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

Friday, May 28, 2021
In Honor of Those Who Gave All

“…And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice."

– President Ronald Reagan

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce salutes those who gave of their lives for the cause of liberty and justice. May we each take a moment this holiday weekend to contemplate their sacrifice and to honor the legacy these brave men and women have left us.

The Chamber offices will be closed on Monday, May 31st, in observance of Memorial Day.
They will reopen Tuesday, June 1st, at 9 a.m.
This Week's Featured Video

A Look Back At The 2021 Golf Classic!

Click below to see our wrap up video from last week's Trinity Health System/Jefferson County Chamber 2021 Golf Classic.

And don't forget to check out the official Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce YouTube channel!
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 Wednesday, June 9th, at Le Chateau Pier as we (safely) gather to network and mingle with fellow Chamber member businesses and organizations. And if you haven't been to this beautiful, new facility, this is the perfect opportunity. And stick around afterward to take a look around. There's lots to see.

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: May "Coffee & Connections"
When: Wednesday, June 9th, 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.
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.
Workshop For Helping Small Businesses Get Back on Track

The Small Business Administration (SBA) & Public Private Strategies Institute (PPSI) are providing several educational opportunities for you to learn more about programs that will help your business get back on track in a post-Covid world. This is part of an effort to ensure that American small businesses know about the many resources that are available to help their business grow and thrive!

Please mark your calendar for an important webinar hosted by the SBA and PPSI. You will be able to:

  • Hear about what steps you can take now to learn and take advantage of new and existing programs that are available at the SBA
  • Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration
  • Have your questions answered by SBA Leadership & small business experts
  • Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community
  • Discover tools and resources you can use to take your business digital

These sessions are open to any small business owner or community leader and are free of charge.
Next TechCred Round Launches
June 1st

Ohio businesses can visit to apply and to learn about how to help their employees earn a short-term, technology-focused credential at no cost. Not only can businesses upskill their current employees, but they can upskill those they plan to hire as long as they are on the payroll at the time of reimbursement.
More than 1,100 Ohio businesses have used TechCred, some having used it multiple times, creating the opportunity for 19,841 technology-focused credentials to be earned by Ohio employees.
Visit to learn more!
Holiday Inn Weirton-Steubenville Area Wins
2021 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award
The Holiday Inn Weirton-Steubenville Area today announced it has been recognized as a 2021 Travelers’ Choice award winner for accommodations. This achievement celebrates businesses that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to travelers around the globe, having earned great traveler reviews on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months. As challenging as the past year was, Holiday Inn Weirton-Steubenville Area stood out by continuously delighting travelers with over 350 total reviews, a 92% recommendation percentage and consistently being ranked the #1 Hotel in Weirton from

“The past year has been extremely challenging for our hotel and the entire hospitality business. However, there is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by our guests from their outstanding reviews. The high levels of service provided by the entire team at the Holiday Inn Weirton-Steubenville area is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence. We are thrilled to serve as the number one hotel in Weirton from for the 11th consecutive year and look forward to a successful 2021 by providing great service with a clean and safe environment for our guests,” said Brad Degenkolb, Director of Sales at the hotel.
“Winning the 2021 Travelers’ Choice Award is a true source of pride for the entire team at the Holiday Inn Weirton-Steubenville Area and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on Tripadvisor as well as each of our team members for providing excellent service,” said Brandy Wenner, General Manager at the facility.

To see traveler reviews and popular features and amenities of Holiday Inn Weirton-Steubenville Area name, visit
Wintersville Businesses Joining Forces for a New Promote the Village
Kick Off is Wednesday, June 2nd - 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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.
This Weekend: A Special Memorial Day Theatrical Presentation
Cloak & Dagger On the Air will present a special Memorial Day-themed episode at the Weirton Area Museum & Cultural Center on Saturday, May 29th, at 7 p.m.

This two-hour production will be performed in the style of live radio drama and will feature a variety of stories honoring the sacrifice of our servicemen and women throughout the ages, including “Untitled” by Norman Corwin* and “Lonely Eagles,” an original play by Pete Fernbaugh about the Tuskegee Airmen, featuring special guest stars Rev. Rudy and Rosie McAllister and honorary Tuskegee Airman Ambrose Bolling.

Cloak & Dagger On the Air: Eulogy is presented by The Ohio Valley Cloak & Dagger Company. Classical pianist Roberta Fedoush will perform a score comprised of original and traditional pieces. This production will be available to the public in two ways:

First, it will be broadcast free of charge via the Weirton Area Museum & Cultural Center’s Facebook page. Viewers will have an opportunity throughout the show to donate to the Museum via PayPal ( All proceeds from the livestream will go to benefit WAMCC.

Second, Cloak & Dagger On the Air: Eulogy will be open to an in-person audience. The CDC’s current COVID-19 safety guidelines will be followed. Admission is free, although we ask those attending in-person to consider a donation to WAMCC to help both the Museum and Cloak & Dagger cover the costs of this production. If possible, please let us know in advance that you will be attending. Reservations can be made by calling 304-224-1909.

WAMCC is located at 3149 Main Street in Weirton, West Virginia. Doors will open at 6:30, when R.J. Gaudio, Troubadour, will perform a half-hour set of classic folk and pop music. The show will then begin promptly at 7.

*This production of “Untitled” is presented with permission from the Norman Corwin Estate.
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.
The House Passes House Bill 157 -- Municipal Income Tax Update

In March of 2020, the business community identified the complexity of municipal income tax withholding as an issue that needed to be addressed in light of the developing health pandemic. The legislature did hear the concern and added Section 29 (temporary language) to HB 197 while it was pending in the Senate during the 133 General Assembly. This language was seen as a temporary solution tied to the duration of an executive order. Fast forward 14 months, and the pandemic is still with us and business community employers are just beginning to put in place new work arrangements for a post-pandemic workforce.

Sub. HB 157 provides a firm stop date for Section 29 language. Without Sub. HB 157, the provisions in Section 29 of HB 197 are subject to an uncertain end-date. However, the executive order that sets in motion the end of the provisions in Section 29 may face a challenge once SB 22 becomes effective. Some commentators place the end of Section 29 provisions as early as August 2021. Sub. HB 157 recognizes that to end tax reporting requirements in the middle of a tax reporting period creates confusion and unneeded administrative burden for tax professionals and sets an end-date of December 31, 2021.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
How an Executive Order Could Help Asian-American Businesses Recover

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.

For nearly a year during the pandemic and the resulting economic downturn, small businesses, including those owned by Asian Americans, struggled for their very survival.

A new executive order could help these businesses—and other minority-owned businesses—as they regain their footing after a very tough year. And this in turn, could create more jobs and help solidify the recovery.  

President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through the Federal Government” could create opportunities for all minority businesses looking to become part of the federal government’s supply chain and this is no small deal.

Each year, the federal government spends trillions of dollars on products and services. More minority-owned businesses should recognize this as a huge business opportunity.

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:

Just Work 
by Kim Scott

From Kim Scott, author of the revolutionary New York Times bestseller Radical Candor, comes Just Work: Get Sh*t Done, Fast & Fair—how we can recognize, attack, and eliminate workplace injustice—and transform our careers and organizations in the process. We—all of us—consistently exclude, underestimate, and underutilize huge numbers of people in the workforce even as we include, overestimate, and promote others, often beyond their level of competence. Not only is this immoral and unjust, it's bad for business. Just Work is the solution. Just Work is Kim Scott's new book, revealing a practical framework for both respecting everyone's individuality and collaborating effectively. This is the essential guide leaders and their employees need to create more just workplaces and establish new norms of collaboration and respect.

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

- May 28, 1937 -
Volkswagen is founded

From History: On May 28, 1937, the government of Germany–then under the control of Adolf Hitler of the National Socialist (Nazi) Party–forms a new state-owned automobile company, then known as Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH. Later that year, it was renamed simply Volkswagenwerk, or “The People’s Car Company.”

Originally operated by the German Labor Front, a Nazi organization, Volkswagen was headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany.

In addition to his ambitious campaign to build a network of autobahns and limited access highways across Germany, Hitler’s pet project was the development and mass production of an affordable yet still speedy vehicle that could sell for less than 1,000 Reich marks (about $140 at the time).

To provide the design for this “people’s car,” Hitler called in the Austrian automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche. In 1938, at a Nazi rally, the Fuhrer declared: “It is for the broad masses that this car has been built. Its purpose is to answer their transportation needs, and it is intended to give them joy.”

To read this entire article, please click here.
Monday is Memorial Day.

Did You Know?

  • 91 – Number of members of the 117th Congress who have served in the U.S. military, the lowest total since at least World War II.
  • 2.4 Million+ – Number of veterans fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • 2.5 Million – People are expected to travel by plane over Memorial Day weekend (nearly six times more than in 2020).
  • 818 – Number of hot dogs consumed every second from Memorial Day to Labor Day (seven billion total).
  • 20 to 80 Percent Off – Discount shoppers can expect during Memorial Day weekend sales.

Text: WalletHub
Picture: AAA Newsroom
Tricia Maple-Damewood

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Hannah Ward
Administrative & Membership Coordinator

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Billing Support
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The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285
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