Among today’s other business updates: Burgan Real Estate, Chromaticity Technologies, Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition; Youngstown Business Incubator; Glass gallery & wellness; Patton Building Technology; Suite Magnolias on the Green; CertaSite; Boys and girls clubs in northeast Ohio; and the gas price report from AAA East Central.
YOUNGSTOWN – Andrew Boyer, a senior in Computer Digital Electrical Engineering at Youngstown State University, is the winner of this year’s John Burgan Entrepreneurship Prize and will receive $ 2,400 to continue his lighting, sound and networking technology start-up business .
The John Burgan Entrepreneurship Prize is awarded to the winner of the business plan competition held by the Entrepreneurship Center at YSU Williamson College of Business Administration, which seeks innovative business ideas from students. The award was launched in honor of entrepreneur, businessman, salesman and community leader John Burgan by his son Patrick, a YSU graduate and second generation broker-owner of Burgan Real Estate.
Boyer and fellow YSU student John Galvin from Howland founded Chromaticity Technologies in 2018. The company provides special effects lighting, sound and networking technology.
The company was hired by BRITE Energy Innovators last fall for a project on David Grohl Alley, a small street just one block from Courthouse Square in downtown Warren. The alley is named after rock star and Warren Native David Grohl, founder of Foo Fighters and former Nirvana drummer. The project included a 70-foot long canopy with 26,000 LED lights and a four-speaker system synchronized with the LEDs.
Annabelle Himes, a freshman whose startup Heroes and Tiaras brings popular characters to life at parties and special events, was awarded $ 500.
“We are consistently impressed by the talent and passion that the students have brought with their submissions and we wanted to reward two people this year,” said Patrick Burgan in a press release Passion YSU continues to promote its students. We are delighted to sponsor Andrew and Annabelle with a financial award for all of their hard work in portraying the spirit this award should recognize. “
The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition works with YBI
YOUNGSTOWN – The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition and the Youngstown Business Incubator announced a new collaboration on Tuesday.
Although the initial focus of the agreement is on shared business services, the long-term vision of the partnership is to find opportunities for future collaborations, according to a press release.
“We see this as a great opportunity to strengthen the Mahoning Valley,” said Joe Colletti Jr., president of the Marsh Bellofram Group of Companies and president of the MVMC, in the press release. “The introduction of technology and the development of the workforce are important areas that matter to our members. This partnership will allow MVMC to focus on its core business while keeping an eye on new opportunities for manufacturers in the valley. “
Barb Ewing, CEO of YBI, said the collaboration will help expand YBI’s influence on manufacturing.
“Working with MVMC will open new doors for YBI to get deeper into our manufacturing base and expand our presence into new areas,” said Ewing. “The MVMC is a great organization that really understands the needs of its members. We appreciate the opportunity to work with you. “
The MVMC provides Mahoning Valley manufacturers with a network to identify common needs and solve problems with their partners by sharing ideas and resources to develop a skilled workforce.
The Youngstown Business Incubator supports the commercialization and adoption of new technologies with an emphasis on additive manufacturing, as well as the growth of minority, women and veteran owned companies.
Valley companies celebrate openings with ribbon sections
BOARDMAN – Glass Gallery & Wellness celebrated the opening of its new location at 48 Boardman Poland Road on Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Glass Gallery & Wellness was founded in 2013 and has eight locations in the Pittsburgh and Morgantown, West Virginia regions.
It carries high quality brands of CBD, e-cigarettes, vape juices, dry herbs, and concentrate vaporizers for medical marijuana patients.
For more information, visit the website or call 330-953-0468.
Two other companies from the valley are celebrating their opening this week with ribbon cutting ceremonies. You are:
CertaSite donates more than 4K animal supplies to humane societies
KENT – CertaSite Serves, the non-profit arm of CertaSite, has collected more than 4,400 pet supplies for humane societies in the 16 markets where the company has offices.
The amount exceeded the company’s original target of 1,000 due to the efforts of the Youngstown and Kent offices, which collected more than 200 items, as well as the Bettendorf, Iowa and Fulton, Illinois offices, a press release said.
“We cannot thank our Kent and Youngstown offices and Purina enough for their kind donations to our humane society fundraiser,” said Jeff Wyatt, CEO of CertaSite, in the press release. “Humane societies rely on the generosity of their supporters. These donations will go a long way towards supporting human societies and taking wonderful care of their animals. “
The fundraiser took place from March 10th to April 15th. One of the local humane societies CertaSite worked with was the Columbiana County Humane Society.
Carey Jaros Appointed to the Board of Directors of Boys & Girls Clubs in Northeast Ohio
Northeast Ohio’s Boys & Girls Clubs have appointed GOJO President and CEO Carey Jaros to their board of directors.
“I look forward to being part of this amazing organization and working with such a talented team,” said Jaros in a press release. “Boys and girls clubs play a vital role in the lives of not only the children they serve, but their families, neighborhoods, and the wider community as well. The way BGCNEO turned over the past year to address the urgent needs of the pandemic is testament to the organization’s commitment to its mission, strategic agility and operational capabilities. “
Jaros joined GOJO, the maker of Purell, in 2016 and became President and CEO in January 2020.
Gasoline prices in northeast Ohio are dropping 3 cents
YOUNGSTOWN – The average gasoline price in Northeast Ohio is 3 cents lower this week, at $ 2.67 a gallon according to the AAA East Central gas price report.
The average price for self-serve unleaded gasoline in the Youngstown area is $ 2.64 per gallon.
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