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Welcome to Chamber Insights: Complete June 2013 issue

In this issue:
  • President's message: Roger Meadows
  • Corporate Sponsor of the Month: Duo-County Telecom
  • New Board Member: Joel Peterson
  • New Member: Adair Friends & Neighbors, Ken & Lynda Wilkerson
  • Chamber Calendar
  • Why be a member of the Chamber: Sue Stivers
  • Extending laptop battery life: Ramie Hutchison

The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce
201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, Kentucky 42718

(270) 384-6020 /

Editor: Sue Stivers
President: Roger Meadows
Feature Writers:
Ramie Hutchison, Kanisha Frye

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

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all which have the potential to turn a life around.

President's Message

Saving money is something all businesses are interested in doing but starting a cost reduction program can seem daunting. Here are some areas to review that could yield long lasting results for your business.

Employee costs are the largest costs in a large number of businesses. Review your current business processes, can you do things differently? Can you improve your processes to accomplish the same amount of work with less staff?

Get control of your utility bills by analyzing what you have consumed over the past year and how much money you have spent. Use this information to decide how you can reduce consumption. Think about how and when you consume energy, challenge any assumptions that have been made and focus on reducing consumption. If you are using separate companies for telephones and internet try to consolidate these into one to get a better deal.

Review all of your contracts and shop around. For instance, business insurance cannot be avoided but you should review your policy annually and make sure you are getting the best possible price.

Look at all of your suppliers, shopping around with other suppliers may take time but it could save you money every year.

Every business is different, keep thinking of ways to improve processes and reduce costs. Meet with your employees to think of new ways to save money and improve productivity.

Times are tough but finding ways to reduce costs is a positive thing for all businesses as you look for ways to be more competitive and provide added value to your customers.

Corporate Sponsor of the Month - Duo County Telecom

A special "Thank You" to Executive VP/CEO Tom Preston and Duo County Telecom for being Corporate Sponsor of the Month. Duo County Telecom is very proud to support our 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 Adair County. In 2006 Duo County purchased the cable TV within the City to become a more complete service provider to Columbia and Adair County. Fiber facilities were soon built in the City which provides 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.

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

Duo County Telecom is a proud supporter of community organizations like the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce and encourages all businesses and organizations to continue their support through Chamber membership and contributions. In these tough economic times, communities need to rally to support each other. Your local Chamber is a vital part of supporting this cause as they work in representing all businesses.

New Board Member: Joel Peterson

By Kanisha Frye

Joel Peterson has only lived in Columbia since January of 2010, but he has already positively impacted our community. He is the director of the Lindsey Wilson College Holloway Health and Wellness Center (HWC). He oversees the daily operation of the facility which includes hiring and training staff, coordinating group reservations, and overseeing the various programs within the HWC. It is a big job, but he has a hard working staff that helps make the HWC a success. He has even begun working with Dana Harmon, director of Camp Casey at Colonel William Casey Elementary School, to organize a summer camp for kids in our community called Camp Kick It. His goal through all of this is to engage the community in an active lifestyle.

Living an active lifestyle is Joel Peterson's passion which is why he has done an outstanding job of encouraging it across the LWC campus and Adair County. He loves anything outdoors. This includes camping and canoeing, playing baseball with his three year old son, and training for and competing in athletic events. Last summer he completed his first Iron Man and holds events throughout the year to encourage students to train. For instance, the HWC has hosted mini triathlons which give people a taste of what an Iron Man is like. Small events like that are making a difference in the lives of students because it encourages them to try new things and push their physical limits.

Joel believes the community also encourages his active lifestyle through their laid back approach to life. He says that drivers in our town are polite and courteous to bikers and runners on the roads. He says people don't get frustrated and rush bikers on the road, but offer them a safe environment to enjoy their ride. The people of Adair County have made this a wonderful place to call home for Joel, his wife, and two kids.

Because he has only been here for about three years, Joel is able to offer the Chamber of Commerce an outside perspective of how to engage Lindsey students and staff into Adair County community events. He thinks it is really important to get the Lindsey community involved in the activities that surround them. He has done this by involving LWC in Christmas in Columbia and by creating Lindsey's first Adair County Relay for Life team. Joel Peterson has a lot of ideas and is ready to see the future of the Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber Membership

Are you a business owner who is not a member of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce? Are you an individual that would like to make an investment in your community? Then come to the Chamber office and let us tell you the many benefits of being a Chamber member. It is true...when you join the Chamber of Commerce you make an investment in your community. Really, the Chamber is PEOPLE...People who join together to solve common problems or advance programs and activities which make this Community a better place to live, work, do business and play. Give us a call at 384-6020 or visit us at the Chamber office located at 201 Burkesville Street. The door is open...waiting for YOU to enter!

Welcome New Chamber Member

The Chamber is Happy to Welcome:
Adair Friends & Neighbors Adult Day Health Center
Ken & Lynda Wilkerson, Owners
127 N. Reed Street, Columbia, KY 42728
The Chamber held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, June 10 and was attended by a large crowd. The Chamber wishes this new business much success and looks forward to having them as Chamber members.

Congratulations Best Western Columbia Inn

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce would like to Congratulate Best Western Columbia Inn on receiving the Chairman's Award...the Hotel Chains Highest Award for Quality. This is indeed a most prestigious Award. The Chamber also commends President Raj Idnani and his staff for the outstanding job they do in treating the hotel guests with royalty, which insures their return visits to the Columbia Inn and our City and County. We are grateful to have you in our Community and appreciate your chamber membership and participation.


Chamber Monthly Meeting - July 16th
The regular date of the Chamber meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 11:45 AM. The next meeting will be held July 16 in the lower level of the Chamber building. The meal for $9.00 will be catered by Barbara Overstreet.

Speaker will be Jane Higgins from the Brushy Fork Leadership Institute of Berea, Kentucky. Several people from Adair County have attended the Leadership Institute throughout the years and now serve in leadership a role which helps in making Columbia and Adair County a better place to live, work and play. Ms. Higgins is an inspiring speaker who thinks highly of our Community. All Chamber members are encouraged to attend. It's a great way to communicate with your fellow Chamber members, enjoy good food and gain information. Reservations can be made by calling or visiting the Chamber office. The Welcome Mat is always out for you. We look forward to seeing you.

Chamber Roadside Park

Did you know the Roadside Park located on Hwy. 55 South is owned by the Chamber of Commerce? If you are planning a family reunion, picnic or a group event, reservations for the large shelter can be made by visiting or calling the Chamber office at 384-6020. There is no charge for use of the Park, but donations are appreciated. The donation is used to pay for the upkeep of the park.

Office Closed for July 4th
The Chamber Building, which houses the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Economic Development, located at 201 Burkesville Street will be Close Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The office will be open Friday. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon & 12:30 to 4:30 PM. Kathy Johnson is the Administrative Assistant and Sue Stivers is the Executive Director. Phone number for Chamber & Tourism is 384-6020 and Economic Development is 384-4401. The "Welcome Mat" is always out to YOU.

The American Flag
"One Nation, Under God, With Liberty and Justice for All" Within the next few days people throughout the Nation will be celebrating Independence Day, sometimes referred to as the "4th of July". Flags will be flying along with special ceremonies and events in every city and county. Let us remember that the American Flag represents much more than a simple banner and every person, young and old, should take PRIDE in this great country of ours.

Federal law stipulates many aspects of flag etiquette. Let's take a look at only a few of the rules that should be observed about our Grand 'Ole Flag.

Only the U.S. President and Governors of the State can order flags on government buildings to be flown at half staff.

A flag should be kept clean. It is acceptable to wash or dry clean an American Flag when it is soiled or other wise dirty. When a flag is no longer serviceable or repairable, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, such as burning. When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object. It should be received by waiting hands and arms. However, you do not have to destroy a flag that has touched the ground.

The flag code does not permit any individual from not having the flag draped across a coffin. The deceased does not have to be a veteran to have the flag draped on their casket.

To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

For additional information on the history of the flag, flag etiquette, and other related subjects get on line at

Editorial of the Month

By Sue C. Stivers, Executive Director

Your Return On Investment

"Return on Investment" (ROI) is a tough concept to convey to our Chamber members and the Community at large. Unlike a health club, where "showing up" means slimming down or toning up or an insurance policy that pays for visits to the doctor, or paying taxes for municipal services...Your membership in the chamber of Commerce is not always so cut and dried.

Often times our members will ask, "What's in it for me or my business?" Usually, we'll have to ask a question in return, "What are your priorities?" It's no different than trying to decide what part of your body needs to be toned, or if you need specialty insurance for floods or fire.

The reasons for joining a Chamber of Commerce are too numerous to list here. Certainly our 15 board members and their committees serve to meet a majority of our member's needs and address their priorities. Some members are interested in networking opportunities for new business leads. Others are interested in the work we do with state and national government on legislative issues, particularly those concerning small businesses. Of course there are also a few that enjoy rolling up their sleeves and giving back to the community that has provided business prosperity for them The majority told us in a survey that they support the Chamber's programs and services that help make Columbia and Adair County a great place to live, work, raise a family and conduct business.

The key to any chamber's success is the level of volunteer involvement from the membership. From industries to small businesses to individuals getting involved is crucial to continued community prosperity. You have heard that "two heads re better than one...?" It's no different with the Chamber of Commerce. We ask the best and brightest our membership has to offer to address and tackle some key issues facing our community. Literally hundreds of people have helped the Columbia-Adair County Chamber be successful for almost 56 years. (The local Chamber received their Charter August 30, 1957 but had a Chamber several years before applying for their Charter). Your Chamber is much alive today and continues to work for the betterment of your business and our community.

Defining "Return on Investment" can indeed be complicated because the "return" factor varies in definition from business to business and individual to individual. Most will say the true key to getting a return on a Chamber membership is getting involved. It's like Woody Allen once said, "90 percent of life is just showing up".

At times we just don't do a good enough job thanking those dozens of volunteers that make it work. You know who you are and allow me to say a "Special Thank You". We do appreciate a job well done!

This may not seem like much of a return on the investment of time, talent, energy and finances. It's a start on how this chamber will continue to commit itself to providing real returns for our members for their real investments. Stay tuned for more!

3 Ways to Maximize your Laptop's Battery Life.

During the summer families are always on the go, which means our technology is as well. However, battery life of our mobile devices can hinder our experience. Here are some key points to save your laptop's battery life inspired by PC World writer, Paul Mah.

  1. Plug in whenever possible
    To be sure that you always have your laptop ready to go, keep it plugged in whenever possible. Contrary to previous theories, leaving your device plugged in will not ruin your battery or cause it to overheat.

    It's always good to have more than one AC adapter as well. If you travel a lot or work in separate locations, it might be good to leave one at your home or office and one in your laptop bag. This way you'll never be stranded without power.
  2. Adjust the screen brightness
    Like Cell phones, laptop displays use a large percentage of battery power that the system consumes. Therefore, anytime you can dim the screen, do so. You'll save significant battery life and if you are in a dark room, your eyes won't strain as hard.
  3. Track down errant apps
    Sometimes the culprits for drained battery life are apps that are unnecessarily using your processor.

    Resolving the problem is relatively straightforward: Press the Ctrl-Alt-Delete key combination, launch Windows Task Manager (For Mac users, open Activity Monitor), and use it to identify processes that are showing unexplained high utilization. If a program won't exit normally, terminate the offending process by right-clicking it and selecting Kill Process. For Web browsers, shutting off all instances usually works. If you aren't sure if there are unwanted processes running, a reboot of your PC will work just fine.
  4. Shut down your laptop when not in use
    This one is simple. Whenever you pick up and go, or leave your desk for a long period of time, shut down your computer. If you are able to plug it in to the AC Power adapter, do so: but if not, shutting down the PC during your downtime will give the laptop more uptime.

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