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

Friday, February 8, 2019
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Today's Featured Video

Understanding the Inverted Yield Curve
And why investors are watching it closely...

Lately, the inverted yield curve has been dominating business news, especially with investors who are worried about an impending recession. If you're not clear on what the inverted yield curve is or why it's so important to the conversation, you'll find this week's video, taken from The Wall Street Journal's YouTube channel, to be informative and enlightening.
A Big Thank You From The Chamber to All Who Participated in the
2019 Investor to Investor Trade Fair

It was a great night of networking, music and food at St. Florian Event Center as the Chamber hosted its annual Investor To Investor Trade Fair on Wednesday evening.

Over 150 exhibitors and guests were in attendance, enjoying a great spread of food, door prizes, and a live broadcast from 106.3 The River.

The Chamber would once again like to thank the 2019 exhibitors:
And Another Huge Thank You to Those Who Donated to
the 2019 Media & Marketing Package!
Congrats to this year's winner of the amazing Media & Marketing package awarded Wednesday evening - Trinity WorkCare. r to Investor Trade Fair, The Chamber also gave away a media and marketing package worth $8,000. We would like to thank those who donated the following to this incredible prize:

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Date: Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Steubenville YWCA ,
320 N 4th Street, Steubenville
Coffee and Connections

Date: Wednesday, February 13th
Time: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Location: Murray's Restaurant ,
498 Cadiz Road, Wintersville
Admission: $15 per person.
Register: Click here .
 Tri State Home & Garden Show
Friday, March 1st, through Sunday,
March 3rd

Contact Wheelhouse Creative for exhibitor information at 304-905-6005 or click here for a full-color brochure and registration form.
Modern Marketing 101:
Measuring Your
Social Media Marketing Strategy

How do you know if your social media marketing strategy is working? This infographic from Red Website Design provides a visual guide for measuring its effectiveness.

From last week: Competitive Intelligence. Audience Segmentation. Customer Retentiveness. Trend Evaluation. What do all of these phrases mean, and why should your business be concerned about them? Find out in this article from MarTech Advisor .

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.

Domino's Pizza in Steubenville is pleased to announce a special Valentine's Day offer! Get a Large 1 Topping Thin Crust Heart-Shaped Pizza with a balloon & personal note delivered to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day for $9.99.

For more information, please call Domino's at 740-264-5501.Domino's Pizza is located at 2825 Sunset Blvd.

Offer valid at the Steubenville location only.
Skip the flowers, the chocolate, and the same cheesy card. On February 14th, give her (or him) what they really want.....The Honey Due List DONE!! Remodeling Solutions , located at North 6th St. in Steubenville, will send "the gift" to tell her (or him) what they can expect to get DONE (ALONG WITH WHEN). "If you screw it, glue it, or put a nail to it.....We'll Do It!"

Check Remodeling Solutions out online or Facebook . You can also call the office at 740-381-7338 or Jodi directly at 740-457-3939.
On Saturday, March 2nd, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., come to the best event in Steubenville between the Nutcrackers and First Fridays On Fourth! The first Mardi Gras Gala in support of Hilltop Children's House will be held in the Fort Steuben Ballroom in downtown Steubenville and will include lots of games, music, food, and fun. Tickets are $40 per person.

For more information, please contact Thomas Crowe here or by visiting here .

Join us as we have a great time while supporting an important asset in our community.
St. Patrick's Campbell-Dickinson and the Noah Long Kids 1K is in its 9th year. Proceeds from the event benefit the Tony Teramana Cancer Center TEAR fund & The Toronto Coalition for Revitalization .

The event is looking for sponsors as well as runners, walkers, and bikers. The 5K Fun Run will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the Noah Long Kid's 1K at 11 a.m., at 11:40 the Bike 5K, and ending with the 5K Fun Walk at 11:45.

This event has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars in the fight against cancer over the past eight years, and this year, organizers will be honoring all Cancer Survivors. Cancer Survivors will not have to pay an entry fee and will get a complimentary Survivor shirt.
For more information, please visit the website or register here .
Did You Know?
That the Chamber's Business Resource Center has free informational publications from the Ohio Secretary of State's office available to Chamber members? These useful checklists and booklets cover topics such as business set-up options - LLC, sole proprietorships, partnerships & corporations, how to start a non-profit, filing for a trademark and more. Stop in any time during regular business hours.
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Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Appeals Court Rejects Legal Challenge to Important
Municipal Income Tax Reforms

 Dealing yet another blow to municipalities’ ongoing efforts to derail several of the major reforms enacted over the past four years that significantly reduce businesses’ municipal income tax compliance costs, the 10th District Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled 2-1 that the municipal tax reform provisions of HB 5 and HB 49 are constitutional.

The lawsuit, brought by two different coalitions of municipalities, challenged six provisions of HB 5, enacted in 2014, and all of the provisions of HB 49, enacted in 2017, that deal with municipal taxation, specifically the provision that allows businesses to opt-in to a centralized filing process and the elimination of the throwback provision. Throwback is the name of the practice by which cities unfairly tax businesses on sales made to customers not located in that or any other Ohio city.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here .
Rebuilding Our Infrastructure

You don’t have to be a civil engineer to know that our nation’s infrastructure is falling apart. All you have to do is leave your house. The evidence is everywhere – and affects everyone.

Consider the facts: The average American loses 42 hours stuck in traffic each year. Meanwhile, our airports and air traffic control system are so old that we lose $9 billion annually in productivity from flight delays. And it’s not just our airports that are outdated. Our interstate highways were developed in the 1960s, and our inland waterways are operating with 100-year-old locks and dams. The economic toll of our crumbling infrastructure is steep and rising still. By 2025, it will have cost businesses $7 trillion.

Because the state of our infrastructure is so obviously inadequate – and so personally and economically costly – everyone agrees we need to do something about it. That’s the good news; the bad news is there’s little sense of urgency among our nation’s leaders. 

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:

Think Like a Rock Star:
How to Create Social Media and Marketing Strategies That Turn Customers Into Fans
by Mack Collier

Think Like a Rock Star shows you how to connect and engage with customers both online and offline to create a truly fan-centric brand using case studies of rock stars.
View or download the book by clicking here .
Today in History

- February 8, 1978 -

New England was pounded by a Nor'easter that lasted three days and dumped as much as 55 inches in some regions.

The storm was the product of a meteorological phenomenon, explains . "Three major weather systems all converged near the Atlantic Coast on February 5th, and New York City was the first to be hit with a snowstorm. As the storm moved northeast, it stalled over Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, catching many of the region’s residents by surprise."

Those who were trapped on the road by the storm either died in their vehicles or simply fled them. In Massachusetts, some 3,500 vehicles were left behind on streets and highways.

"On February 6th, the blizzard whipped up powerful sustained winds of up to 50 miles per hour with gusts of nearly 100 mph. Fifty-foot waves on the Massachusetts coast wiped out seaside homes, while further north, in Maine, waves destroyed three lighthouses and an amusement pier."

In Providence, Rhode Island, Governor Joseph Garrahy officially closed all businesses, although grocery stores were allowed to remain open, even though their stock was slim. In Boston, Governor Michael Dukakis forbade all cars from being on the roads since snow plows were struggling to get around entrapped vehicles.

"In the end, 56 deaths between February 5th and February 8th were attributed to the blizzard. Thousands more people were left homeless. In one tragic incident, a young child died after becoming lost in the snow–although he was only yards from his home, he could not be located. This was the worst blizzard to hit New England since 1888."
- $19,600,000,000 -

The amount spent on Valentine's Day in 2018, including gifts, dinner, entertainment, and online purchases, up from $18.2 billion in 2017.
Source: ContactPigeon
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The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285