Business briefs

ANKLE & FOOT CARE CENTERS FUNDS DIABETES FIGHT: To help combat diabetes — a disease that affects more than 1 million Ohioans, often triggering problems with their feet — and to support local diabetics and their caregivers, Ankle & Foot Care Centers donated $19,707 raised in an annual golf outing to Diabetes Partnership of the Mahoning Valley. Since 1999, Ankle & Foot Care Centers has raised nearly $185,000 from golf outings, donating it to organizations that fight diabetes. The partnership donates much of its funds to the Midlothian Free Health Clinic, in First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave., Youngstown. The clinic provides free primary, preventative and educational health care to uninsured adults who meet income qualifications.

AAA HONORS AREA POLICE: Newton Falls, Canfield, Middlefield and the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office are among 20 northeast Ohio police departments that were honored last week by AAA Motorists Club’s Platinum Community Traffic Safety Award for their safety efforts. Thirty additional departments will receive gold, silver and bronze awards and commendations. The awards were given Nov. 12 at a Cleveland luncheon. Officers were honored for their efforts to reduce the number of fatalities through educational programs and promotional campaigns.

BUSINESSES HONORED: The U.S. Department of Labor will honor three Youngstown businesses for Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Medallion Program Demonstration award. They are US Military Maintenance Northeast Ohio, Kennedy Trucking and United Returning Citizens Inc. The award comes from the U.S. Department of Labor.

People on the move

FARMERS EXPANDS BUSINESS SERVICES: Farmers National Bank has hired Jim C. Dean, CTP, as business deposits and services manager. Dean will lead Farmers’ companywide Treasury Management Division and develop strategies for generating new business deposit opportunities while growing existing accounts. Dean holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from John Carroll University and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace University. He has worked at banks and financial services companies in Ohio, North Carolina and Wisconsin. He also earned his Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation from the Association for Financial Professionals. He will be working at the Niles location.

PACKER THOMAS ANNOUNCES NEW PRINCIPAL: Packer Thomas, a regional certified public accounting and business consulting firm, has promoted Steven F. Higgins, CPA, CVA, MT, to Principal. Higgins earned his bachelor’s degree at Youngstown State University and his master’s degree at the University of Akron. With more than 22 years public accounting experience, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.

New businesses

AUSTINTOWN PIZZERIA CUTS RIBBON: Gionino’s Pizzeria, 4903 Mahoning Ave., Austintown, held a ribbon cutting last week at this new location. Known for its hometown pizza flavor, all recipes are exclusive to Gionino’s. For information, call 330-953-3777.

FURNISHINGS BUSINESS OPEN IN HOWLAND: His & Hers Home Furnishings, 2000 North Road, hosted a ribbon cutting last week. The new business may be reached at 330-367-9803.

NIGHTCLUB OPENS IN AUSTINTOWN: Se7en Nightclub has opened at 1743 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown. The ribbon was cut Friday, and a grand opening event is set Wednesday, featuring several musical performers from Las Vegas and a special guest performance by Justina Valentine from MTV’s “Wild ‘N Out.” Guests must be at least 21 years old and abide by dress code to attend. For information, call 330-221-3432.