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



Friday, April 9, 2021
April 8, 2021

Dear Chamber Members,

I wanted to take a moment to update you and provide guidance for local businesses as new
orders have been issued by the Ohio Department of Health.

The Jefferson County General Health District supports local businesses. We enjoy dining, drinking and shopping at your establishments. To that point, we hope all of your businesses are doing well given the circumstances. At this time, indoor capacity is 25%, tables should be 6 feet apart and masks are required unless patrons are seated. Furthermore, patrons should be seated while actively eating or drinking. Workers must be masked while serving customers. Fully vaccinated workers may congregate with fully vaccinated coworkers without masks in private staff areas. As for outdoor venues, I am happy to share that there is no longer a capacity limit. Nevertheless, while outdoor capacity is unlimited, masks are required at outdoor venues when individuals cannot maintain 6 feet social distancing. Additionally, it is highly recommended to place tables 6 feet apart outdoors to promote a Covid safe environment. Businesses are expected have appropriate face covering and social distancing signage.

Jefferson County continues to remain red, on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System report. Red
counties indicate a public health emergency as there is a very high risk of exposure and spread. For your
knowledge, some of the indicators that Jefferson County meets is greater than 100 cases per 100,000
and case trajectory increase over a 5-day period. It would be naive to think that cases will not periodically
spike as the state loosens restrictions. However, as business leaders, the health department relies on
your buy-in during this time. We ask that you take your duty seriously in keeping your customers and
employees safe from the virus.

Thank you,

Andrew Henry
Health Commissioner
Jefferson County General Health District


Below are the updates from Governor DeWine’s April 8th press conference. The next press conference is currently scheduled for Monday, April 12th, at 2:00pm. You may view it on the WTOV9 website.
 

 

  • Ohio’s COVID-19 case data:
  • 873,606 confirmed cases
  • 160,000 probable cases
  • 978,269 presumed recovered
  • 1,033,606 total cases
  • 53,841 hospitalizations
  • 18,741 Ohio resident deaths
  • 18,744 deaths in State of Ohio
  • 7,506 ICU admissions 
  • 183.7 cases per 100,000 Ohioans (updated weekly on Thursdays and can be found HERE)
  • More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE. 

ECONOMIC RECOVERY

  • Governor DeWine today outlined the progression of Ohio's economic recovery.
  • Ohio’s gross domestic product (GDP) outpaced the nation in the final quarter of calendar year 2020.
  • The U.S. GDP is estimated to have grown 4.3 percent in the quarter, and Ohio’s GDP is estimated to have increased 5 percent during the same timeframe.
  • Ohio’s unemployment rate in February 2021 was 5 percent and the national rate was 6.2 percent.
  • This month, Ohio’s tax revenues exceeded the monthly estimate by $41 million, or 2.6 percent, and remain 4.3 percent above the estimate for the fiscal year-to-date.
  • This is a dramatic improvement from one year ago.
 
  • These positive developments follow several steps taken by Governor DeWine at the onset of the pandemic to ensure that the state budget remained balanced and stable, including a freeze on state government spending, cuts in state staffing costs, and refinanced state bonds.
 
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

  • Using federal dollars strategically to shore up Ohio's unemployment system will also contribute to Ohio's year of recovery.
  • Today, Governor DeWine recommended to the General Assembly that Ohio use a portion of its federal COVID relief and recovery dollars to pay off the Unemployment Insurance loan owed to the federal government.  
 
CASE INCREASES & OHIO PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY SYSTEM UPDATE

  • This week is the second week where the cases over two weeks per 100,000 people have gone up by more than 10.
  • Two weeks ago, Ohio's cases per 100,000 people were 146.9.
  • Today, case per 100,000 people is at 183.7. 
 
  • The increases in case rates are reflected in this week’s Ohio Public Health Advisory System map. New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health shows case increases in 53 counties over the past week.
  • Level changes include:
  • Franklin County moved to the watch list following sustained increases in cases and in COVID-related healthcare use including emergency department and outpatient visits and hospitalizations for COVID.
  • Putnam County moved from orange to red.
  • Carroll, Mercer, and Morgan counties moved from yellow to orange.
  • Brown and Noble counties dropped from orange to yellow.
 
  • According to Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer at the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio and the nation are enduring another wave of COVID-19 due to variants of the original virus that are more contagious and more deadly.
  • Variant counts in Ohio jumped from 92 on March 12 to 797 today, a doubling time of about every 9-10 days.
 
MULTISYSTEM INFLAMMATORY SYNDROME IN CHILDREN

  • Although COVID-19 has historically affected older Ohioans, children are not immune to getting sick with coronavirus, and in some rare cases, kids can develop multisystem inflammatory syndrome.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, 166 children have been treated for this syndrome since the start of the pandemic. 
 
  • According to Dr. Dustin Fleck, chief of rheumatology at Dayton Children’s Hospital, this syndrome is unique because it is not associated with an active COVID infection.
  • Rather, symptoms usually develop 2-4 weeks after a child has a symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID infection.
 
  • The syndrome is characterized by fever and inflammation throughout the body, specifically targeting the heart.
  • The syndrome can also target the gastrointestinal system, liver, lungs, kidneys, and brain. Parents should look for symptoms of abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, swelling of hands and feet, and redness of eyes.
 
 
CHOOSE OHIO FIRST SCHOLARSHIP

  • Lt. Governor Jon Husted highlighted a scholarship that boosts Ohio’s efforts to strengthen the state’s workforce in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
  • The scholarship, part of the Choose Ohio First (COF) program, will support an estimated 3,400 Ohio students who are new to the program, along with an additional 3,000 existing COF scholars.
  • The scholarship awards a total of $69,826,882 over the next five years.
 
  • This new COF scholarship will support students completing programs in the STEM disciplines at 57 colleges and universities across the state, including several schools that are new to the program.
 
BMV UPDATES

  • Lt. Governor Husted also announced enhancements to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle's (BMV) “Get In Line, Online” system.
  • The update allows customers to check in at the deputy registrar agency by using a QR code, located on the BMV deputy registrar storefront.
 
  • Instead of checking in at the self-service kiosk and waiting inside the agency, customers may now wait in their vehicle and will receive a text message with instructions when it is their turn to return to the agency to complete their transaction.
 
  • On March 16, QR codes were rolled out to approximately 10-20 agencies per week. 
  • By May, most agencies will have this “Get in Line, Online” enhancement available to customers.
 
  • The BMV is also reminding customers that the COVID-19 automatic extension that was applied to Ohio driver licenses, identification cards, and vehicle registrations is ending soon.
 
 
CASE DATA & VACCINE INFORMATION

  
Ohioans may apply for unemployment benefits online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at unemployment.ohio.gov. It is also possible to file by phone at 877-644-6562 or TTY at 888- 642-8203, Monday through Friday 7AM to 7PM, Saturday 9AM to 5PM, and Sunday 9AM to 1PM. Employers with questions should email UCTech@jfs.ohio.gov.
 
As always, Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov and the Department of Health hotline, 1-833-4-ASK-ODH are great resources for those who have questions.
This Week's Featured Video

The Best Printers That Won’t Cost You a Fortune in Ink Cartridges

From the Wall Street Journal: "Printers are still the worst, but at least new ink-tank printers help you save money on ink. WSJ’s Joanna Stern survived testing 10 home printers from Epson, HP, Brother, and Canon to tell you which are worth buying." Watch video by clicking "Play."

And don't forget to check out the official Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce YouTube channel!
Buy Local for Administrative Professional's Day on Wednesday, April 21st!
A delicious hot breakfast followed by a casual speed-networking session. 
One of our most popular events!

Join us this month at Froehlich's Classic Corner 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 giveaway items. We'll have you in and out in no time. 

What: April "Coffee & Connections"
When: Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
Time: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Doors open at 7:30
Where: Froehlich's Classic Corner
501 Washington Street, Steubenville
Cost: $15 Per Person. $20 for walk-ins.
To RSVP: 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.
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 meantime, reserve your team spot or get more information by clicking below.


Hat's Off!
Two local businesses step up with generosity and hard work.

Apollo Professional Cleaning & Restoration stepped up to help improve the Chamber's parking lot this past week. Their crew quickly and neatly removed an old section of fence that had become damaged and a catch-all for litter and trash through the years. The Chamber's summertime plan is to host an event on-site and this will help make it even better. A big thanks to owner, Tony Mougianis, and his crew.
Tony Zatta, owner of Bug Busters Pest Control Service, recently made a generous donation to Historic Fort Steuben - a fully-restored, antique surrey dating back to 1909. The four-person carriage is a beautiful addition to the Fort's lobby, complete with plush seats and a fringe-edged top.

Many visitors to the Fort and the Nutcracker Village, this past holiday season, stopped by to climb aboard and take photos. Our hats are off to Tony Zatta and his business for their generosity and kindness. They truly went out of their way to restore this beautiful "surrey with the fringe on top", which will eventually have a permanent home, in the Land Office park. Pictured above is Steubenville Mayor Jerry Barilla who took a moment to enjoy a seat.
OhioMeansJobs To Host Virtual Job Fair For Expansive List of Industries

Don’t miss this opportunity – An easy, free, and effective way to find quality employees
 
OhioMeansJobs Area 16 invites all Chamber member businesses and organizations to participate in its Virtual Job Fair (VJF) event to be held on Thursday, April 29th, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The following industries are invited to participate:

· TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS 
· DISTRIBUTION & WAREHOUSING 
· HEALTHCARE 
· CONSTRUCTION & EXTRACTION   
· PROFESSIONAL & ADMINISTRATIVE 
· MANUFACTURING 
· TREE SERVICES & LANDSCAPING 
· HOSPITALITY & TOURISM 
· RETAIL 
· SOCIAL SERVICES 
· SECURITY & CORRECTIONS 
· MAINTENANCE & MECHANICS
 
This will be a “no charge” virtual career fair event for employers/companies and jobseekers alike. All that is required to attend this event is a computer or mobile device with a good internet connection.

Virtual job fairs are quickly becoming an excellent tool for employers/companies to interact with potential employees, transforming the way in which job seekers interview for employment.
  
Please click below to watch the company training video prior to beginning your registration process. To begin your company’s registration, please follow the instructions and procedures set forth in the Premier Virtual Training Video.  
 
Registration closes at 1 p.m. on April 23rd. We ask that you have your job vacancies and other company information posted in your virtual booth at that time. 
 
Any questions, comments, or concerns while setting up your registration, please contact Workforce Development Area 16 Business Outreach Executive Bradley Wells at bwells_cac@hotmail.com.
Upcoming Workshop: "Business Start Up 101"

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.
"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. Platform Tips & Tricks
Wednesday, April 14th - 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (CDT)

II. Monthly Marketing Webinar
Tuesday, April 20th 1 p.m. - 1:30 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.)
How to Win a Federal
Government Proposal

Join the OSU Manufacturing Extension Partnership for this event to learn how to increase your win rate, eliminate challenges and obstacles, boost efficiency at bidding, and stop the cycle of reinventing the wheel. Government contractors tend to continuously reinvent the proposal process, unnecessarily spending a lot of time, money, and effort. Our presenter, Dorinda Byers of Ohio University Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), will help you learn to streamline your efforts and succeed at securing government contracts.

What you will learn:

  • The Foundations and Building Blocks of Proposals that Win
  • Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Proposal Development
  • Guaranteeing You'll Never Submit (and Get Eliminated for) a Non-Compliant Proposal

Thursday, April 29th, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, please contact Kathaleen Kuhn-Book, kuhn.733@osu.edu.

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.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Coordinator Marti Leake will be at the Vend 'N Spend event at the Fort Steuben Mall on Saturday, April 17th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Stop by and chat with her about volunteer opportunities in Jefferson County and to sign up for RSVP/AmeriCorp Seniors!

She will have on hand RSVP swag and a gift basket available for raffle (entries are free to all who stop by and chat).

For more information, please contact Marti Leake at 330-424-7877 or via email at mleake@fcsserves.org.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!
The Gaslite Presents the
Sunny Sunseri Jazz Band

On Tuesday, April 20th, The Gaslite will host the Sunny Sunseri Jazz Band from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event is free. Call for reservations now at 740-264-2225. For more information, please call Anita Petrella at 740-632-5466.
Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Study Finds Ohio's Business Income Deduction (BID) Boosts Ohio's Economy, Helps Keep Ohio Strong

Today, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation released its latest report, “Economic Impact of the Business Income Deduction in Ohio,” paired with the accompanying study conducted by Ernst & Young (EY), “Analysis of Ohio’s Business Income Tax Incentives,” which represents the first comprehensive economic impact analysis of the Business Income Deduction (BID) in the state of Ohio.

The EY study suggests that Ohio saw increased economic activity to the tune of $5.9 billion in 2018, when compared to a model of Ohio’s economy in which the BID did not exist. It further indicates that the economic activity supported by the existence of the BID led to the employment of over 59,000 Ohioans, including more than 14,000 Ohioans employed by small businesses (classified as businesses with fewer than 50 employees). 

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
Government Needs a 21st Century Digital Transformation

It’s 2021, but some government agencies are still running on systems from the 1950s. Legacy systems like FORTRAN and COBOL not only cause costly delays, they also make government vulnerable to security risks and less able to serve the American public. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these outdated systems wrought havoc on relief efforts across federal, state, and local governments. For example, the IRS struggled to disperse millions of economic relief payments, and the Small Business Administration’s E-Tran website crashed as it tried to roll out the Paycheck Protection Program. 

To highlight these important issues, the Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC) convened leading policymakers and industry leaders to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and solutions. Here are the top 4 reasons we need government IT modernization...
   
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:

Skip the Line:
The 10,000 Experiments Rule and Other Surprising Advice for Reaching Your Goals
by James Altucher

Entrepreneur, angel investor, and bestselling author James Altucher busts the myth of the 10,000-hour rule to achieving mastery by offering dozens of techniques that will inspire entrepreneurs, mid-career professionals, and those just starting out to experiment with their passions, pursue their dreams, and quickly master the skills they need to succeed.

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

- April 9, 1865 -
Robert E. Lee surrenders

From History: In Appomattox Court House, Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War.

Forced to abandon the Confederate capital of Richmond, blocked from joining the surviving Confederate force in North Carolina, and harassed constantly by Union cavalry, Lee had no other option.

In retreating from the Union army’s Appomattox Campaign, the Army of Northern Virginia had stumbled through the Virginia countryside stripped of food and supplies.

At one point, Union cavalry forces under General Philip Sheridan had actually outrun Lee’s army, blocking their retreat and taking 6,000 prisoners at Sayler’s Creek.

Desertions were mounting daily, and by April 8 the Confederates were surrounded with no possibility of escape.

On April 9, Lee sent a message to Grant announcing his willingness to surrender. The two generals met in the parlor of the Wilmer McLean home at one o’clock in the afternoon.

Lee and Grant, both holding the highest rank in their respective armies, had known each other slightly during the Mexican War and exchanged awkward personal inquiries.

Characteristically, Grant arrived in his muddy field uniform while Lee had turned out in full dress attire, complete with sash and sword.

Lee asked for the terms, and Grant hurriedly wrote them out.

All officers and men were to be pardoned, and they would be sent home with their private property–most important, the horses, which could be used for a late spring planting. Officers would keep their side arms, and Lee’s starving men would be given Union rations.

Shushing a band that had begun to play in celebration, General Grant told his officers, “The war is over. The Rebels are our countrymen again.”

Although scattered resistance continued for several weeks, for all practical purposes the Civil War had come to an end.

For more events that took place on
April 9th, please click here.
The 2021 MLB season
has officially begun.

Did You Know?

  • Average MLB franchise value: $1.85 billion
  • Franchise value of the New York Yankees: $5 billion
  • MLB World Series brand value: $124 million
  • Major League Baseball sponsorship revenue: $1.05 billion

Text: Statista
Photo: Mike Bowman on Unsplash
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