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Complete September 2012 Columbia/Adair Co. Chamber Insights

In this issue: President's report, Corporate Sponsor of the Month, New Members, Upcoming Events, New Member Highlights, Better Bureau Warnings. New Educational book.

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
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 is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to obtain uncommon results.."

By Roger Meadows

Presidents Message:

We're pleased to announce that your Chamber has now joined the world of social media with the addition of a new Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page. Our goal with this new promotional platform is to add a new dimension to what we already do to help you promote your business to area residents and the thousands of tourists who visit our region every year.

It is our hope that you will keep us informed with what is happening with your business, so that together we can pair your products and services with buyers and clients. Are you planning a special event? Do you have an upcoming sale you would like to promote? Have a product that's been on the shelf that you need to move? Do you have new items that have just arrived? Are you raising money for a special cause or charity? Whatever you are doing to make your business stronger, allow us to broaden your sphere of influence through our Facebook page!

You may be asking yourself, 'what do I need to do to participate in this great new feature of my Chamber membership?' Well, it's really very simple. First, when you have something going on that you want to promote, let us know by emailing, or by dropping off the information to the Chamber office on Burkesville Street during our normal business hours. We ask that you keep it brief. Just the facts are needed (Who, What, When, Where)--the shorter the content, the better. Second, if you have a personal Facebook page, or your business has one, go to and 'like' our page. We benefit from being associated with you and your business just as you and your business benefit from being associated with your Chamber. And third, encourage others to 'like' our page by 'sharing' our page on yours.

This is just another benefit that we are proud to be able to offer exclusively to our Member Businesses. This only works when you keep us informed with what's happening with your business. So let us know when you have something going on that you'd like to share with the community. As always, thank you for supporting your Columbia-Adair County Chamber. We value your partnership, and are always looking for ways we can help you make your business even more successful. Please don't hesitate to let us know how we may serve you better.

Corporate Sponsor of the Month - Duo County Telecom/Bluegrass Cellular

A special "Thank You" to Duo County/Bluegrass Cellular for being Corporate Sponsor for the monthly Chamber meeting. Eric West, Director of Marketing with Duo County Telecom shared the following information about the company to the large group in attendance.

"Duo County Telecom is very proud to support the community by being the local service provider for TV, broadband, wireless, home and business solutions throughout Columbia and Adair County."

Duo County has been the local service provider since 1954 as a telephone cooperative in the county. In 2006 Duo County purchased the cable TV provider within the city to become a more complete service provider to Columbia and Adair County. We soon built fiber facilities in the city to provide the highest level of reliable business solutions to businesses within the community. By building a fiber connection directly to a business it makes the connection to the world more reliable and much faster than other providers. Broadband is the key element in a business operation and Duo County provides the latest technology along with local customer care from people living, working and supporting your community.

"We want to thank each and every business that has switched its services to our company making Duo County stronger so we can continue to hire and employ local people within the community, pay local taxes and fees but mainly have a presence locally to provide both residents and businesses with their communication and entertainment needs."

Duo County Telecom also upgraded the TV service and continues to upgrade by adding new channels to the lineup and adding more HD channels each year to improve your entertainment experience. With local programming of government meetings, high school and college sports; our programming is very unique and sets itself apart from Satellite providers.

We are also very proud to support organizations like the Columbia-Adair County Chamber and we encourage all businesses and organizations to continue their support through membership and donations. In these very tough economic times, communities need to rally to support each other. Your local chamber is a very vital part of supporting this cause through many events annually and representing this community and businesses like Duo County. Thank you, Chamber!

New Member Hi-Lights

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce welcomes two new businesses to the Chamber this month.
  • ZRT Services, LLC - Zack Todd, Owner. 427 Summer Hill Drive, Columbia, KY 42728. 270-634-3817.
  • CVS Pharmacy - Claudia Dampier, Mgr.. 803 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY 42728. Watch for the Grand Opening on October 19, 2012
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.

Looking Ahead:
- September 29 - Arts & Crafts Fair at the Giles House
- October 9 - Chamber Board of Directors meeting 7:30 AM
- October 19 - Grand Opening of CVS with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 8:00 AM
- October 12 & 13 - Columbia Downtown Days
- October 16 - Monthly Chamber of Commerce Meeting. Speaker: Dave Adkisson, President/CEO KY Chamber of Commerce
- October 31 - (Halloween) - Treats on the Town
Halloween- October 31, 2012

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce is proud to once again sponsor Treats on the Town for Halloween. The event will be held downtown on the public square, Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Hours will be published later by Chief of Police, Jason Cross. Last year was a great success and we look forward to another safe, fun-filled night. We urge all businesses to participate in this very beneficial event to assure the children in our area have a safe Halloween. Please contact Debbie Selby at (270) 384-6433 to reserve your spot.

Leadership in the Work Place

General Eisenhower used to demonstrate the art of leadership with a simple piece of string. He would put it on a table and say: PULL it and it will follow wherever you wish. PUSH it and it will go nowhere at all. It's just that way when it comes to leading people.

Leadership isn't something that comes automatically just because you have people working for you. Leadership depends on followers. If people don't follow a manager's or owner's lead voluntarily...if they always have to be forced...that person is not a good leader.

What do you think the "job" of leadership really is? Is it to tell those who work for you exactly what you want done...and to stay on top of them until they do it? If that's how you see your job, you don't have the viewpoint it takes to lead successfully.

Leadership depends on the ability to make people want to follow---voluntarily.

Do you think most employees need to be goaded and prodded to do what you want done? Threatened or reprimanded, if necessary? People who are successful leaders don't think that way. They work to inspire people---to make them want to cooperate.

Managers who prod rather than lead rarely get the bet out of those who work for them, because people who work for prodders have no incentive to do more than just get by. They only want to keep such a boss off their backs.

Scam Warnings from the Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns...Don't Let Election Scammers Count on Your Support This Election Season. Sue Stivers, Executive Director of your local Chamber of Commerce says she has received numerous telephone calls from Adair County residents saying they have received calls asking for political donations, free cruises, and other opportunities to get a lot of "free Stuff". Stivers said, "Let me assure you these are scams!"

Scammers are already gearing up for this year's Presidential election, from robo calls offering a "free cruise" for taking a political survey to fundraising. Voters are advised to be on the lookout for the growing number of scams that are likely to continue leading up to the Presidential election.

Here are just a few of the election-related scams BBB and the Chamber are hearing about. Don't fall for them!

There will not be a "free cruise" at the end of the voting survey. This public opinion poll scam typically involves a recorded announcement offering a "free cruise" in exchange for participating in a telephone survey. At the end of the call consumers are asked for a debit or credit card number to cover "port fees" and taxes. Consumers who hesitate or ask if they can call back in order to verify the caller's identity are subject to high-pressure tactics, such as being told that the offer "is only good right now," and that if they hang up they will be disqualified.

President Obama is not going to pay your utility bill. As nice as that would be, it's not going to happen. Consumers have been contacted through fliers, social media, text messages, and even door-to-door with claims that President Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills. Scammers claim they need the consumers' Social Security and bank routing numbers to arrange the payments. In return, customers are given a phony bank routing number that will supposedly pay their utility bills. In reality, there is no money, and customers believe they have paid their bills when in fact they have not. Worse, they've just given away everything needed for identity fraud.

Fundraising calls for political donations may not be real. Consumers have reported calls from organizations that sound legitimate, but may not really be related to either the Obama or Romney campaigns. If you aren't sure, don't donate over the phone. If you'd like to contribute to a political campaign or party, locate contact information yourself rather than giving out financial information to a caller. Requesting a callback number is no guarantee you will be connected with a legitimate campaign fundraising committee. Call or visit candidates' websites to obtain contact information to make donation. No one will check your eligibility to vote. Your voter registration record is with your state and no one is going to call or email you to verify your eligibility. What do these callers claim they need to check? Just your credit card or Social Security number. No way!

Don't fall for these scams. Legitimate polling companies will never offer prizes for participating in a telephone survey, nor ask for a credit card number. Never provide your Social Security number, credit card number or banking information to anyone requesting it over the phone or at your home unless you initiated the contact and feel confident with whom you are speaking. Do not give in to high pressure tactics, whether over the phone or in person.

For more tips you can trust, visit, or call 1-800-388-2222. You may also contact the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce at 384-6020 or visit us at 201 Burkesville Street.

Educational Activity Books at Chamber Office

The Columbia-Adair County Tourism Commission has copies of an Educational Activity Book that is available (free of charge) at the Chamber office. It is especially designed for youth in grades 3rd - 6th. The youth will learn about the history of our area, State and Nation, through various activities such as puzzles, word find, word scramble, pictures, etc., along with drawings, readings, blanks to fill in, matching words and much more. Adults may also find information they do not know.

Example of questions...What is the name of the National Park located in KY? Know where the name "fiddlesticks" came from? What is a violin? The Country Music Highway National Scenic Byway is 144 miles in length and includes __________counties. Do you know what the "Moonbow" is and where it can be found? The Cumberland Cultural Heritage Highway is one of Kentucky's State Scenic Byways with a total of 197 miles...Color the quilt squares.

The books are available to teachers, students, boy scouts, girl scouts, 4-H club and any other youth organization. Parents and grandparents...this is a great book for activities with your children and grandchildren. In fact, the books provided by TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky are available to any interested person at no cost. Stop by the Chamber Building at 201 Burkesville St. and get your book.

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