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Thursday, April 10, 2014

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- The majority of administrative professionals are happier than their bosses (61% versus 18%). And, most respondents to the third annual survey in honor of National Administrative Professionals' Day April 23 say the admin holds more power than the CEO and human resources director. For the second year in a row, a majority of respondents say the administrative professional boosts employee morale and is a better team player than the boss. Administrative professionals report their roles run the gamut -- everything from accounting to human resources --...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Some 11% of revenues generated from slot machine gambling in Pennsylvania was earmarked for the racing industry and agricultural initiatives in 2013. As a result, more than $252 million in slot machine tax revenue was generated for the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund. Of this sum, some $209 million was used by both the thoroughbred and harness racing industries to enhance purses, assist breeding operations, and provide health and pension benefits for horsemen, according to the seventh annual Racetrack Casino Benchmark Report from the...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio – The mannequins at Farmers National Bank’s Route 224 billboard near the Southern Park Mall are getting ready for something new, and the public will have the opportunity to decide what that is. Farmers is launching a community campaign to decide what comes next for the billboard, which began in late 2010 with a single rock climber. “Ben” subsequently was joined by his wife, “Emma,” both of whom are now sporting Relay for Life T-shirts to promote that cause. Later additions to the billboard have included a house and car. Fans can visit the Farmers'...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-16) today announced that he has been selected by the House Republican Steering Committee to service on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which is chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. Johnson noted in a prepared statement released by his office that his appointment enables him to have a voice regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "scientific justification for rules affecting Eastern and Southeastern Ohio." The congressman, a vocal critic of what he calls President Obama's "war on coal"...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown Minority Business Assistance Center means to live up to its name, David Goodman, Jacqueline Williams and Michael R. Conway announced Tuesday. Goodman is director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, Williams chief of the agency’s Minority Business Development Division, and Conway executive director of Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corp. Billed as the opening of a site to help the owners of minority businesses take advantage of free professional consulting services...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A small-business owner faces two daunting challenges: The first is securing the financing needed to open his enterprise. The second is ensuring he maintains the financing needed to stay open. “Startups are the hardest to finance,” says Steve A. Spencer, president of the Youngstown chapter of Score, formerly the Service Corps of Retired Executives. Spencer should know. He’s the former president of three commercial banks. “The success ratio of startups is low,” he says, “because of their lack of...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

HERMITAGE, Pa. -- F.N.B. Corporation announced Tuesday that it will acquire OBA Financial Services Inc., the Germantown, Md.-based holding company and parent of OBA Bank. The all-stock transaction is valued at $94 million in the aggregate. The transaction is valued at approximately $23.56 per share, using the 20-day average closing stock price of F.N.B. Corp. as of April 7, the company said. The acquisition is expected to provide FNB with an additional $390 million in total assets, $290 million in total deposits, $300 million in loans and 6 banking locations. OBA...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Centers for Hearing Care is among the first to offer Halo, a made-for-iPhone hearing aid. The Halo also is compatible with the iPad and iPod Touch. The Halo hearing aid gives Americans with untreated hearing loss a discreet option that seamlessly connects with some of the most popular electronic devices available, according to Dr. Sheryl Figliano, audiologist and owner of Centers for Hearing Care. “Being able to offer the world's most advanced made for iPhone hearing aids is an exciting unique opportunity for our patients," she said. With...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

PITTSBURGH -- The residential real estate market in the 13-county area of Southwestern Pennsylvania, which includes Mercer and Lawrence counties, posted an increase in homes placed under agreement during the month of March and a higher average sale price. "While we saw a dip in most major indicators in February, March is looking a little more promising for the housing market overall," said George Hackett, president of the West Penn Multi-List and  Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services here. "Homes are selling more quickly and for a higher average price because we have...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13, today joined with two of his colleagues in introducing legislation that would create a grant program for medical schools and osteopathic colleges to create an integrated nutrition curriculum program. Joining Ryan as co-sponsors of the legislation are U.S. Reps. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz. The bill is titled  the Expansion of Nutrition’s Role in Curricula and Healthcare (ENRICH) Act. The three-year grant program would fund the establishment or expansion of nutrition curriculum in order to highlight the...

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