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Author: Christen Fischer

“On Location” 2016 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a movie or television show filmed in our community?  Or what it’s like to be an extra in a motion picture?  Did you know that many local people have played an important role in the television and movie industry throughout the years?

The theme for this year’s annual meeting and awards dinner will be, “On Location,” with Mr. Ivan Schwarz, Executive Director of the Cleveland Film Commission as the keynote speaker. Mr. Schwarz was a driving force behind the recent increase in the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit passed by Governor Kasich.  The revision doubles the current $20 million cap on annual incentives and will be key in making Ohio more competitive in media production which brings jobs and money to the state.  The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit has created the equivalent of 1,729 full-time jobs and over $400 million in total economic impact since 2011.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 19th at St. Florian Hall for an exciting night of presentations and information as we celebrate the Chamber, its accomplishments, its volunteers and the winners in our five business categories.  Nominations will begin next week with online submission forms available on the Chamber website. And watch your mail and email for sponsorship and ticket information.

Photo Above: Ivan Schwarz, left, talks with Patty Whitcher, exec. producer of, “The Avengers” in downtown Cleveland in this 2011 photo. Photo Lisa DeJong, Plain Dealer.

“That’s The Ticket” Big Winner Drawn

Linda Yanok, from Barium & Chemicals, Inc. was the big winner of the Chamber’s first-ever, “That’s The Ticket” giveaway. Linda receives a prize package of tickets valued at over $2500 including two tickets each to a Pittsburgh Steelers game, Pittsburgh Pirates game, Wheeling Nailers game, the Jason Aldean concert at First Niagara Pavilion, Kennywood and Jefferson County Fair passes and much more.

Thanks again to all who participated and to our sponsors below. Click on the business names to go directly to their website or Facebook page: Historic Fort Steuben, The Jefferson County Fair BoardValley Hospice, Inc., The United Way of Jefferson CountyBig Brothers/Big Sisters of Jefferson CountyThe Fort Steuben Mall, Piergallini Catering, The Herald Star, New York Life – John Cucarese, The Ville Restaurant & Bar, The UPS Store, Steubenville and Advanced Entertainment Limousine.

Jefferson County Chamber Of Commerce Kicks Off Its Summer, “That’s The Ticket” Giveaway

Celebrate All There Is To Do In & Around Jefferson County! The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is pulling out all the stops with a new giveaway that’s designed to celebrate the many things to do in and around Jefferson County.  The July, “That’s The Ticket” prize package includes over $2,500 in tickets to events ranging from the Jefferson County Fair and Pittsburgh Steelers games to the Post-Gazette Amphitheatre and local favorites like the United Way’s, “Taste Of The County.”  The drawing is open to the public and for just $10 per entry, someone gets the chance to be the sole winner of the entire list of prizes.

“We are trying to accomplish a few things with this fundraiser,” Chamber President, Tricia Maple, explained.  “We want to negate the old, “there’s nothing to do” comment that you hear so often and also showcase what a great area we live in for entertainment options.  One of the best things about our area is that you get the best of both worlds when you live here – the comfort, affordability and intimacy of small town living with amazing entertainment, sports-related and cultural events within a short drive in any direction.”

Another goal of this project is to drive traffic to the Chamber’s website,, which has been a work in progress for the past year and a half.  The website is a great resource for anyone in business, thinking of starting a business or planning to visit or relocate to Jefferson County. One of its primary goals is to promote the over 450 Chamber member businesses through the online membership directory which allows visitors to the site to search for a member business by name or by category.

The drawing will run the entire month of July with entries available via the website and also at the Chamber offices located at 630 Market Street in downtown Steubenville.  The winner will be drawn on August 1st.  For a complete list of prizes, visit the Chamber website and click on the, “That’s the Ticket” ad in the center of the home page.  From there you may enter the drawing and/or view and print the prize list.  For more information, contact the Chamber offices at 740.282.6226.

The Chamber would like to thank the following member businesses and organizations who donated or sponsored items in the prize package:  The Jefferson County Fair Board, Historic Fort Steuben, Valley Hospice, Inc., United Way of Jefferson County, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Jefferson County, The Fort Steuben Mall, Piergallini Catering, The Herald Star & Weirton Daily Times, New York Life/John Cucarese, The Ville Restaurant & Bar, The UPS Store – Steubenville and Advanced Entertainment Limousine.

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Burger Bash

Ambassador Burger Bash – A Big Success

The 2016 Ambassador Burger Bash wasn’t dampened by the weather last evening as over 100 Chamber members came together for food, music and a little friendly competition.  The Best Western PLUS University Inn graciously served as host with Anita Jackson from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a long-time Chamber Ambassador, serving as event chair.  There was a karaoke and lip sync challenge, gourmet burger bar, cornhole competition and lots of great networking.

A big thank you to the entire Ambassador Club, headed up by President, Mary Free from U.S. Bank and everyone in attendance in addition to the many businesses who donated money, food and other items including: General Rental, The Laurels, Nelson Fine Art & Gifts, Steubenville Popcorn Company, Snack Brothers Candy & Chip Company, Choice Brands of Ohio,  The Ville Restaurant & Bar, Kroger Hollywood City Center,  Apollo Professional Cleaning, The Herald Star/Weirton Daily Times, Mountaineer Gaming Resort, Damon’s, Hancock County Savings Bank, Proforma Innovative Services, IBEW Local #246, Fort Steuben Maintenance, Hauser’s Furniture, Kiwanis Club of Steubenville, AEP Cardinal Plant, Enterprise Rent A Car, Franciscan University, Dana Joyce CPA, Judge Lisa Ferguson, Ferguson House of Furniture, D & L Construction, Tri-State Printing and Valley Hospice.

The Ambassador Club is the volunteer arm of the Chamber assisting with ribbon cuttings, membership recruitment and special events throughout the year. It is comprised of owners, managers and employees of Chamber member businesses and they meet monthly at the Chamber offices.

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce

Member Orientation in July

Beginning July 13th, the Chamber will host member orientation sessions immediately following, “Coffee & Connections” each month. These short and informative gatherings will be free of charge and you may attend regardless of if you attend Coffee & Connections.

If you are a new member who would like to learn how to utilize your membership to the fullest or are a long-time member who wants to get an update of the ever-changing programs and benefits of membership, this is for you.  We’ll cover free and inexpensive ways to promote your business, how to utilize the chamber’s website, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities and everything in between. Isn’t it time to use your Chamber membership to the fullest?  Stop by or send a staffer to one of these important sessions.

2016 Investor To Investor Trade Fair Just Around The Corner

Begin 2016 by putting your business in the spotlight at one of the Chamber’s most popular promotional and networking events of the year.  The annual, “Investor to Investor Trade Fair & Business After Hours” will be held Monday, January 25th from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.
Designed to promote member-to-member and local spending, this event is a mini-trade fair with Chamber member exhibitors promoting their products and services in a casual “Business After Hours” setting. Only Chamber member businesses are given this opportunity and it truly is an affordable, convenient and effective promotional event.  Last year nearly 60 businesses had display booths and over 150 chamber members and guests attended the event.
Back by popular demand is an exciting drawing that all exhibitors and attendees are eligible to win – a Media Prize Package valued at over $8,000.  A great way to kick off your 2016 marketing plan, it includes display advertising, web design, radio and television spots and more, with no strings attached. Every paid admission receives an entry in the drawing.
The deadline for registration is Monday, January 18th and space is limited and reserved on a first come, first served basis.  To register, email Janet King, Investor Relations Coordinator at or contact the Chamber offices at 740.282.6226.


Cattrell Companies – Your One-Stop Construction

In 1939, George W. Cattrell began as a house-builder with some emphasis on plumbing. He built a foundation so solid that his children could expand upon it. His sons had vision. The second George (“Buster”) had a charisma that drew clients and employees to him. His work ethic and example led our field forces as the business expanded and more complicated commercial projects were added to the job list. Robert (Bob)was both shrewd and tough. He had a dream about diversifying and soon convinced his father and siblings that a general construction business was important to their future. He began Fort Steuben Enterprises as a separate company doing general construction.

Read September’s issue of Newsline for the full article.

Austin Lake Park, Listed as One of the Top 10 Urban Parks in the United States

TORONTO – There may be tens of thousands of RV parks and campgrounds throughout the United States, but when it comes to quality, appeal and cleanliness, one of the best is right here in the Ohio Valley. Austin Lake Park and Campground has been listed among the top 10 percent of campground in America and one of the top 10 urban parks in the United States. And park owner William Cable could not be more pleased.