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YBI / YSU FORM PROGRAM: The Youngstown Business Incubator and Youngstown State University have developed a formalized fellowship program to help build interest in entrepreneurship and STEM programming.

YBI will work with its portfolio companies to identify specific projects for the interns to work on each semester. Additionally, the interns also would work on YBI-related projects and sit in meetings with their entrepreneurship team. Students are eligible to work for as many as three semesters. For undergraduate students, juniors and seniors are preferred. YSU and Eastern Gateway Community College students are eligible.

The Bacon Family STEM Fellowship is for students attending a Mahoning Valley Higher Education Institution studying a STEM Field. Accepted students are placed with a YBI Portfolio Company to use their knowledge to complete projects and create solutions to real-life problems within a growing startup company.

TECH SERVICE RECEIVES GRANT: Family Tech Connect, a technology coaching service for senior citizens in Boardman, has received a $10,000 grant from Direction Home of Eastern Ohio to provide free tech services to senior citizens in Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

The funds come from federal dollars dedicated to reducing senior isolation, a problem that became acute during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The services covered under the grant include personalized, in-home coaching sessions as well as device curation services. Services are available immediately, by appointment on a first-come, first-served basis until the grant is exhausted.

Covered services are for seniors 60 years or older living in the four-county area.

SBA CENTER TO HAVE SPEAKER: The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Youngstown State University is partnering with Curt Anderson, eCommerce consultant, to discuss the value of LinkedIn strategies and how to build a successful online community 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 10.

Register for the webinar at eventbrite.com.

Topics that will be discussed include the value of posting videos on LinkedIn, maximizing LinkedIn Live, building a community and how to make connections to grow your business.

People on the move

REALTOR JOINS FIRM: Kayla Peterson recently joined More Options Realty as a new agent. Peterson, who originally is from Madison, now lives in Youngstown and will work out of the agency’s Boardman office to serve the Mahoning Valley.

AGENT JOINS PROPERTY GROUP: Coldwell Banker EvenBay Real Estate recently added Realtor Kayla Spring to its team.

Spring received her real estate license in 2021 after attending real estate courses through Hondros College. She will be providing real estate services in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties and surrounding areas.

717 ADDS MANAGER: Michelle Herron recently joined 717 Credit Union as the training and recruiting manager.

In her role, she will be responsible for talent acquisition initiatives and establishing a vision, strategy and action plan for all organizational learning.

PACE JOINS PREMIER: Premier Bank recently brought on Eric Pace as treasurer.

Pace, who has more than 14 years of experience in the banking industry, most recently served as executive director for consumer and business banking for a national bank headquartered in Manhattan.

In his new role, Pace will manage Premier’s investment portfolio and treasury function, including identifying new investment and funding opportunities, as well as managing the bank’s interest rate and liquidity risk processes and developing strategies to optimize the Premier’s balance sheet and capital position.

Submit items for Business briefs, New Businesses and People on the Move to business@tribtoday.com, fax to 330-841-1717 or online at www.tribtoday.com. The deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday.

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