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Chamber Insights - Complete August 2010 Issue

In this issue:
  • President's Message - Ron Heath
  • Corporate Sponsor: United Citizens Bank of Southern Kentucky
  • New Member Highlights
  • Looking Ahead
  • Editorial of the Month - Sue Stivers

Welcome to Chamber Insights - August 2010

The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.
Editor: Sue Stivers
President's Message: Ron Heath
Feature Writers: 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"
"Making the most of change sets the stage for progress"

Exciting Times Ahead for Columbia and Adair CountyThis past week brought good news for the business community in Columbia and Adair County. On Tuesday, August 17, ground was broken for the first manufacturing facility in the Green River Industrial Park.

Assisted Transportation Services broke ground for a plant to retrofit vans to accommodate individuals with physical disabilities. They are one of only three companies in the US that produces these kinds of vehicles. Their products are shipped all over the United States and even internationally. When the plant is fully operational it is expected the company will employ 20 new workers.

Assisted Transportation Services is owned by Ken and Linda Wilkerson, their son, Rob, and his wife, Stephanie. What makes this news so exciting is that they are natives of Adair County and when the business needed to expand they decided to "come back home." This is a great example of how the Economic Development Board is working with prospective employers to bring jobs to Adair County. The Chamber of Commerce applauds them for their efforts. We look forward to more "home grown" businesses locating here in Adair County.

The second welcome news is that the Chamber of Commerce and Lindsey Wilson College again partnered to put on the fifth annual "Wares Fair" in the Holloway Health and Wellness Center on campus. With over 1,000 students taking classes on the A.P. White campus as well as more than 300 faculty and staff members this is a great opportunity for businesses to quickly tap into a large potential customer base.

Every effort is made to help businesses promote themselves to the members of the campus community. Dollars spent locally by college students stay in the community. It's estimated that every dollar they spend in Columbia and Adair County circulates among other businesses and ends up worth 7 times the amount originally spent. This is called the "Multiplier Effect."

For example, a student may buy food at a fast food place. That dollar helps pay the salary of an employee who then goes to a gas station to buy gas. The person at the gas station then may use that dollar to buy a DVD at a video store. And so it goes around and around. If we can encourage students to spend locally it will help all sectors of the business community.

With on campus enrollment being at an all time high, there's no better investment a business can make than to set up a display at the Wares Fair. Potentially, in less than two hours a business would have the opportunity to be face to face with as many as 1,000 students. Businesses with any kind of products or service that would appeal to college students or members of the faculty and staff missed a real opportunity by not participating in this event.

Indeed the future is looking bright for Columbia and Adair County. Your Chamber will continue to cooperate and work with the Economic Development Authority to provide opportunities for businesses to grow and bring more jobs to this area.


Chamber Corporate Sponsor 8-17-10

United Citizens Bank of Southern Kentucky opened its doors at 700 Jamestown Street on December 6, 2004 with 15 employees. Since that time we have expanded into Taylor and Russell counties and have grown to over $140,000,000 in assets and employ 46 people in the three counties.

We are very proud of our bank and our locations, but most of all we are proud of our staff, which is second to none in its desire to provide you with the best possible products and services available.

While our staff is made up of many experienced banking personnel with years of local banking experience, we have also opened our door to young, local people. We have several employees, just out of college, who were looking for a place to begin their banking career. This has proven to be a win-win situation; it brings new, innovative ideas to United Citizens Bank, while allowing these young people the chance to work within their own community. This provides our bank with employees who are well known, are involved in civic and community affairs, and are concerned with the progress, success, and welfare of our communities.

United Citizens Bank serves individuals and businesses with a full range of banking products and services including checking and savings accounts, Certificates of Deposits and a wide variety of Loan products including our newest offering of 30 year fixed rate loans which are serviced by our in-house staff. You have 24 hour access to your account to check balances, review paid checks, or transfer funds using Online or Telephone Banking. You can pay bills conveniently from your computer using our Online Bill Pay product. Automated Teller Machines are located at each of our 4 banking center locations for your convenience. This is YOUR bank; please feel free to ask our friendly staff any questions you may have about our products.

Allow us the opportunity to let you feel what we are talking about with United Citizens Bank. Stop in one of our 4 full service locations or visit our website at to find out how we can satisfy your banking needs. We look forward to meeting you and showing you what we have to offer and what has made us "The Bank To Come Home To" (UCB is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC).


The Chamber is extremely pleased to welcome two new members to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Kare-ezz Southern Halo, is located at 108 N. Reed Street, in Columbia. Owner/Stylist is Karrie Selvey and can be reached at 384-7865.

  • Central Kentucky Martial Arts Academy, Owner/Instructor Robert (Scott) Harris located at 108 N. Reed Street, in Columbia. Phone: 384-6005
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!


September 6 (Labor Day) - Buy, Swap, Sell & Trade Day...Public Square 8:00 AM and ending after a Concert by the bank "Salvage Town" at 3:00 PM. Stop by the chamber booth and visit...pick up good information.

September 11 - Heritage Days at the Homeplace on Green River (a project of Adair, Green and Taylor counties). For more information: Contact George & Vonnie Kolbenschlag at 384-6777 or the Chamber office.

September 18 - Chamber Golf Tournament at The Pines at Lindsey Wilson. For additional information contact Roger Meadows (384-8922), Stephen Keen (384-2457), Sheila Hare (384-0022) or the Chamber Office (384-6020)


By Sue Stivers

Hire The Chamber of CommerceWhen you became a member of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce, you hired the Chamber to serve your business. Even though you do not think of the Chamber this way, it is true. The Chamber works for YOU and your Business or Industry everyday. Here's only a few of the ways the Chamber works for you.

IT ANSWERS YOUR MAIL...replies to scores of inquiries about: the surrounding area...about your business and you. It answers every inquiry fully, promptly, courteously, creating favorable impressions and building esteem for your business, and you...truly the Front Door of our community.

IT'S YOUR SPOKESMAN...your voice on questions of taxation and legislation. It represents you at legislative hearings and budget for you to achieve the best possible price. It supports measures that are good for our area and opposes those which are detrimental.

IT'S YOUR BUSINESS AGENT...always ready to lend a helping hand. It performs services to existing industries and business firms...conducts surveys and studies...helps create more payroll dollars for the area.

IT'S YOUR ADVOCATE...improves community understanding of the free enterprise system...face to face, frank exchanges of views between local business people and their political representatives.

IT'S YOU SALES sells your city, your products, your services, to people everywhere...develops trade area...creates new markets.

IT'S YOUR TRAINING AGENT...conducts seminars and workshops on subjects of concern and interest to business...equips business people with the tools they need to do business in the modern marketplace...provides small business management assistance through guest speakers at monthly Chamber meetings and referring to other agencies.

IT'S YOUR INFORMATION BUREAU...furnishes up-to-date data...facts on business trends, population, market potentials, taxes, employment practices, state and federal laws...keeps you posted on new developments affecting your business.

IT'S YOUR GOODWILL AMBASSADOR...cooperates with the tourism commission in telling the nation about commercial, cultural, convention, recreational facilities, and sites of interest to people of all ages...bringing new customers to our city and county...increasing your enjoyment of the City of Columbia and Adair County through local businesses obtain maximum benefit from tourism.

IT'S THE VOICE OF OUR COMMUNITY...the rallying point for every civic movement whose objective is the benefit of the entire community...the central organization in which you and your fellow business men and women join hands to promote the projects that benefit you, your family, your business and community.

IT MULTIPLIES YOUR EFFECTIVENESS IN THE providing the structure, volunteer leadership, professional staff and full-time office operation to implement an effective program to meet the needs of a growing community.

  1. A voluntary association of business people working to improve the economic and civic vitality of our community.

  2. A leading action organization.

  3. The VOICE of the Business Community.
If you are not a Chamber Member, Won't you join with your fellow business and professional men and women in a united effort...
  • To make our city and county a better place to live and do business.
  • To make doing business in our city/county and our area Good Business.
  • To promote and preserve the free enterprise system.
To become a Chamber member visit the Chamber of Commerce office, located at 201 Burkesville Street in Columbia or call 270-384-6020. The "Welcome Mat" is always out to you.

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