Business briefs

TRUMBULL SIGNS CONTRACT WITH CHAMBER: Trumbull County commissioners have approved a new 12-month, $23,000 contract with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber to continue economic development efforts in the county.

Sarah Boyarko, the chamber’s chief operating officer, said last year and so far in 2019, the chamber managed 12 Trumbull County projects totaling $279 million of private company investment and resulting in the creation of 1,291 new jobs and retention of 944 positions.

The projects include the $60 million expansion of the Ellwood Group’s Hubbard Township plant that will produce aluminum billet / slabs and the attraction of the 1.2 million square-foot HomeGoods Distribution Center that will create 1,000 new jobs in Lordstown.

The chamber oversees the retention and expansion of local business and attraction of new investment throughout the Mahoning Valley, providing a broad range of proven economic development services by assisting companies in identifying suitable properties, securing project incentives, obtaining strategic information and much more.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR: The Rev. Gayle Catinella at St. John Episcopal Church in Youngstown is the Youngstown Business & Professional Woman group’s “Woman of the Year” for 2019. She will receive the award Oct. 15 at a ceremony at the Lake Club in Poland that coincides with National Business Women’s Week.

Catinella has been rector at the church since May 2014, and is active in the Youngstown Rotary and has fostered relationships with other churches, arts and culture groups, Youngstown State University and civic groups.

Some of the work by the church is with YSU’s Outward Bound Program, which prepares inner city students for college, monthly lunches for students at Williamson Elementary and collecting and filling backpacks with food and supplies, and helping create a food pantry at Taft Elementary.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Dr. Anne McMahon Scholarship Award, given annually to a deserving female student furthering her education at YSU. Tickets cost $55. For more information about YBPW or for tickets, email Rene Butler, YBPW 1st vice president, at ybpwboard2@gmail.com.

YSU GRADS IN VIDEO: “Rethinking Manufacturing,” a video featuring two Youngstown State University graduates and a professor, will be shown today at the Youngstown Business Incubator’s “Tech Block Building Five” on Boardman Street.

Food and beverages will be available at 4:30 p.m. with the screening at 6 p.m.

The nine-minute video was produced by the National Institute for Standards and Technology, with support from America Makes, YBI and YSU, and focuses on changing the perception of modern manufacturing, portraying the positive opportunities that advanced manufacturing offers and raising awareness of manufacturing in the U.S.

HOME INSPECTOR RECOGNIZED: Linus Orr of K.E.L. Home Inspections, a Canfield-based home inspection company, was honored recently by the American Society of Home Inspectors for 25 years of membership. Orr has been an ASHI certified inspector since 1994.

The society of home inspectors, founded in 1976, is the oldest and largest professional organization of independent home inspectors in North America. Its standards of practice and code of ethics are the benchmark for professional performance in the field.

To become an ASHI certified inspector, a member must meet professional and technical requirements that include passing two comprehensive exams and performing at least 250 paid home inspections that meet or exceed the ASHI standards.

Orr conducts existing and new construction pre-purchase, pre-listing and maintenance inspections in northeast Ohio.

FREE DAY OF DENTISTRY: Braydich Dental will provide residents who can’t afford dental insurance the opportunity to receive free oral health services 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. at the Braydich Dental office, 45 E. Liberty St., Hubbard.

The event is in conjunction with Dentistry From the Heart, a global initiative focused on providing oral care to the growing number of people without access to dental insurance.

Braydich dentists and staff will perform fillings, cleanings, extractions and denture repairs or adjustments at no cost to the first 200 patients who register for the event. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information, contact the Braydich Dental office at 330-534-5408 or email debb ie@braydich.com.