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

Friday, June 7, 2019
This Week's Featured Video

Why the VIX Keeps Investors on Edge
And How It Works

The Cboe Volatility Index or the VIX has long been the standard by which investors determined the stability and long-term health of the marketplace. The Wall Street Journal presents this quick and easy guide to understanding the VIX and why it's so important to reading the tea leaves of our ever-fluctuating economy.
Join us Tonight For First Friday at Froehlich's!

Don't forget to join the Chamber tonight for "First Friday" at Froehlich's Classic Corner , located at 501 Washington St. in downtown Steubenville from 5 to 7 p.m.

Started in 2017, First Fridays are a fun, casual way to promote local eating and drinking at our area businesses. Each month we choose a different place to "land" after work. There's no program, no speaker, no charge, and no need to RSVP. Just ending the work week with friends, co-workers and fellow chamber members along with great food and drink. We'll see you after work!

And afterward make your way to "First Friday On 4th" hosted by The Harmonium Group from 6 to 11 p.m. on 4th Street downtown. Lots happening tonight in Steubenville. Don't miss out.
Chamber Board of Directors Openings
Have you ever considered becoming a member of the Chamber Board of Directors? In the coming months, there will be openings on the board as some of our long-time directors reach the end of their terms. 

The Chamber is committed to actively seeking a diverse and inclusive board that represents all ages, genders and races in addition to encompassing many sizes and types of industry and business from all parts of Jefferson County & beyond. The goal is to have board members who are eager to work, not just at the monthly meetings but as committee members, volunteers and "ambassadors" of the chamber, supporting its many initiatives, projects and events. In addition, an ideal board candidate literally brings something to the table in terms of professional and personal experience, educational background, areas of expertise, professional reputation or a combination of these attributes. 

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, please email Tricia Maple, Chamber President, at tmaple@jeffersoncountychamber for more details and a complete prospective board member packet.
Big Changes To Two Downtown Steubenville Buildings.
Help Us Celebrate This Evening.
Mike Smith of Smitty' Sportatorium has taken two iconic downtown Steubenville buildings and given them new life while at the same time adding to and expanding the local business community.

The "Sportatorium" is located in the historic former Catholic Community Center building (built in 1873) located at 148 South 4th Street. The facility currently offers exercise classes in the newly renovated gym four days per week with future plans including basketball, volleyball and other youth sports programs. The gym will also be available for rent for birthday parties, meetings and corporate events. In addition, there is a baseball/softball/golf room with a full size cage, mound and screen and 2,000 square feet of turf . Through the winter months, the Sportatorium will serve as home to youth wrestling programs for students K through 8th grade headed up by coach Mitch Knapp, a two-time NCAA All-American wrestler from West Liberty University. During the summer, high-level wrestling camps will be hosted featuring prize winning college wrestlers from both Ohio State University and Penn State.

"Our main goal is to get kids off the couch and off their electronic devices and get them involved and socially active through exercise," commented Mike Smith, owner. "We also want to see downtown Steubenville continue to grow as a destination for eating, enjoying historical sites like the fort and for exercise."

To officially kick off the new business, there will be a ribbon cutting and open house on Friday, June 7th, at 6 p.m. It will be broadcast live on WTOV9 and there will be refreshments and tours following. Former Olympian and Ohio State University alumnus, Mark "the Hammer " Coleman will be the featured guest and available for autographs.

And just next door, Mike has restored the former Brody's Furniture building with new hardwood floors and fresh paint making it the new home of Smitty's Flooring Warehouse. The old-style warehouse will serve as a premium flooring, cash and carry retail store and allow the business to continue to serve the many customers it has earned since first opening in 1998. The ribbon cutting for the retail store will be held the same day as the Sportatorium, Friday, June 7th at 3:30 p.m. For more information on either business, please contact Mike "Smitty" Smith at 740.278.8016 or email him at . A nd check out the Facebook page by clicking here.
First Friday
Date: Friday, June 7th
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
501 Washington St., Downtown Steubenville
Price: No charge. No RSVP required.

Ribbon Cutting & Open House
148 S. 4th St., Steubenville
Friday, June 7th - 6 p.m.
140 S. 4th St., Steubenville
Friday, June 7th - 3:30 p.m.
Coffee & Connections
Date: Wednesday, June 12th
Time: 8 to 9 a.m.
501 Washington St., Downtown Steubenville
Price: $15 per person

Reservations required. Register and pay online by clicking here . Or call the Chamber offices at 740-282-6226 to RSVP.
Modern Marketing 101:
Top 5 Best Social Media Marketing Agencies In 2019

Sometimes it takes an expert to really help your social media marketing strategy break through. The team at Tech Times offers this list of the five best social media marketing agencies who have a proven track record with clients.

From last week: As Larry Kim, CEO of MobileMonkey, relates in this week's article , "The workflow of a social media marketer can be chaotic and overwhelming -- but it doesn't have to be." For proof, Kim offers 11 tools he thinks every social media marketer should have bookmarked.

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.
Member Morsels
Remember to visit individual member websites by clicking on the business name or logo.

Ohio Valley Natural Relief Medical Marijuana Dispensary announces its June Community Awareness Forum to be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18th, at the newly renovated Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County in downtown Steubenville.

Learn how to obtain an Ohio Medical Marijuana Card, which forms of medical marijuana are now available, and what the proper forms of administration are. There will be a panel discussion followed by a Q&A session.

This event is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, please call Joy Grimm at 740-792-4267 or email her here .

Some Helpful U.S. Flag Information As The 4th of July Approaches
Dan Wilson, from the local AMVETS Post 275 offers some great tips and information regarding the purchase and display of the American flag at your home or business.

"The flag belongs to every citizen in the United States. Therefore if you see a flag that needs replaced, feel free to speak up calmly and respectfully to the person or business flying the flag," Dan suggests. "A flag should always be replaced if it appears faded, tattered or torn. If you can't recall when you last replaced your flag or if it's showing signs of wear, it's time to get a new one."

Listed below are two resources and links to use to purchase a new flag. American Legion Flag & Emblem Online provides everything needed to install and fly a flag and also allows a portion of your purchase price to be donated to your local American Legion post. Another resource is an Ohio company called Fayette Flag & Banner Supply. Of course you can always use Amazon but if you choose this route, don't forget to use your Smile account and donate a portion of your purchase to a local charity.
* Return calls within 24 hours, even if it's just to tell someone that you are booked but will get to them.
*Post your hours on your front door so they are readable from a car driving by.
*Be at your store during your posted "open" hours. Most people won't give you another chance if they took the time to patronize your business and nobody was there when they should have been.
* Don't "yell" at customers with aggressive signage on the outside OR inside of your business. There's a way to politely list necessary rules or policies.
On Saturday, June 8th, at 7 p.m., The Ohio Valley Cloak & Dagger Company , in partnership with Striplight Community Theatre, will return to the Weirton Area Museum & Cultural Center to present Cloak & Dagger On the Air: Countdown for Blastoff!

This month’s Cloak & Dagger On the Air will feature a tribute to 1950s sci-fi with two stories that were originally published in science-fiction magazines of the time and adapted for the classic radio series, Dimension X and X Minus One .

Cloak & Dagger On the Air: Countdown for Blastoff! will be performed by The Wayward Saints, featuring Chris Carter, Bethany Fernbaugh, Pete Fernbaugh, Robert Gaudio, Noah Hilton, Emily Hores, Odessa Hores, Karissa Martin, and Dave Zanieski. Composer/musician Lakin Weaver will provide an original score for the production, and the Community Guest Stars this month will include cast members from the Brooke Hills Playhouse production of Mamma Mia!  

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., R.J. Gaudio, Troubadour, will perform a setlist of American classics spanning genres and eras.

Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students, and military members and can be purchased at the door. No reservations needed.

For updates on this and all of our other productions, please check out The Ohio Valley Cloak & Dagger Company Facebook page .
Thinking of buying or selling a business?

The Chamber can help. The Ohio Small Business Development Center office located in the chamber offices currently has listings for existing local businesses that are for sale. Qualified counselors are on hand to help both buyers and sellers with valuations, financing, business plan preparation and more. Email Steve Schillig, Ohio SBDC Counselor at Kent State University Tuscarawas Branch for more information or to schedule an appointment at the Steubenville office. You may also email Tricia Maple, Chamber president, for more details at
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Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Ohio House Passes
Harmful BWC Budget Bill

In my blog last week, I wrote about troubling provisions included in the substitute bill of HB 80, which is the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation biennium budget bill. Those provisions included a prohibition on state funded employers from objecting to a final settlement offer once the claim is out of their experience, an essential ban on employer policies that call for employees to use accrued sick leave in lieu of temporary total disability, a fine of $500 per employee and per day when an employer misclassifies a worker as an independent contractor, and a provision that redefines who an employee is for purposes of unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, and Ohio income tax.

In addition to these changes the substitute bill proposed a costly and fundamental change to Ohio’s workers’ compensation law by allowing for coverage of a mental injury, PTSD, without the requirement of a physical injury for peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical workers.

Today, the Ohio House of Representatives voted in favor of all these changes when they passed HB 80 by a vote of 55 to 38.

Read the article in it s entirety by clicking here .
Quick Take: Your Primer on the New Tariffs on Mexico

Fill me in: President Trump announced Thursday that the White House plans to impose a 5% tariff on all goods from Mexico starting June 10 in response to the influx of migrants across the southern border. The tax would gradually increase to as much as 25% until the flow of undocumented immigrants across the border stops.

Why does it matter? Farmers, ranchers, workers, families, and businesses across the country are already reeling from the impact of recent tariff actions. New tariffs on goods from Mexico – which recently became America’s number one trading partner – will hurt American families and hobble the U.S. economy. In addition, the proposal introduces a major new hurdle to congressional approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – all while doing nothing to help address the serious migrant crisis at the border.

Update (June 4, 2019): Opposition to the additional tariffs is growing quickly. Members of Congress and governors from both sides of the aisle, as well as local and state chamber officials across the country, have voiced strong opposition to the move, warning that the new tariffs will hurt their constituents, their states, their communities, and their businesses.

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's book is:

6 Steps to Free Publicity
by Marcia Yudkin

 6 Steps to Free Publicity by Marcia Yudkin is a great resource for corporate publicists or solo professionals, including-publishers, consultants, conference planners, politicians, inventors, artists, psychotherapists, and anyone else looking to attract media attention to their business or cause.

View or download the book by clicking here .
Today in History

- June 7, 1913 -

From On this day in 1913, Hudson Stuck, an Alaskan missionary, leads the first successful ascent of Denali (formerly known as Mt. McKinley) the highest point on the American continent at 20,320 feet.

Stuck, an accomplished amateur mountaineer, was born in London in 1863. After moving to the United States, in 1905 he became archdeacon of the Episcopal Church in Yukon, Alaska, where he was an admirer of Native Indian culture and traveled Alaska’s difficult terrain to preach to villagers and establish schools.

In March 1913, the adventure-seeking Stuck set out from Fairbanks for Denali with three companions, Harry Karstens, co-leader of the expedition, Walter Harper, whose mother was a Native Indian, and Robert Tatum, a theology student. Their arduous journey was made more challenging by difficult weather and a fire at one of their camps, which destroyed food and supplies. However, the group persevered and on June 7, Harper, followed by the rest of the party, was the first person to set foot on Denali's south peak, considered the mountain’s true summit. (In 1910, a group of climbers had reached the lower north peak.)

Stuck referred to the mountain by its Athabascan Indian name, Denali, meaning “The High One.” In 1889, the mountain, over half of which is covered with permanent snowfields, was dubbed Densmores Peak, after a prospector named Frank Densmore. In 1896, it was renamed in honor of Senator William McKinley, who became president that year.

Mount McKinley National Park was established as a wildlife refuge in 1917. Harry Karstens served as the park’s first superintendent. In 1980, the park was expanded and renamed Denali National Park and Preserve. Encompassing 6 million acres, the park is larger than Massachusetts. In 2015, the mountain was officially renamed Denali.

Hudson Stuck died in Alaska on October 10, 1920. Today, over 1,000 hopeful climbers attempt to scale Denali each year, with about half of them successfully reaching their goal.

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

- $202,080,000 -

The number of Americans who consumed donuts in 2018. Today is National Doughnut Day! Here's a list of places offering free or discounted donuts.
Source: Statista

Photo by K.C. Hohensee from FreeImages .
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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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.
Cassie Balvin
Administrative & Accounting Assistant

Cassie will assist you with event registrations, updating your membership information, questions about your dues or event invoices and any other Chamber programming questions you may have.

Contact Us
The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285