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



Friday, January 22, 2021
This Week's Featured Video

What China’s New Digital Currency Tells Us
About a Cashless Future

From the Wall Street Journal: "China is testing a digital yuan, aiming to accelerate the replacement of cash and increase state control in a society where digital payments via Wechat Pay and Alipay are already the norm. Here’s what Beijing’s new system looks like—and how it would work."
Are you interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

If you are interested, please let Trinity Health System know by doing one of the following:


Vaccines are given by appointment only and prescreening is required. You must be an Ohio resident.

There is no charge for the vaccination, however, your insurance will be billed for the administration of the vaccine. Patients will not be billed. For a downloadable flyer with all of this information, please click here.
GOLF! ANNUAL DINNER!
AND COFFEE & CONNECTIONS RETURNS!
As the Chamber works toward getting back to its "normal", yet safe, schedule of events, please mark your calendars now for our two biggest ones of the year. The Annual Golf Classic will be held on Tuesday, May 18th, at the Steubenville Country Club with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. And The 113th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner is set for Wednesday, October 20th, at St. Florian Event Center. Please watch the weekly In The Know for details as these get closer.

Also, Coffee & Connections, virtual style, will be held on Wednesday, February 10th at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom. You will receive an invitation soon with all of the details. In the meantime, get your one-minute elevator speech ready - yes, you can still get gonged - and we'll have some fun contests and changes as well.
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.


 
Below are the updates from Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted’s latest press conference. The next press conference is currently scheduled for
Tuesday, January 26th at 2:00 P.M. You may view it on the WTOV9 website.
 

 
  • Ohio’s COVID-19 case data:

  • 746,398 confirmed cases
  • 103,306 probable cases 
  • 849,704 total cases
  • 44,315 hospitalizations
  • 9,402 confirmed deaths
  • 1,116 probable deaths
  • 10,518 total deaths
  • 6,465 ICU admissions 
  • 712,864 presumed recovered
  • More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE. 
 
PHASE 1B VACCINATIONS

  • Governor DeWine discussed the vaccine distribution for Phase 1B, which began this week for those ages 80 and up.
 
  • Beginning next week, vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 75 and up.
 
  • Vaccinations will also be available to those with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders, and who have a developmental or intellectual disability.A representative from the local county developmental disabilities board will reach out to help coordinate receipt of the vaccination for Ohioans with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders, as well as a developmental or intellectual disability.
 
IN-HOME RAPID TEST

  • Governor DeWine announced that the state is purchasing 2 million at-home, rapid COVID-19 test using telehealth services where the results are delivered in minutes without the need to send the test to a lab for processing. Developed by Abbott, BinaxNOW is an easy-to-use antigen test that detects the virus when people are most infectious.
 
  • To facilitate the delivery of the BinaxNOW test to the home and the guided collection and testing process, Abbott has partnered with digital health solutions provider eMed™, who will deliver people their results through Abbott’s complementary NAVICA™app in a matter of minutes. eMed™ will report the rapid test results in the electronic lab reporting system.
 
  • This partnership will provide at least 2 million of the BinaxNow tests for Ohioans as, Abbot, eMed™, and the Ohio Department of Health pursue innovative efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
CURFEW EXTENSION

  • Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health will extend Ohio's 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.  The curfew does not apply to those going to and from work, those who have an emergency, or those who need medical care. The curfew is not intended to stop anyone from getting groceries or going to the pharmacy. 

  • Picking up carry-out or a drive-thru meal and ordering for delivery is permitted, but serving food and drink within an establishment must cease at 10:00 p.m.
 
OHIO COUNTY COVID DATA

  • A county-by-county breakdown outlining the presence of COVID-19 in all of Ohio's 88 counties can be found on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System's website.
 
  • All 88 counties have a level of spread that is at least three times more than what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers high incidence.
 
Ohioans may 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.
 
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.

This Week's Member Spotlight: Steubenville Tailorings & Alterations
Feature your ad as next week's Member Spotlight for just $50! Contact the Chamber offices for details at 740.282.6226 or email Hannah Ward here.

CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL EATERIES, BREW PUBS, BAKERIES, AND WINERIES.

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.
P.S. Marketing Inc.: Sanitizers & Masks Blowout Event!
For more information, click the link above or call 304.797.1607.
J.K. Auto Glass Exclusive Chamber Member Windshield Chip Repair Discount

Did you know that a simple rock chip can quickly spread into a crack the whole length of your windshield? And did you also know that temperature changes can help to expedite the spread of a crack? This is a great time to get those chips filled! It's significantly cheaper to have a rock chip filled than to replace your windshield!

We are currently offering a discount to Chamber members who would like to have their windshield rock chips filled.

Special Chamber Member Discount: $49.99 plus tax. (Regular $75)

Offer expires February 15th.

Remember! We offer mobile services so we can come to you!
For a downloadable flyer, please click here. Call (740) 381-1234 for more information.
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
Ohio Senate Makes
Financial Literacy a Priority

Last week, the Ohio Senate introduced their first two bills of the 134th General Assembly. Senate Bill 1 is a reintroduction of Senate Bill 342 of the 133rd General Assembly. SB 1 is legislation that would require each student graduating from high school in Ohio to pass a course on financial literacy. This bill is a priority measure for the Chamber’s Education and Workforce Development Committee.

SB 1 would require students to take a one-half unit course in Financial Literacy which schools can choose to incorporate into two required social studies units. This bill would also require teachers to obtain a license validation for them to be able to teach financial literacy. These two requirements will provide a strong uniformity to Ohio’s educational standards.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
To Our Nation’s Elected Leaders: Americans Hired You.
It’s Time to Do the Job.

An Open Letter to the President, Vice President, and Congressional Leaders

To President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy:

At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we know one of the most powerful and life-changing phrases is, “You got the job.”

For countless Americans, that sentence holds the promise of a new start, a new chapter, and a new pathway to the American Dream.

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:

Develop: 7 Practical Tools to Take Charge of Your Career
by Ted Fleming

Why are some people able to climb the corporate ladder easily while others get stuck? How can you set yourself on a rewarding career path and avoid job frustration?

In Develop: 7 Practical Tools to Take Charge of Your Career, Ted Fleming, head of talent development for CVS Health, shares simple, powerful advice for finding the right job or growing in an existing role. Fleming offers actionable tools and step-by-step techniques that anyone can apply to crystallize and achieve their career goals.


Click here to order a copy of the book.
Today in History
Apple’s iconic “1984” commercial airs during Super Bowl XVIII
- January 22, 1984 -

From History: During a break in the action of Super Bowl XVIII on January 22nd, 1984, audiences first see a commercial that is now widely agreed to be one of the most powerful and effective of all time. Apple's "1984" spot, featuring a young woman throwing a sledgehammer through a screen on which a Big Brother-like figure preaches about "the unification of thought," got people around the United States talking and heralded a new age for Apple, consumer technology and advertising.

The ad was directed by Ridley Scott, who directed the genre-defining dystopian science fiction film Blade Runner in 1982. The spot was in a similar vein, depicting a bleak and monochrome future where a crowd of bald extras—many of them actual skinheads from the streets of London—stood before an enormous screen broadcasting a message of conformity. A runner enters, pursued by police, and hurls the hammer at the screen, destroying it just as the Big Brother figure announces "We shall prevail!" The text in the last shot makes the references to George Orwell explicit: "On January 24th, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh. And you'll see why 1984 won't be like 1984."

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs loved the ad, but Apple's board did not. They asked the agency that produced it, Chiat/Day, to sell back the time they had purchased for the ad, and "1984" only aired because Chiat/Day resorted to subterfuge, intentionally failing to sell back the time. It was the right decision: the ad achieved every company's dream of becoming news itself, receiving free replays on news broadcasts the next day. Super Bowl ads were already big business, but many in the advertising world point to "1984" as the moment when the big game became a venue for innovative, marquee ads, which soon became e a major part of the overall spectacle of the Super Bowl. The spot also cemented Apple's reputation for being iconoclastic, disruptive and forward-thinking, an image that has been central to its brand ever since. By telling a somewhat high-minded story and barely mentioning the product it was selling—no computers appear in the ad—it also helped establish that bolder, less literal advertising could be just as effective, if not more so, than simpler commercials.

For more events that took place on
January 22nd, please click here.
Did You Know?

The name for January comes from the Roman god, Janus, who is always depicted with two heads. He uses one head to look back on the year before, and the other head to look forward into the New Year!

Text: The Fact Site
Picture: Mystic Elements
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 Assistant

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