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Monday, June 30, 2014

Author:  Michael Moliterno HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Jake Loosararian, 23, breaks into a grin as he imagines the future. In it, the stockpile of robots he’s designed and built has gone from one to more than a half dozen that can be deployed at a moment’s notice. It sounds the like the origin story of a comic book supervillain but it could soon be a reality. While Loosararian’s goals are nowhere nearly as ambitious as world domination, they aren’t far off. He wants to change the energy industry the world over. “It sounds fantastical,” he says...

Monday, June 30, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Five graduate students in Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business’ master of business administration program this week are presenting their research at the International Symposium of the Analytic Hierarchy Process in Washington D.C. The symposium, which runs Jthrough July 2, brings together researchers, teachers and students to share their research and experiences in decision making. YSU Professor of Management Birsen Karpak said presentations from doctoral students are common at the symposium, but this is the first time a...

Monday, June 30, 2014

Author:  George Nelson BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Implementation of the Affordable Care Act remains an educational process for insurance carriers, employers, employees and individuals seeking coverage under the law. So say health insurance brokers and a representative of one insurance provider who participated in The Business Journal’s Affordable Care Roundtable, to be published tomorrow in our July edition. People who have sought information “feel reasonably comfortable with the law,” reported George Morris, president of Morris Financial...

Monday, June 30, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Fluency in a foreign language greatly improves a college senior’s chances of getting a job for which he is qualified, especially if he wants a position in, or related to, international business. Eighty-two percent of all seniors proficient in a foreign language find employment before or soon after graduation, according to the foreign languages department of Youngstown State University. “Eighty percent of businesses want employees with international experience and cultural competence,” the...

Monday, June 30, 2014

NEW YORK -- More than 153 million Americans will spend $6.2 billion to observe the Fourth of July, the National Retail Federation estimates based on its Independence Day survey. They will spend of $68.16 per household on average on food. This is the first year the federation asked about spending plans on food items. While the majority will spend the day around a picnic table, many will also attend a fireworks display or community celebration (105 million) or a parade (27 million). Plans for each of those activities declined from last year, but an increasing number is...

Monday, June 30, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Summer Festival of the Arts, a weekend of arts, culture and jazz, is planned for July 10 to 13 at sites in and near the downown and Youngstown State University. Organizers from YSU, the city, Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and Eric Ryan Productions are sponsoring the weekend. The heart of he 16th annual YSU Summer Festival of the Arts is the artists’ marketplace that showcases the work of more than 75 local, regional and national artists selling original, hand-crafted pieces such as jewelry...

Monday, June 30, 2014

CLEVELAND -- Ohio is the sixth state to join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s All*Vet States Web initiative that focuses on employment, education and business startup information for participating states.  Goal of the site is to showcase states working to create economic opportunities for veterans and military spouses and to highlight the resources available to military families making the transition to civilian life. “I’m very happy that Ohio has joined this effort,” said Tim Gorrell, director of the Ohio Department of Veteran Services. “Increasing the visibility of...

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Author:  George Nelson VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- The Western Reserve Port Authority’s board of directors is hiring legal counsel to resist any attempt by commissioners in Mahoning and Trumbull counties to dissolve the body. During a special meeting Friday afternoon, four of the five remaining members of the port authority’s board of directors voted to retain the law firm of Eckert, Seamans, Cherin and Mellott LLC as special counsel to the port authority’s attorney on an “as-needed basis,” as determined by the port authority’s chairman...

Friday, June 27, 2014

Author:  George Nelson BOARDMAN, Ohio -- As the economy continues to improve and the real estate market along with it, more individuals are becoming real estate agents, as reflected by the rising number of members in the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors. As of June 10, membership in the organization stands at 537, up from 511 a year earlier, says the CEO of YCAR, Jessica Perry. Thirty members have been installed during the tenure of this year’s president, Charley Althof, a licensed real estate agent since 1976, she adds....

Friday, June 27, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Halcon Resources Corp. hasn't altogether abandoned its holdings in the Utica shale, according to records from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Data provided by the Pennsylvania DEP show that Halcon was awarded a new permit June 20 to drill a new vertical well at the Gallagher property in Greene Township in Mercer County. Meantime, ODNR issued a permit last week to Halcon so it can complete its Lutz 1H well in Trumbull County in Warren Township, according to the agency's website...

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