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



Thursday, April 1, 2021
Click below for a complete, Chamber member shopping and dining guide. And check out the new Ohio Valley Shop Where I Live page to shop online from local businesses 24/7.
This Week's Featured Video

How 5.5 Million Peeps are Made for Easter

From Business Insider: "Just Born makes 2 billion Peeps a year in their Bethlehem, Pa., factory. Peeps make up 70% of Just Born’s annual revenue, and their peak sales season is Easter. Every year people fill Easter baskets, make dioramas, and compete in eating challenges with these marshmallow treats." Watch video by clicking "Play."

And don't forget to check out the official Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce YouTube channel!
The Chamber wishes everyone a Happy Easter & a safe and enjoyable weekend.
It's Not Time To Let Down Your Guard - Or Your Mask

As Covid numbers continue to stabilize and drop, remember that the recovery of our local business community is still an uncertainty. It's our job, as fellow business owners and citizens, to continue following the safety protocols that are still in place. Erring on the side of safety is never a mistake. This sports analogy comes to mind: We are not in the end zone, but we do have the ball, good field placement, and the clock is in our favor.

Want more evidence? Click here to read an article from Cleveland Clinic about the five reasons you should continue wearing your mask, even after you are vaccinated. Continue to follow CDC guidelines and utilize the Jefferson County Health Department if you have questions or concerns.
Two Upcoming Workshops:
"Ask the Expert - Hiring Seasonal Employees & Minors" &
"Business Start Up 101"

Summer is near and many employers rely on seasonal labor to meet fluctuations in business activity. It's also a great time for college students to gain important internship experience. It is important as a business owner to understand the requirements in hiring seasonal workers, minor employees, and interns in order to stay compliant with all state and federal hiring regulations and HR best practices. On April 8th, learn what defines a seasonal employee, federal and state seasonal employee regulations, rules pertaining to hiring minors in Ohio, managing and recruiting your seasonal employees, and the best practices for internships.

When: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: Noon - 1 pm
Price: No Cost

For more information, please contact Deanna Spencer, Program Assistant of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. Email: dmspence@kent.edu
Business Start-Up Web Chat LIVE
Part 1 - Monday, April 12, 2020, 12 p.m. -1 p.m.
Part 2 - Wednesday, April 14, 2020, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Have you ever considered starting your own business? Or are you in the early stages of starting a business? If so, join us for Business Start-Up web chats LIVE with Sue Gaiser, SBDC Advisor, and business owner.

The Business Start-Up web chats are an overview of issues related to starting and operating a business.
Part one explores how to move forward with an idea, preparation tools, analyzing advantages and disadvantages, creating a business plan, and funding. Part two will cover permits and licensing, types of business structures, and record keeping.

Each session will last one hour. There is no fee. These webinars are being offered courtesy of your local SBDCA. A link will be sent to you the day before the webinar. The deadline to register is the day before each session.
"Shop Where I Live" In Person & Online Workshops

The Chamber is making it easy for you to participate in the new "Shop Where I Live" online selling platform with ongoing webinars that will educate and inform you as to the many benefits and features of the platform. There is no charge with these. And please note that the online webinar times shown on the calendar are in Central Standard Time, one hour earlier than us. See below for details.

Shop Where I Live is free to Chamber members, takes just minutes to set up, and provides a 24/7 online shopping platform for your business or organization. Sell products, gift cards, or event tickets. Accept donations, provide downloadable coupons, and let prospective customers send you an inquiry. Isn't it time you had an online presence and an up-to-date promotional platform? We can help.

I. Platform Tips & Tricks
Wednesday, April 14th - 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (CDT)

II. Monthly Marketing Webinar
Tuesday, April 20th 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (CDT)

Virtual workshops will be held the second Wednesday of every month to explore a new feature of the Vendor Dashboard and how to best use it for your business. Each webinar will have a 15-minute tutorial on a specific feature of the platform, then 15 minutes for questions and answers and other tutorials, as needed. (Times shown are in Central Standard Time zone, which is one hour earlier than ours.)
How to Win a Federal
Government Proposal

Join the OSU Manufacturing Extension Partnership for this event to learn how to increase your win rate, eliminate challenges and obstacles, boost efficiency at bidding, and stop the cycle of reinventing the wheel. Government contractors tend to continuously reinvent the proposal process, unnecessarily spending a lot of time, money, and effort. Our presenter, Dorinda Byers of Ohio University Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), will help you learn to streamline your efforts and succeed at securing government contracts.

What you will learn:
  • The Foundations and Building Blocks of Proposals that Win
  • Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Proposal Development
  • Guaranteeing You'll Never Submit (and Get Eliminated for) a Non-Compliant Proposal

Thursday, April 29th, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Details: Register for Zoom link by clicking here.
For more information, please contact Kathaleen Kuhn-Book, kuhn.733@osu.edu.

CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL EATERIES, BREW PUBS, BAKERIES, AND WINERIES.

As the Ohio Valley continues to get back to normal, remember that our food-related businesses are still struggling with capacity limitations and recovering from over a year of interrupted income. Do your part by supporting our local, Chamber member food businesses for dine in, delivery, and take-out. Click here for the latest issue of "Let's Eat!"
Announcing April's Coffee & Connections

Please join us for "Coffee & Connections," the Chamber's popular monthly networking event.

After a delicious hot breakfast, each attendee gets the opportunity to give a brief "commercial" about their business or organization, and distribute business cards, brochures, coupons, or other promotional items. 

Date: Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
Time: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Location: Froehlich's Classic Corner 500 Washington Street, Downtown Steubenville
Fees/Admission: $15 per person with advance reservation. $20 per person for walk-ins with no advance reservation.
Contact Information: Hannah Ward via email here.
36th Annual Trinity Health System Chamber Golf Classic

The 2021 Trinity Health System Chamber Golf Classic is set for Tuesday, May 18th, at the Steubenville Country Club. This event is the Chamber's biggest fundraiser and a great way to promote your business, enjoy some friendly competition, or volunteer alongside fellow Chamber members and their employees.

Watch your email for your official invitation. And in the mean time, reserve your team spot or get more information by clicking below.

And check out the popular "Power Putt" putting contest sponsored last year by Jefferson Security, Ambulance Service, and Checker Transportation below. It will be back again this year by popular demand.
Member Morsels
Member Morsels are free and an easy, fast way to reach hundreds each week. It reaches the entire Chamber database each Friday - that's over 850 local business owners, managers, and employees.
Remember to visit individual member websites by clicking on the business name or logo. Submit your Member Morsel by clicking the button below.
Windshield Repair & Replacement Discounts

April is Auto Glass Month at J.K. Auto Glass!

Spring is here and it's never been a better time to drive with clear vision on the open road! We are excited to offer our fellow Chamber members the following special discounts during the month of April:

  • 10% off Auto Glass Replacement (does not include calibration services, if needed)
  • 30% off Chip Repair

At J.K Auto Glass, we ensure your complete satisfaction by offering a lifetime guarantee on all auto glass replacement services. And to help make the process as stress-free as possible, we offer free mobile services within the tri-state area, so we can come to you to repair or replace your windshield and you can go about your day with little interruption.

If your windshield has ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance System) and requires calibration, know that we are a state-certified calibration repair shop. Our technicians continue to be educated on the evolving technologies that go into advanced windshields to ensure that your newer model vehicles are precisely calibrated to manufacturer specs before they leave our shop.

The Difference is Clear! Call us today for a free quote: (740) 381-1234.
WINE Down Wednesday

Join us at Valley Wine Cellar on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine on Sienna Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center!

This month, we'll see you on Wednesday, April 7th. Upcoming dates: May 5th; June 2nd; and July 7th.

Valley Wine Center is located at 825 Main Street in Wintersville.

For a downloadable flyer with all upcoming Wine Down Wednesday dates, click here.
Le Chateau presents Bethany James, live from Pittsburgh with special guest Reggie Watkins


Bring some culture to your weekend! Check out this impressive line-up this Saturday night brought to you by our friends at Le Chateau Pier.

Le Chateau Pier is located at 195 State Route 151
Smithfield, Ohio.

Date: Saturday, April 3rd.
Time: 7PM to 10PM.

For more information, please call (740) 317-7255.
Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Lends Support to Minority Business Enterprise Bill

Last week, the Ohio Chamber joined our Metro Chamber Coalition in supporting Senate Bill 105; legislation that would require local political subdivisions to recognize state certifications for minority business enterprises (MBE).

This bill would allow MBEs to rely on their state MBE certification in order to be eligible to participate in local MBE programs. It would also allow MBEs to utilize their certification from the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) for local government certifications throughout the state. This would greatly simplify the local MBE certification process, saving time, paperwork and fees for minority-owned businesses. It would also allow MBEs to apply more easily for contracts around the state.

This legislation removes significant barriers for MBEs ultimately increasing their access to more opportunities. In doing so, Ohio makes doing business for MBEs more seamless and efficient, while improving our state’s overall business climate for minority-owned businesses.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
The Strength to Push Forward: Honoring Values, Enduring Lessons from Unsung Heroines

As we recognize and celebrate the countless contributions of women in our country, I’m excited to join women across the globe in celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. In reflection, I am reminded of just what this time in our history means for women in the workforce today and for the future. I also think about the working women who came before me, not just the newsmakers but those whose names some of us may never know. Many were leaders, entrepreneurs, and trailblazers.  

One of those women was my maternal grandmother Anita Lawrence who was known as fiercely independent and hardworking in her hometown of Clarendon, Jamaica. Her diligence and ingenuity helped to sustain her family’s farming business and, in turn, her community.

Another was my paternal grandmother Lizzie Mae Good, a domestic who supported other working moms in her close-knit neighborhood in South Carolina.
   
Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
 The Library Link
 Great Books About Business With Just A Click

Please Note: The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County is open for curbside service. Visit www.steubenvillelibrary.org to order books, then call your library branch to schedule an appointment to pick up your library items. Library branch contact information and operating hours are available by clicking here on this link from the website.

Your link to success begins at the library. With each week of "In The Know," 
 you to a business book or magazine that will inspire, teach, inform, or elevate you, professionally and personally. This week:

The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias:
How To Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams
by Pamela Fuller

Unconscious bias affects everyone. It can look like the disappointment of an HR professional when a candidate for a new position asks about maternity leave. It can look like preferring the application of an Ivy League graduate over one from a state school. It can look like assuming a man is more entitled to speak in a meeting than his female junior colleague.

Ideal for every manager who wants to understand and move past their own preconceived ideas, The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias explains that bias is the result of mental shortcuts, our likes and dislikes, and is a natural part of the human condition. And what we assume about each other and how we interact with one another has vast effects on our organizational success—especially in the workplace. Teaching you how to overcome unconscious bias, this book provides more than thirty unique tools, such as a prep worksheet and a list of ways to reframe your unconscious thoughts.

Click here to borrow a copy of this book.
Today in History

- April 1, 1700 -
April Fools' tradition popularized

From History: On April 1, 1700, English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other.

Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery.

Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes.

These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as poisson d’avril (April fish), said to symbolize a young, “easily hooked” fish and a gullible person.

April Fools’ Day spread throughout Britain during the 18th century. In Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event, starting with “hunting the gowk,” in which people were sent on phony errands (gowk is a word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for fool) and followed by Tailie Day, which involved pranks played on people’s derrieres, such as pinning fake tails or “kick me” signs on them.

For more events that took place on
April 1st, please click here.
Questions about Oil & Gas?

These non-profit organizations are here to help you stay up-to-date on the oil and gas industry in Jefferson County:

Did You Know?

  • $21.6 Billion: Total Easter-related spending expected in 2021 ($180 per person celebrating).
  • $3 Billion: Projected Easter spending on candy.
  • $49,000: Price of the world’s most expensive chocolate Easter bunny.
  • 78%: Share of people who eat chocolate bunnies ears first.
  • 60%: Share of parents who plan on sending Easter baskets to their children after they’ve moved out.

Text: WalletHub
Photo: KSOO
Get The Information You Need - The Chamber Staff Is Here To Help
Hannah Ward
Administrative & Membership Coordinator

Contact Hannah with changes to your membership information, questions regarding events or programs, or assistance with scheduling an Eblast or Member Morsel.
Tricia Maple-Damewood
President

Contact Tricia with suggestions, input or feedback on member programming, how to get involved on a committee or special project or with questions related to Chamber membership.
Craig Cribbs, Reso, Inc.
Billing Support
740-275-4940
Contact Craig with invoice or billing questions and to make a dues, event or sponsorship payment.
Contact Us
The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285