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DOMINION FOUNDATION OFFERING FREE SEEDLINGS: The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, through its Project Plant It!, is offering free seedlings to local students. The program aims to help students understand the important role trees play in the ecosystem.

The seedlings will be shipped to participants in time for Arbor Day plantings on April 24.

For the first time, the program includes a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) lesson plan contest, designed to showcase educators who are developing creative STEM learning tools to teach students about the science of trees.

Educators are invited to submit an original, creative STEM-based lesson plan about trees that will be judged for inclusion in the Project Plant It! Educator’s Guide in 2021. To be eligible, lesson plans must focus on STEM aspects of trees and their benefits to the environment. The contest entry deadline is March 27. More details about rules, criteria and prizes for the contest can be found at projectplantit.com.

LAW FIRM PUBLISHES REPORT: Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Ltd., a regional law firm, recently published its 2019 Community Involvement Report, an online summary of its support for more than 60 local organizations during the year.

The report aims to inform clients, community partners, referral sources and potential clients about HHM’s commitment to community service. The report also includes lawyers’ recent appointments to boards or committees of community and professional organizations. It can be accessed at www.hhmlaw.com.

YBI TO HOST WORKSHOP: The Youngstown Business Incubator is hosting a four week “Capital Readiness Workshop Series” to help startups get ready to raise capital.

The four-week series is designed to help founders develop the critical components necessary to apply to one of northeast Ohio’s various accelerators or pre-seed funders. All sessions are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at YBI’s headquarters in Youngstown.

The sessions are Feb. 7, course introduction, value proposition, market sizing, and introduction to pitch strategy; Feb. 21, how to draft a go-to-market strategy, pricing considerations and sales funnels; March 6, introduction to financial modeling, metrics and financial strategy and sample pitches; and March 20, participants pitch their startup to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors for feedback and guidance.

The series is free, but space is limited. Application is required. Contact Gianna Serra, client services manager for YBI at gserra@ybi.org or 330-746-5003 for more information.

LOCAL ATTORNEY RECOGNIZED: Attorney Enzo Cantalamessa recently was recognized by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys as a 10 Best Personal Injury Attorney for Client Satisfaction.

The institute is a third-party rating organization that publishes an annual list of the top 10 personal injury attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected must pass a selection process based on client and / or peer nominations, research and the institute’s own evaluation.

Cantalamessa serves as law director in Warren.

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