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

February 9, 2018
Today's Featured Video

What is the Future of Social Media Marketing?
And What is Galactic Cannibalism?

Tom Edwards, Chief Digital Officer at Epsilon , explains the five core concepts that should inform your social-media marketing strategy, including creating simplicity for the consumer, understanding the need for data design, considering predictive, embracing ambient computing, and realizing that everything is mobile-centric.
Ohio Chambers of Commerce Gather To Network & Learn

Chamber president, Tricia Maple, recently attended the annual conference sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Ohio in Columbus. The event brings together over 100 chamber executives from throughout the state for a three-day event filled with networking, workshops and presentations. 

Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted, gave the opening remarks, noting his former position as a chamber of commerce executive in Dayton, Ohio and touching on the goals of his office for the coming years in addition to the changes he has made to make it more business friendly and efficient. 
"This is great way to see what other Ohio chambers are working on and meet lots of people who will be helpful resources down the road," President Maple commented. She also attended the national conference of chamber executives which was held in Nashville last summer, meeting chamber execs from nearly every state in the country. "There is no better way to benchmark our chamber and ensure that we're working on what we should be working on than to hear from others in the industry. Our chamber already has programs and events in place that are the result of learning about them from a fellow chamber at a conference and more are on the horizon."
Member Morsels
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Treat your sweetie to Steubenville's finest: Froehlich's Classic Corner and The Inn and Suites at Franciscan Square Best Western . From February 10 through February 16, a complete package for two will cost $199 (tax and gratuity included). The package includes: dinner for two, one appetizer, one dessert, two beverages and champagne; and an overnight stay with breakfast. There will be live entertainment on February 10, 14, and 16. For more information or to make reservations, please call 740.283.9901. Click here to see the flier. Shuttle Service Available.
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.
Sienna Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will be hosting a Heart Healthy Lunch to Go and Blood Pressure Checks on Wednesday, February 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Center is located at 250 Cadiz Road in Wintersville. This event is free and open to the community. For more information, please contact Michelle Bowman at 740.264.5245 or email her here .
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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.
There was a grand opening and ribbon cutting at Eastern Ohio Speed & Agility Academy on Saturday,
It is located at 215 North 4th Street in Toronto, Ohio. 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.
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.
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 Releases
Interim Free Enterprise Index

Highlights accomplishments to date but also what’s still unfinished

On Tuesday, February 6, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce released its interim Free Enterprise Index scorecard of the Ohio General Assembly. The Free Enterprise Index is a compilation of how members of the Ohio General Assembly voted on bills that represent the Ohio Chamber’s public policy priorities. Each of the bills scored would have a significant impact on improving – or harming – Ohio’s overall business climate.

This release of the Free Enterprise Index is an interim scorecard, reflecting the key votes taken by the Ohio House and Senate during 2017, halfway through the current two-year session of the Ohio General Assembly. In addition, the interim Free Enterprise Index makes clear that several major priority issues of concern to Ohio employers remain unaddressed by the legislature.

“While it is important to tell Ohio Chamber members and other businesses how committed individual lawmakers are to creating a healthy economy and to hold lawmakers accountable for their actions to date, there is still a significant amount of work left to accomplish before the 132nd General Assembly ends in December,” explained Keith Lake, the Ohio Chamber’s vice president of government affairs. “For this reason, the theme of this Free Enterprise Index is everybody gets an incomplete”.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking  here
Trade Deficit Truths

When U.S. trade data for 2017 is released today, Americans may be subjected to alarmed press accounts about the U.S. trade deficit, and some elected officials will likely join in. In today’s economic debates, the trade balance seems to lie at the center of many people’s concerns.

But it shouldn’t. The trade deficit is a poor measure of whether a particular set of trade policies—or trade agreements—is delivering benefits to the American people.

The vast majority of economists agree that “foreign import barriers and exports subsidies are not the reason for the US trade deficit,” as Martin Feldstein, who chaired President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1982 to 1984, recently wrote. He summarizes:

    The real reason is that Americans are spending more than they produce. The overall trade deficit is the result of the saving and investment decisions of US households and businesses. The policies of foreign governments affect only how that deficit is divided among America’s trading partners.

Exactly. The low U.S. private savings rate relative to the private investment rate and the federal government’s large fiscal deficits together produce a savings gap, which is met by the federal government through the issuance of Treasury securities and by private companies through the issuance of stocks and bonds.

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:

Forbes Magazine

Download the current issue of Forbes magazine with Flipster. Flipster is available on the library’s website.

Forbes is a global media company, focusing on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle.

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

- February 9, 1964 -

The Beatles make their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show to an estimated audience of 73 million people with 60 percent of the televisions in the country tuned in to their performance. As the deafening screams of teenage girls reverberated from the stands of the theatre, The Beatles blazed through such hits as "All My Loving," "Till There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Saw Her Standing There," and "I Want to Hold Your Hand." Scoring a ticket to the broadcast was difficult, as famous personalities like Walter Cronkite and Richard Nixon discovered when they tried to use their clout on behalf of their daughters. Sullivan even issued a plea the week before the broadcast asking viewers if he could borrow their tickets. "We need [them] badly," he said. For more on this pop culture milestone, check out this article and this video .

- 190,000,000 -

The number of greeting cards that will be exchanged on Valentine's Day, which will in turn rake in $1 billion for the greeting card industry.
Source: ABC News
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The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285