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

February 2, 2018
Today's Featured Video

How Super Bowl Ads Became So Important
A Brief History of Advertising During Television's Biggest Event

Perhaps the most important night for advertising is the Super Bowl. This year, a 30-second ad will go for $5 million. How did this one Sunday out of the year become so important to businesses around the country (and in some cases, the world)? And when did companies begin to place less of a priority on humor and focus more on socially relevant messages? From the Wall Street Journal's "Brief History of" video series comes this quick, but fascinating look at football's biggest night.
A Big Thank You From The Chamber to All Who Participated in the
2018 Investor to Investor Trade Fair
It was a great night of networking, music and food at St. Florian Hall as the Chamber hosted its annual Investor To Investor Trade Fair on Monday evening. Over 150 exhibitors and guests were in attendance and enjoyed a great spread of food, door prizes and a live broadcast from 106.3 The River. A big thank you to the 2018 exhibitors:

A & B Sunset Pharmacy
Advanced Entertainment Limousine
Apollo Professional Cleaning & Restoration
AT&T on Sunset
Austin Lakes, Inc.
Best Western PLUS The Inn at Franciscan Square
Gary Cain Realtors & Auctioneers
Capital Health Care Network - Carriage Inn of Steubenville
Capital Health Home Care
Capital Healthcare Network - Gables Care Center
Colonial Heights/UMH Properties Inc.
Consumers National Bank
Creative Carpet & Flooring By Meg
Designer Kitchens
Diamond Insurance/Nationwide
Eastern Gateway Community College
Em-Media, Inc.
Franciscan University Graduate School
Indian Creek Board of Education
Jefferson County Joint Vocational School
Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission
The Laurels of SteubenvilleLife Vantage
McDonnell Chiropractic
Long-time Ambassador, Jen Cesta, from the Public Library of Steubenville & Jefferson County helps out at the Chamber's door prize table.
Milleson Insurance Agency, LLC
Nelson's of Steubenville
Ohio Valley Health Center
PNC Bank
Proforma Innovative Services
Renee' s Confections
ReSo, Inc.
Schuetz Funeral Home
Sienna Skilled Nursing & Rehab
Softite Community Federal Credit Union
The Ridgefield Group
Trinity WorkCare
Urban Mission Ministries, Inc.
Valley Hospice, Inc.
Vapor Jet
Water Transport
Filing Municipal Taxes Online is Now as Simple as One Form
But You Have to Register by March 1, 2018...
In a letter to members of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce , dated January 19, 2018, President and CEO Andrew E. Doehrel gave a detailed update on online municipal tax collections.

"For many years, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce has been advocating for Municipal Tax Reform," he wrote. "Since there are over 600 municipal taxing authorities in Ohio, the former way of assessing and collecting municipal taxes was the most complicated in the country." However, Doehrel explained, recent legislative changes have reduced these complications to one online form.

"Ohio businesses can now opt-in to use a centralized filing system where net municipal taxes can be submitted online using one form," Doehrel said. "By opting in to this system, businesses will no longer have to file individual forms for each municipality in which they do business."

Time and money will be saved in the process, he added. However, you must register at by March 1, 2018, in order to use this system for 2018 payments. Once you're on the website, scroll down to the center of the page and click on "Municipal Net Profit Tax." Once there, click on "Registration Portal Instructions," which will enable you to download a "how-to" .pdf that provides a visual guide to the registration process.

"At the Ohio Chamber of Commerce we are continually looking for ways to improve economic competiveness," Doehrel wrote, "and we believe allowing businesses to file municipal net profit taxes online and in one place is a step in the right direction."
Tax Time Cometh!
The Chamber's Official Guide to April 17
Tax Day this year is actually two days later than usual, falling on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Still, we wouldn't recommend letting your filings go until that last 48 hours. In fact, it's best to dive in and get started (or get it over with, depending on your perspective) ASAP.

To that end, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce would like to provide you with the following comprehensive guide to the various financial and accounting experts in our membership directory who can help you survive yet another tax season. You
may click through to their email addresses and websites below.
Cardinal Wealth Management
740.275.4276 (fax)
626 North 4th Street, Steubenville

Cavanaugh, Moore & Company
740.282.7539 (fax)  
401 Market Street, Suite 305, Steubenville        

Chapman, James E., CPA
740.264.0002 (fax)
128 Canton Road, Wintersville

D'Anniballe and Company Inc.
740.264.3853 (fax)
2720 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville

Illumination Financial Group LLC
1518 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville

JoyceCPAs, Inc.
740.264.3205 (fax)
2610 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville

Macre, Albert F. CPA
740.282.1040 (fax)
2017 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville
 New York Life - John Cucarese
740.314.5191 (fax)
3911 Sunset Blvd., Unit 1, Steubenville

Ossio & Mason, Inc.
740.264.5170 (fax)
295 Canton Road, Wintersville

Petrella Wealth Management LLC
110 Lovers Lane, Steubenville

Richard Sherrin & Associates, CPA
2502 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville

330.726.8069 (fax)
8286 South Avenue, Boardman

Tri-State Financial Services
740.346.0973 (fax)
255 North 3rd Street, Steubenville
Member Morsels
Remember to visit individual member websites by clicking on the business name or logo.
On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, Carriage Inn of Steubenville , which is part of the Capital Health Care Network , will be hosting Eat Your Heart Out, a FREE heart healthy lunch for seniors 55 and over, prepared by Executive Chef Adam Luiso.

Enjoy making a "Heart"-themed craft after lunch! Hors d'oeuvres will be served at 11:30 a.m. Carriage Inn of Steubenville is located at 3106 St. Charles Dr. Please RSVP by today, February 2, to Nancy Felton. She can be reached at 740.391.3311 or via email Nancy here .
Looking for a local escape from the winter blues? Warm Up and Getaway to The Inn at Franciscan Square and its ongoing winter special. Starting this week and continuing until February 28, 2018, The Inn will be offering special prices starting at $65 that include a complimentary hot breakfast, complimentary wireless Internet, an indoor heated pool, 100 percent smoke-free guestrooms, a seasonal outdoor patio and fire pit, and much more. This one-time introductory rate can be booked by calling 740.792.8050. The rate is based upon availability and offered for a one-time use. More information can be found here .
On Saturday, February 10, 2018, The Ohio Valley Cloak & Dagger Company , in partnership with Striplight Theatre , will present a live taping of "Cloak & Dagger On the Air: Winter Tales" at 7 p.m. in The Ashley Marie Theatre, which is located at 3383 Main Street in Weirton. Sponsored by Ella Vape and McCauslen Any Occasion Florist , this month's performance features recreations of two classic scripts from the Golden Age of Radio: "The Abominable Snowman" and "Return Trip," with Carl A. Frankovitch 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.
Uncle Johnny Delivers , a new restaurant delivery service opening soon in Steubenville, is looking to hire a Dispatch and Web Services Manager. Candidates must be comfortable using a computer, have experience with POS systems, possess an aptitude for data entry and customer service and be available to work 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pay ranges between $10-$12 an hour.

Job duties include: becoming proficient with operating an online ordering service, adding new restaurants and delivery schedules, entering and updating menu information, working with business owners to set up device-based ordering through the online platform and diagnosing and solving issues with the service during delivery hours.

Email John Wells at to apply.
Congratulations to the Walmart Supercenter at 100 Mall Drive in Steubenville for becoming the fifth store in Ohio to debut the company’s Pickup Tower technology! These 16-foot tall structures function like high-tech vending machines and can fulfill a customer’s online order in less than a minute. The Pickup Tower became operational this week.

To use the Pickup Tower, customers simply choose from millions of items available on and select the Pickup option at checkout. When the item arrives at the local store, an associate loads it into the Pickup Tower and the customer retrieves the item by scanning a bar code sent to their smartphone.

Pickup Discount also gives customers a discount on select items if they choose to pick up their order at a store. In addition, free two-day shipping is offered with no extra cost for orders of $35 or more.

For more information on the Pickup Tower and to see a picture of it, please click here .
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Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening - Eastern Ohio Speed & Agility Academy
Saturday, February 3, 2018
12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
215 North 4th Street, Toronto

Eastern Ohio Speed & Agility Academy invites the Jefferson County community to their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration. The Academy offers specialty fitness training and services to help local athletes enhance speed, agility, and quickness, in addition to building confidence and reducing injuries. Please help welcome and support this new Chamber member business.

Owner Terrance Montgomery can be reached at 740.424.0466.
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 Geena Diomedi.
Coffee & Connections
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
350 S Hollywood Blvd, Steubenville
$10 per person. $12 if invoiced.
Please RSVP by clicking here .
Deadline is Monday February 12, 2018.
Jefferson County Safety Council Luncheon
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
11:30 a.m. Registration
12 p.m. Presentation
4000 Sunset Blvd, Steubenville, OH 43952, Founders Hall.
$15 per person
All Welcome. You need not be a Safety Council member. Lunch provided by Manfred's .
Please register in advance by calling 740.282.6226

Speaker : Joshua Grappy, UAS Program Coordinator
Presentation Title : Drones
Presentation Topic : Commercial uses, regulations and best practices.

This month's presentation discusses the various industries currently using drones for increased efficiency and safety. Also discussed are the current FAA regulations required to operate commercially and the best practices involved to ensure safe operation. Additional topics include how BWC is using drones and the types of assistance they can provide to Ohio employers interested in creating their own drone program.

32nd Annual Chamber Golf Classic
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
8:30 a.m. Registration
10 a.m. Shotgun Start
$500 per foursome, which includes golf, cart, box lunch, all-day beverages, and a steak dinner. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities available. Watch In The Know and your mail for details.
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
Ohio Chamber Testifies in
Support of SB 210

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce testified in support of Senate Bill 210, legislation that protects consumers and businesses by prohibiting municipalities from imposing a tax or fee on disposable plastic bags and other containers. Local governments in Ohio have recently made moves towards enacting these misguided revenue raisers under the guise of reducing littering.

Local ordinances that impose taxes on containers add costs that directly make businesses, both large and small, less competitive. Regulations on containers also create compliance problems for businesses with operators forced to raise costs and use different packaging than a competitor just across the street but outside the municipality. This ultimately impacts consumers’ purchasing power by making every trip to a grocery store or restaurant that uses the taxed containers more expensive.

Reducing littering is important to keeping Ohio’s water and air clean, but initiatives in other municipalities to tax plastic bags have proven to only pad municipal coffers and do nothing to reduce littering that is already illegal. Studies show that the plastic bags commonly found in retailers make up a very small amount of litter, less than 2 percent.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking  here
The Student Debt Mountain –
A Crisis or a Development?

Does the United States have a “looming student debt crisis?” And, if so, why?

You would sure think such a crisis is about to break and wash over the U.S. economy for all the media’s ominous-toned reporting. Recently, the Brookings Institution added to the din by releasing a very thorough report indicating default rates on student loan debt were higher than previously thought. To be sure, student loan debt has risen dramatically, but is it really a “crisis?”

Without doubt, student loan debt has risen dramatically. To pick a year, in 2003 student loan debt stood at about $240 billion according to Federal Reserve figures, whereas by the end of 2017 the total exceeded $1.4 trillion. Increasing nearly six fold in 14 years is certainly an attention-getter, and at least suggests an economy-threatening debt bubble waiting to pop.

To be sure, for those students who took on debt, the many years of payments can really cramp one’s style. Some of this debt was taken on to acquire a great education and the former student, now gainfully employed, will pay it off without too much trouble.

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:

She Means Business
by Carrie Green

Are you ready to turn your ideas into reality and build a wildly successful business? There has never been a better time to say, "Yes!" With a computer and an Internet connection, you can get your ideas, messages, and business out there like never before and create unparalleled success for yourself. In She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas Into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur , Carrie Green shows you how. Carrie started her first online business at the age of 20. She knows what it's like to be an ambitious and creative woman with big dreams and huge determination, but she also knows the challenges of starting and running a business, including the fears, confusion, and overwhelming roadblocks that entrepreneurs face.

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

- February 2, 1959 -

Without any prior coaching experience, Vince Lombardi signed on as head coach with the Green Bay Packers. At the time, the Packers were the worst team in the NFL. They finished their 1959 season with a record of 1-10-1 and hadn't had a winning season since 1947 and the days of Curly Lambeau. Upon his hiring, Lombardi told the team, "I want it understood that I am in complete command here." He proved this statement true when he won his first Packers game and finished his first season with a 7-5 record. He would cap off his coaching career by winning the first two Super Bowls in history, which is why, on Sunday night, the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will be competing for the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy. For more on the life of a remarkable man, check out this article .

- 10% -

The percentage of U.S. workers who are expected to miss work the day after the Super Bowl.
Source: WalletHub
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The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285