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



Friday, July 2nd, 2021
This Week's Featured Video

Why the Fed is Considering a Digital Dollar

From the Wall Street Journal: The Federal Reserve is trying to figure out how to keep cash relevant in a cashless world. It’s considering digitizing the U.S. dollar, giving people money they can access on their phone and bypassing electronic payments that can be slow and costly for businesses. Watch the video by clicking "Play."
Check Out The Latest In The Chamber Podcast Series!
A great discussion with local NAACP President, Michael McIntyre

As the Chamber continues its monthly podcast series, In Good Company, it will be reaching out to local business and community leaders to get their insight and commentary on local issues and how they believe we can work together toward a better Ohio Valley.

This month's guest is Michael McIntyre, President of the local chapter of the NAACP. Click below to listen and to check out other podcasts in this series.
The Chamber Wishes You a Happy Fourth!

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce staff and board hopes that you and your family have a safe and relaxing holiday weekend!

The Chamber offices will be closed on Monday, July 5th, in observance of Independence Day. They will re-open for normal hours on Tuesday, July 6th, at 9 a.m.


"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Painting: The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, by John Trumbull
Four New Ohio Small Business Grants Opened Up This Week


The Ohio Small Business Development Center recently announced four new grant programs that may be able to assist you. The applications opened this past week.

More information about these programs is available online at www.businesshelp.ohio.gov, including each grant program’s terms and conditions, fact sheets, and frequently asked questions.

The programs include:

  • Food and Beverage Establishment Grant: This program will provide grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 to restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other food and drink-related businesses. The amount of individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business’ loss of revenue in 2020.
  • Entertainment Venue Grant: This program will provide grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 to theaters, music venues, spectator sports venues, museums, and other entertainment venues. The amount of individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business’ loss of revenue in 2020.
  • Lodging Grant: This program will provide grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 to hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast operations. The amount of individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business’ decline in occupancy rate in 2020.
  • New Small Business Grant: This program will provide grants of $10,000 to small businesses that were established between January 1st, 2020, and December 31st, 2020.

Each program will require applicants to have an Ohio Business Gateway ID. You may already have this if you pay your business taxes online. If you don't have one, you may register at www.ohid.ohio.gov

Please contact the Chamber offices for additional information or assistance at 740.282.6226.
Five Under Five
It Takes Just Minutes To Put Your Membership To Work.

Are you getting the most from your Chamber membership? We keep making it easier and simpler to use our programs and services and in many cases, it just takes the click of a button. In this new weekly section, take a moment to click through and learn something new, share information about your products and services, promote an upcoming special or event, find out a new way to save money or be more engaged with fellow members (and prospective customers). And you really can do all five in under five minutes!

  1. Check out our "Shop Where I Live" website.
  2. Follow us on Instagram
  3. RSVP to Coffee & Connections (see below) and start talking about your business!
  4. Schedule an Eblast from three of our Eblast packages.
  5. Read about the Chamber Health Insurance plan for sole proprietors.

Mark your calendars now for the Chamber's 2021 Annual Dinner Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, October 20th, National Chamber of Commerce Day. St. Florian Event Center will once again host this important event. Watch your email and weekly newsletter for details.

On Tuesday, August 17th, the Chamber will host its annual Oil and Gas Update Luncheon. This is a great way to learn about all the latest developments in Jefferson County pertaining to these industries and how your business may be able to benefit. Watch your email for details.

And, back by popular demand, is "Headshot Happy Hour", at the Chamber offices with Bella Lux Images on board as this year's photographer. Thuesday, July 29th, from Noon to 4:00 p.m.

It's Time For Coffee & Connections.
A First-Time Venue Takes Us Outside & On The River!

Join us on Wednesday, July 14th, as we gather at Historic Fort Steuben and Visitor Center to network and mingle with fellow Chamber member businesses and organizations. Breakfast will be provided by our friends at Dunkin' Steubenville with fresh hot coffee by Leonardo's Coffee House.

Coffee & Connections is casual, fun, and the perfect way to share news about all that your business or organization has to offer. Bring business cards, marketing pieces, coupons, and/or giveaway items. We'll have you in and out in no time. 

What: July "Coffee & Connections"
When: Wednesday, July 14th, 2021 - 8 to 9 a.m. (Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Where: Historic Fort Steuben and Visitor Center
How Much? $15 Per Person. $20 for walk-ins.
Sponsorships Now Available for 2021 Burger Bash!
Don't miss the 2021 Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Burger Bash and Corn Hole Competition, sponsored by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Club. The 11th Annual event offers a Corn Hole Competition with a traveling trophy and a Karaoke Challenge to brave participants. You can also just relax and enjoy the music, food, friends, and fun!

The 2021 Burger Bash and Corn Hole Competition will be held again on the "Green Space" at Franciscan Square, located at 200 Franciscan Square, directly in front of the Inn and Suites at Franciscan Square Best Western PLUS. Join us on Wednesday, August 4th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will continue to fund the Anita Jackson Community Service Scholarship.

Anita Jackson dedicated her life and career to making Jefferson County a better place for working, learning, and living. She was a member of numerous educational, religious, and public service organizations throughout the community and held many board and trustee positions over the years. We wish to award the scholarships to recipients that are upcoming graduates from a Jefferson County School and plan to further their education. We are also happy to say that we raised a record amount in 2020 and have increased the scholarship amounts given to local students this year!

We appreciate your support and hope that you will consider this worthy cause and fun-filled event by purchasing a sponsorship for the 11th Annual Burger Bash (see button below). Also, please encourage your employees and fellow Chamber members to join us on August 4th, 2021. Your support and patronage of this event will allow us to continue Anita's legacy of community service through engagement and education.
Some Great Office Furniture Is Available!
Free To A Good Home

A local church is closing its doors and has some quality office furniture available at no charge to any local business or non-profit who may be able to use it. Click here for a flier with additional information and images. And contact Lee Kinney at hleekinney@comcast.net if you are interested or have questions.

A big thank you to Lee and his congregation for their generosity and for thinking of our Chamber members.
MEMBER MORSELS
Prime Time Senior Services Grand Reopening
and Announcing Community Blood Draws!

Trinity Health System Prime Time Senior Services is pleased to announce its Grand Reopening Celebration on Friday, July 2nd, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 300 Lovers Lane in Steubenville. There will be multiple events throughout the day. Please RSVP for lunch, which will be held at 11 a.m. and 12 noon, by calling 740-314-5197.

Take control of your health! Trinity Health System now offers a Comprehensive Blood Draw Analysis Program. This program gives you the opportunity to have a group of blood tests performed for $40.
Programs of this type are responsible for detecting early signs of health problems and monitoring treatment of known problems. Additional tests are also available for an additional charge. Community blood draws are offered at the locations listed in the flyer found via the button below.
Chiropractic Care for
Workplace Injuries

Do you have a work-related injury? Did you know that most workplace injuries are due to falls, slips or trips, repetitive motion, overexertion from lifting, and vehicular accidents?

Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment for many workplace injuries. Many of these injuries involve the musculoskeletal system which affects muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones.

Chiropractic care can help to quickly and effectively restore your body back to its normal function after a workplace injury without the use of medications. Through chiropractic adjustments and other treatment modalities, our team is able to help effectively eliminate pain and correct problems within the spine to help you get back to work as soon as possible.

We will also help you with your workers' compensation claim so that you get the full benefits for your care that you need. Trust the staff at Schrickel Health & Wellness Center to get your spine feeling like new and to get you back to work as quickly as possible.

Call us today at (740) 264-6235 to schedule your appointment.
Kickin' It for
OVHC Kickball Tournament

On behalf of the Ohio Valley Health Center, we would like to invite you to create a team and join us on Saturday, August 7th, at 10 a.m. at Belleview Park in Steubenville, Ohio for the Kickin' It for OVHC Kickball Tournament.

The Ohio Valley Health Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3). We are the only Free Medical Clinic in Jefferson County, and the high-quality, compassionate medical care we provide significantly improves the lives of our patients, who are all medically uninsured and underinsured.

Please join us for this new opportunity to have fun, build community and team spirit, and help raise funds for a great cause!

Price is $200 per team and free to spectators.

For more information, please call (740) 457-2592.

Please mail registration/sponsorships to:

PO Box 642
c/o OVHC Kickball
Steubenville, Ohio 43952
The Wells Township Haunted House Presents
Mid-Summer Metal Fest and Lights-Out Tour

On Saturday, July 10th, 2021, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Wells Township Haunted House will host the Mid-Summer Metal Fest and Lights Out Tour.

Featuring music by: Ironflame, Brimstone Coven, HateDriven, Strangle The Witness, and Altared States. Gates open at 3 p.m. Bands start at 4 p.m. Haunted House Tour begins at 7 p.m.

Admission is $14.00 for General Admission, $20 for online tickets and $25 for VIP Tickets. The Wells Township Haunted House is located at 101 Market St, Brilliant, OH 43913.

*Admission includes concert and haunted house tour.
All-ages show; 21 or older to purchase alcohol and ID required.*

You must sign a waiver. One glow stick per group! Scares everywhere! No tour guide! Good luck!
Holiday Inn Christmas in July Special

Ho-Ho-Hold on a Minute...Christmas? Summer Just Started!

Yes, but...

...book a special $89 rate between July 1st and 31st, 2021, for travel dates of December 19th and December 30th, 2021.

Book online at HolidayInn.com/WeirtonWV or the IHG App. Enter Group Code: C I J

Or call (304) 723-5522 and ask for the Christmas in July Special.
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
Two-Year Budget Containing Major Pro-Business Victories On Its Way to the Governor

After several weeks of negotiations, the conference committee responsible for producing an agreement on the state’s two-year operating budget, House Bill 110, met on Monday to finalize the committee report. This was followed late in the day by both chambers approving the $78.1 billion biennial spending plan ($161.9 billion in all funding) and sending it to Gov. Mike DeWine for his signature. The governor must complete his review and sign the bill by no later than midnight on Wednesday, June 30, as the new state fiscal year begins on July 1.

The final version of HB 110 includes numerous major pro-business policy initiatives supported by the Ohio Chamber that will improve Ohio’s business climate.

Most significant, it accomplishes a longstanding Ohio Chamber public policy objective to eliminate the sales tax on employment services.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
A Higher Corporate Tax Rate Would Hurt Our Economy. Reuters Tax Article Misses the Mark.

Please Note! This is an editorial from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and its members.

Tax analysis is hard, which is why it’s usually best to leave it to the professionals. When amateurs try to pose as economists, accountants, and lawyers bad things happen. Reuters reporters did the posing this time, and the expected biased analysis resulted.

The Reuters article, which conveniently makes the case the White House wants on raising corporate taxes, purports to prove that U.S. businesses pay lower taxes than their foreign competition, and would continue to do so even under President Biden’s proposal to raise the corporate rate to 28% from the current 21%. It does no such thing, in fact.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
WEEKLY LIBRARY LINK
  Great Books About Business With Just A Click

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:

50 Top Tools for Coaching
by Gillian Jones

This complete resource for both in-house and external coaches presents the techniques required for every coaching situation. 50 Top Tools for Coaching: A Complete Toolkit for Developing and Empowering People focuses on every stage of the coaching process, from setting up and managing the coaching relationship, understanding and resolving conflict, developing client confidence and performance to enhancing leadership styles and coaching during periods of change. Supporting hints and tips are found throughout to maximize the effectiveness and impact of the tools.

Click here to borrow a copy of this book.
CHAMBER MEMBER RESOURCES
Today in History

- July 2, 1964 -
President Johnson signs Civil Rights Act

From History: On July 2, 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law the historic Civil Rights Act in a nationally televised ceremony at the White House.

In the landmark 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in schools was unconstitutional. The 10 years that followed saw great strides for the African American civil rights movement, as non-violent demonstrations won thousands of supporters to the cause.

Memorable landmarks in the struggle included the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955—sparked by the refusal of Alabama resident Rosa Parks to give up her seat on a city bus to a white woman—and the “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. at a rally of hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C., in 1963.

As the strength of the civil rights movement grew, John F. Kennedy made passage of a new civil rights bill one of the platforms of his successful 1960 presidential campaign. As Kennedy’s vice president, Johnson served as chairman of the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunities.

To read this entire article, please click here.
Sunday is the Fourth of July.

Did You Know?

  • $7.5 Billion: Amount Americans plan to spend on 4th of July food.
  • 150 Million: Number of hot dogs eaten each 4th of July.
  • $1.4+ Billion: Amount Americans plan to spend on 4th of July beer and wine.
  • 80%: Share of community fireworks displays that were canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
  • $1.5+ Billion: Estimated amount spent on fireworks in 2020 (73% of fireworks injuries occur within a month of July 4).
  • $6.7 Million: Value of American flags imported annually.
  • 48 Million: Number of people who travel 50+ miles from home for the 4th of July.

Text: WalletHub
Photo: Image by 
Tricia Maple-Damewood
President

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.
Hannah Ward
Administrative & Membership Coordinator

Contact Hannah with changes to your membership information, questions regarding events or programs, or assistance with scheduling an Eblast or Member Morsel.
Craig Cribbs, Reso, Inc.
Billing Support
740-275-4940
Contact Craig with invoice or billing questions and to make a dues, event or sponsorship payment.
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The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
630 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.282.6226
Fax:  740.282.6285
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