Business Briefs

CHAMBER SEEKS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY APPLICANTS: Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber is accepting applications for the Mahoning Valley Local Government Leadership Academy, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 27 to March 24. The cost is $265. A graduation dinner will take place April 7. Topics include how to run for office, the duties of elected officials, local government collaboration, leadership skills, ethics, building sustainable communities, dealing with the media and citizens and promoting economic development. To register, call 330-744-2131, Ext.32l, or email

SAFER SUMMIT HELD: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction held the Making Northeast Ohio Communities Safer Summit last week in North Canton to bring ex-offenders, businesses, community and faith-based volunteers, and other criminal justice partners together to share ideas and opportunities to help people returning from prison obtain services for a successful reentry. DRC Director Gary C. Mohr and Steve Miller, CEO of Millwood Inc., spoke. The free event included more than 50 informational workshops.

LAKE TO RIVER FOOD CO-OP AWARDED GRANT: Lake to River Food Cooperative has been awarded a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program grant for 2015-16 to increase consumption of, and access to, local foods. The grant, DoLOCAL Domestic Opportunities Linking Our Communities to Agriculture and Locality is to be used to expand the co-op’s place-based food economy by increasing direct-to-consumer sales. The co-op plans to hire a full-time staff person to work with experienced Lake to River staff on the project.

MANAGEMENT TEAM RECOGNIZED: Ponderosa Steakhouses, Bonanza Steakhouses, now rebranded as Bonanza Steak & BBQ, and the new Bo’s Steak & Grill announced that the local management team behind the Ponderosa Steakhouse restaurant in Warren, owned and operated by franchisee Armstrong Foods, has received the company’s top local store marketing award. Duane Roberts, general manager, and Carolyn Beek, manager, were honored for their longtime support of many local nonprofit organizations, including Inspiring Minds, the local American Legion Outpost, American Cancer Society, the MS Society, the Warren Family Mission and the United Way. Homestyle Dining LLC CEO Tom Sacco presented the award at the company’s 2014 Franchise Conference in Niagara Falls, N.Y., in October.

WEAN FOUNDATION HOSTS STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION: The Raymond John Wean Foundation will present a strategic planning course, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 2, at its Western Reserve Room, 147 W. Market St., Warren. Janus Small, president of Janus Small Associates, a Cleveland-based consulting firm, will discuss strengthening educational, faith-based, community development, social service and cultural arts organizations for increased service to the community. Registration, $10, is limited to 80 people. To register for this session, go to The deadline is Tuesday. For information, call 330-394-5600, Ext. 103, or email

HOPE FOUNDATION PRESENTS AWARDS: The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley will present its latest round of grants to local nonprofit organizations that serve chronically / terminally ill children. Checks will be presented to various groups at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Coaches Court, Beeghly Center, Youngstown State University. A representative from the following organizations that are receiving the grants will be in attendance: Making Kids Count, Easter Seal Society of Mahoning, Trumbull & Columbiana Counties, The Camelot Center and Carmstrong Foundation.

WOLLAM’S CHEVROLET EMPLOYEES COMPLETE CPR CLASS: Employees of Wollam’s Chevrolet completed a CPR / AED recertification class.

Wollam Chevrolet, taking a proactive approach and having a concern for the safety of its employees and customers acquired and implemented an AED, Automated External Defibrillator, two years ago. Several Wollam employees voluntarily participated in Emergency First Response CPR / AED training classes. The recent class refreshed their skills and knowledge in their abilities to help a victim of a heart-related or other serious injury.

New Businesses

JARED OPENS NEW LOCATION WITH RIBBON CUTTING: Jared opened its new location, 7415 Market St., Boardman, with a ribbon cutting Saturday.

The store offers an on-site refreshment area and a safe play area for children; a full-service repair center, and a design and service center.

Business Briefs

NORTHWOOD REALTY SERVICES NAMES TOP PRODUCERS: Northwood Realty Services has announced it October 2014 Sales and Listing Leaders. Trumbull County leaders, Howland office, are: Mary Ann Drabek, listing volume leader; Drabek, Andrea Hovance and Bernice Marino, listing unit leaders; Jody Sova, selling volume leader; Hovance and Sova, selling unit leaders. In Mahoning County, Boardman, Canfield, and Poland offices: Kelly Alesi, Linda Kiraly and Chris Roman, listing volume leaders; Alesi, Adam Matthews, Roman and Kelly Warren, listing unit leaders; Breanna Fitzgerald, Kathy Ludt and Tom Pauley, selling volume leaders; Tracy Connolly, Theresa Goldner, Ludt, Roman and Pauley, selling unit leaders.

SHARON REGIONAL EXPANDS TO ACCEPT HEART FAILURE PATIENTS: The Heart and Vascular Institute at Sharon Regional Health System has expanded its cardiac rehabilitation program to offer services for heart failure patients. The program is designed to help cardiac patients reach their full potential, based on standards established by the American Heart Association and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Patients with stable, chronic heart failure who enter the cardiac rehab program have a customized exercise program designed for them by the evaluating physician, cardiologist, and cardiac nurse. Factors considered in designing the program include cardiac conditioning, age, sex, type of cardiac disease, and lifestyle. 0Exercise will be individualized to each patient’s tolerance and capabilities. The patient’s heart rate, rhythm and blood pressure are monitored and the patient’s referring physician receives a regular progress report. For more information call 724-983-3882.

People on the Move

PALO ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES: PALO Creative in Youngstown has welcomed two new hires, Jim Komara and Christopher Anthony. They bring a combined 30-plus years of professional experience in the marketing and web development industry. Both will play critical roles with the company as PALO continues to expand its advertising and digital solutions. As digital media manager Komara is responsible for managing PALO’s digital solutions, including website development, search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM) and social media management. He also specializes in lead generation, content management systems and data design and administration. Komara was the founder of realestatepointe, which develops real estate websites and office applications. He has also worked as a web developer and e-marketing consultant for local and national projects, and is a member of the Youngstown-Columbiana Association of Realtors. He’s also a U.S. Army veteran. As PALO’s new senior web developer, Anthony brings more than 15 years of experience to the agency. He specializes in front-end website design and development, graphic design and email/print campaigns. He has honed his skills at several local and regional agencies and companies. In addition to bringing his voice to the creative problem-solving table, Anthony uses his experience to create effective and attractive web designs, and deploy websites using appropriate solutions.

HALLRICH NAMES NEW PRESIDENT, SALES AND MARKETING DIRECTOR: Hallrich Inc. CEO A.E. Szambecki announced the promotion of Scott C. Arbuthnot to president. Arbuthnot has served as chief financial officer of Hallrich the past five years, guiding and overseeing the company’s recent growth to 101 Pizza Hut locations. Arbuthnot has 23 years of business and operational analysis, strategic planning and business development leadership experience, including eight years at PolyOne Corporation, most recently as director of corporate finance with global strategic and operating plan responsibilities. Prior to that he served as chief financial officer for a privately-held national health and fitness club company, in addition to spending six years at Price Waterhouse in the audit and business advisory services practice. Arbuthnot makes his home in Green, with his wife, Michele, and four children. He is a certified public accountant, graduate of the University of Akron, and was a member of the Ohio Army National Guard. Michelle Barnauskas was recently promoted to assistant director of sales and marketing. Barnauskas of Mantua has been with Hallrich since 1997; most recently serving as the marketing supervisor. She is best known for the creation and management of the local Pizza Hut InnerCrust membership club. Barnauskas is a 2005 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Kent State University, with a B.A. in economics and memberships in Beta Gamma Sigma and Golden Key International honor societies. She is vice president of Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation .

New Businesses

HEALTHY TREASURES RE-OPENS WITH FALL HEALTH DAY: Newly renovated Healthy Treasures Health Food Store, 40 W. Broad St., Newton Falls, re-opened Saturday.

BATH TO BOWS RIBBON CUTTING: A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday at the new Bath to Bows, 119851/2 Columbiana Canfield Road, Columbiana. The business has afternoon and morning shifts. Each grooming starts with a pad and nail check, followed by a relaxing bath. Dogs are dried, brushed and styled according to coat type. De-shedding services, breed-specific styles and personality items are available options.

HOLIDAY EVENT TO MARK GRAND OPENING AND GIVING: A grand opening for Kelly’s Boutique & Intimates’ new store, Jolies Femmes, will be 11 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Courthouse Square, downtown Warren. The celebration will mark the launch of the store’s new location and name change. The opening event will benefit “Free the Girls,” a non- profit organization that helps victims of human trafficking. Bra donations will be accepted during the event and funds raised through the sale of raffle tickets will be used to offset the costs of shipping the donated bras to Africa. The event will include discounts throughout the day along with hourly raffles. An evening reception from 5 to7 p.m. will feature live music, appetizers and wine, along with a grand prize give away. For more information, or to make a donation to “Free the Girls,” contact the boutique at 330-369-BRAS (2727).

FIREPLACE & CHIMNEY RESTORATION RIBBON CUTTING: A ribbon cutting will be 10 a.m. Tuesday for Chimney & Fireplace Restoration, 16 Wick Building, Suite 602, Youngstown. The new business, owned by Madeline Ortiz, specializing in repairing and restoring existing chimneys and fireplaces, power washing, waterproofing, and water repellents, among other services. Free estimates offered.

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Business Briefs

Liberty Tax Service among America’s best: The parent company of Liberty Tax Service has been named one of America’s 100 Best Small Companies by Forbes magazine. Forbes’ annual list, which recognizes small businesses based on sales, earnings growth and return on equity, ranked Liberty at No. 27. Locally, Liberty Tax Service has been owned and operated since 2007 by Vince Flask in Warren, Howland, Girard, Leavittsburg, Austintown and Boardman.

Architectural firm recognized: Phillips-Sekanick Architects was selected as a recipient of a 2014-2017 IDP Firm Award by demonstrating a dedication to the development of our emerging professionals through mentorship, training opportunities and a commitment to the passing of the architectural registration exam.

The firm has developed a study program for interns to help them gain experience as part of the national intern development program. This program is also made available to other area architectural interns interested in participating in the study sessions.

Sweeney Chevrolet Buick hosts Operation Santa Claus: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC has kicked off Operation Santa Claus to provide support to help the needy this holiday season and throughout the year. The program will benefit the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley and the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign of Mahoning County. For every new Chevy sold at Sweeney between Nov. 15 and Dec. 3, the dealership donate $50 to the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley. For every new Buick and GMC sold, a $50 donation will be made to the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.

Shepherd of the Valley’s home health agency named a top agency: At Home with Shepherd, the home health agency for Shepherd of the Valley, has been named a top agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top performing home health agencies in the U.S. HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency and financial performance.

Sharon Regional to host free health fair: Sharon Regional Health System’s Primary Care Resource Center will host a free health fair in conjunction with World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 18 at the conference room in the Diagnostic and Imaging Center, 2435 Garden Way, Hermitage, Pennsylvania.

Tod Family Dedicates New Memorial Garden: Sallie Tod Dutton and David Tod II, great-great-grandchildren of David Tod, Ohio’s Civil War governor, recently cut the ribbon at the Tod Homestead Cemetery to mark the dedication of the new columbarium memorial garden that will accommodate the cremated remains of more than 900 people.

Construction of the $700,000 garden was finished in October.

Tod Homestead Cemetery, 2200 Belmont Ave., Liberty, is the final resting place for some 36,000 people of all faiths and ethnic origins. It is managed by the Tod Homestead Cemetery Association, a non-profit cemetery association established in 1908 by descendants of David Tod.

People on Move

Hospital president earns top credential: Kathy Cook, FACHE, President, St. Joseph Health Center in Warren, has become a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Cook was named president in November. In addition to her nursing diploma, Cook holds a baccalaureate in nursing from Youngstown State University and a master’s degree in nursing administration from Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania. The FACHE credential signifies board certification in healthcare management and ACHE Fellow status – the highest standard of professional development. Only 7,500 healthcare executives hold this distinction.

PHYSICIAN RECOGNIZED: ValleyCare Medical Group of Ohio physician Steven Swain, M.D., has achieved the degree of Fellow from the American Academy of Family Physicians. Established in 1971, the AAFP Degree of Fellow recognizes family physicians who have distinguished themselves through service to family medicine and ongoing professional development.

New Business

King Collision has new location: King Collision has opened its fourth location in the Mahoning Valley at 5801 Southern Boulevard in Boardman. King Collision owner, Doug Fenstermaker also made a $5,000 donation to the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.

Gabriel Brothers opens in Niles: Fashion retailer Gabriel Brothers unveiled a new Gabe’s store this month at the Eastwood Mall Complex. It is the company’s 17th Ohio store. The new store is 65,000-square-feet and is located at 5772 Youngstown-Warren Road.

50 Shades of Tan opens: The Regional Chamber and Ernie and Renee Van Horn, owners, cut the ribbon last week for the new 50 Shades of Tan, LLC, 815 Youngstown-Warren Road., Suite 12, Niles. It has eight Level 2 beds that include special facial and arm tanners and one stand-up bed with facial tanners. They also have a red light therapy bed. All beds are brand new 2015 models.

Dog grooming salon to open: The Regional Chamber and Heather and Kim Kinser, owners, will cut the ribbon for the new Fur Bank Dog Grooming Salon and Resale Shop, 1451 Elm Road N.E., Warren. Each dog will receive individual attention by the groomer, two baths with hydro-surge, haircut chosen by the owner and a bandanna or bow. A portion of every sale from the shop will be donated to local animal rescue groups.

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Business briefs

Arby’s CEO on customized orders, quality meats

NEW YORK – Arby’s, the chain known for its roast beef sandwiches, is trying to stand out in the crowded fast-food industry. It’s marketing its meats as being of superior quality and pushing to let customers know they can order sandwiches sans onions or mayo.

It launched TV ads this summer featuring close-ups of its meats on a carving board. Actor Ving Rhames provides a voiceover: “We have the meats!” And next week, it’s introducing a line of steak sandwiches for the suggested price of $5.49.

The efforts come after the struggling chain was jettisoned by Wendy’s in 2011 and acquired by private equity firm Roark Capital Group. The year before, Arby’s had said sales tumbled 9 percent, following a 6 percent drop the previous year. Deteriorating franchisee finances led to the closure of many locations.

U.S. factory orders

slip in September

WASHINGTON – Orders to U.S. factories declined in September, dragged by falling demand in the volatile aircraft category.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that orders retreated 0.6 percent in September, after having plunged 10 percent in August, also due largely to plummeting demand for aircraft.

There are usually dramatic monthly swings in demand for aircraft, which before falling in September and August had soared by 315.6 percent in July. Excluding the volatile transportation sector, factory orders have been flat for the past two months.

Time Warner’s Warner Bros. unit starts job cuts

NEW YORK – Warner Bros. employees were informed Tuesday that layoffs will start this week, as the film studio becomes the latest division of Time Warner Inc. to cut jobs following a failed takeover bid by 21st Century Fox in August.

In an e-mail to staff, Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara said the company is cutting staff to reduce costs and meet its financial targets. He said most job cuts would happen this week. But some departments such as finance and technical operations could see most job cuts coming in the first quarter of the next fiscal year.

Local financial institutions go unchanged in trading

First Niles Financial stocks remained unchanged to close at $9.25 a share in trading on Tuesday. Cortland Bancorp also stood pat, closing at $15.50 a share.

Business Briefs

Northwood reports monthly top producers: Northwood Realty Services has released the September sales and listing leaders. For the Trumbull County office in Howland, Listing Volume Leader is Jody Sova; Listing Unit Leader is Pam Politsky; and Selling Volume Leader and Selling Unit Leader is Andrea Hovance. For Mahoning County offices in Boardman, Canfield and Poland, Listing Volume Leaders are Lisa Delisio, Chris Hanrahan and Chris Roman; Listing Unit Leaders are Delisio, Catherine Kinik, Adam Matthews, Roman and Vickie Wooden; and Selling Volume Leaders are Marty Campana, Linda Kiraly and Roman. Selling Unit Leaders are Kelly Alesi, Paul Bevilacqua, Dee Brintzenhofe, Campana, DeLisio, Kiraly, Kathy Ludt, Matthews, Tom Pauley, Roman and Kelly Warren.

ValleyCare recognized as ‘Fit-Friendly’: ValleyCare Health System of Ohio affiliates Northside Medical Center, Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital and Trumbull Memorial Hospital were recognized as Gold Level Recipients of the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition program. Worksites throughout the nation can be part of the initiative by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority.

Specialty Strip & Oscillating Inc. is recertified: Specialty Strip & Oscillating, Inc., 1262 Standard Ave., Masury, announces the renewal of it certification that guarantees the company meets internationally recognized requirements of quality determined by the International Organization for Standardization for the processing and slitting of steel. The registration period is through 2016. Specialty Strip & Oscillating, Inc. is a supplier of conventional slit and oscillate coils in cold-rolled low carbon, high carbon, alloy and stainless steel.

Simon Roofing named among top 10 in nation: Simon Roofing, a national commercial roofing company based in Boardman since 1900, was named the 10th largest roofing contractor in the nation by Roofing Contractor magazine, as part of its 2014 Top 100 Roofing Contractors list. The business model’s popularity with customers has helped Simon expand its national footprint to 64 service centers from coast to coast.

People on the Move

Doctor joins YOA: Dr. Justin Mistovich has joined Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates as a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, allowing the region’s largest orthopaedic surgery group to expand its services to include treatment of children with spine conditions. Mistovich, a Boardman native, specializes in the treatment of pediatric spine fractures, sports injuries and scoliosis. He is accepting patients at YOA’s Building B. Referrals from your child’s pediatrician can be made by calling 330-758-0577, ext. 1103. The doctor is a Boardman High School graduate and earned a bachelor’s of arts degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and a medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton.

Nancy Tabor named Area Manager for Trumbull County: The Home Savings and Loan Company announced Nancy Tabor as Area Manager for Trumbull County. She joined Home Savings in 2012, and prior to accepting her new position, she served as the senior branch manager for both the Kirk Road and Newport Glen offices. Tabor attended Hondros College to earn her Investment Licenses. She has served on the committee for Buy Into Youngstown, as well as the Relay For Life of Niles. She resides in Niles with her husband, Les, and they have two children.

New Business Locations

Giorgio’s Ristorante cuts ribbon: Giorgio and Antonette Femia, owners, and the Regional Chamber hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting last month for the new Giorgio’s Ristorante, 1231 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles. The restaurant opened Sept. 10 and specializes in Italian-American cuisine, including sandwiches, pizzas, chicken, steaks, seafood entrees and pasta dishes. For more information or for reservations for parties of five or more, call 330-544-9280.

Fizek Fitness hosts grand re-opening: Fizek Fitness held a grand re-opening celebration Oct. 19 at the Eastwood Mall in Niles. Fizek Fitness is under new ownership. Bill Siwicki, president of Fizek, said the facility is a 27,000-square-foot total health and wellness facility, offering more than 180 pieces of cardio, strength and functional equipment; more than 30 classes each week; experienced and certified personal trainers and instructors; massage therapy; a rock climbing wall; tanning beds; chiropractic care, child care and much more.

GiggleBees Party shop opens: The Regional Chamber and owner Christine Hoffman cut the ribbon last month to mark the opening of the new location of GiggleBees Party Decorations shop, 7510 Market St., Suite 6, Boardman. GiggleBees offers handmade party decorations such as banners, signs, place cards, food labels, favor tags, centerpieces and specializes in creating handcrafted decorations for birthday parties, baby and bridal showers and weddings.

Goldsteins has new location: Goldsteins Furniture last month hosted the grand opening of “Your Home by Goldsteins,” a new Boardman location. The new 50,000-square-foot store is located at 340 Boardman-Poland Road, near its existing location. Goldsteins Furniture, founded in 1906, is a fourth generation business. Your Home by Goldsteins joins the retailer’s current stores located in Boardman and Niles and Hermitage, Pa. Goldsteins also celebrated the grand opening of a new 20,000-square-foot outlet at U.S. Route 224 and Market Street, Boardman, in September.

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