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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Guy Coviello has been named vice president of government affairs at the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber. In his new position, Coviello, who begins Sept. 30, will represent interests of the chamber and the business community with federal, state and local elected officials as well as handling news media relations. He succeeds Tony Paglia, who retired in May. “We look forward to the contributions Guy will make to our team and membership. His talent and years of experience in the media realm serve to enhance the efforts of the Regional Chamber,”...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore BOARDMAN, Ohio -- With a plan in place to take Youngstown pizza to the rest of the country, Eddie Muransky officially opened the first Rise Pies Tuesday at 439 Boardman-Poland Road. The restaurant, which has an oven that bakes pizzas at 600 degrees for 20 seconds shy of three minutes, can compete with national chains in terms of speed -- the store's motto is “Pizza perfection in 160 seconds” -- and quality, Muransky asserted. “A burgeoning segment of the fast-casual [food] market is pizza. We looked at some...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. -- Four major U.S. energy companies -- Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources -- have formed a joint venture to build and own the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The pipeline would provide a new route for direct access to the burgeoning production in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the companies said. The 550-mile natural gas pipeline, projected to cost between $4.5 billion and $5 billion, would run from Harrison County, W.Va., southeast through Virginia with an extension to...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- In an effort to help small businesses here grow, the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. is taking applications for equipment loans for anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 until Oct. 15. Liberty Merrill, YNDC land re-use director, says applications are open to any startup or business that employs five or fewer, provided the business is in Youngstown and the owner lives in the city. Other factors will also play into whether the credits are granted, she adds. “We do have a limited amount of...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The stock market has recovered since the Great Recession, but many Americans remain wary of investing or simply unable to get started. Just more than half, 51%, said in a survey that they do not invest in the stock or bond markets in any way. For those that do not invest, 56% say not having enough money is the biggest obstacle, found the Country Financial Security Index survey. Americans also cite their distrust of the stock and bond markets (12%) and not knowing how to get started (11%). Of the 45% who invest, they're focused on the future and are diligent about...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Maureen Cronin had served on the board of Midlothian Free Health Clinic Inc. for months when she was asked to take the newly created position of executive director. “The clinic started to grow and we started to get some federal grants,” Cronin says. “The clinic decided they needed a paid executive director and they offered me the position.”  The Midlothian Free Clinic, operated at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on East Midlothian Boulevard in Youngstown, is a provider of primary care and open the...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Combining community development and economic development into one department is “the right thing at the right time” for the city, Mayor John McNally says, a goal he wants to meet by early 2015. City voters will consider a charter amendment to form such a department now that City Council has approved placing the measure on the November ballot. Merging the two departments and eventually combining them in a single space will improve communication, he said. Community development is in the City...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien SHARON, Pa. -- Business expansions across the Shenango Valley point to an economy in growth mode, fueled by renewed energy in the retail, commercial and industrial sectors, officials say. “Generally, the atmosphere here is very positive,” says Robert McCracken, president of the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce. “Companies are quietly beginning to do things.” McCracken observes that while some effects from the Great Recession linger, businesses in the Shenango Valley are expressing more confidence in the local...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Butler Institute of American Art and Western Reserve PBS will present a preview of the documentary, “James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty,” at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Beecher Center Auditorium of The Butler, Lou Zona announces. Zona, executive director of The Butler, will offer a tour of Whistler’s works in his museum before the documentary is shown. The film, produced for PBS, examines the life of Whistler, a dandy and radical artistic visionary, Zona says. Whistler (1834-1903) introduced ideas and forms that were avant-garde in their...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Michael Feuer, co-founder and former CEO of OfficeMax, will speak at Youngstown State University Sept. 18 as part of the Williamson Symposium Series. Feuer is CEO and managing director of Max-Ventures, a private equity and consulting firm. Feuer will speak at 2 and 6 p.m. in the auditorium of Williamson Hall as part of the “executive on campus” program at the Williamson College of Business Administration. The sessions are free and open to the public. Feuer has spent more than 35 years as a corporate executive, entrepreneur, management consultant,...

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