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

Friday, January 29, 2021
This Week's Featured Video

How Data Can Defeat the Next Pandemic

From Big Think: "This coronavirus pandemic is very much still ongoing, but now is the time to discern its lessons so that we are more prepared for the next one. Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health, shares how their health system is collecting and utilizing vast amounts of health data to best care for patients and to quickly identify and manage COVID-19 surges."
Coffee & Connections Is Back!

Mark your calendar now for the return of Coffee & Connections, the Chamber's very popular, monthly speed-networking event. February's virtual version will be on Wednesday, February 10th from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. This is just what hopefully will be the first step in returning to our typical face-to-face format in the coming months.

Watch your email for the official invitation and to register.
A Note About the Chamber's 2021 Membership Directory 
The Chamber has received a few calls from members who want to be sure that the sale calls they are receiving from Lunar Cow, Inc. are legitimate and that they, in fact, are representing our Chamber. The answer to both of these questions is, "Yes."

The Chamber has done a printed membership directory for over 25 years. In the past 10 years or so, we partnered with the local Herald-Star, which would sell the ads and print the booklets and pay the Chamber a small commission. They are not able to do this anymore. We have recently partnered with a very reputable company, Lunar Cow, who exclusively works with Chambers of Commerce and Visitor Bureaus. They even have many employees who are former Chamber of Commerce professionals. This spring, they will produce a beautiful, full-color membership directory that will also have a virtual version linked to our website that drastically increases your promotional reach.

By simply clicking on your ad, people will instantly be linked to your website. You are even able to change out your ad throughout the year at no charge. This is ideal for seasonal specials, events you may be hosting, or job openings you'd like to advertise. In addition, your graphic design services are included in your ad price, too.

This project has been and continues to be an important one for the Chamber since we receive a portion of the ad sales that help us in our daily operations and in providing services to you, our members. 

Please take a look at our landing page here and at a portfolio of their clients and directories here. And if you are contacted by a representative from Lunar Cow, Inc., please know that they are working for the Chamber and ready and willing to help you, should you be interested in advertising. 
The Chamber Welcomes Its Newest Members
The Chamber is very excited to welcome the following new members and encourages everyone to click through to their websites and check out all they have to offer.
501 State Line Road
Burgettstown, PA 15021
6899 State Highway 150
Dillonvale, OH 43917
100 Mall Drive
Unit 27
Steubenville, OH 43952

1221 Pennsylvania Avenue
Weirton, WV 26062
125 Fernwood Road
Wintersville, OH 43953

181 Shirley Circle
Steubenville, Ohio 43952

114 North Fourth Street
PO Box 130
Steubenville, OH 43952
705 Front Street
Empire, OH 43926

226 Meadowbrook Drive
Wintersville, OH 43953

204 Ohio Street
Brilliant, OH 43913

511 North 4th Street
Steubenville, OH 43952

P. O. Box 98
Weirton, WV 26062

1014 Commercial Street
Mingo Junction, OH 43938

New Tenant Helps Spruce Up Chamber Building
One of the newest tenants in the Chamber building is MPB Print & Design Superstore (formerly Tri-State Printing). We're excited to have new neighbors just down the hall and they have already helped spruce up the place. Check out these custom window clings that now face Market Street and promote our other tenants as well as the Chamber. Thanks a bunch to the MPB family for their generosity. Check out their other products and services here.
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.
Online Classes & Workshops:
Ohio Chamber Business Academy Provides Webinars & Educational Content To Help Your Business.

The Chamber utilizes its membership with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce in many ways, one of which is to help pass along helpful information to its own members. The Ohio Chamber has partnered with top business leaders, employment lawyers, and legal experts across Ohio to deliver productive webinars and content that provides business insights and educational resources to those in the business world. Find upcoming events and a collection of great recorded webinars on the Ohio Chamber Business Academy webpage, or by clicking the button below.

The Ohio Chamber's Business Academy also offers a series of FREE Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) approved webinars.

Questions should be directed to Lillian van Wyngaarden or 614-228-4201.

Below are the updates from Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted’s latest press conference.  The next press conference is currently scheduled for Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. You may view it on the WTOV9 website.

  • Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
  • 771,743 confirmed cases
  • 111,973 probable cases 
  • 883,716 total cases
  • 45,786 hospitalizations
  • 9,803 confirmed deaths
  • 1,203 probable deaths
  • 11,006 total deaths
  • 6,644 ICU admissions 
  • 764,480 presumed recovered
  • More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE. 


  • Every public school district in the state - except for one - has agreed to resume in-person schooling by March 1 which was a requirement for staff to have early access to the vaccine.
  • K-12 schools whose staff can be vaccinated next week have been notified.
  • All other schools will be contacted Friday January 29th with information on when their K-12 staff will be permitted to receive a vaccine.
  • More details on Ohio's K-12 vaccination process will also be released on tomorrow.
  • The plan ensures that the maximum number of people can be vaccinated in the shortest amount of time.
  • The plan also makes the process as simple as possible for staff to be vaccinated and is organized to allow most K-12 staff in a county to be vaccinated within seven days of their assigned vaccination start date.

  • Ohio has prioritized getting K-12 students back in schools by March 1 because many adolescents’ social-emotional and mental well-being has been impacted by the pandemic.
  • According to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the change of routine and the constant uncertainty of the pandemic produces anxiety, and the disconnection from learning, emotional, and social supports can lead to depression. In addition, missed significant life events like graduations, proms, art performances, science competitions, sports, and more can result in grief.
  • Trained counselors with Ohio's CareLine are available 24/7 at 1-800-720-9616. They can help with a crisis, provide guidance, and connect callers to help in the community.

  • This week's Ohio Public Health Advisory System map shows little change.
  • Hamilton County is no longer listed as a Level 4 (Purple) Public Emergency, but the rest of the state remains the same as last week.

Ohioans can apply for unemployment benefits online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 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
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?
More Chamber Members Add Their Storefronts & Gift Cards!
One long-time, local restaurant (and Chamber member) is very happy with the new "Shop Where I Live" platform and is using it to sell gift cards online for the first time. "So far its working great- we haven't had any problems with it. It's so easy because every order processes its own email notification so you don't forget or miss an order. A great feature for some extra income!"

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. The Chamber staff is happy to help you with setting up your store. Just contact the offices at 740.282.6226.

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.


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.
Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Ohio Senate Hears Support for Ohio Chamber Legislation During First Judiciary Committee This Year

In the first day of committee hearings of the 134th General Assembly, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce testified in support of legislation to improve the state’s business and legal climates. The bill – Senate Bill 13 – aids employers in the Buckeye State by shrinking the statute of limitation on written and oral contracts.

In our proponent testimony, the Ohio Chamber and our partners at the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice shared with lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee how setting the limitation period for written contracts at six years and oral contracts at four years will benefit Ohio employers and the state’s legal climate.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
5 Trends to Watch in 2021 from the MetLife and U.S. Chamber’s Small Business Index

2020 was a rough year for America’s small businesses. But despite one of the sharpest downturns in American history, many small businesses demonstrated unprecedented grit, determination, and adaptability. Not surprisingly, amidst the craziness of 2020, small businesses continued to find ways to give back to their communities.

We tracked many of these trends in the MetLife and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index (SBI). With the start of the new year and the arrival of coronavirus vaccines, many are hoping for an economic recovery to follow.

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:

How to Lead:
Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers
by David M. Rubenstein

The essential leadership playbook. Learn the principles and guiding philosophies of Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Warren Buffet, Oprah, and many others through illuminating conversations about their remarkable lives and careers.

For the past five years, Rubenstein has spoken with the world's highest-performing leaders about who they are and how they became successful. Here he distills these revealing conversations into an indispensable leadership guidebook. These agents of change discuss how they got started and how they handle decision making, failure, innovation, change, and crisis. 

Click here to borrow a copy!
Today in History
"Roots" premieres on television
- January 29, 1977 -

From History: January 29, 1977 sees the premiere of Roots, a groundbreaking television program. The eight-episode miniseries, which was broadcast over eight consecutive nights, follows a family from its origins in West Africa through generations of slavery and the end of the Civil War.

Roots is one of the most-watched television events in American history and a major moment in mainstream American culture's reckoning with the legacy of slavery.

The miniseries was based on Alex Haley's novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family, which he claimed was based on research he had conducted into his own family history. Though these claims were later debunked, the story succeeded in dramatizing and personalizing the brutal, true story of the Atlantic slave trade and slavery in America.

It begins with Kunta Kinte, a warrior belonging to the Mandinka ethnic group and living in what is now the Gambia. Kunta is captured and sold to traders, endures a harrowing journey aboard a slave ship, and is eventually sold to a plantation owner in Virginia.

The story follows the remainder of his life, including a brutal scene in which he is tortured into acknowledging his slave name, Toby, and continues to follow his family for several generations. Kunta's daughter, her son George, and his sons Tom and Lewis experience life on various plantations and are subjected to many historically-accurate brutalities, including the separation of enslaved families and harassment from whites after the abolition of slavery. The book and miniseries were recognized for balancing this sweeping narrative with intensely personal stories and brutally realistic depictions of the horrors of slavery.

Due to fears about the audience's reaction to these depictions, ABC decided to air Roots on eight consecutive nights as a way of cutting its losses. Instead, Roots achieved unprecedented popularity. An estimated 140 million people, accounting for over half of the population of the United States, saw the series, and its finale remains the second-most-watched series finale in American television history.

A cultural phenomenon, it was nominated for 37 Emmys and won nine, including Best Limited Series and Best Writing in a Drama Series. A sequel miniseries, Roots: The Next Generations, aired in 1979 to impressive ratings and several more award nominations.

Some found Roots to be divisive—future president Ronald Reagan opined that "the bias of all the good people being one color and all the bad people being another was rather destructive." Other commentators noted that the series went out of its way to include "good" or morally conflicted white characters who did not exist in the book.

Overall, however, critics praised Roots for "dealing with the institution of slavery and its effect on succeeding generations of one family in a dramatic form," something uncommon in American culture and virtually unheard of on American television at the time. Roots continues to be remembered as both a moving work of fiction and a step forward in America's difficult confrontation with its racial history.

For more events that took place on
January 29th, please click here.
Did You Know?

Last night's full moon, the first of the year, is sometimes called the wolf moon. According to CNN, "Each moon has its own name associated with the full moon. In January, it's often called the 'wolf moon,' supposedly inspired by hungry wolves that howled outside of villages long ago, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac."

Text: CNN
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

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