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2016 “Shift Your Shopping” Campaign Kicks Off

What began last year as a strategy to increase holiday shopping dollars spent locally quickly turned into a fun, informative two months of activities, events and buzz centered around our members.  And this year is shaping up to be even better.  Join us as we kick things off on “Small Business Saturday”, November 26th at 9 a.m. at the Chamber offices.  Click here to view or print a complete list of activities and programs and a “Holiday Gift Guide” application.

American Express launched the first ever, “Small Business Saturday” back in 2010 to encourage people nationwide to support small local businesses. Since then, it has grown to include great programs and promotions that educate and inspire.  Click here to learn more about its beginnings and the programs offered to your small business through the national program. And watch your email in the coming weeks as the Chamber digs in to the nuts and bolts of, “Shift Your Shopping 2016.” Make this holiday season one of your best.  Get involved today.

The 2016 Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner

The keynote speaker at last evening’s annual awards dinner entertained and inspired as he shared his many years in the film industry with the audience and explained the economic impact that can be felt by a community being chosen as a shooting location.

Mr. Ivan Schwarz, CEO of The Cleveland Film Commission was co-producer of with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg on the HBO mini-series, “Band Of Brothers.”  His comments were informative and fun and many questions from the floor that rounded out his presentation shed even more light on this interesting issue.

The video below was shown at the awards dinner and highlights people from Steubenville who have impacted hollywood and the film industry.

The evening also included the presentation of awards in five categories. Congratulations to the following nominees and winners:

Lifetime Achievement Nominees:

Judy Bratten, Historic Fort Steuben

Anita Jackson, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Tina Thompson, Proforma Innovative Services

Winner: Anita Jackson (posthumous)

Business of the Year Nominees:

Em-Media, Inc.

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Hancock County Savings Bank

Winner: Franciscan University of Steubenville

New or Emerging Business Nominees:

Coleman Professional Services

Colonial Heights/UMH Properties

Sumo Hibachi & Sushi

Winner: Coleman Professional Services

Young Professional Nominees:

Frank DiCarlantonio III, Scaffidi’s Restaurant

Therese Nelson, Nelson Fine Arts & Gifts

Kate Sedgmer, United Way of Jefferson County

Winner: Frank DiCarlantonio III, Scaffidi’s Restaurant

Ambassador of the Year Nominees:

Nicole Adamski, Best Western Plus University Inn

Mary Free, U.S. Bank

Chris Orris, Valley Hospice, Inc.

Winner: Chris Orris, Valley Hospice, Inc.

The night would not have been possible without our sponsors who generously supported this special event.

Gold sponsors:  

Apollo Professional Cleaning
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Grae-Con Construction
The Ridgefield Group
Trinity Health System
Eastern Gateway Community College

Silver sponsors include: Colonial Heights/UMH Properties & Hancock County Savings Bank

Bronze sponsors include: Ambulance Service, Checker Transportation, Jefferson Security, Barium & Chemicals, Inc., First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union, Fort Steuben Mall, Hess Corporation, M & M Hardware, Mosti Funeral Home, Inc., Project Best, and Voto Manufacturers Sales Co.

The Chamber Sponsors Its First-Ever Trip Abroad – Prague, Vienna, & Budapest

The Chamber is happy to announce an exciting new program that provides a very special travel opportunity to the local community.

For many years, chambers of commerce across the country have served as host sponsors of trips to locations both in the United States and abroad. The Jefferson County Chamber’s inaugural trip will take place June 19th-29th, 2017.  “Imperial Cities” will feature stops in Prague, Vienna and Budapest.  The 11-day package includes 14 meals, airfare, lodging and transfers.  Collette Travel, a well-known name in the group travel industry since 1918, is the co-sponsor of the trip.

Mark your calendar now for November 1st at 6 p.m. when Collette travel will provide a comprehensive overview and presentation outlining the trip details with plenty of time for questions and answers. It will be held at the Chamber offices, 630 Market Street in Steubenville.  There is no obligation or charge to attend and this gathering, as well as the trip, are open to the general public.  Please call the Chamber if you would like to receive the full color trip brochure and outline or click on the link below to go directly to the website for the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce 2017 trip abroad.

“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.

American Pickers Coming To Ohio

American Pickers Flier 2016

American Pickers, the popular television show on the History Channel, is once again coming to Ohio.  They are looking for leads throughout the state – interesting characters with interesting items and lots of them. For complete details, please click on the title above or email Lindsey Chase, Casting Associate at  

Headshot Happy Hour

A new Chamber member program is launched –

Having a high quality, current head shot is a necessity in business. Regardless of your title or what it is you’re selling, the first impression that a prospective customer or client gets is often based on an image of you.  Whether it’s by way of viewing your company website, seeing your picture in the local newspaper, picking up one of your business cards or any other marketing medium that has your photograph on it, your picture can make or break that first impression.  Many small business owners make the mistake of using an old, unprofessional or shabbily edited photo for business purposes and put off getting the proper one taken.

Three Chamber member photographers have stepped up to the plate to help the Chamber launch a new program called, “Head Shot Happy Hour.” The goal is to make it easy, affordable and convenient for our members to get a great head shot taken for themselves, their staff, their board members or their sales team.  Here’s how it works: On three Thursdays in the coming weeks, the photographers will set up shop in the Chamber offices from 3 to 6 p.m.  You may make an appointment with any one you wish by calling the Chamber offices. Bookings are first-come, first-served so don’t delay.  You may also check out each of their websites by clicking on the links below.  The price is just $50 per person. You will pay that evening and will be provided with your photos on a disc or by way of a link.   Each photographer is a little different so feel free to contact them with questions. In addition, the Chamber will provide light refreshments for you to enjoy while you wait or after your photo session is over.

Why not check this one off of your “to do” list once and for all and get a quality, professional head shot that you can use for all of your promotional and advertising needs?  Hope to see you at thefirst (to be annual), “Head Shot Happy Hour.”  And thank you again to our participating photographers: 

R Nolan Photography
Thursday, May 26th

Newbrough Photo  
Thursday, June 2nd

Bella Lux Images
Thursday, June 9th