“That’s The Ticket” Big Winner Drawn

Linda Yanok, from Barium & Chemicals, Inc. was the big winner of the Chamber’s first-ever, “That’s The Ticket” giveaway. Linda receives a prize package of tickets valued at over $2500 including two tickets each to a Pittsburgh Steelers game, Pittsburgh Pirates game, Wheeling Nailers game, the Jason Aldean concert at First Niagara Pavilion, Kennywood and Jefferson County Fair passes and much more.

Thanks again to all who participated and to our sponsors below. Click on the business names to go directly to their website or Facebook page: Historic Fort Steuben, The Jefferson County Fair BoardValley Hospice, Inc., The United Way of Jefferson CountyBig Brothers/Big Sisters of Jefferson CountyThe Fort Steuben Mall, Piergallini Catering, The Herald Star, New York Life – John Cucarese, The Ville Restaurant & Bar, The UPS Store, Steubenville and Advanced Entertainment Limousine.

Jefferson County Chamber Of Commerce Kicks Off Its Summer, “That’s The Ticket” Giveaway

Celebrate All There Is To Do In & Around Jefferson County! The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is pulling out all the stops with a new giveaway that’s designed to celebrate the many things to do in and around Jefferson County.  The July, “That’s The Ticket” prize package includes over $2,500 in tickets to events ranging from the Jefferson County Fair and Pittsburgh Steelers games to the Post-Gazette Amphitheatre and local favorites like the United Way’s, “Taste Of The County.”  The drawing is open to the public and for just $10 per entry, someone gets the chance to be the sole winner of the entire list of prizes.

“We are trying to accomplish a few things with this fundraiser,” Chamber President, Tricia Maple, explained.  “We want to negate the old, “there’s nothing to do” comment that you hear so often and also showcase what a great area we live in for entertainment options.  One of the best things about our area is that you get the best of both worlds when you live here – the comfort, affordability and intimacy of small town living with amazing entertainment, sports-related and cultural events within a short drive in any direction.”

Another goal of this project is to drive traffic to the Chamber’s website, www.jeffersoncountychamber.com, which has been a work in progress for the past year and a half.  The website is a great resource for anyone in business, thinking of starting a business or planning to visit or relocate to Jefferson County. One of its primary goals is to promote the over 450 Chamber member businesses through the online membership directory which allows visitors to the site to search for a member business by name or by category.

The drawing will run the entire month of July with entries available via the website and also at the Chamber offices located at 630 Market Street in downtown Steubenville.  The winner will be drawn on August 1st.  For a complete list of prizes, visit the Chamber website and click on the, “That’s the Ticket” ad in the center of the home page.  From there you may enter the drawing and/or view and print the prize list.  For more information, contact the Chamber offices at 740.282.6226.

The Chamber would like to thank the following member businesses and organizations who donated or sponsored items in the prize package:  The Jefferson County Fair Board, Historic Fort Steuben, Valley Hospice, Inc., United Way of Jefferson County, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Jefferson County, The Fort Steuben Mall, Piergallini Catering, The Herald Star & Weirton Daily Times, New York Life/John Cucarese, The Ville Restaurant & Bar, The UPS Store – Steubenville and Advanced Entertainment Limousine.

Ambassador Burger Bash – A Big Success

The 2016 Ambassador Burger Bash wasn’t dampened by the weather last evening as over 100 Chamber members came together for food, music and a little friendly competition.  The Best Western PLUS University Inn graciously served as host with Anita Jackson from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a long-time Chamber Ambassador, serving as event chair.  There was a karaoke and lip sync challenge, gourmet burger bar, cornhole competition and lots of great networking.

A big thank you to the entire Ambassador Club, headed up by President, Mary Free from U.S. Bank and everyone in attendance in addition to the many businesses who donated money, food and other items including: General Rental, The Laurels, Nelson Fine Art & Gifts, Steubenville Popcorn Company, Snack Brothers Candy & Chip Company, Choice Brands of Ohio,  The Ville Restaurant & Bar, Kroger Hollywood City Center,  Apollo Professional Cleaning, The Herald Star/Weirton Daily Times, Mountaineer Gaming Resort, Damon’s, Hancock County Savings Bank, Proforma Innovative Services, IBEW Local #246, Fort Steuben Maintenance, Hauser’s Furniture, Kiwanis Club of Steubenville, AEP Cardinal Plant, Enterprise Rent A Car, Franciscan University, Dana Joyce CPA, Judge Lisa Ferguson, Ferguson House of Furniture, D & L Construction, Tri-State Printing and Valley Hospice.

The Ambassador Club is the volunteer arm of the Chamber assisting with ribbon cuttings, membership recruitment and special events throughout the year. It is comprised of owners, managers and employees of Chamber member businesses and they meet monthly at the Chamber offices.

Member Orientation in July

Beginning July 13th, the Chamber will host member orientation sessions immediately following, “Coffee & Connections” each month. These short and informative gatherings will be free of charge and you may attend regardless of if you attend Coffee & Connections.

If you are a new member who would like to learn how to utilize your membership to the fullest or are a long-time member who wants to get an update of the ever-changing programs and benefits of membership, this is for you.  We’ll cover free and inexpensive ways to promote your business, how to utilize the chamber’s website, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities and everything in between. Isn’t it time to use your Chamber membership to the fullest?  Stop by or send a staffer to one of these important sessions.

American Pickers Coming To Ohio

American Pickers Flier 2016

American Pickers, the popular television show on the History Channel, is once again coming to Ohio.  They are looking for leads throughout the state – interesting characters with interesting items and lots of them. For complete details, please click on the title above or email Lindsey Chase, Casting Associate at lchase@cineflix.com.  

Headshot Happy Hour

A new Chamber member program is launched –

Having a high quality, current head shot is a necessity in business. Regardless of your title or what it is you’re selling, the first impression that a prospective customer or client gets is often based on an image of you.  Whether it’s by way of viewing your company website, seeing your picture in the local newspaper, picking up one of your business cards or any other marketing medium that has your photograph on it, your picture can make or break that first impression.  Many small business owners make the mistake of using an old, unprofessional or shabbily edited photo for business purposes and put off getting the proper one taken.

Three Chamber member photographers have stepped up to the plate to help the Chamber launch a new program called, “Head Shot Happy Hour.” The goal is to make it easy, affordable and convenient for our members to get a great head shot taken for themselves, their staff, their board members or their sales team.  Here’s how it works: On three Thursdays in the coming weeks, the photographers will set up shop in the Chamber offices from 3 to 6 p.m.  You may make an appointment with any one you wish by calling the Chamber offices. Bookings are first-come, first-served so don’t delay.  You may also check out each of their websites by clicking on the links below.  The price is just $50 per person. You will pay that evening and will be provided with your photos on a disc or by way of a link.   Each photographer is a little different so feel free to contact them with questions. In addition, the Chamber will provide light refreshments for you to enjoy while you wait or after your photo session is over.

Why not check this one off of your “to do” list once and for all and get a quality, professional head shot that you can use for all of your promotional and advertising needs?  Hope to see you at thefirst (to be annual), “Head Shot Happy Hour.”  And thank you again to our participating photographers: 

R Nolan Photography
Thursday, May 26th

Newbrough Photo  
Thursday, June 2nd

Bella Lux Images
Thursday, June 9th

Latest Issue of, “Newsline” Ready To View

Please enjoy the latest issue of, “Newsline,” the Chamber’s quarterly newsletter by clicking below.  The Chamber partners with The Herald Star to produce this valuable publication which is inserted into 10,000 issues of the newspaper in addition to being view-able in a flip-page format on the Chamber’s website.  If you’d like to learn more about advertising opportunities in, “Newsline,” please contact The Herald Star at 740.283.4711.

 

2016 Annual Golf Classic Just Around The Corner

It’s an event that dates back at least 30 years.  It’s one of the Chamber’s biggest fundraisers and one of most well-attended events.  The Annual Golf Classic is a tradition that brings together golfers, volunteers, staff and Chamber members and their employees each spring for a day of food, drink and friendly competition.    
The golf outing committee meets early in the year and often to ensure that this event runs smoothly and never gets stale.  John Cucarese, from New York Life, will serve as event chair once again this year and many of our long-time sponsors are already on board.  Last year, over 175 were in attendance including those who played, volunteered, came for dinner and prizes or just stopped by to say hello.  The date for this year’s outing is Tuesday, May 10th and we’ll once again be at the Steubenville Country Club.  Registration begins at 8:30 with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. 
If you’ve never been involved with this event, this is the year to change that.  There are creative and fun sponsorships available and volunteer opportunities that allow you and your employees to engage with fellow members and network with the local business community.  If you’re a golfer, you’ll enjoy a beautiful and challenging course and for non-golfers, there’s plenty to enjoy as well.  All-day beverages, steak dinner with all the trimmings and lots of great prizes.  Watch your mail, email and the Chamber website as details are confirmed.    
Eager to register your team?  Click on the golf outing in the scrolling events on the right of our home page or here to download a printable registration form.  
 

Chamber Adds Promotional & Informational Programs

First and foremost, Chamber membership is a tool for your business or organization. Members utilize our different programs and services depending on their business type, size, location and issues that are facing them on a day-to-day basis.  A big challenge for all chambers of commerce is to stay relevant and have an ongoing, ever-changing “list” of benefits that members may take advantage of.  From networking and promotional opportunities to money-saving and educational programs, the goal is to help our businesses stay open, grow and remain in our area.

To that end, the Chamber is excited to introduce two new (free) promotional programs as well an informational event that members may want to take advantage of.  First, members are now able to post a special offer or discount called a, “Hot Deal” on the Chamber website that is able to be seen not only by fellow members, but by all visitors to the Chamber website.  To view current specials, click on, “Membership Directory” on the home page and then, “Hot Deals.”  To post a special, members simply log in to their member account through the Chamber site and add the details of their offer. There is no charge for this program.  And not only is the offer on the Chamber site, but it also posts to the Chamber Facebook page and its Twitter feed, both of which are reaching more and more people each week.  Next, Chamber members will be able to feature their brochures, coupons and postcards on a new kiosk in the J.C. Williams Center on Franciscan University’s Steubenville campus.  This busy building serves as the hub of student life and houses the campus bookstore, a coffee shop, pub, post office, art gallery and the student-life offices as well as having ample hangout space. In addition, the lounge spaces have provisions to accommodate bands, live performances, dances and a variety of other social events.  It’s a great way to promote your local business to the students and faculty of the university.  To participate, mail or drop off 25 copies of what you would like to display. You will be contacted when more is needed.

Tomorrow, February 25th, the Chamber will be hosting its first, “Brownbag Lunch” session at the Chamber offices beginning at noon. These informational events allow members to be a part of an informational round-table on a different topic each month.  The format is simple and informal. Tomorrow’s topic is, “Promoting Your Business Through Trip Advisor & Yelp” and will be led by Brad Degenkolb, Sales Manager at the Weirton Holiday Inn.  Attendees bring their own lunch – drinks provided by the Chamber.  The cost is $5 per person for Chamber members and $15 for non-members. No RSVP is necessary. The program runs from noon until 1:00 but you may come at 11:30 to eat or network.  The Chamber is located at 630 Market Street in downtown Steubenville. Please use the rear entrance. And watch your mail for information on the March “Brownbag” topic – always the last Thursday of the month.

 

Announcing, “Chamber Night” At Franciscan University

The Chamber is ex1454508155_tmp_Franciscan_Logocited to partner with Franciscan University to introduce, “Chamber Night” at selected sporting events on campus throughout the coming year. The first one will be especially important as we gather to honor and remember Hank Kuzma, who was an important and exceptional member of both the Franciscan University and Chamber of Commerce communities for many years.

Come cheer on the ladies and mens basketball teams on Saturday, February 13th as they challenge Medaille College out of Buffalo, NY. Enjoy the hospitality room, compliments of Hollywood City Center, from 1:30 until 6 p.m. complete with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks. It will be held in the beautiful Baron Room, overlooking the basketball courts in the Finnegan Field House. Join fellow Chamber members and meet some of the sponsors and staff from Franciscan University who make its ever-improving sports program possible.

Admission to the games is free to Chamber members and their employees. Game time is 2 p.m. for men and 4 p.m. for ladies. Hospitality Room will be open from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Please RSVP so that we have an idea of how many to expect, no later than Wednesday, February 10th. You may call the Chamber, email or visit our website at www.jeffersoncountychamber.com and click on, “Chamber Night At Franciscan” in the scrolling “Upcoming Events” section. We hope you’ll join us as we kick off this exciting new Chamber member program to support our local university and its students, players and faculty. And watch your mail for information on the next “Chamber Night” event.

Hollywood