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Welcome to Chamber Insights - January 2013

Click on headline for complete Chamber Insights for January 2013.

The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, Kentucky 42718 (270) 384-6020 / coladair@duo-county.com / www.columbia-adaircounty.com
Editor & Executive Director: Sue Stivers
President's Message: Roger Meadows
Feature Writer: 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

Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our community and our world a better place in 2013. With a positive outlook, every day will be bright.

Presidents' Message:

What are we going to accomplish this year? Now is the time of the year most of us are establishing our personal and professional goals for 2013. Setting and reaching our goals is something we should focus on all year but all too often we reserve the beginning of the year as the time to establish goals and see how we did last year. Most people set a goal, fail to reach it, and try again next year. We continue that process until we reach the goal or decide it's not worth the effort and move on to something else. With proper planning and the right focus we can all set goals that we can accomplish this year.

So pick up a pen and piece of paper and write down your goals. Remember the more focused you are on your goals the more likely you are to accomplish them.

When creating your goals, make sure they meet the criteria for a SMART goal.
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Realistic
T = Timely
Specific - This is the What, Why and How of the goal. What are you planning to accomplish? Why is the goal important? How are you going to do it? Make sure the goal is well defined. Instead of I want to lose weight, establish a goal to lose 1 pound per week.

Measurable - Establish criteria to measure your goal. You can't manage something that you cannot measure. When you measure your progress you are more likely to stay on track and reach your goal.

Attainable - If the goal is too far out of reach, you will soon lose interest in it and not give it the commitment necessary to complete.

Realistic - Make sure the goal is "do-able". Don't set the goal as something too easy but make sure it's something that can be done with some work on your part.

Timely - Place a timeframe on your goal and track your progress: 1 month, 3 months, etc. Setting a target date gives you something to work towards.

A critical part of success is to review your goals daily and make adjustments as required.

Everyone will benefit from goals if they are SMART.

Chamber Board of Officers & Directors for 2013

Officers:
President - Roger Meadows - United Citizens Bank
President Elect - Brandon Thompson - WAIN Radio
Vice-President - Eric West - Duo County Telecom
Secretary - Lee Ann Collins - Community Trust Bank
Treasurer - Wes Bryant-First & Farmers National Bank
Directors:
Wendy Butler-Burt - Crocus Mill Associates
Julie Combs - Day & Day Feed
Pam Hancock - McDonalds of Columbia
Brenda Mann - Adair County Board of Education
Joel Peterson - Health & Wellness Center, Lindsey Wilson College
David Rasmussen - Westlake Regional Hospital
Ronald P. Rogers - Rogers Chiropractic Office
Debbie Selby - Bank of Columbia
Chris Wilson - Golden Rule-Wilson Real Estate & Auction
Ellen Zornes - A.C.T.I.O.N. Generation
Chamber Membership Renewal

Your Chamber membership is an investment in your community, your business and yourself. It's through the Chamber and its program of work that we bridge the gap that enables us to reach people, places and organizations that are viable to our success as individuals and as a community.

If you have not paid your membership dues, now is the time to renew. You may do so by mailing in the form that was sent to you or stop by the Chamber office at 201 Burkesville St.

The Chamber Board of Directors would like to thank the following Chamber Members for renewing their membership for 2013: Adair County Fiscal Court, Farm Credit Services, Summit Manor Health & Rehab, Margo Miller, Lake Cumberland Area Development, Shirley Grider, Margaret Sparks, The Adanta Group, Century Medicines, Egypt Construction Co., Goodwill Industries, Quality Personnel, Dr. Janella F. Brown, Lewis Transport, Columbia Candy Co., Central Financial Services, Columbia United Methodist Church, Duo County Telecom,

Evelyn Phelps, Adair Co. Fire Extinguisher Service, Adair County School Board, Barger Insurance, Majestic Yachts, Pollard Counseling Services, Fiesta Mexico of Columbia, Marshall F. Loy, Law Office, Adair Progress, Access Locksmith, CVS Pharmacy, Elizabeth Lodge Apartments, TaP's Diner, Ron & Ginny Heath, Randy Curry Plumbing, Franklin-Ford-Mercury-Nissan, Golden Rule-Wilson Real Estate, Wall Heating & Cooling, Crocus Mill Associates,

State Farm Insurance, Janes Appliance, C & R Custom Framing, Pyles Concrete, Jack & Margie Collins, Best Financial, Columbia Massage-Joan Dulworth, Kentucky Farm Bureau, City Supply Company, Green River Lake Crappie Trips, Julia's Flower Garden, Janes Heating & Cooling, Melson Roofing Company, Rogers Chiropractic Office, Stanziano & Catron, Attorneys, Stotts Construction Company, David Waggener, Edward Jones Investments,

Best Buy Clothes & More, Best Western Columbia Inn, Durham & Zornes, Attorneys, Taylor County RECC, United Citizens Bank, Bennett's Carpets, First & Farmers National Bank, McDonald's of Columbia, City of Columbia, Holiday Inn Express, Dr. Chuck Giles, Key Mortgage Company, Barbara Overstreet, H & H Building Contractors, Charles & Nadine Giles, Green River Animal Welfare League, Adair County Public Library,

Ellen Zornes, A.C.T.I.O.N. Generation, Taylor Rural Health, Jeffries Hardware & Lighting, Gaddie Shamrock, LLC, Adair County Sportsman Club, Adair County Extension Office, Downey Eye Clinic, Magnolia House B & B, Adair County PVA, Taylor Services, Sue. C. Stivers, Country Quilters, Agape House PRC, Betty's OK Country Cooking, Day and Day Feed & Pet, Holmes Bend Marina, James Medical/RS Pharmacy, Chandler's Office Supplies, George & Vonnie Kolbenschlag, Sonic, Burton Ace Hardware, NAPA-Adair Automotive Supply, Reed Brothers Insurance, Burton Real Estate & Auction, Warner Fertilizer Company,

Chamber Monthly Chamber Meeting Schedule

Note: All monthly meetings are held the Third Tuesday of each month at the Chamber Building (lower level) 201 BurkesvilleStreet starting promptly at 11:45 am.
February 19: Speaker: Sheila Elliott Coordinator, Federal Depository Collections, and French Teacher at Lindsey Wilson College

March 19: Speaker: Amy Ketchum ALSAC/St. Jude children's Research Hospital, Memphis Tennessee

Chamber members and prospective members are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings. Fellowship with other chamber members and guests, enjoy a delicious meal and hear outstanding speakers on an array of subjects. You may also be the winner of a door prize. Reservations should be made by calling the Chamber office at 384-6020 by noon on the Friday prior to the meeting.

April 16, 2013 Annual Chamber Banquet. The Speaker will be James Comer, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Mark this date on your calendar NOW... You won't want to miss this special event... At Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College. There will also be special entertainment. Presentation of awards, door prizes delicious food and much more. Your presence will help to make this the best Chamber banquet ever!!
Thoughts From My Desk

By Sue Stivers, Executive Director

Today, if you believe some people, loyalty is dead. The relationship between an employee and his or her company is strictly a matter of "What have you done for me lately?" Nothing matters except a dollar in the pocket right now...today.

But is this really true? Have people really changed that much? Or does this view merely reflect the frustration of those managers or business owners who haven't bothered to develop the warm, direct, person-to-person relationship with their associates that leads to loyalty?

Is it true that employees aren't as indiscriminately loyal as they used to be? The answer is Yes. We also see employees who do not have a sincere interest in their work or the business. If they did, they would be eager to get to work on time or a few minutes early and would be willing to work a few minutes over time without pay if they are busy with a customer at closing time.

Today's workers take a lot more convincing that you really have their interests at heart...not just your own. But it can still be done. Owner's supervisors or managers who work at it can still develop a feeling of loyalty among their people.

The key to loyalty is deserving it...and showing that you do. What kind of leaders deserves loyalty? Among other things, they are people who:
  • Give loyalty
  • Are sincerely and genuinely interested in the present and future of those who work for them.
  • Appreciate their viewpoints, problems, hopes and ambitions
  • Deal with them openly, honestly and fairly
  • Delegate responsibility and develop people
  • Give and share credit liberally
It takes all this and sometimes more to earn loyalty. Perhaps that's why more managers/owners complain about the lack of loyalty than truly deserve it.

But it can be had---and it's well worth the price

Identify Theft Tips
  • Do not keep Social Security card in wallet or purse
  • Do not put bills or checks in home mailbox for pickup
  • Check credit reports, bank statements and credit card statements often for irregularities
  • Shred all documents with personal information.
  • Never give personal information to someone on phone, internet or email claiming to be your bank
  • Do not store credit card number on shopping websites
Identify theft is at an all-time high. Additional tips and information can be found at hhp://www.ProtectYourIDNow.org

Easy-to-Keep New Year's Resolutions For PC Users

Now that the New Year is upon us most Americans will be creating, and more than likely breaking New Year's Resolutions. One of the most popular New Year's Resolutions in America is to get in shape, which can be a difficult task, however our technology needs to stay in shape as well.

Duo County Telecom has expanded on PC World's outlines of three simple ways to get your PC back into shape and to keep it in shape.

  1. Make Regular Backups: Not backing up your important files is like not buckling your seatbelt. You may not have an accident for thousands of miles of driving, but taking the risk to not buckle up one time could be setting you up for disaster.

    The same is for your PC. Your hard-drive may work fine for years, but don't take the risk of not backing it up and assuming that it will never fail. In addition to investing in local backups (e.g. external hard-drives and flash drives), you may want to look into cloud (online) storage sites. My personal favorite is Wuala by LaCie. With up to 5 GB of Free storage and more to purchase, you can back up all your important documents on a secure server and be assured that if a home-based disaster ever occurs like a fire, flood or theft, you can access your documents anywhere. There are also other services available for cloud storage such as CrashPlan, Mozy, or Sugar Sync.

  2. Look Before You Click: One of the biggest mistakes that we can make as PC users is to become trigger happy; clicking with abandon. Malware developers and phishing scams take advantage of our spastic clicking fingers and embed hidden options and realistic graphics to make us think we are not doing anything harmful.

    To prevent something like this from happening always read options when installing a piece of software to make sure you are not installing unwanted toolbars, desktop icons or toolbar icons. Also, beware of Internet pop-ups that offer a false "Close" button. These tactics are used to take advantage of your urgency to close the pop-up.

    To prevent these occurrences in the future, always pay attention and read before you click. If it looks suspicious, it probably is.

  3. Keep It Clean: Just like dust and pet hair can aggravate our allergies and make functioning normally a difficult task, the same goes for your PC. "Dust can kill a PC," Writes Rick Broida of PC World. "clogging the works and causing everything to overheat, with potentially disastrous results." Rick also notes that if you have a pet in the house, hair can also exacerbate the situation.
You can easily resolve this situation by taking a can of compressed air and blowing dust and pet hair off your cooling-fan blades and out of your case. If done regularly the problem should never get out of hand.

If you have questions regarding the health of your PC, always remember you can call our DuoCare experts at (270) 378-4141 to assist you in this resolution.


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