Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 29

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Human Capital is the most valuable corporate or organizational asset. Anyone, anywhere who wants to accomplish anything needs people to do it. I heard an interesting interview on Artificial Intelligence with Youngstown Business Incubator CEO Jim Cossler recently published on the Business Journal Daily Website. He discusses how AI can disrupt the business world and it’s need for human capital. But Business Journal Publisher Andrea Wood brought up a great point. Creativity is the what makes human capital the most difficult asset to replicate. Although computers can replicate the capacity for people to learn, it is a long stretch from learning to creating original and unique ideas that make our world a better place. So even though there is much talk about how AI will change our society, it will always require people to create the uses for it.

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According to Forbes Magazine, Ohio is the best state to start a business in for a number of reasons. Here in the Mahoning Valley, we already know this. One of the things that makes our Valley the best place in my opinion to start a business in is the wealth of talented, smart, hardworking people who want to do the right thing.

Ever since I moved here in the early part of the millennium, I have been impressed by all the people here who adhere to the mindset of work hard and do the right thing. The work ethic of most of the people that I have met here in the Mahoning Valley is straight out of the 1950’s before all the hippies started encouraging people to just get high and lay around all day contemplating their bellybuttons.

The Forbes article gives a few other reasons as well.

“The lower cost of living in Ohio is nice to have for sure,” says Rich Langdale, co-founder and managing partner at NCT Ventures. “But more importantly Ohio has great cities to live with exciting, vibrant, diverse cultures. We also have smart hard working people with a loyal work ethic, which is harder to find on the coasts.”

“Ohio has an entrepreneurial spirit with a long list of firsts through almost every phase of innovation advancement,” NCT’s Langdale explains about the public, private, and university partnerships that have supported Ohio’s recent surge in homegrown start-ups. “A few years back the State also invested in a program called the Third Frontier, which has supported commercialization and entrepreneurship through a variety of thoughtfully developed resources particularly supporting early stage investment and venture capital in Ohio.”

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Ohio Third Frontier is committed to transforming the state’s economy through the accelerated growth of diverse startup and early stage technology companies. Businesses and entrepreneurs have access to a statewide network of resources through this nationally-recognized initiative. The network provides access to business expertise, mentorship, capital and talent to help turn great ideas into thriving companies and well-paying jobs. Make sure to connect with the Third Frontier and get your dream started.

Third Frontier on Facebook.

Third Frontier on Twitter.

Third Frontier on Youtube.

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Tuesdays Together is a Facebook Group for Creative Professionals and Entrepreneurs that will be holding a Monthly Meeting for March on March 14th. The topic will be Budgeting and Financial Freedom. I will be the first person to admit that not too many people including myself want to talk about budgeting. But it is an essential part of life management. And effective and realistic budgeting can lead you to the financial independence that you may be seeking as an entrepreneur or budding entrepreneur. And from my personal experience, this is a very supportive and knowledgeable group of people here in the Mahoning Valley that are worth getting to know.

From their Facebook Page, “We are a society of creative entrepreneurs gathering the second Tuesday of every month in the spirit of community over competition. We hope you’ll find this a welcoming, fun and enjoyable place to visit and learn more about Tuesdays Together Youngstown & The Rising Tide Society. Since its beginning, this page has been a comfortable spot for creatives to share information, discuss a shared love of creative entrepreneurship, and find information about Tuesdays Together gatherings. Please join us and help to keep this place fun, safe, and enjoyable for all our members! Click the links above to join the Group and/or RSVP on the meeting.”

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On Friday March 3, SOAP Gallery will be holding an Opening for the Fringe Exhibit in Downtown Youngstown. According to their event page, “Fringe is a show of artists whose style is both iconic and unique. The pairing of artists bring bold imagery, bold statements, and a whole lot of character. This group show features Craig Mattis, Jayaira Grhim, Jeff Piper, James Pernotto, Daniel Newman. Opening March 3rd from 6pm-9pm and running March 3-24th. Click on the link above to RSVP or let them know you are interested. Also go by the Downtown Youngstown Facebook Page and Give em a Like so you can stay informed about how our city is growing and meeting the needs of our community.

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Meals on Wheels with Mario Andretti PSA. Like the Meals on Wheels Facebook Page.

Valley Autism is holding it’s 5K Kickoff Meeting at the Boardman Library on Saturday March 4 at 9:30 AM. Join us for our kickoff meeting! This meeting is for parents, friends, and local businesses to come together to learn about the upcoming Valley Autism 5K & Walk (April 22nd at Austintown Township Park).

You can also learn more about the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley, meet some of our board and council members and find out how you can support our great local organization.

– Learn how to create a Team

– Get tip sheets on how to fundraise to have a successful Team

– Learn about this years iPad raffle, Team prizes and more

Join us for hot chocolate and breakfast treats!

Kid Friendly! We will have a coloring station!

Event will be a casual open house event so stop in when you can and feel free to bring the kids. RSVP as attending so we can get an approximate attendee count.

Any questions? Please call 330-333-9609 or email us at autismmv@gmail.com

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Then later this month on March 21 the Rich Center for Autism will be holding a fundraiser at the Magic Tree in Boardman. On March 21st from 6-8 pm, The Rich Center for Autism will host a Crafter Hours Party with Burlap & Bourbon at the Magic Tree Pub & Eatery, 7463 South Ave, Youngstown, OH 44512. We will be making a wreath to hang on your door during the month of April to show your Autism Awareness . I am not going to editorialize here on the dangers of drinking bourbon while crafting with burlap, so I will just say this looks like a lot of fun and a great way to support an Organization here in the Mahoning Valley that is helping people who need it.

All materials will be supplied. $35/person. Spots go fast so reserve yours ASAP! Deadline for reservations is March 13th. To reserve your space, email Tracie at burlapandbourbon1@gmail.com , call 330-565-9585, or leave a message with your email address and Tracie will email you the Paypal information.

Who says there is no free lunch? Well whoever said that was mistaken. There is a free lunch that will include stories of faith in the marketplace at St Anthony’s in Boardman on March 23. Registration is limited so you need to click on the link above to get in. And yes, I did register and expect to attend if you would like to meet me in person.

Join C.S. Lewis Institute – Northeast Ohio for a free business luncheon, Stories: The Intersection of Faith & Marketplace where several business leaders will share personal stories of success, challenge and inspiration.

The event, hosted by Brad Walker (Vice-President, Beard Pension Services), will feature storytellers and panelists from a variety of industries and backgrounds, to include: Jo Anne Brashen (Investment Advisor, Voya Financial), Katie Glatzer (Owner, Body Temple Fitness Studio),Bruce Jeffries (Optometrist), Brandi Osborn (Callos Resource), Dan Osborn (City Director, C.S. Lewis Institute – Northeast Ohio), Kelcie Schiraldi, CFP, CPA/PFS (Personal Trust Administrator, Farmers Trust Company) and Katie Swain (Partner, McConnell Marketing).

A unique opportunity provided by Youngstown’s C.S. Lewis Institute, at Stories attendees will be able to network and connect with others in the local business community, hear from our guest storytellers and panelists, enjoy a complimentary lunch and leave inspired and encouraged by the experiences shared.

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C.S. Lewis Institute – Northeast Ohio hosts this event as a building block for future conversations among our area’s local leaders. For individuals unable to attend the luncheon, Stories will be recapped and shared on the C.S. Lewis Facebook page. On this page visitors can also share their stories and experiences of the intersection of faith and marketplace. Visit http://facebook.com/cslewisinstitutenortheastohio and tell your faith story in our marketplace in 600 words or less.

Founded in 1976 in the legacy of C.S. Lewis, the Institute endeavors to develop disciples who will articulate, defend and live their faith in Christ in personal and public life. C.S. Lewis, the Institute’s namesake, is better known as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia book series but was also one of the most influential Christian figures of the 20th century. Lewis’ focus on core essentials of the faith reached across denominational boundaries.

The C.S. Lewis Institute in Northeast Ohio, headquartered in Trinity United Methodist Church on West Front Street in Youngstown, extends the mission of the CSLI through their year-long discipleship Fellows Program, a Pastor’s Fellowship Program, a ten-week small group discipleship program and a wealth of free resources and publications for study.

The C.S. Lewis Institute Northeast Ohio office is located at 30 West Front Street, Suite 400 Youngstown, OH 44503. For more information call 330-717-6979 or visit www.cslewisInstitute.org/Northeast_Ohio.

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