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March 2008 Chamber Insights: Complete Issue

In this issue
  • President Donna Stotts' message
  • Adair County High School Academic Team honored
  • Corporate sponsor of the month, Adair County Animal Hospital
  • New member highlights
  • Chamber banquet April 12, 2008
  • April is Redbud Month
  • What makes April special
  • L.E.A.D. Adair report from Ashley Thomas
  • Small businesses: Mainstary of our Economy

Welcome to Chamber Insights. March 2008

The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

Editor:Sue Stivers, Executive Director
Feature writers: Donna Stotts, President, Ashley Thomas, L.E.A.D.

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 road to success is always under construction.

Presidents Message

As many of you may already know, March is Membership Month at the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. Vice-President Stephen Keen is the Chairman of the 2008 Campaign, On The Road To Success. The Team Captains are: Stephen Keen, Dave Johnston, Benton Fudge, Arlinda Kessler and Mike Curry. Please contact any of these teams to become a part of our excitement.

Our Community has so much to look forward to this year with the long awaited By-pass and the construction of new businesses.

The Annual Chamber Banquet is just around the corner on Tuesday, April 15th at 6:30 PM at the Lindsey Wilson College Cranmer Dining Center. Ballots are in and you wont be disappointed at the people chosen as outstanding leaders and role models for 2008. Just to be nominated is quite an honor.

The few days we have had of warmer weather is a promise of whats to come. With that in mind, dont hesitate to call the Chamber office to book the Roadside Park Pavilion for your reunions, birthday parties, etc. Call the office at 270-384-6020 for more info. Donations are accepted for the use and this helps to keep the park maintained.

The Presidents guest for the March monthly meeting was Brett Reliford, Coach of the ACHS Academic Team, along with his entire team:
  • Seniors: Bonnie Cheng, Vicki Leibeck, Seth Coomer
  • Juniors: Marty Mille, Todd Smith, Chris Yates, Lydia Tiller, Samara Skinner, Tasha Padgett, Cameron Campbell, Jenny Ludden
  • Sophomores: Chris Lloyd, Elton Cheng, Kelsey Castaneda
  • Freshmen: Luke Maupin, Ryan Montgomery, Jake Leibeck, Zack Mann
This team was recognized by the Chamber as showing Academic Excellence. They are a part of what makes Columbia, Kentucky A Great Place To Call Home. Way to Go, TEAM!!

Corporate Sponsor of the Month

A special Thank You to Adair County Animal Hospital 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.

Shantila Rexroat, veterinarian gave an interesting and informative presentation on The Green River Animal Welfare League (G.R.A.W.L.) and the goals the organization has for the Green River Animal Shelter. Following are some of the highlights on the remarks made to Chamber members and guests.

The Adair County Animal Hospital and Laser Surgery Center is a three veterinarian practice located at 2004 Campbellsville Road in Columbia. The doctors are Shantila F. Rexroat, Shannon F. Campbell and Jacob R. Feese, all siblings who grew up right here in Columbia. Dr. Rexroat and Dr. Campbell purchased the animal hospital in 1999 and relocated it in 2006, just before Dr. Feese joined the practice.

The Adair County Animal Hospital takes care of small and large animals (including exotic animals). The hospital has drive in facilities and a barn for cattle and horses. The doctors have invested in the most current equipment and attend training annually to stay on top of all the current treatments and surgeries. Drs. Rexroat, Campbell and Feese take tremendous pride in the quality of medicine and surgery they practice and the quality of overall pet care that is provided at their facility.

The Green River Animal Welfare League (G.R.A.W.L.) was established in 2003 by Dr. Shantila F. Rexroat and Dr. Shannon F. Campbell. The organization was initially formed to get an animal shelter built in Columbia. Peg Tooley (a client of the doctors) pledged a $100,000.00 donation and Jim Blair (also a client of ACAH) donated 9+ acres of land for the project.

After three years of hard work the group of citizens participating in G.R.A.W.L. was able to procure a state grant ($150,000.00) to go along with the donations and in 2006 the animal shelter was established behind the juvenile detention center. The animal shelter serves Adair, Metcalfe and Russell Counties. G.R.A.W.L. currently serves the function of fund raiser for the Green River Animal Shelter (G.R.A.S.).

Donations are always welcome and membership is encouraged. If you would like to become a member of G.R.A.W.L., donate money to G.R.A.W.L. or have any questions regarding the organization, please feel free to contact one of the doctors of the Adair County Animal Hospital at (270)384-6113.

New Member Hi-Lights

The Chamber is extremely happy to have 5 new members to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. They are:

Democratic Womens Club of Adair County, contact Marsha Walker, President. Phone #384-2243

Little Wonders Day Care, located at 110 Office Park Drive in Columbia, Lindsay Stephens-Owner, Sherry Burton-Director. Phone #384-1187

Coldwell Banker Legacy Real Estate Group, Glasgow, Kentucky, Andrea A. Meyer, Realtor-Sales Associate. Phone #270-576-1115

Hill & Valley Farms Bed & Breakfast, located at 431 Wilson Road, Columbia, Kentucky, Chris Wilson-Owner, Nancy Reeves-Manager. Phone #384-9844 or #800-933-2905

Ja Cis Boutique, located at 703 Campbellsville Road, Suite A, Columbia, Kentucky, Julie Campbell. Phone 384-1177

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.

Chamber Banquet

Mark your calendar for the Annual Chamber Banquet to be held Tuesday, April 15th beginning at 6:30 PM at Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College. Come enjoy delicious food, hear outstanding speakers, see community leaders receive awards and who knowsYou may be lucky and get a nice door prize. You will also have the opportunity to hear about Abraham Lincoln as Blake Aaron gives the speech that won him 3rd place in the State Public Speaking Contest of the Lincoln Celebration. This year will prove to be the best banquet ever! You dont want to miss it!!

Reservations must be made no later than Monday, April 7th. Cost is $15.00 per person. Come by the Chamber office located at 201 Burkesville and get your tickets. No Tickets will be mailed.

April: RedBud Month

April is just around the corner. Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY) has proclaimed April as Redbud Month. This is a month of redbud festivals especially in the eastern part of the Commonwealth. The month will be blooming with excitement. Show how your business can blossom from the patronage of its customers.

Heres some ideas to help make your business more attractive to customers:
  • Plant redbud trees and beautiful perennial flowers around your property. The beautiful springtime blooms will entice customers and visitors to your establishment.
  • If you are an outdoor attraction, allow customers to plant a redbud tree on your property. This makes it a special memory for them to visit again, again and again.
  • Place pots of spring blossoms on tables or counters. Wrap pots in tissue paper in pastel colors.
  • Tell customers to watch for an announcement for when redbud seedlings will be given out at the Chamber of Commerce office.
What makes April Special?
  • April Fools Day
  • Administrative Professionals Day, formerly Secretaries Day. (April 23)
  • Baseball season gets into full swing.
  • Free Redbud seedlings to be given out at the Chamber Office, sometime during the week of April 7th-11th.
L.E.A.D. Adair County

By Ashley Thomas

Even though you may not have heard much from L.E.A.D. Adair County recently, weve been hard at work. L.E.A.D. is part of the Personal and Professional Development committee of the Chamber of Commerce.

Each month, the new class of the leadership program meets and discusses one aspect of Adair County life, including education, agriculture, entrepreneurship, government and media. Members of the program must pledge to undergo a year of learning and growing in order to be accepted.

The purpose of the program is to provide select applicants with the skills and connections to become active and avid members of the communityto grow the next generation of leaders.

The program also encourages each class to find a need in the community and fill it through a project. The theme and activities associated with the project are left entirely up to the members of the group, but participation in the planning and execution of the project are required in order to graduate from the program.

L.E.A.D. IV is proud to announce we have (finally!) come to our decision.After much storming, forming and norming, we have decided to focus our attention on the needs of the youth in our community and will direct our efforts accordingly.

Our first large project will be the landscaping of Adair County Elementary School. The school has received a $7,500 grant from Lowes for landscaping supplies and materials, and has even been given a blueprint for the project.

However, as Principal Robbie Harmon announced at the last Board of Education meeting, the school was in desperate need of volunteers to carry out the work. The members of this years L.E.A.D. class will give up a lot of free time, sweat and energy to make sure that our newest addition to the school system looks as bright and beautiful as the young minds it nurtures.

Smaller projects in the coming months after the landscaping may include road blocks to raise money for text books and volunteering to help the Family Resource Centers.

As part of our larger goal, members will wear t-shirts bearing the motto: L.E.A.D. Adair County Helping Hands: Leading the Way to A Better Tomorrow.

Each member of our group has a big heart with a lot of passion for this county and its residents, and it took us a lot of time and determination to pin our focus on one large project. However, the t-shirts and the motto will enable us to take part in smaller service projects individually or in small groups. This way, we can potentially cover all the needs each of us felt so strongly about.

After completing projects, we will compile pictures and commentary in a memory album that will be placed in a centralized location for future L.E.A.D. Adair County participants and members of the community to view and enjoy. We can only hope that our decisions will leave a lasting legacy in the county and remind everyone that change can happen and each of us can play a part in making Adair County an even better place to call home.

Small Businesses are Mainstay of our Economy

Kentucky must provide strong support and incentives for the small businesses that are the mainstay of our economy.

Did you know that more than 93 percent of Kentuckys businesses employ fewer than 50 people, according to the Kentucky cabinet for Economic Development, and a majority of the states businesses have 10 or fewer employees.

Meanwhile, these small businesses provide one-third of the employment in Kentucky and account for 28 percent of the wages and benefits paid in the state.

These businesses are the key economic engines in countless communities across the Commonwealth as they create jobs, meet payrolls and pay taxes. Nationally, the U.S. Department of Commerce reports that small businesses accounted for 60 to 80 percent of the annual new job creation over the past decade.

According to Dave Adkisson, Kentucky Chamber President and CEO, Kentucky has a great opportunity this year to expand the support and assistance it offers the states small businesses. That opportunity comes in the form of two bills under consideration by the 2008 General Assembly that would extend tax credits or incentives for jobs created by small businesses.

House Bill 38 would allow the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority to develop a tax credit program for small businesses (defined by state law as employing up to 150 full-time employees and having gross annual sales of less than $5 million.)

To qualify, a business would have to create at least one job and invest $5,000 in equipment or technology. The credit would be capped at $25,000 a year. The bill has bi-partisan support as reflected in the fact that the bill is sponsored and co-sponsored by almost three dozen house members representing both parties.

House Bill 36 would expand a tax incentive program now available for large employers in high unemployment counties that qualify for participation in the Kentucky Rural Economic Development Assistance Program. Under the current KREDA rules, businesses that invest $100,000 and create 15 full-time jobs may receive tax incentives from the state. SB 36 would lower those thresholds to an investment of $50,000 and the creation of five full-time jobs.

Both of these bills are in keeping with the goals of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia-Adair County Chambers 2008 business agenda to encourage the development of new incentives to help Kentucky small businesses grow and prosper.

They also reflect the understanding of the states elected leaders that small businesses are vital to ensuring economic success of Kentucky and its citizens.

It is the hope of the Kentucky Chamber and the Columbia-Adair County Chamber that the General Assembly will discuss the issues surrounding these important measures and quickly enact both of these Bills.

NOTE:On HB 36 there were changes made this week (March 18-21) to lower the investment and job creation thresholds for current incentive programs so smaller companies can qualify for incentives. The measure successfully passed the House Economics Development Committee.Contact your representative to voice your support for SB36.

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