Business briefs

HOME SAVINGS HELPS UNITED WAY: Home Savings has donated $60,000 to the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley to support the organization’s Success After 6 initiative, Young Women’s Mentorship Program, Promising Men’s Mentorship Program, and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).

Success After 6 provides wrap around and afterschool services at 13 school sites in Trumbull and Mahoning counties; the young women’s mentorship program provides mentors to 44 girls at Boardman Center Intermediate School and Taft Elementary School; the young men’s mentorship program pairs African-American men with sixth-and seventh-grade boys at Youngstown Community School; and VITA provides free tax preparation for low to moderate income individuals.

STEM EXPO: Employers from private, nonprofit and government sectors are invited to participate in Youngstown State University’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics’ Spring 2019 STEM Expo.

It will be noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 21 at Stambaugh Stadium.

The event is designed to help employers recruit and fill available internship and co-op, and full-time/entry-level positions in STEM fields. Employers can register until Feb. 15 or until registration is filled. Nearly 40 employers already are registered for the event.

The expo is open to all YSU STEM students and alumni who are seeking an internship / co-op for the upcoming year, a full-time entry level position or for seasoned STEM professionals seeking to make a career change.

REAL ESTATE COURSES AT YSU: Individuals who want to get licensed as an Ohio real estate salesperson can begin coursework Feb. 18 at the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University.

Successful completion of the courses — real estate law, real estate principles and practices, real estate finance and real estate appraisal — is required to take the Ohio licensure examination. All classes are offered from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Williamson Hall at YSU.

For more information, contact Christine Shelton at 330-941-3068 or For more information on licensing and education, contact the Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing in Columbus at 614-466-4100 or

New Businesses

PODCAST STUDIO OPENS: The D5 Group, a digital marketing and creative agency, has opened the first podcast studio in downtown Warren with The Sound United, or Sound U. Sound U is a turnkey service that provides all the resources needed for anyone to host his or her own Podcast.

Included in every plan are an on-site sound engineer, postediting services and delivery of digital audio files within 48 hours. The official opening of the studio was Wednesday. The studio is in the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center, 125 W. Market St., Warren.

HARDWARE STORE OPENS: True Value hardware in Cornersburg officially opened Thursday. The store is locally owned and operated by the Furrie-Vitullo ownership group, which owns and operates seven Sparkle Market stores. The hardware store is located on Canfield Road in the Cornersburg Sparkle Plaza.

People on the Move

HR DIRECTOR AT MILLWOOD: Courtney Russell, hired in August as a regional human resources manager for Millwood Inc., was promoted to director of human resources in December.

She will manage the human resources team members at other locations across the country. Under her leadership, the human resources team will continue to grow as needed to support all of Millwood’s 30 locations nationwide.

Russell has more than 10 years of human resources experience and previously worked in the government sector. She is pursuing a Master of Science in HR management and is certified as a SHRM certified professional and a professional in human resources.

Millwood Inc. is a unit load and packaging systems company headquartered in Vienna.

NEW ASSOCIATE AT REAL LIVING: DeMaine J. Kitchen has joined Real Living Volpini Realty Group as a new associate.

Kitchen attended Hondros online for his real estate training and has experience in city government, insurance sales management, as well as property preservation and preventing foreclosures. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration from Walsh University.

He is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Ohio Association of Realtors and the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors.

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