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Chamber Insights: Complete September 2006 issue
Welcome to Chamber Insights, the monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. Editor: Sue Stivers
Feature writers: Darrell Overstreet, Rita Murrell, and Vonnie Kolbenschlag
In this issue: Thought for the month, President's Message from Darrell Overstreet, Salute to Corporate Sponsor Adair Progress, Rita Murrell's talk on the Adair Progress, upcoming events, welcome to new members, details on September meeting, corporate sponsor Shoreline Communications, Kentucky Chamber story, "Education, Globalization Crucial to Kentucky's Future"; Business Preparedness Summit to Be Held At Center for Rural Development
Thought for the Month: I do get paid for my voluntary work. I just don't get paid money.
Chamber President's Message: from Darrell Overstreet
The Wares Fair has just happened. What an exciting evening!! There were 55 businesses that participated with over 600 persons in attendance. It was a great opportunity for businesses to show to the students and staff at LWC what they have available.
The Wares Fair idea began about a year ago from Ron Heath, Vice President for Advancement at LWC. Ron did a tremendous lot of work in planning and executing the Fair and I want to say a very special "Thank You" to Ron Health. Also, Allison Shepherd with Community Voice, who visited many of the businesses encouraging them to be a part of the Fair and Sharon Burton at Community Voice for the special publication promoting LWC, the Chamber and the Wares Fair.
I also want to thank Alan Reed with WHVE 92.7 radio for being the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, giving away over $4000 in prizes. Most of all I want to thank all the businesses who participated in the Wares Fair, without you folks the event would not have been successful.
I want to continue to encourage new memberships in the Chamber and to remember that Columbia, KY is "A Great Place to Call Home".
Thank You: The Adair Progress
A special thank you to the Adair Progress for being the Corporate Sponsor of the Month.
Owner and Publisher is Donna Hancock and the Editor is Tiffany Hadley. Door Prize winners were Monica Rodgers and Joe Payne. A copy of the Adair Progress was given to each person in attendance.
'To be a Corporate Sponsor, the business provides a door prize, pays a corporate fee of $100.00 and makes a presentation about their business at the monthly meeting. They may give out flyers or showcase their business in any way they choose.
The Corporate Sponsor of the Month has been a new feature of the Chamber meetings for the past 5 months. In addition to "The Adair Progress" other Corporate Sponsors have been United Citizens Bank, Bank of Columbia, Key Mortgage Company, and Barger Insurance Agency. Another big "Thank You" to each of our sponsors.
If you would like to showcase your business to the community, contact Executive Director Sue Stivers at 384-6020.
The Adair Progress - Corporate Sponsor of the Month
Rita Murrell, an employee of the Adair Progressm for the past 18 plus years, gave the following presentation at the August Chamber Meeting.
"We are so excited to be sponsoring this month's meeting of the Chamber of Commerce.
Don't miss the Chamber sponsored activities during Labor Day weekend. Come and give your support to our Community events:
The Chamber will have a ribbon cutting ceremony in conjunction with an Open House at Barger Insurance Agency and Edward Jones on Thursday, August 31 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. The new offices are located at 326 Public Square, Suite 100 in Columbia. All Chamber members and the public are invited to attend.
Welcome New Members
The Chamber is delighted to welcome the following new members:
The September Chamber meeting will be held September 19 beginning at 11:45 am at Lindsey Wilson College Dining/Conference Center. Guest Speaker will be Nikki Henderson, with the Kentucky Department of Aging. Corporate Sponsor of the month will be Shoreline Communications, Inc., representing 92.7 "The Wave" and 99.9 "The Big Dawg."
Education, Globalization Crucial to Kentucky's Future
At the Kentucky Chamber's Economic Summit held recently in Louisville, attendees heard speakers emphasize those themes in detailing the state#s prospects for success as competition intensifies, particularly from offshore.
If Kentucky is to grow economically, it must improve the education of its citizens and position the state to take advantage of global markets and investment opportunities. With Japan, India, and China joining the United States as the world#s economic powerhouses, the challenge for Kentuckians... and all Americans....is to increase entrepreneurship, innovation and technological ingenuity. That means better educated workers, especially those with high-level math and science skills. Summit attendees also were told:
Business Preparedness Summit to Be Held At Center for Rural Development
Protecting the commonwealth#s businesses is one of the core goals of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, but those efforts go beyond just advocacy in Frankfort. When it comes to protecting Kentucky businesses from emergencies and disasters, it is critical that our businesses have the resources and information they need to be prepared. The Business Preparedness Summit, hosted by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, has been designed to provide the commonwealth#s business community with information and resources to improve emergency and disaster preparedness.
Statistics show that 55 percent of small business owners say that having an emergency plan is important but less than 30 percent actually have a plan. After a major disaster strikes, 40 percent of small businesses never reopen. Having an emergency plan can save lives, company assets and your entire business.
The Business Preparedness Summit to provide information and resources to improve emergency and disaster readiness will be held Monday, September 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY.
This event is open to business leaders, local officials and first responders interested in improving their community's preparedness for any type of emergency - natural or manmade.
Speakers will include: Congressman Hal Rogers, Wal-Mart's Global Security and Business Continuity Sector, along with officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Kentucky Department for Public Health and Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.
Other regional preparedness summits are being planned for October, but leaders from across the state are invited to attend this kick-off event.
Registration is available online at http://www.homelandsecurity.ky.gov
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