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Welcome to Chamber Insights - Complete June 2010 issue

The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Editor: Sue Stivers
  • President's Message: Ron Heath
  • Feature Writers:
  • Ramie Hutchison, 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"
"Excellence in doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way."
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:
  • Conducted a seminar for Chamber members on "How to Buy and Sell on E-bay"
  • Held a seminar for individuals and businesses on "Changes in the Tax Law"
  • Co-sponsored the LEAD-Adair to help train community leaders
  • Brought the State Commissioner from the Cabinet of Economic Development to Columbia as the featured speaker at the Chamber Banquet
  • Several board members and business leaders represented Columbia at Kentucky Chamber Day in Lexington
  • Brought in 25 new businesses during the membership drive
  • Held ribbon cuttings for three new businesses that opened this year
  • Participated in the grand opening of the new Tractor Supply store and welcomed Hobdy, Dye, and Read, Inc. to the community
  • Put together a table and display at the Farm, Home, and Garden Expo
  • Held a Board Retreat to look at the needs of the community and how the Chamber might respond
  • Represented Adair County at an Appalachian Regional Commission listening session in Morehead, KY
  • Board members represented the business community at an area Small Business Connections Forum held in Russell County to help small businesses learn how to better promote themselves and for entrepreneurs to learn how to start a business
  • Provided letters of support for various businesses looking to locate in Columbia and Adair County
  • Maintained a website promoting Columbia and Adair County as well as the businesses and services available through Chamber members
  • Held the annual picnic at the Roadside Park which is maintained by the Chamber
  • Held regular monthly meetings with educational programs on a broad variety of topics
  • In addition the Chamber Office has responded to 8,500 phone calls and visitors seeking information about Columbia and Adair County
You may have heard or read about some of these activities or programs, but when you put it all together it makes quite a list. Over the next six months the schedule doesn't get any less busy. Among the activities and programs will be:
  • The annual Wares Fair held each August to help new students, faculty, and staff members learn what goods and services are available in the local community
  • The Chamber will sponsor a seminar on "An Introduction to Fund Raising for Non-Profit Organizations"
  • In September the Chamber will co-sponsor with the Parks and Recreation Board a concert on the square in conjunction with Buy, Swap, and Sell Days
  • Also in September the Chamber will hold its annual Golf Outing
  • Treats on the Town in October to offer children in the community a safe way to go trick or treating
  • At a date yet to be determined in the fall the Chamber will conduct a seminar on how businesses can promote themselves using the internet
  • Of course, in December everyone will be able to participate in the annual Christmas in Columbia weekend
  • Conduct the annual Christmas reception to thank all Chamber members for their support
  • Plan and carry out ribbon cuttings as necessary to help promote new businesses that are members of the Chamber
  • Hold monthly meetings to inform and educate members about topics that are important for them to understand
The Chamber is always looking for new ideas for activities, seminars, and programs. If you have suggestions or requests you would like the Board of Directors to consider, pass the information on to the Chamber Office. Your input and involvement is important to us.

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.
  • Marty Martinez Farms, located at 366 Sano Road is a dairy farm. Marty and his wife Kathleen Martinez moved to Adair County from California. They were the President's Guest at the Annual Chamber Picnic.
  • Pollard Counseling Services LLC, is located at 203 Burkesville Street in Columbia. Owners are Melody and George Pollard. Melody is a professional counselor who specializes in marriage & family, mental health, substance abuse/addictions, etc. Her husband George serves as a director.
  • David C. Hennen is an architect. He and his wife Erin moved to Adair County from Minnesota. They reside at 317 Cape Road, Columbia, KY. Erin teaches at Lindsey Wilson College.
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 business voice in our community...helping to make Columbia-Adair County "A Great Place to Call Home". Remember, what you get out of a membership association is what you put into it. You are encouraged to get involved today!


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

  1. Bring your brochures and business cards to the Chamber office. We place your brochures, flyers and business cards in our lobby and lower level of the Chamber building, and also put them in our vacation and relocation packets that are mailed.
  2. Keep the Chamber staff informed about changes and improvements in your business. In the last six months we responded to over 8,500 requests for information. Many of these were for business referrals. If you add a product line, or hire a new employee who specializes in a certain area, we can pass this information along.
  3. Use and contribute to our Calendar of Events. We update our Calendar of Events monthly. If you are planning an event, check out the calendar and make sure you are not conflicting with an existing event. Once you choose a date for your event, let us put it on our calendar so other groups don't plan an event that will conflict with yours.
  4. Stay informed by reading our newsletter. We keep you on top of important news that can impact your business.
  5. Get involved. The Chamber has several committees that are always looking for new members. You say, "I have a business to run and can't afford the time to get involved". By giving just one hour of your time to one of these committees you will be informing other people about what you have to offer. Staying informed and sharing ideas present a united front to our customers.
  6. Network. The Chamber offers many opportunities for networking. It is a proven fact that people are more likely to do business with people they know. You don't need to talk "business" in order to make Chamber Luncheons profitable. Call the Chamber office at 384-6020 or visit us at 201 Burkesville Street in Columbia.
TOURISM MEANS BU$INE$$

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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