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



Friday, March 26, 2021
This Week's Featured Video

Stimulus Checks Alone May Not Spur Inflation. Here’s What Could.

From the Wall Street Journal: "The IRS sent roughly 90 million stimulus checks to Americans in March. WSJ’s chief economics commentator Greg Ip explains why stimulus checks alone are unlikely to spur inflation. " Watch video by clicking "Play."

And don't forget to check out the official Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce YouTube channel!
It's Not Time To Let Down Your Guard - Or Your Mask

As Covid numbers continue to stabilize and drop, remember that the recovery of our local business community is still an uncertainty. It's our job, as fellow business owners and citizens, to continue following the safety protocols that are still in place. Erring to the side of being safe is never a mistake. To put it in sports analogy terms, we are not in the end zone but just have the ball, good field placement, and the clock is in our favor.

Want more evidence? Click here to read an article from Cleveland Clinic about the five reasons you should continue wearing your mask, even after you are vaccinated. Continue to follow CDC guidelines and utilize the Jefferson County Health Department if you have questions or concerns. 
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.



Below are the updates from Governor DeWine’s press conferences. The next press conference is currently scheduled for Monday March 29th at 2:00pm. You may view it on the WTOV9 website here.
 
 


  • Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
  • 854,450 confirmed cases
  • 151,721 probable cases
  • 957,675 presumed recovered
  • 1,006,171 total cases
  • 52,539 hospitalizations
  • 18,382 Ohio resident deaths
  • 18,388 deaths in State of Ohio
  • 7,369 ICU admissions 
  • 146.9 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
  •  As of yesterday, more than 46,000 people have been vaccinated at the state-federal mass vaccination clinic at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center.

  • Next week will be the final segment of first doses vaccines.
 
  • Starting April 6, second doses will begin to be administered. Appointments can be scheduled by visiting gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or by calling 1-833-427-5634 (1-833-4-ASK-ODH).
 
REGIONAL MASS VACCINATION SITES

  • Next week, Ohio will open 11 stationary mass vaccination sites and four mobile clinics that will travel throughout specific regions of the state.
 
  • The stationary mass vaccination sites will be held at:
  • The Knights of Columbus, Lima, Ohio
  • The Lucas County Rec Center, Maumee, Ohio
  • Dayton-Montgomery County Convention Center, Dayton, Ohio
  • The Celeste Center, Columbus, Ohio
  • The Summit County Fairgrounds, Akron, Ohio
  • The site of the former Dillard's at Southern Park Mall, Youngstown, Ohio
  • The Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • The Wilmington Airpark, Wilmington, Ohio
  • Adena Medical Education Center, Chillicothe, Ohio
  • Wayne Street Medical Campus, Marietta, Ohio
  • Colony Square Mall, Zanesville, Ohio
 
  • Additionally, an Ohio Northern University mobile clinic will start next week and travel between Wyandot, Marion, Union, Logan, Crawford and Hardin counties.
 
  • The Ohio University Mobile Clinic will travel between Lawrence, Meigs, Vinton, Washington, Morgan and Perry counties.
 
  • Additional details about the stationary and mobile clinics will be available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
 

  • Appointments will be available for Ohioans ages 16 years and older. 
 
VACCINE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

  • The Ohio Department of Aging has created the Vaccine Maintenance Program to ensure new residents and employees, and established residents and employees who previously decided not to receive a vaccine, can still choose to receive one. 
 
  • The list of facilities includes nursing homes and assisted living facilities who have not indicated their willingness to participate in the Vaccine Maintenance Program or how they would make vaccinations available to their residents and staff.  
 
BMV WEBSITE REDESIGN

  • Lt. Governor Husted and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) yesterday announced the launch of a vastly improved, more user-friendly BMV website.
  • The redesign allows Ohio customers to have a faster, easier and more streamlined experience when they are using this resource. 
  • The newly redesigned website features a number of enhanced tools including a simplified authentication process for logging in, a dynamic search function to help customers explore by keyword, and a new “My BMV” profile allowing the user to see the status of their driver’s license, organ donation options, driving record, and more, all on one page as compared to the more than ten pages it was previously.
  • Additionally, Ohioans will have an easier time utilizing the site on their mobile device.
 
TEAM OHIO RECOGNITION

  • Lt. Governor Husted also announced that this week, Government Technology Magazine named its annual Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.
  • This program annually recognizes the work of innovators around the country to improve state and local government through technology.  
 
  • Along with 21 individuals, the magazine recognized four teams.
  • Among those teams was “Team Ohio,” including Lt. Governor Husted and Ervan Rodgers, the State Chief Information Officer and Assistant Director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services.
 
  • The magazine focused on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with Ohio’s ongoing focus on making use of technology assets to improve the well-being of Ohioans and their health, property, security, livelihood, and prosperity.
 
OHIO PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY SYSTEM

  •  New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health shows declining rates of COVID-19 exposure and spread in ten counties.
  • Dropping from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2: Brown, Columbiana, Coshocton, Fulton, Lawrence, and Logan. 
  • Dropping from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 1: Holmes and Van Wert. 
 
JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES UPDATE      
 
  • Governor DeWine announced a new agreement between the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Google to conduct data analytics on all outstanding claims.
  • Google will review claims for markers and patterns of fraud. This will allow the department to prioritize and quickly process legitimate, outstanding claims. 
  • Additionally, Governor DeWine announced that David DeVillers, former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, will join the Public-Private Partnership Team (P3) as the law enforcement subject matter expert. 
  • He will serve as a liaison between the department and local, state and federal law enforcement. 
 
CASE DATA & VACCINE INFORMATION
 
Ohioans can 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.
 
"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.
Register Now (THIS AFTERNOON! You can still join us.)

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.)
Check Out Local Lenten Menu Features

Support our local restaurants this last week of the 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!"
Announcing April's Coffee & Connections

Please join us for "Coffee & Connections," the Chamber's popular monthly networking event. After a delicious hot breakfast, each attendee gets the opportunity to give a brief "commercial" about their business or organization, and distribute business cards, brochures, coupons, or other promotional items. 

Date: Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
Time: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Location: Froehlich's Classic Corner 500 Washington Street, Downtown Steubenville
Fees/Admission: $15 per person with advance reservation. $20 per person for walk-ins with no advance reservation.
Contact Information: Hannah Ward via email here
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.
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.
RSVP Volunteer Opportunities and Advisory Council

Retired Senior Volunteer Program, an AmeriCorp Seniors program, is looking for individuals who would like to enhance the lives of Jefferson County residents by serving on the RSVP Advisory Council.

The purpose of the Advisory Council will be to advise and support the AmeriCorps Seniors programs of FCS on the following, but not limited to: community outreach; fundraising and resource development; and volunteer recruitment, retention, and recognition.

RSVP also has volunteer opportunities open at the following community partners: Southern Care Hospice, Ohio Valley Health Clinic, the Chamber office, Trinity Health, American Red Cross, to name a few.

Call or email Marti Leake for details: 330-424-7877 or mleake@fcsserves.org. AmeriCorps Senior is located at 966 1/2 N. Market Street in Lisbon, Ohio. Check out the website here.
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. For a downloadable flyer
Need a Small Place to
Meet for the Day?

Contact the Holiday Inn Weirton to reserve our 10 Person Conference Room.

Enjoy Free WiFi, TV with HDMI Input (Upon Request), Complimentary Bottled Water, and Office Supplies.

Whatever your small meeting needs may be, give us a call to book.

Contact: Brad Degenkolb Director of Sales at 304-723-5522 ext. 800 or via his cell at 740-381-0394. You can email him at b_degenkolb@yahoo.com.

You can also download a flyer with this information here.
Join the Weirton Area Museum & Cultural Center on Saturday, March 27th, at 7 p.m. for a special online fundraiser featuring Cloak & Dagger On the Air in their first public performance since February 2020.

This livestream will be broadcast free of charge via our Facebook page and will feature three fully produced dramas from the Golden Age of Radio. Cloak & Dagger On the Air: A Celebration of Suspense! is presented by The Ohio Valley Cloak & Dagger Company. Viewers will have an opportunity throughout the show to donate to the Museum via PayPal.

The livestream can be viewed via the Museum's Facebook page, which can be found here.
Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Tax Conformity Bill Passes the House

Last month the Senate passed Senate Bill 18 to conform the Ohio tax code with the federal tax code. This conformity will date back to March of 2020 and will include any changes to the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) from last March until the date of enactment. Here is a link to the first blog on this legislation.

On March 24, the House passed SB 18 with a few changes added during the committee process. SB 18 picked up amendments to: limit the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation surplus payments from commercial activity tax (CAT) to tax years 2020 and 2021; allow unemployment benefit recipients to check the box to withhold state income tax, starting in 2022; grant the Ohio Department of Taxation the ability to waive penalty and interest in certain situations concerning unemployment benefits; and added language from House Bill 124 to reduce the withholding tax rate on pass through entities to the business income tax rate (currently 3%). This last amendment is a public policy priority for the Ohio Chamber.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
The Business Community Values Water

(From March 22nd, 2021) Happy World Water Day! 

Designated by the United Nations since 1993, World Water Day celebrates water and builds awareness of the billions living without safe water worldwide, including more than 2 million here in the U.S.

As the 2021 theme is “valuing water,” I am reminded of a Benjamin Franklin quote, “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” Value is more than just dollars. 

Building modern, resilient infrastructure, including water, wastewater, and stormwater, is a top priority for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. America’s businesses depend on access to these lifeline services for their economic prosperity, as well as for the health and quality of life of their employees, customers, and families in the communities where they operate.

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 Long-Distance Teammate:
Stay Engaged and Connected While Working Anywhere
by Kevin Eikenberry

What does it mean to "go to work" when you don't actually leave the house? This is the ultimate guide for remote workers who want to stay engaged as team members, maintain robust work relationships, and keep an eye on their long-term career goals.

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

- March 26, 1953 -
Dr. Jonas Salk announces polio vaccine

From History: On March 26, 1953, American medical researcher Dr. Jonas Salk announces on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio. In 1952—an epidemic year for polio—there were 58,000 new cases reported in the United States, and more than 3,000 died from the disease. For promising eventually to eradicate the disease, which is known as “infant paralysis” because it mainly affects children, Dr. Salk was celebrated as the great doctor-benefactor of his time.

Polio, a disease that has affected humanity throughout recorded history, attacks the nervous system and can cause varying degrees of paralysis. Since the virus is easily transmitted, epidemics were commonplace in the first decades of the 20th century. The first major polio epidemic in the United States occurred in Vermont in the summer of 1894, and by the 20th century thousands were affected every year. In the first decades of the 20th century, treatments were limited to quarantines and the infamous “iron lung,” a metal coffin-like contraption that aided respiration. Although children, and especially infants, were among the worst affected, adults were also often afflicted, including future president Franklin D. Roosevelt, who in 1921 was stricken with polio at the age of 39 and was left partially paralyzed. Roosevelt later transformed his estate in Warm Springs, Georgia, into a recovery retreat for polio victims and was instrumental in raising funds for polio-related research and the treatment of polio patients.

Salk, born in New York City in 1914, first conducted research on viruses in the 1930s when he was a medical student at New York University, and during World War II helped develop flu vaccines. In 1947, he became head of a research laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh and in 1948 was awarded a grant to study the polio virus and develop a possible vaccine. By 1950, he had an early version of his polio vaccine.

Salk’s procedure, first attempted unsuccessfully by American Maurice Brodie in the 1930s, was to kill several strains of the virus and then inject the benign viruses into a healthy person’s bloodstream. The person’s immune system would then create antibodies designed to resist future exposure to poliomyelitis. Salk conducted the first human trials on former polio patients and on himself and his family, and by 1953 was ready to announce his findings. This occurred on the CBS national radio network on the evening of March 25 and two days later in an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Salk became an immediate celebrity.

In 1954, clinical trials using the Salk vaccine and a placebo began on nearly two million American schoolchildren. In April 1955, it was announced that the vaccine was effective and safe, and a nationwide inoculation campaign began. Shortly thereafter, tragedy struck in the Western and mid-Western United States, when more than 200,000 people were injected with a defective vaccine manufactured at Cutter Laboratories of Berkeley, California. Thousands of polio cases were reported, 200 children were left paralyzed and 10 died.

The incident delayed production of the vaccine, but new polio cases dropped to under 6,000 in 1957, the first year after the vaccine was widely available. In 1962, an oral vaccine developed by Polish-American researcher Albert Sabin became available, greatly facilitating distribution of the polio vaccine. Today, there are just a handful of polio cases in the United States every year. Among other honors, Jonas Salk was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. He died in La Jolla, California, in 1995.

For more events that took place on
March 26th, please click here.
According to Boston, the birthplace of the late actor Leonard Nimoy, today is Live Long and Prosper Day, named after his beloved Star Trek character Mr. Spock.

Did You Know?

The classic Vulcan greeting made famous by his Star Trek character was inspired by a blessing from the Jewish faith, Nimoy...told the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project in 2014.
 
The hand gesture is also in the shape of the Hebrew letter "shin," Nimoy explained. "People don't realize they're blessing each other with this. It's great."

Text: Mashable
Photo: MeTV
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