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CHAMBER TO ASSIST ANIMAL CHARITIES: The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber at its annual meeting partnered with Angels for Animals and the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County to assist them in their mission to provide animal care.

Items needed by organizations will be collected. All donors will be entered into a raffle. At the end of the event, four winners of $25 gift cards at various locations will be chosen.

Items needed for Angels for Animals include Fancy Feast Kitten Pate, canned dog and cat food, peanut butter, EZCheese, old bath towels, newspapers, kitty litter, cat beds , carriers, Milk-Bones, latex gloves and gift cards.

For their garage sale, antique office supplies such as copy paper, notepads, decorations and similar products are collected.

Items needed by the Animal Welfare League include microwave heating pads/discs, Miracle Nipple brand nursing pacifiers, kitten pâté, and litter scoops for cats and kittens. For puppies and dogs, items include Dog Chow and Puppy Chow, medium and small nylon collars, and pill pouches.

The annual meeting is from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at Mr. Anthony’s, 7440 South Ave., Boardman.

717 ONE OF THE BEST CREDIT UNIONS: 717 Credit Union was named to the list of the Top 100 Credit Unions in the United States and Ohio’s Top Performing Credit Union for the second year in a row. It was the only credit union in Ohio to make the list and ranked 57th in the nation for top performing credit unions by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Of the approximately 5,300 credit unions in the United States, 1,765 qualified for the ranking by meeting a threshold of at least $100 million in assets and a net worth ratio of at least 7%.

The ranking, based on year-end 2021 figures, used five criteria: membership growth; total number of loans, net of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, per member; net worth as a percentage of total assets; delinquent loans as a percentage of total loans, net of PPP loans; and return on average assets.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR EVENT: On April 30, Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley, in partnership with Eastwood Mall, will host a Youth Market Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature young entrepreneurs offering their products and services for sale to the public.

Young entrepreneurs are responsible for setting their table, selling products and interacting with customers. Tables will be provided, courtesy of the Eastwood Mall. The jury and prizes will be awarded at the end of the event.

Customers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite company, and prizes will be awarded to winners in three categories: People’s Choice Award, Best of Show – Most Creative and Product, and Most Original. Each winner will receive a $50 mall gift card, the entrepreneur game board and a certificate.

The People’s Choice Award winner will also receive a booth at no rental cost for a limited time.

The awards ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Center Court at the Mall.

To register or for more information, contact the Junior Achievement office at 330-539-5268 or

ODOT SEEKS INPUT: The Ohio Department of Transportation is seeking public input on its state freight plan, Transportation Ohio, which examines the state of the freight industry in Ohio now and for next five years.

The plan analyzes the needs of the state’s road, rail, air freight, marine and pipeline networks. It includes freight system strategies focused on coordination, partnerships, innovation and technology for ODOT to implement over the next five years and recommends investments in the freight system.

ODOT invites public review and comments on the draft plan. The public comment period is open until Sunday. The project can be downloaded from the Ohio Transportation website. Once reviewed, feedback can be shared by completing a brief survey at

To request printed copies of the plan and/or survey, or for specialized communication needs such as translation services, email or call 614-752 -5711 and include your name, phone number and mailing address. Comments may also be mailed to Transport Ohio, ODOT MS 3280, 1980 W. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43223.

COMPANY PARTNERS: Four local real estate brokers have teamed up for a group marketing campaign to promote local brokers headquartered in the Mahoning Valley.

Kelly Warren and Associates, Klacik Real Estate, More Options Realty and Volpini Realty are teaming up.

Chosen as spokesperson was Ray “Boom-boom” Mancini because, according to a statement, “embodies the qualities of the brokerages and our valley – the heart, the attitude of not giving up and the love of family and friends.”

PLANNED TRAVEL SEMINAR: Boscov’s Business Travel will host a complimentary breakfast and presentation on the benefits of having a travel management company at 7:30 am Friday at the Eastwood Event Center at the Eastwood Mall in Niles.

Among the topics planned for the presentation are cost savings, duty of care and travel restrictions.

Registration is mandatory. Visit for more information.

INFLATION WORKSHOP SUBJECT: The Credit Union of Ohio is offering a free virtual workshop to help participants learn how to protect their budget against inflation.

Three 30-minute sessions will be available next week to help participants set short- and long-term goals for dealing with inflation and keeping their spending on track. The first session is Tuesday noon and two additional sessions will take place on Thursday noon and 6 p.m. Each session will cover the same material.

Sessions are free and open to the public, but prior registration is required. Check out the full program and register at

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SHOP OPEN: A ribbon cutting for Blessed Beyond Measure, 220 E. Market St., was scheduled for Friday to celebrate the official opening of the faith-based store.

Owned by Aneasha Mohammed, the boutique offers a wide range of women‘s clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as spiritual prayer sessions.

NEW PIZZA IN CORTLAND: Romeo’s Pizza will be opening a location at 417 S. High St., Cortland.

The store is owned by Daniel Labbato, a longtime entrepreneur and estate agent, and Jay-P Fite, a chiropractor in North Olmstead. It will be open seven days a week from lunch until late at night.

Founded in 2001 in Medina, Romeo’s Pizza has 58 locations in Ohio, Florida, Texas, Colorado, North Carolina and South Carolina.

EUROPEAN WAX CENTER NOW IN BOARDMAN: European Wax Center, Inc., a franchised personal care brand offering waxing services, opened March 14 in The Shops at Boardman Park.

The store is the first for European Wax Center in Ohio.

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CHAMBER REALIGNS, PROMOTES STAFF: The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber has realigned five members of its team.

Starting this month, Sarah Boyarko will be Chief Operating Officer; Kim Calvert to Become Senior Vice President of Marketing and Member Services; Shea MacMillan will lead the chamber’s economic development efforts as Vice President of Economic Development; Michael McGiffin will become president of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber Foundation; and Melissa Maiorano will become Director of Workforce Development.

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