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Friday, July 18, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Driven by increased demand for electronic items and parents’ need to restock their children’s school supplies from last year, families this summer will spend slightly more on back-to-school items than last year, the National Retail Federation projects. The average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $669.28 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics, up 5% from last year. Combined spending for back to school and college is expected to reach $74.9 billion, the National Retail Federation's 2014 Back-to-School Survey found. Total spending will...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown Maker City Initiative was unveiled today by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13, who says it is a direct response to President Obama’s call last month for the creation of "maker cities." "The Youngstown Maker City Initiative builds on the strength of our community’s manufacturing heritage by pledging to support local efforts that drive economic growth, create jobs, promote new collaborations, inspire our youth and strengthen STEM-based learning opportunities," Ryan said. The Initiative is a combined effort of the congressman's office, America...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Y-town vodka, distilled and bottled in Boardman, has won national recognition for its quality and the design and labels on its bottles. The American Distilling Institute in California awarded Y-town its award for “Best of Category, Craft Spirit” and a gold medal last spring. The outlet where it was first offered for sale in January, Chalet Premier in North Lima, reports good sales as customers return to buy more. “We’ve sold quite a few cases,” reports Joyce D’Amico, a co-owner of Chalet Premier...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- BP America, which announced in April it would pull up stakes in the Utica and place its leasehold acres up for sale in Trumbull and Mahoning counties (READ STORY), received a permit last week to plug and abandon its Jewett 1H well in Johnston Township in Trumbull County, according to data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. BP's operating partner in the venture, Brammer Engineering, is also seeking permits to plug and abandon its Dunbar well in Vernon Township and its Roscoe well in Gustavus Township, both in Trumbull County, according...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore FARRELL, Pa. -- For the past six years, Andrew Rademacher has been cutting shoes in half. Along the back wall of Lems Shoes, the company in Farrell, Pa., that Rademacher founded in 2010, are three shelves filled with shoes both intact and halved. The shelves are a testament to the six years of research that Rademacher has spent to build a better shoe. “I couldn’t find a shoe that fit the shape of my foot,” he begins. “No shoe was comfortable. They always squeezed my toe and elevated my heel. Traditional shoe...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Failing to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank will harm the ability of U.S. companies -- particularly small businesses -- to get their products into foreign markets, warns U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.  The Ex-Im Bank fills gaps in private export financing. Assistance it offers includes working capital guarantees, export-credit insurance and financing to help foreign buyers purchase U.S. goods and services. By charging fees and interest on all loan-related transactions, the bank is self-sustaining...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A total of 7,660 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in June. These numbers compare to June 2013, when 7,185 new entities filed with the office of secretary of state. From January through June, the office has processed 49,254 new business filings, up from the 47,918 filings the same period last year. During 2012 and 2013, the state saw a record-setting number of new businesses file with 88,068 and 89,735 new companies respectively filing, reported Jon Husted, secretary of state. Growth in online business filings has been steady and available...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

KENT, Ohio – Members of the Kent State University faculty have been awarded nearly $2.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation for research over the next three years in biology, physics and the science of liquid crystals, the university announced Wednesday. All faculty investigators have roles planned in the research projects for students -- undergraduate and graduate -- and, in two cases, outreach to area high school students, through research internships, science fairs and Upward Bound college preparation. The awards will fund basic research on how plants respond to...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Thomas F. Farrell II, president and CEO of Dominion, is among the speakers slated for the Youngstown Ohio Utica Natural Gas 2014 Conference & Expo, scheduled for Sept. 10-11 at the Covelli Centre. Other speakers planned for Young 2014, which is presented by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, include a representative of VAM USA, the chamber announced today. Gov. John Kasich and Sheng-Chun Lin, chairman of CPC Corp. in Taiwan, have been invited to appear as well. Young 2014 includes a job fair open to all Mahoning Valley industries....

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- YSUScape will host a fundraiser 5-9 p.m. Friday at "Nove Gatto" in Erie Terminal Place, 112 Commerce St. downtown. The event aims to raise funds for a beautification and mural project at the former R&S convenience store at Elm Street and Madison Avenue. YSU students plan to complete the mural this fall. The fundraising event will feature food, beverage and support from Martini Brothers, V2 Wine Bar and Trattoria, Avalon Downtown, MVR, Suzie's Dogs & Drafts, One Hot Cookie, Gia Russa, the Youngstown State University athletic department,...

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