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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- New-vehicle sales of the Chevrolet Equinox edged ahead of the Lordstown-made Chevrolet Cruze locally in April, the Automobile Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio reported Monday. Last month, dealers in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties sold 166 Equinoxes, slightly more than the 162 Cruzes, when they sold 2,754 new vehicles overall, up 10.6% from the 2,489 sold in April a year ago. Chevrolet represented the top-four new models sold in April with sales of the Equinox and Cruze followed by the Malibu with 125 units and the Silverado 1500...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a $2.5 million competition for accelerators and other entrepreneurial ecosystem models to compete for monetary prizes of $50,000 each. Deadline for applying is Aug. 2. Before awarding the prizes, a panel of judges will consider each applicant's stated mission, founding team members and business goals and other core components, said Maria Contreras-Sweet, SBA administrator. Monday marked the start of this year's Small Business Week. The panel will give particular attention to -- and the SBA encourages...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien HOWLAND, Ohio -- It’s a warm spring afternoon and the course spreads out before you. In the distance, birds chirp and waves crash against the South Carolina coastline. You approach the tee, take your stance, keep your head down and swing through. One loud smack and the ball takes flight down the fairway of one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, one of the most distinguished PGA Tour courses in the country, is just one of the 44 courses that members of Avalon...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Avalon Holdings Corp. reported a first-quarter net loss of $700,000, or 18 cents per share. This compares with a net loss of $100,000, or four cents per share, for the first quarter of 2013. Net operating revenues fell to $10 million compared with $14.7 million in the first quarter a year ago. Avalon Holdings Corp. provides waste management services to industrial, commercial, municipal and governmental customers in selected northeastern and midwestern U.S. markets. The company also owns the Avalon Golf and Country Club, which operates golf courses and country clubs in Trumbull...

Monday, May 12, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Access Midstream Partners LP says new commitments from existing customers and a new contract with American Energy-Utica LLC is expected to increase its UEO Buckeye processing system's "through-put" by 70%. UEO Buckeye is a partnership between Access, M3 Midstream and EV Energy Partners and consists of a $900 million pipeline and processing network that runs from southern Columbiana County nto Harrison County. The system includes a cryogenic plant in Kensington, Columbiana County. Access Midstream announced this morning that that new commitments from...

Monday, May 12, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- The Raymond John Wean Foundation today announced several staff additions and changes. The reorganization streamlines operations and strengthens the foundation’s core commitment to its five issue priorities: early childhood (0-5), educational opportunity, economic opportunity, community revitalization and public and civic sector leadership, foundation officials say “For 65 years the Wean Foundation has remained committed to creating the capacity for growth in the Mahoning Valley,” said Jennifer Roller, who in March was named foundation president. “...

Monday, May 12, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – YSU president-designate Jim Tressel and his wife Ellen will attend tonight’s meeting of the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Hall, where every seat is likely to be filled for the triumphant return of YSU’s former football coach. The board is expected to go into closed executive session “for no more than 30 minutes … to further consider the terms of the president's new contract,” states a media advisory from YSU, after which Tressel and his wife, Ellen, will to join the open meeting. “It is possible...

Monday, May 12, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan worries the state of affairs at the Western Reserve Port Authority could imperil the economic development initiative he spearheaded. Mahoning and Trumbull counties formed the port authority in 1992 to assume responsibility from the city of Youngstown for operation of Youngstown Municipal Airport in Vienna Township, now known as Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. More recently, Ryan, D-13 Ohio, led the campaign to establish and fund an economic development division and...

Monday, May 12, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Richard Wetzel of Poland, a senior at Youngstown State University, placed first and won the $2,000 grand prize at the Oh-Penn Business Plan Competition. And, his winning entry, which used selective laser sintering and 3-D scanning technology, has drawn interest from some potential investors, YSU reports. Second place was awarded to two students from Allegheny College. YSU students Ashley Roberts and Emily Corsale, both of Youngstown, placed third and won $500 each in the event at Grove City College, Grove City, Pa. The contest was organized by...

Monday, May 12, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio --The Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University holds the first MBA Professional Development and Networking Reception on May 21. The event, in Williamson Hall, will begin at 6 p.m. with a panel on the shale industry followed by a reception at 7:15 p.m. Topics will include  economic opportunities that exploration of shale resources are creating in Ohio, the economic effects along the supply chain, as well as job opportunities arising from the oil and gas development in Ohio’s Utica and Marcellus Shale formations....

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