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Chamber Insights: October 30, 2006. Complete edition

Welcome to Chamber Insights, the monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce

Topics: Thought for the Month. President Overstreet's message. Thank you to corporate sponsor. Christmas in Columbia and Christmas Open House. Three keys to growth. New members. Link photo to Sue Stiver story about Franklin Family. November ribbon cutting events.

STAFF: Editor - Sue Stivers; Feature Writers: Darrell Overstreet, Vonnie Kolbenschlag

Thought for the month: Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress,and working together is success.

President Darrell Overstreet's Message:

It seems that from month to month more things are taking place in Columbia and Adair County.

The Folklore of the Old West Festival and Downtown Days Festival was a great success. There are so many people that I need to thank that I could not even start to name them

However, I must say a very "special thanks: toCharles Grimsley for all his work on Folklore of the Old West Festival and Benton Fudge, Rhonda Loy and her committee who did an awesome job with Downtown Days. Also a special thanks to Steve and Angela Harvey for putting together and managing the 5K run. We have such great talent within our community and it was good to see them perform along with folks out of town. What a great time for people to fellowship with old friends and make some new friends as well.

We now turn our attention to Christmas In Columbia, scheduled for Saturday, December 2. Dave Johnston, CEO at United Citizens Bank agreed to be Chairman and has put together a great committee that is full speed ahead with plans and preparation. We look forward to upcoming announcements regarding times, events, etc. If anyone has any questions regarding this event please feel free to call the Chamber Office, located at 201 Burkesville Street or by calling 384-6020.

Columbia, KY...A Good Place To Call Home.

Thank You Don Franklin Ford - Nissan

A "Special Thank You" to Don Franklin Ford-Nissan for being the October Corporate Sponsor of the Month. Owners are Don Franklin and sons Eddie and Dan Franklin. Door prize winner was Randall Banks, an employee of the Bank ofColumbia.This was the 8th month since the corporate sponsorships for the Chamber monthly meetings was initiated. We are so appreciative for our Corporate Sponsors as they are truly an asset to the Chamber. If you are a Chamber member and would like to showcase your business to the Community, contact Executive Director Sue Stivers at 384-6020 for details.

Looking Ahead . . .

Mark these dates on your calendar and make plans to attend:
  • Saturday, December 2, 2006: - Christmas In Columbia. There will be something for everyone....Adults and children. The "parade under the lights" will feature a beautiful sight for everyone to enjoy.
  • Monday, December 4, 2006: Christmas Open House starting at 6:30 PM at Lindsey Wilson College Dining Center. All Chamber members are encouraged to attend and fellowship together as we end another successful Chamber year.
Three Great Assets That Improve The Job Market

The October 2006 Issue of the South Central Business Journal brings the following thoughts toward gaining and retaining businesses to any area.

Governor Ernie Fletcher brings to the readers' attention the fact that an increasing number of new economic development ventures exhibit a high degree of innovation in concept and implementation. Innovation means putting into practice creative ideas. Working together, the groups in a community can grow an economy.

Many areas in Kentucky must depend on working together to attract and create businesses. Kentucky has a network of regional INNOVATION and COMMERCIALIZATION Centers and INNOVATION CENTERS funded by the Cabinet for Economic Development's Department of Commercialization and Innovation. The Central Region ICC in Bowling Green has helped attract companies by creating bottom line business reasons for them to locate and remain in South Central Kentucky. Creating high-tech facilities and jobs is essential as is the long term success of our economy - both based on a "culture of innovation."

The statewide ICC/IC program offers training to Kentucky businesses and entrepreneurs to help increase knowledge of entrepreneurship, start-up processes, and investment practices. Many businesses have found this training especially helpful.

Speaker of the House Jody Richards writes in the same issue of the South Central Business Journal that an increasing number of studies prove that our best way to improve the economy is to improve our education system. Firms considering relocating to Kentucky or expanding present operations say the most important inventive is a well-trained, educated work force. It is necessary to provide students the means to access skills and the ability to understand more about the world. The 2006 General Assembly has taken major steps towards improving schools from kindergarten through college. This will make Kentucky a more attractive place for businesses and our families.

Learn more about the ICC/IC by contacting the local Chamber office.

New Member Highlights!

The "Welcome Mat" is always out to new members. We are happy to welcome the following members to the Columbia - Adair County Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael's Total Fitness is located at 116 Jamestown Street in Columbia. Owners are Shannon and Michael Duggines. They can be reached by phone at 384-8986 or 270-566-2732 or e-mail at
  • We welcome back 4 Seasons Consignment located at 324 Public Square. Owner is Phyllis Gooden. Phone: 384-5960 or e-mail at
Thank you for becoming a part of the Chamber family. Your investment in the Chamber means an "Investment in Our Community."Your membership is appreciated and you are encouraged to become actively involved as your time allows.We wish your business much success. Your membership shows that you believe in the mission of the Chamber.

Don FranklinFord - Nissan: Corporate Sponsor of the Month

Click Here to read Sue Stivers' introduction and see photo accompanying story.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies Scheduled

Two ribbon cuttings will take place in November, 2006:
  • Friday, November 10, 2006: Columbia Music Center, a new business that opened recently at 305 Greensburg Street will hold its ribbon cutting

  • Saturday, November 11, 2006, at noon:< The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at Michael's Total Fitness Center, a new business located at 116 Jamestown Street. Owners Shannon and Michael Duggins.
All Chamber members and the public are invited to attend.

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