In The Kn o w
The Weekly Newsletter of The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce   

July 13, 2018
Today's Featured Video

Why are People Swearing More in Public?
Can a seasoning of profanity make you more effective?

There used to be a social taboo on using profanity in the public square. Four-letter words were considered unprofessional and impolite. As with most social taboos, however, the rules against swearing have been challenged, if not outright discarded in recent years. Is this for the better? asks The Atlantic's Olga Khazan. Are there social benefits to cussing in polite company? Does swearing actually make you more likeable?
Join Us For The "Traveling" First Friday Poker Run!
"First Friday," which began over a year ago, has become a favorite event among chamber members and our member restaurants and pubs. It's casual and fun - just a get together on the first Friday of each month with food, drink and conversation. There's no speaker, agenda, program or cost. And it supports one of the chamber's most important missions, to encourage our residents to eat, drink and shop locally.

In August, we're taking it on the road and adding a few twists. Join us for the Chamber's first "traveling" version as we load up in style in two limo buses generously sponsored by Ryan at Advanced Entertainment Limousine and head out to several stops throughout the county. We'll start at Froehlich's Classic Corner downtown and, after stops in Toronto, Wintersville and Steubenville (the restaurants will be announced soon), we'll end up at "First Friday On 4th" in downtown Steubenville. To add even more fun to our trip, you'll draw a playing card at each of the five stops with the winning hand at the end taking home half of the ticket sales pot - over $300! You can thank Janet McLaughlin (formerly Janet King - congrats on her recent marriage) for this exciting and interesting event idea. Space is very limited and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $20 per person and must be paid by cash or check to officially book your seat. Phone RSVPs do not confirm your seat - we must have your payment in order to be fair to all who would like to participate. Stop by the Chamber offices to reserve your spot or mail your check to: The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, 630 Market Street, Steubenville, OH 43952.
Guest Editorial:
 Redefining Online Sales Taxes; What Does South Dakota vs. Wayfair Mean?
by Steve Feher, The Ridgefield Group
Very recently, a monumental decision by the US Supreme Court changed a significant issue with sales tax on e-commerce sales.  There are a lot of news stories out and we wanted to offer a condensed and timely update to our clients and chamber members so that they may proceed with accurate knowledge.

In 2017, retail e-commerce hit an all-time high of over $430B in sales (source,, “2018 State of the US Online Retail Economy” ). Everyone wants a piece of that tax money and, while some of that amount was taxed, there’s a significant number of online transactions that escaped taxable status because of the way tax codes were historically interpreted.

Previous to this decision, standard tax code applications required that, in order for a state to collect sales tax on internet sales, a merchant had to establish a “nexus” of business within that states’ jurisdiction. In other words, if you didn’t have a “business presence” (an office, warehouse, etc.) within that state, then you did not have to collect tax for that state.  Brick-and-mortar stores have argued for many years that this provided an unfair advantage to internet retailers in general (although not universal advantage: some retailers like Amazon have been collecting state taxes for a long time).  Municipalities and States have also argued the loss of billions of dollars of tax revenue because of this same “presence” issue.

Read this editorial in its entirety by clicking here .

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Modern Marketing 101:
The 9 Biggest Problems New Social Media Marketers Face
Are you new to social media marketing? Are you struggling to find your footing and make sense of it all? Don't be too hard on yourself. New social media marketers commonly face numerous hurdles. Thanks to Larry Alton over at Adweek , we now have those hurdles catalogued, along with suggestions on how to overcome each one.

If you missed or want to re-read any of our previous Modern Marketing 101 installments, click here . We encourage you to print, save, share and add these articles and resources to your business or organization's social media marketing manual.
Member Morsels
Remember to visit individual member websites by clicking on the business name or logo.

The Jefferson County Humane Societ y Clinic is celebrating its recent opening with a ribbon-cutting and open house on Thursday, July 19th from 12:30 to 4 p.m. This much needed facility is located at 81 Talbott Drive in Wintersville (the former Red Cross offices behind Zalenski's). Stop by and check out this great new resource and learn about its programs and services. For more information, please contact Brandi Damewood at 740-792-4350 or visit the Humane Society website by clicking here.
There's Always Room At The Table!

Save the date for the Urban Mission's "Longest Table" event on Sunday, September 30th from 1 to 4 p.m. in downtown Steubenville. Join the mission by becoming a table sponsor, a vendor or a guest as they spread the word about ending hunger in the Ohio Valley. Phone 740.282.8010 for more details.
Come create a masterpiece while enjoying a great night out. Save the date for "Sip & Paint" sponsored by Sienna Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation on Thursday, July 19th at 5:30 p.m. at their Wintersville location. The cost is $35 per person and seating is limited to the first 40 people. There will be hors d'oeuvres, wine and other refreshments provided. Watch your email for further details. For more information or to RSVP, call Michelle Bowman at 740.264.5245 no later than July 16th.
Join in the fun at "Night At The Races" to benefit Pelotonia , a grassroots bike ride that works to end cancer. The event will be held on Friday, August 17th from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Undo's located in the Holiday Inn of Weirton. Tickets are $35 per person (includes one horse) or $60 per couple (includes two horses). Additional horses are $25 each. Ticket price includes buffet dinner and refreshments and draft beer. Cash bar available. Sponsorships are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Stephanie Grove at 740.695.4102
Ms. Brenda's Cafe, located in the Trinity West Medical Pavilion, will be celebrating its one-year anniversary today, Friday, July 13th from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Located in Trinity West Medical Pavilion, the cafe will be offering specials along with a lemonade stand with proceeds being put toward cancer prevention. Ms. Brenda's offers soup, sandwiches, baked goods and coffee and is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Read more about Brenda's inspirational story by clicking here to view WTOV9's feature story from her grand opening last year. For more information, please contact Brenda Ware at 740-424-3522.
Save the date and get involved. The United Way of Jefferson County's "Day of Action" and campaign kick-off will be on Thursday, August 30th, 2018. United Way Day of Action is an opportunity for people and organizations around Jefferson County to LIVE UNITED and take action to address a variety of challenges in the local community. It's a day to help the United Way of Jefferson County put its mission into action by volunteering to aid local non-profits. To register as a volunteer, submit a project application for a non-profit agency and RSVP for the campaign kick-off breakfast, click here or call 740.284.9000.
Put Your Special Event On The Jefferson County Community Calendar

The Steubenville & Jefferson County Visitor's Center along with Historic Fort Steuben work hard to maintain an accurate online community calendar that includes special events from around the county. It's a great tool to promote your event and also very useful in helping you plan the timing of your special events. It can hurt all parties involved when more than one annual fundraiser or program overlaps with another or is the same day or week. Help keep this important resource up-to-date by providing information from your organization or business as soon as possible. The only criteria for events to be included is that they are open to the public. Email your information by clicking here .

Wednesday, August 1st
5 To 8 p.m.
The "Green" at Franciscan Square

All proceeds to benefit the Anita Jackson Scholarship Fund.
Sponsored by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Club. It's a tradition that you won't want to miss. The Burger Bash is an evening of great food and drink, games, contests and more. Sponsorship opportunities available. Watch your email for more details or email We'll see YOU at the Burger Bash.
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Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Amidst Statehouse Turmoil,
Key Pro-Business Priorities
Still Advance

The first sentence of a blog post published on the Ohio Chamber’s All for Ohio blog on December 27, 2017 said this: “It was, to say the least, an unusual second half of 2017 around the Statehouse.”

Well, as Bachman-Turner Overdrive sang, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.” Though we couldn’t have known it at the time, the first six months of 2018 made the last six months of 2017 seem downright normal by comparison.

When Ohio lawmakers wrapped up business for the first half of 2018 and left Columbus on June 27, it brought to an end what was undoubtedly one of the strangest six-month periods ever for the Ohio General Assembly. 

Read the article in its entirety by clicking   here
‘Real Ugly, Real Quick':
3 Pennsylvania Industries Feeling the Sting of Tariffs

Mark Boyer, a partner of Ridgetop Orchards in Fishertown, PA, is worried.

The orchard, founded in 1980 by his father, Dan, and mother, Lois, has since grown from 140 acres to over 500 acres, partially on the back of robust international demand for his apples. And now that orchard, dotted with perfect lines of fruit trees, finds itself at the center of the budding global trade war – a war he says the apple industry can’t win.

“Our apple industry is built heavily on the export industry,” Boyer said. The tariff war “makes you think, should I even be growing these apples, is it even worth it? Cause this could get real ugly, real quick.”

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:

Political Risk:
How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity
 by Condoleezza Rice

Political Risk investigates and analyzes the evolving international landscape, what businesses can do to navigate it, and what all of us can learn about how to better understand and grapple with these rapidly changing global political dynamics. Drawing on lessons from the successes and failures of companies across multiple industries, as well as examples from aircraft carrier operations, NASA missions, and other unusual places, Political Risk offers a first-of-its-kind framework that can be deployed in any organization, from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

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

- June 13, 1966 -

The Supreme Court handed down its final decision in Miranda v. Arizona , ruling that individuals must be informed of their legal rights prior to arrest. It also overturned the conviction of Ernesto Miranda, who was accused of raping an 18-year-old Phoenix, Arizona, woman in 1963. Under interrogation, Miranda had confessed to the crime and was sentenced to prison. As the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) later pointed out, the circumstances surrounding his confession were suspect, especially since Miranda was under the impression that he had to make some kind of a statement. Therefore, police officers must now advise suspects of their rights, often in the form of the well-known recitation: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can, and will, be used against you in court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to you." For more on Miranda and what happened to him after the Supreme Court case, please check out this article .
- 57% -

The average rate at which stocks rise on Friday the 13th as opposed to other trading days when the average rise is 52 percent. Unless, of course, it's a Friday the 13th in October when historically, stocks have fallen.
Source: Time

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
Get The Information You Need - The Chamber Staff Is Here To Help
Joy Grimm
Accounting & Administrative Coordinator

Contact Joy with billing questions, invoicing issues, to update your company information or to register for an event.

Janet McLaughlin
Investor Relations Coordinator

Janet will assist you with utilizing your membership benefits, answering questions about member programming or how to promote your business through the Chamber.
Tricia Maple-Damewood

Contact Tricia with suggestions, input or feedback on member programming, how to get involved on a committee or special project or with questions or information about anything related to the Chamber.