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

January 5, 2018
Today's Featured Video

What Does a Future Without Net Neutrality Look Like?
There are More than Just Two Possible Outcomes

Ever since the FCC repealed Net Neutrality in December, the speculation surrounding the fallout from the ruling has been rampant and wild, often breaking down into severely partisan camps. This video from The Wall Street Journal steps back from the fray and examines the many different scenarios that could play out in light of the FCC's decision.
It's Time for the 2018 Investor to Investor Trade Fair
Promote Your Business Easily & Affordably.

One of the Chamber's most popular networking and promotional events of the year returns! The 2018 Investor to Investor Trade Fair 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 to start the new year. Last year nearly 60 businesses had display booths, and over 150 Chamber members and guests attended the event.

One lucky exhibitor or attendee will win the grand prize giveaway of a premium media and marketing package. What better way to keep the promotional ball rolling in 2018 than with an assortment of advertising prizes from some of the top local media and marketing businesses? And the chance to win media and promotional items from 106.3 The River, Proforma, Em-Media, and more are just another reason to participate in this exciting event. 

This year's trade fair will take place on Monday, January 29, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. Limited exhibitor space and sponsorships are still available. The exhibit price is just $150 which includes admission for two to Business After Hours and the trade fair. The guest-only admission price is $12.00 per person or $15 if invoiced.

Please contact the Chamber offices at 740.282.6226 or email Geena Diomedi via for more details. You may also RSVP or register by clicking here, or access a printable registration form by clicking here . Deadline for registration is Friday, January 19th.
Start An Employee Health & Wellness Program At No Cost To You!

The Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation takes its mission to take care of Ohio's workforce very seriously. And in keeping with its goals is launching a new health and well-being program called, "Better You, Better Ohio!" The program helps Ohio employers with 50 or fewer employees in certain industries* (see the complete list below) start a comprehensive wellness program with no cost to them or their employees to join. And, it's a simple and paperless, work-free process.

In conjunction with ActiveHealth Management, this new program brings your employees a wealth of health and well-being resources, including:

  • A snapshot of their current health related issues
  • Simple, convenient digital tools to utilize
  • Lifestyle and conditioning coaching
  • A 24-hour nurse hotline.

Want to learn more? Come to a free, no-obligation informational presentation on Wednesday, January 31st at Eastern Gateway Community College - Founder's Hall. at 9 a.m. A representative from Ohio Worker's Comp will be on hand with lots of great information and to answer any questions you may have.
The presentation is free and open to all Ohio employers. Please RSVP by calling the Chamber offices at 740.282.6226 or by emailing Gina Diomedi at

* Industries that may participate: agriculture, repair & service, construction, firefighters, health care, manufacturing, police and public safety, public employers, restaurant and food service, transportation and trucking, trash collection, wholesale and retail.
Member Morsels
Remember to visit individual member websites by clicking on the business name or logo.
McBane Insurance is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual for the position of account manager. Each account manager will manage a book of business and respond to the day-to-day needs of clients. They will also be licensed in property and casualty insurance in order to aid them in conducting their day-to-day work. Job requirements include: basic computer skills; strong verbal and written communication skills; and Microsoft Word and Excel skills. Experience in the insurance industry is preferred, but not a requirement.

McBane Insurance is an independent insurance agency representing some of what it believes are the best companies in the industry. Founded in 1900, McBane is a full-service agency offering personal lines, commercial lines, life and health, and bonding. McBane currently has offices in Wintersville, Bergholz, and Carrollton, Ohio.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Daniel J. McBane at 100 Welday Street, Wintersville, Ohio 43953. You can reach him by phone at 740-264-2003 or email him at .

Post your company's job opening via the chamber website and it appears on the Chamber Facebook page as well as online to all members. Call for more information.
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Coffee & Connections
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
500 Stanton Blvd., Steubenville
$10 per person. $12 if invoiced.
Please RSVP by clicking here .
Deadline is January 8, 2018.
Annual Chamber/Steubenville Community Blood Drive
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
320 North Fourth Street, Steubenville
Please call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter: Steubenville to schedule an appointment.
Investor To Investor Trade Fair & Business After Hours
Monday, January 29, 2018
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
286 Luray Drive, Wintersville
Exhibitor Price: $150 for Chamber members.
Guest Price: $12 per person, $15 if invoiced..
Please RSVP by clicking here .
Deadline is January 23, 2018.
Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Informational Meeting
"Better You. Better Ohio!"
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
9 a.m.
4000 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville
See feature article above for details.
RSVP to the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce at 740-282-6226.
For more information on the program, call Scott St. Clair at Ohio Workers' Compensation at 740-435-4251.
Please Note: There will be no Jefferson County Safety Council meeting
for January 2018.
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
New Year Begins with Focus
on Familiar Topic: Reforming Ohio's Energy Efficiency Mandates

As the new year kicks off and legislators return to the Statehouse, an issue familiar to Ohio businesses remains unresolved: Ohio’s increasingly costly energy efficiency mandates. Senate President Larry Obhof publicly committed to a vote in January on legislation addressing Ohio’s energy mandates. With much of the debate continuing to focus on the renewable energy requirements, Ohio’s four electric utilities gained initial approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to implement energy efficiency programs, such as lighting rebates, that comply with the efficiency requirements also contained in Ohio law. Unfortunately, efforts over the several last General Assemblies to enact common-sense changes that would reform the energy efficiency mandates have been stalled in the Senate.

In March 2017, the Ohio Chamber testified in support of provisions in House Bill 114 that would make the energy efficiency mandates less burdensome by increasing what energy-saving activities count as compliance with the law and creating an opportunity for mercantile customers to opt out of the utilities’ broader programs.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking  here
2017 Was Full of Pro-Growth Victories for America

From a mesmerizing eclipse to major storms that brought Americans together, 2017 was as wild as Bitcoin’s daily price swings.

Our nation’s capital wasn’t removed from the non-stop action.

After years of Washington looking at the business community as a problem, a new administration and Congress saw what strong businesses meant for jobs, innovation, and economic growth and took action to support America’s free enterprise system.

This time last year, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue delivered his annual State of American Business Address, saying: 

[B]usiness is optimistic because we see a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enact major reforms that could transform the American economy from a low-growth to a high-growth economy.

As a new government comes to town, the Chamber’s overriding focus will be on those policies and reforms that can return robust growth to the American economy.

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:

Get Better:
15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work
by Todd Davis

In Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships , FranklinCovey's Chief People Officer Todd Davis explains that an organization's greatest asset isn't its people; rather, it's the relationships between its people that is the greatest predictor of personal effectiveness. In the end, employees' ability to build and sustain great relationships is an organization's ultimate competitive advantage. A practical guide for anyone looking to create a competitive advantage in any size and type of organization by building effective relationships--from the performance improvement experts at FranklinCovey.

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

- January 5, 1933 -

After over 50 years of discussion and speculation, construction finally commenced on the Golden Gate Bridge. One of the biggest challenges of the project involved excavating over 3.25 million cubic feet of dirt for the bridge's anchorages. Initially the cost of the project was estimated at $100 million, but San Francisco's city engineer challenged engineers to come up with a way to do it for less. When the bridge finally opened on May 27, 1937, the project came in at roughly $35 million and the Golden Gate Bridge instantly gained renown as the world's longest bridge. For more information on the Golden Gate Bridge, check out this article .

- 42% -

The percentage of Americans who never make New Year's resolutions. Perhaps they're the smart ones, since 42.4 percent of those who do make resolutions fail to keep them. Only 9.2 percent actually feel they're successful, while 48.4 percent have "infrequent success."
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