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Friday, January 21, 2022

Please Join Us in Welcoming Our New Member!

We are excited to introduce to you the newest member of

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them by visiting their website, sending them an email or stopping by their business to introduce yourself.

Mz. Dawn's First Class Commercial Cleaning LLC

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This Week's Featured Video

The Rise and Fall of BlackBerry

From Business Insider: BlackBerry was once a leader in the smartphone market. Now, the company has abandoned its operating system, essentially making the once-iconic phones obsolete. So what happened? Watch the video by clicking "Play."

Printed Membership Directories Now Available


Hot off the press! The Chamber's new Membership Directory & Community Guide is now available.

Click the button below to access the request form to have guides delivered to your business - at no cost!

Prefer a virtual version? We have that too! Check it out below.

The beautiful guide was printed by Chamber member, MPB Print & Sign Superstore. Check them out here.

Request Printed Directories 
Virtual Membership Guide

Office Space Available

Are you an entrepreneur or small business in need of office space? Are you a writer or remote worker who needs to get out of the house to better concentrate on your goals and projects?

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce might have the answer to your needs. We have two offices available for rent at our 630 Market Street headquarters.

If you're looking for privacy and quiet in which to conduct your business, then this is the place for you.

Inquire About Office Space
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Mark Your Calendar

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It's Time for Coffee & Connections!

Join us on Wednesday, February 9th, as we gather at The Hope Center at Wintersville United Methodist Church to network and mingle with fellow Chamber member businesses and organizations. This event will be hosted by the Ohio Valley Health Center.

Coffee & Connections is casual, fun, and the perfect way to share news about all that your business or organization has to offer. 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 promotions. 

What: February Coffee & Connections

When: Wednesday, February 9th - 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)

Where: The Hope Center at Wintersville United Methodist Church

702 Main Street


How Much? $15 Per Person. $20 for walk-ins.

Register Online
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Save The Date for the

Investor To Investor

Trade Show

On Wednesday, March 2nd, the Chamber will host one of its most popular networking and promotional events of the year. The 2022 Investor to Investor Trade Fair is designed to promote local and member-to-member spending. This event is a mini-trade fair with Chamber member exhibitors promoting their products and services in a casual "Business After Hours" setting. Enjoy great food and drink while browsing exhibits and displays from fellow Chamber members.

What: Investor to Investor Trade Show

When: Wednesday, March 2nd - 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: St. Florian Event Center

How Much? $150 for a single space, $250 for a double space

Guest Admission: $20 per person

Click here to register your business or purchase admission tickets.

Sponsorship opportunities available, contact Kate for details.


Restaurant and Retail Committee Meeting

The Restaurant and Retail Task Force is a committee of restaurants, pubs, wineries, food service providers, and retail establishments that are working together to continue rebuilding since the pandemic.

What: Restaurant and Retail Committee Meeting

When: Wednesday, January 26 at 9 a.m.

Where: Chamber office - 630 Market Street, downtown Steubenville. Parking and entrance are in the rear of the building.

Let us know you're coming!


Hank Kuzma Community Day Just Around The Corner 

It's an annual event that has become a Chamber member favorite.

On Saturday, February 5th, from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce will partner with Franciscan University of Steubenville to host the annual Hank Kuzma Community Day.

Chamber members and their guests, along with members of the university family, will gather to watch the Franciscan University ladies' and men's basketball teams take on the Westminster Titans. Women play at 2 p.m. and men at 4 p.m. 

It's a day of competition and community to remember the late Hank Kuzma and showcase Franciscan University's sports program.

Mr. Kuzma was an important and exceptional part of both the University and Chamber of Commerce communities for many years. This event brings together his family, University students and staff, and Chamber of Commerce members, along with their employees and families.  

Stop by anytime to enjoy the games from the beautiful Baron Room overlooking the basketball courts in the Finnegan Field House or get up close and personal and watch court side.

Tickets are on the house compliments of Franciscan University's athletic department and this year's sponsors. The hospitality room will have refreshments throughout the day.

RSVP by clicking below or call the Chamber offices at 740-282-6226. 

The 2022 Hank Kuzma Community Day is graciously brought to you by Valley Hospice, Inc.; Trinity Health System; and New York Life - John Cucarese.

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  Great Books About Business With Just A Click

Your link to success begins at the library. With each week of "In The Know," The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County will directly connect you to a business book or magazine that will inspire, teach, inform, or elevate you, professionally and personally.

This week:

The Six New Rules of Business:

Creating Real Value in a Changing World

by Judy Samuelson

Samuelson lays out how hard-to-measure intangibles like reputation, trust, and loyalty are imposing new ways to assess risk and opportunity in investment and asset management. She argues that "maximizing shareholder value" has never been the sole objective of effective businesses while observing that shareholder theory and the practices that keep it in place continue to lose power in both business and the public square.

Borrow the Book
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Member Morsels

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Have Something to Share?

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.

Submit Your Member Morsel

Job Opening: Social Media Intern

The Brooke Hancock Metropolitan Planning Commission is seeking a social media intern to join our team in January. This is a paid position. 

Please submit a resume and a cover letter detailing any previous social media experience to Craig Brown, Brooke Hancock Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission, via email:

View the Full Job Description
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Introducing the Region 9 Resource Guide

"Your Guide to Ride"

Now Available! Region 9 Resource Guide, an interactive online resource! The Region 9 Resource Guide was made possible using special grant funding from ODOT.

The Resource Guide offers county-specific information regarding transportation options, human services, and counseling services in one convenient location!

The Region 9 Resource Guide is available for use by anyone needing information about available services within the 9-county region.

Download the flyer via the button below and scan the QR code or visit

Region 9 QR Code
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Repair & Replacement

Did you know that JK Auto Glass is a certified recalibration shop?

Many newer model vehicles have ADAS technology (Advanced Driver Assist Systems). This technology includes Lane-Departure, Blind Spot Monitoring, Auto Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Avoidance and Traffic Sign Recognition.

When a windshield is removed and replaced, the ADAS system is disrupted and needs to be recalibrated in order to function properly. Our technicians are ADAS recalibration experts and ensure that your vehicle is recalibrated to manufacturer specifications before leaving our shop.

If you are in need of a new windshield, windshield repair, or any auto glass needs, please contact us at (740) 381-1234.

The difference is clear!

Contact Alex Hart at (740) 381-1234.

Trinity Health System Welcomes Three Specialists

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Fast Facts

Today in History

- January 21, 2009 -

Toyota officially passes GM as

planet’s biggest car maker

From History: After more than seven decades as the world’s largest automaker, General Motors (GM) officially loses the title on January 21, 2009, when it announces worldwide sales of 8.36 million cars and trucks in 2008, compared with Toyota’s 8.97 million vehicle sales that same year. However, the news wasn’t all rosy for the Japanese auto giant, which later in 2009 posted its first-ever loss as a public company.

General Motors was founded in 1908 in Flint, Michigan, by horse-drawn carriage mogul William Durant. In 1904, Durant invested in the Buick Motor Company, which was started in 1903 by Scottish-born inventor David Dunbar Buick.

Durant made Buick Motor the cornerstone of his new holding company, General Motors, then acquired Oldsmobile, Cadillac and Reliance Motor Company, among other auto and truck makers. In 1911, Durant founded Chevrolet Motor Company, which by 1918 was part of GM.

To read this entire article, click here.

Snow arrived this week in the Ohio Valley (in case you hadn't noticed).

Did You Know?

Syracuse, New York, tried to make snow illegal.

America’s snowiest major city has an impressive arsenal of plows, but in 1992 it tried a new trick to control white stuff. The city’s Common Council passed a decree that anymor snow before Christmas Eve was illegal. As it turns out, Mother Nature is a scofflaw—it snowed just two days later.

Colorado also holds the record

for the most snow to fall in a

single calendar day.

On December 4, 1913, 63 inches of snow fell on Georgetown, Colorado.

Snow has never been reported

in Key West.

The coldest temperature on record for the Florida city (reached on January 13, 1981, and January 12, 1886) is 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

Text: Mental Floss

Around the State. Around the Country.

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Ohio Program for Black Founders in Need of Venture Capital Investment to Debut Next Week

From Black Enterprise: Black founders continue to trail far behind their counterparts when it comes to venture capital financing.

In fact, Black and Latinix founders raised $2.3 billion in funding as of August 31, 2020. The figure means that Black and Latinx founders harvested only 2.6% of $87.3 billion of all funding that founders got at that point in 2020, according to analytics firm Crunchbase. Other data from TechCrunch show that “only 2% of all partner-level VCs are Black, and 81% of VC firms don’t have a single Black partner.”

Experts point to that disparity being fueled by the racial wealth gap, leaving many Black entrepreneurs unable to gain much-needed venture capital funding.

To help tackle the lack of strong venture capital (VC) investments in Black founders in Ohio, the “Black Founders and Black VC Program” will be hosted by JobsOhio in partnership with Eficionado LLC. The event will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 25 at Hilton Columbus at Easton.

Read the article in its entirety

by clicking here.

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Infrastructure Inclusion: A Tie That Can Bind America Together

Each year, we pause on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday to measure the progress America has made towards the realization of his Dream. For many communities - whether minority, Appalachia, tribal, urban, or rural - the dream of an inclusive social and economic infrastructure is still not yet a reality. Sadly, neighborhoods with streets named after Dr. King remain highly segregated, have lower educational attainment, and poverty rates are nearly double the national average, according to a study published in the GeoJournal.

I grew up in a segregated, textile town in South Carolina and remember the days when the school bus had to travel down dirt roads to pick up students. Times have changed and we have made progress. Most of our roads are now paved, allowing us to safely get to schools, jobs, grocery stores, banks and hospitals. 

But existing disparities in public infrastructure continue to have profound costs on communities of color. Decisions on highway placement in decades past continue to separate minority neighborhoods from commercial districts. 

Read the article in its entirety

by clicking here.

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The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce

630 Market Street

Steubenville, OH 43952

Phone: 740.282.6226

Fax:  740.282.6285

Kate Sedgmer



Contact Kate 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.

Hannah Ward

Administrative &

Membership Coordinator


Contact Hannah with changes to your membership information, questions regarding events or programs, or assistance with scheduling an E-Blast or Member Morsel.

Craig Cribbs, Reso, Inc.

Billing Support



Contact Craig with invoice or billing questions and to make a dues,

event or sponsorship payment.

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