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OhioSE and JobsOhio Host Webinar Focused on Attracting & Keeping Quality Employees

Are you struggling to recruit employees? Is growing your workforce more difficult than ever before?

Ohio Southeast can help! Join Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) and JobsOhio for a free, three-part virtual training series on best practices for Human Resources. Learn how to help your organization develop, expand, and implement your recruitment brand in order to attract top talent and retain your current workforce.

Led by industry leaders, this series will increase employers’ opportunities to attract talent, provide an in-depth look at marketing tactics that work, and provide context to reach niche talent pools to supplement your workforce.

Each session is one hour in length and includes engaging discussion and time for Q&A. Sessions take place on Tuesdays via Zoom Webinar from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Course Schedule:

  • Tuesday, July 27 – Building Your Recruitment Brand
  • Tuesday, Aug. 3 – Using Your Recruitment Brand to Attract Talent
  • Tuesday, Aug. 10 – Tapping into Niche Talent Pools

Click here for a course outline or click below for more details or to register.

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Annual Oil and Gas Update Luncheon

On Tuesday, August 17th, the Chamber will host its Annual Oil and Gas Update Luncheon at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. This is a great way to learn about all the latest developments in Jefferson County and how your business may be able to benefit.

Sponsored by the Ohio Oil & Gas AssociationWilliams and MPLX MarkWest Energy, this popular event includes a delicious lunch followed by a panel of presenters and a question and answer session. The cost is $20 per person with advance reservation required. Register by clicking below or by contacting the Chamber offices at 740.282.6226.

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Back by popular demand….. Head Shot Happy Hour!

When: Thursday, July 29th, 2021
Time: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: $50 individual, $125 group
WhereJefferson County Chamber of Commerce Offices
630 Market Street, Steubenville

Often, a head shot is what reflects your professional image to a prospective customer before you ever get to the chance to meet them. And it’s important for you, your staff, your board or other leaders at your business to have them and for them to be current and professionally done. (A cropped vacation shot doesn’t cut it). Whether the local media needs one for a story they’re doing or you’re creating a welcoming staff page for your website, head shots are a small business necessity.

Once a year, the Chamber makes it easy, fast and painless for you to check this off your to-do list. On Thursday, July 29th, don’t miss “Head Shot Happy Hour” at the Chamber offices. This year’s featured photographer is Bella Lux Images from Steubenville. The Chamber will provide you with light refreshments and an area to freshen up or change clothes and all you have to do is smile for the camera. It’s fun, casual and private.

Remember – our time slots fill up fast so book yours today by calling the Chamber offices at 740.282.6226 or by emailing Hannah Ward at The cost is just $50 for individual shots and $125 for group shots. Payments are made that day by cash, check, or credit card. Can’t make it that day? Contact Brandi at Bella Lux Images via email here to book an appointment at her studio.

Herald-Star Annual Fall Speaker Series Returns: Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life!

WEDNESDAY, September 22nd, 2021

Eddie Olczyk is an American professional ice hockey analyst and a former player and coach. He was a center in the National Hockey League for 16 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, and Pittsburgh Penguins. He won the Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 1994. Olczyk was also the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins from June 2003 to December 2005.

He currently serves as a television color commentator for NHL on NBC and Chicago Blackhawks games on NBC Sports Chicago. Throughout his career as an NHL player, he played 1,031 NHL games and produced 342 goals and 452 assists for a total of 794 points. He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on February 22nd, 2013.

On August 8th, 2017, Olczyk issued a statement through the Blackhawks to announce that he had been diagnosed with a form of colon cancer. He underwent a surgical procedure to remove the tumor. In March 2018, Olczyk announced he was officially “cancer-free.”

In October 2019, Olczyk released his autobiography titled Eddie Olczyk: Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life, where he shares details of his fight with stage 3 colon cancer.

Mother’s Day Is This Sunday: It’s a Special Day to Say, “I Love You, Mom!”

Every year, we go out of our way to show our mothers how much we love and appreciate all that they do for us. On this Mother’s Day, you don’t have to go far to find that specific gift. With the Chamber’s Shopping and Dining Guide as well as our “Shop Where I Live” website, you can browse online from the comfort of your home at local businesses that have those hard-to-find, unique items that say exactly how much you care.

Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday, May 9th! Show your gratitude with a gift card, flowers, a bottle of wine, a unique gift item, or a great meal. We have provided you with a quick and comprehensive guide to our local, member businesses below. All you have to do is pick up the phone or go online.

Remember, your continued support of local businesses benefits your business or organization as well, with your purchases recycling many times in the form of tax dollars, increased spending by fellow citizens, more jobs, and an increased sense of community pride.

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Come Walk With Us! The Market Street Mile is Back for a Fourth Year!

After a year (+) of cancellations and closures, the Chamber is happy to be bringing back the Market Street Mile, kicking things off on Tuesday, May 4th, and running through October. Two sponsors are on board this year to help make this unique program even better.

Capital Recovery Systems, Inc., a sponsor since the Market Street Mile first began in 2017, is helping provide water, snacks, and prizes for participants in addition to sunscreen, umbrellas, and other amenities that make the walk safe and comfortable. New this year, The Public Library of Steubenville & Jefferson County is donating earbuds to each participant that can be used with its “Playaway”, a preloaded audio book that can be borrowed for up to 21 days from any local library branch. “It’s the perfect way to listen to a book while you enjoy the walk,” commented Jenn Cesta, Marketing Coordinator for the library. “The Playaway fits in the palm of your hand and can be checked out for free at any library location.” One lucky Market Street Mile participant will win a Playaway donated by the library in a drawing to be held in October.

New to the Market Street Mile? Here’s how it works…The “mile” is a walk from the Chamber offices at 630 Market Street, through downtown Steubenville, across the Market Street Bridge and back, which equals exactly one mile! It takes about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on your stride and speed. It’s a great way to incorporate some fresh air and physical activity into your workday while enjoying downtown Steubenville and some amazing views.

The Chamber hosts the “MSM” Headquarters where walkers can store their belongings while they walk, and help themselves to a pick-me-up snack, water, and any other necessities they may need from sunscreen to umbrellas. There is also a sign-in sheet where you log your walks and enter for a chance to win some great prizes. There is no need to register or sign up and there’s absolutely no charge. Last year, we had participants who walked every day, and some who stopped by to walk every so often. We even had some visitors to the area enjoy the program.

Remember, just walk any time during the Chamber’s regular business hours of Monday through Thursday, 9 to 4 and Friday, 9 to 1. The event will kick-off Tuesday, May 4th, and extend through October 31st, giving everyone plenty of time to experience the downtown area and walk their way to a healthier lifestyle in 2021.

36th Annual Trinity Health System Chamber Golf Classic

The 2021 Trinity Health System Chamber Golf Classic is set for Tuesday, May 18th, at the Steubenville Country Club. This event is the Chamber’s biggest fundraiser and a great way to promote your business, enjoy some friendly competition, or volunteer alongside fellow Chamber members and their employees.

Watch your email for your official invitation. And in the mean time, reserve your team spot or get more information by clicking below.

And check out the popular “Power Putt” putting contest sponsored last year by Jefferson SecurityAmbulance Service, and Checker Transportation below. It will be back again this year by popular demand.

OhioMeansJobs To Host Virtual Job Fair For Expansive List of Industries

Don’t miss this opportunity – An easy, free and an effective way to find quality employees

OhioMeansJobs Area 16 invites all Chamber member businesses and organizations to participate in its Virtual Job Fair (VJF) event to be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The following industries are invited to participate:


This will be a “no charge” virtual career fair event for employers/companies and jobseekers alike. All that is required to attend this event is a computer or mobile device with a good internet connection. Virtual job fairs are quickly becoming an excellent tool for employers/companies to interact with potential employees and transforming the way in which job seekers interview for employment.

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Face-To-Face Coffee & Connections Returns!

The Chamber is excited to be hosting its first, in-person Coffee & Connections after nearly a year! On Wednesday, March 10th, join us at St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville for a delicious breakfast followed by our popular and fun speed-networking session. We’ll be able to safely distance, and of course, mask mandates will be in place. Bring business cards, flyers, menus, giveaway items, or brochures to distribute.

Afterward, we will be hosting our “New Member Orientation” at 9:30 for those new to the Chamber or anyone who would like a refresher on how to make the most of their membership. And from 10:30 to noon, learn all you need to know about the Chamber’s new online selling platform at the “Shop Where I Live 101” workshop. Bring your laptop or tablet and we’ll help you get registered, set up, and answer any questions you may have. If you’re already on Shop Where I Live, it’s a great chance to get up to speed on adding more products or any other areas that you may have questions about. There’s no charge for the workshop, which will run from 10:30 to noon and no RSVP is necessary for the either of the post-Coffee & Connections events.

What: “Coffee & Connections”
When: Wednesday, March 10th, 2021
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Where: St. Florian Event Center
Cost: $15 per person ($20 for walk-ins)

The Valley Bids Farewell to Neidengard’s

From Warren Scott at the Herald-Star:

John and Kim Neidengard said preparing for the Feb. 27 closing of their 115-year-old family business is a bittersweet experience.

After selling Harley-Davidson motorcycles and related gear to hundreds of area residents, they are looking forward to spending more time riding together on the road and visiting their adult children and grandchildren.

But the couple of 23 years said they will miss seeing their regular customers, working with others to organize poker runs that have raised thousands for charity and carrying on a legacy culminating in the state’s oldest family-owned Harley-Davidson dealership.

Kim admitted she became a motorcycle fan after meeting John 28 years ago, noting his love of cycling started at an early age.

I worked here probably since I was 12,” said John, who noted it was common for children in family-run businesses to help out “as soon as you were old enough.As soon as I graduated from high school, I went to full time,” he said, adding he never thought of doing anything else.

John said in that regard, he was much like his father, John F., who had worked for his father, G.H. Neidengard, a machinist who opened the family’s first motorcycle shop at 137 South Third, Steubenville.

John said G.H. was a friend of the first Steubenville man to own a motorcycle and quickly fell in love with them. Early motorcycles were little more than bicycles with motors, noted John, but they offered low-cost transportation at a time before Henry Ford’s Model T made automobiles affordable to most people.

The Chamber would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the Neidengards for their many years of support and for representing the Jefferson County business community with passion, professionalism and care. They will be missed and remembered.

To read the full article, please click here. For WTOV9’s coverage, please click here. Visit Neidengard’s website here.