In The Kn o w
The Weekly Newsletter o f The Jeffers o n C o unty Ch a mber o f C o mmerce   

June 15, 2018
Red Cross Kicks Off Crucial Campaign Nationwide
Please make donating a part of your summer plan.
As part of an international movement, the American Red Cross launched its "Missing Types" campaign on June 11th. The purpose is to raise awareness of the need for blood donors to ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients. During the campaign, iconic corporate and civic brands, celebrities and other influential people will remove the letters A, O & B - the main blood groups - from their names, signage, websites and other platforms to illustrate the critical role that every blood donor plays. (Check out the heading of today's newsletter above). Just some of the national partners include Oreo, Facebook, Google and Major League Baseball.

Some interesting and astounding statistics;
  • Every two seconds, someone in the US needs blood.
  • 45% of the general public know someone who has been helped by a blood transfusion.
  • It only takes about 30 minutes to give blood and it's relatively painless and easy.
  • For every unit of blood donated, 3 lives are impacted.
  • You do not need to know your blood type to donate.

Please join the Chamber in its efforts to encourage blood donations in Jefferson County. Two opportunities to give are coming up this month. Make donating one of your summertime goals. You never know when the person in need of blood will be someone you love. Register to donate online at or by calling 1-800-733-2767.

Jefferson County Media Blood Donor Day
Wednesday, June 20th - 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Florian Hall, Wintersville

Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission Blood Drive
Thursday, June 28th - 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Towers Building, 500 Market St. in downtown Steubenville.
Today's Featured Video

The Danger of Too Much News
It could be drowning out the real news in your life...

We live in a news-obsessed culture. Walk into many places of business, and you'll find a television on mute or low volume tuned in to one of the major news channels. Our social-media feeds are rapidly flowing streams of in-the-moment updates and breaking news. Many of us receive up-to-the-second notifications on our devices about the latest happenings in Washington and Hollywood. But is this never-ending inundation of information healthy in the long run? Check out this week's video for more insight into a phenomenon that worries many experts and can take its toll on you.
Modern Marketing 101:
The Social Media Platform the Internet Forgot
When devising your social-media marketing strategy, it's easy to forget about Pinterest. Pinterest is just the place where people get new recipes and prom ideas and share photos of their crafts...right?

Over at Marketing Land, Jessica Foster asserts otherwise. She believes now is the prime time for businesses to harness the traffic-driving power of Pinterest, primarily because most SEOs and content marketers dismiss the platform as being too insignificant to matter in one's social-
media marketing strategy. In fact, it's possible that your business could be better-suited for Pinterest than for the social-media platforms the majority are already using. Click on the Marketing Land link above to view this week's installment of Modern Marketing 101: "How to use Pinterest to drive high-volume traffic on auto-pilot."

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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Don't Miss the Last Day of the 2018 Greek Festival!
The Holy Trinity Greek Festival will wrap up its 32nd year this evening with the tastes and sounds of Greece in downtown Steubenville. There is still time to enjoy delicious traditional foods, music and dance plus tours of the beautiful Holy Trinity Greek church. Located at 300 South 4th Street, the festival will run from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Eat in or carry out for lunch or dinner. To view the complete menu, click here . For more information, please visit the festival's website here or its Facebook page here .
The 2018 Dean Martin Hometown Celebration will be held tomorrow, Saturday, June 16th, in downtown Steubenville. There is a great schedule of events and activities to enjoy this year. The Steubenville and Jefferson County Visitors Center has all the information you need with a complete program that you may view and print by clicking here. There is also more information on the Dean Martin Festival website. Click here to visit.
Froehlich's Classic Corner located at 501 Washington Street in Steubenville has up to 3000 square feet of office space available for rent in its downtown building. The move-in ready office suites are secure, conveniently located and available to rent with either short or long term leases. Office furnishings are also available. Please call 740-283-9901 for details.
The Ohio Valley Youth Network will be hosting its "Rising Stars" Concert f eaturing 17 of the the top young artists in the valley, including the "Valley's Got Talent" overall winners Elisha Fletcher and Savannah Grant ( American Idol ). This year's "Rising Stars" Concert will take place at the Berkman Amphitheatre adjacent to Historic Fort Steuben on Sunday, June 17th, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free of charge. If you enjoyed the Valley's Got Talent Competition, you will love this concert! For more information, please call or text Bobbyjon Bauman at 608-556-3068.
Are you looking for a unique way to to honor your dad this Father's Day? Consider purchasing an engraved brick from Historic Fort Steuben for installation around the Veterans Memorial Fountain this fall. Each brick is $50 for members of Historic Fort Steuben and $65 for non-members. A card announcing the gift will be sent to the honoree. For more information, please call 740-283-1787 or email .
Eastern Gateway Community College will be hosting a workshop titled, "The Anatomy of Prejudice" on Thursday, June 21st from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Pugliese Training Center in Steubenville. Participants will explore the problems of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and ethnocentrism along with the responsibility shared by all for illuminating and eliminating them. This workshop is approved for 6 hours of continuing education by many Ohio organizations. The cost is $80 which includes workshop materials, lunch and refreshments. To register or for more information, call 740.264.5591, Ext. 1910.
Show your Chamber pride by including the new "Proud Member" seal on your website, marketing materials or mailer. Did you know that businesses that belong to a chamber of commerce are seen as more reputable by the general public? It's true. Download a jpg of the new logo   here.
The Happy Fair returns! From August 14th to August 19th, the 2018 Jefferson County Fair will be held in Smithfield, Ohio. Featuring food, fun, and merriment for all ages, there are also plenty of opportunities to get your business involved in the festivities. The information on this year's fair can be found at its website and on its Facebook page .
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Jefferson County Safety Council Luncheon
Eastern Gateway Community College
Founder's Hall - Ground Level
Lunch catered by  Manfred's Lounge & Catering
Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
11:30 a.m. Registration & Lunch
12 p.m. Presentation
Cost: $15 Per Person
To RSVP or pay online, click here.

Speaker: Erica Lyon, Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator for the Ohio State University Jefferson County Extension Office
Topic:  "Backyard Nuisances - Ticks and Poison Ivy"
This month's speaker will discuss how to identify poison ivy and the types of ticks that are the most dangerous as well as strategies for controlling these nuisances at home, at work or when you travel. Bring your tick and poisonous plant questions!
There will be no "First Friday" in July due to Fourth of July festivities.
We will resume the event on Friday, August 3rd. Watch "In The Know" for more details.
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
Senate Bill 250 Looks to Protect
Ohio's Infrastructure

Anti-infrastructure activists have become increasingly active across the United States. In response, several states have taken steps to enhance criminal penalties to deter and punish activity that damages or intrudes upon critical infrastructure such as public utility facilities, critical manufacturers and transportation routes. An Ohio Senate panel took up SB 250 last week, legislation which would take proactive steps to protect infrastructure here. The Ohio Chamber testified as a proponent of the bill.

Energy infrastructure is among the most sensitive types of facilities in the country and attacks targeting them are increasing. There are numerous examples of electric substations being vandalized and even shot at. As construction of new pipeline routes continue to be built in Ohio it is critical to responsibly and safely protect Ohio’s abundant resources.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking   here
Costs of Recent Trade Policies Rack Up 

Our nation’s critical trading relationships are growing more complicated by the day. Using a combination of tariffs and tough negotiating tactics, the Trump administration is attempting to solve a number of real and serious trade challenges facing America around the world. Its approach, however, runs the risk of erasing the recent economic gains it worked so hard to secure through tax and regulatory relief without even solving the underlying problems.

To be clear, the administration is right to call attention to the trade barriers that American companies face and demand reform from our partners. But our strategy must take aim at the right problems, not trade deficits. It must also take aim at the right targets, not our closest allies. Unfortunately, the growing list of tariffs proposed or imposed by our government, as well as the continued uncertainty over the future of NAFTA, is already taking a toll on businesses.

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:

Off the Clock:
Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done
by Laura Vanderkam

Laura Vanderkam, the acclaimed author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast , isn't like other time-management gurus. She's not trying to shave off 30 seconds here or there; she's interested in the emotional and psychological side of the 168 hours everyone has each week. Her core message is that you have more time than you think you do, and you can feel less stressed while getting more done.

Vanderkam has packed this book with insights from busy, yet relaxed professionals, including "time makeovers" of people who are learning how to use these tools. Off the Clock can inspire the rest of us to create lives that are not only productive, but enjoyable in the moment.
View or download the book by clicking here .
Today in History

- June 15, 1215 -

The Magna Carta, one of the most important legal documents in history, was given the royal seal by King John of England. According to History , " The document, essentially a peace treaty between John and his barons, guaranteed that the king would respect feudal rights and privileges, uphold the freedom of the church, and maintain the nation’s laws. Although more a reactionary than a progressive document in its day, the Magna Carta was seen as a cornerstone in the development of democratic England by later generations."

King John ultimately sealed the document because he had no other choice: the number of barons opposing him represented a force far greater than even the throne itself. Like the rest of his reign, the document ultimately failed, with civil war soon breaking out and John reneging on his word almost as soon as he sealed it. However, the ideas put forth in the Magna Carta, primarily the fact that no ruler should be above the law, persist to this day.
- $0.55 -

The average increase in Ohio gas prices per gallon compared to this time last year. In fact, motorists can expect to spend $250 more on gas this summer than in 2017.

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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Steubenville, OH 43952
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