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Welcome to Chamber Insights February 2008
The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.
Editor: Sue Stivers, Executive Director
Feature writer: Donna Stotts, President
The Purpose of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce is to Promote and Enhance the Business, Cultural, Educational and Civic Well Being of Columbia and Adair County.
Thought for the Month
The more high tech the world becomes, the more people crave high-touch service.
On January 31st the Chamber Board met for our annual planning session. We focused on what we felt were major issues and priority issues for our community. We all agreed that the Chamber should be actively involved in contributing our resources and people to make our community better. Each chairperson will have a plan of work for their committee in March. I want to encourage all Chamber members to work with a committee of your interest. Pride in our community is the only requirement for these committees.
The annual membership drive will soon be underway. Stephen Keen, Chairman, will soon announce the kick-off date. I want to thank all members that have already paid dues and encourage all others to ASAP Any questions regarding dues may be directed to the office at 270-384-6020.
I want to thank Darrell Overstreet for representing the Chamber at the Small Business Caucus at Frankfort on January 23rd, where he felt that much was accomplished.
Our next monthly meeting will be on March 18th at the Columbia United Methodist Church. Due to it being a catered meal, reservations need to be made by calling the office. Jeff Thomas from the Green River Animal Shelter will be the guest speaker.
The President's guest for February was Louise Brock. Louise was actively involved in the Chamber last year. She owned and operated Vaughn's Smart Apparel on the Columbia Square for many years. Because of this, she knows the importance of the Chamber and being actively involved in the community. She was, without a doubt, the motivator of every committee she served on. She taught us all that age didn't matter, that we all could dress up, smile big and be kind, making Columbia, Kentucky A Great Place To Call Home". Thanks so much for reminding us of that, Louise.
Corporate Sponsor of the Month
A special "Thank You" to Enterprise Rent-A-Car for being the Corporate Sponsor of the month. The Chamber truly appreciates this outstanding business for their Chamber participation and for being our corporate Sponsor of the Month.Andrea Harper, Corporate Account Manager and Heather Craft, local branch manager gave an interesting and informative presentation of what Enterprise Rent-A-Car is all about. Following are some of the highlights of their remarks made to Chamber members and guests.The company that is famous for great cars, low rates and free pick-up also offers a terrific Business Rental Program to save you more time and money! Enterprise Rent-A-Car will work with you to customize a rental program designed specifically to meet your individual needs. Not only do we offer this as a free program for your company, but we also have many services you may not know about, such as:
New Member Hi-Lights
The Chamber is extremely happy to have 4 new members this month to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. They are:
What makes March Special?
Can you believe that the month of March is just around the corner? March is a good luck month and you can put a couple of spins on it: Luck of the Irish with St. Patrick's Day, the beginning of Spring, NCAA March Madness, International Earth Day, Oscar Night, Ash Wednesday or a Get Away from the Winter Blues.How can you market your business to increase traffic and sales?
Here's some ideas:
Decorate with shamrocks and leprechauns, give out good luck charms, serve green refreshments, give green crayons to the kids, present an Irish poem to each of your customers, or have percentages off of special items and letcustomers draw discount coupons from a pot of gold.
Always remember a warm greeting and friendly smile go a long way in making your customers and visitors feel truly welcome and know that their patronage is appreciated.
Have FunMeet New PeopleBe A Volunteer
Have you ever volunteered to serve on a Chamber Committee? If not, why? Some of the reasons given when people were asked to volunteer were: "Too busy", "Don't have time", "Don't really know enough about it", "Never occurred to me", "Never been asked", "Unsure of what is available", "Lack of time available to do it properly", "I just joined the Chamber", "Guess I'm just lazy".
The fact is that volunteering does not take up a lot of time and can actually be beneficial to you and your business! How? Where else can you network and promote your business with people informally and for not much more than the cost of an hour or two of your time.
Volunteering on a Chamber committee isn't very hard workit can actually be fun! Meeting other business leaders and or individual members who care about their community to work on a common project that would benefit your business and the community can be rewarding for the Chamber as well as for you.
Most committees meet periodically at noon or at the end of the day, depending on the project. Most meetings won't last more than an hour. Some committees may even meet one time to plan their project for the year.
When you volunteer you become a part of the cause and effect of the organization that you have already invested in through membership dues. You have an opportunity to showcase your business, your talents and you have an opportunity to make a difference!
Volunteers are needed to serve on Chamber Committees. Choose the committee or committees that you have a particular interest in from the following list along with the committee chairperson.
Activities & Events Arlinda Kessler
Ten Most Wanted Persons in Industry
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Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271
Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289
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