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Month: October 2020

DeWine Announces Small Business Relief Grant & Assistance To Liquor Permit Holders

Last week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the approval of $125 million in funding received by the State of Ohio from the federal CARES Act to provide grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses to help them through the current COVID crisis. The program will begin accepting applications beginning this Monday, November 2, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Please click here for an overview page and fact sheet and click here for a more detailed outline of the grant – scroll down to click on “Terms & Conditions” to view more.

The Chamber is partnering with the Brooke Hancock Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission and the Jefferson County Port Authority to not only spread the word about this new program but also to ensure that our local businesses are prepared for the application process and have the help they need to submit their application accurately and on time. You may access the online application at www.businesshelp.ohio.gov. Please note that in order to access the application, you are required to have an “OH/ID” which provides users with secure access to State of Ohio services. If you do not have one and wish to obtain one, click here. If you already have an Ohio Sales Tax Payment login ID, you may use it. Money will be allocated to all 88 counties but is distributed on a first-come, first-served, basis.

Check out WTOV9’s segment and interview regarding the Chamber’s partnership by clicking here.

In addition, the “Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund” has also been set up to assist Ohio’s on-premise liquor permit holders with $37.5 million of funding to provide $2,500 grants to all on-premise liquor permit holders. Click here for details on this program. You may qualify for both programs. Accepting the $10,000 grant does not exclude you from the additional $2,500. These applications also open on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

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Member Appreciation “Mask-erade” Barbecue: A Safe & Enjoyable Evening!

It was different than in years past, but the 112th “Annual Dinner” took place Wednesday evening as a safely-distanced, casual gathering at St. Florian Hall. There was no speaker or program, and no awards were handed out, rather ALL local businesses and organizations on hand were the “honorees” of the evening. The weather was perfect for the indoor-outdoor event that included bonfires, s’mores, DJ Ralph, the Ambassador cornhole competition, local beer and wine vendors and a great spread of barbecued chicken and pork with all the fixins’. A highlight of the evening was this year’s feature video presentation by Pierce Media that showcased the six 2020 Gold Level sponsors. Click the button above to take a look.

“The Chamber would like to thank all of the volunteers, sponsors, participants and guests who went above and beyond to help make this important fundraiser doable,” Chamber president, Tricia Maple commented. “Our members were so happy to gather safely and feel some sort of normalcy and we were excited to help make that happen.”

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Deadline Approaching to Order! Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Gyro Sale

The Greek Fest may have not happened this year but there’s still time to get your fix of Holy Trinity’s delicious menu. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 3rd, 10am – 1pm and see the ordering details below. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is located at 300 South 4th Street in downtown Steubenville.

Gyro Sale
$7.00 each
Phone orders: 740.282.9835 – Fax orders: 740.282.2091 – Online orders: www.holytrinitygreekfest.com

Free delivery on orders of four or more gyros. Please allow 20 minutes when placing orders.

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Saluting Our Local Manufacturers on National Manufacturing Day

October is National Manufacturing Month and it kicks off today, which is National Manufacturing Day. The Chamber and Jefferson County have a great deal to celebrate in this business segment, many of which are considered “hidden gems” of commerce that local residents are not even aware of. Here’s a list of Chamber member manufacturers who produce and ship products, in many cases not just locally, but also for the global market. We’re grateful for their ongoing contributions and legacy.

Click on any name to learn more at their website:

Wal-Mart Distribution Center #7017

BONUS: Check out this 2017 video from the Annual Dinner Meeting,
celebrating manufacturing in our area!