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

Friday, May 31, 2019
This Week's Featured Video

One Day
The Power of Two Little Words

Patrick Bet-David of Valuetainment talks about the power of the words you use, especially as an entrepreneur, and how crucial two words in particular are to your future success, especially if you believe what you're saying. By telling yourself and others that you'll meet your goal "one day," Bet-David says, you're developing a mindset for success and steeling yourself with the determination and perseverance necessary to achieve your goals.
Chamber Board of Directors Openings
H ave 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. 
Congratulations to Laurel McDowell on Her Retirement!
Long-time Chamber member and local business community advocate, Laurel McDowell, is celebrating her last day at Manpower today, after 27 years with the company. During her time there, her impact has been felt way beyond the Manpower campus. She's played a pivotal role in establishing strong relationships between Manpower and the community and has been a strong Chamber supporter as well.

We asked Laurel to reflect on her time as an integral member of the Manpower team.

Chamber: What are some of your best memories working for Manpower?

Laurel: My first "best memory" was the very successful Jefferson County Chamber Business After Hours that Manpower hosted in 1992. We had a DJ and Karaoke, and to this day I have business associates who refer to it as the "best one ever." Another favorite was sitting in the red leather chair of Elmer Winter, Co-Founder of Manpower, in our International Home Office. Elmer was a visionary and a great philanthropist and artist, and he left a legacy of inclusiveness and excellence in our company. 
Chamber: How have you grown as a professional during your time at Manpower?

Laurel: I have had the privilege of serving on numerous strategic teams and championing important projects for our World Headquarters, most importantly those planning initiatives involving various types of training and education that Manpower provides to our Temporary Associates to help take them to the next level.

Chamber: Anyone in particular you'd like to thank?

Laurel: I am grateful to all of the thousands of Temporary and Permanent Candidates who have entrusted their futures to Manpower throughout the 27 years of my Manpower career. I am deeply indebted to the dedication of our internal staff at the local Manpower for living the “Manpower Brand” to help us become extremely successful and well-known as an excellent community partner.

Chamber: What are your future plans? 

Laurel: I will be seeking a meaningful part-time opportunity where I can make an impact with my contributions. Also, there are those 4 beautiful grandchildren in my life who will now enjoy more of me!

Laurel's successor is a member of the Manpower family. Donna Loy, who currently works for Laurel, told us she's looking forward to building new business relationships and friendships within the community.
"Working with Laurel has been a joy, she said. "Her energy and positive attitude never cease to amaze me; it’s infectious. She has been a great mentor and simply makes most days very enjoyable."

If you have someone at your business or organization who is celebrating a milestone, please contact Pete Fernbaugh, In The Know chief writer by emailing him at
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. Call the Chamber offices at 740-282-6226 to RSVP.
Modern Marketing 101:
11 Social Media Marketing Tools to Bookmark Now

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." As proof, Kim offers 11 tools he thinks every social media marketer should have bookmarked.

From last week: "Free." "Complimentary." "Because..." "Premium." "Last Chance." These are five of the 18 words and phrases that can attract the curious consumer to your online ad. According to SocialMediaToday , which has proven itself to be an indispensable resource, sometimes the effectiveness of your online marketing campaign comes down to the specific words you use.

 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.

Be Spa will be hosting the first annual "Be Restored" Yoga and Wellness Retreat from Friday, May 31st, through Sunday, June 2nd, at the beautiful and elegant Le Chateau Pier in Smithfield, Ohio. 

The retreat offers a full program of activities starting at 7:15 a.m. each day and finishing between 8.30 p.m. or midnight (depending upon the activity).

You are welcome to attend some or all of the activities – or you might choose to simply relax with a good book!

More details on the retreat, along with an itinerary for each day and package pricing can be found on Be Spa's website or you may download and print the event flier by clicking here .
On Monday, June 3rd, WTRF-TV is hosting the "Ohio Valley Oil and Gas Job Fair" at The Highlands Event Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will provide a platform for quality oil and gas job seekers to interact with professional oil and gas employers. Information on pre-registration or booth rental is available on at .

For more information, please contact Jane Dombroski at 304-230-6232 or email her here . The Highlands Event Center is located at 355 Wharton Circle, Suite 235, in Triadelphia, West Virginia.
Big Changes To Two Downtown Steubenville Buildings. Help Us Celebrate.
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. T

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.
Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Day at the Ohio Senate

Yesterday, the Ohio Chamber and the Ohio Small Business Council were joined by Michael Dalton on behalf of the Ohio Metro Chambers and the Columbus Chamber to advocate for the current Business Investment Income Deduction (BIID). Currently, that pro-growth tool allows a pass-through business to deduct $250,000 in business income and then use a flat 3% rate of tax on any remaining business income. The Ohio House proposed to lower the deduction to $100,000 and to also remove the 3% rate of tax.

The Ohio Senate Finance Committee wanted to hear from businesses about how they utilized the BIID. The Ohio Chamber and Ohio Small Business Council were joined in Columbus by Tom Secor, President of Durable Corporation; Heather Yakes, ActionCoach; Tom Wolf CPA, founder of Wolf Financial Group LLC; Angela Krile, CEO of Krile Communications; James Lagos, partner of Lagos & Lagos, P.L.L.; and Clara Osterhage, President of R.L.O. We also submitted testimony from Tia Ramlow, President of Great Works Employment Services; Jim Matesich, of Matesich Distributing Company.; and Floyd Mays, President of Pirtek Fluid Transfer Solutions.

Read the article in it s entirety by clicking here .
A Path Forward for
American Infrastructure

Of all the policy issues in the news these days, infrastructure investment is unique: Everyone agrees that it’s necessary.

Leading officials have even agreed on a $2 trillion infrastructure package for roads, bridges, highways, water, the power grid and broadband internet expansion – but the details stop there.

Debate remains swirling around where that funding would come from, exactly which projects it would be used on and whether the states or the federal government should be in the lead. As commuters, consumers, and business leaders, we need Washington to find a way forward. The cost of doing nothing is just too high.

When we think about failing infrastructure, we often think about long commutes, annoyingly bumpy roads, and costly vehicle damage caused by potholes and other issues.

Those thoughts are warranted; the average commuter spends 42 hours in traffic annually and experiences $599 in damage to their vehicle each year from driving on roads that need repairs.

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:

The Best of Business Card Design 9
by Various Authors

This innovative collection features the most current and best work by top designers worldwide. The "go-to" sourcebook for business card design inspiration, this volume contains pages packed with business cards, showing front, back, and special elements and materials. This unrivaled resource is sought by professional designers, corporate executives, and in-house marketing departments as an essential identity and branding tool.

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

- May 31, 1930 -

From Best known to his many fans for one of his most memorable screen incarnations–San Francisco Police Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan–the actor and Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood is born on this day in 1930, in San Francisco, California.

With his father, Eastwood wandered the West Coast as a boy during the Depression. Then, after four years in the Army Special Services, Eastwood went to Hollywood, where he got his start in a string of B-movies. For eight years, Eastwood played Rowdy Yates in the popular TV Western series Rawhide , before emerging as a leading man in a string of low-budget “spaghetti” Westerns directed by Sergio Leone: Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). All three were successful, but Eastwood made his real breakthrough with 1971’s smash hit Dirty Harry , directed by Don Siegel.

Also in 1971, Eastwood moved behind the camera, making his directorial debut with the thriller Play Misty for Me , the first offering from his production company, Malpaso. In 1992, he hit the jackpot when he starred in, directed, and produced the darkly unconventional Western Unforgiven . The film won four Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman), Best Film Editing, Best Director, and Best Picture, both for Eastwood.

As a director, Eastwood worked steadily...making such films as Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), Absolute Power (1997), and most notably, the crime drama Mystic River (2003), for which he was again nominated for the Best Director Oscar. The following year, he hit a grand slam with Million Dollar Baby , in which he also starred as the curmudgeonly coach of a determined young female boxer (Hilary Swank, in her second Oscar-winning performance). In addition to Swank’s Academy Award for Best Actress, the film won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman) and Eastwood’s second set of statuettes for Best Director and Best Picture.

In 2006, Eastwood became only the 31st filmmaker in 70 years to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of America (DGA). That year, he directed a pair of World War II-themed movies, Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006). The latter film, which featured an almost exclusively Japanese cast, earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and a fourth Best Director nomination for Eastwood (his 10th nomination overall).

Off-screen, Eastwood has pursued an interest in politics, serving as mayor of Carmel, California, from 1986 to 1988.

For more events that took place on May 31st,
please click here .

- $18,000,000,000 -

"The total value of the summer camp industry in the United States...according to the 2015 American Camp Association Annual business report, making it roughly as valuable as the State of New Mexico (annual budget: $18.4 billion). That spend is broken across 8,400 overnight camps and 5,600 day camps."

Questions about Oil & Gas?
These non-profit organizations are here to help you stay up-to-date on the oil and gas industry
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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