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FirstEnergy to Spend $371M in Ohio Edison Footprint

AKRON, Ohio — FirstEnergy Corp. will rebuild a 15-mile, 69-kilovolt transmission line that connects substations in Garrettsville and Newton Falls, the utility announced today. The $23 million project represents a portion of the $371 million FirstEnergy expects to spend on distribution and transmission infrastructure projects this year to enhance reliability for customers in its Ohio […]

Lake-to-River Co-Op Opens North Side Food Market

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Only months after opening Cultivate: a Co-op Café, 901 Elm St., the Lake-to-River Food Cooperative has opened a small retail grocery market at the same location. The Lake to River Market debuted in January and features an assortment of fresh vegetables, frozen foods, cereals, coffee, milk, butter, eggs, cheese, snacks and more. […]

Breaking New Ground as They Build Their Businesses

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – In 1916, against great odds, Fletcher F. Armstrong and his wife, Maggie, opened F.F. Armstrong’s Haberdashery at the edge of downtown Youngstown. It was the first black-owned business of its kind in the city. A century later, African-Americans in the Mahoning Valley are still breaking new ground. From the owner of a […]

Developer Plans 2 More Buildings at Chill-Can Project

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Construction on a $20 million “chill-can” manufacturing plant planned for the city’s East Side is on pace to begin this spring and the first two buildings will be in place by the end of the summer, says Mitchell Joseph, chairman and CEO of Joseph Company International. “We’ll start clearing in the next […]

The 2 Biggest Cybersecurity Threats Facing Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C.. — Spam and adware are more than just a nuisance. To business owners, they’re lethal, warns the National Federation of Independent Business. Organizations continue to suffer from severe damages due to data breaches, according to Cisco’s 2017 report, Chief Security Officers Reveal True Cost of Breaches And The Actions That Organizations Are Taking. […]

Sales Up at GM, Down at Ford and Chrysler

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Car sales for General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. beat expectations in February, while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles posted a double-digit percentage drop to mark the second month in a row total sales for the Big Three fell. While sales are down, both Ford and GM reported that the average transaction price […]

James & Sons Acquires Business of Eich Insurance

BOARDMAN, Ohio – The James & Sons insurance agency has bought the business of Eich Bros Insurance Inc., Tom Costello, president of James & Sons, and Marty Eich, owner and president of Eich Bros, announced Tuesday. Eich joined Costello in the offices of James & Sons yesterday afternoon to announce the transaction. Terms were not […]

YMHA Hires Whitehead as New CEO

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority has named Jason T. Whitehead, chief of staff to former Mayor Jay Williams, as its new CEO and executive director. YMHA selected Whitehead, a lifelong resident of the Mahoning Valley, following a national search, the agency said in a news release. He succeeds Carmelita Douglas, who held the […]

Time Management Begins by Setting Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Most of us have felt swamped at one time or another. With hectic work schedules, family responsibilities, and social engagements, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time for everything we need and want to do. Although life will always provide us with its little twists and turns, once we learn to […]

SBA Offers Tips for Wise Decision-Making

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – As you manage your business, you will be faced with important decisions that may impact the future of your company. This may seem stressful, but keep these tips in mind and you’ll find yourself making wiser decisions in no time: Define, as specifically as possible, what the decision is that needs to […]


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