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

Friday, March 5, 2021
This Week's Featured Video
From The Chamber YouTube Channel
"Shop Where I Live" Gift Card Tutorial

Have you subscribed to the official Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce YouTube channel yet? We continue to add content to our library, including this week's video: a handy and quick tutorial on how to use the gift card feature on our "Shop Where I Live" website. Compliments of Frankie DiCarlantonio at Scaffidi's Restaurant & Tavern.

While you're visiting our YouTube channel, check out this cool aerial tour of Jefferson County and the 2020 Annual Dinner feature video.
Last Week's Informational Workshop Available To View or Print
Last week, 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.
Face-To-Face Coffee & Connections Returns!
With two important workshops afterward.

The Chamber is excited to be hosting its first, in-person Coffee & Connections after nearly a year! On Wednesday, March 10th, join us at St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville for a delicious breakfast followed by our popular and fun speed-networking session. We'll be able to safely distance, and of course, mask mandates will be in place. Bring business cards, flyers, menus, giveaway items, or brochures to distribute.

Afterward, we will be hosting our "New Member Orientation" at 9:30 for those new to the Chamber or anyone who would like a refresher on how to make the most of their membership. And from 10:30 to noon, learn all you need to know about the Chamber's new online selling platform at the "Shop Where I Live 101" workshop. Bring your laptop or tablet and we'll help you get registered, set up, and answer any questions you may have. If you're already on Shop Where I Live, it's a great chance to get up to speed on adding more products or any other areas that you may have questions about. There's no charge for the workshop, which will run from 10:30 to noon and no RSVP is necessary for the either of the post-Coffee & Connections events.
What: "Coffee & Connections"
When: Wednesday, March 10th, 2021
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Where: St. Florian Event Center
Cost: $15 per person ($20 for walk-ins)
RSVP: By clicking here or the button below.
"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. Not only is one-to-one assistance available from the Chamber staff, but there are also weekly online webinars AND a free workshop coming up next week at St. Florian Event Center. There is no charge for either of 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. In-Person "Shop Where I Live" Workshop
Wednesday, March 10th - 10:30 a.m. to Noon
St. Florian Event Center, Wintersville
No RSVP. No Charge.
Bring your laptop or Ipad (fully charged). Limited access to electrical outlets.

II. Virtual Workshop: Platform Tips & Tricks
Wednesday, March 10th - 12 noon to 12:30 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.)
Creating An Employee Social Media Policy
Live Mini Webchat
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 12 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
Presenter: Joanna Forbes, SHRM-CP, HR Advisor, SBDC

Do you have a social media policy outlining what your employees may and may not say on their personal social media pages? Are you aware of what is permitted to be in that policy? The National Labor Relations Act protects the rights of employees to act together to address conditions at work, with or without a union. This protection extends to certain work-related conversations conducted on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Learn how you can protect your business and provide clear guidance on this issue at the next Ohio Small Business Development Center online workshop.
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.

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

Misc. office chairs, desk and lobby type. Small kitchenette table & chairs (perfect for break room),
65# card stock (pale green) - 500 sheets. Misc. envelopes - various sizes
Contact Tricia Maple, Jefferson County Chamber, Steubenville. Phone 740.282.6226

The Chamber is in need of literature racks - wall mount or free standing - that are in good shape or can be easily spruced up for use in the lobby. Email Tricia Maple at
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.


As the Ohio Valley continues to reopen safely, remember to continue supporting our local, Chamber member food businesses. They are working hard to adapt to your needs and come back from months of restrictions and limitations. Click here for the latest issue of "Let's Eat!"

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.

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.
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.
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 to schedule an appointment. Holiday Inn-Weirton is located at 350 Three Springs Drive in Weirton.
RSVP Volunteer Opportunities

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), an AmeriCorp Seniors program is seeking volunteers for the Jefferson County area.

Opportunities include: Ohio Valley Health Center, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross (additional application and training required by Red Cross), Urban Mission, and the Cancer Dietary Initiative.

For more information, please contact Marti Leake at 330-424-7877 or via email at AmeriCorps Senior is located at 966 1/2 N. Market Street in Lisbon, Ohio. Check out the website here.
We Put Back Some of
What Travel Takes Out

At The Holiday Inn Weirton we put the human touch back into your travel experience. It all starts with a warm welcome upon arrival. Then, the caring keeps coming with everything from the luxurious comfort of our well-appointed guest rooms and bedding package, to our highly trained staff members who are dedicated to anticipating your needs so your stay is the best it can be.

Come and see us! We always have a warm smile and welcome with your name on it; just for you.

15% Off Room Rates at the  
Holiday Inn Weirton for Members of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce  

How to receive this special offer?
Click below for a flyer containing a QR Code to Book Directly online or visit and Enter Corporate ID 10019855.
Local American Red Cross Chapter Needs Your Help
Make a difference in your community. As a volunteer with the American Red Cross of Central Appalachia you can help families recover after a home fire, encourage ongoing blood donations by volunteering at life-saving blood drives, support America’s military families, or take on any number of other (virtual!) roles that make our communities safer, stronger and more resilient. Get started by clicking below.
Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Ohio Chamber Voices Continued Support for Ohio Fairness Act

On Wednesday, the Ohio Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee passed Senate Bill 9 by a vote of 4-2.

Earlier this month, the Ohio Chamber put forth proponent testimony regarding Senate Bill 9; a measure that would reduce regulatory restrictions for administrative agencies by 30% by the year 2025.

Additionally, the bill would stipulate that if the agency cannot meet this reduction schedule, they must comply with the “2-for-1” requirement for any new regulatory restriction.

This bill has appeared in the previous two general assemblies – SB 293 in the 132nd general assembly and SB 1 in the 133rd general assembly – each time receiving support from the Ohio Chamber as well as other business trade associations.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
U.S. Chamber Takes New Actions to Support and Empower Employers to Help Accelerate Vaccinations, Protect Workers, and Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today launched the Rally for Recovery Commitment (, supporting and empowering businesses and business organizations nationwide to take basic but important steps to accelerate vaccinations, protect workers, stop the spread of coronavirus, and defeat the pandemic. The Rally for Recovery Commitment is the latest step in the Chamber’s ongoing and expansive efforts to ensure business leaders have the tools and resources they need to inform and protect their employees, communicate to their customers, support their communities, and get our country back to health.

The Rally for Recovery Commitment encourages every company and organization to continue to do their part to help protect our employees, customers and communities, so that together we can reignite the economy and defeat the pandemic. The commitment includes examples of steps employers can take from continuing to encourage masking, providing vaccination information to employees, paid time-off for employees to get vaccinated, and communicating the importance of vaccines in the local community. As part of the effort, the Chamber is expanding its efforts to develop and distribute guides and resources to help employers achieve these goals.

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 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
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 goal.

Borrow the book by clicking here.
Today in History
- March 5, 1963 -
Hula Hoop patented

From History: The Hula Hoop, a hip-swiveling toy that became a huge fad across America when it was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958, is patented by the company’s co-founder, Arthur “Spud” Melin. An estimated 25 million Hula Hoops were sold in its first four months of production alone.

In 1948, friends Arthur Melin and Richard Knerr founded a company in California to sell a slingshot they created to shoot meat up to falcons they used for hunting. The company’s name, Wham-O, came from the sound the slingshots supposedly made. Wham-O eventually branched out from slingshots, selling boomerangs and other sporting goods. Its first hit toy, a flying plastic disc known as the Frisbee, debuted in 1957. The Frisbee was originally marketed under a different name, the Pluto Platter, in an effort to capitalize on America’s fascination with UFOs.

Melina and Knerr were inspired to develop the Hula Hoop after they saw a wooden hoop that Australian children twirled around their waists during gym class. Wham-O began producing a plastic version of the hoop, dubbed “Hula” after the hip-gyrating Hawaiian dance of the same name, and demonstrating it on Southern California playgrounds. Hula Hoop mania took off from there.

The enormous popularity of the Hula Hoop was short-lived and within a matter of months, the masses were on to the next big thing. However, the Hula Hoop never faded away completely and still has its fans today. According to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, in April 2004, a performer at the Big Apple Circus in Boston simultaneously spun 100 hoops around her body. Earlier that same year, in January, according to the Guinness World Records, two people in Tokyo, Japan, managed to spin the world’s largest hoop–at 13 feet, 4 inches–around their waists at least three times each.

Following the Hula Hoop, Wham-O continued to produce a steady stream of wacky and beloved novelty items, including the Superball, Water Wiggle, Silly String, Slip ‘n’ Slide and the Hacky Sack.

For more events that took place on
March 5th, please click here.
Today is
National Cheese Doodles Day.

Did You Know?

  • Cheetos cheese-flavored puffs became a hit in the 1950s. Soon after, Cheez Doodles appeared.
  •  “Cheez Doodles fingers” is the official term used when you get cheese powder on your fingers after eating any cheese-flavored snack food.
  • Cheez Doodles are said to be one of the only packaged snack foods preferred by Julia Child.
  • They have recently entered pop culture as the preferred snack of ESPN NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith. They are also the favorite snack of Lincoln Peirce’s comic character Big Nate.
  • Wise (the company that produces Cheez Doodles) recently made their Crunchy Cheez Doodles “cheezier,” more akin to Cheetos’ flavor.
Text and Photo: Foodimentary
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

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
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