Chamber members have long been asking for a better way to promote the job openings they have at their businesses. And a new, improved tool is now up and running.
Chamber president, Tricia Maple, recently attended the annual conference sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Ohio in Columbus. The event brings together over 100 chamber executives from throughout the state for a three-day event filled with networking, workshops and presentations.
Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted, gave the opening remarks, noting his former position as a chamber of commerce executive in Dayton, Ohio and touching on the goals of his office for the coming years in addition to the changes he has made to make it more business friendly and efficient.
“This is great way to see what other Ohio chambers are working on and meet lots of people who will be helpful resources down the road,” President Maple commented. She also attended the national conference of chamber executives which was held in Nashville last summer, meeting chamber execs from nearly every state in the country. “There is no better way to benchmark our chamber and ensure that we’re working on what we should be working on than to hear from others in the industry. Our chamber already has programs and events in place that are the result of learning about them from a fellow chamber at a conference and more are on the horizon.”
It was a great night of networking, music and food at St. Florian Hall as the Chamber hosted its annual Investor To Investor Trade Fair on Monday evening. Over 150 exhibitors and guests were in attendance and enjoyed a great spread of food, door prizes and a live broadcast from 106.3 The River. A big thank you to the 2018 exhibitors:
One of the Chamber’s most popular networking and promotional events of the year returns! The 2018 Investor to Investor Trade Fair is designed to promote member-to-member and local spending. This event is a mini-trade fair with Chamber-member exhibitors promoting their products and services in a casual “Business After Hours” setting. It’s an affordable, convenient, and effective promotional event to start the new year. Last year nearly 60 businesses had display booths, and over 150 Chamber members and guests attended the event.
One lucky exhibitor or attendee will win the grand prize giveaway of a premium media and marketing package. What better way to keep the promotional ball rolling in 2018 than with an assortment of advertising prizes from some of the top local media and marketing businesses? And the chance to win media and promotional items from 106.3 The River, Proforma, Em-Media, and more are just another reason to participate in this exciting event.
This year’s trade fair will take place on Monday, January 29, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. Limited exhibitor space and sponsorships are still available. The exhibit price is just $150 which includes admission for two to Business After Hours and the trade fair. The guest-only admission price is $12.00 per person or $15 if invoiced.
The chamber is gearing up to help the local business community this holiday season and encourage local spending, giving and involvement. Watch your mail for details on the entire slate of “Shift Your Shopping” events and programs. There are also a select number of sponsorship opportunities that will put your business or organization front and center at all events and on all signage, marketing materials and more.
Shift Your Shopping Sponsorship Packages
Premiere Sponsor(s) – Two available. $1500 each. Your company name and logo featured on all marketing materials, signage , t-shirts, stickers and shopping bags in addition to the chamber website, scrolling gift list, on the parade float and on professional signage at the holiday open house. You are also mentioned in press releases, psa’s and receive a banner ad in the Chamber’s weekly newsletter for four weeks, reaching over 600 members and their employees. Sponsor staff and employees may participate at Small Business Saturday stations, hand out literature or coupons or assist with refreshments. Sponsor name and logo on Holiday Open House candy bar favor that guests take home with them.
Level Two Sponsorships – Four available. $500 each. Your company name and logo in all marketing materials and in press releases and on signage at holiday open house. Sponsor may provide favor/giveaway item for holiday open house. Sponsor receives business card ad in the Chamber’s weekly newsletter for four weeks, reaching over 600 members and their employees.
Nearly 300 guests came out on Wednesday evening to attend the 109th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner, at St. Florian Hall. This year’s theme is “A Salute To Manufacturing” gave a much-deserved nod to the local manufacturers who live and work in Jefferson County. The featured speaker, Mr. Rob Brundrett, Director of Public Policy Services for the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, provided insight and information about Ohio’s strong manufacturing base, its history and its future.
This important annual event would not be possible without the support of member sponsors, most of whom have been on board for many years.
Annual Award Winners
Winners in 5 categories were honored Wednesday evening at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner. Pictured from left is: Therese Nelson, Young Professional of the Year from Nelson Fine Art & Gifts, Nicole Adamski, Ambassador of the Year, from The Inn At Franciscan Square, Jay Cruz, from The Inn At Franciscan Square winner of New or Emerging Business of the Year, Mike Zinno, from the Jefferson County Board of Departmental Disabilities, honored as Business/Organization of the Year and Steubenville Mayor, Domenick Mucci, recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ohio has a long and diverse business history, and its many miles of shoreline, numerous ports, abundant water supplies, and more recently, inexpensive energy sources, make it one of the most enduring states in the nation for manufacturing. Jefferson County alone is home to many manufacturing businesses, ranging from small, independently owned facilities to large corporations with a multitude of products being produced and shipped across the country and around the world each year.
The theme for the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce’s 109th Annual Awards Dinner & Meeting on Wednesday, October 18th is “A Salute To Manufacturing” and will give a much-deserved nod to the local manufacturers who live and work here. The featured speaker will be Mr. Rob Brundrett, Director of Public Policy Services for the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA).
Mr. Brundrett coordinates OMA’s day-to- day lobbying efforts at the statehouse and before the executive branch. He works extensively with manufacturing leaders on a variety of issues, including workers’ compensation, environment, healthcare, workforce, and taxes. He also manages important legal and ethics compliance functions for OMA. Prior to being named Director of Public Policy Services, Mr. Brundrett worked as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Auditor of State, Dave Yost.
The 2017 Gold level sponsors include Apollo Pro Cleaning & Restoration , WTOV9 , Franciscan University of Steubenville , Grae-Con Construction , Muxie Distributing Company , Eastern Gateway Community College , Trinity Health System and The Ridgefield Group.
Silver sponsors for 2017 are Colonial Heights/UMH Properties , Ambulance Service, Inc ., Checker Transportation and Jefferson Security Services. The annual dinner meeting is held each year to bring local business people together to celebrate the year’s successes, honor volunteers, and present awards in five categories (please see section below).
Tickets are $60 per person and include dinner, the presentation, and an after-dinner drink and dessert bar. Tables of eight may be reserved. St. Florian Hall in Wintersville is the location for this year’s meeting with cocktails beginning at 6 and dinner and presentations at 7. Nomination submissions and ticket purchases may be processed through the Chamber website. For more information, please call the Chamber offices at 740-282-6226.
Did you know that there are only 330 drive-in movie theaters left in the US? This is down from over 4,000 in the late 1950’s. And Jefferson County is home to one of them. Why not bring your families, employees or co-workers out for a nostalgic night at the Winter Drive-In in Wintersville.
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As the holiday shopping season looms on the horizon, now’s the time to make sure your customer service is top notch. The Chamber is excited to announce, “Customer First”, a mystery shopping program that is affordable, easy to implement and can provide crucial information to our local business owners and managers.
If you’re not familiar with mystery shopping services, you’re not alone. Many small businesses either have not heard of them or believe they are too expensive to utilize and not important enough to explore. In short, mystery shoppers are hired to pose as shoppers to assess your business operations. They discreetly and professionally perform a specific set of tasks such as purchasing a product or service, returning a product, registering a complaint, asking questions of sales reps, contacting your business by phone, and other related assignments. The business owner or manager completes a short survey prior to the visits to outline what information they are interested in gathering. Afterward, the business is provided with a comprehensive, confidential summary report that outlines the results. You may use it in a variety of ways; from rewarding employees who stand out to putting training and policies in place to remedy problem areas. Phone shops are also available to help ensure that all calls to your company are being handled politely and professionally.
In essence, a mystery shopping program will provide objective quantitative and qualitative feedback about the experience that the shopper had at your business. From their feedback, you are able to determine if your employees are living up to the standards you’ve set for them and if they’re following company procedures and practices on a regular basis and/or when the owner or manager is not present.
Promote local shopping by making the decision to patronize your business an easy one. Utilize the chamber’s new program to get an honest, all-encompassing view of an actual customer experience. Click here for more information and pricing or contact the chamber offices at 740.282.6226.