Local News

Monday, October 27, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Covelli Centre shouldered an operational loss of $83,111 during the third quarter but is on pace to exceed its year-end earnings compared with 2013. The arena posted a net operating income of $299,494 for the nine months ended Sept. 30, versus a $264,872 profit realized during the same period last year, records show. "The numbers are solid year-to-date and that's how we evaluate how the facility is doing," said Kyle Miasek, the city's assistant finance director. "We're optimistic we'll end...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, selected a startup company at the Youngstown Business Incubator Friday as the backdrop to pitch the importance of his Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, or RAMI. The legislation would provide $300 million to fund the Obama Administration's National Network for Manufacturing Innovation program, launched in 2012 with the formation of America Makes in Youngstown, the first of 12 advanced manufacturing hubs planned across the country. America...

Monday, October 27, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Sam Ciminero points to stacks of folded steel garage doors, all packaged and ready to move out should they be needed to serve someone in a pinch. “We’re one of those unique companies that actually stocks doors,” says the owner of Great Garage Doors Inc., which this year celebrates 30 years in business. “This way we can give better service, especially in the winter months.” Sales are the best they’ve ever been, Ciminero relates, for the Youngstown-based company that has operated from its site on Andrews Avenue a quarter century. Key to that success...

Monday, October 27, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Youngstown Design Works, a design agency operated by graphics and interactive-design students at Youngstown State University, will continue its program of providing design services to the community with a program today through Friday. Student assistance will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the Oak Hill Collaborative on Oak Hill Avenue. Interested companies, nonprofits, small businesses, startups, community groups and sole proprietors can schedule an appointment for a consultation by visiting the website below. The students will help...

Monday, October 27, 2014

NEW YORK -- Small-business owners’ optimism on their business prospects and the economy continue to rise, reports the fall issue of American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor. In Ohio, 82% of owners say the rewards being an entrepreneur outweigh the demands and 88% see the glass as “half-full” and are optimistic, up significantly from 66% six months ago. Ohio business owners, however, are slightly less optimistic for their business prospects over the next six months, 58%, than they were last spring, 64%, and with their counterparts in the North Central states, 60...

Monday, October 27, 2014

KENT, Ohio -- The college of business administration at Kent State University has signed an agreement to promote exports by establishing  a U.S. Export Assistance Center at the university, Todd Hiser announced today. The college will work with Hiser, an international trade specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service, to help identify those companies in northeastern Ohio ready or nearly ready to export their goods or services. “Exporting is paying off for many Ohio businesses that continue to make locally and sell globally -- 95% of the world’s consumers reside...

Friday, October 24, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore BOARDMAN, Ohio – Goldsteins Furniture and Bedding today cut the ribbon for its fifth location, 340 Boardman-Poland Road, the company's first to be branded Your Home by Goldsteins. The idea behind Your Home, Goldsteins President and CEO Steve Goldstone says, is to give customers complete control over what their furniture looks like. After a soft opening in late August, the store is attracting customers from outside the markets it serves. Goldstein’s operates stores in Boardman – adjacent to its Your Home store --...

Friday, October 24, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Martini Brothers Burger Bar, as the anniversary of its move to downtown Youngstown approaches, is in an enviable position. “Business is actually growing a little too fast for us,” acknowledges general manager Shawn Allen. The restaurant, which opened in the Knox Building a year ago Oct. 17, is in the middle of a transition, with re-staffing underway and the introduction of a new menu. Still, “it’s going really well,” he affirms. In its fifth year, Martini Brothers still has many of the...

Friday, October 24, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- George Guarnieri is tackling head on the notion he says he heard from people who said restaurant patrons won’t go to the top floor of downtown’s Commerce Building to dine out. “We’re not afraid of the fifth floor. We want to let the customer know that’s where we are,” Guarnieri said. In fact, “The Fifth Floor” is what the veteran restaurateur is calling his new restaurant, which will be open on the upper level of the two floors formerly occupied by the Youngstown Club. The format of the new...

Friday, October 24, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The device is remarkably simple: a steel bracket and anchor pin that affixes to the base of a door, preventing an intruder from opening or forcing that door open. What's even more remarkable is that no one else has thought of it until now. "I've been a police officer for 28 years, I'm an instructor at the police academy," says William Barna, inventor and owner of the Bolo Stick, a security tool that he is marketing to local schools and hopes to sell across the country. The name of the product...

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