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Welcome to Chamber Insights. Complete May 2008 issue

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

Editor: Sue Stivers
Presidents Message: Donna Stotts
Feature Writer:Monica Rodgers

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: If you really want to do something, youll find a way;if you dont, youll find an excuse.

Presidents Message

Id like to take a moment to thank everyone for welcoming Lt. Governor Mongiardo at our Annual Banquet on April 29th. Once again attendance was great, at over 270 and so many people commented that the Banquet just seems to get better each year. Congratulations to all the very deserving Award Winners. I would like to thank Sue Stivers and all others that commit each year to making this an event to be proud of for our Chamber.

The 6th Annual Golf Tournament will be held at Pinewood Country Club on June 12 (rain delay June 19th). Grab your clubs and come on out for a day filled with fun, prize money and lots of freebies.

The Picnic in the Park will be held June 17th at the Roadside Park onHwy. 55 South. Come early so you can check out the new shelter that has just been completed. L.E.A.D. Adair County Graduation will be held directly following the meal. Come and support and congratulate these individuals that have worked so hard. It will give you an opportunity to find out if L.E.A.D. is right for you or one of your employees. It will be an evening of good food, entertainment, fun and fellowship.

New Member Hi-Lights

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

Gregory Eastham Engineering, Gregory Eastham. 270-384-2446.151 West Drive, Columbia
Lucky Day Cleaners, Doug Rodgers/Marsha Napier.270-384-1034.
800 Russell Road, Columbia
Curves. Carol & Jim Leib. 270-385-9090. 906 Greensburg Street, ColumbiaAt The Front. Rollin Curtis & Steve Chambers. 270-384-1965430 Rose Lane, Columbia.

Clayridge Nursery. Billy Coffey. 270-384-4201. 7320 Greensburg Road, Adair County

Member Name Change:

Donna Rieder from Jackson, GA is now settled in Adair County. Her business is called Mare-Z-Doats, which is a Pet-Sitting Service. She can be reached at 270-805-1527.

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 Chamber your voice in our communityhelping to make Columbia-Adair County A Good Place To Call Home.

Looking Ahead
June 12Chamber Golf TournamentMonica Rodgers

The 6th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 12th at the Pinewood Country Club. The committee is currently working to secure sponsors for this event and so far this has been a success.

Corporate and Hole Sponsors are still being accepted. Anyone interested should contact the Chamber office (384-6020) or Monica Rodgers at Quality Personnel (384-2866).

The cost to play is $40.00 per person, and the price is well worth the money!Not only will you get to enjoy a fun day of golfing, you will also receive free goodies from sponsors, chances to win prizes on individual holes, a chance to win a 2008 Ford Mustang GT (hole in one prize) and the top three teams will take home prize money.Dont miss your opportunity to be a part of this great event!

June 17Chamber Picnic at Roadside Park, Hwy. 55 South 6:30 PM Corporate Sponsor will be Bank of Columbia

Showcasing Columbia and Adair County to Economic Development Cabinet Secretary

What an honor it was to have John C. Hindman, Secretary Economic Development Cabinet, Frankfort, KY visiting our community May 12 and 13th. It was a great opportunity for us to showcase Columbia and Adair County and this we did!

I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to those who helped with the tour of our city and county. They were: Mayor Pat Bell, County Judge Executive Ann Melton, Joe Hare-Gas Superintendant City of Columbia, Lennon Stone-Manager, Adair County Water District, Richard L. Walker-Developer of Holladay Place, Jim Hadley-Company President of Majestic Yachts, David Butler of Holmes Bend Marina & Resort, Donna Stotts, Chamber President, Earl Milby-Imo Plant Manager, Jeff & Henrietta Scott, owners of Highland Raku Studio and Gallery, Bruce Harris, tour guide of Lindsey Wilson College, Paula Miller and Barbara Overstreet catering services.

A special thanks to Dan Franklin and Don Franklin Motors for providing the transportation for escorting Secretary Hindman throughout the county.

I am also grateful for the support of all community leaders who attended the breakfast and dinner cruise with Secretary Hindman.

Thank You,
Sue Stivers

JuneA Popular Month for Weddings and Celebrations

June is just around the corner! What makes this month so special? Its a time to celebrate Fathers Day, Flag Day, Dairy Month, Summer Solstice, plus its a huge month for weddings. Brides will be marching down the aisle anticipating a romantic honeymoon getaway, with fathers being happy for the daughters but at the same time theres sadness within their heart that their little girl is now starting a new life. Fathers try to move on with their thinking and look forward to getting out of their tuxedo and relaxing.

The Tourists are Coming

With only a few more days of school, families will be planning their vacations. It is predicted with gas prices being so high, that more families will be vacationing closer to home. As the tourism begins, lets remember to give the best customer service we can to those tourists who come to visit Columbia and Adair County. Tourism activities mean the ringing of cash registers! Visitors spend their money at all kinds of businesses. They stay in our motels, bed & breakfasts, campgrounds, RV parks and make fast food stops and enjoy our restaurants. They buy gas, make purchases at businesses and retail shopsin other words, they spend money. That money circulates within the community several times and contributes to a better economy.

This may be a good year to plan a Kentucky Vacation! Or you may want to see what is available in your own county.Adair County has many well kept secrets of good places to visit. Many of our own citizens do not know about what there is to see here. Neither do our neighboring counties know what we have to offer. If you would like to know what is available here at homestop by the Chamber/Tourism office and let Sue Stivers and Kathy Johnson inform you on places to visit.

The office located at 201 Burkesville Street in Columbia. Look for the white brick building with the emerald green roof.You cant miss us!

Results For Businesss Available Soon

Many pieces of legislation were enacted or defeated that directly impacted our small businesses in Columbia and Adair County and other communities throughout Kentucky. Soon, the Kentucky Chamber will release its 2008 Results for Business report on the Kentucky General Assembly. This publication provides members with detailed legislative information about new laws and how they may impact your bottom line. Kentucky Chamber Chairman Jude Thompson, who has ties with Columbia and Lindsey Wilson College said, Many highly negative pieces of legislation were introduced and discussed this year; however, a strong lobbying effort by the Chamber, working together with key business interests, was able to thwart the most onerous potential changes.

Chamber working for your Business This is a good example of how your local Chamber of Commerce works for all businesses in our community. Its your Chamber Membership at work! This is one more reason why every business in Columbia and Adair County should be a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Its also another reason why every individual who is interested in making our Community a better place to live should be a member of the Chamber.

Your local Chamber, the Kentucky Chamber and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are always working to help small businesses. 94% of all businesses in Kentucky are small businesses. There is strength in numbers. Any business that is not a member of the local Chamber of Commerce is invited to do so. Call the Chamber Office (384-6020) or visit us at 201 Burkesville Street. Become a member of an organization that is always working for YOU.

Communities Challenged To Focus On Five Goals

After years of being at the bottom of the list among 50 states in areas like education and health, Kentucky is making progress and should continue its effortseven during a time of sobering budget numbers.

This is the message Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson is taking on the road as he visits communities around Kentucky to update business leaders on several ongoing Chamber projects.

According to Executive Director Sue Stivers, Dave Adkisson will be the guest speaker for our monthly Chamber meeting in September.

Adkisson said, We can change the way we thinkWe are No. 8 in per capita exports. We have abundant resources and hardworking people. We are centrally located and have rich traditions.

He also cited a recent study by Kentuckys Long-Term Policy Research Center, which found that the Commonwealth has moved from 43rd to 34th among the 50 states on several nationally recognized education indicators.

We are making progress and must continue to focus on the areas that will ensure Kentucky is globally competitive and a great place to live and work, said Adkisson.

Citing the results of the New Agenda project that collected great ideas to improve the state from Kentuckians in all walks of life, Adkisson and the Chamber of Commerce is challenging every community to focus on how they can achieve the five goals that could transform Kentucky in coming years:
  • Prepare Kentucky to successfully compete in the global marketplace.
  • Improve the education attainment of Kentuckians at all levels.
  • Expand Kentuckys role as an energy leader.
  • Promote wellness and healthy Kentuckians.
  • Modernize government at all levels.
Where does economic development fit into those goals, you may ask?If we make an impact in these five areas statewide, we will have achieved economic development, said Adkisson.

Rogers Honored for Promoting Job Growth

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, presented Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers with the prestigious Spirit of Enterprise award.

The award was recently presented to Rogers in recognition of his support of legislation that promoted job growth and economic expansion during the first session of the 110th Congress. The Spirit of Enterprise Award is given to those members of Congress whose voting averages are 70% or greater on issues the Chamber supports.

I am proud to accept the Spirit of Enterprise award, said Rep. Hal Rogers. Having spirit is job one for recruiting new business and I am equally proud to work with all of our Chambers of Commerce which are front and enter in our efforts to make our regions strong.

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce congratulates Rep. Rogers on this prestigious award and says a special thank you for the support he gives to all our Chambers throughout the Commonwealth.

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