Business briefs

• LOCAL EMPLOYERS RECEIVE STATE REBATES: The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation announced Valley employers will receive $39.8 million in rebates from the agency. The state said the rebates are attributable to its investments, decreasing claims and sound financial management. Employers in Trumbull County will receive $11,387,600 in rebates.

• REAL ESTATE FIRM SETS RECORD: Youngstown-based Burgan Real Estate posted a record-breaking 10 percent increase in total volume in June, breaking the previous record month of August 2016. The company is also up 12 percent in total units sold and up 17 percent in total volume. The company is the Valley’s largest independently owned and operated real estate company.

People on the Move

• HUBBARD NATIVE PROMOTED AT OHIO LIVING LAKE VISTA: Lori Ference has been named executive director of Ohio Living Lake Vista in Cortland. Ference most recently served as the administrator of Ohio Living Park Vista in Youngstown for two years.

Prior to Ohio Living Park Vista, Ference worked throughout the area for nearly 20 years in administrative capacities in the nursing home sector.

Ference is a native of Hubbard and a graduate of Kent State University, where she earned a B.S. in recreation therapy while on a full scholarship for basketball.

New businesses

• FITNESS, TRAINING ACADEMY TO OPEN IN HOWLAND: The Combat Athlete Performance Academy, which will offer fitness classes and training for people of all ages, was scheduled to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday at 177 Niles Cortland Road in Howland.

The facility, owned by Brian and Carol Needham, will host weekly seminars and provide personalized training. Boot camp, Fighter Fit, Zumba, Combatives and Control, and cardio kickboxing will be offered.

The academy will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

• ZODIAC LOUNGE HOLDS RIBBON-CUTTING: The Zodiac Lounge and Grill, 169 S. Four Mile Run Road in Austintown, was scheduled to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony 1 p.m. Friday.

The lounge and grill offers food and live entertainment and offers dine-in, take-out, and delivery service for its menu of American, Italian and Asian food. The Zodiac Lounge and Grill is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday.

• TAVERN IN AUSTINTOWN HOLDS RIBBON-CUTTING: The Fairbanks Barrel Head Tavern, 4740 Mahoning Ave. in Austintown was scheduled to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony 11 a.m. Friday.

The tavern is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

• NON-PROFIT ANNOUNCES OPEN HOUSE: The National Youth Advocate Program Inc., 5423 Mahoning Ave., Austintown, will hold an open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony also will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The organization provides services to children, youth, and families, including foster care, adoption and mental health services.

• IT FIRM TO HOST RIBBON-CUTTING, HAPPY HOUR: Micro Doctor IT, 4195 Parkman Road NW, Warren, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, to be followed by a happy hour at Cork ‘n’ Cap Bottom Shop and Tasting Room.

The company provides managed services and also installs and manages a variety of business needs, including VoIP phone systems, backup devices, and business continuity plans.

• DAYCARE AND LEARNING CENTER TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE, RIBBON-CUTTING: Precious Miracles Daycare and Learning Center will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony 4 p.m. Friday at 7398 Market St., Boardman, followed by an open house 4 to 6:30 p.m.

The facility will accept children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age and will promote wellness and self-help skills.

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