The clouds are finally clearing and the weather is warming up, which means it is time once again time for the Market Street Mile. The walk is from the Chamber offices, down Market Street, across the bridge and back, which equals exactly one mile! It’s a great way to incorporate some fresh air and physical activity into your work day.
Have you ever been watching the news or reading an article and seen an incident that made you wonder what you would do in that situation? Seven time Emmy Award winner John Quinones challenges these thoughts on his ABC show “What Would You Do?” and is bringing his knowledge on ethics and character to the Steubenville area for the Herald-Star Speaker Series.
For more than thirty-five years Quinones has worked for ABC news, and has been awarded for his participation on Primetime Live , 20/20 , and Burning Questions – The Poisoning of America . He has built his career on the idea of encouraging individuals to take the right path rather than the easy one, an example shown in this video . With his knowledge, experience, and down-to-earth nature, Quinones offers a presentation perfect for all ages. To read more about the series you may visit the Herald-Star by clicking here , or refer to our “Mark Your Calendar” section below. Want a chance to win tickets? Tell WTRF what you would do for two tickets and they could select you to see the show with news anchors Tate Blanchard and Laurie Conway. Enter by clicking here and completing a short form.
The 2018 Tri-State Home & Garden Show will be held March 23rd through 25th at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. This year’s sponsors are DeNoon Lumber and Wheelhouse Creative along with the Jefferson County and Weirton Area Chambers of Commerce.
This is a great weekend to promote your products and services to a very large crowd – last year’s attendance was over 5,000 for the three-day event. You may view and print the informational brochure.
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’s inaugural trip to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest this past June was a globetrotting success, and we are pleased to announce next year’s trip (drum roll, please) “Shades of Ireland”!
Departing Monday, September 3rd, 2018 , this ten day trip guided by world-renowned Collette Travel hits all of the must-see stops including Dublin, the Cliffs of Mohr, the Blarney castle, the Waterford crystal factory and more. Prices start at just $3599 per person for double occupancy and include 13 meals, round-trip air from Pittsburgh International Airport, lodging, taxes and fees. Click here to view the complete Chamber trip abroad website.
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.