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Welcome to Chamber Insights - Complete May 2011 issue

In this issue
  • Thought for month
  • President's Message: Tourism
  • Corporate Sponsor: First & Farmers National Bank
  • Welcome new members
  • June 2011 Calendar of Events
  • Editorial of the Month: Buy locally

The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, Kentucky 42718 (270) 384-6020 / /

Editor: Sue Stivers
President's Message: Ron Heath
Feature Writers: 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 For the Month"
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch you character; it becomes your destiny.
President's Message

At the May monthly Chamber meeting, Matt Sawyers, Deputy Secretary for the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, in his comments mentioned that the economic impact of tourism in Kentucky last year was $11.3 billion. For the Southern Lakes and Rivers region which covers the ten counties around us there was a 7% increase in dollars generated by tourism despite all the dire news about the recession. Adair County's share of those tourism dollars was $9.93 million. Whether we realize it or not, tourism is big business for Adair County. And it has the potential to grow even more!

That's not the whole story. Research has shown that the true economic impact of those dollars is really 2-3 times that amount because the money circulates several times in the community. It's not just the hotels, restaurants, and gas stations that benefit from tourists spending money. Those businesses pay their employees who then go in the community to buy other goods and services. Other employees at those businesses then do the same. Everybody benefits from those dollars tourists spend in our community.

The more tourism dollars we can attract to Adair County the better will be the business climate in the community. We need to keep growing our share of those tourism dollars. Everyone can help. Here are some suggestions to consider:
  1. Individuals, community groups, and businesses can show strangers how friendly this community can be. A smile, a wave, a cheery "Hello" or "Can I help you find something" can go a long way to making someone feel welcome.

  2. We can make store fronts and properties along the streets and roads leading into Columbia attractive and inviting. First impressions are important. If the outside looks dirty or overgrown with weeds it can give the impression people don't take pride in their business or community. It doesn't take a major investment - pick up papers and trash on the property, keep grass cut and trees and shrubs trimmed, and windows and doors celan and free of clutter. That's one reason the recently completed PRIDE clean-up days are so helpful.

  3. We can promote locally made or produced goods and products. Work with local artists and artisans to display their work in your place of business. When out-of-towners visit the artists and artisans they can refer their customers to your business so they cans see more of the work done locally.

  4. Promote your business in places where people not familiar with the area will naturally go to look - newspapers,, the Chamber of Commerce website, on placemats in restaurants, outdoor signs, etc. Advertising isn't just for hotels and restaurants. Cars break down and need servicing, vacationers forget to bring things they need, the weather changes and they need different clothes, business can't wait and they may need some legal or financial help to complete a transaction. Adapt your advertising in the spring and summer to attract tourists.

  5. These are just a few simple ideas that could help bring more visitors into our community. Maybe you have other ideas you'd like to share. If so, we'd like to hear from you. Call, e-mail, or write to the Chamber office so we can share your idea with others. In next month's newsletter we'll look at simple projects we might promote to attract more tourists to Columbia and Adair County.

Corporate Sponsor of the Month

In 1903, Adair County was introduced to First National Bank of Columbia. One hundred and five years later, First National Bank of Columbia consolidated banking operations with First & Farmers Bank located in Somerset and Albany as well as Bank of Cumberland in Burkesville, Kentucky. Now, First & Farmers National Bank employs more than 165 people in the four-county region and has grown to a bank with over $450,000,000 in assets.

First & Farmers National Bank offers a wide variety of banking services. From fixed-rate mortgages to Certificates of Deposit, we offer competitive and convenient products and services. In an effort to "go green" and play a part in Earth's preservation, FFNB now offers online statements. If a customer is not already banking online, they may stop by one of the two walk-in locations in Columbia or visit our website for a short online demonstration. Our latest addition to eBanking services is new Mobile Banking. Stop by to sign up for the texting services today, or visit to view our new mobile website. By providing such great services, First & Farmers National Bank has helped its customers improve their livelihood and has also been a tremendous positive impact on the community.

Not only does First & Farmers National Bank offer great services and products, it also has a wonderful staff that provides the warm, friendly atmosphere with the knowledge and experience to help customers on a daily basis. You will find many First & Farmers National Bank employees giving back to the community: either by serving on civic committees or donating their time to local organizations like Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Little League sports, local school systems, American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, Adair County Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce and more!

First & Farmers National Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and is a Member of FDIC. First & Farmers National Bank currently employs forty representatives at three locations in Adair County. Automated Teller Machines are also located at the Branch location on Russell Road and at the Drive-In location on Burkesville Street. An ATM located in the Lindsey Wilson College Student Union Building provides convenience to students and staff. Please visit First & Farmers National Bank's website at to find a product or service which fits your financial needs or call one of their friendly representatives today! First & Farmers National Bank is always putting YOU first!

Welcome New Members
The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce welcomes:

Adair Consignment Auction - 4284 Campbellsville Road - 270-805-1266Owner/Manager - Kathy Nissley -

HyperCoWeb Solutions - 114 Paull Street - 207-384-3944Owner - Stephanie Caldwell -

Lake Cumberland Association for Retarded Citizens - SomersetContact - Marsha Vanhook - 606-706-3402

SelfRefind - 341 Office Park Drive - 866-755-4258

Trena Corbin Designs - 1964 Wilson Creek RoadOwner/Designer - Trena Corbin -

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!

June Calendar of Events

June 18 - 15th Annual Russell Creek Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show.Contact: Garrison Construction 270-384-3774June 21 - Chamber Picnic at Roadside Park. Corporate Sponsor: Bank of ColumbiaJune 23 - Chamber Golf Tournament at The Pines at Lindsey Wilson. Calling all Golf players...for additional information contact. Chairman Wes Bryant 270-384-2361 ext. 4025 or the Chamber office.

The Chamber welcomes the following events to Columbia-Adair County. The Welcome Mat is always out to outside organizations to host their events in Columbia. We are always happy to have out of county people come and spend time with us which adds to our economy.

Visitors from 14 states will be arriving in Columbia during the week of June 20 for theCrappie USA Tournament to be held Saturday, June 25th at Green River Lake.The host marina will be Holmes Bend with David Butler, Kelly and Joey Caldwell and Staff. The Kids Fishing Rodeo will also be held the morning of June 25th. All local youth are encouraged to participate. For more information contact the Chamber office at 201 Burkesville Street in Columbia.

The Lake Cumberland Area University of Kentucky College of Agriculture & School of Human Environmental Sciences will host a Golf Scramble at The Pines at Lindsey Wilson, June 17th. Funds raised will go to the UK Endowed Scholarship Fund for students from the Lake Cumberland Area to attend UK and major in AG or HES. The event is open to the public. Local golfers, youth and adults are encouraged to attend. For more information contact Nick Roy at the County Extension Office or Sue Stivers at the Chamber of Commerce Office.

Editorial of the Month - Sue C. Stivers, Executive Director

Winter is over...Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. Now is a great time to transform our community into a retail destination, draw traffic and encourage sales. Buying local is the right choice for our schools, our families and for our community. Let's keep our community strong. Invest in our locally owned businesses and keep your money in town.

Spend $100 locally; $62.00 stays right here in our community.
Spend $100 on-line, $0 is returned to our community.
Spend $100 out-of-county, $0 is returned to our community.

Each person in Adair County needs to realize "THIS IS THEIR HOME" and their way of life depends on the support of its local businesses. Let's aim to improve the economic health of our neighborhoods, our localities and local businesses. The importance of Buying Local...
  1. Shopping local creates jobs. Shops and businesses in our town create local employment and self-employment. These people in turn spend in the local economy.

  2. Local independent shops & businesses invest more in your communities. Local businesses are proportionally more generous in their support of local charities, schools and community events. So supporting local shops means a financial contribution to mine and your community.

  3. Local businesses and shops sell great products at affordable prices. Some people get out of the habit of shopping locally and are then surprised by the range of products available.

  4. Shopping locally saves you time and money. You travel less, and save on time and fuel.

  5. Shopping locally retains your communities. People don't like losing shops and services in small towns but don't equate this with how they spend their money.

  6. Shopping locally retains your distinctiveness. Independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences and stock different products. Local businesses respond more quickly to the needs of local customers, stocking products to meet changing population needs.

  7. Shopping locally saves the environment. Local businesses often stock a high percentage of locally sourced goods that do not require long-distant transportation, helping to reduce our global footprint.

  8. Local businesses are for everyone. Most people can get to their local shops and businesses easily.

  9. Local businesses value you more. Evidence from numerous surveys show people receive better customer care and service locally. These businesses survive by their reputation and repeat business, which means you get a higher standard of service.

  10. Shopping locally saves services. Private and public sector services cluster around shops. As shops disappear so do hairdressers, banks, restaurants and other businesses.
Consumers can pledge to Think, Shop, Buy, Local and commit to patronizing businesses near where they live and work. Local stores/businesses employ your neighbors, pay taxes that support your schools and improve your roads, and contribute to local non-profit groups.

Let me ask you a question. When you or your organizations are raising funds for a particular cause, where do you go to ask for a donation? Do you go to out of town businesses where you shop and ask them for money? Do you go to the out of town Mayor & City Council, the County Judge & Fiscal Court to ask them for tax money? If you do, I have not heard about it. But I do know that our county people ask for local tax money for projects.

Together we can strengthen relationships that improve our quality of life. So next time before you make a purchase, is it something you can buy locally? Think, Shop, Buy, Local.

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