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‘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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113th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner

Nearly 200 guests were on hand Wednesday evening at St. Florian Hall for the Chamber’s 113th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner. Fittingly held on National Chamber of Commerce Day, the evening’s activities and program ranged from lively and informational to touching and impactful as members gathered for the first time in the regular format since 2019. The opening video featured a collage of Gold Sponsors’ businesses and was followed by taped comments from Cameron Mitchell of the Columbus, Ohio-based Cameron Mitchell Restaurants who shared his rags-to-riches story and thoughts on the restaurant industry in a post-Covid world. (Check out his book in the Library Link below) Paul Hoback Jr., Chief Development Officer for the Pittsburgh International Airport, shared a bit of history about this great facility along with exciting details of the recently-launched $1.4 billion terminal project, complete with architect’s renderings.

Rounding out the evening were two important awards: Ambassador of the Year, which went to Jeffrey Schuetz of Schuetz Funeral Home, and the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented posthumously to Suzanne Kresser. This being the last annual dinner for Tricia Maple, Chamber President, who is stepping down at the end of the year, the board presented her with parting gifts and she introduced the newly named president, Kate Sedgmer, who will take the reigns on January 1st.

Click here to read the complete Herald Star article by Linda Harris.
The evening was made possible by a long list of Chamber member sponsors:

Gold:
Apollo Pro Cleaning & Restoration
The Ridgefield Group
Trinity Health System
McKinley Architecture & Engineering
Omni Strategic Technologies
Eastern Gateway Community College
Franciscan University of Steubenville
WTOV9
Grae-Con Construction

Silver Sponsor
Hancock County Savings Bank.

Bronze Sponsors:
Voto Manufacturers Sales Co.
First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union
Barium & Chemicals, Inc.
Capital Healthcare Network – Carriage In of Steubenville
Exquisite Creations by Joel
Valley Wine Cellar, Inc.
Main Street Bank
Encino Energy
M & M True Value Hardware

A Message from the Chamber President

As you may already know, I will be leaving the Chamber at the end of 2021, after seven years in this role. It will be a bittersweet departure, but it’s time to move on and re-focus on my own businesses and projects, which have taken a backseat for a long time.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Chamber – the incredible people I have gotten to know, the relationships that were sparked or strengthened, and the work that we have done together. The challenges and successes I have shared with so many of you, especially in the past couple of years, have left me very humbled and inspired by our local business community. And I’m prouder than ever before to call Jefferson County my home and to own a business here.

I thank you all for the great memories I’ll take with me and I look forward to continuing our work in making the area better and stronger.

Remember that there’s still time to get tickets for next Wednesday’s 113th Annual Awards Dinner & Meeting at St. Florian Hall. Come out for great food and drink, exciting speakers and an evening celebrating our members and their importance to the local business community.

Sincerely,

Tricia Maple-Damewood
President

Annual Dinner Presenters Announced

The past 18 months have put unimaginable challenges in front of business and industry worldwide, with two of the hardest hit being travel and food service. With that in mind, The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that the theme for its 113th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner is “The Long Road Back: Business In A New World.”

Even more exciting is the duo of speakers lined up for the evening: Cameron Mitchell of the Columbus, Ohio-based Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and Paul Hoback Jr., Chief Development Officer for the Allegheny County Airport Authority that operates both the Pittsburgh International Airport and the Allegheny County Airport. These dynamic and interesting business leaders will discuss how they navigated through the past 18 months and what the future looks like in a post-COVID world.

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants began in a very humble place– Cameron Mitchell’s mother’s dining room table. It was there that Cameron mapped out his career goals that would eventually set the course for his restaurant industry career.

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The Day That Changed America Forever

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, when the United States experienced the deadliest terrorist attack in its history.

The Chamber pauses this weekend to remember and honor the victims of that day, the first responders, the families who lost loved ones, and the members of our military who fought and died in the ensuing wars on terror.

May we forever cherish our freedoms and our heritage, and may we strive to live in peace and unity with our neighbors at home and abroad.

“For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.” — Deepak Chopra

Jefferson County’s Natural Resources: Check them out this weekend!

Jefferson County’s natural beauty is something to be witnessed, regardless of the season. Its 411 square miles include wooded hills, over 900 miles of streams, rolling farmlands and, of course, the beautiful Ohio River which is fed by three main tributaries: Short Creek in the southern part of the county, Cross Creek in the center, and Yellow Creek in the northern section. The county is home to various other natural resource areas that provide excellent opportunities for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Fernwood State Forest boasts over 3,000 acres with camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, a shooting range, and bird watching. The Brush Creek Wildlife Area is over 4,000 acres and, in addition to the amenities available at Fernwood, also has ATV trails. Jefferson State Lake Park’s 962 acres includes horseback riding trails in addition to hiking, camping, boating, hunting, fishing and bird watching. And the county-owned Friendship Park, host site for the annual Jefferson County Fair, sits on 1300 acres, providing a beautiful setting for boating, mountain biking, camping, and fishing.

The Steubenville Parks and Recreation Department maintains 13 parks throughout the city in addition to the Belleview Municipal Pool and the Martin Luther King Recreation Center. The staff also offers a variety of recreational activities and programs free to the community throughout the year. From baseball fields and playgrounds to walking trails and shelter houses, the Steubenville park system has just what you’re looking for when a little fresh air is in order.

Austin Lakes & Campgrounds, a local business icon, opened in 1946 and was named one of the “top urban campgrounds in the United States” by USA Today. Imagine stepping back in time but with all of the modern conveniences and updated amenities that make a day, weekend, or week away comfortable and convenient. Picnic shelters, RV, and camping sites, cabins, hayrides, swimming, pontoon boat rentals, paddle boarding, and more make Austin Lake a favorite among locals as well as haven enjoyed by guests from across the country and beyond.

It’s Time For Coffee & Connections!

Come enjoy the Chamber’s most popular networking event! Join us on Wednesday, September 8th, at a Coffee & Connections’ favorite location. We will be gathering at Margaret’s Cafe in Toronto to network and mingle with fellow Chamber member businesses and organizations.

Coffee & Connections is casual, fun, and the perfect way to share news about all that your business or organization has to offer. Bring business cards, marketing pieces, coupons, and/or giveaway items. We’ll have you in and out in no time.

What: “Coffee & Connections”
When: Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 – 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Where: Margaret’s Cafe, 805 North 5th Street, Toronto, OH 43964
How Much?: $15 Per Person. $20 for walk-ins.

Please Note: The Chamber’s credit card processing is currently down for maintenance and will be up and running early next week. In the meantime, please feel free to RSVP by phone or email. 740.282.6226 or hannah@jeffersoncountychamber.com. Watch your email for updates.