Business briefs

IRON WORKINGS ANNOUNCES APPRENTICESHIP OPENINGS: Ironworkers Joint Apprenticeship Program is accepting applications for its four-year apprenticeship program. To be considered, applications, which are available at the Ironworkers Training Center, 608 Bev Road, Boardman, or online at, must be received by Friday.

PORTMAN NAMED GUARDIAN OF SMALL BUSINESS: The National Federation of Independent Business, a national advocate for small businesses, awarded U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, with its biennial Guardian of Small Business Award for his support of America’s small business owners in the 114th Congress. The award is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently with NFIB on the key issues identified by small business owners. NFIB tracks the votes of every member of Congress. House members and Senators who vote with NFIB members at least 70 percent of the time are eligible for the award.

Ribbon cuttings

CARDINAL CREDIT UNION SETS RIBBON CUTTING: Three Mahoning County-area credit unions recently merged to become part of Cardinal Credit Union. Edison Financial Credit Union, Tri-County Credit Union and Youngstown Ohio City Employees Credit Union are now part of the northeast Ohio-based credit union. Membership is open to those in Mahoning, Lake, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Ashtabula, Portage, Summit and Columbiana counties. A ribbon-cutting to officially open the credit union, 6000 Mahoning Ave., Austintown, will be 1 p.m. Tuesday.

BERENA’S AUTOMOTOVE CENTER OPEN: Berena’s Automotive Center, 624 Robbins Ave., Niles, has scheduled a ribbon cutting for 10 a.m. Thursday. Owner John Berena is a GM- and Saturn-certified master technician who specializes in electrical and computer diagnostics. He attended Kent State University, studying computer networking, and attended GM training in Akron, Michigan, Tennessee and New Jersey. Berena previously worked for Mazda, Nissan and Saturn.

YAYA’S BEEHIVE OPENS IN HUBBARD: Yaya’s Beehive, 6178 Youngstown-Hubbard Road, Hubbard, will officially open with a ribbon-cutting 10 a.m. Friday. The business offers a variety of gifts, fashion jewelry and accessories, among other items.

New locations

KRAVITZ OPENS NEW LOCATIONS: Kravitz Delicatessen, which is celebrating its 77th anniversary, has expanded to two new locations – one in the new Canfield branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, which opened Sept. 6, and one at the Garden Cafe in the D.D. and Velma Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens at Mill Creek MetroParks in Youngstown.

People on the Move

POLKA DOT POWERHOUSE NAMES BARGER DIRECTOR: Polka Dot Powerhouse, a global network of professional women, named Sandra Barger managing director of the Mahoning Valley Chapter. The Mahoning Valley Chapter launch meeting will be 11:30 a.m. Oct. 14 at Whitefire Grill, 6580 Ironwood Blvd, Canfield. To register, visit

Business briefs

REAL LIVING VOLPINI NAMES TOP AGENTS: Real Living Volpini Realty Group, Howland, recognized Patty Helmick, Char Finney and Kim Griffin as top sales agents and Helmick, Finney and Darlene Mink-Crouse top listing agents for August.

PITTSBURGH INSTITUTE OF AERONAUTICS HONORED: The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) announced it will honor Pittsburgh-based nonprofit Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA), which has a local campus in Vienna, with a national School of Excellence Award for its commitment to the expectations and rigors of ACCSC accreditation, as well as for maintaining high levels of achievement among students. PIA will be honored at ACCSC’s annual conference Wednesday at the Omni San Diego in San Diego, Calif.

MCCTC FLOWER SHOP OPENS: The student-run flower shop at Mahoning County Career and Technical Center is open for Fall Open House through October. A variety of fall silk floral arrangements, wreaths and mums are offered.

MOCHA HOUSE TO HOST TIME BANK SOCIAL: A Time Bank Social will be 6 to 8:30 tonight at the Mocha House, 467 High St. NE, Warren.

CHAMBER TO HOST GOOD MORNING, NILES: Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber will host Good Morning, Niles 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sept. 30 at the new headquarters of the Cafaro Co. The morning will kick off with an update from Cafaro Co. co-president Anthony Cafaro Jr. about the Eastwood Mall Complex “Enterprise Park at Eastwood” project. Niles City Council President Bob Marino will talk about what’s going on in the city, and Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka will give an update on countywide matters. Jason Altobelli of Altobelli Real Estate and the Warren Area Board of Realtors will discuss a collaboration with the city. Christa Blasko, director of sales at the new Hampton Inn and Suites at the mall complex, will give guests an overview of the new hotel that just opened in early September and offer tours once the program concludes.

People on the move

KELLER WILLIAMS ANNOUNCES TEAM ADDITION: Keller Williams Real Estate announced the addition of Connie Tarr to its team. She will be working out of the Howland office of Keller Williams Chervenic, bringing numerous awards and achievements with her. Most recently, Tarr was the recipient of the Award of Achievement from the Ohio Association Of Realtors. Her real estate volume exceeded 2 million in transactions from June 2016 to July 2017. She is a graduate of Hubbard High School and resides in Hubbard with her husband, Frank Bostardi.

New businesses

MEL’S KITCHEN OPENS IN LIBERTY: Mel’s Kitchen, 3707 Belmont Ave., Liberty, recently opened with a ribbon cutting at the establishment that specializes in everyday all-American food and local treats.

REPAIR PAD LAUNCHES IN BOARDMAN: The Repair Pad, 5908 South Ave., Boardman, which specializes in cellphone and tablet repair, has opened.

LAUGH AND LEARN HAS RIBBON CUTTING: Laugh and Learn Academy child care center, 982 Mathews Road, Boardman, has a ribbon cutting set for 10:30 a.m. today.

Business briefs

KLINE ANNOUNCES NAME CHANGE: A Mentor-based commercial general contractor formerly known as Kline Construction Corp., which specializes in the construction of veterinary facilities, has changed its corporate name to Kline Rostocil Construction Corp. (KRC) to reflect the recent promotion and ownership position of Nathan Rostocil, vice president. KRC began in 1980 as Kline Construction, a masonry subcontracting company, and has grown to provide masonry, concrete and excavating services throughout northeast Ohio.

NEOMED OPENS FREE CLINIC: Northeast Ohio Medical University is set to begin operations for a student-run health clinic that provides high quality, non-emergent health care at no cost to medically underserved residents of Northeast Ohio. The student-run free clinic will offer both primary care and medication management services on select Saturdays, beginning this week.

2016 SAFETY EXPO SCHEDULED: The Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania announced the 2016 Safety Expo will be Oct. 14. The registration deadline is Oct. 7. The expo is presented by the BWC’s Youngstown Service Office and the Trumbull Career and Technical Center. For more information and to complete a registration, visit:

REAL LIVING RECOGNIZES TOP AGENT: Real Living Brokers Realty Group recognized Melissa Palmer as the top listing and top sales agent for units and volume for August.

People on the move

HBK PROMOTES TEAM MEMBERS: HBK CPAs & Consultants promoted several team members to principal status, including three Mahoning Valley residents. They are:

Nicholas R. Odille of Warren, a CPA who joined HBK in 2004, providing tax and assurance services, specializing in the transportation, construction and manufacturing businesses; Kenneth L. Kimble of Austintown, a CPA who joined HBK in 1996, serving as engagement manager on large client audit and review projects over the years; and Todd F. Bryarly of New Middletown, a CFA who joined HBK in 2012 with the company’s strategic valuation merger, serving within the valuation group to manage most of its projects.

KEYBANK ANNOUNCES HIRES: Cleveland-based KeyBank, with several area locations, is expanding its eastern Ohio reach with new leadership and multiple new hires. The new Eastern Ohio leadership team includes: Tim Burke, market president and sales executive; Eric Dellapina, commercial banking head; Joe Daleiden, commercial banking relationship manager; Victor Factora, private bank relationship manager; Jeff Moloney, private bank portfolio manager for the Canton office; and Susie Steiner, senior commercial banking relationship manager. Key has also hired 15 new retail employees in the positions of branch manager, personal banker and teller.

Business briefs

AUSTINTOWN MIXER: Keep it Local Austintown is hosting a mixer 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 5523 Mahoning Ave. The event is open to anyone who lives or works in Austintown.

YSU 2016 FALL SPEAKER SERIES TO FEATURE DIXON: Youngstown State University’s fall speaker series on energy and environment will feature film director / producer Mark Dixon 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cushwa Hall, B100. Dixon, an activist and public speaker, will present “COP21, Paris France and Beyond.”

HOME SAVINGS HAS GROUNDBREAKING: Home Savings broke ground for the $1 million renovation of its Boardman office, 7525 Market St. Company representatives, including Gary Small, president / CEO and Frank Hierro, Mahoning Valley regional president, as well as local officials, attended. Remodeling began this month. The project is expected to be complete in January.

DOMINION UPDATES WEBSITE: Dominion, corporate parent of Dominion East Ohio, has launched its redesigned website at to make it more user-friendly for customers, job seekers, media and investors. Consumers can check their bills, search for career opportunities, view latest tweets and get updates on energy-saving programs.

YSU BUSINESS STUDENTS MEET EMPLOYERS: The Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University will host the semi-annual WCBA Meet the Employers Day 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at the atrium of Williamson Hall at YSU. Business students can interact with employers to discuss their organizations and to provide employers the opportunity to identify talent for internships, co-ops and full-time positions.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION UNVEILS NEW LOGO: Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley unveiled its new logo featuring connected elements that emphasize the interconnectedness of the community it serves. The logo was developed with Youngstown Design Works, a design agency operated by Youngstown State University students. Canfield-based 898 Marketing recently updated the foundation’s website and other materials to showcase the new mark.