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Chamber Insights: Complete March 2010 issue

Welcome to Chamber Insights - March 2010
The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.
Editor: Sue Stivers
President's Message:Ron Heath
Feature Writers: Stephanie Barrett; Ramie Hutchinson; Ron Heath and Sue Stivers

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 of the Month"
"Leaders don't force people to follow - they invite them on a journey".

A Message From the President

March Madness

For those who follow college basketball the month of March is the most exciting time of the year. During those 31 days 64 teams all compete for the honor of being named national champion. With millions of fans all across the country rooting for their team, it truly is March Madness. Their enthusiasm is contagious. People become passionate about "their" team.

It's not hard to tell who they are - people who are usually quiet and reserved suddenly appear in public wearing clothes in colors that reflect loyalty to their team. When they watch their team play they yell and scream at the television with each shot. Even if you miss the game on television you don't have to worry about knowing who won or lost. You can tell the results by looking at the expression on their face.

Wouldn't it be great if we could channel even a small portion of that enthusiasm to projects and programs that will make a difference in our community? You have an opportunity to do just that. Currently, the Chamber of Commerce is in the midst of its annual membership drive. If you can get as excited about enhancing the quality of life in our community as basketball fans during March Madness, we need you as a member of the Chamber.

Just as anyone can be a basketball fan, Chamber members come in all shapes and sizes - large industries, small businesses, farm operations, non-profit groups, and individuals. They all share one common interest - they care enough about Columbia and Adair County to get involved with an organization whose purpose is to make life better for everyone in our community.

As a Chamber member you can get involved with programs that interest you. Everyone has some special expertise or talent that could be put to good use. Your knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm can be valuable assets to committees planning activities and events throughout the year.

During this time of March Madness put your enthusiasm to good use by joining the Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members are out in the community now asking businesses' and individuals to become a part of something special. If you're not contacted personally, you can call or stop by the Chamber office to pick up a membership application or you can go to the Chamber website and print off a form.

Show your support for our community; get connected. To use a slogan from a commercial for a well known building supply store, "Let's build something together."

Corporate Sponsor of the Month - Community Trust Bank

Community Trust Bank is located at 710 Russell Road in Columbia. Lee Ann Collins is the Branch Bank Manager. She and her staff are always available to serve the citizens of Adair and adjoining Counties.

Community Trust Bank currently has 76 banking locations in eastern, northeastern, central, and south central Kentucky, and West Virginia, and 5 trust offices across Kentucky. Community Trust Bancorp was founded in 1903 and is headquartered in Pikeville, Kentucky. As of December 31, 2009, it has assets of $3.1 billion and employs more than 1,000 individuals. Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. is traded on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol "CTBI."

Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for the Community Trust Bank, Inc. and Community Trust and Investment Company. It primarily offers commercial and personal banking services, and trust services, in Kentucky and West Virginia. The company's deposit services comprise time and demand deposits, savings accounts, NOW accounts, and certificates of deposit. Its lending activities include commercial, construction, mortgage, and personal loans, as well as lease-financing, lines of credit, revolving lines of credit, term loans, and asset-based financing.

Community Trust Bancorp also offers cash management services, letters of credit, safe deposit boxes, and funds transfer services. In addition, the company operates as trustee of personal trusts; executor of estates; trustee for employee benefit trusts; registrar, transfer agent, and paying agent for bond and stock issues; depository for securities; and as a provider of brokerage operations.

Looking Ahead

Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet:

Tuesday, April 20 - Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet, at Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College at 6:30 PM.

Speaker: James K. Navolio, Commissioner of Kentucky Cabinet For Economic Development

Chamber Awards Ceremony, entertainment, good food, event you don't want to miss. Reservations must be made at the Chamber office (201 Burkesville St.) not later than Thursday, April 13, 2010. Cost: $15.00 per person.

Reminder to all Chamber members. Please fill out your nomination forms for awards and bring to the Chamber office or mail to P.O. Box 116, Columbia, KY. Forms are due not later than Monday, March 29th.

Small Business & Entrepreneurial Connections Forum:

Thursday, April 22...8:30 AM - 3:00 PM at Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium Complex - 1267 South Highway 127, Russell Springs, KY. No registration fee or lunch fee. Reservations must be made at the Chamber office by April 15th. For additional information contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 384-6020.

Using ebay to start or expand your Business:

Thursday, April 15th - 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM at the Chamber of Commerce building, 201 Burkesville Street. NO FEE....Presenter will be mark Johnson, Branch Manager, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. Open to any interested person.

Class limit: 45...first come, first served. This workshop introduces the basics of doing business on ebay. Strategies and tips will be shared on how to go about selling and receiving payment for items sold. For additional information or to sign up for the workshop, call the Chamber office at 384-6020.

March Madness - Membership Drive

The Chamber kicked off the membership drive last week with much success. The first three new members to join were the following:

Peaches Printing, Inc. - Owner Darlene Rarey - 912 Greensburg Street, Columbia- 270-384-1302

Genesis Family Medical Center - Owner/Manager - Michael Mouser & Willow Rouben,1463 Campbellsville Road, Columbia - 270-384-6483

Randy Curry Plumbing - Owner Randy Curry - 4325 Burkesville Road, Columbia. 270-384-4012

Welcome to the 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 Chamber...your voice in our community...helping to make Columbia and Adair County a great place to live and call home.

Chamber Sponsors Education Programs

On Tuesday, March 16, the Chamber of Commerce sponsored a program on "Changes in the Tax Laws." Linda Fitzpatrick, Senior Tax Advisor and owner of the H&R Block franchise in Columbia, and Barbara Bryant-Hancock, CPA and proprietor of her own accounting firm in Columbia, presented an interesting and informative program that highlighted tax law changes that individuals, businesses, and farms need to be aware of when filing with the IRS this year.

The next program on "How to Buy and Sell on E-Bay" is scheduled for Thursday, April 15 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm CDT in the lower level of the Chamber building, 201 Burkesville Street. If you've thought about trying to make money by selling items on e-bay, this program will help you get started. To register, call the Chamber of Commerce at (270)384-6020 as space is limited to 45.

In May, the Chamber will sponsor a program on fundamentals of fund raising. If your organization or group is trying to raise money in the community for a worthy project, you'll learn about the advantages and disadvantages of various types of fundraising programs.

For more information on these educational opportunities or to suggest other possible topics to cover, call the Chamber office at 384-6020.

Robin Smith - Newly Appointed Chamber Board of Directors

By Stephanie Barrett

When making a first impression on someone, it only takes a few minutes for a person to form an opinion of another. This view is created before they are ever given the chance to really get to know the other. We do this out of a longing for understanding and security, to put people in the group of "them" and "us". Politicians spend thousands of dollars each election year attempting to convince others to place them in their "us" category as they can often be viewed differently than the average person. This could not only be true of the national level of politics, but also the local level.

I have been getting to know members of the Chamber of Commerce for a few months now. In order to gain a better understanding of this group of people, I always try to find common ground between us. I have learned that this is one of the best ways to discover that "them" and "us" are not all that different. In my dealings with the Chamber, I have found that many of the members attended Lindsey Wilson College, where I am currently enrolled. When I recently spoke with Robin Smith, I found a commonality that we both hail from Louisville, Ky.

Smith grew up in Louisville and graduated from Butler High School. She then went on to marry Robert Smith and moved to Columbia, where she had family ties through her grandparents. She described her move as quite the transition from the city, but it did not take long for her to fall in love with her new found community. Together, the couple had a son, Jamie, who is currently employed by Larue County High School as the band director. He is married to wife, Rachel. She described raising her son, as well as her family, as one of her proudest accomplishments. "It truly is one of my greatest rewards," Smith said.

This wife and mother should be proud of her family, as well as herself. She has been employed through Wal-Mart for twenty three years. She has spent twenty one of those years at her present position as Office Associate. It was easy to pick up on her hardworking attitude and determination while I was speaking with her. This philosophy will most likely serve her very well during her three year term as a member of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

I then posed the question of why she wanted to join such an organization. "I wanted to be part of an organization that provided for events in the community and educational services," Smith answered. She discussed how she wrestled with the question of how she could give back to her community. She felt that a "new opportunity" was handed to her when she accepted her Board member position. At present, she is a part of the Budget Committee and is enjoying working with her colleagues at the Chamber of Commerce. "It's truly a group effort at the Chamber and I really enjoy making this a better place to live," Smith said.

It is quite evident that Robin Smith cares deeply for Columbia and the people of Adair County. She has a presence that would put anyone at ease and a huge heart. While first impressions are often not indicative to the true person one is meeting, these characteristics would most certainly be a part of anyone's first impression of her. Granted that I was somewhat biased seeing that she is from Louisville, it did not take long after getting to know her that she will make a wonderful member of the Chamber of Commerce. And anyone would be able to pick up on that.

The Census...It's in Your Hands

You may have already received the "Census" but if you haven't you should receive it in the near future. The Chamber Board of Directors would like to encourage each person in Adair County to fill out and return you r census. Your participation in the 2010 census matters. Here's why... The amount of money each County receives is based on population...the number of people who live in the county. Unless you return the Census, you will not be counted. That means Kentucky and Adair County will receive less money.

Every year, more than $300 billion in federal funds are awarded to states and communities based on census data. That's more than $3 trillion over a 10-year period. The money Adair County receives is used for important community facilities that you rely on such as schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, child care centers, senior citizen centers, health centers, grant money for community projects and much more. Census data also affect your voice in Congress by determining how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.

You are urged to fill out the census as soon as you get it and return. Won't you join us the Chamber of Commerce in helping to make sure every person in Adair County is counted? You can do so by encouraging your friends and neighbors to do so. For additional information you may contact the Chamber at 201 Burkesville Street or by phoning 384-6020.

Caring for your laptop:
Extend the life of your portable PC

By Ramie Hutchinson

With more portability and more time away from a hazard free desk, laptops run the risk of receiving damage quicker than a Desktop PC. I've expanded on PC World's, Lincoln Spector's, tips about how to care for you laptop.

Keep the battery cool - Lithium batteries will inevitably wear out over time, but you can slow the process by avoiding heat and use the battery as little as possible. Be sure that the laptop has plenty of breathing room for ventilation and if you are using it on a desk, take the battery out and run it on AC power only.

Be careful about eating and drinking around the laptop - Spilling coffee on a desktop keyboard may be a disaster, but is better than replacing the motherboard you would short out if you spilled coffee on your laptop. Try to keep food and beverages as far away as possible from your laptop. Things can get really crumby. Excuse the pun.

When at home, turn it into a desktop - If you read one of my previous articles in the Chamber Newsletter, you may recall that laptop keyboards are not the most ergonomically designed products. At home, setup a stationary work environment to make your laptop experience easier. By a separate USB keyboard and mouse, and monitor if you'd like, and turn your laptop into a desktop at home. You'll save wear and tear on your carpals and your keyboard.

Find the right carrying case - Be sure to find a case that has padding to protect your laptop from any bumps and bruises. There are many designs out there, but I prefer a backpack case because of the even weight distribution on my back.

Clean the keyboard properly - When your keys start sticking, it's time for a cleaning. There are a couple of ways to do this; Shut down the PC, keep it open, and gently tap on the back of the laptop so that the crumbs and other debris fall out. If this doesn't accomplish what you need, you can purchase a can of compressed air to blow the rest of the debris out. Be sure to read the instructions on the can for proper use.

I hope these tips will save your laptop some physical distress in the future. You can check out the original article and others at

Look for Duo County Telecom's tip of the month in the next Chamber Newsletter.

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