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MVMC ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS: The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition appointed new board members from among its member companies.

Each will serve two-year terms on the local workforce development sector partnership organization. They are Joe Colletti of Marsh Bellofram / Specialty Fab, president; Ryan Englehart of Brilex, vice president; Kyle Kiraly of Kiraly Tool & Die, treasurer; and Chris Allen of Ultium Cells, secretary. Matt Joing of Butech Bliss is immediate past president.

Also, the organization paid special tribute to former board member Dale Forester of Starr Manufacturing for her 10 years of service, which coincides with the founding of MVMC. She was most recently immediate past president and remains active with the organization.

AMERICA MAKES AND GIRL SCOUTS PARTNER: America Makes, the national additive manufacturing accelerator in Youngstown, and the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio are teaming to promote STEM education through additive manufacturing techniques to the more than 25,000 Scout members with plans to launch the program to the 2.5 million Girl Scouts nationally.

The organizations will also create a playbook for best practices on integrating additive manufacturing into Girl Scout programming for use when deploying the new America Makes Additive MFG Patch — the first-ever additive manufacturing patch.

This patch will be earned through engagement in the additive technical areas of design, manufacturing and post-production. Based on industry recognized credentials, the patch is aligned to many Girl Scout badges, including STEM and others where additive manufacturing can be applied and integrated.

This America Makes Education and Workforce Development project with the Girl Scouts is part of a larger plan funded by Ohio to create an Ohio Secondary Education Network to expand opportunities for students and teachers. Designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurship, the network will enable access to advanced manufacturing technologies through formal education and training, and engagement through community organizations like the Girl Scouts.

WCBA SEEKS IDEAS: Youngstown State University’s Entrepreneurship Center at the Williamson College of Business Administration is launching the second annual Entrepreneurship Center Business Plan Competition featuring the John Burgan Entrepreneurship Prize.

A $2,400 prize will be awarded to the YSU student with the most promising and innovative business idea as determined by a panel of judges. Applicants should submit a five- to seven-page business proposal outlining their business idea and how the prize of $2,400 will be used to advance the idea by midnight April 4.

All completed business plans can be emailed to competition coordinator John Rossi at jfrossi@ysu.edu or to the Entrepreneurship Center at wcbaentrepreneurshipcenter@ysu.edu.

Businesses do not have to exist, but if the business is operating, the proposal should include details on current operations. Proposals will be judged based on feasibility, market assessment, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

Finalists will be invited to present their business plans to judges at April 12. The winner will be announced the same day.

PNC GIVES MILLIONS TO HELP BUSINESSES: Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank has provided $10 million to the Economic Community Development Institute in Columbus to fund initial Paycheck Protection Program loans to Ohio entrepreneurs and small businesses that often are not able to participate in the economic mainstream.

This includes low- and moderate-income and low-wealth individuals, women, people of color, refugees and immigrants, and businesses that have been most vulnerable during the pandemic.

PNC’s investment comes from its Community Development Banking group, which makes strategic investments to boost the quality of life in low- and moderate-income communities.

CHAMBER ANNOUNCES NEW ENERGY PROGRAM: The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber has partnered with FirstEnergy Advisors on a new energy savings program for chamber members.

Through its exclusive, online procurement and energy manager called “Sherpa by FirstEnergy Advisors,” the FirstEnergy Advisors team works with businesses of all sizes to determine if they may save on their electricity costs.

The team will solicit and review bids from energy suppliers / marketers, make data-driven energy recommendations and facilitate the contract and enrollment process. Chamber members will select transparent pricing, an analytics-based contract term and optimum supplier choice.

Businesses that would like more information should visit firstenergyadvisors.com/ywrc, call 877-398-5639 or email firstenergyyadvisors@firstenergycorp.com.

SPEAKER ADDED TO AGENDA: America Makes has added Tracy Frost, director for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Manufacturing Technology, to the agenda for this week’s America Makes TRX virtual event hosted by Boeing.

Presenting for Boeing are Melissa Orme, vice president; Dan Braley, associate technical fellow and additive manufacturing focal; and Nick Mule, director. Louis Schlegel, director of commercialization and sales for Made in Space, will also speak.

The event is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

People on the Move

AIM PROMOTES: Girard-based Aim Transportation Solutions, the largest privately owned truck leasing company in the U.S., has promoted Chris Disantis to senior director of maintenance and Steve Shacklock to director of maintenance, eastern operations.

Disantis started at Aim, 33 years ago as a lead technician. He climbed through the ranks, holding the positions of service manager, regional service manager, regional director of maintenance and, before this new role, director of training and field technical support.

Shacklock began his Aim career in 2010 as a technician at Aim’s shop in Wheatland, Pa. Within two years, he became the location’s service manager. In 2014, he took on the title of warranty manager, and, in 2018, he was named director of maintenance support.

AKRON CHILDREN’S BRINGS ON SURGEON: Pediatric plastic surgeon, Dr. Ashish Francis, has joined Akron Children’s Hospital in its Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center.

His specific interests are in microsurgery, facial reanimation, corrective jaw and ear reconstruction. Francis also is on the medical staff at Summa Health System.

Prior to joining Akron Children’s, he completed his fellowship in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. His residency in integrated plastic and reconstructive surgery was at The University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine in Las Vegas.

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