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Chamber Offering Training Classes: Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce will be offering training classes through the local chapter of the American Red Cross on Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED. This course will prepare attendees to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants. It also meets OSHA/workplace requirements and, for members of the  Jefferson County Safety Council, it can count as one of the ten required meetings for the Safety Council year.

The training’s will be offered on two dates, Wednesday, April 5th and Wednesday, October 4th.  You need only attend one class to complete the training.  They will be held at the Chamber offices at 630 Market Street in downtown Steubenville. The cost is $95 per person for Chamber members and their employees and $115 for non-members. Space is limited and reserved on a first come, first served basis and all fees must be pre-paid. For more information, click here to email Casey Peters, Safety Council Manager, or call the Chamber offices at 740.282.6226.

Coffee & Connections: With A New Twist

If you’ve never attended “Coffee & Connections,” you’re missing out on what has become one of the Chamber’s most popular monthly programs. Designed to be casual, convenient and effective, it starts with a great breakfast followed by a lively round of introductions and “mini-commercials” from those in attendance. It truly is “speed-networking” at its best as participants introduce themselves, their business or organization and touch on the highlights of their products and services, special offers, announcements or upcoming events. Don’t worry about being a great public speaker – the atmosphere is casual and fun. You may get a friendly heckling and if you go over the two minute time limit, you’ll be “gonged.”  This helps us stay on schedule so you can be on your way within the hour.

Bring your business cards, brochures, coupons or promotional items and be sure to download the Chamber’s new app, “Socio” before you arrive so that you can take part in a “virtual business card exchange” with anyone in attendance simply by shaking your phone.  “Coffee & Connections” is held on the second Wednesday of each month from 8 to 9 a.m. at various Chamber member restaurants and catering facilities.

April’s event is going to be a special one hosted by The Jefferson County Farm Bureau  with its board members serving as celebrity chefs, making made-to-order omelettes with all your favorite fillings.  And all of the ingredients featured will be locally sourced!  Farm fresh eggs, bacon, sausage and vegetables all produced by our local farmers.  Bring your staff, sales team or co-workers and see what this event can do for you.  Details along with RSVP information are below.

 “Coffee & Connections” truly represents what the Chamber is all about; local businesses and organizations promoting their products, services and programs. Networking with and learning from fellow business professionals and nurturing an environment of working together to make the local business community bigger, better and stronger.

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2017 Tri-State Home & Garden Show

The 2017 Tri-State Home & Garden Show will be held Friday, March 3rd through Sunday, March 5th, 2017 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.

This event is a long-time favorite co-sponsored by The Jefferson County and Weirton Area Chambers of Commerce along with Wheelhouse Creative, DeNoon Lumber and Weirton Medical Center. The new location at St. Florian Hall will feature new and exciting changes in food, setting, decor and amenities that you won’t want to miss. This is an exceptional promotional opportunity for your business to showcase its goods and services to thousands of attendees during the three-day event. Attendance has hit 5,000 in past year’s with visitors from throughout the tri-state area.  Chamber members receive a $100 discount on booth space and electrical service, table and chairs and draperies are included.

Please view and/or print the attached information along with registration form by clicking here.  If you have any questions, please contact Rob Vandine or Brandi Waligura at Wheelhouse Creative at 304.905.6005.

Investor to Investor Trade Fair

The Chamber’s annual “Investor To Investor Trade Fair” and Business After Hours is a long running event that members look forward to each year. It’s affordable, convenient and a great promotional tool that takes just a few hours of your time. The format is part mini-trade show and part “Business After Hours” with members showcasing their products and services in a casual atmosphere complete with great food and drink.  Exhibit space is just $150 and includes admission for two employees.

Join us as we showcase our fellow members’ products and services and promote local and member-to-member buying.  The date is Monday, January 30th and you may Register Online or view and print a registration form.

2016 “Shift Your Shopping” Campaign Kicks Off

What began last year as a strategy to increase holiday shopping dollars spent locally quickly turned into a fun, informative two months of activities, events and buzz centered around our members.  And this year is shaping up to be even better.  Join us as we kick things off on “Small Business Saturday”, November 26th at 9 a.m. at the Chamber offices.  Click here to view or print a complete list of activities and programs and a “Holiday Gift Guide” application.

American Express launched the first ever, “Small Business Saturday” back in 2010 to encourage people nationwide to support small local businesses. Since then, it has grown to include great programs and promotions that educate and inspire.  Click here to learn more about its beginnings and the programs offered to your small business through the national program. And watch your email in the coming weeks as the Chamber digs in to the nuts and bolts of, “Shift Your Shopping 2016.” Make this holiday season one of your best.  Get involved today.

The 2016 Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner

The keynote speaker at last evening’s annual awards dinner entertained and inspired as he shared his many years in the film industry with the audience and explained the economic impact that can be felt by a community being chosen as a shooting location.

Mr. Ivan Schwarz, CEO of The Cleveland Film Commission was co-producer of with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg on the HBO mini-series, “Band Of Brothers.”  His comments were informative and fun and many questions from the floor that rounded out his presentation shed even more light on this interesting issue.

The video below was shown at the awards dinner and highlights people from Steubenville who have impacted hollywood and the film industry.

The evening also included the presentation of awards in five categories. Congratulations to the following nominees and winners:

Lifetime Achievement Nominees:

Judy Bratten, Historic Fort Steuben

Anita Jackson, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Tina Thompson, Proforma Innovative Services

Winner: Anita Jackson (posthumous)

Business of the Year Nominees:

Em-Media, Inc.

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Hancock County Savings Bank

Winner: Franciscan University of Steubenville

New or Emerging Business Nominees:

Coleman Professional Services

Colonial Heights/UMH Properties

Sumo Hibachi & Sushi

Winner: Coleman Professional Services

Young Professional Nominees:

Frank DiCarlantonio III, Scaffidi’s Restaurant

Therese Nelson, Nelson Fine Arts & Gifts

Kate Sedgmer, United Way of Jefferson County

Winner: Frank DiCarlantonio III, Scaffidi’s Restaurant

Ambassador of the Year Nominees:

Nicole Adamski, Best Western Plus University Inn

Mary Free, U.S. Bank

Chris Orris, Valley Hospice, Inc.

Winner: Chris Orris, Valley Hospice, Inc.


The night would not have been possible without our sponsors who generously supported this special event.

Gold sponsors:  

Apollo Professional Cleaning
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Grae-Con Construction
WTOV9
The Ridgefield Group
Trinity Health System
Eastern Gateway Community College

Silver sponsors include: Colonial Heights/UMH Properties & Hancock County Savings Bank

Bronze sponsors include: Ambulance Service, Checker Transportation, Jefferson Security, Barium & Chemicals, Inc., First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union, Fort Steuben Mall, Hess Corporation, M & M Hardware, Mosti Funeral Home, Inc., Project Best, and Voto Manufacturers Sales Co.

The Chamber Sponsors Its First-Ever Trip Abroad – Prague, Vienna, & Budapest

The Chamber is happy to announce an exciting new program that provides a very special travel opportunity to the local community.

For many years, chambers of commerce across the country have served as host sponsors of trips to locations both in the United States and abroad. The Jefferson County Chamber’s inaugural trip will take place June 19th-29th, 2017.  “Imperial Cities” will feature stops in Prague, Vienna and Budapest.  The 11-day package includes 14 meals, airfare, lodging and transfers.  Collette Travel, a well-known name in the group travel industry since 1918, is the co-sponsor of the trip.

Mark your calendar now for November 1st at 6 p.m. when Collette travel will provide a comprehensive overview and presentation outlining the trip details with plenty of time for questions and answers. It will be held at the Chamber offices, 630 Market Street in Steubenville.  There is no obligation or charge to attend and this gathering, as well as the trip, are open to the general public.  Please call the Chamber if you would like to receive the full color trip brochure and outline or click on the link below to go directly to the website for the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce 2017 trip abroad.

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“On Location” 2016 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a movie or television show filmed in our community?  Or what it’s like to be an extra in a motion picture?  Did you know that many local people have played an important role in the television and movie industry throughout the years?

The theme for this year’s annual meeting and awards dinner will be, “On Location,” with Mr. Ivan Schwarz, Executive Director of the Cleveland Film Commission as the keynote speaker. Mr. Schwarz was a driving force behind the recent increase in the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit passed by Governor Kasich.  The revision doubles the current $20 million cap on annual incentives and will be key in making Ohio more competitive in media production which brings jobs and money to the state.  The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit has created the equivalent of 1,729 full-time jobs and over $400 million in total economic impact since 2011.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 19th at St. Florian Hall for an exciting night of presentations and information as we celebrate the Chamber, its accomplishments, its volunteers and the winners in our five business categories.  Nominations will begin next week with online submission forms available on the Chamber website. And watch your mail and email for sponsorship and ticket information.

Photo Above: Ivan Schwarz, left, talks with Patty Whitcher, exec. producer of, “The Avengers” in downtown Cleveland in this 2011 photo. Photo Lisa DeJong, Plain Dealer.

“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.