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Welcome to Chamber Insights - June 2012

Click on headline for complete Issue for June 2012: President's Message, Vice President's Message; Coming Chamber events; New, returning and renewing members; tourism: encouraging local vacations; practicing common courtesies; overheating laptops.

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: Roger Meadows
Feature Writer: Eric West-Vice President, Ramie Hutchinson
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: "Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." - Vince Lombardi

By Roger Meadows

The Chamber held our annual picnic on June 19th at the Chamber Roadside Park located at 2310 Hwy. 55 South. After the meal, flower pots decorated by local businesses as part of the "Flower Pot Frenzy" were auctioned off.

The "Flower Pot Frenzy" was a fun event for those participating and once again showcased the artistic talents of so many people in Columbia-Adair County. There were paintings of downtown, paintings of animals, a flower pot chair and many other wonderful designs.

Chamber Board members are continuously looking for ways to increase visibility of Columbia-Adair county businesses and would welcome any ideas to help with that effort.

We came up with the idea of the "Flower Pot Frenzy" as a way to bring potential new customers into participating businesses. Customers would pick up a participation card, visit businesses with a flower pot and turn in their cards for the drawing for Cincinnati Reds tickets.

Bank of Columbia was the corporate sponsor for the event and provided some delicious food cooked on a "Big Green Egg" provided by Robertson Pools and Spas. After the meal Darrell Overstreet did an excellent job as the auctioneer. We also want to thank all the businesses that participated by decorating a flower pot. Flower pots were decorated by Bank of Columbia, Duo-County/Bluegrass Cellular, Burger King, United Citizens Bank, Day & Day Feed, Dr. Rogers Chiropractic, Community Medical Services, Barger Insurance, Wal-Mart, Westlake Regional Hospital, First & Farmers National Bank, Dr. Janella Brown DMD, Community Trust Bank and the Adair County Garden Club whose entry was displayed at Edward Jones.

Thanks to the 75 people attending the event we raised over $700 which will go towards maintaining the park and other chamber activities. The Chamber Roadside Park is for all citizens of Adair County and can be reserved for family reunions, church events, etc. by calling the Chamber office at 384-6020.

Chamber Membership .....Please Accept Our Invitation

By Eric West - Chamber Vice President

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a "Special" Invitation to all business people who are not a member of the Chamber or who have not renewed their membershipfor 2012 to become a member. The Chamber needs YOU and YOU need the Chamber.

A membership is an investment in your community, your business and yourself. It's through the Chamber and its programs that bridge the gap enabling us to reach people, places and organizations that are viable to our success as individuals, your business and as a community.

The Chamber is the voice for the business community. It keeps abreast of issues that affect your business. The Chamber speaks out for and/or against legislation that affect our businesses and community. Your local and State Chamber is working in this legislative session in Frankfort on issues that will help your business and our community.

Your business is important to you; your customers and the community!Your chamber needs your support so we can support both your business and the community, please join and be involved so we can make our community stronger.

Other benefits:

1) Monthly lunch meetings to stay informed about other businesses and organizations within the community. 2) Participation in community events to gain visibility and community recognition. 3) Ongoing support from the chamber on the goods and services you offer to the community. 4) Member of an organization that wants to work with you to be successful.

If you have not paid your membership dues, now is the time to renew and help support your Chamber's efforts and strengthen our community. If you are not a member, You may stop by the office and pick up a membership form or call the Chamber at 384-6020 and a form will be delivered to you.

Renew or Join with your membership now and help support the events below and be a part of them to promote your business and support our community. -Eric West, Vice President

Upcoming Events
- August 18 - Chamber & Tourism has a booth at Southern Kentucky Outdoor Expo
- August 23 - Wares Fair
- September - Buy, Swap, Trade and Sell Day...Held Labor Day on the Square

October - (dates to be announced)

- Downtown Days
- Ronald McDonald Wish List Project
- Treats on the Town
- November - To Be Decided
- December - Christmas In Columbia - First week-end in December. (HUGE EVENT to be a part of..)
If you have questions or need additional information contact the Chamber office, at 201 Burkesville Street or call 384-6020.

J. Brandon Thompson - Newly Appointed Chamber Board of Directors
J. Brandon Thompson has been appointed to the Columbia-Adair CountyChamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Brandon is the General Managerof WAIN 93.5 FM and WAIN 1270 AM.

Brandon will replace Carla Denton who left WAIN to take a position with another business.The Board extends "Congratulations" to Carla on her new position and expresses thanks andappreciation for the great job she did while serving on the Board. She was truly an asset tothe Board and the Community.

The Chamber Board of Directors "Welcomes" Brandon to the Board and looks forwardto working with him. We know he will also be an asset to the Board and the Community.A special Thanks to Brandon Thompson for accepting this position to serve.

New Member Hi-Lights
The Chamber is extremely happy to welcome the following new members.

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. The Chamber is the "Business Voice" of Adair County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Your investment in the Chamber means an "investment" in your community.

This is "YOUR" Chamber.....Your voice in our community..., helping to make Columbia and Adair County a wonderful place to call home.
  • Speaking Through Silence - Autism Awareness: P.O. Box 1206, Columbia, KY 42728. Contact: Antoine Rouse 606-278-0209
  • Friends of Green River Lake Inc. - Promotes the educational and recreational uses of Green River Lake; 2422 New Columbia Road, Campbellsville, KY 42718. Contact: Casey Call 270-789-2466 or Shawn Canada 270-789-3776.
Welcome Back

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce is happy to "Welcome Back" the following members to the Chamber.M & W Milling, Inc., 510 Short Street, Columbia. 270-384-2487
Mark Meyer

Your membership is deeply appreciated. Thank You for investing in your community to make it a better place to live, work and play. The Chamber Board of Directors would like to thank the following Chamber Membership renewals for the months of March, April, May and June 2012

Central Finance Services***Adair County Animal Hospital***Renaissance Columbia ***Farmland Publications***Quality Personnel***FABCO, Inc.***Clayridge Nursery ***Barbara Bryant-Hancock, CPA***Community Trust Bank***Columbia Candy Company ***J. David Waggener***Agape House***Bluegrass Cellular***H & R Block***SelfRefind ***Adanta Group Clinical Services***Grider Properties***Wal-Mart Vision Center***Wal-Mart Pharmacy***Wal-Mart of Columbia***Flowers 'N Things***J & B Construction***Grimsley's Jewelry***Joe & Marjorie Payne***Adair County Homemakers***Hosparus***Adair County Attorney's Office***Downey Eye Clinic***Trena Corbin Designs***Justin Corbin & Co. Landscaping***Columbia United Methodist Church***Central Bookkeeping Services***Adair County Sportsman Club***Nissley Equipment, Inc.***Adair Consignment Auction

There's Nothing Common About Common Courtesies

If you business wants to delight your customers and work efficiently with colleagues, it is essential that you pay attention to some common courtesies...they make a difference in the relationships we create and the impressions we make.

A study of American workers by professors from DePaul University and University of Michigan concludes that rudeness is poisoning the U.S. workplace. The Research Institute of America also reported that 96 percent specifically decide not to do business with businesses or companies who have in some way offended them. Don't be one of the reasons for this statistic!Keep in mind the following areas of basic manners.
  • Say "please" and "thank you", "hello" and "goodbye".
  • Smile and look interested in others and listen. Open doors (regardless of gender)
  • Look at people when you talk to them, introduce yourself and others.
  • Be helpful
  • Respect people's time
  • Compliment people
  • Write thank-you notes
  • Last but not least...Do What You Say You Will Do

Tourist are Coming...

It's vacation time and once again it is predicted that many families will be vacationing closer to home. All businesses are encouraged to use those common courtesies and give the very best customer service to the tourists who come to visit our beautiful city and county.

Did you know that last year, the tourism impact to Adair County was almost 11 million dollars? Tourists coming means the ringing of cash registers. Visitors spend their money at all kinds of businesses. They stay in our motels, bed & breakfasts, campgrounds, RV Parks, cabins/cottages near the lake, enjoy our restaurants, buy gas, make purchases at businesses and retail shops...In other words, they spend money. That money circulates within the Community over and over...the longer we can keep the money, the more it contributes to a better economy.

This may be a good year to plan a Kentucky vacation. Or you may want to see what is available in your own county. Adair County has so many "well-kept secrets" of good places to visit. As a business owner can you and your employees tell the tourist/visitors where to go and what to see in Adair County? Can you as a citizen of Adair County tell our visitors where to go and what to see locally? If you can't do that you need to come to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber/Tourism and Economic Development office and let Kathy Johnson and Sue Stivers share the information with you. All Adair county citizens should know what is available...the more there is to see, the longer we can keep the tourist and that means they will spend more money with us instead of spending their dollars in neighboring counties.

When out of town people come to visit, show them what true Adair county Hospitality is all about. Let's do everything we can to make our city and county look good. Also learn how to give directions. When our tourists leave, hopefully they will say...we've had such a good time...we will be back!

The Chamber/Tourism/Economic Development office is located at 201 Burkesville Street in Columbia. Look for the white brick building with the emerald green roof. You can't miss us!

After seeing all of Adair county, how about a Kentucky vacation?

Kentucky - There's Only One
  • Horse Capital of the World
  • Mammoth Cave
  • Red River Gorge
  • National Corvette Museum
  • GM Corvette Assembly Plant(only place in the world where Corvette's are assembled)
  • Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln
  • Kentucky Derby
  • Birthplace of Bluegrass Music
  • Bourbon Country
  • Cumberland Falls..and much more!!!
Cumberland Falls is known as the Niagara of the South. Did you know there are only two places in the entire world where you can see a moonbow? On clear nights with a full moon, a moonbow can be experienced at Cumberland Falls and South Africa. So why not plan a trip to Cumberland Falls?

The above are only a few of the Kentucky - "There's Only One"

If you want more information on the Commonwealth of Kentucky, stop by the office at 201 Burkesville St. and pick up a free copy of the 2102 Official Visitor's Guide.

Overheating Laptop

With the hot days of summer in full swing, people and their technological devices are spending more time out in the sun. Unfortunately, much like humans, our devices can overheat as well.

Lincoln Spector of PC World gives several tips on how to prevent your laptop from overheating and potentially permanently damaging your computer.

Several warning signs can signify a possibly overheated laptop. If your fan is always running at maximum speed, chances are it's having trouble keeping things cool in there. You'll also know there's a problem if your computer has a tendency to shut down on its own, and there's a good chance that that problem is temperature-related. If your laptop is hot to the touch, you may be on your way to having issues if you don't already have some.

In order to make sure you are doing everything under the sun (pun intended) to prevent the overheating of your laptop, here are some tips to do that;Never rest you're your laptop on a pillow, blanket, or mattress while it is powered up. Be sure it is on a hard flat surface like a desk or table. If you use your laptop constantly on your lap, it might be beneficial to invest in a cooler, a pad with built in fans designed to whisk away heat. Also, if you are using a laptop outside, be sure you bring it inside to cool off, especially if it has been in direct sunlight. Lastly, regularly clean your device's vents to keep the vents from clogging with dust.

We hope this helps you enjoy your summer a little better and helps your laptop last a little longer.

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