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Welcome to Chamber Insights - October 2010

The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.In the October 2010 issue
  • President's Message
  • Corporate Sponsor of the Month: Walmart
  • New Member Highlights
  • New Chamber Board Member Wendy Burt
  • Ramie Hutchison column
  • Avoid Scams


Editor: Sue Stivers
President's Message: Ron Heath
Feature Writers: Ron Heath, Sue Stivers, Ramie Hutchinson, John Brown, Dan Koger

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"Looking beyond boundaries opens up limitless possibilities".

President's Message

By Ron Heath

After weeks and weeks of a scorching, hot summer sun, if you're like me you've really enjoyed the cool autumn weather we've experienced recently. With so many days of high temperatures in the 90's even into October, it's hard to believe that now Christmas and much colder weather is less than 60 days away.

In preparation for the holidays, planning is well underway for the 20th Annual "Christmas in Columbia" celebration scheduled for December 4th, and 5th. This year's theme is "I'll be Home for Christmas."

"I'll be Home for Christmas" is an appropriate theme this year because during the parade the Chamber wants to recognize the young men and women who have served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan and have now returned home to their families. If you, or someone you know, has returned from serving in the military within the past year, please notify the Chamber office so we can contact these local heroes and honor them during the parade.

As in past years the highlight of the weekend will be the annual Christmas parade on Saturday evening, December 4th at 6:00 p.m. which will again feature the arrival of Santa Claus. Santa will be followed by marching bands, floats, fire and emergency vehicles with their sirens blaring, classic cars, funny cars, decorated cars, horses, local dignitaries, pageant winners from the past year, and as always lots of kids. Chamber board members and volunteers are already working hard to make this year's parade the biggest and best yet.

A full schedule of activities for the weekend will be published in next month's Chamber Insights as well as on leaflets to be placed in area businesses. This month I want to focus on the parade. You can help us make this event a success by planning now to be part of the parade. There is no charge to enter. Cars, trucks, horses, carriages, carts, and bicycles are all allowed in the parade, but four wheelers are not permitted.

Church groups, community organizations, clubs or groups of individuals are encouraged to enter a float or decorated car. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the winners in three categories - best float, best out of county float, and best decorated non-float. Here's a chance for your group to get some recognition, maybe make some money, and have fun at the same time.

While this event is planned and organized by the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce, it's individuals and groups in the community that make it a success. To enter a float or decorated car or to register to participate in the parade call the Chamber at 270-384-6020 or stop by the office at 201 Burkesville St. Join with your Chamber and let's make Columbia, a special place to call "Home For Christmas."

Corporate Sponsor of the Month:

A special thanks to Wal-Mart of Columbia for being Corporate Sponsor of the month. The following remarks were made at the monthly meeting Tuesday, October 19, 2010.

Twenty six years ago the excitement was building as the community anxiously awaited the opening of the new Wal-Mart* store. Wal-Mart* not only offered a new place to shop and save money; it, also, brought several new jobs to the area.

Saving people money to help them live better was Sam Walton's goal when he opened the doors to the first Wal-Mart* store in Rogers, Arkansas, more than 40 years ago. With more than 8650 retail units in 15 countries and over 2 million associates worldwide that mission is just as important today as it was back then.

Wal-Mart* believes in giving back and does so both nationally and locally. Wal-Mart* is a leading contributor to the Children's Miracle Network. This organization helps provide medical care as well as fund breakthroughs in pediatric medicine.

Wal-Mart believes in continuing education and awards scholarships to students to help them achieve their academic goals. It, also, funds a Teacher Rewards program that provides more than $4 million to over 45,000 teachers to help offset their out of pocket expenses for classroom supplies.

In 2008 the community anxiously awaited the opening of another new Wal-Mart* store. This time Wal-Mart* would make the leap from a 34,000 sq. ft. hometown store to over a 150,000 sq. ft. supercenter. This move would create additional jobs and allow the community to shop for groceries now at their local Wal-Mart*.

Your Columbia Wal-Mart* believes in giving back. Wal-Mart* participates in community clean up projects and is proud to participate in the Relay for Life. It has proudly sponsored a Veteran's breakfast for many years. During the last 2 years Wal-Mart* has given over $32,000 in grants to local organizations. These grants sponsor ATV safety, Shop With a Shriner, Project Graduation, Adanta, 911 picnic, fire safety, Renaissance Columbia, as well as an abundance of grants to various school organizations and projects.

Wal-Mart* is proud to be a part of this community and will always strive to help you "Save Money. Live Better."

New Member Highlights

The Chamber is extremely pleased to welcome a new member to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, located at 212 Dohoney Trace, in Columbia. Phone 270-384-1255

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!

New Chamber Board Member Finds Nature, and a Long Driveway, in Adair County

By John Brown, Lindsey Wilson College Bonner Scholar and Dan Koger, Associate Professor of Communication

When Wendy Burt and her husband, Bob, came to Adair County two years age, they knew they wanted to live "deep in nature".

For Burt, newly appointed member of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, this meant, among other things having a really long driveway.

"I was raised in rural Wisconsin", Burt said in discussing her views on being a board member. "After lots of years in the city, we knew we wanted to retire to a rural area. One way we defined 'deep into nature' was to live at the end of a long driveway".

Burt and her husband have their wish. They just moved into a new house in the Melson Ridge area of Adair County, a home built to their energy-saving specifications, and located at the end of a half-mile-long driveway.

For Burt, love of nature is a family thing. In deciding to relocate in this area, she drew on the experiences of her mother, June Kemper, who lived in Adair County for 20 years, from the mid 1970's to the mid 1990's raising Morgan horses on a farm in the county.

Burt has had a life-long appreciation of nature and the environment. She takes pride in being one of the first graduates of the environmental studies program at the University of Wisconsin.

She followed her interest in nature to a 35-year career in environmental affairs with the Federal Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Now she welcomes her appointment to the Chamber Board as a window in the environmental and energy opportunities in Adair County and surrounding areas.

"We're trying to use our own home and acreage as an energy and environment laboratory", Burt said. "We'd be glad to share what we learn with others".

Sue Stivers, Chamber Executive Director and long an advocate of energy and job-development in Adair County, sees Burt's arrival on the Board of Directors as a chance to partner with an energy and environment specialist with a background in the area and fresh views on a complex topic.

"Wendy brings tremendous experience in the energy and environmental fields", Stivers said. "But she also brings great sensitivity to the unique culture of our area. She appreciates where the county has been and where it can go in the future".

How to create website, desktop shortcuts

By Ramie Hutchinson

If you've ever been on the Internet, you know how troublesome typing a web address can be. Also, if you have several favorite sites it's annoying to find where you saved them in your favorites menu. What if you could just click an icon on your desktop and go straight to the page you want? We're here to tell you how.

The easiest way to create a website's shortcut on your desktop is to do the following: First, minimize or close all windows so you have a free space to click on your desktop. Find an empty space and Right Click. Once you have right clicked, you should see a drop down menu.

On this menu should be the word New with an arrow to the right side. Roll your mouse over this option and wait for another drop down menu to appear.

Once the new menu appears you should see an option that says Shortcut. Click it.

From here a separate window will pop up prompting you to enter the shortcut that you wish to enter. When entering a web address be sure to start all addresses with http:// followed by the address. For instance, if you wanted to create a shortcut for Duo County Telecom's website, you would enter http://www.duocounty.com and click Next on the window.

The next tab that you will be shown is the Select a Title menu. What you type here is what will appear below the icon when the shortcut is created.

Once you have done the previous steps, click Finish.

When this is completed the icon will appear somewhere on your desktop, usually close to where you right clicked initially. If the website you entered has a logo, it will appear as the shortcut's logo.

We hope this makes your internet browsing a bit easier. Keep an eye out for Duo County Telecom's next tip of the month.

Beware of Scams

Reanna Smith-Hamblin of the Better Business Bureau warns consumers to beware of the following scams that are taking place throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  1. Mystery Shopper Scam - Survey Platinum is mailing letters to the local area that contain checks, usually in the amount of $3,500.00, in exchange for participation in a "Mystery Shopping Program". The letter instructs consumers to cash the check and wire the money to an undisclosed location the consumer obtains by calling a "Training Coordinator" at the phone number provided in the letter. BBB warns that the check is not legitimate and should not be cashed.

  2. Colton Financial, a company claiming to be located in Farmington Hills, Mich., informs consumers they are approved for a secured loan for $5,000.00 if they wire a down payment first. Consumers wire the money, never receive the loan, and then are unable to contact anyone with the company. The company has an "F" rating with the BBB for not responding to several complaints. BBB warns consumers to be wary of bogus loan brokers impersonating legitimate lenders.

  3. Facebook phishing scams are designed to seize personal information and can lead to identity theft. Beware of the "dislike" button scam, the Free Gift Card scam, and the Fraudulent Status Update scam. Also, the Free Apple iPad scam links consumers to an external site operated by Better-Gifts.net that asks consumers to register for free trial offers. Consumers' credit cards are charged if the limited-time offers aren't cancelled on time. BBB recommends consumers avoid these Facebook offers.

  4. Military dating scams are surfacing on Internet dating and social networking sites. Scammers pretending to be members of the military are building relationships with women then asking for money. Once the women send the money, they never hear from these Romeos again. BBB warns against sending money to someone you've net on a dating site.

  5. Door-to-Door scams - BBB recommends exercising caution when hiring companies to do home repairs, driveway re-paving, etc. that solicit business door-to-door. Be wary of companies claiming to have "leftover materials: from a recent neighborhood job and offering services for advance payment. Always research the company first with the BBB at www.bbb.org.

  6. National Magazine Exchange, a company that appears to go by at least 13 other names, calls consumers to solicit magazine sales and asks for credit card and bank account information. Invitations are also mailed to consumers inviting them to enter the Million Dollar "Strike It Rich" Sweepstakes, a promotion aimed at boosting subscription sales. The company has an "F" rating with the BBB for not responding to several complaints.

  7. Beware of Vishing and SMIShing scams! High-tech scammers pose as financial institutions using voicemail and text messages to inform consumers their credit card or bank information has been compromised and their accounts have been drained or closed. Consumers are given a phone number to call for more information. Once they call the number, they're asked to dial in their credit card number, social security number, PIN or bank account number. BBB warns against giving out financial and personal information via phone.

  8. Scholarship scams - Parents and college students should be wary of private scholarship scams offering "a scholarship guaranteed or your money back". Legitimate scholarship foundations don't charge application fees or ask for credit card or bank account information in order to "hold" a scholarship. Research the foundation or financial institution with the BBB at www.bbb.org.


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