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Welcome to Chamber Insights - July 2012

In this issue: President's Message from Roger Meadows, Corporate Sponsor of the Month, Newly appointed Chamber Board of Directors, Ron Heath Column, New Member and Returning member highlights, Chamber events, New Seat Belt Law, Benefits of Recycling, Sue Stivers column, Ramie Hutchison column.

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: Ron Heath, Ramie Hutchison
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: TEAMWORK: "Success follows when individual talents and abilities are blended."

By Roger Meadows

This is the time of year most people will take their vacation. The kids are out of school, the weather will be nice almost anywhere you choose to go, so we pack up the car and head out for that much needed break.

According to a survey conducted at the end of last year by the workforce consulting firm Right Management, about 70 percent of U.S. workers say they didn't use all their vacation time in 2011. These findings are consistent with their 2009 survey when it was found that two-thirds of employees did not take all vacation time due them. Vacation is a core benefit earned by employees, Right Management Senior Vice President Michael Haid observed. "Vacation is fundamental to a healthy, productive workforce. By itself, foregoing a few days off may not be significant, but when so many people think they shouldn't take the time they're entitled to we have problems. These may include unnecessary turnover, low retention, absenteeism, frequent health or safety claims or a host of other HR issues."

For the Small Business Owner, you started your business for the freedom you would have but are not sure how your business will survive if you take some time off.

Plan your vacation around slow periods if your business is seasonal, or there are predictable times when work is slow. Instead of spending your vacation worrying about your business, use the time to look at it from a new perspective. Vacations can be a source of inspiration.

Taking a vacation is the perfect opportunity to test the abilities of your staff to handle things while you're away. To make yourself feel more comfortable while away consider the following items.

Establish a contingency plan with the staff as to how to contact you in case of an emergency.

Establish a time each day to talk with your staff while you're away, then enjoy the remainder of your day with your family.

For the self employed, spend time with your customers prior to taking time off to let them know you will be out, and fulfill needs they will have while you are gone prior to leaving.

Employees and Managers need time off, and when they return from vacation, they're refreshed; they come back with fresh eyes and a newfound excitement for work.


Thank you SelfRefind for being Corporate Sponsor of the Month. The following remarks were made by Keith Tiemeyer, Corporate Operations Director, at the monthly Chamber meeting.
SelfRefind is a group of clinics strategically located throughout Kentucky that treat people addicted to pain killers. We utilize medication assisted treatment that is physician directed and patient centric. We provide psychiatric evaluations, counseling, standardized treatment protocols, and a structured accountability system that includes pill counts and drug screening.

We have developed a group of more than 50 physicians, psychiatric nurse practitioners, counselors, and office staff that enjoy being a part of this dynamic process that consistently changes peoples' lives for the better. We would like you to consider us as a resource for people needing opiate addiction recovery services.

Typically we can see patients within 3-5 days of being contacted and our call center can answer any questions anyone - doctors, patients, families - may have about the program. If a physician would like a more extensive conversation about one of their patients, or the treatment program in general, one of our medical directors will be more than happy to provide that information.

We are excited to be part of the Columbia/Adair County community and look forward to hearing from you and contributing to changing families and helping them "get their lives back".

Call us today for any questions you might have at 866-755-4258.

Joel Peterson - Newly Appointed Chamber Board of Directors
Joel Peterson has been appointed to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Joel is the Director of the LWC Health & Wellness Center.

The Chamber Board of Directors "Welcomes" Joel to the Board and looks forwardto working with him. We know he will be an asset to the Board and the Community.

A special thanks to Joel Peterson for accepting this position to serve.

Joel will replace Brady Button, Director of Annual Giving, Lindsey Wilson College. Brady was truly an asset to the Board and we look forward to his continued involvement with the Chamber and the Community.

Sixth Annual Wares Fair

Scheduled for August 23rd

By Ron Heath

The sixth Annual Wares Fair will take place in the Holloway Health and Wellness Center on the Lindsey Wilson campus from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday August 23rd. Each year this event attracts close to 500 students, faculty, and staff members. Many of the people who attend this event are new to this community and aren't aware of all the goods and services they can find here locally.

The goal of the Wares Fair is to help members of the campus community see what's available so they don't go elsewhere to purchase goods and services they can get here in Columbia and Adair County. The dollars they spend here have a direct impact on the local economy. The Wares Fair is held at the beginning of the school year before students really establish their buying patterns

The slogan the Chamber uses to promote the community is "Columbia and Adair County - a Great Place to Call Home." We like to feel we're a friendly place where people know each other. The Wares Fair provides an opportunity for businesses in the area to give a warm welcome to these new residents in our community. The interaction between members of the campus community and business people allows students, faculty, and staff members to put a face with a business.

This event is a marketing/advertising person's dream. Where else can you have face to face contact with so many potential customers in less than two hours? What's critical for businesses that participate in the Wares Fair is that they focus on the goods or services they have that would be of particular interest or use to students.

Since this is a Chamber event, Chamber members are not charged to participate; they just donate a door prize with a retail value of $25 or more. These door prizes are given away as quickly as possible all during the event. Non-Chamber members may also participate, but they must pay a $25 booth rental fee along with their door prize.

In an effort to encourage students to shop locally, this year there will be four grand prizes given away. Each winner will receive a $250 shopping spree. As these dollars are spent here they then continue to circulate in the community. Even businesses that don't deal directly with college students ultimately will benefit from the dollars they spend locally. We are grateful for this year's co-sponsors for the Grand Prize - Lindsey Wilson College, the Adair Progress, and the Chamber of Commerce.

For more information or to register for space at the Wares Fair, contact the Chamber Office. You can call 270-384-6020, e-mail, or stop by in person in the office at 801 Burkesville Street.

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.

- Kentucky Rental Car Discounts"

This is "YOUR" Chamber.....Your voice in our community..., helping to make Columbia and Adair County a wonderful place to call home.

Welcome Back

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce is happy to "Welcome Back" the following members to the Chamber.
- AFLAC - 351 Pascoe Blvd., Bowling Green, KY 42104 - - 270-783-8004 Local Agent: Sharon Payne - - 270-378-0597
Your membership is deeply appreciated. Thank You for investing in your community to make it a better place to live, work and play.

Chamber Events:

- August 18 - Chamber & Tourism booth at Southern Kentucky Outdoor Expo

- August 23 - Wares Fair

- September 3 - Labor Day - Buy, Swap, Trade and Sell Day on the Square

- September 8 - Fall Heritage Festival - Homeplace on Green River

- 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. 2012 Parade Theme is "An Old Fashion Christmas"
If you have questions or need additional information contact the Chamber office,at 201 Burkesville Street or call 384-6020.

New Seat Belt Law now in Effect

Did you know a new seat belt law went into effect last week? For those of you who use 15-person passenger vans, this law will pertain to you. Senate Bill 89 expands Kentucky's seat belt law to include 15-person passenger vans. The bill was filed in response to a 2010 crash on Interstate 65 near Munfordville that killed 11 people, most of whom were not wearing seat belts. Previously, state law only required seat belt use in vehicles designed to carry ten or fewer passengers.

The Benefits of Recycling...You can Make a Difference

  • Recycling Saves Natural Resources
  • Recycling Saves Energy
  • Recycling Saves Our Environment
  • Recycling Adds Value to Adair County and to Kentucky's Economy
  • Recycling is Good Business
  • Recycling makes a difference. It's the right thing to do.
If you are not already a recycler, you are encouraged to start TODAY.

The Adair Recycling Center, 62 Service Road, Columbia, KY. Hours: Monday - Friday, 7am-3pmCT, Saturday, 7am-12pm noon CT. Phone: 270-378-0782.

Welcome Tourists to Our Community

Tourists from throughout Kentucky and other states continue to arrive in Columbia and Adair County. Their first stop is at 201 Burkesville Street...the Chamber of Commerce Building which also serves as the Tourism office. It's the place for tourist information for Adair County, the region, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

As these visitors arrive, let's welcome them and show our true southern hospitality. As they come into your business, all employees are encouraged to show them your best customer service. Thank our visitors for their patronage, honor the employees who serve them and show our pride in our industry and attractions.

Our local people know how to recognize our tourists. Say hello, give them a friendly smile and ask if you could help them. Think of a town or city where you have been on vacation and or shopping. Where is the most friendly town or city that you have visited? Let's never forget to show our kindness and hospitality to those who visit our County and Area.

Every Adair County citizen is encouraged to focus on the benefits of travel and tourism in our area. "The dollars spent by visitors have strengthened Columbia and Adair County's economy by creating jobs, supporting local businesses from gas stations to retail stores and generating tax revenues to support our community", said Sue Stivers, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Commission.

Tourism is one of Kentucky's top industries with an annual economic impact of $11.7 billion to Kentucky's economy. It employs approximately 170,000 workers statewide and generates more than $1 billion in taxes.

The economic impact to Adair County is more than 10 million dollars per year. Nationally, tourism generates $1.9 trillion in economic output, with more than $800 billion spent directly by domestic and international travelers.

Adair Countians...let's remember to put our best foot forward to our out-of-town folks and invite them to visit again soon!

Free Presentation Tools For Businesses

By Ramie Hutchinson

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You can sign up for a public account for free, or for a pro account for only $14 a month to get unlimited features. You can choose what's best for your company or you personally, but either way the options are endless.

Let your audience zoom through text and photos at their own pace on Facebook, Twitter, or in an auditorium. To check out how Prezi works, visit

Retail & Consumer Tips - Making Changes

The next time you are tempted to blame "management" for not giving you what you need to take care of your customers...the next time you decide to wait until they change things before you change things, think about these ten items and be bold. Do what you can to change things and you will get the support you need.
  1. Vision is motivating. Everyone in a business or organizations should understand thevision and be involved in the planning.

  2. It's not enough to talk about what needs to be changed...You need to pitch in andwork to change it.

  3. When you are committed and work hard and when others can see that...they wantto join in the fun.

  4. Teamwork makes a big job more manageable.

  5. The world is full of helpful people and when you do the right thing they will appear.

  6. Some people need to be told what they are doing and why...others can see itclearly from the start.

  7. Pride in job well done is shared.

  8. Timing is everything. Don't put off what needs to be done, just do it!

  9. "De-briefing"...discussing a project or event after it's over provides valuable andlasting lessons.

  10. And lastly, Celebrate the accomplishment.

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