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

December 15, 2017
Today's Featured Video

Be Yourself!
Don't Be a Version of Someone Else

Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why "the greatest of people that have ever been in society, they were never versions of someone else. They were themselves." Unfortunately, he adds, the nature of our society and industry doesn't always encourage or allow people to be themselves.
Here's Your 2017 "Give Back" Guide

Often businesses and their employees want to give back to the community during the holiday season, but they don't know where to go, what organizations are in need of, or who to contact. As you celebrate the season with your family and friends, please remember those in need by supporting the following Chamber member charities and organizations. Their projects and events help make the holiday season better for many in our community. Please clip, post, and/or
send along this information to others in your organization.

Annual Christmas Dinner for those in need - Wednesday, December 20th. Monetary donations and pies of any type are needed. Call 740-282-8010 or email Cynthia Lytle, Community Developer, at for more information.

Canticle Singers Catholic Youth Choir is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are needed to purchase new choir robes, choral music, supplies and more. Also in need of assistance with website maintenance and updates, photography, videography and publicity. C ontact Dr. Ronald W. Dubois, Jr., MM, DSM, Choirmaster, at 740-457-6011 or via email at .

Please remember United Way of Jefferson County this season. It supports 17 local non-profits and their programs. Many of these agencies would not be able to provide services to local residents without United Way funding. Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 1463, Steubenville, OH 43953. Please contact Kate Sedgmer, Executive Director, at 740-284-9000 or by email at .


 The Chamber offices will be closed from
Monday, December 25th through Monday, January 1st.
Offices will re-open at 9 a.m. Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
Get A Jump On the New Year!
Mark your calendars now for some of the Chamber’s most important 2018 events

One of the Chamber’s most popular networking and promotional events of the year, the 2018 Investor to Investor Trade Fair and Business After Hours is designed to promote member-to-member and local spending. This event is a mini-trade fair with Chamber member exhibitors promoting their products and services in a casual “Business After Hours” setting. It’s an affordable, convenient and effective promotional event. Last year nearly 60 businesses had display booths and over 150 chamber members and guests attended the event.   

Date: Monday, January 29, 2018
Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location:  St. Florian Hall , Wintersville
Exhibitor Price: $150 for Chamber members. 
Guest Price: $12 per person.
Sponsorships available. Contact the Chamber offices at 740-282-6226 for details.

Co-sponsored by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce , this three-day event is a great opportunity to put your name in front of literally thousands of attendees. Last year, over 4,000 attendees came out to gather information and meet local businesses ranging from home-related products and services to financial institutions, computer, and WiFi services, and more. The Home & Garden Show is a great first-quarter advertising and promotional tool for businesses and organizations of any size or type.

Dates: Friday, March 23, to Sunday, March 25, 2018
Times: Friday, 4-8; Saturday 11-6; and Sunday, 11-3
Location: St. Florian Hall , Wintersville
Exhibitor Price: $350 Chamber members. $450 non-members. 
Contact Information: Rob Vandine at Wheelhouse Creative ,

It’s an event that dates back 30 years and it’s one of the Chamber’s biggest fundraisers. The Annual Golf Classic is a tradition that brings together golfers, volunteers, staff, and Chamber members and their employees each spring for a day of food, drink, and friendly competition. Last year, over 175 were in attendance, including those who played, volunteered, came for dinner and prizes, or just stopped by to say hello. It’s a great way to get your business or organization involved and engaged whether you field a team, volunteer, become a sponsor (there are sponsorships in most price ranges), or just stop by for dinner.

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. registration. 10 a.m. shotgun start
Price: $125 per golfer. $125 for tee sponsorships. $45 for dinner only.
Sponsorships available. Contact the Chamber offices at 740-282-6226 for details.
Holiday Member Morsels
Remember to visit individual member websites by clicking on the business name or logo.

Two of Steubenville's finest are joining forces this New Year's!

Froehlich’s Classic Corner and The ‘New’ Best Western Inn at Franciscan Square will be offering a special New Year's Eve Package on December 31, 2017, through January 1, 2018. The Complete Package for Two, which is priced at $199 (tax and gratuity included), includes dinner for two, one appetizer, one dessert, two beverages, a champagne toast, and an overnight stay with breakfast. The dinner will feature Live Entertainment, and a Mystery Dinner Theater option is also available. Shuttle Service will be available as well. For reservations and information, please call Froehlich's at 740-283-9901.
There's still time to volunteer!

The Steubenville Nutcracker Village is looking for volunteers for tasks that include: Trolley Assistant; Hayride Assistant; Land Office Guard; Facilities Patrol; and Greeter. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Please contact Suzanne Kresser at 740-264-4466 or via email here . The full Nutcracker Village schedule may be viewed here.
A Lively, Fun Christmas Show

On Saturday, December 16, The Ohio Valley Cloak & Dagger Company , in partnership with Striplight Theatre , will present  Cloak & Dagger On the Air: For Christmas  at 7 p.m. in The Ashley Marie Theatre, which is located at 3383 Main Street in Weirton.This month's recreations of classic scripts from the Golden Age of Radio are "The Big .22 Rifle for Christmas" from  Dragnet ; "Out for Christmas" from Suspense ; and "Miracle for Christmas" from Grand Central Station . Sponsors this month are  Iconic of Weirton  and  Donvernon Heating and Cooling  of Steubenville. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students, and military members, and can be purchased at the door or reserved by calling  (724) 255-5911  or  (412) 417-5101 .

Last Chance To See The Follies!

This Sunday, December 17, at 2 p.m. is your last chance this season to see Steubenville's own holiday musical, Wooden Heart Follies , at the Masonic Temple, 127 North 4th Street in Steubenville. Nine life-sized Nutcrackers from the Steubenville Nutcracker Village come to life in this hour-long production pairing Tchaikovsky's familiar holiday music from The Nutcracker Suite with modern comic lyrics. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children under 6 are free. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance at the Visitor's Center at Fort Steuben or online at Brown Paper Tickets .
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Jefferson County Safety Council Luncheon

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
11:30 a.m. Registration
12 p.m. Presentation
300 South 4th Street, Steubenville
$15 per person
All welcome. You need not be a Safety Council member. Lunch provided by Mama G's Catering
Please register in advance by calling 740-282-6226.

Speakers : James Coppa, I&T Mechanic Team Leader of Hazmap Safety - First Energy Corp. (Sammis Plant)
Andy Lubich, Manager, Maintenance - First Energy Corp. (Sammis Plant)
Presentation Title : Culture of Change and Personal Accountability
Presentation Topic : Developing a safety driven culture by means of personal accountability and trust.
This month's presentation will focus on the power industry and its evolution from a production-driven environment to a safety-driven environment. The speakers will touch on the challenges and rewards of a changing culture. The second part will focus on personal accountability and the effects that personal decisions can have on loved ones, peers, and a business or organization.
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. EPA Holds Clean Power Plan Hearings, Ohio Chamber Seeks Feedback

In its bid to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) held a public hearing lasting several days in Charleston, West Virginia last week. The agency’s notice of proposed rulemaking announced its intent to fully repeal the CPP. The notice also indicated U.S. EPA’s intent to engage in additional rulemaking in the future, including soliciting comments on a revised greenhouse gas rule (GHG) that is based on a lawful interpretation of the Clean Air Act.

Affordable electricity is critical to manufacturing-intensive states such as Ohio whose businesses are exposed to global market forces. The Ohio Chamber argued that the rule infringed on the authority of Ohio to create an electricity mix that best serves this need. The comments also argued that U.S. EPA upset the principles of federalism embodied in the Clean Air Act that created a partnership between Ohio and the federal government that led to massive improvements in Ohio’s air quality.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking  here
Congress Needs to Finish Strong on
Tax Reform

Some days ago, a business news program guest offered the following poser regarding Congress reducing business tax rates: I would ask the question to the Republican leaders, what insight, what experience do they have, what evidence do they have, that the reduction in taxes for all these corporations are going to result in job growth, higher wages, or an opportunity for their people to grow. Show me the evidence.

Fair question. The simplest evidence is the obvious observation that prices matter. The real pro-growth aspects of tax reform do not follow from tax cuts in the bill, but the reforms - the changes in incentives or more specifically the reduction in the distortion to incentives imposed by taxation.

Tax policy, both the rates and the definition of what is subject to tax, alters the all-in prices individuals and businesses face for the services they offer, the items they purchase, and the investments they make. These price distortions in turn distort economic decision making and reduce the level of output and income.

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:

Marketing Above the Noise:
Achieve Strategic Advantage with Marketing that Matters
by Linda J. Popky

Marketing today is out of control. With all of the new marketing techniques accessible to the masses, it's becoming harder and harder to stand out from the crowd. The result is more and more messages, hitting us more often in new and more intrusive ways. For customers, it's a lot of noise. Through her work with a wide range of organizations from small companies to professional service providers to Fortune 500 companies, Linda Popky has developed Dynamic Market Leverage™, an approach to help cut through the clutter, stand out, and effectively build your business.

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

- December 15, 1791 -

The United States ratified the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution, thus granting Americans several key freedoms, including the freedom of religion, speech, and the press; the right to peacefully assembly and petition; the right of the people to form a “well-regulated militia"; the right to keep and bear arms; the right to private property; and the right to fair treatment for accused criminals, protection from unreasonable search and seizure, freedom from self-incrimination, a speedy and impartial jury trial, and representation by counsel. For more information on the Bill of Rights, check out this article .

- $6,342,000,000 -

The total box office revenue the Star Wars franchise has accumulated at the international box office. After the latest installment in the series, Star Wars: The Last Jedi , opens this weekend, expect that number to increase by several hundred millions.
Source: Statistic Brain
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The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285