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AWARDS GIVEN: At its recent year-end party at the Avalon Grand Resort in Howland, More Options Realty presented staff awards for Highest Volume, Highest Average Selling Price and Most transactions. The winners were:

• Top volume: Sally Demidovich, first; Nicole Tackett, second; and Veronica Campbell, third.

• Highest average sale price: Kay M Schaffer, first; Sally Demidovich, second; and Jeremiah T. Pitoscia, third.

• Most transactions: Sally Demidovich, first; Nicole Tackett, second; and Veronica Campbell, third.

MONEY RAISED TO BENEFIT JA: Girard-based Junior Achievement of Eastern Ohio raised more than $80,000 through two designer bag bingo events in December.

Funds raised will benefit the financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career readiness programs Junior Achievement offers to K-12 students in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

CPA FIRM MERGER: HD Davis CPAs & White Glove Payroll in Liberty acquired Warren-based CPAs Sforza & Walker

Sforza & Walker CPAs will remain in downtown Warren at the same location and retain all of their employees. The acquisition gives the company immediate access to better technology and more specialized training and support.

HD Davis CPAs, owned by CPAs Tim Petrey and Joe Kilgore, has more than 50 employees in the Mahoning Valley. White Glove Payroll is the sister company of the CPA firm. It is co-owned by Petrey, Kilgore and Marcy Angelo, who is responsible for day-to-day operations and management of its team of over 10 people.

HUNTINGTOWN BANK, BRITE TEAM UP: Huntington Bank recently donated $10,000 to BRITE Energy Innovators to support startups through its mentorship program. BRITE provides one-on-one advice from industry experts to help new energy technology companies.

The donation will help a cohort of startups, which will in turn trigger $250,000 in short-term public and private investments to solve today’s biggest sustainability and resiliency challenges.

BRITE in downtown Warren is Ohio’s only energy startup incubator.

THE FIRST PROVIDES SUPPORT TO THE COMMUNITY: as part of their people powered by (kindness). Powered by you. movement, Premier Bank has awarded more than $421,000 in community support to 122 Mahoning Valley organizations in 2022.

Support went to groups such as Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley for the Emergency Department Expansion Project, Ballet Western Reserve to sponsor The Nutcracker, Brightside Project for the Empowerment Bus , Golden String to sponsor the Gabba Camp golf outing, Potential Development to sponsor Trivia. With a Twist and the Pizza Cookoff, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation for inclusion programming, and Youngstown CityScape for sponsoring Sparkle Youngstown.

NEW BUSINESS FILINGS: There were 13,420 new business filings in November, down 93 filings from November 2021 and down 617 filings from September, according to the Office of the Secretary of State for Ohio.

Until November, there were 165,624 new businesses for an average of 15,056 per month. During the 11-month period in 2021, 184,494 were created, according to the bureau.

New business filings are categorized as forms filed with the Secretary of State that report the formation of a business entity, including for-profit, non-profit, and professional corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships. Filing as a business in Ohio does not guarantee that the business will begin operations, be profitable, or create jobs.

OPENING OF A TREATMENT CENTER IN NILES: Pinnacle Treatment Centers, one of the largest methadone providers in the United States, has opened a new treatment center in Niles. The center is Pinnacle’s 20th location in Ohio.

Niles Treatment Services, 336 Vienna Ave., will provide methadone and Suboxone drug treatment as part of a treatment program that includes individual, group and family counseling. Patients will have access to other comprehensive services such as peer support and targeted case management.

Niles Treatment Services accepts Medicaid, commercial insurance, and offers reasonable self-pay rates. The center is open from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Pinnacle also has a processing center in Youngstown.

FREE ESTATE PLANNING WORKSHOP AVAILABLE: The Credit Union of Ohio will be offering a free virtual workshop at noon and 7 p.m. Thursday on the topic of estate planning.

Financial coach Cindy Walker will be joined by special guest Jackie Collins of the law firm Collins & Kruse to give attendees an overview of how to protect their assets as well as financial options to consider as they approach retirement, including including an overview of Medicaid and long-term care. options.

Membership is not required to attend this free workshop, but pre-registration is required. View the full Credit Union of Ohio workshop schedule and register at

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COFFEE SHOP OPEN: Cafe Rose specialty coffee and gift shop is open at 4491 Mahoning Ave., Austintown.

The shop offers coffee from regional and local roasters as well as crafts and other items from local entrepreneurs. Its Mahoning Valley partners include Branch Street Coffee Roasters in Boardman and Voyager Specialty Coffee & Teas in Youngstown.

The boutique is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

NEW CHIPOTLE ON LIBERTY: Chipotle Mexican Grill has opened a new restaurant on Belmont Avenue, less than two miles from Liberty High School.

The location is the second in the Youngstown area to have a Chipotlane, a drive-thru pickup lane that allows customers to pick up digital orders.

It is located at 4100 Belmont Ave. and is open from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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FORMER YOUNGSTOWN RESIDENT JOINS CABINET: Former Youngstown resident Brian Wolf has joined McMichael Insurance, an independent insurance and risk management firm in Streetsboro, advising on business insurance.

In this role, he will work with business owners to ensure they have the right coverage at a competitive price.

Wolf, who has over 25 years of experience, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Youngstown State University.

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