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



Friday, March 12, 2021
This Week's Featured Video

How Small Cities are Luring Remote Workers Away
from Tech Hubs

From the Wall Street Journal: "As the pandemic changes how -- and where -- professionals work, some smaller cities and regions are offering hefty relocation incentives to attract remote workers to help jumpstart their local economies. WSJ met one family who accepted an offer to make a new home in the Ozarks." Watch video by clicking "Play."

And don't forget to check out the official Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce YouTube channel!
OhioMeansJobs To Host Virtual Job Fair For Expansive List of Industries

Don’t miss this opportunity – An easy, free and an 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 29, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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 and 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 or to begin your company’s registration following the instructions and procedures set forth in Premier Virtual Training Video.  
 
Registration closes at 1pm on April 23rd, and 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.  
OHIO GOVERNOR DEWINE UPDATES

Below are the updates from Governor DeWine’s most recent press conference. The next press conference is currently scheduled for Monday, March 15th at 2:00 p.m. You may view it on the WTOV9 website here.
 
  • Ohio’s COVID-19 case data:
  • 984,934 confirmed cases
  • 979,725 total cases
  • 51,323 hospitalizations
  • 17,825 Ohio resident deaths
  • 17,656 deaths in State of Ohio
  • 7,255 ICU admissions 
  • 933,756 presumed recovered
  • 150 cases per 100,000 Ohioans (updated weekly on Thursdays and can be found HERE)
  • More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE. 

CLEVELAND MASS VACCINATION SITE
  • The Cleveland mass vaccination site, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will launch on Wednesday, March 17, at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland.
  • As of today, more than 17,000 Ohioans have registered to receive their vaccine at the site.
 
  • Additional appointments will become available throughout the coming days.
  • To schedule an appointment at the Cleveland mass vaccination site, or with a vaccination provider, visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
 
NURSING HOME VISITATION

  • Governor DeWine today discussed the new federal regulations for nursing home visitation, as well as Ohio’s Vaccine Maintenance Program.
  • The visitation guidelines, issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) indicate visitation should be happening in nursing homes.
  • There are a few specific exceptions that would limit visitation, such as outbreaks in the facility or an extreme number of cases in the community.
  • Full information on the federal nursing home visitation guidance is available at cms.gov.
 
  • Additionally, Governor DeWine highlighted the progress being made by Ohio’s Vaccine Maintenance Program for nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
  • Ohio’s Vaccine Maintenance Program ensures new nursing home residents and employees, and established residents and employees who previously decided not to receive a vaccine, can still choose to receive one.
  • Governor DeWine emphasized the importance of every nursing home resident receiving a vaccine.
 
 
RAPID TESTING
Governor DeWine today detailed four initiatives that are making rapid COVID-19 tests more accessible to Ohioans:
 
Federal Qualified Health Centers
  • The state's ongoing partnership with federally qualified health centers has led to the availability of over 150,000 rapid tests at community health centers. These centers have professionals on-hand to administer the tests free of charge.
Local Health Departments
  • Local health departments have partnered with their communities to make at-home testing available to schools, nonprofit organizations, and first responders.
Public Libraries
  • The state has recently partnered with public libraries to make at-home tests available to more Ohio communities. During the first two weeks, Ohio has partnering with 120 libraries.
K-12 Schools
  • A new partnership launched today will bring 200,000 at-home tests to Educational Service Centers. To increase confidence and safety in schools, Governor DeWine encourages school districts to take advantage of this resource and develop aggressive testing plans.
Between libraries and local health departments, at-home testing is accessible in 76 of Ohio's 88 counties.
  • Some of these areas had disproportionate access to testing earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
GUIDANCE ON FAIRS
  • Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health issued a revised order that allows for the reopening of all fair activities if certain health conditions are met.
  • The updated order includes compliance with the statewide mask order and social distancing.
  • Additionally, there will be a 25 percent maximum for indoor grandstand capacity and a 30 percent maximum for outdoor grandstand capacity.
 
  • Additionally, the Ohio Department of Health will issue updated order and guidance regarding festivals, parades, proms, and spring sports.
  • For spring sports, students will not be required to quarantine because they have an incidental exposure to COVID-19 in a classroom unless symptoms develop.
 
  • These orders and guidance will be forthcoming from the Ohio Department of Health.
 
HUSTED RECEIVES COVID-19 VACCINE
Lt. Governor Husted today traveled to his hometown of Montpelier, Ohio to visit a vaccination site at the Montpelier Superior School, where 840 people were scheduled to receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
 
During the press conference, Lt. Governor Husted joined Montpelier Mayor Steve Yagelski and local resident Shirley Fry in receiving the vaccine, which was administered by Public Health Nurse Tammy Riegsecker.

  • The Lt. Governor became eligible for the vaccine today, as part of Phase 2B in the state’s vaccination plan in which Ohioans age 50 and above are eligible for vaccination.  
 
LETTER ADDRESSING PUA FRAUD
  • Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor today sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging the development of a national, coordinated response to ongoing, widespread fraud attempts being committed through the unemployment system, specifically the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program.
 
Ohioans may apply for unemployment benefits online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 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.
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 of 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.
Informational Workshop Available To View or Print
Earlier this month, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown's office co-hosted a free, informational webinar in conjunction with the SBA to give updates and information on Covid-related financial assistance programs. Please click below to view and/or print the complete presentation.
A Big Thanks To St. Florian Event Center

The Chamber was very excited host its first, in-person Coffee & Connections since the spring of 2020. On Wednesday, March 10th, St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville provided a delicious "bag breakfast" to nearly 40 attendees. Afterward, guests participated in our popular and fun speed-networking session. St. Florian generously allowed the use of its main hall so that social distancing was easy and its audio visual capabilities made the morning go smoothly as well.

Afterward, members stayed for a "Member Orientation" and at 10:30, the "Shop Where I Live 101" workshop was presented. It was a great day of networking, information sharing and beginning to get back to business as usual.
36th Annual 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 but 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 by Jefferson Security, Ambulance Service and Checker Transportation below. It will be back again this year by popular demand.
"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 these. See below for details. And please note that the online webinar times shown on the calendar are in Central Standard Time, one hour earlier than us.

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, sell 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. Monthly Marketing Webinar
Tuesday, March 16th 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

II. E-Commerce Best Practices
Friday, March 26th - 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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
The Chamber Exchange: Members Helping Members

It's all about give and take and this past year has driven that point home more than ever. The Chamber's latest member-to-member program is called, "The Chamber Exchange" and allows businesses and organizations to post "Gives" - items that they no longer need that may be of use to another member, and "Takes" - items that you may be in need of.

A few rules to keep in mind: Please email or phone the business or organization that has posted a "give" that you can use. Don't "pop in" for more information. Be brief if you have questions. Arrange for pick up at a convenient time for the donor. Items are to be used for your business or organization's offices only. Do not post or accept items for personal use. And keep in mind that this is to be an easy, no-hassle program for all involved. Be respectful of fellow member's time.

THIS WEEK'S GIVES:
Two, HP Flat screen computer monitors (19" and 20"), 35 blank CD-Rs and 65 blank DVD-Rs
Contact John Cucarese, New York Life, Steubenville. Phone 740.264.0238
Email: jwcucarese@FT.NewYorkLife.com

Misc. office chairs, desk and lobby type, 65# card stock (pale green) - 500 sheets.
Misc. envelopes - various sizes
Contact Tricia Maple, Jefferson County Chamber, Steubenville. Phone 740.282.6226
Email: tmaple@jeffersoncountychamber.com.
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!"
Deadline Nears For 2021 Membership Directory & Community Guide
Virtual version, changeable display ads and more
Be a part of the beautiful full-color 2021 Membership Directory & Community Guide that will be out this spring. Your display ad is designed for free and you are able to change it throughout the year at no charge. Perfect for seasonal messages or promotions, events that you want to advertise, or even job openings. Your ad also links directly to your website or social media page.

This beautiful, full-color magazine will be distributed via local hotels and businesses, the Chamber offices and the online version will be accessible right on our home page with a fun and easy, "flip-page" format. Be on the lookout for a call from Lunar Cow Publishing, our partner on this important projects. Questions, contact the Chamber offices at 740.282.6226.
The Chamber Welcomes Its Newest Members
875 Main Street
Wintersville, OH 43953
(740) 266-6855

2700 Sunset Blvd.
Steubenville, OH 43952
(740) 264-7505

243 Three Spring Drive Ste #9 Weirton, WV 26062
(304) 224-1838
2212 Sunset Blvd.
Steubenville, OH 43952
(740) 314-4496

2000 Commerce Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
(412) 849-9626

553 County Road 59
Bergholz, OH 43908
(740) 543-8526
Not A Chamber Member Yet?
Check out the Chamber's newest commercial to see what we're all about.
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.
Drive-Thru Easter Basket

On Saturday, March 27th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the first 100 children ages 12 and under to come to Sienna Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation will receive a FREE Easter basket from the Easter bunny. Two lucky winners will have a special egg in their basket containing a golden ticket to win a new bike. Music will be provided by DJ Chelsea Matta Householder.

This event is drive-thru only. We ask that adults and children remain in their vehicles at all times.

For more information, please call Michelle Howard at 740-264-5245 or email her here. Sienna Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation is located at 250 Cadiz Rd in Wintersville,
Get rewarded when you set up your Wedding Group Block with us at the Holiday Inn Weirton!

NEW bookings between 3/5/21 and 4/30/21 are eligible to receive a $200 Gift Card of your choice when your group consumes $2,000 of room Revenue.

Contact Brad Degenkolb-Director of Sales at 304-723-5522, ext. 800, to set up your group!

For a downloadable flyer, please click here.
Summer Concerts Return

After a difficult year, Historic Fort Steuben is planning a full season of live performances, featuring some old favorites as well as new sounds.

The great folks at the Fort know the community is ready to get out and enjoy entertainment. They invite businesses, organizations, and individuals to become sponsors of this very popular event. Your contributions will be acknowledged in the keepsake programs that are distributed to thousands of attendees throughout the summer.

Visit the Fort's website to download an application and be part of this year's return to normalcy! For more information, please call 740-283-1787.

Concerts will be held at the Berkman Amphitheater in Fort Steuben Park.
For a downloadable copy of this flyer, click here.
Holiday Inn Of Weirton
Hosting Blood Drive

Please join the Red Cross for a blood drive in the Ballroom at Holiday Inn-Weirton on Tuesday, March 16th, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Visit RedCrossBlood.org to schedule an appointment. Holiday Inn-Weirton is located at 350 Three Springs Drive in Weirton.
Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Offers Support for
Emergency Grant Programs

Today, the Ohio Chamber testified in support of Senate Bill 108 and Senate Bill 109. Both bills would authorize emergency grants to be utilized by adversely impacted industries by the COVID-19 pandemic.

SB 108 provides much-needed grants to help alleviate some of the loss that businesses in the hospitality industry have experienced over the course of the last year. The bill appropriates $125 million to provide grants to bars, restaurants and lodging businesses. Grants for the businesses effected would be awarded in amounts of $10,000, $20,000, and $30,000 and would be awarded based on factors such as demonstrated loss of revenue and the number of employees eligible bars and restaurants employ.

SB 109 provides for emergency grant funding to local fairs, indoor entertainment venues, new businesses and small businesses. All the groups above have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and this bill brings targeted assistance to help them through these difficult, unprecedented times. This bill appropriates nearly $300 million in assistance to these industries. Half of this funding is going towards the continuation of the Small Business Relief Grant Program that was created late last year.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
One Year Later, Businesses Lead
the Nation's Recovery

One year ago, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic.

At the time the United States had 987 cases and 29 deaths, coming from 38 states and the District of Columbia, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

On that day a flurry of news and information hit American workers and businesses all at once: President Donald Trump suspended travel from Europe, Italy closed all restaurants and shops, the NBA suspended its season, St. Patrick’s Day parades were being cancelled, the first Congressional staffer tested positive, and Washington D.C.’s mayor followed 23 other states in declaring a state of emergency.

Five days later, the number of reported cases in the U.S. was above 4,000, the White House announced “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” dozens of companies mandated employees work from home, and stock market indexes posted record-breaking losses.

Yet, in the face of the escalating global crisis and vast uncertainty, businesses stepped up.

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:

No Rules Rules : Netflix and The Culture of Reinvention
by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer

Netflix cofounder Reed Hastings reveals for the first time the unorthodox culture behind one of the world's most innovative, imaginative, and successful companies. Here for the first time, Hastings and Erin Meyer, dive deep into the controversial philosophies at the heart of the Netflix psyche, which have generated results that are the envy of the business world. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with current and past Netflix employees from around the globe and never-before-told stories of trial and error from his own career, No Rules Rules is the full, fascinating, and untold story of a unique company making its mark on the world.

Borrow the book by clicking here.
Today in History

- March 12, 2020 -
Broadway goes dark
due to COVID-19 pandemic

From History: On March 12, 2020, after New York state and city leaders placed coronavirus-related restrictions on gatherings of more than 500 people, the Broadway theater district announces it will go dark for an unprecedented 32 days.

The longest shutdown for the artistic mainstay in its history, the closure would end up being extended to the end of May 2021, potentially adding up to billions in tourism losses.

High risk factors for theaters, according to The New York Times, included a typically older audience, often rife with tourists, along with cramped seating and an inability to practice social distancing in those spaces.

“There’s no such thing as social distancing for actors—our jobs sometimes require that we go to work and kiss our colleagues eight times a week,” actress Kate Shindle, president of the Actors' Equity Association labor union told the newspaper. “Although nobody wanted to close the theaters, at the same time people were starting to be scared to work, and with good reason.”

Thirty-one productions were showing on Broadway when the ban took effect, and a handful, including Disney's musical version of Frozen and Tina Fey's Mean Girls, were closed permanently due to the closure.

Previously, the longest the district was dark was 25 days in 1975 during a musicians' strike.

Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, Broadway was shuttered for two business days. 

For more events that took place on
March 12th, please click here.
Today is
National Alfred Hitchcock Day (even though no one knows why).

Did You Know?

  • Alfred Hitchcock was afraid of law enforcement...and breakfast.
  • Alfred Hitchcock brought sound to British movies.
  • Alfred Hitchcock was as successful in front of the camera on the small screen as he was behind the camera on the big screen.
  • Alfred Hitchcock popularized the MacGuffin.
  • Alfred Hitchcock personally funded Psycho.

Find out the stories behind these and other facts by clicking here.

Text and Photo: 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
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