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Month: October 2017

The latest from the Chamber, our members, and Jefferson County


The Chamber Helps Make This a Successful Holiday Season – Easily & Efficiently

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.

Small Business Saturday: Saturday, November 25th. Various “Buy Local” sites will be set up around the county at local retailers with volunteers handing out fresh coffee, and doughnuts along with shopping bags, coupons, stickers and t-shirts to promote local holiday shopping.
Buy Local Receipt Raffle: Shoppers may enter online by clicking the button below and log their receipts from purchases made at Jefferson County businesses between November 1st and December 24th. For every $50 spent locally, shoppers receive one entry in a drawing to win $500 cash. 
Holiday Open House – The chamber offices are pulling out all the stops to welcome chamber members and their employees. Carolers, great food and drink, music, goody bags and more. Thursday, December 7th, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Holiday Gift List – A scrolling gift idea list from local member business featured on the chamber website with a click through to each business website.
“Buy Local” door decals, stickers, & t-shirts: will be handed out to chamber member retailers, restaurants A scrolling gift idea list from local member business featured on the chamber website with a click through to each business website. and gift shops to allow employees to promote local spending.
Steubenville Christmas Parade – Ambassador Club members will man the “Shift Your Shopping” Nutcracker float in the downtown Steubenville parade on Saturday, December 9th carrying shopping bags from local stores and handing out coupons.
Jefferson County Holiday “Give Back Guide”: List your business or organization in this handy directory that allows businesses, their employees, individuals and families to find out where they can help this holiday season.

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.

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A Great Night Celebrating Our Members, Volunteers & The Local Business Community

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.

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Announcing the Featured Speaker at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner: OMA Director of Public Policy Services

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.

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