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Author: Christen Fischer

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:

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.