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

April 6, 2018
Today's Featured Video

Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?
Here are 5 Ways You Can Break Free from the iPhone/Android Spell

Do you find yourself looking at your smartphone during important business (or even personal) conversations? Do you resent when others look at their phones when you're trying to talk with them? However you cut it, allowing yourself to be distracted by a device during a face-to-face interaction is bad form and shows terrible manners. It can forever alter how people view you as a person and as a professional. This week's video offers five ways in which you can break free from the pervasive compulsion to see what's happening on your smartphone.
Herald-Star Speaker Series to Feature John Quinones
Have you ever been watching the news or reading an article and seen an incident that made you wonder what you would do in that situation? Seven time Emmy Award winner John Quinones challenges these thoughts on his ABC show "What Would You Do?" and is bringing his knowledge on ethics and character to the Steubenville area for the Herald-Star Speaker Series.
For more than thirty-five years Quinones has worked for ABC news, and has been awarded for his participation on Primetime Live , 20/20 , and Burning Questions - The Poisoning of America . He has built his career on the idea of encouraging individuals to take the right path rather than the easy one, an example shown in this video . With his knowledge, experience, and down-to-earth nature, Quinones offers a presentation perfect for all ages. To read more about the series you may visit the Herald-Star by clicking here , or refer to our "Mark Your Calendar" section below. Want a chance to win tickets? Tell WTRF what you would do for two tickets and they could select you to see the show with news anchors Tate Blanchard and Laurie Conway. Enter by clicking here and completing a short form.
Don't Forget "First Friday" Tonight at JC Wine Cellars!

Come see what all the fuss is about. "First Friday" has become one of our members' favorite events. It's casual and fun with no speaker, agenda, or program. Just an enjoyable way to end the work week on the first Friday of each month with fellow members, great food and drink, prizes, and more. April's host is
JC Wine Cellars in East Springfield, Ohio - stop by any time from 5 to 7 this evening.

If you've never experienced JC Wine Cellars, now's the time to do it. Owners Janet & Gary Meal have been wowing diners for 20 years with their amazing menu and unique atmosphere. No RSVP necessary for First Friday, but if you plan to stay for dinner, reservations are strongly suggested. Phone 740-543-4200. Check out the complete menu by clicking here. JC Wine Cellars is located at 8306 State Route 43 in East Sprinfgfield - just 20 minutes from Steubenville.
Modern Marketing 101: Breaking Through the Social Media Noise
This week's installment of Modern Marketing 101 addresses the pervasive noise of social media platforms, where users are scrolling through content at rapid rates and advertisers are vying for even a second of their attention. In an interview with Forbes , Elena Hansen of SWIM Social explains how she has effectively pushed her voice to the top of the pack.

Here is a list of our previous installments for you to print and save for a social media manual you can refer to again and again.

Member Morsels
Remember to visit individual member websites by clicking on the business name or logo.
Because of expected inclement weather, the date for Franciscan University's Third Annual Hilltop Communities Block Party has been rescheduled for a later date. This event is open to all who live in the hilltop communities. The day will feature face painting, a cookout, snow cones, music, football, Frisbee, and other activities.

Saturday, April 21st, 2018
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tower of Power Church parking lot
1310 Maryland Avenue Steubenville, OH

The snow is clearing and spring is among us. M&M True Value has all of the essentials you need to get your yard in tiptop shape for summer. Checkout their local ad for discounts on mulch, shovels, grills, and much more. M&M hardware knows your yard isn't the only thing that needs spring cleaning, which is why they also have great deals on paint and tools as well. Click here to scroll through the savings.
Trinity WorkCare is excited to announce that it has relocated as of Monday, April 2, 2018 to 380 Summit Ave in Steubenville. Some may recognize this location as the ground floor at the Trinity East Campus. The relocation will provide Trinity with additional space that will contribute to the growing of their business while allowing for the convenience of remaining on one of their campuses. To schedule you may call 740.264.0087. To reach the business office you may call 740.264.4250.
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Coffee & Connections
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
587 Bantam Ridge Road - Wintersville
Price: $10 per person, $12 if invoiced
RSVP by clicking here .
*As a courtesy to the caterer please remember to RSVP

April's event is going to be a special one hosted by The Jefferson County Farm Bureau with its board members serving as celebrity chefs, concocting made-to-order omelettes with your favorite fillings. All of the ingredients featured will be locally sourced! Chamber member orientation will immediately follow. New and old Chamber members welcome. Learn about the latest Chamber programs and how to get the most from your dues investment. No charge and you need not attend Coffee & Connections.
CPR/AED/First Aid Training Class
Thursday, April 12th, 2018
4 p.m to 7 p.m.
Jefferson County Chamber Offices
630 Market Street, Steubenville
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.
Jefferson County Safety Council Luncheon
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
11:30 a.m. Registration & Lunch
12 p.m. 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: Linda C. Ghindea - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Industrial Hygienist
Topic: "Listen Up - Elements of a Hearing Conservation Program"
Learn about the requirements to do noise monitoring in a facility or business, the possibility of engineering the noise out, the steps in developing a complete hearing conservation program, how much is too much noise according to OSHA and the proper use of hearing protection.
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 .

Sponsored by Trinity Health System and Eastern Gateway Community College
2018 Quarterly Workshop Series Marketing 101
Thursday, April 26th, 2018
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
320 North 4th St, Steubenville
This three-hour session is for any business owner or manager, from those new to it to long-timers who have been at it for years. Every business, organization and non-profit will benefit from this comprehensive workshop, leaving with solid, doable strategies and useful information. The session will begin with brief informational comments followed by 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.
Price: $30 Chamber members
Non-members: $45
To RSVP 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. Space is limited. Click here to register your team today.
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
Legislating Away Harassment?
3 Main Legislative Paths Emerge So Far in the #MeToo Era

As many who follow legislative trends know, a tremendous buzz has arisen from several months of high profile sexual harassment (and worse) reports and allegations involving high profile men, and what changes might transpire as a result. While many legal developments that seem like big deals when the law is passed, or the case decided ultimately don’t significantly change employers’ day to day lives, it seems that something more significant is afoot here … exactly what that something is, is still a work in progress.

On the legislative front, it seems there are three main thrusts so far:

  • Attacking confidentiality provisions in agreements resolving harassment disputes. As our Jennifer Stocker wrote, the federal tax law passed in December 2017 curtails the business expense deduction for payments made in resolving a harassment dispute if that resolution is subject to a confidentiality provision. The idea is that confidentiality provisions protect bad actors. 

Read the article in its entirety by clicking   here
In for a Shock?
Here’s Where Your State Stacks Up on Electricity Prices

Every day, Americans depend on electricity to power our lives – and every month, we pay for that power via an electric bill. Today, those electric bills represent the largest utility bill for everyday Americans, accounting for over 7% of monthly housing expenditures.

However, not all of us pay the same amount for that power. In fact, there’s a pretty wide disparity.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute recently released its annual state-by-state comparison of electricity prices. In a blog post, GEI Senior Director for Policy Heath Knakmuhs detailed some of the top-line findings as well as some of the variation across states:

In 2017, we actually have the highest national average retail electricity price of the past four years: 10.54 cents/kWh. This tops the 2016, 2015, and 2014 national average rates of 10.28, 10.42, and 10.13 cents/kWh, respectively. However, that does not mean that everyone is paying more. 

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:

Business Plans That Work:
A Guide for Small Business
Andrew Zacharakis, Stephen Spinelli, and Jeffry A. Timmons

Business Plans That Work: A Guide for Small Business is a concise handbook that will show you how to turn ideas into profit. This informative resource offers expert guidance on how to identify and shape ideas and opportunities correctly to ensure the most successful outcome by providing an easy-to-follow template that shows you how to write, adapt, focus, and revise a persuasive business plan that converts into profits and attracts top talent. Using this reference, you’ll be better able to accurately assess your strengths and determine exactly what needs to be done to make your plan work.

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

- April 6, 1968 -

The landmark science-fiction film, 2001: A Space Odyssey , was released . Directed by the ever-versatile Stanley Kubrick, the film was based on Arthur C. Clarke's short story, "The Sentinel." Kubrick and Clarke collaborated on the screenplay, which began life under the title A Journey Beyond the Stars . The result was a story spanning four million years and three hours of screentime. Most remarkable, only 40 minutes of dialogue was spoken throughout the entire picture. In a gutsy move, Kubrick elected to have long stretches of silence and purposely developed a languid pace for the film. Perhaps it shouldn't have been surprising, then, when 2001: A Space Odyssey elicited a mixed reaction from critics and audiences alike, cementing its place in cinematic history as one of the most controversial films of all time. For more information on the impact Kubrick's film has had, please see this article .

- 19 -

Where Ohio ranks in a recent study of the most stressed states. For comparison, West Virginia comes in at No. 3 and Pennsylvania at No. 27. Here are 16 ways you can relieve stress in your daily life.
Source: WalletHub
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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 King
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.
Geena Diomedi
Administrative Coordinator

Geena is your go-to for assisting with an Eblast or In The Know blurb, answering questions about the Chamber's social media platforms or getting contact information for other chamber members.

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.