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Chamber Insights: February 2008. Complete issue

In this issue:
  • President's Message
  • Corporate Sponsor of the Month
  • New Member Hi-Lights
  • What makes March special?
  • Have Fun...Meet New People...Be a Volunteer
  • Activities and Events: Committee chairs
  • Ten Most Wanted People in Industry
  • How to avoid Identity Theft


In this issue:
  • President's Message
  • Corporate Sponsor of the Month
  • New Member Hi-Lights
  • What makes March special?
  • Have Fun...Meet New People...Be a Volunteer
  • Activities and Events: Committee chairs
  • Ten Most Wanted People in Industry
  • How to avoid Identity Theft

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.

President's Message
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:
  • ePlus Membership - join online for additional discounts and coupons
  • eLink customizable for all your online reservation needs
  • Ease Into Monday get your vehicle Saturday to avoid the Monday rush for only $10/day
  • Travel Policy Don't have one? We'll create it for you!
  • Payroll Inserts/Break room Flyers tell your employees they save for personal use too!
  • Mileage Reimbursement Charts quick reference to determine general savings
  • Mileage Calculator compare costs for specific trips
  • Billing available through Commerce Bank
  • Special Discounted Pricing everywhere, whether for a day, week, month or more
  • 6,500+ neighborhood locations in North America and 220+ major airport locations
  • 650,000+ vehicles in fleet, including cars, trucks, SUV's, vans and specialty vehicles!
The best part you get a local manager for your account. You're just one phone call away from the perfect Business Rental Package, so contact: Heather Craft, Local Branch Manager, Rent-A-Car Division by phone at 270-465-0457 or e-mail at: heather.i.craft@erac.com

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:
  • Adair County Extension Office, located at 409 Fairground Street in Columbia, with County Agents: Kelli Bonifer, Nick Roy and Tony Rose.

  • Adair County Sportsman Club, located on Sportsman Club Road in Columbia, contact person, Richard Phelps.

  • Manor Abbey LLC, located at 238 Development Drive in Columbia, managers are Billy and Libby Fudge. Watch for a ribbon cutting ceremony in the near future.

  • Donna Rieder/Kundalini Cattery-Feline Boarding has recently purchased property in Adair County. She will be moving here in the spring from Jackson, Georgia. The first thing Donna did after signing the deed to the property was come to the Chamber office and become a member of the Chamber.
A special "Thank You" for becoming a part of our Chamber Family. By joining the Chamber, you become a part of an organization that is dedicated to the economic growth and prosperity of Columbia and Adair County. Your investment in the Chamber means an "investment" in "your community". This is your Chamberyour voice in our communityhelping to make "Columbia-A Good Place To Call Home".

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
  • Folklore of the Old West Festival: Charles Grimsley
  • Wares Fair : Ron Heath
  • Chamber Banquet: Sue Stivers
  • Golf Tournament: Monica Rodgers
  • Christmas in Columbia : Dave Johnston
  • Chamber Christmas Party: Mindy Smith
Committee Chairs:
  • Agriculture: Charles Barnes
  • Health & Environment: Patricia Harper
  • Ambassadors: Mindy Smith
  • Marketing : Dana Walker
  • Beautification: Benton Fudge
  • Membership: Stephen Keen
  • Communications: Doug McCammish
  • Personal/Professional Development: Dave Johnston
  • Chamber Newsletter: Sue Stivers
  • Education: Darrell Treece
  • Roadside Park: Richard Phelps
  • Governmental Affairs: Darrell Overstreet
Right now, we are looking for some people who can commit their time and their talents. Call Executive Director, Sue Stivers at 384-6020 or the committee chairperson to discuss ways to volunteer. Accept the challenge to serve on a committeehelp make Columbia and Adair County a better place to live.

Ten Most Wanted Persons in Industry
  1. The person who can get along will with fellow workers in all situations.
  2. The person who is skilled, and stays abreast of his field, no matter how rapidly it changes.
  3. The person who can think who uses his head to solve problems for which he can find no precedent.
  4. The person who motivates people, helping them to formulate goals and achieve them.
  5. The person who inspires confidence, not only in himself, but also in those who work with him.
  6. The person who accepts change, seeing it as an opportunity, not as a threat to his status quo.
  7. The person who can be trusted who is as careful of others' materials and intangible assets as he is of his own.
  8. The person who is loyal, and sees his own goals and those of the people who work with him as one and the same.
  9. The person who has drive one who does not balk at extra hours nor shy away from problems.
  10. The person who is optimistic and meets the demands of life with gusto and humor.
How to Avoid Identity Theft & What to do if your Wallet or Purse is Lost or Stolen

The following article appeared in "Chamber Insights" several years ago. Because of the increase in theft, this information is worth repeating. Save this article so it will be your source of information in the future. The information is very useful and everyone is encouraged to adopt these suggestions.
  • When you are writing checks to pay your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the "For" line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won't have access to it.

  • Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put "PHOTO ID REQUIRED".

  • The next time you order checks, have only your initials (instead of your first name) and last name put on them. If someone takes your checkbook, he or she will not know whether you sign your checks with just your initial or with your first name; but your bank will know how you sign your checks.

  • Put your work phone number on your checks instead of your home phone number. If you have a PO Box, use that instead of your home address. If you don not have a PO Box, use your work address. Never have your Social Security number printed on your checks. You can add it if it is necessary, but if you have it printed anyone can get it.

  • Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Copy both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will then know what you had in your wallet; and you will have all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. Also, carry a photocopy of your passport when you travel either here or abroad. We've all heard horrible stories about fraud that's committed by stealing a name, address, Social Security number or credit cards.
Here's some critical information to limit the damage is case your wallet is stolen:
  • Cancel your credit cards immediately!! The key to doing so is having the toll-free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those numbers where you can find them.

  • File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc. were stolen. This proves to credit providers that you were diligent and it serves as a first step toward an investigation (if there is ever one).
But here's what is perhaps most important of all:
  • Call the 3 National Credit Organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and social security number. The alert means any company that checks your credit will know your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize any new credit.
Here are the numbers you always need to contact if your wallet, etc. has been stolen:

Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271

Equifax: 1-800-525-6285

Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742

Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289


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