In The Know
The Weekly Newsletter of The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce   

September 29, 2017
Today's Featured Video

Is Fear Holding You Back?
It's the Greatest Obstacle to Your Success

Matt Pohlson, co-founder of Omaze , explains why his favorite quote is, "Everything you want is on the other side of fear," and how he had to confront that fear after finishing business school. His choice ended up making all of the difference in his life.
Announcing the Featured Speaker at
the Chamber's Annual Dinner
OMA Director of Public Policy Services to Salute Local Business

Ohio has a long and diverse business history, and its many miles of shoreline, numerous ports, abundant water supplies, and more recently, inexpensive energy sources, make it one of the most enduring states in the nation for manufacturing. Jefferson County alone is home to many manufacturing businesses, ranging from small, independently owned facilities to large corporations with a multitude of products being produced and shipped across the country and around the world each year.

The theme for the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce's 109th Annual Awards Dinner & Meeting on Wednesday, October 18th is “A Salute To Manufacturing” and will give a much-deserved nod to the local manufacturers who live and work here. The featured speaker will be Mr. Rob Brundrett, Director of Public Policy Services for the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA). 

Mr. Brundrett coordinates OMA’s day-to- day lobbying efforts at the statehouse and before the executive branch. He works extensively with manufacturing leaders on a variety of issues, including workers’ compensation, environment, healthcare, workforce, and taxes. He also manages important legal and ethics compliance functions for OMA. Prior to being named Director of Public Policy Services, Mr. Brundrett worked as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Auditor of State, Dave Yost.

Silver sponsors for 2017 are Colonial Heights/UMH Properties , Ambulance Service, Inc ., Checker Transportation and Jefferson Security Services. The annual dinner meeting is held each year to bring local business people together to celebrate the year’s successes, honor volunteers, and present awards in five categories (please see section below).

Tickets are $60 per person and include dinner, the presentation, and an after-dinner drink and dessert bar. Tables of eight may be reserved.  St. Florian Hall in Wintersville is the location for this year’s meeting with cocktails beginning at 6 and dinner and presentations at 7. Nomination submissions and ticket purchases may be processed through the Chamber website . For more information, please call the Chamber offices at 740-282-6226.
Nominations Still Being Accepted for 2017 Annual Awards
It's the time of year when we honor our members for their hard work and accomplishments. Take a few minutes to nominate an individual or person whom you feel is deserving of recognition. The three finalists and winner in each category will be honored at this year's Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner on October 18 at St. Florian Hall . Click here to view category descriptions and to fill out an online form. And watch your mail for your official invitation to this important and enjoyable event.
2017 Award Categories
New or Emerging Business of the Year
Young Professional of the Year
Ambassador of the Year
Business of the Year
Lifetime Achievement
Airpark's Open House & Career Day
This Weekend
Do You Know Someone Who is Interested in a Career in Aviation?

This weekend, on Saturday, September 30, and Sunday, October 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Jefferson County Airpark , located at 600 Airpark Drive in Wintersville, will be holding an Open House & Career Day for area residents, particularly high school juniors and seniors and college students who may be interested in an aviation career.

The event will introduce them to the many jobs that are available in the aviation field, such as pilot, air traffic controller, mechanic, airport manager, and aircraft dispatcher, to name a few.

"There is a growing shortage of aviation professionals in the U.S. and worldwide due to increased passenger growth and business aviation expansion," Dave MacMillan, training and safety consultant with the Airpark, said. "Also, the industry is experiencing a significant retirement spike that won't recede for at least a decade. The many jobs in aviation are well-paying with excellent benefits (varied work schedules and travel) and require specialized training, some of which can be done in Jefferson County. Once people take a look at aviation careers, they are usually intrigued and want more information."

This will be the first public event at the Airpark in a long time, he added, and they're hoping it will raise the airport's visibility within the community.

"Learning to fly is one of the most challenging and dynamic endeavors available, and the Jefferson County Airpark is the best place to start this adventure," MacMillan said.

For more information, please see "Mark Your Calendar" below.
Member Morsels
Remember to visit individual member websites by clicking on the business name or logo.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, CHANGE, Inc. is hosting the 4th Annual “Paint the Valley Pink” during the month of October. Business owners across the Ohio Valley are encouraged to promote breast cancer awareness by decorating their businesses in pink and encouraging their employees and customers to have yearly mammograms for early detection. Last year, CHANGE was pleased to have 71 local businesses participate!

To sign up and be considered for judging, please call CHANGE, Inc.’s administrative office at 304-797-7733 x1301. CHANGE will provide you with an 11×17 poster and a set of contest rules. Failure to follow all rules can result in disqualification from judging. The Sign Up deadline is Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

For more information, please visit our website's event page or CHANGE, Inc.'s Facebook event !
The Innovation Center at Ohio University will be hosting the 8th Startup Weekend Athens. Startup Weekend is a global program that teaches participants how to take a new business idea from concept to creation. In just 48 hours, they will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that characterize life at a startup. As they learn how to create a real company, they'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help them get started.

Participants can pitch an idea for a business; meet talented and innovative people in SE Ohio; learn from coaches with decades of experience; create a prototype; and win glory and great prizes. This is an inclusive event for students, community members and leaders, business professionals, designers, developers, marketers, entrepreneurs, product developers, engineers, and startup enthusiasts.

For more information and the link to purchase tickets, please check out the Facebook page , Twitter Feed , or webpage .
Ohio Valley Job & Career Fair
Join WTRF and Eastern Gateway Community College for one of the Ohio Valley's largest job and career fairs on Tuesday, October 3rd at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m Job seekers looking for employment or those wanting to change careers can meet employers with a variety of positions available. And there's still time to have a booth as an employer as well. Contact WTRF for information or more details. Phone 304.230.6232.
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Deadline is Wednesday at noon.
Open House & Career Day
Saturday and Sunday,
September 30 & October 1 
600 Airpark Dr., Wintersville
Phone: 740-264-5388 

The Open House will feature airplanes, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on display, along with free "Young Eagles" airplane rides (ages 12 to 18 with parental permission). Aviation professionals will be on hand to discuss aviation careers and flight training and free snacks will be served.

Visit the Airpark website by clicking on the link above. For more information, keep an eye on this space and the Airpark Facebook page

2017 Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner
"Making It Here, Making it Home"
A Salute to Manufacturing in Jefferson County
286 Luray Dr. Wintersville
Wednesday, October 18
6 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
7 p.m. - Dinner
$60 Chamber Members; $65 Non-Members
For more info, please click here .

5th Annual "Taste of the Season" Business After Hours
Wednesday, October 25
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH

Fees/Admissions: A canned food item or $12, both of which will benefit the Cancer Dietary Initiative Food Pantry.

Please join Valley Hospice and the Jefferson County Chamber for our 5th Annual "Taste of the Season" Business After Hours. Enjoy tasting fall beers, ciders, and wines, appetizers, and other seasonal favorites!

Please RSVP to 740-282-6226 by Friday, October 20.

Please click here for more information.

To RSVP or get more information on any Chamber event, please visit the Chamber  website  and click on the event you wish to view on the scrolling event calendar. Or print a hard copy by clicking the button below.
Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Ohio Chamber Supports Legislation
to Curb ADA Lawsuit Abuse

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities and to provide them with remedies for violations of the law. However, the law is often complex and contradictory and there is no comprehensive administrative oversight. The compliance manual alone is over 270 pages. Thus, businesses often do not know what their obligations are, leading to the ADA being primarily enforced through litigation.

Currently, when a lawsuit is filed alleging an accessibility violation, successful plaintiffs are entitled only to injunctive relief, meaning the problem or violation is remedied, and their attorney’s fees. This creates an incentive for attorneys, often seeking settlement, to file lawsuits independent of how quickly the violations are fixed.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking  here
U.S. Chamber's Donohue: Exiting NAFTA Would Be a 'Costly Mistake'

With the latest round of NAFTA negotiations underway, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue took to pages of The Wall Street Journal to deliver this message [subscription required]:

Quitting NAFTA would be an economic, political and national-security disaster.

Donohue explains:

Fourteen million American jobs depend on trade with Canada and Mexico, which are by far the U.S.’s largest export markets. Our North American neighbors buy more than $600 billion in U.S.-manufactured goods each year, more than the next 10 largest markets combined.

Thanks to NAFTA, virtually all North American trade is tariff-free.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking  here .
  The Library Link
 Great Books About Business With Just A Click

Your link to success begins at the library. Each week in "In The Know," 
  you to a business book or magazine that will inspire, teach, inform, or elevate you, professionally and personally. This week's book is:

Business Ethics Activity Book
by Marlene Caroselli

In an age of ethical decay at organizations of every type, a call is being sounded for accountability. Accordingly, companies must educate their employees and executives regarding acceptable practice. The Business Ethics Activity Book presents an array of provocative activities that will help encourage a more ethical approach to leadership : promoting courage, commitment, and moral responsibility; workplace conduct : building an ethical environment on individual behavior; salesmanship : exploring the relationships between sellers and their customers; management : leading employees by example in daily situations; and teamwork : fostering group behavior that reflects the company's moral outlook. Each section features an interview with a leading ethicist, and every activity provides step-by-step instructions.

View or download the book by clicking here .
Today in History

- September 29, 1916 -

John D. Rockefeller was declared America's first billionaire after shares in his Standard Oil Company spiked on September 28, leaving his 247,692 shares worth $499 million. According to the press of the time, his other holdings were enough to change his millions into billions. However, as TIME reported last year , historians are now suspicious of this claim (Rockefeller's own son even believed it to be an exaggeration.), and some believe that Henry Ford was actually America's first billionaire, achieving the milestone in 1925. Regardless, Rockefeller's claim persists to this day, along with his reputation for being the "most hated man in America."

- $1,092 -

The average amount of money Americans spend on coffee each year. Today is International Coffee Day, and there are many places offering great deals on your favorite brews.
Source: Mental Floss
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The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285