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

March 9, 2018
Today's Featured Video

The Sunday Evening Feeling
Why Do Some of Us Feel Dread When the Weekend is Over?

Do you dread Sunday evenings because you know you have to go back to work Monday morning? Why do you get this feeling? What is our subconscious trying to tell us? As our video today explains, "It isn’t just that we have some sort of work to do that is dragging down our mood, but that we are going back to the wrong sort of work even while we are in dire ignorance of what the right sort of work might actually be…”
First Quarterly Workshop for 2018 Set
Just about any business, regardless of size or industry, struggles to keep up with its marketing and
promotional efforts. Whether it’s print, radio, television, direct mail or the ever-changing social media
platforms, it’s extremely difficult to tend to the daily tasks at your business while trying to get the word
out about your products and services in an efficient, effective and affordable way.

The Chamber is here to help with the first in its series of 2018 quarterly workshops called “Marketing 101.” It will be held on Thursday, April 26th at the YWCA in downtown Steubenville. This three-hour session is for anyone, from new business owners or managers to long-timers who have been at it for years. From non-profits and educational institutions to restaurants, retailers or contractors, all attendees will walk away with solid, doable strategies and useful information. We’ll start things off with brief informational sessions, then move on to casual “table talks” that will allow you to ask questions and talk face-to- face with marketing professionals and other business owners just like you.

Just some of the topics covered will be:

  • Advertising basics: print, radio, television, direct mail, billboard & social media
  • How to write a press release
  • Creating a working marketing calendar
  • Customer service basics – how to carry your marketing message through to the actual shopping
  • The three “must-haves” and how to get them:
A basic, attractive website,
A quality marketing piece--postcard, brochure or flier
A professional logo.

The cost is just $30 per person for chamber members and $45 for non-members. Space is limited.
Please email Geena Diomedi at to reserve your space and
watch next week’s “In The Know” for online registration information. Make 2018 the year that you put an efficient, results-driven marketing plan in place that works for your business.
The Chamber's Second Annual Trip Abroad is a Great Retirement Gift
Do you have a valued employee who's retiring soon and you're looking for a way to honor their years of service to your business or organization? Or do you have a respected boss or supervisor who's retiring soon and you want to thank them for being a great leader?

“Shades of Ireland," the Chamber's second annual trip abroad, is an unforgettable gift for that special employee or employer.

Departing Monday, September 3rd, 2018, this 10-day trip, guided by world-renowned Collette Travel , hits all of the must-see stops, including Dublin, the Cliffs of Mohr, the Blarney Castle, the House of Waterford Crystal, and more. Prices start at just $3599 per person for double occupancy and include 13 meals, round-trip air from Pittsburgh International Airport, lodging, taxes, and fees.

Last year's travelers to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest had rave reviews about everything from the organization and service that Collette provided to the food and special events they experienced. They especially enjoyed the freedom to stay with the large group, if they chose, or explore the sites on their own. For a full color trip brochure and more information, visit the Chamber offices.
Modern Marketing 101: Your Weekly Guide To Social Media
This week's topic: Facebook Strategies
Here's an obvious statement: Facebook is a juggernaut of influence in the modern world. It's no longer just a place to post personal updates and pictures; it's a genuine marketing tool.

This week's article is titled, "Effective Facebook Marketing Strategies for 2018," by The Balance and can be found by clicking here . T he article recommends three surefire and rather simple strategies that will make your business stand out from the white noise on everyone's News Feeds.

If you missed last week's article, "How To Use Hashtags On Every Social Media Network," by Sprout Social, you can find it by clicking here . Sprout Social offers great explanations of the "never-quite-understood" hashtag and how to use them effectively on each social media platform. Remember to print or save these articles each week. Before you know it, you'll have the marketing manual you've always wanted - one you can refer to again and again.
Member Morsels
Remember to visit individual member websites by clicking on the business name or logo.
The Ohio Valley Music Guild proudly invites you to an evening of Fun, Food, and Friends featuring Spittin' Image on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The doors will open at 5 p.m., appetizers will begin at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be at 6 p.m. The show will begin at 7 p.m. and promises a night of wonderful music and great comedy.

Spittin' Image is a nationally known act - twin brothers who have been entertaining audiences since they were sixteen. They combine their musical and comedic talent to create a show that is entertaining for the whole family.

Where: Mingo Knights of Columbus
Price: $30 per person

Tickets are available at:
The Center of Music and Art
Historic Fort Steuben Visitors Center
Please RSVP by March 25, 2018
For more details please contact:
Janet Sharpe 740.632.1144
The Ohio Valley Cloak & Dagger Company , in partnership with Striplight Community Theatre , will celebrate the finale of its first season of “Cloak & Dagger On the Air,” a theatrical series dedicated to keeping the art of audio drama alive, at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 17th, at the Ashley Marie Playhouse, 3383 Main St., Weirton.

Titled “Original Sin" and sponsored by Frankovitch Anetakis Law and Thrasher Engineering, which is donating their commercial skit to the nonprofit Urban Frontier Organization of Steubenville, the finale will feature a fully original show – dramas and commercials – created by Pete Fernbaugh, artistic director and head writer of Cloak & Dagger. Cloak & Dagger is also pleased to welcome a true regional celebrity, Deb Witkowski, TV personality and host of “What Would Deb Do?," as the community guest star. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students, and military members. For more information about the event or to reserve a seat, email or call 304-919-2979.
A Caring Place Child Advocacy Center announces its 13th Annual Fundraising Dinner featuring Derek Clark, motivational speaker, inspirational author, and rapping Dad. Derek has an incredible story of inspiration to tell.

Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m.
St. Florian Hall, Wintersville
Dinner, Chinese Auction, Silent Auction, and Cash Bar

A Caring Place Child Advocacy Center provides a safe, comfortable, confidential environment for children who are suspected victims of abuse to be interviewed by a specially trained forensic interviewer. An advocate is always available to provide necessary empathy and support to the child and family, as well as resource referrals. Our Doctor also provides medical exams and evidence collection kits for children, if needed. All of our services are free, including the prevention education in human trafficking through which we have educated and reached over 3,000 community members and spearheaded The Jefferson County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition.

Help us to continue being the leading advocates in the healing and prevention of child abuse!
Be a Sponsor of the 2018 Fort Steuben Summer Concerts. Even though there is snow on the ground now, the Fort Steuben Summer Concerts will be here before you know it. Every summer since 2007, hundreds of people have come downtown each week to attend and take home keepsake programs. It costs almost $25,000 to put on the array of free performances each season. Please consider supporting this year's concerts by donating or purchasing an ad in the program. To fill out a donation form, click here . Sponsor Deadline is April 6, 2018
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Coffee & Connections
Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
8 to 9 a.m.
Price: $10 per person
RSVP by clicking here .
*As a courtesy to the caterer please remember to RSVP

Join us for a delicious hot breakfast and a casual, fun speed-networking session. We'll have you in and out in no time.
Jefferson County Safety Council Luncheon
March 21st, 2018
11:30 Registration & Lunch
12:00 Presentation
$15 Per Person
Eastern Gateway Community College
Founder's Hall - Ground Level
Lunch catered by Manfred's Catering
For more info, please call (740) 282-6226 or email here .
Speaker: Chief Clark Crago, TEMS Joint Ambulance District
Topic: The Importance of Early CPR and Defibrillation
Description: The "Chain of Survival and You" will highlight recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system, early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on continues chest compressions, and overview of rapid AED use.
Quarterly Workshop: Marketing 101
Thursday, April 26, 2018
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
320 N 4th St, Steubenville, OH 43952
There will be coffee, donuts, and a morning of informational marketing information that will benefit you and your business.
Price: $30 Chamber members
Non-members: $45
To RSVP click here .
Friday, March 23rd through Sunday, March 25th
286 Luray Drive, Wintersville
Exhibitor Price:
$350 Chamber Members
$450 Non-Members

Co-sponsored by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce , this three-day event is a great opportunity to put your name in front of literally thousands of attendees. Last year, over 4,000 attendees came out to gather information and meet local businesses ranging from home-related products and services to financial institutions, computer and WiFi services, and more. Furthermore, the Home & Garden Show is a great first-quarter advertising and promotional tool for businesses and organizations of any size or type. For information on exhibitor pricing, please see the Mark Your Calendar section below.

For more information, please contact Rob Vandine at Wheelhouse Creative here . To view or print a full-color home show brochure, please click here.
32nd Annual Chamber Golf Classic
Tuesday, May 22nd, 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.
Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening
Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
2718 Sunset Blvd, Suite B, Steubenville
For more information, please call Renee Contumelio at 304-723-4600 or email here .
Refreshments will be provided.

As part of its ongoing mission to protect clients from the financial consequences of an accidental loss, Assure America Corp. has opened a new branch in Steubenville. Come celebrate a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony welcoming one of our newest Chamber members to the community.

With the Steubenville branch staffed by executive agent Katie Stimpert, Assure America offers a full line of property/casualty insurance products, including auto and homeowners insurance, as well as commercial and life insurance. As an independent insurance agency, Assure America underwrites insurance in nine states with locations in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky. Founded in 1920, Assure America Currently represents more than 10,000 policyholders.

Small Business Start Up Class

Led by Joe Belinsky, Business Advisor,
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Jefferson County Chamber Offices
630 Market Street - Steubenville
Please use rear entrance
$30 Chamber Members
$40 Non Chamber Members
Please register in advance by calling 740-282-6226 or emailing here .

Are you eager to fulfill your entrepreneurial dreams? Do you have an idea for a business but are not sure where to start? Or are you in the early stages of operating your own business but could use some guidance? If any of these apply to you, the Chamber has a great opportunity for you.

This workshop will present an overview of issues related to starting and operating a business, including business and financial planning, market demand, financing and more.

CPR/AED/First Aid Training Class
Jefferson County Chamber Offices
630 Market Street, Steubenville
Thursday, April 12th, 2018
4 p.m. to approximately 7 p.m.
Chamber Members: $55
Non Members: $75
Space is limited, please RSVP by April 6th.
For more info, please call Joy Grimm at 740-282-6226 or email here .

Led by Chief Clark Crago of TEMS Joint Ambulance District, this course will prepare attendees to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants. It also meets OSHA/workplace requirements, and for members of the Jefferson County Safety Council, it will count as one of the 10 required meetings for the Safety Council year. Chamber and Non-Chamber attendees are welcome.
The Herald-Star Speaker Series Featuring ABC News Personality, John Quinones

Thursday, April 19th, 2018
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lanman Hall - Catholic Central High School Steubenville
$20 Reserved Seating
$50 Preferred Seating
VIP Seating: $75 Single Ticket, $125 Couple Ticket
The number of VIP packages will be limited to 60, which will ensure an intimate atmosphere for the reception.

Private reception with John Quinones will run from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Presentation at 7:30 p.m.
For more info, please call Diana Brown at 740-283-4711 or email here .

John Quinones, has worked at ABC News for more than 30 years and is the host and creator of the television show "What Would You Do?," the highly rated, hidden-camera ethical news magazine. He will challenge everyone in attendance to examine the what-would-you-do moments we face every day.

Sponsored by Trinity Health System and Eastern Gateway Community College Present
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 House Open Seat Primaries

There are 31 open-seats up in the Ohio House this year. Below is a list of the races.

District 6-Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills)

Former Rep. Jim Trakas squares off with manufacturer Michael Canty in this open seat. Democrat Phil Robinson waits in the wings for the general election.

District 10-Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland)

Eight Democrats are running in the primary for the Patmon seat up in Cleveland. Terrence Upchurch is the party-preferred candidate. With no candidates filed, Republicans have conceded the seat.

District 12-John Barnes (D-Cleveland)

Democrat Juanita Brent is the party-preferred in another four-way primary. With no candidates filed, Republicans have conceded the seat.

District 13-Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood)

Sen. Mike Skindell is looking to seat-swap with Rep. Nickie Antonio.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking   here
The Pivotal Role Women Will Play in Saudi Arabia’s Economic Future

To borrow a line from Bob Dylan, “the times, they are a’ changin’,” in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Since the Saudi Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Mohammed Bin Salman (or known by his nickname “MBS”), unveiled Vision 2030 in 2016, significant economic and social reforms have swept across the country at a breakneck speed. This ambitious initiative focuses on diversifying Saudi Arabia’s economy beyond oil and gas, promoting private sector and small-to-medium size enterprise engagement, and creating jobs for its large youth population, where nearly 70% of its citizens are under the age of 30.  

According to Vision 2030, “We [Saudi Arabia] have enormous untapped opportunities and a rich blend of natural resources, but our real wealth lies in our people and our society.” And there is no doubt that women will play a pivotal role in helping to unlock this vast potential.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently hosted Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, who serves as the Vice-President for Development and Planning at the Saudi Arabian General Sports Authority (GSA).

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:

The Road to Reinvention:
How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation
by Josh Linkner

Companies, communities, and individuals fail for many reasons, but one of the most common—and easily avoidable—is the failure to reinvent. When people and organizations rest on prior successes rather than driving purposeful transformation, they discover too late that they have lost their market position altogether to competitors and external forces.

The most successful companies, brands, and individuals make reinvention a regular part of their business strategies. Transformation demands an ongoing process of discovery and imagination, and The Road to Reinvention  lays out a systematic approach for continually challenging and reinventing yourself and your business. Venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur Josh Linkner identifies six elements in any business that are ripe for reinvention and shares examples, methods, and step-by-step techniques for creating deliberate, productive disruption.
View or download the book by clicking here .
Today in History

- March 9, 1959 -

The first mass-produced, adult-looking toy doll in the United States, the 11"-tall Barbie, is displayed at New York City's American Toy Fair. Creator Ruth Handler realized her daughter, Barbara, was bored with baby dolls and was more interested in cutting out paper dolls featuring adult women. As co-founder of Mattel, Handler had become aware of Lilli, a German doll based on a racy comic strip character that nevertheless became popular with German children. Handler purchased the rights to Lilli, renamed her Barbie (after her daughter), and used the relatively new medium of television to promote the doll, achieving 300,000 sales at $3 per doll in the first year. She hoped Barbie would be instrumental in teaching little girls that they "could be anything she wanted to be." For more on the success of a brand that is now part of American culture and lore, please see this article .

- 1,005,250,000 -

The number of Barbie dolls sold since 1959. An estimated one billion articles of clothing have been manufactured for these dolls. Barbie herself has held 108 careers since her debut.
Source: Statistic Brain
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The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285