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Author: Christen Fischer

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:

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS
DISTRIBUTION & WAREHOUSING
HEALTHCARE
CONSTRUCTION & EXTRACTION
PROFESSIONAL & ADMINISTRATIVE
MANUFACTURING
TREE SERVICES & LANDSCAPING
HOSPITALITY & TOURISM
RETAIL
SOCIAL SERVICES
SECURITY & CORRECTIONS
MAINTENANCE & MECHANICS

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.

February 2021 Targeted EIDl Advance Information

The SBA is launching a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advances – called Targeted EIDL Advance – which provides eligible businesses with $10,000 in total grant assistance. If you received the EIDL Advance last year in an amount less than $10,000, and you meet the Targeted EIDL Advance eligibility requirements, you may be eligible to receive the difference up to the full $10,000. The combined amount of the Targeted EIDL Advance and any previously received Advance will not exceed $10,000.

Please review the eligibility criteria and application instructions below carefully before you proceed to the application portal for the Targeted EIDL Advance.

Businesses eligible for the Targeted EIDL Advance must meet ALL of the following eligibility criteria:

-Located in a low-income community, as defined in section 45D(e) of the Internal Revenue Code. SBA will map your business property address to determine if you are in a low-income community when you submit your Targeted EIDL Advance application.
-Suffered economic loss greater than 30 percent, as demonstrated by an 8-week period beginning on March 2, 2020, or later, compared to the previous year. You will be required to provide the total amount of monthly gross receipts from January 2019 to the current month-to-date.
-Must have 300 or fewer employees. Business entities normally eligible for the EIDL program are eligible, including sole proprietors, independent contractors, and private, nonprofit organizations. However, agricultural enterprises, such as farmers and ranchers, are not eligible to receive the Targeted EIDL Advance.

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Invitation to Submit COVID-19 Targeted EIDL Advance Application

The SBA is launching a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advances – called Targeted EIDL Advance – which provides eligible businesses with $10,000 in total grant assistance. If you received the EIDL Advance last year in an amount less than $10,000, and you meet the Targeted EIDL Advance eligibility requirements, you may be eligible to receive the difference up to the full $10,000. The combined amount of the Targeted EIDL Advance and any previously received Advance will not exceed $10,000.

Please review the eligibility criteria and application instructions below carefully before you proceed to the application portal for the Targeted EIDL Advance.

Businesses eligible for the Targeted EIDL Advance must meet ALL of the following eligibility criteria:

-Located in a low-income community, as defined in section 45D(e) of the Internal Revenue Code. SBA will map your business property address to determine if you are in a low-income community when you submit your Targeted EIDL Advance application.
-Suffered economic loss greater than 30 percent, as demonstrated by an 8-week period beginning on March 2, 2020, or later, compared to the previous year. You will be required to provide the total amount of monthly gross receipts from January 2019 to the current month-to-date.
-Must have 300 or fewer employees. Business entities normally eligible for the EIDL program are eligible, including sole proprietors, independent contractors, and private, nonprofit organizations. However, agricultural enterprises, such as farmers and ranchers, are not eligible to receive the Targeted EIDL Advance.

We recommend that you have a copy of your 2019 Federal Tax Return on hand to assist you in completing the Targeted EIDL Advance application questions. You will also be asked to confirm that the information provided in your original EIDL application is still accurate. If there are any changes, you may be asked to provide documentation in order to determine if you are eligible for a Targeted EIDL Advance. Applicants that pass the initial eligibility requirements will also be required to electronically sign an IRS Form 4506-T allowing SBA to obtain tax transcripts directly from the IRS before we can approve your request for the Targeted EIDL Advance.

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A Note About the Chamber’s 2021 Membership Directory

The Chamber has received a few calls from members who want to be sure that the sale calls they are receiving from Lunar Cow, Inc. are legitimate and that they, in fact, are representing our Chamber. The answer to both of these questions is, “Yes.”

The Chamber has done a printed membership directory for over 25 years. In the past 10 years or so, we partnered with the local Herald-Star, which would sell the ads and print the booklets and pay the Chamber a small commission. They are not able to do this anymore. We have recently partnered with a very reputable company, Lunar Cow, who exclusively works with Chambers of Commerce and Visitor Bureaus. They even have many employees who are former Chamber of Commerce professionals. This spring, they will produce a beautiful, full-color membership directory that will also have a virtual version linked to our website that drastically increases your promotional reach.

By simply clicking on your ad, people will instantly be linked to your website. You are even able to change out your ad throughout the year at no charge. This is ideal for seasonal specials, events you may be hosting, or job openings you’d like to advertise. In addition, your graphic design services are included in your ad price, too.

This project has been and continues to be an important one for the Chamber since we receive a portion of the ad sales that help us in our daily operations and in providing services to you, our members.

Please take a look at our landing page here and at a portfolio of their clients and directories here. And if you are contacted by a representative from Lunar Cow, Inc., please know that they are working for the Chamber and ready and willing to help you, should you be interested in advertising.

Golf, Annual Dinner, Coffee & Connections Returns!

As the Chamber works toward getting back to its “normal”, yet safe, schedule of events, please mark your calendars now for our two biggest ones of the year. The Annual Golf Classic will be held on Tuesday, May 18th, at the Steubenville Country Club with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. And The 113th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner is set for Wednesday, October 20th, at St. Florian Event Center. Please watch the weekly In The Know for details as these get closer.

Also, Coffee & Connections, virtual style, will be held on Wednesday, February 10th at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom. You will receive an invitation soon with all of the details. In the meantime, get your one-minute elevator speech ready – yes, you can still get gonged – and we’ll have some fun contests and changes as well.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On November 3, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill marking the third Monday of every January as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. And in January 1986, the first national Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday was observed. While marches and parades, the typical forms of remembrance, are not now possible due to safety concerns, it is an extremely important year to note the message and achievements of this significant civil rights leader. Please read on for messages and commentary from local black leaders and business owners. And click here for a list of events and activities in our area.

Michael McIntyre, President – Steubenville NAACP
“With the optimism of the New Year coming, we at the Steubenville NAACP will use Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s question from the title of his last book as our guide, which is Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?. We will choose community and try to partner with those in the community who agree with Dr. King’s legacy of equality for the Black Citizens in America.”

Dr. James Baber – Retired Educator
“We have had a difficult year in 2020 due to the virus, social unrest, police brutality, lack of employment, food insecurity and drug issues, but there is hope in the future for 2021. As the Reverend Jessie Jackson quotes often, “We must keep hope alive.’’

Chari Bills, School Director – Ohio Phlebotomy Training Center, Steubenville
“A riot is the language of the unheard” is one of my favorite quotes of Dr. King. In light of what our society is going through, let’s not focus on the riots or the behavior but let’s try to look at the bigger picture and view things from the other side – the side of the minority.”

Phil Livingston, Owner – Baby Boyz Barbecue & Catering, Toronto
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” This is my favorite Dr. King quote. Be mindful of situations and handle your challenges and controversy with grace. Take the time to understand what lies in front of you.”

2021 Membership Directory & Community Guide Coming This Spring

The Chamber’s first-ever virtual membership directory & community guide is in the works and will serve many purposes when it goes live in the spring of 2021. The new, interactive version includes ads in the digital GoGuide® that are linked to your website, giving readers one-click access to your business. In addition, advertisers may change out their ad throughout the year at no charge. This is ideal for businesses and organizations that have seasonal products, special events, or fundraisers to promote. 1,000 hard copy issues will also be printed and distributed at area hotels and throughout the chamber offices to people visiting, new residents, or prospective businesses considering Jefferson County as their home.

You will be contacted in the coming weeks by representatives from Lunar Cow Publishing, who is partnering with the Chamber on this project. They have a long history of providing great products and services to chambers of commerce nationwide and their friendly, knowledgeable staff is happy to help.

Check out a similar directory to see what ours will be like. >

Visit the informational landing page. >