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WRTA Announces Winners for Small Business Campaign

Thirteen local small businesses were selected to be featured in the 2024 WRTA Give Small Business A Lift campaign. Western Reserve Transit Authority (WRTA) began the campaign in 2022 as a way to help Valley small businesses to thrive. 2024 is the third annual event and a total of 37 businesses and their owners have been featured so far.

“Many of our riders are heading to or from jobs and we wanted to support the businesses that employ our riders,” says Dean Harris, Executive Director of WRTA. “Running a small business is not easy and operating here in the Valley might even be more challenging. The work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit of the small business owners is amazing.”

More than 100 small businesses applied for the featured business status, and thirteen were chosen from that group by three business experts who served as co-chairpersons. The co-chairs are Teresa Miller, Executive Director, Mahoning Valley Development Partners, David Wilaj, Director, Mahoning Valley Logistics Council and Dan Procopio, Product Manager, CBC Global.

The 2024 WRTA Featured Small Businesses are:

  • All Spruced Up Cleaning Co.
  • Avalon Downtown Pizzeria
  • Jenee Spa & Wellness
  • Gloris Counseling Services
  • La La Love Healthcare LLC
  • Charly’s Family Restaurant
  • The Joshua Tree
  • The Emma Elf Project
  • Rescued to Riches Pet Groom and Board
  • Bending Oak Permaculture Farm
  • Haus Auto Group
  • Guided Compass Holistic Health
  • QUICKmed Urgent Care


The sponsors of the campaign include The Business Journal, WKBN TV 27, and StrategiX Social (a division of Farris Marketing)


The thirteen featured small businesses will be promoted on WRTA buses, social media, giant digital sign downtown, and in TV commercials. In addition, featured businesses are entered in two random drawings. One winner of the drawings will receive a TV campaign from WKBN TV 27 and one will win a social media campaign from StrategiX Social.


The kickoff event will take place Thursday, April 18.