manager of business development for the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber, was voted in as an Ohio Economic Development Association board member and area director for the Northeast Region for 2015. Cann, of Austintown, has been with the Regional Chamber since 2012. He earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s in business administration from Youngstown State University. He will replace Sarah Boyarko, vice president of economic development, North America, for the Regional chamber. Her term expires in December. The OEDA...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -- New-vehicle retail sales are expected to reach their highest level for October since 2004, according to a monthly sales forecast developed jointly by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. Retail sales of new vehciles are projected to come in at 1.1 million units, a 6% increase compared with October 2013. The retail seasonally adjusted annualized rate in October is expected to be 13.6 million units, 700,000 units stronger than October 2013. Retail transactions are the most accurate measure of the underlying consumer demand for new vehicles. "The...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to enact a clearer and more tangible way to label the sugar content in foods by changing the measurement to teaspoons instead of grams to make it easier for consumers to conceptualize the true amount of sugar in a product. Ryan, author of The Real Food Revolution, sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg calling for the change earlier this week. “This is a small, but important step on the road to better health for all of us,” Ryan, D-13 Ohio, said. “The best way to reduce...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The International Traffic in Arms Regulations/Export Administration Regulations Program, sponsored by the International Trade Assistance Center at Youngstown State University, is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5. Robert Imbriani, whom YSU describes as “an expert on export controls under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the Export Administration Regulations and other U.S. export control laws and regulations,” will present the program. The seminar is intended to provide those who attend with “a solid understanding of export compliance...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NILES, Ohio -- First Niles Financial Inc., holding company for Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of Niles, reports net income of $22,000 for the three months ended Sept. 30, compared to a loss of $170,000 for the same period in 2013. That's an increase of $192,000, the company said. First Niles also reportes net income for the first nine months of 2014 was $193,000 compared to a loss of $307,000, an increase of $500,000. Higher net income in the most recent quarter and year-to-date figures primarily result from increases in net interest income and non-...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO -- Businesses owned by women often face different challenges than their male counterparts, a new study has found. Despite the hurdles they face, 85% of female small-business owners say they would dive into running their own businesses all over again if given the chance, according to the "Pay It Forward" survey commissioned by Bank of the West. Although women put in more effort in preparation, female business owners said that they did not fully immerse themselves in knowing the economic ramifications of starting a business. Only 39% of women (compared to...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- No roosters crow at the break of dawn here. No sounds of livestock in the distance. And, you’ll not find Katie and Tom Phibbs’ lettuce farm nestled among rolling pastures and country roads that stretch for miles. Instead you can find the Phibbses’ farm at the bottom of a narrow stairwell that leads to the basement of 907 Elm St. in Youngstown. “We grow all of it indoors now,” says Katie Phibbs. She and her husband own The Lettuce People, the first underground farm of its kind in the country....

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien BOARDMAN, Ohio -- A 40,000-square-foot repair and reconditioning shop along Market Street simply wasn’t large enough for King Collision to handle the rise in rear-enders, dings, sideswipes and other mishaps to vehicles that occur everyday in the Mahoning Valley. As the accident rate rose, so too did the need for additional space at King Collision, which formally opened its fourth shop in the region at 5801 Southern Blvd., Monday afternoon. “We’ve been looking into expanding, and this building came up for sale,”...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Eclipse Resources Corp. reported Monday that two well pads recently placed into commission in Ohio's Utica shale are pumping gas at a combined rate of 52.6 million cubic feet per day. The Shoyer pad's two wells in Monroe County collectively produced on average 42.5 million cubic feet per day, the company said. The wells are located in the Utica's dry gas curve with average lateral lengths of 7,819 feet and have been flowing into sales between 10 and 20 days. Both wells have exhibited shallow pressure declines, indicating a strong reservoir and...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Chaney STEM/VPN Campus was selected as one of 114 schools that will receive a grant from technology giant Apple.   The grant will provide every student, teacher and administrator at Chaney with an iPad, according to a news release issued by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13 Ohio. The grant is part of President Obama’s ConnectED initiative. Chaney is one of three Ohio schools selected to share in Apple's grants totaling $100 million over the next few years. In addition to the iPads, Apple will provide every teacher and administrator with an iMac computer...

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