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Month: November 2021

‘Tis the Season to Support Your Chamber Member Businesses!

We know you’re busy. And we know that this holiday season will not be quite back to normal. The Chamber is happy to have a full slate of holiday programming & events to help you promote, engage and ensure that your business is prepared for success. Please use the checklist below and share it with employees and/or managers who can help you take advantage of all we have to offer.

Be a part of helping us optimize local buying & increase awareness of all that is good right here at home. All of the items below are free of charge to chamber members and take just a few minutes to do. Contact the Chamber offices at 740.282.6226 or by email at hannah@jeffersoncountychamber.com with questions or for assistance.

– Ohio Valley Shop Where I Live Website – Just a year old, this exciting, free platform has already captured over $12,000 in local sales for our small businesses. It allows members to offer gift cards and products, complete with shopping cart capabilities, free of charge.

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Mark Your Calendar Now For 2021 Holiday Coffee & Connections & Holiday Open House!

Keep an eye out for your official Holiday Coffee & Connections invitation and join us on Wednesday, December 8th, at the Holiday Inn of Weirton/Steubenville- Area.

Coffee & Connections is casual, fun, and the perfect way to share news about all that your business or organization has to offer. After a delicious hot breakfast, each attendee gets the opportunity to give a brief commercial about their business or organization and distribute business cards, brochures, coupons or other promotions. Be thinking about your ugliest sweater too, and compete for a full year of complimentary admission to Coffee & Connections in the ugly sweater contest.

Later in the day, from 11 a.m. until 3, don’t miss the Chamber’s Holiday Open house generously sponsored once again by Apollo Pro Cleaning & Restoration. The location is Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Steubenville. There will be live music, amazing food and a visit from Santa himself. Watch your email for more information and details.

What: December “Coffee & Connections”
When: Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 – 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Where: Holiday Inn Weirton, 350 Three Springs Drive, Weirton.
How Much?: $15 Per Person. $20 for walk-ins.

What: Holiday Open House
When: Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 300 S 4th St, Steubenville.
How Much?: No charge. RSVP strongly encouraged. Watch your email for details.

Remember Veterans Day Next Week – Thursday, November 11th

The origin of Veteran’s Day dates back to November 11, 1918 when the Allied powers signed a ceasefire agreement ending World War I. On the first anniversary, the United States celebrated Armistice Day. It became a national holiday in 1938 and, in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name to Veterans Day.

According to the U.S. Small Business Association, approximately 9 percent of all business owners are veterans with nearly one in 10 small businesses nationwide being veteran-owned. Collectively, these 2.4 million small businesses employ almost 6 million Americans and generate more than $1 trillion in receipts.

In an article in Entrepreneur Magazine, Carol Tice highlights six ways that businesses and families can celebrate, to honor the men and women that bravely served.


Patronize veteran-owned businesses. Forbes Magazine has a great listing of the top 25 below.

If you have employees, give them the day off, if possible, or at least time off to attend a ceremony or program honoring veterans.

Offer veterans a discount. Promote it early and often on your social media platforms and with signage at your business.

Help a veteran start or grow a business. There are great organizations such as The Veterans Corporation that exist just to help vets become entrepreneurs. And many franchisors also offer special programs to assist veterans in becoming franchisees. The U.S. Small Business Association has programs specifically designed to assist aspiring veteran entrepreneurs. See below for information.


Tell a veteran you appreciate their service.

Talk to your kids about the holiday. It’s important that the next generation understands all that’s
been sacrificed for their benefit.

SBA Veteran-Owned Business Information >

Top 25 Veteran-Founded Start Ups >

Announcing The Jefferson County Chamber Virtual Membership Directory & Community Guide!

Please take a moment to check out the Chamber’s beautiful, new online publication. Click the button below to view and remember that all ads link directly to the business or organization’s website.

A great big thank you goes out to all of the advertisers who participated and made this new publication possible. It’s a great marketing and PR tool that will be featured on the Chamber website and used in multiple ways to promote local businesses and the entire Jefferson County and Ohio Valley area in the coming year. In addition, the hard copy version will soon be available at the Chamber offices and will be an important part of relocation and visitors packets.

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