Here’s a look at business news from around the Mahoning Valley


Also among today’s business updates: Armstrong and Davis Family YMCA; Pizza Joe’s; and new business filings.

WARREN — To oversee day-to-day operations, business processes and manage its Courthouse Square offices, BRITE Energy Innovators has brought on Crystal Tiggett as operations manager. Joe Paloski, who previously held the role since January, will now serve as BRITE’s program manager.

Tiggett’s role will include overseeing staff and project management for the incubator, monitoring performance indicators for business processes, managing tenant relationships and the coworking space and bolstering the organization’s community engagement efforts.

Tiggett, of Warren, is a certified Project Management Professional and is the founder and CEO of Tiggett Consulting LLC, where she assists businesses in driving their revenue growth. She also serves as managing editor of Impact Atlanta International Fashion and Beauty Magazine.

Paloski, of Canfield, will help the incubator establish and maintain new programs — in addition to its services for entrepreneurs — as BRITE seeks to expand its presence in the Mahoning Valley. Paloski’s new role will include overseeing incoming grants and incubator programming for entrepreneurs, workforce development and educational outreach.

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen extreme growth in both demand for services and of the talent represented at BRITE,” Rick Stockburger, BRITE Energy president and CEO, said in a news release. “Crystal and Joe represent an integral part of our team that will enable us to continue that growth and — most importantly — continue our work.”

Davis Family YMCA receives $30,000 grant from Armstrong

BOARDMAN — The Davis Family YMCA has received a $30,000 grant from Armstrong to provide membership and character-building program opportunities for youths.

“We are committed to youth development and our mission to make YMCA memberships and programs available to all,” Tom Grantonic, executive director of the Davis Family YMCA, said in a news release. “Armstrong has joined us and taken a lead in this effort with a significant level of support year after year. We have been truly blessed.”

Pizza Joe’s in Girard to offer students’ winning pizza Sunday

GIRARD — Pizza Joe’s, 621 N. State St., will offer a new pizza for a limited time starting Sunday courtesy of the Junior Achievement Innovation Challenge winners from Girard Intermediate School. 

Dylan Sforza, Henry Durkin, Orion Strainer and Santino Serrano developed the winning flavor and pitch for the competition. The students called themselves the Chicken Guys and created a chicken quesadilla pizza concept that earned the highest marks by the judging panel.

Pizza Joe’s will host a community day with the students from noon to 2 p.m. to launch the chicken quesadilla pizza, which will be available for one week at the Girard location. A portion of each pizza sold will be donated to the Trumbull County Educational Service Center Scholarship Fund.

Ohio new business filings continue record-setting pace

COLUMBUS — Ohioans created more than 20,000 new businesses for the second month in a row.

In May, there were 20,135 new business filings, following April’s numbers that surpassed 20,000 for the first time in Ohio history.

“With 171,000 new businesses created last year during the pandemic and almost 100,000 new businesses already created in the first five months of 2021, Ohioans continue to defy expectations and demonstrate the pioneer spirit of risk-taking and entrepreneurship that is getting our economy back on track,” Secretary of State Frank LaRose said in a news release.

To establish a new business, visit the Ohio Business Central website.

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