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Thursday, October 9, 2014

KENT, Ohio -- Kent State University will celebrate the launch of the new Center for Visual Arts at 4 p.m. today in Cartwright Hall, which overlooks the construction site of the center. The new center will bring all visual arts programs and disciplines under one roof for the first time since 1960. Upon completion in the spring of 2016, the $33.5 million complex will have more than 115,000 square feet of space, which include 77,000 square feet of renovation and nearly 38,000 square feet of new construction. It will be LEED Silver-certified for energy efficiency and...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- From 9 a.m. until noon Nov. 8, the Youngstown chapter of Score will host a workshop, “Financing and Marketing Your Business,” at the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University. The half-day seminar is free. Score is the acronym for the former Service Corps of Retired Executives. Topics are “Your Business Plan,” “Projections, Profit, and Loss” and “Marketing with No Money.” A roundtable of businessmen, bankers, and Score counselors will follow. Presenters are Jack Kravitz from Kravitz Deli; Todd Franko, managing...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Guided by the new owner’s vision, Phillips/Sekanick Architects is completing its plans to remake the resort long known as the Avalon Inn in Howland Township the Avalon Resort and Spa. The new owner, Avalon Holdings Inc., has directed the Warren architecture firm to make the hotel and its spacious grounds more than just a place for guests to spend the night. “We’re completely redoing the entire facility,” says Bruce Sekanick, architect and secretary-treasurer of the firm in Warren. “It’s a...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Work will begin immediately on renovating the former Mickey’s Army-Navy Store downtown for Eastern Gateway Community College’s expanded Warren Center, EGCC officials report. Higher Education Partner-EGCC Ohio LLC recently finalized its purchase of the Main Street building with owner Marty Cohen. HEP is the college’s partner in the operation of the Valley Center in Youngstown and now will partner with the college for the build-out and operation of the new Warren Center at 239 Main St. The new center, which opens for classes Jan. 4, will feature four...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore ROOTSTOWN, Ohio -- On the screen, they’re little more than white, black and gray shapes. Some are long and narrow, others almost perfectly round, giving no hint of the secrets they might hold. Under a microscope, it’s easier to see what they are: cells, such as a sample taken from a patient about to undergo heart bypass surgery. Some of these cells, the lab workers hope, are stem cells. As a group of students gathers around the screen, Dr. William M. Chilian interjects and points to some of the black shapes. “...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Bettors at the new Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course wagered $52.9 million in cash and credits and won $46.9 million in its first 14 days, the Ohio Lottery Commission reported Tuesday afternoon. The lottery commission, in its first monthly report of state video lottery terminal revenues since the racino opened Sept. 17, reported racino net proceeds of $5.94 million -- net revenues remaining from credits played minus credits won and less promotional credits ($79,794 for the days...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Blake Mycoskie likes to keep things real. The first time the founder and “chief shoegiver” of Toms shoes went to Argentina to follow through on his one-for-one idea -- where the company donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair sold -- he took a group of 16 volunteers, mostly friends and family, to a school full of children that had seldom worn shoes before. Amid the chaos of the day, Mycoskie said at the Paul J. and Marguerite K. Thomas Colloquium on Free Enterprise Tuesday...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

KENT, Ohio -- The Northeast Ohio Trade and Economic Consortium will host a two-day workshop that addresses how to reform export controls and regulations on the international traffic in arms Oct. 15 and 16. The workshop will be held at the Embassy Suites in Independence. Registration is at 8 a.m. each day, with the program running from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $250 and includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and a workshop booklet. Goal of the sessions is to provide information and insights from compliance experts from two divisions of the U.S. Department...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

CANFIELD, Ohio -- Lissa Bell, licensed esthetician and owner of Lissa’s Natural Skin Care, has applied for Chase Bank’s Mission Mainstreet Grant. To be considered for the grant, she must receive 250 votes by Oct. 17. The grant would assist her in funding the expansion of her local practice and online skin care business, she said.  The Mission Mainstreet Grant will provide $150,000 to twenty recipients to assist them in growing their small businesses. This grant would enable Bell to increase the variety of services and products she offers to local and online clients,...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Advanced Methods in Innovation program will relocate some of its equipment from Choffin Career & Technical Center to space it will lease in the Youngstown Business Incubator’s Semple Building. The nonprofit entity, which offers K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programming at Choffin, will move its advanced manufacturing/rapid prototyping lab to first-floor space in Semple, says Julie Michael Smith, executive vice president with Applied Systems &...

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