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



Friday, March 19, 2021
This Week's Featured Video

Here's How Executives are Thinking about
the Transition Back to the Office

From CNBC: "According to a new survey of more than 350 executives, 70% plan to phase employees back in and 77% expect their workforce will be a hybrid model with a portion in-office and a portion at home. The majority of those polled also say they do not plan to mandate employee vaccinations. Tom Gimbel, founder and CEO of LaSalle Network and the man behind the survey, joined Squawk Box on Wednesday to discuss the results." 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.

Watch your email for your official invitation. And in the mean time, reserve your team spot or get more information by clicking below.

And check out the popular "Power Putt" putting contest sponsored last year by Jefferson Security, Ambulance Service, and Checker Transportation below. It will be back again this year by popular demand.
What is TechCred? And Why Is It Important To You, As A Business?

Below is an important announcement regarding recent Ohio TechCred program updates. Many business owners and local members of the workforce may not know exactly what "TechCred" is or realize the benefits that they may be able to utilize through this program. Below is helpful information from the Ohio Department of Development to get you started.

In a nutshell, the purpose of TechCred is to help employees learn new technology-focused skills. In turn, the program helps Ohio's employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a technology-infused economy. These technology-focused credentials take a year or less to complete and prepare current and future employees for the technology jobs Ohio employers need. These tech credentials will add value to the workplace, increase job security, and will lead to higher wages. This can provide a catalyst for both businesses and workers to succeed in new ways.

Who's it for?
Companies that identify skills needs and employees who can advance with industry-recognized technology credentials.

What does it cost?
Companies receive reimbursement for completed credentials. The state will provide up to $2,000 reimbursement per employee and up to $30,000 per employer in each application period.

Still have questions? Here are your resources who can help:

(740) 264-5591 Ext. 1707


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January TechCred Round Funds Nearly 5,000 Credentials, Program Updates Announced

Next application period opens April 1st

Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced this week the results of the January round of TechCred, which will provide the opportunity for Ohioans to earn nearly 5,000 technology-focused credentials.

The most recent TechCred application period closed at the end of January. Today, 384 Ohio employers were approved for funding, resulting in Ohio employees earning up to 4,736 technology-focused credentials. The January round was record-setting, as almost 100 more employers were approved, in addition to more credentials being approved, than the previously most successful round.

With the approvals announced today, a total of 1,168 Ohio employers have been approved for funding, supporting the earning of 19,841 tech-focused credentials by Ohio employees.

Starting with the April round, the following updates have been implemented to further streamline the program:

  • The length of the grant will be reduced from 18 months to 12 months from the award date.
  • Training programs must start on or after the date of the award, not before, and must be completed in less than 12 months.
  • Training providers are no longer eligible to receive reimbursement for employees trained in-house. If a training provider wishes to utilize TechCred to upskill their employees, they must use an external training provider.

The next TechCred application period opens Thursday, April 1st, and closes April 30th at 3 p.m. Businesses with employees who have completed their TechCred training should submit proof of credential completion to receive reimbursement at TechCred.Ohio.gov.

You can learn more about the program at TechCred.Ohio.gov.   
Business Start-Up Web Chat LIVE
Part 1 - Monday, April 12, 2020, 12 p.m. -1 p.m.
Part 2 - Wednesday, April 14, 2020, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Have you ever considered starting your own business? Or are you in the early stages of starting a business? If so, join us for Business Start-Up web chats LIVE with Sue Gaiser, SBDC Advisor, and business owner.

The Business Start-Up web chats are an overview of issues related to starting and operating a business.
Part one explores how to move forward with an idea, preparation tools, analyzing advantages and disadvantages, creating a business plan, and funding. Part two will cover permits and licensing, types of business structures, and record keeping.

Each session will last one hour. There is no fee. These webinars are being offered courtesy of your local SBDCA. A link will be sent to you the day before the webinar. The deadline to register is the day before each session.
The Chamber's New App Puts The Membership Directory Right At Your Fingertips!
You may now download the Chamber app on your Iphone or Android and have a convenient way to call or email fellow member businesses and organizations or look up their location, all at absolutely no charge to you. It's also a great way to support the Chambers's "Buy Local" and member-to-member buying efforts since you can quickly and easily see who is a current Chamber member.

This new feature app is called "MemberPlus" and is available on the App Store - look for the purple, white, and orange logo seen to the left. It has many convenient features - one of the best being that you may view a listing of current Chamber members and call or email them with a quick click or go directly to their website. You may also look up and register for a Chamber event. You must have your login credentials handy to get started so if you have never set those up or need new ones, just let Hannah, at the Chamber offices, know by emailing (hannah@jeffersoncountychamber.com) or calling (740-282-6226). She can send you a reset link that will have you all set in no time.
"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, March 26th - 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

II. Monthly New Vendor Set-Up
Thursday, April 1st - 12:00pm - 1:00pm (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.)
Chamber Health Insurance Program:
Lots of great changes and a new informational flier

Did you know that, as a Chamber member, your business may be eligible for the Chamber's group health insurance plan? Many things have changed in the past few years including coverage plans for sole proprietors. And there are currently nearly 30 members taking advantage of this plan.

For more information, please click the button below and/or contact one of the following member agencies who currently offer the Chamber plan:

Jeff Criss at Oklok-Criss Insurance
Check Out Local Lenten Menu Features

Support our local restaurants this Lenten season. Click above for a complete list of Chamber members eateries and their special menu items and features.

CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL EATERIES, BREW PUBS, BAKERIES, AND WINERIES.

As the Ohio Valley continues to get back to normal, remember that our food-related businesses are still struggling with capacity limitations and recovering from over a year of interrupted income. Do your part by supporting our local, Chamber member food businesses for dine in, delivery, and take-out. Click here for the latest issue of "Let's Eat!"
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.
15% Off Any Custom Fabrication

WITTS Services offers a wide range of fabricating and repair services ranging from custom fabrications for all sectors.

Whether you're a business, farmer, or individual needing equipment repaired; a local retailer in need of something new to sell or a custom display rack, railing, or awning built; or anyone that simply needs something fabricated for project needs or personal gain, we have a solution for you!

WITTS also offers consultations services to help you improve your products' quality and to aid with your personnel's safety needs.

Furthermore, WITTS offers employee training programs to help companies' employees become more efficient and profitable to you.

No matter what your need is, we have the WITTS to help you!

For more information, please contact David Raveaux at leon@witts-services.com or 740-543-8526. Dave is in the office from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. WITTS can also be reached 24/7 at 304-914-2723. Jennifer Nuzum can be reached at jnuzum@witts-services.com or 740-543-8526. She is in the office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This offer runs from March 22nd to April 23rd. WITTS is located at 553 County Road 59 in Bergholz. Quotes are free.
Weekly Job Board

A new way to get the word out! If you have an open position (full-time, part-time, internship, etc.) within your company, please send it to the Career Development Department at EGCC. Every Monday we will be sending out a "Jobs Bulletin" of local and national opportunities to help you fill your positions and assist students while they are in school and after graduation.

For more information, please contact Leanna Lulla at llulla@egcc.edu or 740-266-9650.
Check out this handy card holder from PS Marketing that will house a 3" x 4" COVID Vaccination Record Card.

It's made of vinyl, measures 3-3/8"H x 4-1/2"W, and comes in several fantastic colors. Add your company name or logo and give it to your clients to store their vaccination cards.

(Vaccination Record Card sizes may vary per state. Vaccination Cards not included.

For a downloadable flyer containing more info, please click here.
Library COVID Tests

COVID-19 rapid test kits are available for free at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County. The Abbott Binax NOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test has received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for at-home testing in collaboration with a telehealth session. The kits are provided by the Ohio Department of Health.

The tests can be picked up at any library location and are taken at home. Results are provided in 15 minutes. To take the test, an email address, Internet access, and a smartphone or computer with a webcam are needed.

Please contact the library with any questions at 740-282-9782.
Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Ohio Chamber Testifies In Support of Keeping Line 5 Operational

On March 16, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce testified as a proponent to House Resolution 13, which urges Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and the director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to keep Enbridge Line 5 operational.

Enbridge’s Line 5 is an oil pipeline that rests on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac and carries light crude oil, light synthetic crude and natural gas liquids. To ensure the safety of Lakes Michigan and Huron, a project was approved by former Michigan Gov., Rick Snyder, to allow Enbridge to create a tunnel to house the pipeline under the lakebed and prevent any environmental issues from occurring.

After pushback from activists, the newly elected Gov. Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel blocked the tunnel plans and sought to decommission Line 5 altogether.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
How the American Rescue Plan
Helps Businesses and Help Themselves

Last March, the Federal Reserve slashed interest rates to near-zero to support the economy as the world faced the COVID-19 pandemic. No one doubted the Fed’s decision, but only a few realized the dire consequences this would have on private companies that sponsor defined benefit pension plans. Unfortunately, because of the time value of money, the lower the interest rate used to determine future payments, the higher the current contributions – even if the promised benefit does not change. Alas, the effort to save the economy was about to wreak havoc on those very companies that voluntarily still maintained pensions for their employees. 

To understand this, we need to rewind to 2006 when Congress decided to tie pension funding to near-term interest rates instead of smoothed rates such as the old 30-year treasury bond.

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 www.steubenvillelibrary.org 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 Soul-Sourced Entrepreneur:
An Unconventional Success Plan for the
Highly Creative, Secretly Sensitive, and Wildly Ambitious
by Christine Kane

Can you succeed in business when your strength is more about sensitivity than swagger? If you're moved by meaning, more than manipulation? In other words: Can you succeed while still being you? Christine Kane is living proof that the answer is yes.

A former songwriter and performer, and then founder of Uplevel You—a multimillion-dollar business coaching company—Christine Kane shows a new class of entrepreneurs another way. It's time to connect, not crush. In The Soul-Sourced Entrepreneur, Kane shares the insights that have helped thousands find success without losing themselves.

Click here to borrow a copy of the e-book.
Today in History

- March 19, 1931 -
Nevada legalizes gambling

From History: In an attempt to lift the state out of the hard times of the Great Depression, the Nevada state legislature votes to legalize gambling.

Located in the Great Basin desert, few settlers chose to live in Nevada after the United States acquired the territory at the end of the Mexican War in 1848. In 1859, the discovery of the “Comstock Lode” of gold and silver spurred the first substantial number of settlers into Nevada to exploit the territory’s mining opportunities. Five years later, during the Civil War, Nevada was hastily made the 36th state in order to strengthen the Union.

At the beginning of the Depression, Nevada’s mines were in decline, and its economy was in shambles. In March 1931, Nevada’s state legislature responded to population flight by taking the drastic measure of legalizing gambling and, later in the year, divorce.

Established in 1905, Las Vegas, Nevada, has since become the gambling and entertainment capital of the world, famous for its casinos, nightclubs, and sporting events. In the first few decades after the legalization of gambling, organized crime flourished in Las Vegas. Today, state gambling taxes account for the lion’s share of Nevada’s overall tax revenues.

For more events that took place on
March 19th, please click here.
Tomorrow is the
First Day of Spring!

Did You Know?

  • The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox. The term vernal is Latin for “spring” and equinox is Latin for “equal night.”
  • The first day of spring in the Southern Hemisphere is the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • The first spring flowers are typically lilacs, irises, lilies, tulips, daffodils, and dandelions.
  • Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.
  • According to a Facebook study, couples are most likely to break up in the spring and two weeks before Christmas. The lowest breakup time was Christmas Day and from August through October.


Find out other facts about Spring by clicking here.

Text and Photo: Bamsi
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
President

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
740-275-4940
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