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CHAMBER EVENT NEXT MONTH: The Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber’s annual Salute to Business will be 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 1 at the Eastwood Event Centre at the Eastwood Mall.

The cost is $40 per member and $50 per nonmember.

The event will honor local business leaders and chamber member businesses that are celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2022. It also is the official kickoff to the Canfield Fair and Youngstown State University football.

The keynote speaker is Gen. Michael Brogan (Ret.), who retired from the Marine Corps in 2011 after honorably serving for 31 years. His primary responsibility was to oversee and maintain the supply chain to American forces in the Middle East. A decorated general, Brogan is one of the military’s foremost authorities on equipment procurement and supply-chain management.

YBI INSPIRING FUTURE CHANGEMAKERS: Students from the Youngstown Parks and Recreation Summer Camp program recently took part in Lemonade Day, a national program that teaches kids the fundamentals of entrepreneurship.

The students participated in a four-week program with the Youngstown Business Incubator’s Youth Entrepreneurship (YE) program to learn how to create their own lemonade recipe and stand, and establish their business.

With support from Lemonade Day’s national entrepreneurial and experiential program, youth in grades K-8 can earn their own money, learn valuable skills that equip them for life and contribute to a cause that matters to them.

Students participated in four weeks of entrepreneurship education and presented their small businesses on the final day of the program where they opened their lemonade stands to the public. They were able to create their own business names, flavors, marketing materials and more.

The YE program creates economic opportunities for youth ages 9 to 18 in Youngstown through teaching the fundamentals of entrepreneurship.

MVMC TO GET ARP FUNDS: The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition is in line to receive $930,000 over the next three years as part of the Ohio Manufacturers Association’s $23.4 million award from the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge program.

The association is the lead applicant and system lead entity — and one of 32 programs out of 509 applicants throughout the country — to receive a portion of $500 million in federal funds aimed at getting Americans back to work by strengthening workforce partnerships that lead to good-paying jobs.

MVMC is among OMA’s network of manufacturing industry sector partnerships throughout the state that will receive funding from this grant to carry out specific recruiting and upskilling components of the association’s workforce development action plan in the Mahoning Valley.

SHEELY’S GIVES: Sheely’s Furniture and Appliances has donated $8,006 to Habitat for Humanity, evenly splitting the money between Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley and Habitat for Humanity of Portage County.

This fundraising event driven by Sheely’s was held through the second quarter of 2022 at its Aurora and North Lima locations. Sheely’s provided matching funds for every donation received, and incentivized customers to donate by providing a $100 discount on all qualifying purchases.

LOCAL BANK NAMED TO BEST EMPLOYER LIST: Farmers National Bank recently was named as one of the 2022 Best Employers in Ohio, according to the annual list of the Best Employers in Ohio created by Best Companies Group in partnership with Crain’s Cleveland Business and Crain’s Content Studio-Cleveland.

The statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Ohio, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses.

The 2022 list is made up of 47 companies.

BON SECOURS MERCY HEALTH RECOGNIZED: Bon Secours Mercy Health has received two prestigious national recognitions for its commitment to supporting, developing and promoting women leaders throughout its health system that spans seven states and includes 50 hospitals and 60,000 employees.

Seramount, a strategic professional services and research firm dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, recently named BSMH a “Top 10 Company for Executive Women” and a “Best Company for Multicultural Women” for 2022.

Female leaders represent more than 51 percent of Bon Secours Mercy Health top leaders responsible for leading and establishing key components of the health system’s strategy.

Bon Secours Mercy Health has three large hospitals in the Mahoning Valley: St. Elizabeth Youngstown, St. Elizabeth Boardman and St. Joseph Warren, all of which have women, Kathleen Harley, Genie Aubel and Char Wray, respectively, as presidents.

NEW FELLOWSHIP AVAILABLE: St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital will be offering a new addiction medicine fellowship for physicians.

The program recently received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The one-year program will be open to physicians who have completed an ACGME-accredited residency and are interested in providing care to individuals struggling with substance-use disorders.

Mercy Health’s addiction medicine fellows will receive training to treat patients with substance abuse and behavioral disorders in the following areas: acute detoxification long-term pharmacotherapeutic treatments, abstinence-based recovery models, harm-reduction recovery models, motivational interviewing, 12-Step facilitation, assessment of substance abuse for individuals receiving medical and psychiatric hospital services and assessment and treatment of patients with substance abuse and pain.

Once open, the program will operate out of a new medical center on Belmont Avenue — the site of the former VA clinic building. Mercy Health is renovating the 25,000-square-foot building.

SEPHORA OPENS AT KOHL’S: The Kohl’s store at the Eastwood Mall is among 400 across the U.S. that has or will be adding a Sephora. The local Sephora opened Wednesday.

Introduced in fall 2021, Sephora at Kohl’s features a 2,500-square-foot, space that mimics the look and feel of a freestanding Sephora. Within all Sephora at Kohl’s locations, customers will find an assortment of prestige makeup, skincare, hair and fragrance brands, as well as innovations in clean beauty and self-care.

FOUNDATION MOVES ENDOWMENT: The Hubbard High School Alumni Association Foundation has agreed to move its $175,000 endowment to the YSU Foundation to manage the fund, acknowledge future gifts and distribute funds on behalf of the association.

The mission of the fund remains to support graduates of Hubbard High School in their pursuit of postsecondary education. This fund reflects the increased scope and impact of the YSU Foundation: to assist donors and entities seeking to impact education on all levels in the Mahoning Valley.

While the endowment for these scholarships is held at the YSU Foundation, students can attend any college or vocational school of their choice.

By merging association foundation’s funds with the YSU Foundation, whose funds are in excess of $300 million, the association’s investments will grow exponentially to be able to award more and higher scholarships.

People on the move

DOCTOR JOINS PRACTICE: Dr. Aaron Deol recently joined Austintown Podiatry Associates.

Deol, who grew up in Solon, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Akron. He is a graduate of Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in Independence and completed his surgical residency training at Aultman Alliance Community Hospital in Alliance.

His training has included all aspects of foot and ankle conservative and surgical care.

AGENT JOINS REAL ESTATE FIRM: Coldwell Banker EvenBay Real Estate recently brought on Jerri Florio, Realtor and associate broker to its team of real estate professionals.

Florio joins Coldwell Banker EvenBay Real Estate with more than 40 years of experience. She was licensed in 1975 and has been serving northeast Ohio ever since.

She has owned and managed a brokerage, as well as sat on various real estate boards and committees as president, president-elect, chair, co-chair and other positions at the local, state and national levels. Also, she has received the Graduate, REALTOR Institute and Accredited Buyer’s Representative designations through the National Association of Realtors.

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