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

Friday, February 1, 2019
Today's Featured Video

Tell Me About Yourself
The FIT Answer

When you're sitting in a job interview and you're asked, "Tell me about yourself," what should you say? Steve Dalton, Program Director for Daytime Career Services at Duke University - The Fuqua School of Business and author of The 2-Hour Job Search , boils the best answer down to three simple components known as the FIT Model. This model, he says, will enable you to give a concise, focused answer that isn't overly complicated and long. It will also make the interview process a little less stressful.
Promote Your Valentine's Day Specials Through The Chamber!
The Chamber has many affordable and even free ways to get the word out about your Valentine's Day promotions. From candy, baked goods, and flowers to unique gift items, lunch or dinner specials, and everything in between, let us help spread the word.

Click here to submit a free blurb for Friday's "In The Know". Click here to check out the three levels of Eblast packages available to our members. You may also purchase a set of member mailing labels for just $35. Contact the Chamber offices with questions.
A Huge Thank You to All Who Attended Hank Kuzma Community Day

On Saturday, January 26th, from 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Franciscan University of Steubenville and The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce once again partnered for a day of competition and community to remember the late Hank Kuzma as the Franciscan University ladies and mens' basketball teams took on Medaille College. Over 75 guests attended the 4th Annual Hank Kuzma Community Day, enjoying a great spread of food and drink and watching the games from the beautiful Baron Room overlooking the courts. Thanks again to this year's sponsors:
2019 Investor To Investor
Trade Fair & Business After Hours

Date: Wednesday, February 6th
Time : 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission: $15 per person
RSVP or Register: Click here

Deadline for registration for guests is today at 5 p.m. Reservations are required. Exhibit space is sold out. For more information, 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! One lucky exhibitor or attendee will win the grand prize giveaway of a premium media and marketing package valued at over $8,000! 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?
Small Business Workshop Series

"Setting Your Small Business Up
For Success"
Date: Wednesday, February 6th
Time : 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: Chamber offices, 630 Market St.
Admission: $30 per person - chamber member; $40 per person - non member
For more info: To register, call the Chamber offices at 740-282-6226.

Are you interested in investigating a new career as an entrepreneur? If you have ever considered owning your own business or are in the early stages of starting a business, register for this informative session.  "New Business Start Up" is an overview of issues related to starting and operating a business including business and financial planning, market demand and financing. Perfect for prospective owners or anyone already in business who would like to take a refresher course or learn more about specific topics.
Ribbon Cutting For St. Florian Event Center/Catering By Undo's

Join us to celebrate the official opening of St. Florian Event Center with a ribbon cutting just prior to the start of the Investor To Investor Trade Fair.

Date : Wednesday, February 6th
Time : 4:30 p.m.
All Chamber member and trade fair exhibitors welcome to attend.
Watch In The Know, your email, and the Chamber website for details.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Coffee and Connections
Wednesday, February 13th
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
498 Cadiz Road, Wintersville
$15 per person. Register 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:
Ad Intelligence and Why Brands Need It

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 .

From last week: The temperature and mood of the country is rather volatile these days. As Steve Cocheo of The Financial Brand observes , "Consumers today are more sensitive than ever about where brands stand on issues, and those feelings have a massive impact on whether they like and trust a company. Or not."

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.

Historic Fort Steuben will be offering a tasty new event, the Sweetheart Chocolate Walk, on Saturday, February 16th, from noon to 4 p.m. in downtown Steubenville.

The process is simple. A person purchases a $20 ticket that will entitle the holder to a chocolate treat at each of the participating businesses. Participants begin by picking up a map at the Visitor Center. After visiting each site, participants will return to the Visitor Center to drop off their stamped tickets and be eligible for a drawing for a dinner for two at one of our local restaurants.

Each business chooses the kind of chocolate treat it will offer so there should be a nice variety to take home or enjoy on site. Businesses will also offer special sales and discounts that day. Only one treat per ticket is offered at each site, but a couple or a family can participate by sharing the goodies.

Half the proceeds from the event will go toward the educational programs at Historic Fort Steuben.

Only 50 tickets will be sold and will be available today, February 1st, at the Fort Steuben Visitor Center or by calling 740-283-1787.
The Ohio Valley Youth Network is pleased to present Phil Keaggy In Concert on Friday, February 1st, 2019, at 7 p.m. in the Sycamore Youth Center . Tickets are only $15 and can be reserved here
or by calling Bobbyjon Bauman at

Phil Keaggy is regarded as one of the top guitar players in the world. He won his very first Dove award in 1988 for his instrumental album, The Wind and the Wheat . Phil's second Dove Award came in 1992 for his Celtic-influenced, Beyond Nature . For three years in a row, Phil was voted one of the top fingerstyle guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine readers. These days, Phil Keaggy continues to delight audiences all over the United States, performing primarily acoustic shows and occasional concerts with a band.
Accounting students from Franciscan University of Steubenville will offer free
e-filing assistance to Ohio Valley residents through the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA).

Beginning February 12th, students will be available six days a week near Center Court in the Fort Steuben Mall, across from the AT&T store.

Hours of operation are Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 3:30 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site will be closed from March 8th to March 16th for spring break. The last day of taxpayer assistance is April 12th.

Franciscan University students can prepare form 1040; schedules A, B, and D, and forms for calculating child and child care credits, education credits, and earned-income credits. Students can also prepare Ohio returns for full-year residents.

The service is available to taxpayers with incomes less than $60,000. Taxpayers who purchased health insurance through an exchange and received federal subsidies are not eligible for assistance. Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) preparation is not available. 

All participating students have completed an individual income tax course and have passed a series of IRS training courses and exams.his marks the 31st year that Franciscan University students have participated in this program.

For additional information, call the Fort Steuben Mall customer service desk at 740-264-7781 or check the Fort Steuben Mall Facebook page .
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
Safer Workplaces Likely to Lead to Lower Workers’ Compensation Premiums for Ohio’s Employers

A 20 percent reduction in the average Bureau of Workers’ Compensation premium rate is on the horizon for private employers after the bureau’s chief actuary recommended to the board of directors’ Actuarial Committee the sizeable decrease in rates for the policy year starting on July 1, 2019.

The reduced rates are projected to save Ohio employers $244 million dollars in the upcoming fiscal year.

If approved at next month’s board of directors meeting, this rate reduction will be the largest cut to private employers’ workers’ compensation premiums in almost 60 years. The decrease in premiums for the approaching fiscal year continues the trend of private employer rate drops which have been lowered six times since 2011 and were last increased in 2006.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here .
The Harsh Consequences of
a No-Deal Brexit

In less than two months, the United Kingdom is set to depart the European Union. London’s disengagement from the EU after four decades is a monumental task.

Given the tremendous policy upheaval, American firms who trade and do business in both the UK and EU have consistently called for clarity and certainty on the way forward. Up to now, London and Brussels have been unable to coalesce around a mutually acceptable withdrawal agreement, let alone a long-term trade deal. Just this week, members of the UK Parliament again chose to defer a final decision for at least a few more weeks.

With every passing day, the UK edges closer to crashing out of the EU without a deal on March 29. Such a “no deal” scenario would have severe impacts on the movement of goods, services, data and people, with attendant impacts on global financial markets.

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:

Managing Off-Site Staff for Small Business
by Lin Grensing-Pophal

Learn how to set up and manage distance workers with confidence! Managing Off-Site Staff provides managers with the tools they need to set up and maintain a productive telecommuting program that benefits both employees and employers.

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

- February 1, 1790 -

Chief Justice John Jay presided over the first session of the Supreme Court of the United States, which had been established a little less than a year earlier by the implementation of the United States Constitution (Article III, if you're keeping track) in March 1789. The presence of six justices serving life terms was further established in September 1789 with the passage of the Judiciary Act.

Contrary to the circus-like hearings of the modern age, the first court was formed relatively quickly and took about three days, beginning with President George Washington appointing John Jay as chief justice, and as associate justices John Rutledge of South Carolina, William Cushing of Massachusetts, John Blair of Virginia, Robert Harrison of Maryland, and James Wilson of Pennsylvania. The Senate then confirmed each justice two days later.

The Court's powers were specific, as explains . "The Constitution granted the Supreme Court ultimate jurisdiction over all laws, especially those in which constitutionality was at issue. The court was also designated to rule on cases concerning treaties of the United States, foreign diplomats, admiralty practice, and maritime jurisdiction."

The prestige of the Court has only magnified with time, as has the controversy surrounding it. Oftentimes, people will decide to vote for a candidate based on the justices he or she will appoint or vote for. As a result, the Supreme Court has become "the most powerful judicial body in the world in terms of its central place in the U.S. political order. In times of constitutional crisis, for better or worse, it always played a definitive role in resolving the great issues of the time."
- 5 -

The number of minutes it can take for frostbite to overtake the human body in subzero temperatures. Please click the link below for tips on surviving these polarizing temperatures. Oh, and remember: We're less than 24 hours away from Springlike weather. Welcome to the Ohio Valley, folks!

Source: Business Insider
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

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