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

Friday, March 8, 2019
Today's Featured Video

Celebrating International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day, and the theme is "Balance for Better." Our video this week, from HubSpot Life, explores what can be achieved in the next ten years for the cause of gender and professional equality. We here at the Chamber are grateful for the many professional women whose innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship make Jefferson County a truly great place to live and work. For more on the history of International Women's Day and this year's celebration, please visit the official website here .
Project Bootstraps “Reunion” to Help Up-and-Coming Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners
What it takes to start and successfully run a small business will be the focus of the upcoming Project Bootstraps Reunion to be held Thursday, March 28, at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Sponsored by Franciscan University’s School of Professional Programs and Christian Students in Free Enterprise (CSFE), in cooperation with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce , the Jefferson County Port Authority , and the Steubenville Herald Star, the Project Bootstraps Reunion will benefit local citizens who own or are considering owning a small business. 
The event will be a “meet and greet” between approximately 40 business owners who participated in Project Bootstraps seminars beginning in 2010 and current and potential entrepreneurs. 
Dr. Thomas Kelly, Franciscan University business professor and faculty director of CSFE, hopes the Project Bootstraps Reunion will inspire budding entrepreneurs to realize their dreams and open their own businesses to improve the lives of citizens throughout the Ohio Valley.
“This is a great opportunity for those seeking to open their own business to get valuable information from established and successful leaders in the community,” said Kelly. “They will hear from individuals in the restaurant, home improvement, insurance, financial services, manufacturing, distributing, florist, recreational, and many other industries. We will also celebrate all of those who have participated in this valuable program over the years.”
Projects Bootstraps Reunion will be held Thursday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. in the St. Joseph Center Seminar Room, Franciscan University. It is open to the general public at no cost. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Kelly at 740-284-5806 or .
The following companies are scheduled to attend the Project Bootstraps Reunion:
  • Anthony Mining, Inc.
  • Apollo Professional Cleaning
  • Austin Lake RV Park & Cabins
  • Bates Amusement, Inc.
  • Center for Music and Art
  • D’Anniballe & Associates
  • DiGregory’s Greenhouse and Garden Center
  • Downtown Bakery
  • EM-Media, Inc.
  • Frank & Jerry Furniture & Appliance Co. (former business)
  • Froehlich’s Classic Corner
  • Givens Home Improvement
  • Halo Spa and Salon
  • The Inn and Brandywine
  • Irvin Insurance Services
  • JD DiCarlo Distributing Company
  • JE Foster Funeral Home
  • M&M True Hardware
  • McCauslen Florists
  • Mosti Funeral Home
  • Nelson Fine Arts & Gifts
  • One Source Benefits
  • Wealth Management
  • Prodigal Daughter Treasures & Trinkets
  • Professional Lawn and Landscape
  • R.E. Saxon Jeweler
  • Rehab Plus
  • The Ridgefield Group
  • Scaffidi’s Restaurant & Tavern
  • Signs Limited LLC
  • Academy of Tae Kwon Do Karate Studio
  • Tri-State Financial Services
  • Two Brothers Dry Cleaners
  • Valley Converting
  • The Ville Restaurant & Bar
  • Zalenski Family Eatery and Pub
ODOT Looking For Input From Local Businesses
The Ohio Department of Transportation is seeking feedback from local businesses. Attached is a complete fact and budget sheet with more details on Ohio's transportation funding needs and the proposed 18 cent tax. You may view and/or print it by clicking here. Additional ODOT budget facts can be found at . Please email Nick Susich with questions or input at
Coffee and Connections

Date: Wednesday, March 13th
Time: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
350 S Hollywood Blvd., Steubenville
Admission: $15 per person.
Register: Click here .

If you haven't attended Coffee & Connections yet, you're missing out on the Chamber's most popular networking event. Following a hot breakfast, guests get two minutes to speak about their business or organization (don't go over - you'd be gonged!) It's fun, casual, affordable and a great way to get the word out about all that is happening at your business. Plus, we get you in and out in no time so you can get on with your day.
First Friday
Date: Friday, April 5th
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Margaret's Cafe
805 North 5th Street, Toronto

Coffee and Connections
Date: Wednesday, April 10th
Time: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
587 Bantam Ridge Rd Unit B, Steubenville
First Friday
Date: Friday, May 3rd
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: JC Wine Cellars
8306 State Route 43, East Springfield

2019 Chamber Golf Classic
Date: Tuesday, May 21st
413 Lovers Lane, Steubenville

Modern Marketing 101:
Get to the Point

If you're a writer or even a reader, then you probably love longform articles and pieces. However, as this writer/content specialist opines , longform work does not play well on social media, especially if you're marketing your business. In fact, a successful approach to social media writing can be summed up in one pithy phrase: Get to the point!

From last week: Social Media Stories have taken over just about every social media platform, especially Snapchat and Instagram. But what are they? And how are businesses using them to sustain their audience growth and create online brand loyalty? This blog post from Alabama Media Group gives you a quick and easy crash course in yet another evolutionary step in social media marketing.

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
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Celebrate the grand opening of the Ohio Valley Health Center at its ribbon cutting celebration and open house on Friday, March 29th at 11:30 a.m. Located at 423 South Street in downtown Steubenville, this state-of-the-art facility is housed in the former Neighborhood House daycare building. The relocation to the newly renovated, larger health center facility positions OVHC to be able to serve more patients as well as re-open its walk-in clinic within its first year of operations. For more information, contact Trudy Wilson at 740.283.2856 or via email at

Ohio Valley Natural Relief LLC (OVNR) Medical Marijuana Dispensary will be sponsoring the next in its series of medical marijuana community awareness forums, hosted by Michael Petrella, CEO and owner of OVNR,on Tuesday, March 12th, at 6 p.m. at Hopedale Fire Hall, located at 103 Firehouse Lane in Hopedale.

Admission is free. For more information, please contact Joy Grimm at 740-792-4267 or via email .
Do you want to work somewhere fun, with a flexible schedule, tons of growth opportunities, and awesome commission? Then attend the Open Interview session at AT&T of Steubenville on Saturday, March 9th, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at its Fort Steuben Mall location. Please arrive prepared in proper attire and with copies of your resume.

For more info, please contact Summer Nagarah via email or visit the website here .   
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Around the State. Around the Country.
Up-to-Date Information from the Ohio and United States Chamber of Commerce
Workforce Development Among the Investments Gov. DeWine Prioritizes in First State-of-the-State Address

As he foreshadowed beforehand that he would, Gov. Mike DeWine dedicated most of his first State-of-the-State address to continuing to emphasize the priorities he talked about last year during his campaign or those he’s focused on since he took office in January. He delivered the speech this afternoon at the Statehouse in Columbus, the first State-of-the-State to be given at the Statehouse since 2011.

The connecting theme of his address was “investment.” He called for “investments” to be made in a variety of different areas approximately a dozen times during his 45-minute speech. Broadly, he said it’s time to invest in: Ohio, our children, our future, and things “where the returns will not be immediate”.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here .
U.S. Chamber's Donohue to Congress: ‘The Time Has Come’ for a 21st Century Infrastructure System

Rebuilding and modernizing America’s infrastructure is a major priority for the business community.

“This year, we are calling on our lawmakers to take bipartisan action on a meaningful infrastructure package now,” said U.S. Chamber and CEO Tom Donohue in February at the America's Infrastructure: Time to Invest event.

On Wednesday, Donohue took that message to Capitol Hill in testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee. He was joined by AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka and two members of the Chamber-led Americans for Transportation Mobility coalition, Gregory DiLoretro of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Chris Spear of the American Trucking Associations.

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:

Perfect Phrases for Fundraising
by Beverly Browning

Precise language in a fundraising campaign is an absolute must. The words you choose can make the difference between having your appeal read...or tossed. Perfect Phrases for Fundraising provides everything you need to craft a message that recipients will read and respond to. This quick-access guide is packed with timesaving tips, message-crafting strategies, and ready-to-use phrases sure to get results in any campaign. Master the right language for:

  • Telephone soliciting
  • YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter
  • One-on-one meetings
  • Board of director appeals
  • Organization website campaigns

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

- March 8, 1950 -

The counterculture gets its own bus!

According to , "The Volkswagen, maker of the Beetle automobile, expands its product offerings to include a microbus, which goes into production on this day in 1950. Known officially as the Volkswagen Type 2 (the Beetle was the Type 1) or the Transporter, the bus was a favorite mode of transportation for hippies in the U.S. during the 1960s and became an icon of the American counterculture movement."

Dutch businessman Ben Pon first pitched the idea of a small bus in 1947, after which VW engineers took over. The vehicle's nicknames were legion: "Combi," "Splittie," and "Bulli" chief among them, although some settled for simply "hippie van" or "hippie bus." The vehicle became known for the murals and peace symbols owners would paint on it. recounts: "In the 1950s, the Volkswagen arrived in the U.S., where the initial reception was tepid, due in part to the car’s historic Nazi connection as well as its small size and unusual rounded shape (which later led to it being dubbed the 'Beetle'). In 1959, the advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach launched a groundbreaking campaign that promoted the car’s diminutive size as a distinct advantage to consumers, and over the next several years VW became the top-selling auto import in the U.S. In 1972, the VW Beetle passed the iconic Ford Model T as the world’s best-selling car, with over 15 million vehicles produced."
- 300,000,000 -

The number of Filet-O-Fish sandwiches McDonald's sells every year, nearly 25 percent of which are sold during the Lenten season.

Questions about Oil & Gas?
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Janet McLaughlin
Investor Relations Coordinator

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Administrative & Accounting Assistant

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