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Welcome to Chamber Insights - Complete June 2010 issue
The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.
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"President's Message
June marks the completion of my first six months as President of the Chamber of Commerce. Serving as President has been a real educational experience for me. I've learned there are some really dedicated people in this community who want to make life better for everyone. I now understand the amount of work done, that few people are aware of, behind the scenes in trying to attract new businesses to Adair County. And I've learned that the Chamber of Commerce can play an important role in working with City Council, the Fiscal Court, and the Economic Development Authority to promote Columbia and Adair County as "a great place to call home."
One question many people ask is "What does the Chamber of Commerce do?" To answer that question, let's look back over the previous six months. Here's a partial list of what the Chamber has done since January 1, 2010:
Corporate Sponsor of the Month
A Special "Thank You" to the Bank of Columbia for being the Corporate Sponsor of the month. This is the third straight year that the Bank of Columbia has served as sponsor of the annual "Picnic in the Park". Robert Flowers, President and CEO is to be commended for giving his employees time to be actively involved in the Chamber of Commerce and being of service to the Community. They always do an outstanding job and the picnic was no exception. Just ask anyone that attended.
Brian Caldwell was designated by President/CEO Robert Flowers to speak briefly about the Bank of Columbia. Here are some his comments: Did you know the Bank of Columbia has been serving their customers and this community for over 140 years? They have relied on two simple, yet solid principles: Serve our customers and serve our community. Like a reliable friend you can trust, we are here to meet your needs and expectations. Providing you with services ranging from opening a checking account to financing your dream home or business. We offer the best in banking.
When you bank with us, you are more than a client; you are a member of our extensive bank family. At the Bank of Columbia, we pride ourselves on knowing more about you than your checking account number; we know your personal needs. Through thick and thin, we have been here and will continue to be here to provide our community with premium banking and customer services. The next time you have a moment, stop in and see why the Bank of Columbia has been in business since 1866; like the clock on our building, we always have time for you!!
New Member Highlights - The Chamber is extremely pleased to welcome three new members to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.
The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce salutes the Adair County students on their outstanding performance in International Competition. Congratulations to the ACMS Future Problem Solvers on their 3rd place award, Rebecca Montgomery's 2nd place award and Heather Jackson's 5th place award. We are extremely proud of each of you and wish you much success in the future.
Appreciation to our Media
A "Special" thank you to our media for the outstanding job they do in promoting our Chamber of Commerce. We shall forever be grateful to Adair Progress publisher Donna Hancock and editor Paul B. Hayes, Sharon Burton, publisher & editor of the Community Voice, Ed and Linda Waggener of ColumbiaMagazine.com, WAIN and WHVE radio stations for continually promoting all the activities, events, Chamber Insights, etc. with the public. With your support and cooperation, the Chamber can have a greater impact on our community. Thanks for a job beautifully done. You are appreciated!
Six Habits of Highly Successful Chamber Members
The tourism season is upon us...tourists are arriving at our front door. The phones continuously ring, e-mails and regular mail arrive with inquiries about different attractions and upcoming events in Columbia/Adair County and the area. Many are planning vacations and weekend getaways, while others are making arrangements for family reunions and school reunions.
To prepare for our guests, there are steps everyone can take to make our visitor's stays more enjoyable.
First, we can re-educate both ourselves and front line employees about attractions, accommodations, restaurants, and events in our county and area. Maps, calendars of events and brochures are available at the Chamber office to help with this process. Businesses are encouraged to stop by the office and pick up tourism information. It's all free of charge.
Secondly, we can take time to offer assistance to visitors -- give directions, answer their questions, make them feel welcome, or you might even take their photograph. When we provide personal assistance, visitors will leave our City and County with good feelings, possibly sharing those experiences with friends and family, who in turn could become visitors.
A third step is to make sure our community presents a good visual impression to visitors. Taking the time to spruce up businesses, stopping and picking up any trash you may see will display pride in our community and makes it visually more appealing to tourists and residents alike.
Fourth, we need to use our manners. Learn to say "Thank You" for visiting our beautiful city/county, come back to see us....Is there anyway we can help you. Using your manners is always in style. These are things that tourists and visitors will never forget about our community.
Finally, we can wear a smile. It is easy to become caught up in the craziness of everyday business and forget to smile. However, smiling is the cheapest and easiest effort we can extend when dealing with guests...it is also contagious!
What is DVR?
Oh, the VCR. Although it was once at the tip of the technological iceberg, thanks to advances such as DVDs and DVR Set top boxes, the VCR is now just an acronym that has almost ceased to exist.
Thanks to Digital Video Recording (DVR), watching your favorite series on television is no longer a hit-or-miss situation. You can record shows while you're out of the house, pause and rewind live TV, and even record series weeks in advance.
Before DVR, you may have been sitting down with a bowl of popcorn ready to watch your favorite show, then RING, RING!!! Without DVR, you may have missed a crucial part in the show thanks to an unexpected phone call. But with DVR, it's as simple as pressing PAUSE.
For years I toughed out my television experience, missing episodes at a time of my favorite series. About a year ago I signed up for DVR; I will never go back. If I work late, I don't have to worry about missing the big game, nor do I have to watch commercials.
With DVR I now have the ability to record shows in their original quality and then simply delete them from the box's hard drive when I am done.
A time saver, space saver, life saver, whatever you want to call it, DVR is changing the face of Television as we know it.
If you would like to learn more about DVR, call Duo County Telecom at 270-378-4141 and ask to upgrade. Also ask about Video On Demand to get instant access to movies, shows, and local programming..
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