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

April 13, 2018
Today's Featured Video

Understanding U.S. Trade with China less than 2 minutes!

It's been all over the news that a trade war between the United States and China is brewing. As President Donald Trump challenges the U.S.-China trade deficit, the stock market has responded with fluctuating levels of uncertainty about the potential impact this confrontation could have on us domestically. In this informative and entertaining video, CNNMoney 's Vanessa Yurkevich takes a quick, but deep dive into the actual monetary figures of U.S.-China trade relations.
The "Market Street Mile" Is Back For Its Second Year
The clouds are finally clearing and the weather is warming up, which means it is time once again time for the Market Street Mile. The walk is from the Chamber offices, down Market Street, across the bridge and back, which equals exactly one mile! It's a great way to incorporate some fresh air and physical activity into your work day. The Chamber transforms one of its offices into MSM Headquarters - walkers can store their belongings while they walk and also help themselves to a pick-me-up snack, water, and any other necessities they may need from sunscreen to umbrellas. There will also be a sign-in sheet where you log your walks and enter for a chance to win some great prizes.

There's no need to register and there's no cost. Just walk any time during the Chamber's regular business hours of Monday through Thursday, 9 to 4 and Friday, 9 to 1. The event will kick-off Monday, April 30th, and extend through October, giving everyone plenty of time to experience the downtown area and walk their way to a healthier lifestyle in 2018. Interested in sponsoring the Market Street Mile? There are still a few openings. Contact Tricia Maple at
Administrative Professionals Day Is
Just Around The Corner

Did you know Wednesday, April 25, 2018 is National Administrative Professionals Day? Its a day to celebrate the work of your assistants, secretaries, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals--and our chamber members can help. Below is a list of local, member businesses who can help you choose the perfect way to say, "thanks." Don't forget to let your support staff know just how much you appreciate them on April 25th.
Modern Marketing 101: How to Have Online Charisma
Do you remember when Wendy's had a Twitter War of Words with a user who accused them of not serving fresh meat? As this week's installment of Modern Marketing 101 from PCMag explains, Wendy's response was unique and innovative because it sounded like a real person was engaging in an actual exchange, as opposed to a PR representative spewing the company line. Since then, wit and snark have become the trademarks of Wendy's social-media presence. Giving your business a few dashes of online charisma is crucial to engaging customers. However, the level of charisma and personality is a delicate balancing act, especially in an era where individual sensitivities are at an all-time high. This article is a great guide to developing and balancing your social-media personality with professionalism.

Here is a list of our previous installments of Modern Marketing for you to print, save and add to your social media marketing manual.

Member Morsels
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On Friday, April 20, 2018, Sienna Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation , which is part of Continuing Healthcare Solutions, will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The price of admission is $8. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, and dessert. Both eat-in or carry-out are available. All proceeds benefit our LPN, Lila Cross, to help with medical expenses. There will also be a 50/50, Chinese auction, and DJ. Please contact Michelle Bowman, Admissions, Marketing Director, for any further information at 740-264-5245 or by email here .
Franciscan University and Eastern Gateway Community College Announce New Agreements for Business Degrees

Father Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville , and Dr. Jimmie Bruce, president of Eastern Gateway Community College , have signed articulation agreements that now enable Ohio Valley residents to obtain business degrees from both schools at less cost and without leaving the local area.

Qualified students can graduate with an associate degree from EGCC and then transfer their credits to Franciscan University to complete a bachelor’s degree in business management or accounting. The agreements, signed on April 10th, are expected to lead to similar agreements in other fields, including education and the health professions.

“We focused on these two agreements first because they represent an opportunity for the revitalization of the economic growth of the Ohio Valley,” said Father Sheridan. “Hopefully, many of these students will stay here and contribute to the workforce and help improve the economic status of people in the Ohio Valley.”

Father Sheridan said he was “grateful for the hard work put in by the chair of the Business Department, Dr. Thomas Kelly, and accounting professor Don Materniak, who spent many hours” working out the details to ensure that students complete the proper courses to meet Franciscan University’s entrance requirements. Calling it “a seamless educational path for students,” Kelly said students must graduate from Eastern Gateway with an associate of arts in business with a grade point average of at least 2.0 to be admitted to Franciscan University.

“This should greatly assist local students to complete their bachelor’s of science degree in accounting or management in four years, at less cost, and without leaving the local community,” he said.

The above information is from a press release courtesy of Franciscan University.
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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
Sixth Circuit Rules Transgender and Transitioning Employees Protected from Discrimination in Ohio

Recently, the Sixth Circuit (which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee) held that Title VII, the federal anti-discrimination law, provides transgender and transitioning employees with protection from employment-related discrimination.

In  that case , an employee worked as a funeral director when she decided to transition from male to female. As part of the transition, she began representing herself, and dressing as, a woman at work. Soon after learning of this decision, the funeral home terminated her, because she was “no longer going to represent [herself] as a man” and because she “wanted to dress as a woman.”

While the court has not created a new group of protected employees (that could only be done by congress), it did hold that discrimination on the basis of transgender and transitioning status is in fact discrimination on the basis of sex, which is already prohibited under Title VII.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking   here
Keith Hernandez, Game Winning RBI,
and How Pay Ratio Strikes Out

If you ask most people about Keith Hernandez, some might recall his career as a professional baseball player, while more still would remember him from his recurring role on the immensely popular sitcom Seinfeld. But did you know he also holds the major league record for most game-winning RBIs in a season and all-time? If you’re shaking your head, you’re not alone. Even major league baseball has discarded the stat because it’s virtually meaningless.

Bruce Weber, author and journalism professor at New York University, explains:

    The main problem with the game-winning r.b.i. was that it did not adequately distinguish the achievement it was meant to reward. Even a casual fan understands that hitting a routine single in an early inning to drive in the first run of a 10-0 victory is a lesser accomplishment than clobbering the decisive home run in the bottom of the ninth. Yet each qualified as a game-winning r.b.i.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking   here .
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  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:

Talk Like TED:
The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds
Carmine Gallo

By revealing the top nine secrets of the most successful TED Talks ever given, bestselling author and communications guru Carmine Gallo gives readers the ultimate guide to public speaking.  
View or download the book by clicking here .
Today in History

- April 13, 1743 -

Founding Father and future third president of the United States Thomas Jefferson was born in Shadwell, Virginia. The principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was, to paraphrase one biographer, an enigma. He was a walking contradiction, at once a brilliant political theorist whose insights and writings are still mined by politicians and philosophers of all stripes, yet also a man who was known for his informality and casual attitude. He was a strong believer in liberty and even advocated for the abolition of slavery, yet he owned slaves and possibly even fathered a son by one. Above all, he was and continues to be fascinating. For more information on President Jefferson, please see this article .

- 8,100,000,000 -

The number of hours Americans spend preparing their tax returns each year. By comparison, it only took 22,000,000 hours to build Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world's largest building. For more mind-blowing facts about Tax Day (this coming Tuesday!), click the link below.
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.