Stepping Up: Sodexo|Roth, Record Connection, PTAC

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Business Journal is asking companies and organizations to tell us how they are faring and what they are doing to help others through this pandemic crisis.

We call this series “Stepping Up.” Segments have been posted all this week and will continue to be posted during the crisis.

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Sodexo|Roth sheet metal fabrication shop has turned its efforts toward producing parts for personal protective equipment used by medical professionals.

The shop has produced 30,000 metal strips used in N-95 respirator masks to keep the mask tightly held against the nose. The pieces will be donated.

“These masks are in high demand by the medical field. Production time has been stalled in some instances due to missing components such as these,” says John Schuler, director of marketing and communications.

The Record Connection

NILES, Ohio — With many area residents staying at home, The Record Connection is making sure they don’t have to go without new music.

Like other retail businesses deemed nonessential, The Record Connection at 32 Youngstown Warren Road had to shut its doors to shoppers, but owner Jeff Burke is finding new ways to get music out to his customers. Burke can still order albums for customers and will either mail them to the customer or deliver them himself.

“With everyone stuck at home and certain big box retailers closed, people can still get the music they want through local shops like The Record Connection,” Burke says. “I go to the shop everyday to process orders, so customers can reach me by calling the store or sending a message over Facebook. I’ve gotten to know my customers pretty well over the years, so if something comes in that I know someone will want, I usually call to let them know it’s in.”

The coronavirus pandemic has effectively canceled what is usually Burke’s biggest day of the year, Record Store Day, which was to be held April 18. While he won’t be able to draw the crowd he usually does that day, Burke hopes to do something special to commemorate the national event.

Customers can contact Burke at 330 544 1946 or by visiting He accepts payments via PayPal and will deliver purchases for free.

Procurement Technical Assistance Center

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Center at Youngstown State University will host a series of webinars aimed at guiding small businesses through the coronavirus outbreak.

The first, “COVID-19 Procurement Opportunities,” will be held April 16, followed by “COVID-19 Considerations for Federal Contractors” April 23 and “Ohio Business Certification Programs” April 30.

 On May 7, the center will host a webinar on cybersecurity, followed by presentations on moving your business online May 15 and, on May 21, the General Service Administration’s new platform that combines several agency sites.

All webinars run 10 a.m. to noon, with the exception of the May 7 cybersecurity webinar, which ends at 11:30 a.m.

More information on the webinars, as well as registration information for each, can be found here.

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