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

January 26, 2018
Today's Featured Video

Looking to Make Better Decisions in the New Year?
Here are 3 Brain Tricks to Help You Out

Neuroscientist Dean Buonomano explains the difference between your brain's automatic system and its reflective system and how one leads to boneheaded decisions, while the other leads to rational, logical decisions. Understanding how these systems work will help you master your daily decision-making. Before you click on the link, though, here's a question: What do cows drink?
A Tip o' the Chamber Hat to Dave Gossett
A long-time media friend retires.

Last Saturday was the end of an era for local journalism as Dave Gossett, longtime reporter for the Herald-Star , filed his last byline and entered into his retirement years. According to Ross Gallabrese , Herald-Star Executive Editor, Dave proved himself to be a versatile community journalist during his decade with the newspaper and was the kind of "reporter who can handle any type of story he is assigned or comes across. His beat was always covered — there was not too much that happened in the city that he was not aware of, and his coverage of local government activities has been second to none. His versatility, however, was always on display. If it was a feature story or a business story, Dave knew just how to approach the subject."

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Dave on his many contributions to the local community and for diligently enriching our knowledge of the Ohio Valley and all that has happened here. Best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement, Dave!
Member Morsels
Remember to visit individual member websites by clicking on the business name or logo.
On Saturday, January 27, 2018, The Ohio Valley Cloak & Dagger Company , in partnership with Striplight Theatre , will present "Cloak & Dagger On the Air: Ladies' Night" at 7 p.m. in The Ashley Marie Theatre, which is located at 3383 Main Street in Weirton. Sponsored by Weirton Christian Center , this month's performance features recreations of two classic scripts from the Golden Age of Radio: "St. James Infirmary Blues" and "The Sisters" with Diane Magnone as the Community Guest Star. 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. More info on the show can be found here .
Are you looking for a hotel to accommodate out-of-town guests for an upcoming wedding or social event? Then, the Holiday Inn Of Weirton is the right spot for you! This favorite local lodging choice is located at the top of West Virginia on US Route 22 in Weirton, just five miles from Steubenville and 20 miles from Pittsburgh International Airport.

You'll find its modern look and friendly hospitality to be the perfect setting for your event, and the location is ideal for accommodating your guests. The Holiday Inn of Weirton knows the planning process is hectic, which is why it offers a flexible booking policy for your group. Click here for more information.
The 2017 Nutcracker season is behind us but get a jump on next year by having your own custom nutcracker on display from your business, organization or school. There are only a few days left to submit an application for a 2018 nutcracker. Click here for more information or to complete a form. Thursday, February 1st, 2018 is the last day that applications will be accepted. Get in on the event of the year. Submit your application today.
Come celebrate the one-year anniversary of Bishop Jermaine Moore's first year at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Steubenville! March 23rd through 25th will be filled with events including the "Bishop's Ball" on Friday, March 23rd at Froehlich's Classic Corner in Steubenville. On Saturday, March 24th enjoy a day of bowling with Bishop Moore at Steel Valley Bowling in Weirton. Ads are also available in the program for this celebration. For more information call 740.282.9244 or visit
Bennigan's Restaurant , located at The Inn at Franciscan Square , is now accepting applications for the following positions: General Manager, Service Manager, and Kitchen Manager. Please submit resume and salary requirements to: . Further details on each position can be found here .
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Deadline is Wednesday at noon.
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 (includes admission for two)
Guest Price: $12 advance reservations
$15 at the door
Please RSVP by clicking here .
Deadline is January 23, 2018.
One guest or exhibitor will win a $2500 Premium Media & Marketing Package! For details, please click here .
Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Informational Meeting
"Better You. Better Ohio!"
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
No charge.
4000 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville
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.
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.

To download a promotional poster for your workplace for this event, please click here .

3rd Annual Hank Kuzma Community Day
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Ladies' Game Time:  2 p.m.
Men's Game Time:  4 p.m.
Hospitality Room:  1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
All welcome. Bring your co-workers, spouse, kids or grandkids. RSVP by emailing Gina Diomedi.
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
HB 343 Brings Fairness to
Property Value Challenge Process

There has been a growing problem for a few years where local taxing entities challenge property values. In some areas of the state, there have been law firms that convince primarily school districts to enter into an agreement to file complaints against the value of properties. While a local taxing authority may believe the assessed value is incorrect, what often happens is that a wide net is thrown to maybe find some missed value. It is many times allowed by the public entities under the cover that they allow the law firms to file these types of complaints while hiding behind the claim that the board knew nothing about it.

There have been numerous attempts from previous General Assemblies to achieve a fairer process. One bill would have taken the right of counterclaim away from virtually anyone. Another would have made the loser pay for costs and expenses. Others created a shortened list of who could be involved. These attempts were directly because the appearance of unfairness by those making broad claims.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking  here
These Companies are Investing in their Workers, Businesses, and Communities Because of Tax Reform

Less than two months ago, the U.S. Chamber hailed the emerging tax reform bill as a “pro-growth measure that will help grow the economy, create jobs, and increase paychecks for American workers.”

The bill has been law for less than two weeks, but already businesses across the country are raising wages, giving employees bonuses, and increasing retirement contributions.

And here is the very best part: this is just the beginning.

As the benefits of tax reform work their way through the economy, businesses of all sizes will invest and grow, creating new jobs and lifting wages.

In the coming weeks, we will be launching an effort here at the Chamber to track these positive developments. In the meantime, check out this partial list of the good news from the just the past two weeks thanks to pro-growth tax reform.

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:

Getting Things Done
by David Allen

David Allen reads an all-new edition of his popular self-help classic for managing work-life balance in the 21st century, now updated for the new challenges facing individuals and organizations in today's rapidly changing world. Since it was first published more than 15 years ago, David Allen's Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era and the ultimate book on personal organization.

View or download the book by clicking here
Today in History

- January 26, 1788 -

Although he may not have been aware of the significance at the time, on this date, Captain Arthur Phillip successfully led 11 British ships filled with prisoners to the colony of New South Wales, which would later be known as Australia. Captain Phillip had been commissioned by the British government to find an agricultural work camp for British convicts. The government then proceeded to underfund and underman his mission, setting New South Wales up for a tragic start, one that was rife with starvation and violence. Of course, New South Wales persevered, and since 1818, January 26 has been known as Australia Day. For more on Captain Phillip's amazing story and his desire to establish a new country in which there would be "no slavery and hence no slaves," check out this article .

- 70% -

In a recent survey of over 4,000 people, this was the percentage who said they wouldn't bend down to pick up a penny off the ground if they knew they were being watched. So much for a penny saved being a penny earned! Incidentally, 15 percent said they wouldn't even bend over to pick up a dollar.
Source: Statistic Brain
Questions about Oil & Gas?
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Contact Us
The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285