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

Friday, August 16, 2019
This Week's Featured Video

Smart Drugs that Enhance Your Brain Function
Hint: Starbucks sells one of them...

Okay, so the headline is a bit more sensational than this week's video actually is, but as Dave Asprey, author, podcaster, and entrepreneur, explains, these smart drugs or nootropics are courtesy of Mother Nature herself. If you're interested in what he's referring to and how they can help you function at peak capacity, click on the link to your right.
October 16th Set For
2019 Annual Meeting & Dinner


The theme for this year's Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner will be "Anything On Wheels" with many local businesses already on board to make sure it's an evening of interesting and enjoyable information and displays. From limousines and ambulances to the latest models of automobiles from our local dealers, guests will get to browse through a fun and eye-opening display in addition to enjoying a wonderful meal and award presentation ceremony.

And as of today, the nominations are open for our annual awards which include:

New or Emerging Business of the Year
Young Professional of the Year
Ambassador of the Year
Business of the Year
Lifetime Achievement

We've made it easier than ever before to submit a nomination too. Just click the button below to be taken to the brief online form. You'll also be able to view the criteria for each award. The chamber staff and event committee will gather the necessary information and do the rest.

This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, October 16th, at  St. Florian Hall Event Center in Wintersville. Make this the year that you nominate a business or business person who you think is deserving of credit for their hard work and accomplishments. You may nominate yourself or your own business, a co-worker, supervisor, business owner or manager or any employee of a Chamber member firm or organization. There are also a limited number of sponsorships available for this event. Contact the chamber offices for more information.
Modern Marketing 101:
12 Dos and Don'ts for a Successful Marketing Strategy

Social media marketing is already a landmine of trial-and-error strategies, and much of what works and doesn't work is well-documented. Here are 12 of those dos and don'ts, courtesy of SocialMediaToday .

From last week: As this article from Marketing Land observes, "Social media is a living organism." Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, Google +, and most of the other popular social media platforms have undergone major changes this year. Find out more by following the link above.

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.

What : Chamber/Red Cross Summer Blood
When : Friday, August 16th
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: YWCA
320 N. 4th Street, Steubenville
Member Morsels
Remember to visit individual member websites by clicking on the business name or logo.

Items for Sale!

The Jefferson County Farm Bureau , currently at 587 Bantam Ridge Road, Suite B, in Wintersville,will be relocating by the end of August because of construction/demolition of the current office space to make room for the new elementary school construction on Bantam Ridge. They have a number of pieces of office furniture that MUST be sold and removed by the end of August.

Please contact Jen Barnett at 740.346.6949 for more information or to make arrangements to see these items. All items are $ or best offer. Items must be picked up by the end of month.

2 Credenzas ($100 each)
Teacher-Style Desk ($200)
Small Refrigerator ($30)
2-Drawer File Cabinet ($50)
4- or 5-Drawer File Cabinet (2 available) ($150 each)
14-foot Board Table ($300)
Lewis & Clark Trail Opportunities
Historic Fort Steuben and the National Park Service invite you to learn about the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and
how the National Park Service is promoting tourism in small communities along the Trail (which follows the Ohio River).

It will also be an opportunity for business owners in the community to participate in NPS marketing programs and improve their marketing.

They'll be meeting on Tuesday, August 20th, at 3 p.m. at the Visitor Center. As you may know, the L&C Trail now includes Steubenville and Jefferson County.

For more information, please contact Judy Bratten at 740.283.1787 or email here .
Medical Marijuana
Community Awareness Forum,
sponsored by Ohio Valley Natural Relief LLC (OVNR)

On Tuesday, August 27th, at 6 p.m., Michael Petrella, CEO of Ohio Valley Natural Relief LLC Medical Marijuana Dispensary , will be holding a community awareness forum at the Toronto Ohio Fire Department to offer the public education on the Ohio Medical Marijuana program. Admission is free. Please join us to learn more.

Please contact Joy Grimm at 740.792.4267 for more details.
Strategies to Combat the Labor Shortage: How to Retain your Workers & Keep Your Clients

When:    Thursday, August 29th
Time:      1 p.m.  
Where:   OhioMeansJobs Center,
114 N 4th Street, Steubenville

You’re invited to this upcoming webinar! In the midst of the escalating labor shortage, retaining a reliable hourly workforce has become increasingly difficult. Join EPAY Systems and Ohio Means Jobs to learn more about how to be:

• Your worker’s number one employment option
• Your client’s most reliable and easy-to-work with partner
• The most efficient business in your market

For more details, contact:

Dan Wilson
Workforce Specialist, Office of Workforce Development
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Steubenville, OH 43952
740.282.0971 ext. 162

A proud partner of the American Job Center network.
 Don't Miss the 2019
Toronto Alumni Weekend Dance!

The Toronto American Legion Hall will be hosting two great nights of music for its "Toronto Alumni Weekend Dances" this month.

Mike Styer & The Remainders

When: Friday, August 30th
Time: 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Cost: $5 per person.

Open to the public.

DJs Mike & Paula

When: Saturday, August 31st
Time: 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Cost: $10 per person and includes appetizers.

Open to all Toronto High School alumni from any year.

The Toronto American Legion Hall is located at 415 Market Street in Toronto, Ohio. For more information, contact the American Legion Hall at 740.537.9317.
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Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Budget Compromise Preserves Bid, Eliminating Possible Tax Hike on
Small Business Owners

Hours before the expiration of the 17-day temporary budget extension passed on June 30, the legislature finally agreed on a compromise version of HB 166, the state’s biennial budget. One of the main issues holding up agreement between the House and the Senate was whether or not to raise taxes on small business owners.

In the end, the small business tax hike was largely avoided. This is a significant victory for small businesses and Ohio’s economic competitiveness.

When the budget came out of the House in early May, it contained a plan to raise taxes on small business owners by $528 million per year by reducing the amount of business income a pass-through business can deduct from $250,000 to $1000,000 and eliminating the flat 3% tax rate on any remaining business income. The business income deduction (BID) was created in 2013, in order to incentivize small business owners to reinvest in their companies.
Read the article in it s entirety by clicking here .
Quick Take:
Your Primer on Trump’s China Tariffs

Fill me in: Following an investigation into China’s forced technology transfer and intellectual property practices, the Trump administration has imposed a total of approximately $250 billion in tariffs on imported Chinese products. In turn, China has retaliated with a total of $110 billion in tariffs against American-made products.

The tariffs came in waves:

  • July 6, 2018: U.S. imposed 25% tariffs on $34 billion of imports of Chinese goods, and China immediately retaliated with tariffs on U.S. exports in the same amount.
  • August 23, 2018: U.S. imposed 25% tariffs on an additional $16 billion of imports Chinese goods, and China immediately retaliated with tariffs on U.S. exports in the same amount.
  • September 24, 2018: U.S. imposed tariffs on approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, including many everyday consumer products like electronics and housewares.

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:

52 Small Changes for the Minds
by Brett Blumenthal

Small changes work. In this practical eBook, wellness expert Brett Blumenthal reveals how to hone in on the mind as the foundation of overall health and wellbeing. She presents one small, achievable change every week—from developing music appreciation to eating brain-boosting foods, practicing mono-tasking, incorporating play, and more. The accumulation of these lifestyle changes ultimately leads to improved memory, less stress, increased productivity, and sustained happiness. Backed by research from leading experts and full of helpful charts and worksheets, 52 Small Changes for the Mind; Improve Memory, Minimize Stress, Increase Productivity, Boost Happiness provides a road map to a better life—and proves that the journey can be as rewarding as the destination.

View this book by clicking here .
Today in History

- August 16, 1896 -

From While salmon fishing near the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory on August 16th, 1896, George Carmack reportedly spots nuggets of gold in a creek bed. His lucky discovery sparks the last great gold rush in the American West.

Hoping to cash in on reported gold strikes in Alaska, Carmack had traveled there from California in 1881. After running into a dead end, he headed north into the isolated Yukon Territory, just across the Canadian border. In 1896, another prospector, Robert Henderson, told Carmack of finding gold in a tributary of the Klondike River. Carmack headed to the region with two Native American companions, known as Skookum Jim and Tagish Charlie. On August 16, while camping near Rabbit Creek, Carmack reportedly spotted a nugget of gold jutting out from the creek bank. His two companions later agreed that Skookum Jim–Carmack’s brother-in-law–actually made the discovery.

Regardless of who spotted the gold first, the three men soon found that the rock near the creek bed was thick with gold deposits. They staked their claim the following day. News of the gold strike spread fast across Canada and the United States, and over the next two years, as many as 50,000 would-be miners arrived in the region. Rabbit Creek was renamed Bonanza, and even more gold was discovered in another Klondike tributary, dubbed Eldorado.

“Klondike Fever” reached its height in the United States in mid-July 1897 when two steamships arrived from the Yukon in San Francisco and Seattle, bringing a total of more than two tons of gold. Thousands of eager young men bought elaborate “Yukon outfits” (kits assembled by clever marketers containing food, clothing, tools and other necessary equipment) and set out on their way north. Few of these would find what they were looking for, as most of the land in the region had already been claimed. One of the unsuccessful gold-seekers was 21-year-old Jack London, whose short stories based on his Klondike experience became his first book, The Son of the Wolf (1900).

For his part, Carmack became rich off his discovery, leaving the Yukon with $1 million worth of gold. Many individual gold miners in the Klondike eventually sold their stakes to mining companies, who had the resources and machinery to access more gold. Large-scale gold mining in the Yukon Territory didn’t end until 1966, and by that time the region had yielded some $250 million in gold. Today, some 200 small gold mines still operate in the region.

For more events that took place on August 16th,
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- 1,100,000 -

The number of electric cars on the U.S. roadways, thanks to the 361,310 units Americans purchased last year.

Source: Carsurance

Photo from Teslarati .
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.
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