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Month: November 2020

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

Shift Your ShoppingSmall Business Saturday

Chamber Launches Large List of Holiday Programming

Help us kick off a “Buy Local” shopping season on Small Business Saturday, November 28th.

We know you’re busy. And we know that this will be a holiday season like none of us have ever seen – very unpredictable and more stressful than ever before. If you are a business that can take advantage of the programs below, please do. They are all easy and free of charge as a Chamber member.

And if they don’t apply to your business or industry, do your part by spreading the “Shift Your Shopping” message between now and Christmas Day. Look to our local members first for holiday purchases and we all will come out the other side of 2020 much stronger. From gifts, gas, and take-out or a new car to home improvements, haircuts, or Christmas portraits – it all adds up. Look local first.

Send or drop off coupons, fliers, menus or small giveaway items to the Chamber for the Small Business Saturday station which will be set up at M & M Hardware in Steubenville on November 28th from 8 a.m. to noon. We will be (safely) handing out your information along with fresh, hot coffee and encouraging shoppers to buy locally this holiday season. We’ll also be promoting the “Buy Local” receipt contest that is explained below. Deadline to drop off your items is Wednesday, November 25th at 4 p.m. The chamber address is 630 Market Street, Steubenville, OH 43952. Quantity: 25 to 50.

Post a “Shop Small” or “Eat, Drink & Be Local” sign on your storefront or door. Click below to download and print. And watch your email for information on the Chamber’s new “Promo Page” where you can download printable signs, stickers and more. Include a “Proud Chamber Member” sticker on your holiday mailing or print “Buy Local” stickers for your employees or to hand out to kids.

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Applications Still Open: Don’t Miss This Opportunity

Applications are steadily coming in for the county’s Covid-19 Emergency Relief Grant Program that was launched this past Monday. The process, so far, has been seen as simple and efficient. One Chamber member business, a sole proprietor, commented, “It was easier than I thought it would be. I used my checking account statements to show my expenses and just downloaded them from my online banking site to attach them to the application.” The Chamber has received many phone calls and emails with basic questions and also requests to have hard copy grant application packets sent via mail as well. Grant information and applications may be picked up at the Chamber offices and the Jefferson County Auditor’s office, located on the 4th floor of the courthouse. Chamber members may scan or copy documents, free of charge, at the Chamber during their regular business hours.

Businesses with no more than 25 employees and an annual 2019 revenue that does not exceed $2 million, are encouraged to apply. And non-profits with a 501(C)(3), (4), (8) or (10) status, may also be eligible.

The basic for-profit guidelines are listed below. Click on “Grant Guidelines” to read the complete eligibility requirements and to read non-profit eligibility criteria.

-The business must operate for profit. (Businesses that are for-profit generally file an IRS Form 1040 with a schedule C, 1040-SR with a Schedule C, 1065, 1120, or 1120-S).

-2019 Revenue not to exceed $2,000,000

-The business may be a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation (both S and C), professional association, limited liability company, or limited partnership. If a corporation, professional association, limited liability company, or limited partnership the business must be registered with the Ohio Secretary of State to do business in the State of Ohio. If a sole proprietorship, the business shall provide documentation of its existence as a business, including, but not limited to income tax returns for the business, trade name registrations, business banking or credit accounts, or similar documents. If a partnership, the business shall either be registered with the Ohio Secretary of State to do business in the State of Ohio, or, if not registered, shall provide documentation similar to that required for a sole proprietorship.

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