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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- Tire Review Magazine has named Flynn’s Tire & Auto Service the "top shop" in North America. The award is based on customer service and retention, training and education, merchandising and promotion, professional standards and conduct, innovation, appearance, business management, community involvement and business growth. Presented by Ammco/Coats, the award honors the "best of the best" independent tire dealers in the United States and Canada, according to Jim Smith, magazine editor. "What could be better than having one of the most...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A total of 7,545 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in August. This is an increase compared to August 2013, in which 7,094 new entities filed with the Secretary of State. To date, the office has assisted with 63,721 new business filings (January-August), according to Jon Husted, secretary of state. For the same period last year, there were  62,323 new business filings. During the previous two years, 2012 and 2013, the state saw a record-setting number of new businesses file with 88,068 and 89,735 new companies filing to do business in Ohio,...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Anyone who doubts that companies in the Mahoning Valley could achieve world-class status need only look to the Youngstown Business Incubator. Tuesday morning, the research outfit University Business Incubator Index, based in Stockholm, Sweden, announced that the organization has ranked the YBI as the No. 1 university-affiliated business incubator in the world. “The one thing that I really hope this award does is put the nail in the coffin at the disbelief that has sometimes held this community...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ROOTSTOWN, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Medical University now houses the Timken Foundation of Canton Innovation Corridor, part of the school’s REDIzone (Research, Entrepreneurship, Discovery and Innovation Zone) at its campus here. The ribbon was cut Sept. 15 as key business leaders, local legislators, start-up companies and university researchers gathered for the official opening of the Timken Corridor. Its mission is to house early-stage biomedical companies so they can take advantage of NEOMED services and resources.. These include mentorship from faculty and...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown Business Incubator this morning was named the No. 1 university affiliated business incubator in the world. The announcement was made shortly after 10 this morning. Ali Amin, CEO of the UBI Index, traveled from Stockholm, Sweden, to make the announcement. Jim Cossler, CEO and "chief evangelist" of the YBI, said in an email circulated to YBI contacts, "We're completely speechless. Other than to say, to each and every single one of you who helped YBI achieve this incredible global recognition, we sincerely thank you from the bottom of...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The boards of directors of Jameson Health System and UPMC today announced they have signed a nonbinding letter of intent to merge Jameson into the UPMC network. Jameson, UPMC, and UPMC Horizon will collaborate to develop a plan that will ensure continued access to quality health care for the region, the hospitals said. “Earlier this year, we shared with our community that Jameson Health System’s board of directors has been exploring affiliation with a larger health care system,” said Steve Warner, Jameson Health System board chairman, in a prepared...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Author:  George Nelson LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- One of the challenges Ohio faces in boosting contract participation by minority-owned companies is finding qualified businesses in specific categories where there are needs, says the state’s minority business chief. During the last fiscal year, 282 minority businesses provided goods and services to Ohio, “but we think that number should be much higher,” said Jackie Williams, chief of the minority business development division within the Ohio Development Services Agency. Williams was...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A weeklong effort intended to encourage young people to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, kicked off with a bang Monday afternoon – several bangs, really -- replete with exploding watermelons, pingpong guns and other demonstrations that wowed the students. "Who wants to see some things explode?" asked Katie Seminara of more than 250 students in the sixth through 12th grades at the Chaney STEM/VPA Campus. They answered with enthusiastic cheers. With...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Sales of houses in August were on par with a year ago, the latest monthly report shows. The data, reported to the Centralized Real Estate Information Services Multiple Listing Service by the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors and the Warren Area Board of Realtors, showed a combined 474 houses were sold in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties last month, slightly ahead of the 461 sold in August 2013 and the 468 sold in July. In Mahoning County, 219 houses were sold, up from 216 a year earlier although down slightly from the 224...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- The board of the Columbiana County Port Authority Monday night retained its CEO, Tracy Drake, through Sept. 30, 2015, by renewing his employment for the third of a three-year contract. Terms remain the same as those agreed to two years ago: Drake will be paid $200,000 a year in salary and he will continue to receive a monthly car allowance of $750. After the meeting, which lasted six minutes, Drake said he has no plans to retire when his contract expires and “hopefully” will continue in his role as chief of the economic development agency...

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