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

Also among today’s business updates: Covelli Enterprises; Senior Care Insurance; Planet Fitness; TLC Insurance Group; DASCO; and AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

WARREN — First Step Recovery, 2737 Youngstown Road SE, announced Tuesday that it has acquired Parkman Recovery Center.

Parkman Recovery Center, 4930 Enterprise Drive NW, is a medically licensed drug and alcohol addiction treatment center. Its services include inpatient detox, residential and extended care programming, psychoeducation and holistic life skills.

“Although First Step Recovery has always had a close working relationship with Parkman Recovery Center, the acquisition allows us to collaborate more synergistically and gives us the opportunity to expand our programming and create a flexible continuum of care,” Cindy Woodford, chief operating officer of First Step Recovery and Parkman Recovery, said in a news release. “We will continue to respond to the evolving needs existing within our special field of addiction treatment.”

Covelli cookie campaign to benefit Potential Development School

WARREN — Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, is partnering with Potential Development School for Students With Autism throughout the month for the Pieces of Hope for Autism cookie campaign.

April is Autism Awareness Month, and proceeds from all Pieces of Hope cookie sales through April 30 will be donated to the cause. 

The puzzle piece cookie has been specially designed to represent the symbol for autism and will be sold in Covelli-owned and operated Panera Bread cafés. Cookies also can be purchased online or on the Panera app for pickup, delivery and catering.

Since 2010, Covelli Enterprises has donated more than $2 million in the areas it serves to support various autism organizations, schools and centers in providing services, scholarships, research, treatment, advocacy and resources for families. Over the past 10 years, more than $150,000 dollars has stayed in the Valley, a news release states.

 “We know the autism community has faced many challenges over the past year due to COVID, and we are humbled to be able to give back in the communities we serve at a time when the need is so great,” Sam Covelli, owner of Covelli Enterprises, said in the release. “The Pieces of Hope for Autism campaign is so special to our company, and we feel fortunate to be able to help raise funds in 2021.”

Potential Development will also benefit during the month from the company’s Operation Dough Nation program, which allows customers to drop change into donation canisters at the registers.

Valley businesses celebrate openings with ribbon-cuttings

WARREN — Senior Care Insurance celebrated the opening of its office at 2925 Youngstown Road SE with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.

After receiving his insurance license, Dominic Marrari opened Senior Care Insurance, which specializes in Medicare insurance, in 2017. Marrari is also a real estate agent with Howard Hanna and serves as director of public relations at the Warren Family Mission.

For more information, contact Marrari at 330-989-0132 or

Three other Valley businesses are celebrating their openings with ribbon-cutting ceremonies this week. They are:

Gasoline prices decrease 5 cents in Northeast Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — The average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio is 5 cents lower this week at $2.70 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

The average price for unleaded self-service gasoline in the Youngstown area is $2.65 per gallon.

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