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

Friday, August 7, 2020
The Office Redesign Has Only Just Begun

From the The Wall Street Journal: "Plexiglass dividers and floor decals might not be permanent, but the pandemic will bring lasting change to offices. Experts from the architecture and real-estate industries share how they are getting back to work and what offices will look like in the future."
Chamber Job Bank: Helping Connect Employers To Quality Candidates
2020 Virtual Burger Bash A Big Success
The format was very different than in the past, but the 2020 Ambassador Burger Bash held on Wednesday was still a great event, raising important funds to support the Anita Jackson Community Scholarship. Event Chair and Ambassador President, Nicole Adamski from The Inn & Suites At Franciscan Square and Ambassador Vice President, Michael Vok from the Ohio Valley Down Syndrome Support Group worked hard to host a safe and small gathering and still give out lots of impressive door prizes and gift baskets. If you missed the drawing, take a look here from our Facebook Live broadcast, compliments of Pierce Media.

The generosity of all involved in the 2020 Burger Bash was humbling as they stepped up to keep an annual tradition alive during a very challenging time. A big thank you to the volunteers, sponsors and prize donors in addition to all who purchased tickets.
Ohio Department of Education Announces
New Industry-Recognized Credential Application and Review Process
The Ohio Department of Education, in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, has developed a new application process for submitting industry-recognized credentials to the approved list for graduation.

Community stakeholders, including schools, parents, students and businesses, may suggest industry credentials for consideration by completing an application. The application process will cycle four times yearly, but the application will always remain open.

Applications for this quarter are due August 30. Approved credentials from this quarter will be available to students for the 2021-2022 school year. For more information and to complete an application, click here. Questions may be directed to Patti Guseman at
The Jefferson County Board of Elections Needs Your Help
Earn money while supporting an important day.
On November 3rd, Americans will again return to the polls. Under normal circumstances, it has become increasingly difficult to find registered voters to serve as poll workers and as everyone knows, nothing about 2020 has been normal.

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is challenging its members and their employees to consider spending one day out of the year working the local voting polls. The pay rate is a minimum of $150 which may be donated back to a local organization if the worker wishes. All registered voters are needed regardless of party affiliation and there are spaces to fill throughout the county. A training session is required in addition to a full day at the polls on November 3rd.

Please reach out to the Board of Elections by calling 740.283.8522. This is a great way to give back, learn about our democratic process and support an important day in our country. Students and retirees are encouraged to participate as well as local business owners and their employees. Want more information on the upcoming election? Click here to visit the Jefferson County Board of Elections website.

"Let's Eat!" Continues To Keep You In The Know On Our Local Food & Drink Businesses.

Remember to continue supporting our local, Chamber member food businesses. They are working hard to adapt to your needs to remain safely open. Click here for the latest issue of "Let's Eat!."

Updates from Ohio Governor DeWine's August 6th Press Conference
The official transcript from yesterday's press conference with Ohio Governor DeWine was not available to share in today's In The Know. You may watch it by clicking here. To view the entire library of Governor DeWine's past press conferences, click here. The next press conference is scheduled for this afternoon at 2 p.m. You may watch it live locally on WTOV9. Also, please see below for a new link to all of Ohio's public health orders pertaining to COVID-19.
Ohio Natural Gas & Oil Industry to Launch Statewide “Essential Ohio Energy” Campaign

On Wednesday, August 12th, the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) will offer a sneak peak into its statewide, multi-platform digital and television campaign to an exclusive group of industry members and partners. The “Essential Ohio Energy” campaign seeks to educate Ohio’s general public about the essential nature of the energy produced right here in Ohio. Participants of the virtual meeting will be given a first-look at the campaign details and videos, and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Zoom Webinar Room

Click here to register or get the link below and use the meeting ID and pass code.
Meeting ID: 831 3510 1123
Passcode: 137921
For more information, contact Kennedy Copeland at or via phone at (740) 587-0410

The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) is a non-profit statewide education and public outreach program. Created in 1998, OOGEEP provides a variety of programs throughout the State of Ohio on behalf of Ohio’s natural gas and crude oil producers. The primary goal of these programs is to educate Ohio’s general public by focusing on industry research, teacher workshops, scholarships, science fair, firefighter training, career and workforce development, landowner and guest speaker programs. Engage with us via, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
Hats Off to Holiday Inn Weirton!
Wins 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for #1 Hotel In Weirton WV

The Chamber would like to tip its hat to the gang over at the Holiday Inn Weirton for being recognized as a 2020 Travelers’ Choice award-winner.

From their press release: Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners are known for consistently receiving great traveler feedback, placing them in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe. The Holiday Inn Weirton has over 330 reviews from past guests with a 91.55% recommendation percentage and 4.5 out of 5 star rating.

"There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awarded based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence. We are thrilled serve as the #1 Hotel in Weirton from for the 10th consecutive year. With 2020 being a challenging year, we continue to provide great service with a clean and safe environment for our guests, ” said Bradford Degenkolb-Director of Sales at the Holiday Inn Weirton

“Winning the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Award is a true source of pride for the entire team at the Holiday Inn-Weirton 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 Holiday Inn-Weirton.
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. And submit your Member Morsel by clicking the button below.
Shoe Sensation is now open on Mall Drive in Steubenville near Rural King! Celebrate its grand opening this weekend, Friday, August 7th through Sunday, August 9th with drawings and prizes. Ten $100 gift cards will be given away! Scan the QR code at the door or in store for mystery discounts. Stop by and check out the great selection of back-to-school shoes, boots, summer sandals and more. Come out and welcome this new addition to our local business community.
The Inn At Brandywine, just outside of Toronto, is celebrating 15 years in business and a few dates are still available for an end-of-summer getaway. Enjoy a clean, safe and beautiful setting with plenty of room for social distancing. The inn is nestled on 140 wooded acres with a private, 5-acre lake. Inside, two kitchens, two full bathrooms and five bedrooms in addition to a great room, living/dining area and TV room allow you to have privacy, quiet and full relaxation. The inn can comfortably sleep 14 guests. Fish, hike, enjoy a lakeside bonfire or a relaxing evening on the deck. You'll feel as if you're miles from home but we're just right up the road. Perfect for a girls or guys weekend, corporate retreat, family get together or special event. Book your holiday party or gathering now. To check availability, visit our Airbnb listing.
The Winter Drive-In in Wintersville is featuring some great throwback movies this weekend. Shows start at dusk. Check out the drive-in's website and Facebook page for next week's listings. We'll see you at the drive-in!
Now through August 28th, Be Spa, LLC in Weirton is offering a special package including a dermaplaning facial and one-hour massage for just $149. Do a duo of relaxation and take some time to treat yourself. For more information, contact Jeannie Burkhead, owner, or Austin Steinerman, Manager at 304.224.1938. Be Spa is located at 241 Three Springs Drive in Weirton.
Don't forget to support our local farmers and spend your money near home by shopping at both Steubenville markets all summer long. The Gateway Market is held on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Eastern Gateway Community College and the Downtown Steubenville Market is held on Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the corner of South 4th and South Streets.

For more information on the Gateway Market, visit the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District website at For information on the downtown Steubenville Market, contact the Steubenville & Jefferson County Visitors Center at 740.283.4935 or visit
Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Multiple Bills Introduced to Repeal Tainted House Bill 6

A week after the arrest of Speaker Householder on federal bribery allegations surrounding enactment of House Bill 6, Sens. Stephanie Kunze and Sean O’Brien introduced a bill to repeal the controversial energy law, SB 346. Reps. Michael O’Brien and Michael Skindell also have introduced a bill, HB 738, to repeal HB 6.

Both of these bills would return Ohio law to exactly where it was before the passage of HB 6 last July.

Reps. Mark Romanchuk and Laura Lanese held a press conference last week to announce their plans to introduce a similar bill that would also undo HB 6. As of yet, that bill has not been formerly introduced.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
Equality of Opportunity Agenda

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched the Equality of Opportunity Initiative in June 2020 to develop real, sustainable solutions to help close race-based opportunity gaps in four areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, and criminal justice. Systemic inequalities in these four areas perpetuate broader inequalities in our society, hold back individual and business success, and hinder economic growth.

Driven by data and informed by conversations with business, government, academic, and civic leaders, in July 2020 we developed this initial Equality of Opportunity Agenda to advance private sector solutions and best practices, scale impactful programs, and drive policy action at the federal, state, and local level.

Read all articles in this series 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. Each week in "In The Know," 
  you to a business book or magazine that will inspire, teach, inform, or elevate you, professionally and personally. This week:

7 Tenets of Taxi Terry:
How Every Employee Can Create and Deliver the Ultimate Customer Experience
by Scott McKain

No matter who you are, what you do, where you work, or how much money you make, you can learn a lot from a cab driver--especially when it is Taxi Terry, a successful self-starting entrepreneur who combines passion with effort and skill to create distinction in his job and in his life.

Bestselling author and Hall of Fame speaker Scott McKain was so impressed by Terry's joyful approach to customer service, he incorporated the driver's inspiring personal philosophy and uplifting advice into his business speeches at corporate events--with stunning success.

View this resource by clicking here.
Have You Check Out The Chamber's New Podcast?
Click above to hear our inaugural episode that aired last week with guest, Father David Pivonka, TOR, President of Franciscan University of Steubenville . And check back each month for a new one.
Today in History
Volkswagen halts production during World War II

- August 7, 1944 -

From On August 7, 1944, under the threat of Allied bombing during World War II, the German car manufacturer Volkswagen halts production of the “Beetle,” as its small, insect-shaped automobile was dubbed in the international press.

Ten years earlier, the renowned automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche had signed a contract with Germany’s Third Reich to develop a prototype of a small, affordable “people’s car.” The German chancellor, National Socialist (Nazi) leader Adolf Hitler, called the car the KdF (Kraft-durch-Freude)-Wagen (or “Strength-Through-Joy” car), after a Nazi-led movement ostensibly aimed at helping the working people of Germany. Porsche didn’t like that moniker; he preferred Volkswagen (meaning “people’s car”), the name under which the car had originally been developed. In 1938, the government built a factory to produce the car in the city of KdF-stat. The first production-ready Beetle debuted at the Berlin Motor Show in 1939. Several months later, Germany invaded Poland, sparking the conflict that would explode into world war.

During the war years, the German army’s need for a lightweight utility vehicle took precedence over the production of affordable passenger cars. The result was the Type 62 Kubelwagen, a convertible vehicle with a modified Beetle chassis, four doors and 18-inch wheels (compared with the Beetle’s 16-inch ones) to give it better ground clearance. Though production at the KdF-stat factory was dedicated primarily to the Kubelwagen and its amphibious counterpart, the Schwimmwagen, the factory did continue to produce Beetles from 1941 to August 7, 1944, when production was halted under threat of Allied bombing.

In the war’s aftermath, a devastated Germany was divided into four sectors. Those under British, French and American control would combine to form West Germany, while the region under Soviet control became East Germany. KdF-stat (soon renamed Wolfsburg), which was in the British sector, and its auto factory remained in relatively good shape for having been a target of Allied bombs. Volkswagen, then under the control of the British military, began turning out Beetles again in December 1945. By 1949, the company (now called Volkswagen GmbH) was back in German hands, and in 1972 the Beetle passed the iconic Ford Model T as the top-selling car in history.

For more events that took place on
August 7th, please click here.

"Walt Disney Co. posted its first quarterly loss since 2001, nearly $5 billion, as the majority of its business segments reeled from government efforts to corral the coronavirus by shutting down public spaces around the world."

Source and Picture: The Wall Street Journal
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The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285