Here is an overview of the business news from the Mahoning Valley


Also among today’s business updates: Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Council; Trumbull neighborhood partnership; Lit’l Macs grocery store; Create healthy communities; Healthy Community Partnership; Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition; and the Gibson Insurance Agency.

BOARDMAN – This year Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Operation Santa Claus will benefit United Way of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley.

For each new Chevrolet, Buick or GMC vehicle sold in December, the dealership will donate $ 50 to Centraide. In addition, Sweeney will match any customer donation made to the United Way, up to $ 10,000, during the campaign.

Contributions will be accepted in concession or online here. Click on the drop-down menu under “Choose a campaign” and select “Operation Santa Claus” to be eligible for the matching donation.

“This is one of our favorite annual events, and it is thanks to our loyal and community-minded clientele that we have been able to help so many worthy nonprofits each year,” said Alexa Sweeney Blackann , president of Sweeney, in a press release.

Sweeney has been running the Operation Santa promotion since 2013 and has raised $ 200,000 for local charities, the statement said.

New scholarship program launched for black students

YOUNGSTOWN – The Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Council launched a new scholarship program to increase minority representation in social work and mental health.

The Youngstown Chapter of the Links Incorporated Mental Health Scholarship will distribute $ 5,000 annually to black students pursuing a social work degree at Youngstown State University, full-time students receiving $ 1,000, and part-time students. $ 500. Eligible students must have a GPA of 2.5, be a traditional or non-traditional student, be of African American descent, attend or plan to attend YSU, reside in Mahoning County, and complete the application process.

“We are delighted to launch this new scholarship program with the support of the Youngstown Ohio chapter of Links Incorporated“Duane Piccirilli, executive director of the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Council, said in a press release.” There is a great need to develop a workforce for our agencies that represents people that we serve, and this is an important step we can take to address it. ”

For more information and to apply, click on here. Applications for the scholarships will be open until April 24, 2022. The first round of scholarships will be awarded in May 2022.

Mural at Warren store promotes healthy eating and active living

WARREN – Trumbull neighborhood partnership unveiled a new mural at Lit’l Macs grocery store, 1763 Parkman Road NW, on Friday to “promote the importance of healthy eating and active living.”

Funding for the mural came from Create healthy communities and Healthy Community Partnership. Alexander Savakis, Warren native, literary artist and illustrator, received $ 6,000 to complete the project.

The mural is dedicated to everyone involved in the food justice movement – producers, vendors, farmers, organizers, practitioners, political influencers, community leaders, churches, schools and families, according to a press release.

“Bringing visibility to the community by installing this mural will help promote the importance of healthy eating and active living,” Kris Kriebel, Building Healthy Communities coordinator, said in the release. “Artistic design sends a positive message to the community to seek their own health outcomes. “

Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition celebrates its 10th anniversary

CANFIELD – The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition turned 10 on Thursday at Waypoint 4180.

The event included dinner, networking and special guests including Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development, and executives from the Ohio Manufacturers Association.

The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition is a workforce development collaboration between 50 local manufacturing companies from the counties of Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana, as well as education and training partners and community development partners and economic.

Gibson Insurance’s Rebecca Ricchiuti Gets Title

GIRARD – Rebecca A. Ricchiuti, personal risk manager at Gibson Insurance Agency, obtained the title of Chartered Professional Insurance Agent.

The CPIA designation is granted by the American Insurance Marketing and Sales Company.

It represents professionalism and a commitment to continue sales and training in the insurance industry, says a press release.

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