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

Friday, May 21, 2021
This Week's Featured Video

How India’s Covid Crisis Got Out of Control
From the Wall Street Journal: "India's Covid-19 crisis has resulted in record numbers of cases and deaths. WSJ breaks down the chain of events that led to the fastest-growing wave of infection since the pandemic started, and what it means for the world." Watch the video by clicking "Play."

And don't forget to check out the official Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce YouTube channel!
Thanking the Sponsors of the Annual Golf Classic
& Celebrating Our Winners

This past Tuesday, the Chamber hosted its Annual Golf Classic at the Steubenville Country Club. A great time was had by golfers and non-golfers alike. 

"The weather was really great - just about perfect," Tricia Maple, Chamber president, said. "We had 23 teams and lots of great volunteers." The GPC Contracting team took first place with a score of -15.

Many thanks to the sponsors, volunteers, and golfers who made this event a great success. Special thanks to the 2021 golf outing committee, including John Cucarese, from New York Life, Jen Cesta from the Public Library of Steubenville & Jefferson County, Jim Morgan, past Chamber chairman, Brad Degenkolb, from the Holiday Inn of Weirton, and Chris Orris from Valley Hospice, Inc.

2021 Sponsors:
2021 Golf Outing Committee:

  • John Cucarese, Chair, New York Life
  • Jenn Cesta, Public Library of Steubenville & Jefferson County
  • Chris Orris, Valley Hospice, Inc.
  • Brad Degenkolb, Holiday Inn of Weirton
  • Jim Morgan, Past Chamber Board Chair
  • Hannah Ward, Chamber Staff
2021 Golf Teams:
  • Trinity Health System
  • GPC Contracting
  • Hollywood Shopping Center
  • City of Steubenville
  • Team Automotive
  • Steel Valley Tank
  • DeNoon Lumber Company
  • Hancock County Savings Bank
  • MPB Print & Sign Superstore
  • Oklok-Criss Insurance
  • JE Dunn
  • The Ohio River Collieries Company
  • Eastern Gateway Community College
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • New York Life - John Cucarese
  • Newbrough Photo
  • I.B.E.W. - Local Union 246
  • Diocese of Steubenville
  • Lightness 1 All
  • WITTS Services
  • McKinley Architecture & Engineering
  • WesBanco
Event Volunteers:
  • Jessica Kelley, Trinity Health System
  • Jessica Elias, Apollo Pro Cleaning
  • Cristen Tarquinio, EGCC
  • Melanie DiCarlo, EGCC
  • Leanna Lulla, EGCC
  • Tiffany Frohnapfel, EGCC
  • Jim Kosikowski, Office Max
  • Jeffrey Schuetz, Schuetz Funeral Home
  • Scott Lockhart, Hancock County Savings Bank
  • Jenn Cesta, Public Library of Steubenville & Jefferson County
  • Chris Orris, Valley Hospice Inc.
  • Kate Sedgmer, Capital Healthcare/Carriage Inn of Steubenvile
  • Adam Perzanowski, Milestone Company
  • Catherine Poludniak, Trinity Health System
  • Laurie Labishak, Trinity Health System
  • Laura Rauch, United Way of Jefferson County
  • Brad Degenkolb, Holiday Inn Weirton
  • Tami Cashioli, United Way of Jefferson County
  • Michael Vok, Ohio Valley Down Syndrome Support Group
The Chamber's Project Workforce program, launched in 2020, is designed to help improve the connection between businesses and quality employees. Many local businesses are struggling, as business returns to normal, to fill important jobs that are crucial to daily operations. The Chamber wants to assist them by getting the word out to job seekers, local and out of the area, who may be a good fit as quality, skilled workers.
The Chamber Job Bank is an online, job posting tool available to all members, free of charge. When a member submits job opening information to the Chamber Job Bank, they will receive the following, at no charge: 
  • Their listing information sent to our 800+ database of member businesses and organizations and their employees.
  • Their listing information posted to the Chamber job bank at
  • A post to the chamber Facebook page with their listing details. (1800 followers) 
  • Personal assistance from Dan Wilson at Ohio Means Jobs in creating and posting it to the OMJ site. 
  • Their listing information sent to all Jefferson County high school administrators to be sent on to students and/or parents.
  • Their listing information sent to EGCC and Franciscan University for their student/faculty job boards.
  • Their listing information in three mentions on 106.3 The River.
Here's a Free and Easy Way to Host a Virtual Job Fair
The informational videos below offer an overview and training for employers that may benefit from working with the OhioMeansJobs Center to conduct Virtual Hiring Events and more. Their workforce area has partnered with Virtual Premier, who specializes in online and virtual employment events and there is no charge for local businesses to use the platform.
If you have any questions on these programs, or other job related issues, please contact Dan Wilson, Workforce Specialist with the Office of Workforce Development & the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, in Steubenville. Reach Dan by phone at 740-564-7428 or email him here.

Join us for a delicious Belgian Waffle Bar Breakfast by Todd Piergallini followed by a casual speed-networking session. 
One of our most popular events!

Join us this Wednesday at Le Chateau Pier as we (safely) gather to network and mingle with fellow chamber member businesses and organizations. Coffee & Connections is casual, fun, and the perfect way to share news about all that your business or organization has to offer. Bring business cards, marketing pieces, coupons and/or give-away items. We'll have you in and out in no time. 

What: May "Coffee & Connections"
When: Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
Time: 8 to 9 a.m. (Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Where: Le Chateau Pier, LLC
195 State Route 151 Smithfield

$15 Per Person. $20 for walk-ins.
Please register below or by calling the Chamber at 740.282.6226.
*As a courtesy to the caterer, please remember to RSVP. All reservations will be billed regardless of attendance.
Wintersville Businesses Joining Forces For A New Promote the Village
Kick Off Is Wednesday, June 2nd - 4:30 to 8:30
It's no secret that Jefferson County businesses are creative and passionate. This past year has been a testament to that. And now, our Wintersville business community is focusing its energy on a new monthly event to showcase all that they offer.

While the initial plans for the event started off very small, it quickly picked up speed and continues to grow daily. What sparked the idea, led by Joel John of Exquisite Creations by Joel and Mary Decker, of Valley Wine Cellar, was the move of the Wednesday Farmer's Market that has been held at EGCC for years, to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Wintersville. (The Farmers Market will begin there on June 16th). This market, sponsored by the Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District, will be held weekly with Wednesdays in Wintersville on the first Wednesday of each month.

From crafters, bakers, and artisans to storefront businesses, farmers and musicians, there truly will be something for everyone. "We are extremely pleased and overwhelmed", said Joel John. "Thanks to this community event, we will continue to build and grow our businesses in Wintersville. We are very happy to have involvement from the faith based community as well. Those groups will sponsor activities for children. Valley Wine Cellar will offer outdoor seating and a wine bar. Exquisite Creations by Joel will host craft vendors and artisans. Food vendors as well as the farmers market will be located at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and children’s activities and music will take place at Wintersville United Methodist church. There will be additional vendors and games along Grove Street.

Some Wintersville businesses will offer specials during "Wednesdays In Wintersville" and extend their business hours. Many activities will take place on Main Street with parking in church lots, and the local law enforcement will ensure safe street crossing for guests. For more information, please contact Joel John at (740) 275-4380 or Mary Decker at (740) 264-5100.

The Chamber is proud to promote this new event and hopes to see you there.
This Week's Line-Up at Winter Drive-In

Winter Drive-In is back for another year of high-quality, wide-ranging cinematic entertainment. Winter Drive-In is located at 400 Luray Drive in Wintersville.

For more information, check out their Facebook page here.
Red Cross Blood Drive Has Been Rescheduled to June 2nd at the Holiday Inn Weirton-Steubenville Area

We are excited to continue our partnership with the American Red Cross in donating our ballroom space. Please join us for a blood drive at Holiday Inn Weirton-Steubenville Area, now on Wednesday, June 2nd, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit to schedule an appointment and enter Holiday.

For a downloadable flyer, please click here.
Patient Support Services Career Event
On Wednesday, May 26th, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Trinity Health System will hold open interviews for all Patient Support Staff positions. Walk-ins are welcome!

For more information, please email Victoria DiBias at or call the Trinity Human Resources Department at 740-264-8290.
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.
Guest Post: Consumer Energy Alliance on Enbridge Line 5

The safe and secure delivery of energy through transmission lines and pipelines is vital to Ohio’s economy – allowing businesses to remain competitive and reinvest in their employees and in our state. One such pipeline that Ohio businesses rely on is Line 5. 

For those who may have seen the news this week that the governor of Michigan ordered the pipeline shutdown, but are unfamiliar with the importance of Line 5, it is an oil and natural gas liquid (NGL) pipeline that begins in Superior, Wisconsin crossing the Great Lakes in the Straits of Mackinac and ends in Sarnia, Ontario. Continually monitored and modernized, Line 5 has never had any environmental incident in the Straits. 

Along the 645-mile route, oil and NGLs are picked up and delivered to refineries across the region. For over sixty years, these deliveries have been safely and securely providing the energy businesses and families in our region need to fuel their activities. 

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
How Banks Are Helping Main Street Recover and Thrive

Please Note! This is an editorial from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and its members.

Every American dream is different, every American dream is unique. But whatever that dream is, there’s a good chance it was made possible by a loan from one of America’s financial institutions. These American dreams come in every shape and size, and so do the banks which support them. Some funding comes from large banks, some from local community banks, some from commercial lending institutions, or minority depository institutions. But they all help enable the growth of small businesses, drive home ownership, and help cities build and grow.

Last year, America’s financial institutions—large and small—were a pillar of strength in otherwise challenging economic times. In fact, the strength of our financial institutions played a direct role in helping Americans get back on their feet.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
  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:

The Company I Keep 
by Leonard Lauder

In his much-anticipated memoir, The Company I Keep: My Life in Beauty, Chairman Emeritus and former CEO of The Estée Lauder Companies Leonard A. Lauder shares the business and life lessons he learned as well as the adventures he had while helping transform the mom-and-pop business his mother founded in 1946 in the family kitchen into the beloved brand and ultimately into the iconic global prestige beauty company it is today. In its infancy in the 1940s and 50s, the company comprised a handful of products, sold under a single brand in just a few prestigious department stores across the United States.

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

- May 21, 1881 -
American Red Cross founded

From History: In Washington, D.C., humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found the American National Red Cross, an organization established to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters in congruence with the International Red Cross.

Barton, born in Massachusetts in 1821, worked with the sick and wounded during the American Civil War and became known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” for her tireless dedication.

In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln commissioned her to search for lost prisoners of war, and with the extensive records she had compiled during the war she succeeded in identifying thousands of the Union dead at the Andersonville
prisoner-of-war camp. She was in Europe in 1870 when the Franco-Prussian War broke out, and she went behind the German lines to work for the International Red Cross.

In 1873, she returned to the United States, and four years later she organized an American branch of the International Red Cross. The American Red Cross received its first U.S. federal charter in 1900. Barton headed the organization into her 80s and died in 1912.

For more events that took place on
May 21st, please click here.
Many people are celebrating the warm weather by hitting the greens.

Did You Know?

Text: ReachPar
Picture: Pinterest
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.
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.
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
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