Business briefs

CHAMBER SEEKS WAGE / BENEFIT DATA: The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber is asking businesses in the Mahoning Valley to participate in a starting wages and benefits survey.

This survey is a tool for all businesses in the area that are interested in finding and keeping qualified workers.

The survey asks for information about the company, including industry and contact, type of benefits offered and starting and median wages for a variety of occupations. The final report will be available to businesses that participate at no cost. Only aggregate results will be published, and no company will be identified. Individual questionnaire information is kept strictly confidential and will not be shared with other entities.

The survey is open through June 25.

As an incentive to businesses to take the survey, there will be drawings from the pool of submissions on the last day of each month to win a gift card to a chamber member restaurant.

The survey is available at the chamber’s website, regionalchamber.com. Direct questions to Michelle Phillips, director of research, at 330-744-2131, Ext. 1104, or michelle@regionalchamber.com.

NONPROFIT EXPANDS TO TRUMBULL: Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG), a nonprofit charity serving youth in Summit and Medina counties, has grown into Trumbull County.

JOG is an affiliate agency of Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates, Inc., a state affiliate of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), headquartered in Washington, D.C. JOG’s curriculum, instruction, career association and service-learning activities emphasize soft skills and are credited for graduates’ successful placement, retention and advancement in the workplace.

The job programs are high school dropout prevention, retention and graduation leading to jobs; out of school / dropout recovery; employment resource centers; summer and yearlong work experience; middle school academic and career pathways; and leadership and career development conferences.

BUSINESS STUDENTS ACCEPTED TO HONORARY: Fifty-six students in Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration recently were installed into the YSU chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the world’s premier business honorary.

Beta Gamma Sigma is comprised of more than 830,000 members in all 50 states and more than 190 countries. While nearly 350,000 students receive bachelors or master’s degrees in business each year, only about 25,000 are inducted into a lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. Student members must be registered in business administration programs and be candidates for the baccalaureate or master’s degree. Students ranking in the top 10 percent of the sophomore, junior or senior classes or the top 20 percent of the master’s program are eligible.

Local YSU students installed include Carlee Gaca, Hallie Jacqueline Renda and Joseph Virgallito, Austintown; Melissa Nicole Davanzo, Luke Durbin and Alaina Fullerman, Boardman; Michael Copanic, Campbell; Shelby Marie Byrne, Allison Leone, Dominic Vito Morgione, Reilly Kerry Todd and Emily Ann Yurchison, Canfield; Jacob C. Balest, Cortland; Brandon Greathouse, Farmdale; Katie D. Cretella, Girard; Carrie Ann Yasnowski, Howland; Samantha A. Pykare and Megan A. Schmucker, Kinsman; Nathan Chiclowe, Mineral Ridge; Kaitlynn Theresa Dailey, Ross Joseph Fabrizi, Katrina Marie Hayes, Padraig O’Shaughnessy, Michael John Puhalla and Leandro Tofani, Poland; Allison M. Workman, Shelby; Sabrina Bartholomew, Struthers; Mark Baynes and Gianna Allesse Jones, Warren; Danielle Antoinette Adair, Nicholas Longo and Schanvel Wall, Youngstown.

In addition, Mary Coller, director of the WCBA’s Undergraduate Student Services Office, was inducted for her service to the college.

FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT: The FirstEnergy Foundation has awarded Akron Children’s Hospital a $50,000 grant to help increase access to health care for children throughout northeast Ohio via telehealth technology. In addition, a portion of the funds also will be used to support the Akron Children’s Employee Hardship Fund to help the hospital’s employees facing financial challenges.

The FirstEnergy Foundation grant is part of “Investing with Purpose,” a company initiative focused on supporting organizations that advance health and safety, workforce development, educational and social justice initiatives.

People on the Move

NEW DIRECTOR AT HOSPITAL: Endocrinologist Dr. Naveen Uli has joined Akron Children’s Hospital as medical director for the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology.

In addition to overseeing the center, Uli sees patients with diabetes and other pediatric endocrine disorders. His special clinical interests are Prader-Willi syndrome, thyroid disorders and obesity in youth. Most recently, Uli was a physician and director of pediatric endocrinology fellowships at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.

Akron Children’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology’s team of board-certified pediatric endocrinologists, nurse practitioners and nurses specialize in the care of children with growth, puberty, diabetes or other hormonal disorders.

PROMOTION AT PREMIER: James B. Cohen has been promoted to executive vice president, deputy chief credit officer, at Premier Bank.

Cohen joined Premier Bank in 2013 and has more than 40 years of experience in the banking industry.

Cohen of East Palestine, has been involved in many organizations throughout the years, including the East Palestine City Council, Nash Foundation, East Palestine School District Scholarship Foundation and the East Palestine Park and Recreation Board.


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