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

May 25, 2018
Today's Featured Video

Recapping the 2018 Chamber Golf Classic and fun were had by all!

Tuesday, May 22nd, may have started out a bit rainy and uncertain, but somewhere around the eighth or ninth hole, the sun broke through the gloom and brightened up the 32nd Annual Trinity Health System Chamber Golf Classic. Everyone in attendance had a great time from golfers to volunteers. A big thanks to Geena Diomedi, the Chamber's Administrative Coordinator, who put together this video that captures highlights from this great fundraiser. We hope you enjoy reliving yet another great year on the greens!
Thanking the Sponsors of the
32nd Annual Golf Classic and
Celebrating Our Winners

This past Tuesday, the Chamber hosted its 32nd Annual Trinity Health System Golf Classic at the Steubenville Country Club  and a good time was had by golfers and non-golfers alike. 

"The weather situation was very scary but we made it through with just a few sprinkles," Tricia Maple, Chamber president, said. "When you plan these big events, weather is always going to be a factor, but the rain held out long enough for an enjoyable day. We had 26 teams show up, and great door prizes again this year, which people seemed to enjoy quite a bit." The team of Speece, Smoljanovich, Baker & Bennett from GPC Contracting took first place with each golfer receiving $125 cash.

Many thanks to the sponsors, volunteers and golfers who made this event a great success once again. Special thanks to the 2018 golf outing committee, including John Cucarese, from  New York Life , Jen Cesta from the Public Library of Steubenville & Jefferson County, Jim Morgan, past Chamber chairman, Br ad Degenkolb, from the Holiday Inn of Weirton and Chris Orris from Valley Hospice as well as the Chamber staff, Joy Grimm, Janet King and Geena Diomedi who put in very long hours to make sure the event went off without a hitch.
2018 Golf Classic Sponsors
Title Sponsor:

Major Sponsors:

Holes In One:

Misc. Sponsors:

Elite Door Prizes:

Golfer Gift Bags:

"Plant Your Money Locally" 
Gift Card Tree:
In Honor of Those Who Gave All

"So to the indifferent inquirer who asks why Memorial Day is still kept up we may answer, it celebrates and solemnly reaffirms from year to year a national act of enthusiasm and faith...To fight out a war, you must believe something and want something with all your might...More than that, you must be willing to commit yourself to a course, perhaps a long and hard one, without being able to foresee exactly where you will come out. All that is required of you is that you should go somewhither as hard as ever you can. The rest belongs to fate. One may fall-at the beginning of the charge or at the top of the earthworks; but in no other way can he reach the rewards of victory."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
PLEASE NOTE: The Chamber offices will be closed on Monday, May 28th, in observance of Memorial Day. They will reopen Tuesday, May 29th, at 9 a.m.
Modern Marketing 101:
6 Ways to Tie Your Social Media Marketing in With Summer
Summertime is upon us, which means our community will be staging a plethora of activities and events, most (if not all) of which are great on-site marketing opportunities for your business. But how can you expand your online presence by tying it to these summertime happenings? DMN outlines six social-media strategies for increasing your exposure and your reach during the hot and sultry months ahead.

Our previous Modern Marketing 101 installments are linked below. We encourage you to print, save, and add these articles and resources to your social-media marketing manual:

  • HubSpot offers the Ultimate Guide to Instagram Marketing.
  • Jayson DeMers of Forbes delineates seven hard truths about social-media marketing.
  • IGV gives four reasons why your business should seek video endorsements for your products.
  • This Forbes article explores 13 content-marketing strategies to choose from, along with advice from entrepreneurs and business leaders who have been successful in differentiating their brands by creating unique and exciting content.
  • This article from Entrepreneur provides several thought-provoking pointers on how to collect data from your customers without being creepy, along with tips on how to make privacy policies less invasive.
  • PCMag explains how you can have online charisma without crossing any lines.
  • In an interview with Forbes, Elena Hansen of SWIM Social recounts how she has effectively pushed her voice to the top of the pack.
  • A survey asks small businesses how they are using social media in 2018.
  • Here's another great guide to a popular social-media platform: "Snapchat Usage and Advertising: A Marketer’s Guide to Maximizing Returns from Snapchat."
  • Forbes magazine gives an overview of digital marketing trends in 2018.
  • Finally, here's an article about Facebook marketing strategies and another about the mystifying world of hashtags: "Effective Facebook Marketing Strategies for 2018" by The Balance and "How To Use Hashtags On Every Social Media Network" by Sprout Social.
Member Morsels
Remember to visit individual member websites by clicking on the business name or logo.

Did you know that Sumo Hibachi & Sushi in Steubenville offers catering? Let these talented chefs prepare trays of favorites for your next meeting, banquet, employee party or family event. From freshly-made sushi, dumplings and chicken fried rice to salads and steak or seafood dishes, your guests will be impressed and happy to not have the same-old, same-old. Call Sumo at (740) 346-4188, check out their extensive menu at or stop by their restaurant at 4170 Sunset Blvd. in Steubenville. Hours are Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
On Wednesday, June 6th, C apital Healthcare Network - Carriage House will host Bob Kolb of Valley Hospice who will present, "A Plan for Living" beginning at 2 p.m. Learn the importance of making decisions regarding future medical care and discussing choices with family and loved ones. Take home an advanced care planning guidebook that includes the living will and medical power of attorney health care forms. To RSVP or for more info, please contact Nancy Felton at 740-391-3311 Light refreshments will be served. The Carriage House is located at 3106 St. Charles Drive in Steubenville. This event is open to the public and free of charge.
Ribbon Cutting/Open House - LuLaRoe Susan Costantini, LuLaRoe clothing business
Saturday, June 9th, 2018
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m., Open House 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
735 Longvue Drive, Wintersville, Ohio

LuLaRoe Susan Costantini , LuLaRoe clothing business, is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of a new home-based business in Wintersville, Ohio. To celebrate this event, a Ribbon Cutting/Open House will be held by featuring the LuLaRoe clothing line  on Saturday June 9 th   at the location of  735 Longvue Drive, Wintersville . Ribbon Cutting will be held  at 11:30am . The Open House will be  from 12-4 pm . Miss Costantini stated that she will have women’s clothing (Dresses, leggings, tops, tunics, and skirts) as well as some girl’s clothing (leggings and dresses). Also available will be some of the LuLaRoe Collection for Disney dresses, leggings, and tops. New customers are welcome. Prizes will be available to all in attendance.
The Steubenville Revitalization Group (SRG) is excited to present its next, "What's Up Downtown" on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the Appliance Depot located at 143 North 4th Street in Historic Downtown Steubenville from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests are invited to see all that the store has to offer, including new, used, and reconditioned appliances, used and reconditioned units, and a full service an repair department.

For more information or questions, please email by clicking here .
Open House - Toni Moreland's State Farm Insurance
Friday, June 1st, 2018
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Office Parking Lot
120 N 4th Street, Toronto, Ohio
For more info, please call Toni's office at 740-537-9500 or email her here .

Toni Moreland's State Farm Insurance will hold an Open House on Friday, June 1st, featuring snacks, refreshments, giveaways, great conversation, and much more.

This event offers a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in insurance or banking products to come meet the new team and see what State Farm has to offer. Toni's team, consisting of three licensed agents, will be available to answer questions, and the office will be open for anyone who would like to see the remodel.

Plan to stop by and welcome Toni Moreland's State Farm Insurance to the community.
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Deadline is Wednesday at noon.

"First Friday"
June 1st, 2018
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
4170 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville
No RSVP necessary.

Come see what all the fuss is about. "First Friday" has become one of our members' favorite events. It's casual and fun with no speaker, agenda, or program. Just an enjoyable way to end the workweek the first of each month with fellow members, great food and drink, prizes, and more.

Sumo Hibachi* Sushi will serve as host this month with appetizer specials and drink specials. So knock off a little early, stop for a quick bite before you head home, or take the night off from cooking and enjoy a great dinner or carry-out from Sumo Hibachi* Sushi.
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
U.S. Supreme Court Upholds
Arbitration Waivers Barring
Class Actions

Yesterday, in a split 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld workplace arbitration agreements that prohibit class and collective actions. The closely watched decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis actually involved three cases the Court consolidated for review. In short, the Court held that these arbitration agreements do not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and, instead, must be enforced as written. This is an important victory for employers.

The employers and employees in these cases had entered into contracts that specified individualized arbitration proceedings would be used to resolve employment disputes. Despite this, the employees sought to litigate their claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage-hour laws as collective and class actions. The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) generally requires courts to enforce arbitration agreements as written, and the employees’ agreements clearly precluded class claims.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking   here
The Path Forward for U.S.-China Trade

The trade relationship between the U.S. and China has been in the spotlight in recent weeks. The two countries have an enormous impact on each other’s economies, trading more than $700 billion worth of goods and services every year. Much of that trade benefits small and midsize businesses throughout the U.S.

Amid all the business our nations conduct, there are bound to be issues of contention and disagreement. This is especially true given the gap between America’s model of free enterprise and China’s model of state capitalism. Nonetheless, it’s important that we agree on a common set of rules for the global economy and international trade—and then live by them. These rules must ensure that both of our economies can compete on a level playing field.

Significant progress must come soon, and it must be visible. China needs to make faster and more serious progress on market reforms and in establishing a transparent, level playing field based on the rule of law.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking   here .
Check out the latest issue of Newsline , the Chamber's quarterly supplement in the Herald-Star!
  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:

Lost and Founder:
A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World
by Rand Fishkin

Rand Fishkin, the founder and former CEO of Moz, reveals how traditional Silicon Valley "wisdom" leads far too many startups astray, with the transparency and humor that his hundreds of thousands of blog readers have come to love.

Everyone knows how a startup story is supposed to go: A young, brilliant entrepreneur has a cool idea, drops out of college, defies the doubters, overcomes all odds, makes billions, and becomes the envy of the technology world.

This is not that story.

It's not that things went badly for Rand Fishkin; they just weren't quite so Zuckerberg-esque. His company, Moz, maker of marketing software, is now a $45 million/year business, and he's one of the world's leading experts on SEO. But his business and reputation took fifteen years to grow, and his startup began not in a Harvard dorm room but as a mother-and-son family business that fell deeply into debt.

Now Fishkin pulls back the curtain on tech startup mythology, exposing the ups and downs of startup life that most CEOs would rather keep secret.

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

- May 25, 1787 -

The Constitutional Convention convened, after the newly founded United States' first attempt at a government failed under the Articles of Confederation. Essentially, the Founding Fathers were looking to reboot The American Experiment and arrived in Philadelphia with a slew of conflicting ideas.

There was James Madison's Virginia Plan, which seemed to favor the larger states. There was William Patterson's New Jersey Plan, which was more ideal for the smaller states, but also gave Congress taxation and regulatory powers. Finally, there was Alexander Hamilton's plan, which essentially copied the British Constitution.

As explains , " Confronted by three counter-revolutionary options, the representatives of Connecticut finally came up with a workable compromise: a government with an upper house made up of equal numbers of delegates from each state and a lower house with proportional representation based upon population. This idea formed the basis of the new U.S. Constitution, which became the law of the land in 1789."

- 260,000 -

The number of graves at Arlington National Cemetery that are decorated with American Flags each Memorial Day.
Source: WalletHub
Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley,
U.S. Coast Guard,
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The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285
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Joy Grimm
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Janet King
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Geena Diomedi
Administrative Coordinator

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Tricia Maple-Damewood

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