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

October 6, 2017
Today's Featured Video

A Tribute to a Community and Religious Leader
Father Michael Scanlan, TOR: A Father to Us All

Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, served as president of Franciscan University of Steubenville from 1974 to 2000 and transformed a struggling regional college into a world-renowned leader in Catholic higher education. He died on January 7, 2017, after an extended illness. This video was released on September 29, the feast of Saints Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel and features reflections on the life of Father Scanlan and his impact on the Church by Franciscan University President Father Sean O. Sheridan, TOR; Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap. of Philadelphia; Dr. Scott Hahn, the Father Scanlan Professor of Biblical Theology; Father Scanlan’s nephew Tim Scanlan '89; and others.

The title, "A Father to Us All," recalls Father Scanlan's most cherished role, which he lived out as a "spiritual father" as he prayed with students, led retreats and pilgrimages, administered the sacraments, provided spiritual direction through his many books and pamphlets, and in countless other ways. This video was produced by 4PM Media and was first shown at commencement and the adult conferences held this past summer at Franciscan University.
Congratulations To The 2017 Award Nominees
It's a tough process with many deserving nominees. The finalists in each of the five categories for the chamber's 2017annual awards are listed below. Please congratulate the following businesses, organizations and individuals. And remember to register for the Chamber's 109th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner to be held on Wednesday, October 18th at St. Florian Hall. The finalists in each category will be honored on this special evening and the winner announced. Learn more or RSVP now by clicking here.
Lifetime Achievement:
Borden Office Equipment
Legal Hair & Day Spa
Mayor Dominic Mucci
Neidengard's Harley-Davidson

Business/Organization of the Year
Bates Brothers Amusement Company
Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities
New or Emerging Business of the Year:
Cedar One Realty
Health Markets Insurance
The Inn At Franciscan Square

Young Professional of the Year:
Taylor Cain, Cain Realty & Auctioneers
Jared Mosti, Mosti Funeral Home
Therese Nelson, Nelson Fine Art & Gifts/The Steubenville Popcorn Company
Ambassador of the Year:
Nicole Adamski, The Inn At Franciscan Square
Chris Orris, Valley Hospice, Inc.
Michael Vok, Carter Healthcare
Today is National Manufacturing Day

On October 18th, the chamber will salute the local manufacturers who make Jefferson County home at its annual dinner. Join us as we celebrate the entire month of October as National Manufacturing Month and today, the first Friday of the month as National Manufacturing Day.

Ohio is powered by manufacturing with over 18% of the state's Gross Domestic Product attributed to it. Ohio manufacturing contributes to the quality of life in Ohio by providing:
• More than 670,000 jobs for Ohio workers
• An annual payroll of $37 billion, the highest total annual wages of any Ohio industry sector
• More than $52 billion in products to 216 countries and territories
• A safer environment through decreased emissions and increased recycling

Learn more by visiting the Manufacturing Day website, or view an impressive infographic by clicking here .
Member Morsels
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The Harmonium Project will present the Half Hills Music Festival this weekend, October 6 through 8, at Historic Fort Steuben in Steubenville, Ohio. The event is for all ages, and admission is free.

The festival will feature an artisan fair, food trucks, hay rides, bouncy castles, a harvest market, a swing dance, street artists, and more.

Music will be provided by Saintseneca, The Collection, Boilermaker Jazz Band, Six-String Soldiers, Marie Miller, Daniel In Stereo, Joe Zelek, Nevada Color, Spinning Jenny, and The Stapletons. The final schedule can be found here .
Congratulations to the Holiday Inn Weirton for receiving the 2017 Certificate of Excellence Award from . This achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor "bubble rating" of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

"Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the seventh consecutive year is a true source of pride for the entire team at the Holiday Inn-Weirton and we'd like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor, as well as each of our team members for providing excellent service," Brandy Wenner, General Manager, said.
This year, The Winter Drive-In and Columbia Gas of Ohio have joined together to start a new tradition of Halloween fun. The Winter Drive-In will be hosting its first Trunk or Treat show on Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14. Trunk or Treat events have grown in popularity in recent years, as families seek fun and safe alternatives to trick-or-treating door-to-door.

At Trunk or Treats, costumed children walk through a drive-in theater, stopping at cars that have decorated trunks and receiving candy. After the Trunk or Treat, two family-friendly Halloween theme movies, The Goonies and Beetlejuice, will be shown. Prizes will be awarded for the best kid and adult costumes and the best decorated vehicle.

Gates open at 5 p.m., and the Trunk or Treat starts at 5:45 p.m. Movies start at 7 p.m. and end at about 10:45 p.m. Adult admission is $8.50 and kids' admission is $4. Do not forget a jacket and a flashlight. Tickets are available at Neidengard's Harley-Davidson , located at 284 Canton Road, Rt. 43, Wintersville.
The Ohio Valley Cloak & Dagger Company , in partnership with Striplight Theatre , will be presenting its newest political thriller, " The Final Shot ," at The Victorian Hall in Weirton on Saturday, October 21, as a fundraiser for the Weirton Madonna High School's Wrestling Team. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and the show will begin at 6:30. Tickets are $40 for singles and $70 for couples. The price includes dinner, the show, and beer and wine. The Victorian Hall is located at 1801 Pennsylvania Avenue in Weirton. Reservations can be made by calling (412) 310-5648.

On Thursday, October 26, Cloak & Dagger will be presenting its newest paranormal mystery, " The Last Song of the Gypsies ," at the Williams Golf & Country Club in Weirton. Tickets are $60. A cocktail hour will be held at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 and the show beginning at 7 p.m. Williams Country Club is located at 1000 Williams Drive in Weirton. Please call (304) 748-8455 for reservations. Space is limited, and this event is open to the public.

All Cloak & Dagger melodramas are interactive and feature a central mystery for the audience to solve.
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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.
Small Business Start Up Classes
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
630 Market Street, Steubenville
Please use the rear entrance.
$30 Chamber members
$40 Non-Chamber members
Please register in advance by calling 740-282-6226

Led by Joe Belinsky, Business Advisor, Small Business Development Centers of Ohio (SBDC)

Are you eager to fulfill your entrepreneurial dreams? Do you have an idea for a business but are not sure where to start? Or are you in the early stages of operating your own business but could use some guidance? If any of these apply to you, the Chamber has a great opportunity for you.

The workshops will present an overview of issues related to starting and operating a business, including business and financial planning, market demand, financing, and more.
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
Supreme Court Poised to Potentially Strike Down Mandatory Union Dues in the Public Sector

The Supreme Court announced on Thursday, Sept. 29, that it will re-visit the issue of whether public-sector employees can be made to pay mandatory fees to a public-sector union despite not being a member of the union. As readers of this blog will recall, this question was at the center of a Supreme Court decision back in March 2016, where the Court split 4-4 on the issue, with former Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat not yet filled. The new case, Janus v. AFSCME, involves a child support specialist in the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services who is not a member of AFSCME (the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees), but is nonetheless required to pay agency fees to the union as a state employee.

With the only difference in the Court’s makeup today being Justice Neil Gorsuch, the Court could very well strike down mandatory fees in the public sector. Currently, Supreme Court precedent from the 1970s allows public unions to collect mandatory fees from all employees, both union members and non-members.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking  here
What It Was Like Talking to the Trump Administration About Small Business Regulations

I live and work in the Washington, D.C. area and prior to starting my company, SBG Technology Solutions, I was no stranger to the White House, the Pentagon, Congress, and other prominent buildings and the officials who serve within them. I continue to learn every day and was reminded this week about the importance of not taking relationships, access, and advocacy for granted.

In serving our country for 27 years, from working at the Pentagon to being deployed in the Persian Gulf, to serving at the White House as a White House Fellow, to commissioning and commanding an Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer, – the U.S.S. Bulkeley, I always worked with incredible men and women who dedicated their lives to public service. The experience I gained, and relationships I built with those service men and women and dedicated public civilian officials were my “on-the-ground” skills training for running a government contracting services company.

I am increasingly aware that while running a company well is increasingly important, more is needed.

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:

by Rana Florida

Upgrade: Taking Your Work and Life from Ordinary to Extraordinary explores the 7 Key Principles to achieving YOUR business and life goals. What could a graffiti artist, eminent neurologist, star athlete, celebrity chef, fashion designer, rocket scientist, and Grammy Award–winning musician possibly have in common? In this groundbreaking new book, Rana Florida shares their formula, giving you the tools to achieve unimaginable success in work and life. Upgrade gathers the best practices, not just from CEOs and business executives but from entrepreneurs, innovative thinkers, and creative leaders.

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

- October 6, 1866 -

The Reno Brothers Gang achieved the first moving train robbery in the country, making off with $10,000 from an Ohio & Mississippi train in Jackson County, Indiana. Like most entrepreneurial efforts, the Reno Brothers spawned countless imitators, including Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch. According to History , " This new method of sticking up moving trains in remote locations low on law enforcement soon became popular in the American West, where the recently constructed transcontinental and regional railroads made attractive targets. With the western economy booming, trains often carried large stashes of cash and precious minerals."

- 9.3% -

The percentage of manufacturing employees in Wisconsin, which is the highest state percentage for manufacturing employment nationwide. Wisconsin is followed closely by Indiana and Iowa, with 9.0 and 8.4 percent respectively. As noted in the article above, today is National Manufacturing Day, which celebrates modern manufacturing and seeks to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. More information can be found here .
Questions about Oil & Gas?
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The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285