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Chamber Insights, complete November 2009 issue

In the November 2009 issue
  • President's Message from Donna Stotts
  • Corporate Sponsor for month
  • Welcome New Member: ScrapBook Studio & Gifts
  • Thank You, Dan Franklin, by Stephanie Barrett
  • Dates to Remember. Christmas in Columbia Weekend, Christmas Gathering
  • Don't fall prey to Identity Thieves over Holidays


Welcome to Chamber Insights - October 2009

The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

Editor and feature writer: Sue Stivers
President's Message: Donna Stotts
Feature Writer: Stephanie Barrett

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"
"What would you try to accomplish if you believed it was impossible to fail?"

President's Message

"Christmas Dreams" is the theme of the 19th 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. Co-Chairs Roger Meadows and Ron Heath, along with a full 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 child's picture made with Santa. Local entertainment can be enjoyed while your child has a craft day. The day will end with a wonderful parade "Under The Lights" and Columbia-Adair County will have an opportunity to "Welcome Home" Jim Richards of Bowling Green as "Grand Marshall" of the Parade. Special performances by the "Band" will take place in two areas, the stoplight at the top of Jamestown Hill and again on Burkesville Street in front of the Chamber office. We will see you at the Parade!

A reminder to call the Chamber with your reservations for the Chamber Christmas "Gathering" at Mulligan's at the Pines, it will be a fun night with great food that will end with installation of new Board Members for the upcoming year.

Corporate Sponsor of the Month - Xtreme Fitness

A special thanks to Xtreme Fitness for being the Corporate Sponsor of the month. Larry Fletcher, Manager of both locations made the following remarks at the monthly meeting, Tuesday, November 17th.

Xtreme Fitness has two locations, 1411 Campbellsville Road, Columbia, and 104 West Main Street, Campbellsville.

Xtreme Fitness offers numerous benefits to members. There are plan options available to fit various needs. Members have 24/7 access to the facilities via a personal security code issued at the time of signing a new membership. Both locations have separated rooms with various cardio equipment and televisions. The main fitness center floor has various equipment, from free weights, to cable machines, to give members a complete workout.

One of the key elements that sets Xtreme Fitness apart from many other locations are certified personal trainers. These trainers are available by appointment to work with member setting goals and achieving those goals. This too is part of the membership.

Aerobic classes are held each evening from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in our spacious class room area. Any and all classes offered are free to members, and can be attended by non-members for a nominal fee. In Campbellsville, beginners dance classes are held each Saturday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Members can use either facility and are welcome to all classes at both locations.

Xtreme Fitness prides itself in a well lit, clean and family type atmosphere. Our locations are suitable for the entire family and family packages are available at great savings. Xtreme Fitness is not just another gym. It's a Health and Fitness Center.

Xtreme Fitness offers a special corporate plan for qualifying businesses. Some businesses elect to pay for all or part of their employee memberships. Other businesses pay nothing, but give their employees the opportunity to receive the special corporate rate by letting Xtreme Fitness come into their location to talk with employees about the benefits of joining our health and fitness club. Healthy employees are happier, more productive employees.

Xtreme Fitness is a Member of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. Larry Fletcher, Manager of both locations, invites everyone to come by for a tour of our great facilities. He can be reached at 270-403-4378. Feel free to call with any questions.

Welcome New Member

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome ScrapBook Studio & Gifts, "Where Magic Meets Memories" located at 203 Burkesville Street. Phone # 384-2036. Co-Owners are Connie Stotts, and Karen Shirey.

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 community...helping to make Columbia and Adair County "A Good Place To Call Home".

Thank You Dan Franklin for Services Given to Chamber Board of Directors

By Stephanie Barrett

Being a Bonner leader at Lindsey Wilson College has given me the chance to work with the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. Since volunteering my time there, I have found there are three Chamber members whose terms will be ending on December 31, 2009. In a previously published article, I discussed one of these members, Charles Barnes. The focus of my article today however is another member of the Board of Directors leaving named Dan Franklin.

After sitting down with this businessperson I found that he attended the University of Louisville for a total of five and a half years. The Columbian native went on to say Louisville just was not for him. He described how he became a commuter, living in Adair County and driving the lengthy journey to Louisville to attend classes three days a week. He then went on to graduate from U of L with a business degree. I also found a personal connection, as he was a student of Lindsey Wilson College for three semesters. I feel that this demonstrates Dan Franklin's family centered persona and hard working attitude.

This made him a perfect candidate for being a Chamber member. He discussed his reason for wanting to join the Chamber of Commerce as wishing to improve Columbia. When his term expires in December, he will have had served six years. When I asked him what his duties entailed, he replied that he simply, "helps wherever he is needed." His current projects include the upcoming Christmas in Columbia event, which will occur in December.

Dan Franklin is also an accomplished businessperson. His father, the late Don Franklin, first established the family car business in 1964. During my interview with him, he described his relationship with his father. "I truly admired my dad. It is from him whom I learned everything from." And it is evident that Dan Franklin learned a great deal. In 2005, Don Franklin Ford Mercury earned Ford Motor Company's highest honor of the President's Award. It was giving for the company's outstanding sales and service excellence. This achievement demonstrates Dan Franklin's business prowess as well as how his family owned business has brought acclaim to the city of Columbia.

I then inquired as to what he hopes for the future of the Chamber once he leaves office. He replied that he "Knows the Chamber will keep getting better and better." He also described how he wished to see more job skills training courses for betterment of the citizens of the community. These courses he pointed out would provide people with opportunity for advancement as he hoped they would center technology and management skills. Obviously, Dan Franklin is always looking for ways to better improve the quality of life for the community he has served for many years.

In closing, I asked him what he planned on doing once his time at the Chamber of Commerce ends. He discussed how he planned to maintain the dealership, which is located on Hudson Street in Columbia. It is clear that Dan Franklin has effectively given back to his community and I would like to take this time to thank him for everything he has done.

Dates to Remember

December 4-5-6...Christmas in Columbia Week-End - Watch for publicity...for information contact Chamber office at 384-6020 or visit the office at 201 Burkesville Street.

December 10 - Chamber Christmas Gathering at The Pines at Lindsey Wilson (formerly Pinewood Country Club). Invitations will be mailed to all Chamber members. Reservations must be made not later than Noon, Friday, December 4, by calling the Chamber Office at 384-6020

Don't Fall Prey to Identity Thieves Over the Holidays

Identity theft claimed 10 million victims in 2008, a 22 percent increase over 2007, according to a report form Javelin Strategy and Research. The holiday season provides many new opportunities for identity thieves to steal your information. The Better Business Bureau recommends taking the following steps to fight identity theft this holiday season.

Online Shopping Tips

Forty-four percent of holiday shoppers make purchases online and every year scammers devise online schemes to trick them into divulging personal information such as credit card number. Recommendations for online shoppers are:

  • Confirm the legitimacy of all "trust mark." You can confirm that certification from organizations such as BBB, Versign or TRUSTe is legitimate by clicking on the seal. A legitimate seal will direct you to the certifying organization's Web site.
  • Make online purchases with a credit card. If the credit card number lands in the hands of ID thieves, remember your Fair Credit Billing Act protection which allows you to dispute the charges with your credit card company.
  • Only pay on a secured site. Always look in the address box for the "s" in https:// and in the lower-right corner for the "lock" symbol before paying. If there are any doubts about a site when using Internet Explorer, BBB recommends right-clicking anywhere on the page to select "Properties." This will let you see the real URL (Web site address) and the dialog box will reveal if the site is not encrypted. If using Firefox, click on Tools in the menu bar, then Page info.
In-Store Shopping Tips

Increased traffic at mails and retailers means more opportunity for ID thieves. Here's some advice for shoppers when fighting the crowds:
  • Prevent pick pocketing. Keep your purse tucked securely under your arm and your wallet in a front pocket or other safer place than a back pocket. Also, don't bog yourself down with too many shopping bags.
  • Keep receipts in your wallet. Retailers are required to maintain the privacy of all but the last four digits of the credit or debit card used to make a purchase, it is still a good idea to keep all your receipts together in a safe place rather than in your bag.
  • Review your credit card statement regularly. Check your credit card activity weekly during the holiday season-rather than waiting for the statement at the end of the month-in order to catch suspicious charges as quickly as possible and immediately report any irregularities to your credit card company.
Fight E-mail Phishing Attempts

Many holiday scams can be found in your e-mail in-box. The following steps to protect your computer from hackers:
  • Purchase anti-virus software from a business you trust. Make sure you update your computer's operating system, browser program, and antivirus software and install all security patches.
  • Be wary of e-mails from retailers, banks or shipping businesses. If you receive an e-mail from you bank, retailer or a shipping company claiming that there is a problem with your account or delivery, do not click on any links in the e-mail or reply with any information. Instead contact the business directly to confirm the issue.
  • Be extremely cautious when viewing e-cards. In the past, scammers have created fake e-mail notices that claim generically that a "friend" or "family member" has sent them a card. In some cases, victims have clicked on a link that has installed a virus on their computer or their computer caught the virus when the victims installed supposed software needed to view the e-card.
For more advice on keeping your identity safe over the holidays, visit bbb.org or call 1-800-388-2222.


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