Project Bootstraps Reunion | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Project Bootstraps “Reunion” to Help Up-and-Coming Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners

    STEUBENVILLE, OHIO—What it takes to start and successfully run a small business will be the focus of the upcoming Project Bootstraps Reunion to be held Thursday, March 28, at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

    Sponsored by Franciscan University’s School of Professional Programs and Christian Students in Free Enterprise (CSFE), in cooperation with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, the Jefferson County Port Authority, and the Steubenville Herald Star, Project Bootstraps Reunion will benefit local citizens who own or are considering owning a small business. 

    The event will be a “meet and greet” between approximately 40 business owners who participated in the Project Bootstraps seminars beginning in 2010 and current and potential entrepreneurs. 

    Dr. Thomas Kelly, Franciscan University business professor and faculty director of CSFE, hopes the Project Bootstraps Reunion will inspire budding entrepreneurs to realize their dreams and open their own businesses to improve the lives of citizens throughout the Ohio Valley. 

    “This is a great opportunity for those seeking to open their own business to get valuable information from established and successful leaders in the community,” said Kelly. “They will hear from individuals in the restaurant, home improvement, insurance, financial services, manufacturing, distributing, florist, recreational, and many other industries. We will also celebrate all of those who have participated in this valuable program over the years.”

    Projects Bootstraps Reunion will be held Thursday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. in the St. Joseph Center Seminar Room, Franciscan University. It is open to the general public at no cost. Refreshments will be served.

    For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Kelly at 740-284-5806 or 

    The following companies are scheduled to attend the Project Bootstraps Reunion:


    • Anthony Mining, Inc. – Paul Carapellotti
    • Apollo Professional Cleaning – Anthony Mougianis
    • Austin Lake RV Park & Cabins – Bill Cable
    • Bates Amusement, Inc. – Alan & Kim Bosich
    • Center for Music and Art – Carolyn Glaub
    • D’Anniballe & Associates – Karen D’Anniballe
    • DiGregory’s Greenhouse and Garden Center – Lou DiGregory
    • Downtown Bakery – Rikki Kamarados
    • EM-Media, Inc. – Jim Emmerling
    • Frank & Jerry Furniture & Appliance Co. – Jerry Barilla (former owner)
    • Froehlich’s Classic Corner – Greg Froehlich
    • Givens Home Improvement – Michael Givens
    • Halo Spa and Salon – John & Amanda Chmielorski
    • The Inn and Brandywine – Tricia Maple
    • Irvin Insurance Services – Chris Irvin
    • JD DiCarlo Distributing Company – John DiCarlo
    • JE Foster Funeral Home – Jeff Foster
    • M&M True Hardware – Scott Campbell
    • McCauslen Florists – Pam Thomas
    • Mosti’s Funeral Home – David Mosti
    • Nelson Fine Arts & Gifts – Mark and Therese Nelson
    • One Source Benefits – Tracy McManamon
    • Petrella Wealth Management – Bill Petrella
    • Prodigal Daughter Treasures & Trinkets – Mary Ann Freeze
    • Professional Lawn and Landscape – Phillip Rook
    • R.E. Saxon Jeweler – Richard Saxon
    • Rehab Plus – Rob Runkel
    • The Ridgefield Group – Steve Feher
    • Scaffidi’s Pasta – Nino Scaffidi
    • Signs Limited LLC – Ed Rice
    • Academy of Tae Kwon Do Karate Studio – Ed Littlejohn
    • Tri-State Financial Services – Ken Perkins
    • Two Brothers Dry Cleaners – Anthony Corella
    • Valley Converting – Mike Biasi
    • The Ville Restaurant & Bar – John DeLeonardis and Tom Kotur
    • Zalenski Family Eatery and Pub – Glenn Zalenski


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