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

Friday, April 23, 2021
Ohio Governor DeWine Visits Jefferson County
On Monday, April 12th, Ohio Governor and Mrs. DeWine visited the Jefferson County Health Department’s vaccination center at the Fort Steuben Mall in Steubenville. The chamber staff, local elected officials, and health department officials were on hand to thank them for their hard work and dedication over the past year.
Come Walk With Us!
The Market Street Mile is Back for a Fourth Year!
From left to right, Chamber president, Tricia Maple, Jenn Cesta, from the Public Library of Steubenville & Jefferson County and Frank Secosky and Sean Ragusa, from Capital Recovery Systems, Inc.
Win a "Playaway" by participating in this year's Market Street Mile program. Donated by the Public Library of Steubenville & Jefferson County.
After a year (+) of cancellations and closures, the Chamber is happy to be bringing back the Market Street Mile, kicking things off on Tuesday, May 4th, and running through October. Two sponsors are on board this year to help make this unique program even better.

Capital Recovery Systems, Inc., a sponsor since the Market Street Mile first began in 2017, is helping provide water, snacks, and prizes for participants in addition to sunscreen, umbrellas, and other amenities that make the walk safe and comfortable. New this year, The Public Library of Steubenville & Jefferson County is donating earbuds to each participant that can be used with its "Playaway", a preloaded audio book that can be borrowed for up to 21 days from any local library branch. "It's the perfect way to listen to a book while you enjoy the walk," commented Jenn Cesta, Marketing Coordinator for the library. "The Playaway fits in the palm of your hand and can be checked out for free at any library location." One lucky Market Street Mile participant will win a Playaway donated by the library in a drawing to be held in October.

New to the Market Street Mile? Here's how it works...The "mile" is a walk from the Chamber offices at 630 Market Street, through downtown Steubenville, across the Market Street Bridge and back, which equals exactly one mile! It takes about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on your stride and speed. It's a great way to incorporate some fresh air and physical activity into your workday while enjoying downtown Steubenville and some amazing views.

The Chamber hosts the "MSM" Headquarters where walkers can store their belongings while they walk, and help themselves to a pick-me-up snack, water, and any other necessities they may need from sunscreen to umbrellas. There is also a sign-in sheet where you log your walks and enter for a chance to win some great prizes. There is no need to register or sign up and there's absolutely no charge. Last year, we had participants who walked every day, and some who stopped by to walk every so often. We even had some visitors to the area enjoy the program.

Remember, 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 Tuesday, May 4th, and extend through October 31st, giving everyone plenty of time to experience the downtown area and walk their way to a healthier lifestyle in 2021.
Watch Construction of the Wellsburg Bridge Lift Live!

Photo by Warren Scott

You've certainly heard about the new bridge that's being built across the Ohio River near Wellsburg, about 16 miles north of Wheeling, that will connect with Brilliant, Ohio. But did you know that you may view the final steps live? Click below, beginning Monday, for a front row seat. 

The Ohio Side Camera is at the west shore and shows the approximate area where the bridge will pass over OH Rt.7. The West Virginia Side Camera is about 1.5 miles upstream, where they are building the main span in a dockyard.

"Sometimes the videos can get exciting, like when a crane drives past," Martin E. Dougherty, project engineer with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, said via email. He also gave these details on the process: "They cut two notches in the shore and are building the bridge on two barges. The piers at the main span are designed to tie up the barges; they will resist the river forces exerted on the barges. The span will be jacked, and steel cribbing slid under it. Reposition the jacks, another lift, more cribbing. Repeat until span is in position. I’m sure this a piece of cake compared to, say, the new San Francisco Bay bridge. But, it’s exciting for us!"

The move will now begin at 8 a.m. on Monday and will continue over a 2-day period. The schedule is as follows:
MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2021
7:30 a.m. - Media begins to arrive, check-in, and set up
8:30 a.m. - Bridge will be floated out to the middle of the river
9 a.m. - Bridge will be floated downriver between the piers in the river
11 a.m. - Bridge will turn 90 degrees
1 p.m. - Bridge will be pushed upriver and positioned ready for lifting into place

3 a.m. - All systems and positioning will be checked
3:30 a.m. - Bridge will be lifted to the height needed to position over piers
11:30 a.m. - Once in the air, bridge will be pushed upstream over the bridge piers
12:30 p.m. - Once in position, bridge will be lowered onto the piers and positioned
3:30 p.m. - Once on the piers, jacking system will be lowered to clear bridge
4 p.m. - Barges with jacks will be pushed back upstream to barge slips. Once this action is completed, all river traffic will be cleared.
This Week's Featured Video

How the Pandemic Made Lumber America's Hottest Commodity

From the Wall Street Journal: "Demand for lumber has skyrocketed during the pandemic, sending prices to all-time highs. This video explains what’s driving the lumber boom, who’s profiting, and why those growing the trees aren’t reaping the benefits." Watch video by clicking "Play."

And don't forget to check out the official Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce YouTube channel!
36th Annual Trinity Health System
Chamber Golf Classic

The 2021 Trinity Health System Chamber Golf Classic is set for Tuesday, May 18th, at the Steubenville Country Club. 

This event is the Chamber's biggest fundraiser and a great way to promote your business, enjoy some friendly competition, or volunteer alongside fellow Chamber members and their employees.

Golf fees are $150 per player or $600 per team. Tee signs are $125 and double logo sponsorships (includes a logo tee sign and a logo box of balls to be given out at dinner) is $175. To register a team or sponsor a tee sign or double logo, please click here or contact the Chamber offices at 740.282.6226.
In such a challenging and uncertain time for local businesses, it was especially humbling to receive such support for this important fundraiser that helps the Chamber provide important services to its members. Thank you to the following businesses and individuals who helped make this year's golf outing a success:

2021 Sponsors:
Health Fair at "The Fort" - Today, Noon To 4 p.m.

The Jefferson County Health Department is hosting an event today to celebrate National Minority Health Month.

Program: Health Fair at “The Fort”
Purpose: Celebration of National Minority Health Month
Date: Friday, April 30th
Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Historic Fort Steuben
"Shop Where I Live" In Person & Online Workshops

The Chamber is making it easy for you to participate in the new "Shop Where I Live" online selling platform with ongoing webinars that will educate and inform you as to the many benefits and features of the platform. There is no charge with these. And please note that the online webinar times shown on the calendar are in Central Standard Time, one hour earlier than us. See below for details.

Shop Where I Live is free to Chamber members, takes just minutes to set up, and provides a 24/7 online shopping platform for your business or organization. Sell products, gift cards, or event tickets. Accept donations, provide downloadable coupons, and let prospective customers send you an inquiry. Isn't it time you had an online presence and an up-to-date promotional platform? We can help.

I. E-Commerce Best Practices
Friday, April 30th 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (CDT)

II. Monthly New Vendor Set Up
Thursday, May 6th 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. (CDT)

Virtual workshops will be held the second Wednesday of every month to explore a new feature of the Vendor Dashboard and how to best use it for your business. Each webinar will have a 15-minute tutorial on a specific feature of the platform, then 15 minutes for questions and answers and other tutorials, as needed. (Times shown are in Central Standard Time zone, which is one hour earlier than ours.)
"Creating the New Retail Experience"
Web Training Opportunity

Growing your business by converting more personal and digital visits into sales is more than just a sales number. To increase conversations and sales, you have to provide a consistent and unique experience for the client and the prospective client. This engaging training session will illustrate inexpensive ideas to get the affection of your clients, regain their trust, and benefit from their loyalty.

At the web training, you will learn store transformation, personalization, digital technology, and differentiating your company.

Please Note: Acceptance of RSVPs is limited to businesses and individuals in our 13-county service region which includes: Athens, Meigs, Washington, Morgan, Noble, Monroe, Belmont, Guernsey, Muskingum, Fairfield, Hocking, Perry, and Licking Counties.

This webinar will take place on Wednesday, May 5th, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT. The Facebook Event Page can be found here:

For more information, please contact Trenia Twyman, Ohio SBDC at Ohio University, at 740-597-1460 or via email at
Member Morsels

Member Morsels are free and an easy, fast way to reach hundreds each week. It reaches the entire Chamber database each Friday - that's over 850 local business owners, managers, and employees.
Remember to visit individual member websites by clicking on the business name or logo. Submit your Member Morsel by clicking the button below.
A Caring Place CAC
Virtual Happy Hour Fundraiser

On Monday, April 26th, from 8 p.m. to 9:40 p.m., A Caring Place will be hosting a Virtual Happy Hour to support child victims of sexual abuse in Jefferson County.

Join us for a fun night of mixology lessons and games!

We'll be using the online platform Social Hour to host our first-ever virtual fundraiser.

Once you have purchased a ticket, instructions for using Social Hour and instructions for the cocktails we'll be making will be emailed to you.

Bennigan's bartender, Sabrina, will be teaching us how to make two cocktails and a mocktail.

Prize drawings, 50/50, and games will occur throughout the night.

Tickets are $20 per person. Please contact the Center at 740-266-3988 or email:
Holmes and Watson Return to the Weirton Museum Stage

The game’s afoot once again when The Ohio Valley Cloak & Dagger Company presents "Cloak & Dagger On the Air: Holmes and Watson Return” at the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center on Saturday, April 24th, beginning at 7 p.m.

The two-hour production will be presented in the style of live radio drama and will feature brand-new adaptations of two classic stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: "The Five Orange Pips" and "The Boscombe Valley Mystery."

A small, in-person audience of 20 people will be permitted. To reserve seats, call (304) 224-1909, and Museum staff will confirm each reservation.

For those who can’t attend in person, the performance will be livestreamed on the Museum’s Facebook page. Admission to the event is donation-based. 

For those attending in person, all COVID-19 protocols will be followed, and social distancing and masks will be required. A hand-sanitizing station will be located at the Museum’s entrance.

WAMCC is located at 3149 Main St., Weirton. Doors for Saturday’s event will open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will begin promptly at 7 p.m.
Spring Virtual Information
Lunch and Learn

Thinking about college? Have admissions questions? Join Eastern Gateway Community College for a Virtual Spring Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, April 27th.

Grab your favorite lunch and join in to hear about our new programs, grants, and the admissions process.

During this event, our Admissions and Financial Aid teams will be able to get your questions answered. We are offering four sessions to accommodate your availability.

For more information, please contact Tiffany Frohnapfel at 740-266-9618 or via email here.

To register for a time that works best for you, please click the button below!
Give the Light of Hope to a Child
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

JOIN US! Live and In Person on Tuesday, April 27th, outside at The Historic Fort in Steubenville at 7:30 p.m. for CASA's 20th Annual Light of Hope event.

Funds raised will support Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteers in their tireless efforts for children.

By focusing on the best interests of abused children and advocating for them in court, CASA volunteers help place children in safe, permanent homes where they can thrive.

We hope you'll join us at home or in person and acknowledge child abuse awareness in a way that is meaningful to you. If attending in person, please wear your masks and practice social distancing during our event.

Your contribution is tax deductible.

Please make checks payable
and mail them to:

A Child's Place CASA, Ltd.
613 Main Street
Follansbee, WV 26037

For a downloadable flyer about this event, please click here.

Any questions, please call (304) 737-4444. Thank you for your support!
Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Free Enterprise Index: Pro-Business Voting Record Accountability

We often hear political candidates or legislators offer platitudes on supporting small business and job creators, but how do you know if they follow through when they are voting on bills as one of your elected representatives? It’s tough to quantify and monitor as a constituent, especially as a business owner who doesn’t have time to keep an eye on what’s happening on Capitol Square here in downtown Columbus. 

As our mission states, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce aggressively champions free enterprise, economic competitiveness and growth for the benefit of all Ohioans. But exactly what does that mean for business owners? It means the chamber has you covered to protect and fight for your interests, regardless if you are aware of what may or may not be affecting you throughout the policymaking process at any given time.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
Save Small Business Initiative:
A Year of Commitment and Action

A year ago, with the pandemic beginning to ravage the country, and our economy shutting down, the U.S. Chamber and the U.S. Chamber Foundation directed their people and resources to focus on helping small businesses.

Last April, we launched the Save Small Business Initiative, our commitment to helping small businesses recover and succeed. As we recover, we will continue fighting for small businesses–it's part of our DNA–with a continued focus on providing valuable information and effective advocacy.

Developed Small Business Resources

From the beginning of the pandemic, we developed practical content, advice, and answers when small businesses needed it the most. Here are some of our digital resource centers...

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
 The Library Link
 Great Books About Business With Just A Click

Please Note: The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County is open for curbside service. Visit to order books, then call your library branch to schedule an appointment to pick up your library items. Library branch contact information and operating hours are available by clicking here on this link from the website.

Your link to success begins at the library. With each week of "In The Know," 
 you to a business book or magazine that will inspire, teach, inform, or elevate you, professionally and personally. This week:

How Productive Disagreements Lead to Better Outcomes
by Ian Leslie

Drawing on advice from the world's leading experts on conflict and communication—from relationship scientists to hostage negotiators to diplomats—Ian Leslie, a columnist for the New Statesman, shows us how to transform the heat of conflict, disagreement, and argument into the light of insight, creativity, and connection, in a book with vital lessons for the home, workplace, and public arena.

Click here to borrow a copy of this book.
Today in History

- April 23, 1564 -
William Shakespeare born

From History: According to tradition, the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 23, 1564. It is impossible to be certain the exact day on which he was born, but church records show that he was baptized on April 26, and three days was a customary amount of time to wait before baptizing a newborn. Shakespeare’s date of death is conclusively known, however: it was April 23, 1616. He was 52 years old and had retired to Stratford three years before.

Although few plays have been performed or analyzed as extensively as the 38 plays ascribed to William Shakespeare, there are few surviving details about the playwright’s life. This dearth of biographical information is due primarily to his station in life; he was not a noble, but the son of John Shakespeare, a leather trader and the town bailiff...

...The first reference to Shakespeare as a London playwright came in 1592, when a fellow dramatist, Robert Greene, wrote derogatorily of him on his deathbed. It is believed that Shakespeare had written the three parts of Henry VI by that point. In 1593, Venus and Adonis was Shakespeare’s first published poem, and he dedicated it to the young Henry Wriothesley, the 3rd earl of Southampton.

In 1594, having probably composed, among other plays, Richard IIIThe Comedy of Errors, and The Taming of the Shrew, he became an actor and playwright for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, which became the King’s Men after James I’s ascension in 1603.

The company grew into England’s finest, in no small part because of Shakespeare, who was its principal dramatist. It also had the finest actor of the day, Richard Burbage, and the best theater, the Globe, which was located on the Thames’ south bank. Shakespeare stayed with the King’s Men until his retirement and often acted in small parts.

By 1596, the company had performed the classic Shakespeare plays Romeo and JulietRichard II, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That year, John Shakespeare was granted a coat of arms, a testament to his son’s growing wealth and fame.

In 1597, William Shakespeare bought a large house in Stratford. In 1599, after producing his great historical series, the first and second part of Henry IV and Henry V, he became a partner in the ownership of the Globe Theatre.

The beginning of the 17th century saw the performance of the first of his great tragedies, Hamlet. The next play, The Merry Wives of Windsor, was written at the request of Queen Elizabeth I, who wanted to see another play that included the popular character Falstaff. During the next decade, Shakespeare produced such masterpieces as OthelloKing LearMacbeth, and The Tempest. In 1609, his sonnets, probably written during the 1590s, were published. The 154 sonnets are marked by the recurring themes of the mutability of beauty and the transcendent power of love and art.

Shakespeare died in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1616. Today, over 400 years later, his plays are performed and read more often and in more nations than ever before. In a million words written over 20 years, he captured the full range of human emotions and conflicts with a precision that remains sharp today. As his great contemporary the poet and dramatist Ben Jonson said, “He was not of an age, but for all time.”

For more events that took place on
April 23rd, please click here.
Who Says Americans Don't Read?

Did You Know?

  • Print book sales figures have improved over the last five years and unit sales now amount to over 650 million per year.
  • Print also remains the most popular book format among U.S. consumers, with more than 65 percent of adults having read a print book in the last twelve months.
  • Meanwhile, audiobook sales in 2019 generated over one billion U.S. dollars in revenue, and the number of titles produced also grew year-on-year.
  • The most popular genre of adult nonfiction books in the U.S. is Religion/Faith.

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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
Hannah Ward
Administrative & Membership Coordinator

Contact Hannah with changes to your membership information, questions regarding events or programs, or assistance with scheduling an Eblast or Member Morsel.
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 related to Chamber membership.
Craig Cribbs, Reso, Inc.
Billing Support
Contact Craig with invoice or billing questions and to make a dues, event or sponsorship payment.
Contact Us
The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285