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Chamber Insights - February 2013

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 Writers: Ramie Hutchison, Kanisha Frye, Kathy Johnson

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
"Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person... both young and old... shared a little of what he is good at doing."

Presidents Message:
At the beginning of each year, it is exciting to look back on the progress made by the Chamber and the community in the prior year. Even in these tough economic times, the Chamber was able to continue all of our annual events in 2012 such as the Annual Banquet and Awards, Annual Golf Tournament, Annual Picnic in the Park, Buy, Swap, Sell and Trade Days and the 2012 Christmas Parade.

Through the wise use of our budget, we are pleased to continue our service to Columbia-Adair County. It is through the support of our members that allows us to keep the Chamber doors open and improve our current services while looking to implement new things for the community.

The 2013 Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce membership drive is currently underway. This is a 100% tax deductible investment that has many rewards. Some of the ways you benefit with a membership in your Chamber include:
  • Listing in the Chamber Business Directory
  • Listing on our Chamber of Commerce Website
  • Links to your business website and information from our website
  • Help with establishing Facebook and other social media connections
We sincerely hope that each of our members will continue to support us with your membership investment during our ongoing 2013 Membership Drive, and that we can attract new members who want to become an active part of the community. As always, we welcome our members and other community leaders to communicate with us to share ideas for Columbia-Adair County's future. If you have questions about membership, or simply have ideas to share with us, please do not hesitate to contact the Chamber office at any time.

United Citizens Bank of Southern Kentucky
Chamber Corporate Sponsor 2-19-13

United Citizens Bank of Southern Kentucky recently celebrated our eighth anniversary. On December 6, 2004, we opened our first location at 700 Jamestown Street as an FDIC insured, state chartered bank with $12 million dollars in capital and 15 employees. We now have 2 locations in Adair, 1 in Taylor and 1 in Russell County. Since opening in 2004, United Citizens Bank has grown to $140,000,000 in assets and employs 50 people in the three counties. We take great pride in the fact we are "Home Owned & Home Grown". United Citizens Bank serves individuals and businesses with a full range of banking products and services including Checking and Savings accounts, Certificates of Deposits and a wide variety of Loan products including 30 year fixed rate loans which are serviced by our in-house staff. You have 24 hour access to your account to check balances, review paid checks, or transfer funds using our Internet Banking, Mobile Banking or Telephone Banking products. You can pay bills conveniently from your computer using our Online Bill Pay product. Automated Teller Machines are located at each of our 4 banking center locations for your convenience. We are proud of our staff, which is second to none in its desire to provide you with the best possible products and services available. Allow us the opportunity to let you experience the Welcome Home feeling we are talking about with United Citizens Bank. Stop in one of our 4 full service locations or visit our website at to find out how we can satisfy your banking needs. We look forward to meeting you and showing you what we have to offer and what has made us "The Bank to Come Home to" (UCB is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC).

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 membership for 2013 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:
Monthly lunch meetings to stay informed about other businesses and organizations within the community. Participation in community events to gain visibility and community recognition. Ongoing support from the chamber on the goods and services you offer to the community. Member of an organization that wants to work with you to be successful.

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.

The Chamber Board of Directors would like to thank the following Chamber Members for renewing their membership for 2013:
  • Burton Real Estate & Auction
  • Lindsey Wilson College
  • 7th Day Adventist Church
  • Adair County Animal Hospital
  • SelfRefind
  • Community Trust Bank
  • Jeff & Blake Construction
  • Kim Goodin
  • Columbia Woman's Club
  • Barbara Bryant-Hancock, CPA
  • Amedisys Home Health
  • Clayridge Nursery
  • Bank of Columbia
  • Highland Raku Studio
  • Grider Properties
  • AC Democratic Woman's Club
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • A.W. Reed, LTD
  • Air Evac Life-Team
  • Circle "R" Restaurant
  • Community Medical Services
  • Burger King
  • Burton Family Farm
  • Sam & Mary Pelly
  • Stotts, Phelps, McQueary Funeral Home
  • Green River Kruzers
  • Car Club
  • Adair Consignment Auction
  • Shoreline Communications
  • 92.7 The Wave
  • Community Voice
  • Farmland Publications
  • Columbia Pawn &
  • Mann's Auto Sales
  • K's Quick Coin Wash
  • Nissley Equipment
  • Arrow Exterminators
  • WAIN 93.5 FM - 1270 AM Radio
  • Hot Prints, Inc.
  • Eunice Church of God
  • Pablo's Mexican Grill
  • Adair County Adult Education
  • Hill & Valley Farms
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Walker Realty Co.

Looking Ahead:
March 19 - Monthly Chamber Meeting - Chamber Building (Lower Level)
Time: 11:45 AM
Speaker: Amy Ketchum, ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Corporate Sponsor: WAIN Radio Station - Forchst Boadcasting

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce welcomes Drew Mitchell, the new Manager of Wal-Mart to our community and looks forward to his participation in the Chamber. Manager Mitchell comes to us with much Wal-Mart experience having served as Manager for the Bardstown and Lebanon stores.

A special "Thank You" to Wal-Mart and Manager Mitchell for donating a Bunn-O-Matic coffee maker to the kitchen/meeting room of the lower level of the Chamber item that was badly needed. The beautiful part of this donation was the fact that the Chamber did not have to ask for it. We shall forever be grateful to Wal-Mart and Manager Mitchell for this wonderful gift!

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