In The Kn o w
The Weekly Newsletter of The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce   

Friday, February 7, 2020
It was a great night of networking, music, and food at St. Florian Event Center as the Chamber hosted its annual Investor To Investor Trade Fair on Wednesday evening.

A great big CONGRATS to Luscious Lippies Cosmetics for winning the amazing media and marketing package. This locally owned business, located in the Fort Steuben Mall, is one of our newest Chamber members. What a welcome! Nearly $6000 in advertising and promotions generously donated by fellow members of the Chamber.

A second big thanks to Joey Klepack and Cindy Chesson Taylor from 106.3 The River for providing great music and coverage for our event. Finally, over 150 exhibitors and guests were in attendance. A true showing of local and member-to-member support.

The package included the following items from our local media partners:
The Herald Star - 1/4 page color ad
WTOV9 - $1000 advertising package
Em-Media, Inc. - 30 second commercial production package
Pierce Media - One to two minute business showcase video
106.3 The River - $500 in radio advertising
The Ridgefield Group - $500 web design package
Proforma Innovative Services - $200 in promotional products
P.S. Marketing - 300 custom pens
Office Depot/Office Max - 3 by 5 banner
The UPS Store - $100 gift certificate for printing services
Prichard Consulting - free one-hour marketing consultation
The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce - free exhibit space in the 2021 Investor to Investor Trade Fair, free set of member mailing labels, and a free marketing piece design package, including logo and flier or poster design.
Home-Based Business Committee To Be
Launched in February

Do you operate a home-based or "tabletop" business? Do you struggle with new and effective ways to reach customers? If so, the Chamber's newest committee may be just what you are looking for.

Entrepreneurs in this niche are often faced with challenges that are very different than ones facing more typical businesses that have a storefront or office. By working together, these Chamber members will be able to learn from one another, join forces on promotional programs and projects and possibly create some new and exciting opportunities to improve sales. If you would like to learn more and be put on our "Home-Based Business Committee" email list, please contact the Chamber via phone at 740.282.6226 or by contacting Janet McLaughlin, Investor Relations Coordinator at .
This Week's Featured Video

Solution to Climate Change is to Make It Profitable
For example, garbage is a resource...

From Business Insider : Environmental problems rose to the top of the list of global risks released by the World Economic Forum in Davos. Ibrahim AlHusseini believes that investors can tackle climate change and reap returns. He founded FullCycle to invest in "market-ready climate restoration technologies."
Modern Marketing 101:
10 Top Social Media Marketing Experts to Follow

"Learn from the experts," the old axiom instructs, and so this week we bring you a list of 10 social media marketing experts who will help keep you abreast of the latest platform developments and strategies, courtesy of Anna Bredava over at Search Engine Journal .

From last week: What popular social media marketing trends do you expect will impact your business in 2020? What are best practices for improving engagement and brand awareness in 2020? These are two questions this article from SocialMediaToday attempts to answer.

If you missed or want to re-read any of our previous Modern Marketing 101 installments, click
here . We encourage you to print, save, share, and add these articles and resources to your business or organization's social media marketing manual.
February Coffee & Connections at
Scaffidi's in Steubenville

Join us for the February "edition" of Coffee & Connections! Make 2020 the year that you put your Chamber membership to work for you by getting involved, meeting fellow members, and spreading the word about your business or organization.

Coffee & Connections is fun, affordable, and quick. RSVP and don't forget to bring your business cards, marketing pieces, coupons, or promotional items. New to the Chamber or have questions about how to better utilize your membership? Stick around afterwards for a brief member orientation session.

Date: Wednesday, February 12th
Hollywood Blvd., Steubenville
Time: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Doors open at 7:45 sharp
Price: $15 per person with advance reservation. $20 at the door.
RSVP: Call the Chamber offices at 740.282.6226 or click here for online registration.

February Special Offer

Help the Chamber restock its gift card supply by bringing a $10 (minimum) gift card to a Chamber member restaurant, bakery, gift shop, or retailer and your admission to Coffee & Connections is free. Check out the complete membership roster  here .
2020 Chamber Golf Classic

It's not too early to start thinking warm temperatures and a great day of golf. Mark your calendars and start to round up your team for the Chamber's Annual Golf Classic!

Date: Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
Time: 10 a.m. Shotgun Start

Watch your weekly In The Know for details.
Dates Set For The 2020
Tri-State Home & Garden Show

The Tri-State Home & Garden Show returns to the Ohio Valley for another year. Sponsored by Wheelhouse Creative , DeNoon Lumber , the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce , and the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce , this popular three-day event will be held at St. Florian Event Center , located at 286 Luray Drive in Wintersville, March 20th through the 22nd.

This event is a great opportunity to showcase your business or organization to thousands of attendees from throughout the Tri-State area and beyond.

Chamber members receive a hefty discount on booth space and can take advantage of promoting their attendance through the Chamber's weekly newsletter and Eblast program.

For more information on becoming an exhibitor, please contact Rob Vandine, Mitch Vingle, or Brandi Waligura at Wheelhouse Creative by calling 304.905.6005.

You may also email Rob at . Download a printable flier and registration form by clicking here .
Member Morsels
Remember to visit individual member websites by clicking on the business name or logo.

Spread the health and love when you give Fresh-twist gift cards! Now through Valentine's Day, when you purchase a gift card valued at $10 or more, you can have it "wrapped" in our signature Fresh-twist travel cup for only $5 more. (a $15 value). Also, stop in to try our Valentine's Day superfood protein smoothie, "Chocolate Covered Berries," an organic, guilt-free, good for you Valentine treat! Fresh-twist is located at 2311 Sunset Blvd., next to Legal Hair & Day Spa. For more information, call 740.214.1575 or visit the website by clicking here.
Job & Career Accelerator Online

You're invited to a very special event on Wednesday, February 19th, at 11:30 a.m. The Main Library of the Public Library of Steubenville & Jefferson County will be hosting a Job & Career Accelerator.

Job & Career Accelerator offers a comprehensive collection of job search and career exploration tools. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Create a cover letter & resume
  • Utilize the "Occupational Matcher"
  • Explore a wide range of occupations
  • Develop skills to find a job
  • Prepare for an interview

Attend our one-hour presentation to learn about this FREE database available on the library's website. Light refreshments included. Register by calling us at 740.282.9782.

The Main Library is located at 407 South 4th St. in downtown Steubenville.
Zalenski's Valentine's Day Dinner

Zalenski Eatery & Pub would like to invite you and your valentine to an evening of fun, food, and...murder.

On Friday, February 14th, The Ohio Valley Cloak & Dagger Company will present its first interactive murder mystery of 2020, "The Final Rose: A Cloak & Dagger Melodrama," at Zalenski's.

It's the Season 20 finale of the hit matchmaking reality show His Chosen Soulmate in which this season's handsome, irresistible Bachelor McDreamy, Wesley DeMarist (son of 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Cynthia DeMarist), will select the woman of his scripted dreams. However, minutes before the live broadcast begins, Wesley is found dead in his dressing room, turning the finale into a whodunit wilder than anything the producers could have imagined.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and include the show and a three-course dinner. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling Zalenski's at 740.264.2144.
Don't miss the perfect Valentine's Day weekend special at Valley Wine Cellar in Wintersville. On Friday and Saturday, February 14th and 15th from
1 to 10 p.m. enjoy two glasses of champagne and two delicious strawberry desserts at the wine bar for just $15 per couple.* Valley Wine Cellar is located at 825 Main Street in Wintersville. It features an incredible selection of wine along with imported and craft beers. Enjoy a glass while you browse the wine shop or meet up with friends in the cozy, comfortable wine bar for drinks, flatbreads or a beautiful meat & cheese tray. For more information, phone 740.264.5100 or visit the website here.

* While supplies last.
Shop Local on this Leap Day!

On Saturday, February 29th, for one night only , get 50% off Guest Rooms at the Holiday Inn in Weirton, WV. Take advantage of the one extra day this month and treat yourself.

Stay with us and enjoy:

  • Undo's Italian Restaurant and The Sports Bar
  • Comfortable Guest Rooms
  • Gaming Room with Video Slot Machines

To reserve rooms, please contact: Brad Degenkolb, Director of Sales, at 304.723.5522 or via email at . Holiday Inn in Weirton is located at 350 Three Springs Drive. Check out the website here or their Facebook page here . For a downloadable flyer, click here .
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Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Ohio Chamber Lends Support to
Ohio Fairness Act

On Tuesday, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce testified in support of the Ohio Fairness Act. The legislation, House Bill 369 (HB 369), would amend Ohio’s discrimination statutes to prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation.

The Ohio Chamber’s testimony highlighted how a statewide anti-discrimination statute is preferable to a patchwork of local ordinances that currently exists. In Ohio, twenty-eight political subdivisions have already enacted laws that prevent discrimination based upon an individuals’ sexual orientation or gender identity. This patchwork of varying local ordinances is a compliance nightmare for employers operating in multiple jurisdictions because the employer may not be able to have a single uniform workplace policy that would apply to all their employees regardless of where the employee is located.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here .
The PRO Act Is an Attack on
Worker Freedom

All of us are pro-worker. Without the hard work, talent, and ideas of the American workforce, nothing gets done. Crops aren’t harvested, steel isn’t made, products aren’t delivered, software isn’t coded, and our economy grinds to a halt.

But in Washington, the term “pro-worker” is tossed around loosely and not always accurately. A salient example is the PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize) Act, which the House of Representatives plans to vote on before President’s Day. While the bill is wrapped up in the gauzy packaging of worker rights, in reality, it’s just the opposite. It would undermine worker freedom in a number of ways.

First, the bill would threaten private ballots during a union organizing vote. The private ballot has been a sacred right in American elections for over a century. But under the PRO Act, workers could be forced to sign a card indicating their position on unionization in front of union organizers. The potential for coercion is obvious.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking  here .
  The Library Link
 Great Books About Business With Just A Click

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:

Aesthetic Intelligence
by Pauline Brown

In a world in which people have cheap and easy access to most goods and services, yet crave richer and more meaningful experiences, aesthetics has become a key differentiator for most companies and a critical factor of their success and even their survival. In Aesthetic Intelligence: How to Boost It and Use It in Business and Beyond , Pauline Brown, a former leader of LVMH, the world's top luxury goods company, and a pioneer in identifying the role of aesthetics in business, shows executives, entrepreneurs, and other professionals how to harness the power of the senses to create products, services, and experiences that stand out, resonate with their customers, and create long-term value for their businesses.

View this book by clicking here .
Today in History
The Beatles arrive in New York
- February 7, 1964 -

From On February 7, 1964, Pan Am Yankee Clipper Flight 101 from London Heathrow lands at New York’s Kennedy Airport—and “Beatlemania” arrives. It was the first visit to the United States by the Beatles, a British rock-and-roll quartet that had just scored its first No. 1 U.S. hit six days before with “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” At Kennedy, the “Fab Four”—dressed in mod suits and sporting their trademark pudding bowl haircuts—were greeted by 3,000 screaming fans who caused a near riot when the boys stepped off their plane and onto American soil.

Two days later, Paul McCartney, age 21, Ringo Starr, 23, John Lennon, 23, and George Harrison, 20, made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show , a popular television variety show. Although it was difficult to hear the performance over the screams of teenage girls in the studio audience, an estimated 73 million U.S. television viewers, or about 40 percent of the U.S. population, tuned in to watch. Sullivan immediately booked the Beatles for two more appearances that month. The group made their first public concert appearance in the United States on February 11 at the Coliseum in Washington, D.C., and 20,000 fans attended. The next day, they gave two back-to-back performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and police were forced to close off the streets around the venerable music hall because of fan hysteria. On February 22, the Beatles returned to England.

The Beatles’ first American tour left a major imprint in the nation’s cultural memory. With American youth poised to break away from the culturally rigid landscape of the 1950s, the Beatles, with their exuberant music and good-natured rebellion, were the perfect catalyst for the shift. Their singles and albums sold millions of records, and at one point in April 1964 all five best-selling U.S. singles were Beatles songs. By the time the Beatles first feature-film, A Hard Day’s Night , was released in August, Beatlemania was epidemic the world over. Later that month, the four boys from Liverpool returned to the United States for their second tour and played to sold-out arenas across the country.

Later, the Beatles gave up touring to concentrate on their innovative studio recordings, such as 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band , a psychedelic concept album that is regarded as a masterpiece of popular music. The Beatles’ music remained relevant to youth throughout the great cultural shifts of the 1960s, and critics of all ages acknowledged the songwriting genius of the Lennon-McCartney team. In 1970, the Beatles disbanded, leaving a legacy of 18 albums and 30 Top 10 U.S. singles.

During the next decade, all four Beatles pursued solo careers, with varying success. Lennon, the most outspoken and controversial Beatle, was shot to death by a deranged fan outside his New York apartment building in 1980. McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 for his contribution to British culture. In November 2001, George Harrison succumbed to cancer. Ringo Starr was knighted himself for "services to music" in 2018.

For more events that took place on
February 7th, please click here .
- 26.1 -

In the U.S., the average, one-way commute time is 26.1 minutes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If you commute to a full-time, 5-day-a-week job, roundtrip that adds up to 4.35 hours a week and over 200 hours (nearly nine days) per year.

Source: CNBC
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
Janet McLaughlin
Investor Relations Coordinator

Janet will assist you with utilizing your membership benefits, answering questions about member programming or how to promote your business through the Chamber.
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 or information about anything related to the Chamber.
Contact Us
The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285