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

Friday, March 15, 2019
Today's Featured Video

Master the Art of Networking
From Nervous Wreck to Networking Master

Most of us probably struggle with networking. In this week's video, Michelle Tillis Lederman, CSP, CPA, PCC, speaker, trainer, and author specializing in workplace communications and relationships, gives four logical steps to becoming a networking master: ask curious questions, listen and probe (or share), connect and find similarities, and the close.
2019 Golf Classic Just
Around the Corner

I t may be hard to believe when you look outside, but plans are already underway for the Chamber’s 2019 Golf Classic. Please mark your calendars now for Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 when we will tee off at the Steubenville Country Club with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Trinity Health System is graciously serving as the 2019 Title Sponsor once again.
As always, we have lots of ways for you and your business or organization to be involved. From fielding a team to volunteering, becoming a sponsor, donating a door prize or coming out for a great steak dinner, there’s something for everyone and it truly is a fun day of competition, food, drink and networking. 
We are looking forward to a great event and hope to see you in the spring. Click here for the 2019 Golf Classic printable brochure and registration form. Contact the Chamber offices at 740.282.6226 with any questions or for sponsorship and team information.
First Friday
Date: Friday, April 5th
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Margaret's Cafe
805 North 5th Street, Toronto

Coffee and Connections
Date: Wednesday, April 10th
Time: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
587 Bantam Ridge Rd Unit B, Steubenville
First Friday
Date: Friday, May 3rd
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: JC Wine Cellars
8306 State Route 43, East Springfield

2019 Chamber Golf Classic
Date: Tuesday, May 21st
413 Lovers Lane, Steubenville

Modern Marketing 101:
10 Video Marketing Statistics for 2019

This week, we present an infographic from SocialMediaToday t hat explains why video marketing is an essential part of your social media strategy. In it, you'll learn why the following statistics are so important:

  • Video is the best performing content type on Facebook
  • Tweets with video see 10x more engagement than those without - and Promoted Tweets with videos save more than 50% on cost-per-engagement
  • LinkedIn users are 20x more likely to share a video on the platform than any other type of post
  • Pinterest users are 2.6x more likely to make a purchase after viewing brand video content on the platform

From last week: If you're a writer or even a reader, then you probably love longform articles and pieces. However, as this writer/content specialist opines , longform work does not play well on social media, especially if you're marketing your business. In fact, a successful approach to social media writing can be summed up in one pithy phrase: Get to the point!

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.

O hio Valley Natural Relief LLC (OVNR) Medical Marijuana Dispensary will be holding a Medical Marijuana Community Awareness Forum to help educate the local community and answer any questions people may have about medical marijuana. Hosted by Michael Petrella, CEO and owner of OVNR, the forum will be held on Thursday, March 21st, at 6 p.m. at Belmont College, located at 68094 Hammond Road in St. Clairsville.

Admission is free. For more information, please call 740-792-4267 or follow them on Facebook .
The Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women present A Wine and Shoe Extravaganza

On March 29th at the new Hidden Acres Lodge & Winery , the Ohio Valley Business & Professional Women will present their annual Wine & Shoe Extravaganza. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy wine and beautiful shoes as guests vie for the title of "Best in Shoe" and cast their votes for Woman of the Year! Proceeds are used to award three scholarships to local women and men pursing higher education. Tickets are $25 and sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Nicole Adamski at or 724-601-6360 or Phyllis Riccadonna at or 74 0-317-3868. Click here for complete details and a full page flier.
Steubenville Tailorings would like to welcome Debi Vukelic as its Sales Director and Bespoke Custom Suit Clothier. You can schedule an appointment at their location 2402 Sunset Blvd. in Steubenville or she can come to your office at your convenience. For more information, please call 740-314-5316 or email here .
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Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
The Clock is Ticking Toward Insolvency For Ohio’s Unemployment Compensation Fund

For several years now, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce has been sounding the alarm bell about the ticking time bomb that is our broke and broken Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. The Chamber’s public policy priorities included a call to address the causes of rising unemployment compensation taxes as far back as January 2015. Three separate bills have been introduced since that time seeking to fix the problem, but none have passed. Lawmakers are aware of the problem, but still nothing has been done to fix it.

Now, a new report from the U.S. Department of Labor underscores the bleak situation:

Ohio’s unemployment compensation system is on the brink of insolvency according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2019 Trust Fund Solvency Report.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here .
'Never Give Up!':
Lessons and Learnings from Four Highly Successful Women Entrepreneurs

This week, women entrepreneurs from across the country shared the challenges they’ve faced and some of the secrets to their success at the latest U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Series event held in partnership with MetLife.

Many of the challenges the women shared at the event in Houston, TX, will be familiar to every small business owner: How do you hire the right people, find working capital, and grow your business? But they also face unique challenges and are creating unique solutions.

One common challenge for all entrepreneurs – men and women alike – is finding enough time in the day to accomplish all the tasks needed to run a small business.

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:

Connect to the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County with reliable resources of information like this eResource: Business Source Premier.

Business Source Premier is the industry's most widely used business research database. 
It features full text and searchable cited references for top journals and covers a variety of business disciplines.

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

- March 15, 44 B.C. -

Roman politician and military general Julius Caesar was stabbed in the back by his friend, Marcus Brutus, as so vividly dramatized in William Shakespeare's Tragedy of Julius Caesar soon after a soothsayer warns him to "beware the Ides of March." As he dies, Caesar famously looks at his friend-turned-assassin and asks a simple question: "Et tu, Brute?" ("And you, Brutus?")

According to , "Shakespeare’s source for the play was Thomas North’s Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans , which detailed the murder of Caesar in 44 B.C. Caesar’s friends and associates feared his growing power and his recent self-comparison to Alexander the Great and felt he must die for the good of Rome. North’s work translated a French version of Plutarch, which itself had been translated from Latin. Shakespeare’s version was written about 1599 and performed at the newly built Globe Theater."

Shakespeare's play is filled with many memorable and haunting observations. We leave you with this one:

“Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear; seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.”
- $5,600,000,000 -

The amount of money that will be spent on
St. Patrick's Day this year.

Source: WalletHub
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