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Chamber Insights. Complete November 2008 Issue

Welcome to Chamber Insights November 2008
The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce

Editor and feature writer: Sue Stivers
President's Message: Donna Stotts
Feature writer: Dan Koger, 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 for the Month

People, like nails, lose their effectiveness when they lose direction and start to bend.

Presidents Message: November 2008

Christmas Around the World is the theme of the 18th Annual Christmas in Columbia.

This is an event that you will not want to miss this year. The first Saturday in December will bring much interest to the square in Columbia. The committee has worked really hard to have something that will be enjoyable for the entire family. Many sponsors have joined with the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce to make this a free event for children.

Handmade & Homemade items can be purchased, visit with Santa and get your childs picture made with Santa by the Adair County Band Boosters Fundraiser. Local entertainment can be enjoyed while your child has craft day in the Courthouse. Many merchants will have special hour and special sales. We will see you at the Parade.

A reminder to call the Chamber with your Reservations for the Chamber Christmas Party at Lindsey Wilson College Cramner Dining Center. It will be a fun night with great food that will end with installation of new Board Members for the New Year.

Remember, Shop at home this holiday season.

Corporate Sponsor of the Month

Special thanks to Duo-County Telecom and Bluegrass Cellular for being the corporate Sponsor of the month. The Chamber is grateful for your support and we are happy to have your services as a part of our community. The new office will truly be an asset to Columbia and Adair County. Your employees who volunteer their time to community projects is greatly appreciated.

Eric West, Director of Marketing gave the following remarks at the Chamber monthly meeting.

Within the past two years, Duo County Telecom has made several important advances withing the telecommunications entertainment industry.

One of these advances is our recently upgraded network, which will provide Internet speeds up to 4MEG over our telephone network. With this expansion in bandwidth, our customers receive faster Internet streaming, allowing them to surf the Internet and watch video content such as www.duocounty.coms local clips.

Also topping the telecommunications advancement chart is our newfound ability to provide video services over our high-speed Internet connection. This new feature will allow us to provide our customers outside our cable TV plant with our Triple Play of high quality services: Voice, Video, and Internet.

Not only are we expanding in residential services, but we will also be providing fiber to businesses in the near future. Although initially in selected areas, this new expansion will allow businesses to have future proof facilities, equipped with video, high-speed Internet connection, and quality phone solutions for their business operation.

In other news, since we acquired our cable service in Columbia in the summer of 2006, Duo County Telecom has made great advancements in upgrading our network to allow high definition video, high speed Internet, and digital telephone service.

Because we are investing in our network technology and care about our customers, we are currently constructing our new Columbia Customer Care Center. Featuring a drive through and a state of art, customer friendly service center, the Customer Care Center will be ready to serve you March of 2009.

New Members Highlights

The Chamber Board of Directors would like to welcome three new members to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

  • R&S Pharmacy. Don James, Owner. Bill Rodgers, Manager 385-9600. 1545 Campbellsville Rd., Columbia, KY 42728

  • Girl Scout Troop #855. Tracy Green, Leader 384-3698 or 250-4982810 Bull Run Rd. Columbia, KY 42728.

  • Adair County Garden Club. Barbara Armitage, President 250-29791535 Bull Run Rd. Columbia, KY 42728.
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. Your investment in the Chamber means an investment in your community. This is your Chamber your voice in our communityhelping to make Columbia and Adair County A Good Place To Call Home.

December A Wonderful Month

Within a few days, it will be December the last month of the year.Many folks are saying where has the year gone?December is known as the most wonderful time of the year. What makes December Special?
  • Christmas
  • Hannukah
  • New Years Eve
  • College Bowl Season
  • Gift Giving
  • Winter Solstice
  • Family gatherings, good food and fellowship
  • Special Church Programs
  • And Much More
With bright colors of green, red and tidings of great joy, the season provides many opportunities for business men and women to entice visitors to come inside their store or attraction. Heres some simple ways to attract people to your business.
  1. Place free candy canes in various locations for your customers.
  2. Offer discount tickets to county and area attractions.
  3. Give out snowflake candy or cookies throughout the month of December.
  4. ) Provide free apple cider or hot chocolate.
  5. Decorate with cedar, pine, or magnolia branches, mistletoe, holly, and/or poinsettias or your favorite plants.
  6. Arrange for on-site caroling.
  7. Motels & Bed and Breakfasts may want to offer a New Years package which includes lodging and dinner.
Did You Know?

The tipping custom originated in England when small sums of money were dropped into a box marked T.I.P.S.TO INSURE PROMPT SERVICE.

That Smith Pharmacy in Burkesville is the oldest pharmacy in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Money isnt made out of paper, its made out of cotton.

Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

During the 2008 General Assembly the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce reviewed over a thousand pieces of legislation to determine the impact on business-- tracking and giving input on more than 300.

When the Kentucky General Assembly meets in Frankfort each year. Their actions can profoundly affect your bottom line. Thats why every year the Kentucky Chamber, one of the most effective lobbying teams in Frankfort, is there, working for YOU.

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber works with the Kentucky Chamber to do whatever it takes to make sure that Kentucky businesses of every type and size have a powerful and respected voice in Frankfort. Thats why every business in Adair County should be a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

For information on how to become a member of the Chamber, contact Executive Director Sue Stivers by phone at 384-6020 or visit the Chamber office at 201 Burkesville Street.

Use Your Feet to Support Local EconomicDevelopment This Christmas Season.
By Dan Koger

Christmas in ColumbiaChristmas Around the World, the early December event that helps kicks off the local Holiday Season, can also help boost area economic development in ways that would make Charles Dickens be proud.

But, Cratchit, its up to you to make it happen.

According to just about every news and information outlet on the Planet Earth, this is supposed to be a rough Christmas for retail merchants across the nation, with the rest of us not having things a whole lot better.

But as with so many things in out lives, just because its in the newspaper or on television news doesnt necessarily make it so unless you let it be that way. Residents of Columbia and Adair County can push back on all this gloom by exercising choices this Christmaschoices that start with your feet, as they propel you and members of your family to downtown Columbia on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7.

You can have lots of fun there, while knowing that dollars spent with local merchants and artisans at this years Christmas in Columbia can also help strike a blow for local economic health.

As Dickens would acknowledge, should he stop by, the scene during Christmas in Columbia will be straight out of the life and times of Ebenezer Scrooge, or earlier, back in those ancient days when people entertained each other without the aid of television, MP3 players and the World Wide Web. In those days, people came to town by foot or in wagons during the Christmas Season to visit with each other and exchange news face-to-face; knowing that while there they could see and hear musicians, tumblers, singers, artisans, and other exotic folks.

These people of old didnt come to town to buy plasma TVs, expensive electronic equipment, and other excesses of out modern age, because, for one thing, mercifully these things didnt exist. Instead, local residents came together to buy hand-made Christmas decorations, hand-made toys, and hand-made baked food, all at prices that wouldnt bankrupt Duke.

Christmas in Columbia is designed to replicate this people-focused approach that most people-focused of holidays.

Here are some possibilities.

Kick things off on Saturday, December 6, 2008, with Rotary Club breakfast from 6:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Columbia Baptist Church.

By the time you finish eating, a variety of stalls and stands will be open where people you know, or might like to know, will be selling hand-made items that would bring cheer to Bob Cratchit, Mrs. Cratchit, and all those kids, including of course, Tiny Tim himself.

While you and members of your family are browsing, stop in for expert instructions in tying holiday bows, learn about raku pottery and other crafts from operations of the Highland Raku Art Studio and the Hearts Image Studio & Gallery, and put your children to work making their own Christmas ornaments.

In this same spirit, look into the decorating contest to determine who has the most festive homes and stores in town. See these and other sights during an old-fashioned carriage ride. Watch actors from the Dream Depot perform a Christmas Show. Let your children burn off excess energy on pony rides and at a bouncy house and slide. Watch performers from Tumble Town USA, fly through the air. Get your face painted by art students from Adair County High School.

End the day with hot chocolate, watch the official lighting of the communitys Christmas Tree, and get a curbside seat for the Christmas Parade.

By there when festivities pick up again on Sunday, December 7 at1:00pm, with the Womans Club Home Tour, more art from the Highland Raku Studio, Christmas singing by the Lindsey Wilson College Choral Ensemble at 6:30pm and a Christmas Pageant at 6:30pm at that Antioch United Methodist Church.

Throughout all this, visit local stores. Merchants will be open for extended hours, and theyll have lots of sales30% off here , 20% off there---Scrooge would be right at home. Get full information on these and other Christmas activities form the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

In the name of local economic development, and because its just plain fun, see you at Christmas in Columbia on December 6 and 7.

BBB Advises: Beware of Gas Card Scam.

Free gas sounds good, but could it be too good to be true? Chances are, probably so.

The Better Business Bureau has been informed of a scam concerning the Great Gas Giveaway. Consumers across the U.S. are receiving cards in the mail, telling them they won a $300.00 gas card. The card says to send a money order for $29.95 and they will receive a gift card for $300 worth of gas. BBB received notification of this scam from a Sunoco gas dealer. Sunoco, and other major gas chains are mentioned on the card, but are not participating. Consumers who send the $29.95 are likely to get nothing in return.

Some consumers are also being referred to a Gas Giveaway Website, The website says consumers can also get a $1,000 Shopping Spree Gift Card. Both the card and the Website have the old version of the BBB logo and falsely claim to be a proud member of the BBB. THEY ARE NOT!!

If you are contacted regarding the Great Gas Giveaway would you please call the Chamber office at 384-6020 or the Better Business Bureau at 1-800-388-2222.


Tip of the Month

This months tip from Duo County Telecom was designed to help you feel at ease with todays confusing technological acronyms. Although many of these may not be of immediate us to you, they could come in handy when shopping for a computer, or trying to solve a future problem.

Computer Hardware Acronyms:
  1. CPU- Central Processing Unit (Computer)
  2. GPU- Graphics Processing Unit
  3. NIC- Network Interface Card
  4. FDD- Floppy Disc Drive
  5. HDD- Hard Disc Drive (Your computers memory)
  6. LCD- Liquid Crystal Display
  7. USB- Universal Serial Bus
  8. OS- Operating System (e.g. Windows XP, Windows Vista)
  9. NOS- Network Operating System
  10. DOS- Disk Operating System
  11. MSDOS- MicroSoft Disk Operating System
  12. LED- Light Emitting Diode
  13. DVI- Digital Video Interface
  14. RAM- Random Access Memory (Your computers Short-Term Memory)
Software Acronyms:
  1. DVD- Digital Video Disc/Digital Versatile Disc
  2. CDROM- Compact Disc Read Only Memory
  3. CD-RW- Compact Disc Rewriteable
  4. CD-R- Compact Disc Recordable
Internet Acronyms:
  1. Mbps- megabits per second
  2. Kbps- kilobits per second
  3. MB/s- megabytes per second
  4. KB/s- kilobytes per second
  5. HTML- Hyper Text Mark-up Language
  6. HTTP- Hyper Text Transfer Protocol
  7. URL- Uniform Resource Locator (Web Address)
  8. Wi-Fi- Wireless Fidelity
  9. WWW- World Wide Web
Thats your Duo County Tip of the Month...-Ramie Hutchison

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