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

Friday, January 15, 2021
This Week's Featured Video
A Martin Luther King Jr. Video To Share With Your Kids

Your kids may know his name and the words, but do they know about the man who said them? Take a look at this creative and informative video from Brain Pop.
On November 3, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill marking the third Monday of every January as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. And in January 1986, the first national Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday was observed. While marches and parades, the typical forms of remembrance, are not now possible due to safety concerns, it is an extremely important year to note the message and achievements of this significant civil rights leader. Please read on for messages and commentary from local black leaders and business owners. And click here for a list of events and activities in our area.

Michael McIntyre, President - Steubenville NAACP
"With the optimism of the New Year coming, we at the Steubenville NAACP will use Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s question from the title of his last book as our guide, which is Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?. We will choose community and try to partner with those in the community who agree with Dr. King's legacy of equality for the Black Citizens in America."

Dr. James Baber - Retired Educator
“We have had a difficult year in 2020 due to the virus, social unrest, police brutality, lack of employment, food insecurity and drug issues, but there is hope in the future for 2021. As the Reverend Jessie Jackson quotes often, “We must keep hope alive.’’

Chari Bills, School Director - Ohio Phlebotomy Training Center, Steubenville
“A riot is the language of the unheard” is one of my favorite quotes of Dr. King. In light of what our society is going through, let's not focus on the riots or the behavior but let’s try to look at the bigger picture and view things from the other side - the side of the minority." 

Phil Livingston, Owner - Baby Boyz Barbecue & Catering, Toronto
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." This is my favorite Dr. King quote. Be mindful of situations and handle your challenges and controversy with grace. Take the time to understand what lies in front of you."
Hats Off to These Chamber Members!
Supporting Fellow Members In Tough TImes

The Chamber community has had a year like no other with many members and organizations struggling to stay afloat. This sometimes means that they are unable to keep their Chamber membership dues current. To prevent this from happening, several Chamber members stepped up this past year to help by "sponsoring" a fellow member's dues. We would like to tip our hat to Apollo Pro Cleaning & Restoration, John Cucarese Financial Services, Naylor Law Offices, and Toni Moreland State Farm Insurance for sponsoring Chamber memberships for both new businesses and nonprofits in our community. If you would like to sponsor a Chamber member or learn more, contact us at 740.282.6226.
Toni Moreland State Farm
Love is in the air!
Share Your High School Photos & You Could Win A $50 Gift Card! 
With February and Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's an opportunity for a much-needed break from the "serious and senseless" that has been consuming our days and nights. And nothing brings a smile to someone's face like really bad high school photos.

Send us your "young love" pictures from prom, homecoming, or sock hop (depending on your age), and we'll share them to Facebook all of February, allowing people to guess who's in each picture. Email your photo to with "Young Love" in the subject line.

Everyone who participates will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card to a Chamber member business of your choice.
2021 Membership Directory & Community Guide Coming This Spring
A new look, virtual format and great advertising opportunities

The Chamber's first-ever virtual membership directory & community guide is in the works and will serve many purposes when it goes live in the spring of 2021. The new, interactive version includes ads in the digital GoGuide® that are linked to your website, giving readers one-click access to your business. In addition, advertisers may change out their ad throughout the year at no charge. This is ideal for businesses and organizations that have seasonal products, special events, or fundraisers to promote. 1,000 hard copy issues will also be printed and distributed at area hotels and throughout the chamber offices to people visiting, new residents, or prospective businesses considering Jefferson County as their home.

You will be contacted in the coming weeks by representatives from Lunar Cow Publishing, who is partnering with the Chamber on this project. They have a long history of providing great products and services to chambers of commerce nationwide and their friendly, knowledgeable staff is happy to help.
Updates & Resources To Start The Year Including Safe Restaurant Guide

Please see below for recent updates and information that may be helpful. The Chamber will continue to pass along important local, state, and federal information as we receive it. Please let us know if there is something you would like to see that we are not currently providing.

Are You Promoting How You Should For Valentine's Day?
The New "Ohio Valley Shop Where I Live" Website is the perfect platform.
The Chamber recently launched its "Ohio Valley Shop Where I Live" website featuring an online shopping platform that is easy to use, free, and effective for local member businesses. It's a great resource for businesses in need of an online selling platform and also for shoppers who want to support our local businesses. It's also ideal for non profits and schools who may use it to sell tickets, accept donations, or provide downloadable coupons.


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!"
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.
Pre-Valentine's Day Sale

Celebrations by Angie is offering 20% off all pre-ordered Valentine’s Day Candy Bouquets and Artificial Flower Arrangements.

Orders must be placed and paid by the 31st of January to receive the discount.

Also! 10% off all Valentine’s Day Balloons by the 31st.

Orders must be placed and paid by the 31st of January.

For more information, please call Angie Kirkpatrick at 1-740-266-2789.

Prices start at $34.99.

Orders must be received before January 31st. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Celebrations by Angie is located at the Fort Steuben Mall.
Check Out the Latest Issue of Encino Energy's Landowner Newsletter

The most recent issue of Encino Energy's Landowner Newsletter is now available.
In it, they give various updates, including an Operations Update and a Community Update, along with other valuable information. You can find it by clicking here.

Blood Donations Very Much Needed.
Come Out Next Week & Give.

The Holiday Inn Weirton and Undo's Catering are happy to donate the use of the ballroom for an upcoming Red Cross Blood Drive. Please join us for a very important blood drive on January 19th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit to schedule an appointment. Can't make it this Tuesday? Stay tuned for more 2021 Dates! 
Steubenville Public Library Presents Online Antique Appraisal
Saturday, February 27th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Find out what your treasured antique and collectible items are worth for FREE without leaving the comfort of your home. Mike Ivankovich is an Antiques & Home Downsizing Expert, author, columnist, and host of the What's It Worth? Ask Mike the Appraiser radio show. He conducts nearly 100 appraisal events each year.

Participants may have one to two items for Mike to appraise. It takes two to three minutes for each appraisal. Spacing for the event is limited. Registration is required by calling the Main Library at 740.282.9782. The program will take place using Zoom. You will need to send PLSJ your email address to link to the program on February 27th. A program agenda will be emailed in advance to those who register.

For a downloadable flyer containing this information, please click here.
Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
A (Not-So-Fond) Farewell To That Which Defined the Ohio Legislature
in 2019 and 2020

Two things perhaps best defined the 133rd General Assembly, the two-year state legislative session that began in January 2019 and ended at the end of 2020. One of those two things was, obviously, the coronavirus. The other was intraparty squabbling, specifically within the Republican Party. It was par for the course, then, that, right up until the legislature’s very last day of business at the Statehouse on December 22, these two factors reigned supreme.

From considering legislation to assist Ohio businesses, local governments, and citizens struggling to survive amidst the health and economic turmoil caused by COVID-19, to fighting over the scope of the emergency powers granted under Ohio law to Gov. Mike DeWine and to the director of the Ohio Department of Health, to disagreements about the adequacy – or lack thereof – of health and safety protocols at the Statehouse itself, to, lastly, the absence of at least five lawmakers due to positive COVID tests during the legislature’s final days in December, the virus was ever-present in Columbus throughout 2020, both literally and figuratively.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
Deadlines and Decisions
for American Trade in 2021

As the pandemic and recession hopefully begin to give way to vaccines and recovery in 2021, the U.S. Chamber’s International Affairs Division is focused on the issues that will dominate international economic policy in the months ahead. Following are thoughts on some of the key dates, deadlines, and decisions that will loom large for the business community, the new U.S. administration, and the international economy in the year ahead.

January: Multilateralism at the Fore

President-elect Biden has signaled that the United States will reengage in multilateral organizations and agreements on day one.

The Chamber will support U.S. moves to rejoin the Paris Agreement and reengage with the World Health Organization, from which the Trump administration had initiated but not concluded U.S. withdrawal.

On the WHO, the United States will seek reforms as well as reengagement.

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:

Sticking Points
by Haydn Shaw

Updated with new findings on Gen Z! With five generations in the workplace at once, there are bound to be some sticking points. This is the first time in American history that we have five different generations working side-by-side in the workplace: the Traditionalists (born before 1945), the Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Gen X (born between 1965-1980), Millennials (born 1981-2001) and Gen Z (born 1996-present). Haydn Shaw, popular business speaker and generational expert, has identified 12 places where the 5 generations typically come apart in the workplace (and in life as well). These sticking points revolve around differing attitudes toward managing one's own time, texting, social media, organizational structure, and of course, clothing preferences. If we don't learn to work together and stick together around these 12 sticking points, then we'll be wasting a lot of time fighting each other instead of enjoying a friendly and productive team. Sticking Points is a must-read book that will help you understand the generational differences you encounter while teaching us how we can learn to speak one another's language and get better results together.

Click here to borrow your copy.
Today in History
“American Pie” hits #1 on the pop charts
- January 15, 1972 -

From History: On January 15, 1972, “American Pie,” an epic poem in musical form that has long been etched in the American popular consciousness, hits #1 on the Billboard charts.

The story of Don McLean’s magnum opus begins almost 13 years before its release, on a date with significance well-known to any American who was alive and conscious at the time. Tuesday February 3, 1959, was the date of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the J.P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson—a date that would be imbued with transcendent meaning by Don McLean when he labeled it “the Day the Music Died.”

One might reasonably point out that the baby-boom generation has since invested its entire rock-and-roll experience with transcendent meaning, but don’t blame Don McLean for starting the trend. “American Pie” wasn’t written to be a generation-defining epic; it was written simply to capture McLean’s view of “America as I was seeing it and how I was fantasizing it might become.”

When asked to explain what exactly he was trying to say with some of his more ambiguous lyrics, McLean has generally declined. Many others have applied themselves to the task, however, and even today the Internet bristles with exhaustively reasoned interpretations of “American Pie” and its web of lyrical references to the youth culture of the 1950s and 60s.

The meaning of the Stolen Crown and Marching Band may be of interest only to the most obsessive of baby boomers, but almost all of us know the chorus of “American Pie” better than we know our own national anthem, and the chances are good that our great-grandchildren will, too. Which isn’t bad for a song that was written and recorded by a struggling folk singer who merely hoped that it would “earn two or three thousand dollars and make survival for another year possible.”

For more events that took place on
January 15th, please click here.
Did You Know?

Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech was not his first at the Lincoln Memorial.

Six years before his iconic oration at the March on Washington, King was among the civil rights leaders who spoke in the shadow of the Great Emancipator during the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom on May 17, 1957. Before a crowd estimated at between 15,000 and 30,000, King delivered his first national address on the topic of voting rights. His speech, in which he urged America to “give us the ballot,” drew strong reviews and positioned him at the forefront of the civil rights leadership.

Picture: NPR
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:

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Hannah Ward
Administrative Assistant

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Tricia Maple-Damewood

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Craig Cribbs, Reso, Inc.
Billing Support
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Contact Us
The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285