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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Three Mahoning Valley communities were ranked among the 10 best places to retire in Ohio by SmartAsset. Topping the list was Cortland, followed by Youngstown. Canfield placed fifth on the list. The main factors the list considered are taxes (income and sales combined); number of doctors’ offices;  and opportunity for recreation and a social life. Cortland, with seniors representing 20.9% of its population, received a score of 90.2 on the Best Places to Retire Index. It earned its ranking at the top of the list with a tax rate of 10.8%, 4.2 doctors...

Monday, February 2, 2015

Author:  Dan O'Brien WARREN, Ohio -- B.J. Alan Co. has positioned itself for explosive growth, three years after the consumer fireworks company purchased a portion of the former Delphi Packard Electrical Corp. complex on Larchmont Avenue. "Welcome to the largest fireworks warehouse in the United States," says William Weimer, vice president of B.J. Alan, as he greets visitors. The company uses about 750,000 square feet between two interconnected warehouses to store hundreds of thousands of cases of fireworks cases each year. Although...

Monday, February 2, 2015

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Youngstown CityScape will move to new offices over the next few weeks, but not before the organization grows with the addition to its staff of downtown activist Phil Kidd. The founder of the Defend Youngstown and Youngstown Nation campaigns, Kidd begins his new position today as associate director of CityScape. The CityScape position is “a very good fit for my experiences,” Kidd says. In addition to his roles with the Defend Youngstown and Youngstown Nation campaigns, he also owns the...

Monday, February 2, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Business Journal kicks off a two-week, social media-based contest today in conjunction with the planned launch Feb. 16 of our redesigned, digitally re-mastered website. To enter a chance to win three, quarter-page color ads in The Business Journal print edition, participants must “like” or “comment” on the contest post through The Business Journal’s Facebook page (CLICK HERE), starting today. Four winners will be chosen. Features of the redesigned website will include optimized video functionality across all platforms, a modernized homepage...

Monday, February 2, 2015

TROY, Mich. -- Talmer Bancorp Inc., holding company of Talmer Bank and Trust, reports fourth-quarter net income of $12.5 million, or 16 cents per diluted share, and full-year net income of $90.85 million, or $1.30 a share. These figures compare to third-quarter net income of $19.52 million, or 26 cents per share, fourth-quarter 2013 income of $12.55 million, or 18 cents a share, and full-year 2013 income of $98.56 million, or $1.41 per diluted share. Talmer attributed the decline in net income for the quarter ended Dec. 31 from the preceding quarter to “a third-...

Monday, February 2, 2015

WARREN, Ohio -- The Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership spent 2014 “returning derelict vacant properties to productive use,” helping residents become homeowners, restoring houses, encouraging urban farms and more healthful diets, its executive director, Matt Martin says. In its 12-page annual report, released Friday, the partnership recapped its community outreach efforts, urban farm activities, and work with the Trumbull County Land Bank as it razed dilapidated vacant houses, improved and restored other houses, and helped Warren residents become homeowners. Staff and...

Monday, February 2, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Society of Certified Professional Accountants is offering tips on filing tax returns on two new videos intended to help individual filers and business owners. The videos explore deductions and credits that taxpayers might be unaware of, says OSCPA spokeswoman Jennifer Rieman. There is no charge to watch the videos. The video for individuals covers rules for home office deductions, charitable contributions, and child and adoption credits. “There are many tax breaks available that the average person might not be aware of,” says Nicole Dulle,...

Monday, February 2, 2015

‘PITTSBURGH -- Today's "3 Minutes With" features Dr. Terry Engelder, professor of geosciences at Penn State University, who discusses drilling activity in the Marcellus shale play. Engelder was among those at last week’s Hart Energy Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference (READ RELATED STORY). "3 Minutes With" is a daily video feature produced by The Business Journal. To see who's interviewed every business day, CLICK HERE for our free daily headlines, emailed to your desktop as you start your day. Copyright 2015 The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio. CLICK HERE to subscribe to our twice-...

Friday, January 30, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- CTW Development Corp. plans to further develop land south of the retail plaza in Boardman it purchased Thursday. The acquisition is part of CTW’s efforts to position itself with more real estate in the Boardman-Canfield area, says Chuck Whitman, CTW president. “We believe in the area. We believe that growth is coming back to the Valley,” he remarks. CTW will develop another building on an outparcel south of the plaza, about three-fourths of an acre, Whitman says. In addition, he expects to announce plans for two or three other projects he is...

Friday, January 30, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Youngstown State University will offer to again help taxpayers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in its Lariccia School of Accounting and Finance. Trained YSU business students and professional volunteers will provide income tax preparation at no charge. The program runs Feb. 7 through April 11. The sessions will be in computer labs on the first floor of Williamson Hall on the YSU campus. The program offers free income tax assistance to taxpayers and evaluates credits and deductions for which they may be eligible. Free electronic...

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