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Monday, November 24, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- JobsOhio, the public-private agency created three years ago to promote economic development within the state, has seen “great strides” but has yet to show its full impact, its executive director allows. John Minor, who took over as executive director about two years ago; Jim Boland, chairman of the Jobs-Ohio Board of Directors; Don Grubbs, general counsel; and Matt Englehart, spokesman; recently met with The Business Journal’s editorial board. During the meeting, which lasted about 90 minutes...

Monday, November 24, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The founders of Fieline Inc., Roger and Gloria Jones, have endowed two scholarships at Youngstown State University, Paul McFadden, president of the YSU Foundation, announced today. The couple have long been generous supporters of YSU and other educational efforts in the Mahoning Valley, giving both their time and money. Fireline, based here, manufactures higher-performance ceramics. Both scholarships, named in honor of the Joneses, are held by the YSU Foundation. The Roger and Gloria Jones Scholarship for STEM students will be awarded to a student...

Monday, November 24, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The leadership of the Youngstown Education Association announced Sunday that it “condemns” Gov. John Kasich’s speculations that the students in Youngstown public schools would be better served by converting their schools to charter schools. The president of the YEA, Larry Ellis, made the announcement in a press release. The YEA is the collective bargaining agent for city school teachers. Ellis said he and the YEA executive committee have met with Rep.-Elect Michele Lepore-Hagan and outgoing Rep. Bob Hagan regarding Lepore-Hagan hearing Kasich’s...

Monday, November 24, 2014

NEW YORK -- Nearly half, 47%, of retailers expect holiday sales to be stronger this year than last, reports the American Express OPEN Small Business Holiday Monitor. And 36% of small-business owners overall anticipate the same level. Far more small-business owners, 42%, will give their staff end-of-year bonuses than a year ago, 27%. On average, employees can expect to receive a 15% bonus this year, up from 13% last year and 9% in 2012, according to the survey. And more small-business owners will give their clients/customers gifts this holiday season (58%, up from 41...

Friday, November 21, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Local philanthropy leaders are encouraging Mahoning Valley residents to observe “Giving Tuesday” by donating to their favorite nonprofit organizations on Dec. 2, the Tuesday that follows “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.” “While shopping for the people you love, think about a charity or cause that’s close to you,” says Shari Harrell, president of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, which supports local nonprofits and manages donor funds. “Your gift will be highly appreciated there as well.” Giving Tuesday was established in 2012 by...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- As you drive down the hill to the borough of Volant, Pa., you see one building stand out: Volant Mills. You can’t miss it. It sits at a bend in the road, a three-story white building with a blue sign proclaiming its name. It has been the center of commercial activity in Volant since it was built in the early 1800s. Today the building, which is mostly a gift store, is one of the town’s top tourist attractions. “It’s a step back to a simpler, less stressful way of life,” says Karen Rockenstein, a...

Friday, November 21, 2014

POLAND, Ohio -- The Poland Village Business Association will present "St. Claus" from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6. Participating businesses will serve treats and offer discount and coupons, Rebecca Nelis announced Thursday. Nelis of Pathways of Ohio Counseling Center is coordinating the event. Businesses that have hung PBBA wreaths outside will give Santa Surprise gifts to the first 100 families who visit their stores. Other activities have children writing letters to Santa and then delivering them him on the spot, horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting and a coloring...

Friday, November 21, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio 3, says he’s “deeply disappointed in President Obama” for taking “arrogant and unconstitutional action” in using an executive order to achieve immigration reform. Johnson, whose district includes portions of Mahoning County and all of Columbiana County, issued a statement Thursday night following Obama’s address to the nation. The president’s speech (READ TEXT) set forth a path to legal status for some five million unauthorized immigrants who are parents of United States citizens. If eligible, they would have their...

Friday, November 21, 2014

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- The final count of fall enrollment at Eastern Gateway Community College is 3,195, a 10% increase from last fall, the college announced Thursday. The jump is the largest -- and one of the few -- increases among community colleges in the state, according to officials. The increase is the result of 7% more new students and a 12% increase in the retention rate. Patty Sturch, dean of enrollment management, reported that enrollment on the Jefferson Campus in Steubenville remained even. “The college’s expansion site at the Valley Center in Youngstown...

Friday, November 21, 2014

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- The final count of fall enrollment at Eastern Gateway Community College is 3,195, a 10% increase from last fall, the college announced Thursday. The jump is the largest -- and one of the few -- increases among community colleges in the state, according to officials. The increase is the result of 7% more new students and a 12% increase in the retention rate. Patty Sturch, dean of enrollment management, reported that enrollment on the Jefferson Campus in Steubenville remained even. “The college’s expansion site at the Valley Center in Youngstown...

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