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SESSION SET: The Minority Business Assistance Center for the Youngstown region will host a “Jumpstart Your Business” session form 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Eastern Gateway Community College’s Pugliese Training Center.

The session is for individuals who own a business or are interested in starting their own business. The session is designed to be a first point of contact with the Minority Business Assistance Center, which offers services as business counselors and to inform entrepreneurs of free business classes and resources available to them.

The Minority Business Assistance Center of the Youngstown region was designated by the state to be led by the Youngstown Business Incubator at the start of 2018. MBAC Youngstown serves the needs of small, minority and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses in Ashtabula, Monroe, Jefferson, Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Belmont counties.

The Pugliese Training Center is at 110 John Scott Highway.

The session and all MBAC services are free, but attendees should register through www.eventbrite.com.

ANALYSTS HIRED: Pittsburgh-based Cowden Associates Inc., an independent actuarial, compensation and employee benefits consulting firm serving the Tri-State Area, has hired Peter Carlson and Zachary Kuhn as analysts in its health and benefits practice and Elizabeth Murn as an analyst in its retirement-actuarial practice.

Carlson is a recent graduate from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s of arts degree in mathematics and a minor in English. He has passed two of the Society of Actuaries exams and is working to become an associate of the Society of Actuaries.

Kuhn is a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s of science degree in mathematics. He has passed three of the Society of Actuaries exams and is working to become an associate of the Society of Actuaries.

Murn is a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s of science degree in actuarial mathematics and a minor in economics. She has passed four of the Society of Actuaries exams and is working to become an associate of the Society of Actuaries.

“Having an opportunity to enhance our expertise in the health and benefits and retirement practices through the hiring of these three exceptional young professionals compliments our corporate philosophy of always being forward-thinking, to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients and assist them in achieving their business goals and objectives,” Robert Crnjarich, senior vice president, retirement and actuarial services, and Lesa Votovich, vice president of health and benefits for Cowden.

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