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

August 10, 2018
Today's Featured Video

Here's What People Get Wrong About Bitcoin
And why there's uncertainty about cryptocurrency...

No doubt you've heard about Bitcoin (and if you haven't, you might want to take a few minutes to read this explanation from 2014 when Bitcoin was becoming more prominent in the public consciousness), and if you're like most folks, you're probably baffled and bewildered by it. Digital currency? How can you regulate that? Who's in charge of it? Business Insider recently interviewed independent investor Jeffrey Wernick, one of Bitcoin's earliest adopters, about the unease surrounding Bitcoin. His responses are both thought-provoking and provocative.
Chamber Workshop To Help Local Businesses
Prepare For Medical Marijuana Legalization
Ohio house bill 523 becomes operational in September. This law will make medical marijuana legal under qualifying circumstances and conditions. The new law gives most employers options, allowing them to decide whether or not to permit or accommodate employees using medical marijuana. But making this decision can be challenging, requiring businesses to deliberate several impacting issues including safety, security, public image, impairment and the realities of a very tight labor market.

Regardless of a company’s decision, there are action steps that should be taken to assure a smooth transition between the black and white world of “no lawful use” to one that’s less clear cut. 
To give insight into this important decision and provide local businesses with a resource for gathering facts, the Chamber, along with co-sponsor, Eastern Gateway Community College , is pleased to host the next in its series of educational workshops presented by Working Partners ® , an Ohio-based firm specializing in drug-free workplace issues.* 

The 90-minute presentation will:

  • Raise awareness of business and operational issues from legalization under Ohio house bill 523.
  • Increase understanding of the related drug-free workplace program issues for employers and employees.
  • Review key decisions that need to be made – particularly relating to policy, operations and employee/supervisor awareness.

The workshop will be on Thursday, September 13 th from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the community room on the second floor of The Towers building located at 500 Market Street in downtown Steubenville. It is open to all area businesses. The cost is $25 per person and includes a continental breakfast. Space is limited and reserved on a first-come, first served basis. 

To register online, click here or phone the chamber offices at 740.282.6226. There are also a limited number of sponsorships still available. Contact the Chamber for more information. This event has been approved for select re-certification credits.**

*The content of the presentation is meant for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. As such, it should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a legal professional or other competent advisors. Please contact a licensed attorney to obtain advice with respect to any legal issue discussed in this presentation or regarding a situation specific to your business.

** This activity has been approved for 1.50 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™, SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®)  
Modern Marketing 101:
4 Social Media Marketing Myths Busted
One of the reasons we started Modern Marketing 101 is to help you become better-informed about how to use social media platforms in promoting and expanding your business. The other reason was to bring to light some of the myths or assumptions people make about how to best handle social media. This week, BBN Times busts a few of those myths, such as how often a business should be posting on social media, how many platforms your business should be on, and the best time of day to post on social media.

From last week: Netflix has become an international household name in recent years because of its content. Perhaps more than any other Internet-based business, Netflix was the first to realize that content is king. As a result, Netflix is the leading streaming platform in the world. But it takes more than quality content to become fully assimilated into people's lives. It takes clever marketing that defies even your worst flubs and failures. According to Adweek , these are the five social media marketing lessons you can learn from Netflix.

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
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On August 13th, 15th, and 18th, Bennigan's Restaurant will be hosting a job fair for its new restaurant which is located at 200 Franciscan Square. The location is the Best Western PLUS The Inn at Franciscan Square, 200 Franciscan Square in Steubenville. Join us and be part of building a legendary team!
For hours or more information, please call Nicole Adamski at 740-792-8050 or visit the Steubenville Bennigan's Facebook page . You may also view, print or share the job fair flier by clicking here.
I ntroducing IHG Business Rewards at the Holiday Inn of Weirton. 

When you make bookings on behalf of others, we're here to reward you. With IHG® Business Rewards, you can earn points every time you book accommodations, meetings, or an event at the Holiday Inn Weirton . From board meetings and conferences to weddings and social events, we understand the work that goes into planning and we think all your bookings are important, so we reward you no matter the size. So that you can get the best from IHG® Business Rewards, click here to learn about just some of the benefits that make your job more rewarding.  

Steubenville Tailorings & Alterations will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 14th, at 11 a.m. at its new showroom at 2402 Sunset Blvd. in Steubenville. Owner Cindy Lucas is excited to announce this new addition to her existing business and encourages local businessmen and women to stop by the showroom. Each garment made at the new business is personally tailored from a custom-made pattern according to the individual client. From lapel style to pants design, every detail is discussed to find the perfect look for each customer. The friendly tailors are thoroughly trained to recommend various styles that fit every body type and personality. For more information, phone Steubenville Tailorings & Alterations at 740-282-3028 or visit them at .

The need for blood is crucial this time of year and you and your employees can help. Please come out to support the Community Blood Drive on Friday, August 17th, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the YWCA's Central Hall in downtown Steubenville. (Inside the Steubenville YWCA, 320 North 4th Street) Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit to schedule an appointment. All donors who register their email at this drive will receive a $5 Amazon gift card. Cards will be sent vial email approximately 2 weeks after the drive. For a full-color printable poster for your business, click here .
Ribbon Cutting/Open House - Clancey Printing

On Wednesday, August 15th , from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Clancey Printing will be celebrating the opening of its new storefront at 236 Main Street in Wintersville, Ohio. There will be refreshments and door prizes. 

The store offers screen printing, glitter prints for any type of apparel including
t-shirts, hoodies, onesies, rhinestones, customization and more. They also specialize in embroidery, school spirit items, hair bows and hats. Clancey Printing offers same day printing, bulk orders and discounts for businesses or teams as well as customized items for all of your gift ideas. Their commitment to local businesses and area teams will exceed all of your expectations.

Clancey Printing is open Monday- Friday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as well as Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come in and check out the newly renovated store and customize a shirt, choose from a selection of pre-made high school sport team options or bring your own shirt in to have your design brought to life.

For more information, please contact Courtney Swearingen at 740-317-5557 or via email here .
On Thursday, August 30th ,The United Way of Jefferson County will kick of its 2019 campaign and hold its Day of Action, an event that connects volunteers with local non-profit organizations to complete projects agencies may not be able to complete on their own. Volunteers have many project choices, including the type of projects, degrees of physical labor, and time commitment. To register volunteers, submit a project application for a nonprofit agency, or RSVP for the campaign breakfast, please visit . You may also contact United Way Director, Kate Sedgmer, at 740-284-9000 or via email for more information.
Save the date for an exciting Business After Hours on Monday, September 24th as Eastern Gateway Community College celebrates its renovations and the addition of the opening of its new addition. There will be refreshments, door prizes, tours, music and more. Watch your email for more information and to RSVP.
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Head Shot Happy Hour
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Chamber Offices
630 Market Street, Steubenville
For more info, please call 740-282-6226 or email here .
Cost: $50 per person, cash or check payment due the day of your session(s). Includes two poses as well as retouching.
Chamber Members Only.

Last year, the Chamber held its second "Head Shot Happy Hour," and it was such a success that it's back again for a third year. Newbrough Photo will be on site at the Chamber offices to take professional head shots of you and your staff. We'll also have staffers from Legal Hair & Day Spa on hand to take care of any last-minute hair and makeup touch-ups too. Space is limited and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition, the Chamber will provide refreshments for you to enjoy while you wait or after your photo session is over.
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
Kasich Vetoes Much-Needed
Regulatory Reform Bill

Today, Gov. John Kasich vetoed Senate Bill 221, a bill that would bring about much-needed reforms to the rulemaking process in the state of Ohio and tackle the issue of overregulation and too much bureaucratic red tape. We are highly disappointed in this news as this bill serves as a top priority of the Ohio Chamber in the 132nd General Assembly.

We believe that SB 221 builds upon work that the governor himself initiated to improve the regulatory environment in Ohio, such as the creation of the Common Sense Initiative Office and the Business Impact Analysis. Specifically, the bill includes the following, pro-business provisions:

  • Adds to the definition of what an adverse impact on business can be by stating that the impact of the rule would directly reduce revenue or increase expenses

Read the article in its entirety by clicking   here
The President's Pro-Growth Agenda Helps the Fed

The Fed’s policy of normalizing monetary policy – most notably by slowly and steadily raising the Fed funds rate – recently caught the president’s eye. When asked about the Fed’s actions the president observed, “I’m not happy about it” and “[Fed] tightening now hurts all that we have done,” though the President went on to note, “I’m letting them do what they think is best.” However, in making these comments the president missed an opportunity to take some credit for the success of his own pro-growth policies. 

Heretofore, the President’s approach to the Fed has been spot on. For example, his appointments of Jay Powell as Chairman, and of Randy Quarles and Richard Clarida as Vice-Chairs, along with the other Fed Governor nominees awaiting Senate confirmation. His actions toward the much-criticized Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have likewise been right on target.

 Read the article in its entirety by clicking   here .
Check out the latest issue of Newsline , the Chamber's quarterly supplement in the Herald-Star!
  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 Epic Disruption of the Ad Business
 by Ken Auletta

This book by the bestselling author of Googled wages an intimate and profound reckoning with the changes buffeting the $2 trillion global advertising and marketing business from the perspective of its most powerful players.

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

- August 10, 1846 -

The Smithsonian Institution Act is signed into law by President James K. Polk, following a lengthy debate over how to invest the bequest of English scientist James Smithson, which he left to the United States in his will.

According to History , "In 1829, James Smithson died in Italy, leaving behind a will with a peculiar footnote. In the event that his only nephew died without any heirs, Smithson decreed that the whole of his estate would go to 'the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.' Smithson’s curious bequest to a country that he had never visited aroused significant attention on both sides of the Atlantic."

Smithson's nephew died in 1836, and diplomat Richard Rush was dispatched to England to secure the bequest. Today, the Smithsonian Institution is revered worldwide for its 19 museums and galleries and vast collection of artifacts and displays representing history, science, the arts, and many other disciplines. For more info on the Smithsonian's history, please click here .
- 40 -

The number of days across which the Dog Days of Summer take place, which is traditionally the hottest, most oppressive time of summer. The Dog Days begin on July 3rd and will end tomorrow, August 11th (although some sources place it later in the summer). For more information on the origins of the Dog Days of Summer, please check out this article .
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:

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The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285
Get The Information You Need - The Chamber Staff Is Here To Help
Joy Grimm
Accounting & Administrative Coordinator

Contact Joy with billing questions, invoicing issues, to update your company information or to register for an event.

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

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.