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

Friday, May 7, 2021
Mother's Day Is This Sunday
It's a Special Day to Say, "I Love You, Mom!"
Every year, we go out of our way to show our mothers how much we love and appreciate all that they do for us. On this Mother's Day, you don't have to go far to find that specific gift. With the Chamber's Shopping and Dining Guide as well as our "Shop Where I Live" website, you can browse online from the comfort of your home at local businesses that have those hard-to-find, unique items that say exactly how much you care.

Mother's Day is this coming Sunday, May 9th! Show your gratitude with a gift card, flowers, a bottle of wine, a unique gift item, or a great meal. We have provided you with a quick and comprehensive guide to our local, member businesses below. All you have to do is pick up the phone or go online.

Remember, your continued support of local businesses benefits your business or organization as well, with your purchases recycling many times in the form of tax dollars, increased spending by fellow citizens, more jobs, and an increased sense of community pride.
Online Gift Cards

The Chamber's new "Shop Where I Live" platform continues to grow with the online purchasing of unique products and gift cards available conveniently and quickly. Have your cards mailed directly to the recipient or call after your purchase to request pick-up.
Ohio Valley "Shop Where I Live"

There's never been a better time to support your local, fellow business owners, and Mother's Day is no exception.

Check out this new and exciting website that is FREE to Chamber members.
This Week's Featured Video

Retrain Your Brain for Long-Term Thinking 
Learning to be a Good Ancestor

From Big Think: "Roman Krznaric, philosopher and author of the book The Good Ancestor: A Radical Prescription for Long Term Thinking, says that there are two parts of the human brain that are driving our decisions and ultimately determining what kind of legacy we leave behind for future generations.

"Short-term thinking happens in the marshmallow brain (named after the famous Stanford marshmallow test), while long-term thinking and strategizing occurs in the acorn brain. By retraining ourselves to use the acorn brain more often, we can ensure that trillions of people—including our grandchildren and their grandchildren—aren't inheriting a depleted world and the worst traits that humankind has to offer." Watch the video by clicking "Play."

And don't forget to check out the official Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce YouTube channel!
Free Virtual Forum for Older Adults
The Ohio Attorney General’s Elder Abuse Commission is presenting a free virtual forum for older adults, their family members, and caregivers.

Titled STAYING SAFE: Thriving Through the Pandemic, this forum will take place on Monday, May 17th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. via the WebEx online platform.
Older adults may have unique concerns during the pandemic, including experiencing separation from family, friends, and caregivers, as well as being targeted by scammers. Our expert presenters will cover topics that include sessions on wellness and isolation issues during COVID, financial exploitation, and staying physically and mentally healthy.
This virtual event is brought to you free of charge through a partnership with the Ohio Association of Senior Centers, the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and the Ohio Department of Aging.
For a printable flyer with information on this event, please click here. And to register, please click the button below. You will be asked to provide your first and last name and an email address.
For more information about this event, call 614-728-8461 or click: Elder Abuse Commission - Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.
Announcing! May 12th
Coffee & Connections

 A delicious hot breakfast followed by a casual speed-networking session. 
One of our most popular events!

Join us this month at Scaffidi's Restaurant and Tavern 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 a.m. to 9 a.m. (Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Where: Scaffidi's Restaurant and Tavern
350 South Hollywood Blvd., Steubenville
Cost: $15 Per Person. $20 for walk-ins.
To RSVP: Please register by clicking the button 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.
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) are $175.
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.
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 June 1st at the Holiday
Inn Weirton-Steubenville Area

We are excited to continue our partnership in donating our ballroom space with the American Red Cross. Please join us for a blood drive at Holiday Inn Weirton-Steubenville Area on Tuesday, June 1st, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit to schedule an appointment and enter Holiday.
Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Ohio Loses a Congressional Seat

Based on the 2020 Census numbers, Ohio is set to lose one of its 16 congressional seats for at least the next 10 years starting in 2023.

This loss is part of a bigger trend, however. Ohio used to have more than 20 House representatives half a century ago. In every Census apportionment since, Ohio has lost at least one seat. But Ohio isn’t shrinking; in fact, our population slightly grew by the low-single digits in percentage, based on the previous Census.

Ultimately, this demonstrates that Ohio’s growth was stagnant over the past decade, and other states like Texas, Florida and Utah grew substantially, cutting out a bigger piece of the 435 seats of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
Small Business Would Be Hit Hard by Corporate Tax Increase

Congress is considering raising the corporate income tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent. Many assume that only big businesses will pay this higher rate. 

That couldn’t be farther from the truth. 

In fact, over a million small businesses—those “Mom-and-Pop” retailers, small manufacturers, and professional services firms that often suffered the worst during the pandemic—would also see their tax bills increase significantly.

In turn, this would have a negative impact on small businesses’ investment and growth plans and, most critically, hiring and job creation.  

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:

Deduct It!: 
Lower Your Small Business Taxes
by Stephen Fishman

Now, more than ever, understanding taxes is essential for all small business owners. This book covers all you need to know under the new tax law to make sure you are taking advantage of all the tax deductions to which you are entitled. Practical and organized by chapter into the most commonly used business tax deductions, this book shows how to plan for and take advantage of the tax breaks available to small businesses under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including the 20% deduction for pass-through businesses. From start-up expenses to health care costs to travel and meals, Deduct It! shows business owners how to deduct their business-related expenses and pay less to the IRS.

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

- May 7, 1998 -
Daimler-Benz announces purchase of Chrysler Corp.

From History: On May 7, 1998, the German automobile company Daimler-Benz–maker of the world-famous luxury car brand Mercedes-Benz–announces a $36 billion merger with the United States-based Chrysler Corporation.

The purchase of Chrysler, America’s third-largest car company, by the Stuttgart-based Daimler-Benz marked the biggest acquisition by a foreign buyer of any U.S. company in history.

Though marketed to investors as an equal pairing, it soon emerged that Daimler would be the dominant partner, with its stockholders owning the majority of the new company’s shares. For Chrysler, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, the end of independence was a surprising twist in a striking comeback story.

After a near-collapse and a government bailout in 1979 that saved it from bankruptcy, the company surged back in the 1980s under the leadership of the former Ford executive Lee Iacocca, in a revival spurred in part by the tremendous success of its trendsetting minivan.

The new company, DaimlerChrysler AG, began trading on the Frankfurt and New York stock exchanges the following November. A few months later, according to a 2001 article in The New York Times, its stock price rose to an impressive high of $108.62 per share. The euphoria proved to be short-lived, however. While Daimler had been attracted by the profitability of Chrysler’s minivans and Jeeps, over the next few years profits were up and down, and by the fall of 2003 the Chrysler Group had cut some 26,000 jobs and was still losing money.

In 2006, according to the Times, Chrysler posted a loss of $1.5 billion and fell behind Toyota to fourth place in the American car market. This loss came despite the company’s splashy launch of 10 new Chrysler models that year, with plans to unveil eight more.

The following May, however, after reportedly negotiating with General Motors about a potential sale, DaimlerChrysler announced it was selling 80.1 percent of Chrysler to the private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management for $7.4 billion. DaimlerChrysler, soon renamed Daimler AG, kept a 19.9 percent stake in the new company, known as Chrysler LLC.

By late 2008, increasingly dismal sales led Chrysler to seek federal funds to the tune of $4 billion to stay afloat. Under pressure from the Obama administration, the company filed for bankruptcy protection in April 2009 and entered into a partnership with the Italian automaker Fiat. In 2014, the two companies became Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

For more events that took place on
May 7th, please click here.
This Sunday is Mother's Day!

Did You Know?

  • It's typically the busiest day of the year in the restaurant industry...with some 80 million adults dining out (which tops even Valentine's Day). Nearly half of those people go out for dinner, as opposed to lunch or brunch, which means that early reservations are typically easier to get.
  • The jewelry and spa services industries get Mother's Day boosts, too. According to the National Retail Federation, more than $26 billion will be spent this Mother's Day, with more than $5 billion of that going toward jewelry.
  • The flower industry is Mother's Day's Big Winner. ...76 percent of moms still hope to get flowers from their kids or loved ones on this special day. Their odds are good: Mother's Day is the number one day for floral sales.

Text and Picture: Mental Floss
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