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



Friday, January 11, 2019
Today's Featured Video

How AI is Going to Impact the Job Market
"There's no way a robot is replacing my barber..."

In the next decade, artificial intelligence (AI) will replace many jobs currently filled by millions of individuals worldwide. This is an inescapable fact. However, all is not lost. There are many fields that will actually need an increased human presence thanks to AI. Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian describes how the job market is going to change and which jobs are going to be even more important thanks to AI.
4th Annual Hank Kuzma Community Day Set.
It's an annual event that has become a chamber member favorite. On Saturday, January 26th, from 1:30 to 8 p.m. be our guests as the Franciscan University ladies and mens' basketball teams take on Medaille College at the 4th Annual Hank Kuzma Community Day.

Franciscan University of Steubenville and The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce are once again partnering for a day of competition and community to remember the late Hank Kuzma. Mr. Kuzma was an important and exceptional part of both the University and Chamber of Commerce families for many years. This event brings together his family, University students and staff, local businesses, their employees and their families to honor him.

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. The hospitality room will have refreshments throughout the day and admission is free. Bring the family or your employees for a fun afternoon supporting our local University's sports program. Stop by for a quick bite or stay all day. RSVP by clicking here or call the Chamber offices at 740.282.6226. A limited number of sponsorships are still available. Contact the Chamber offices for details.

The 2019 Hank Kuzma Community Day is graciously brought to you by
Recently, we asked our Chamber member financial professionals to offer some New Year's advice on how businesses, especially small ones, can do better in 2019 with regard to finance-, tax-, and payroll-related issues. We'll be presenting their responses over the next couple of weeks. Our second installment comes from Greg Metcalf of


When did you last review your retirement plan? Many issues can impact the effectiveness of your plan, and without regular reviews, your plan may not be accomplishing your objectives.

Four Steps to a Better Plan

Cardinal Wealth Management can help you review your plan and make sure it’s still both cost-effective and tax-efficient. Here’s our process:
  • Economic Review : Examine how the potential impact of recent economic and regulatory changes may have impacted you.

  • Plan Analysis: Determine if your existing retirement plan still makes economic sense for you.

  • Result Review: If changes could be beneficial, review your alternatives to improve your contribution amount and tax savings, and help your organization better manage retirement benefit costs.

  • Install: If the benefits are compelling, you’re just a few forms away from installing a new plan or making changes to your current program.

Thank you, Greg! For help evaluating your retirement plan alternatives, please contact Greg Metcalf and Sue Pevac at Cardinal Wealth Management today. Please call 740-314-8342. Watch next week's "In The Know" for more great information.
2019 Investor To Investor Trade Fair
When: Wednesday, February 6th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Exhibitor Price: $150 (includes admission for two to Business After Hours)
Guest-Only Admission: $15 per person
RSVP or Register: Click here or access a printable registration form by clicking here .
Deadline for registration is Friday, February 1st.
For more info: Please contact the Chamber offices at
740-282-6226 or email Janet McLaughlin here .

One of the Chamber's most popular networking and promotional events of the year returns! The 2019 Investor to Investor Trade Fair is designed to promote member-to-member and local spending. This event is a mini-trade fair with Chamber-member exhibitors promoting their products and services in a casual "Business After Hours" setting. It's an affordable, convenient, and effective promotional event to start the new year. Last year nearly 60 businesses had display booths, and over 150 Chamber members and guests attended the event.

One lucky exhibitor or attendee will win the grand prize giveaway of a premium media and marketing package. What better way to keep the promotional ball rolling in 2019 than with an assortment of advertising prizes from some of the top local media and marketing businesses?
Watch In The Know, your email, and the Chamber website for details.

Tri State Home & Garden Show
Friday, March 1st through Sunday,
March 3rd.
Modern Marketing 101:
17 Facebook Marketing Groups to Join Now

Iron sharpens iron, as the old proverb goes, and the same principle applies to social media marketing. Facebook has many marketing groups that give access to the strategies and lessons of other marketers. In this week's article, Larry Kim at Inc.com presents for your consideration an overview of 17 Facebook Marketing Groups you may want to consider joining.

From last week: Are you prepared to do more live video this year? What about using messaging apps and chatbots? User-generated content, anyone? And of course, the one breakthrough we can't escape these days: augmented reality. Information on all this and more can be found by clicking here .

 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.

Are you a college student, or do you know a college student, who calls the Ohio Valley home? Are you looking for a paid internship that will provide professional experience and an opportunity to get involved in your own community?

Visit www.cfov.org to learn about the Community Leader Internship Program! Click on the "Projects" tab for more information and an application. We are always interested in talking to area businesses and organizations about hosting a program participant. Reach out if you would like to learn more! Questions? Call Debbie at 304-242-3144 or send an email to debbie@cfov.org .
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Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
2017-2018 End of Session Wrap-Up

It wasn’t until the final day of 2018 that the curtain came down on the most recent two-year session of the Ohio legislature, otherwise known as the 132nd General Assembly.

While late-December session days are highly unusual, Ohio lawmakers were actually at the Statehouse, still voting on legislation, three days after Christmas. However, by that time, such unusualness was almost to be expected, as this was one of the strangest two-year session of the Ohio legislature ever.

For example, two lawmakers resigned amidst allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct, as did the then-Speaker of the House – the first resignation by a sitting Speaker in over half a century – amidst an FBI inquiry into his spending and travel.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here .
Good Government Wish List for 2019

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce welcomed all new and returning senators and representatives to the 116th session of Congress, which got underway last week. Our nation’s elected officials are key partners in our efforts to grow the economy, create jobs for workers, and help businesses succeed. As we look ahead to a busy year that will bring both opportunities and challenges, we’re urging leaders in Congress and the administration to focus on areas of agreement and work together to advance our country’s best interests. 

Here’s our wish list for good government in the new year. 

Certainty: Our leaders can foster the certainty that businesses crave by fulfilling their basic duties.

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:

All About Them: Grow Your Business by Focusing on Others
by Bruce Turkel

A branding expert shows how anyone who is successful lives by three words--"all about them"--and shows how focusing on others leads to success in business and life.

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

- January 11, 1937 -

The "Battle of the Running Bulls" riot broke out at General Motors' Fisher Body Plant No. 2 in Flint, Michigan, when police blocked the delivery of food from supporters of striking auto workers. For close to two weeks, the auto workers had been engaged in a sit-down strike organized by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union.

According to History.com , the UAW wanted "GM–then the world’s largest automaker–to recognize it as the sole bargaining authority for employees at the company’s factories. The fledgling UAW, which was founded in 1935, also demanded improved working conditions and job security for GM’s employees. (In addition to the Fisher Body Plant No. 2, workers at other GM plants in Michigan and around the country went on strike during late 1936-early 1937.) "

The riot prompted Governor Frank Murphy to order the National Guard to the scene, but his political reputation prevented him from having the Guard invade the plant. Even though the country was largely supportive of the workers, it took more than a month for GM and UAW to reach an agreement.

As History.com observes, "The strike represented a major victory for the UAW. Soon after, workers at Chrysler went on strike and ultimately won the right to be represented by the UAW as well. The Ford Motor Company was the last holdout of the Big Three automakers: Founder Henry Ford was opposed to unions and prevented his company from signing a contract with the UAW until 1941."
- $10,400,000,000 -

The cost in direct medical expenses caused by the flu each year, while approximately $15.3 billion in earnings are lost.

Source: Healthline
Photo: ABC News
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:

Get The Information You Need - The Chamber Staff Is Here To Help
Janet McLaughlin
Investor Relations Coordinator

Janet will assist you with utilizing your membership benefits, answering questions about member programming or how to promote your business through the Chamber.
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 or information about anything related to the Chamber.
Cassie Balvin
Administrative & Accounting Assistant

Cassie will assist you with event registrations, updating your membership information, questions about your dues or event invoices and any other Chamber programming questions you may have.

Contact Us
The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285