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Welcome to Chamber Insights - January 2011

In this issue:
  • Thought for month
  • Purpose of Chamber
  • President's message
  • Corporate sponsor
  • Looking ahead
  • Reminder, dues
  • Governor's export initiative
  • Support for GBBC
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Managing your image
  • Tips on positive reminders

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

Editor: Sue Stivers
President's Message: Ron Heath
Feature Writers: Ron Heath, Sue Stivers, Ramie Hutchinson
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"
"A soaring performance starts with a determined effort."
President's Vision for 2011

By President Ron Heath

At the start of the new year each January, the Chamber President is asked to put forth a vision for what he/she would like to accomplish during the coming year. As I enter my second year as President, here is my vision for the Chamber in 2011.
  1. This year the Chamber will look to promote programs that will help attract more tourists to the area. Let me cite two examples. With the nationwide emphasis on going "green" we have a great opportunity to promote Columbia and Adair County as a "bicycle friendly" community. Being close by two popular lakes brings many tourists to the area. Adair County has many beautiful country roads. We also have a nationally recognized cycling program at Lindsey Wilson College. This wouldn't take a great investment in capital, but it would help lead to more "outside" dollars being spent locally for food, lodging, and supplies.
  2. A second opportunity is an idea put forth by the Garden Club. The Great Backyard Bird Count coming up in just a couple of weeks. In the past Adair County has been one of the leaders nationally in reporting bird populations. Bird watching is popular hobby in the United States. We have a large and diverse assortment of birds in the area from hummingbirds to eagles. As with a bicycling program this would not take a large capital investment. These are small steps, but they are things that can be done right now with the support of the city and county and interested area residents.
  3. For the past year or so there's an effort underway to preserve and restore the courthouse. That's a great first step. But what's our plan for the revitalization of the entire downtown once that project is complete? This year I would propose that the Chamber meet with representatives of the city and county as well as members of the Economic Development and Tourism Boards to work together to develop a vision for the whole downtown. Everyone seems to be in agreement something needs to be done with the courthouse but then what. I want to see us come up with a vision and then a plan. It may take several years for the revitalization of the downtown become a reality but let's get started now.
  4. This year the Chamber will look to conduct a training program to help small businesses harness the power of the internet. To be successful in the future owners of small businesses need to figure out how to use social media to promote their goods and services. We all hear about websites, home pages, facebook, twitter, and a host of other ever evolving internet programs. But how many local businesses have figured out how to incorporate those programs into a business plan. Immediately your market expands from Columbia and Adair County to virtually every corner of the world. What a potential market is out there for enterprising entrepreneurs.
  5. The largest industry in Adair County is farming. During the coming year the Chamber will seek to meet with the area farmers to discuss the challenges they face and look for ways the Chamber and farming community might work together to solve the issues. The Kentucky State Chamber of Commerce can use the feedback we provide in working with senators and representatives in Frankfort to help shape legislation that will impact the farming community.
  6. Finally, our most important resource in this county is our children.The Chamber will seek to partner with area schools to develop programs to encourage students to consider their career options and to help them gain meaningful experience in a work place setting.
These are ambitious goals but by working together we can make a vision a reality. If you have an interest in volunteering to help with any of these projects phone the Chamber at 270-384-6020 or stop by the office at 201 Burkesville St. You have an opportunity to do something positive for your community. Step up so Columbia and Adair County can stand out.

Corporate Sponsor of the Month - Walker Realty & Auction Service

A Special "Thank You" to Walker Realty and Auction Service for starting the New Year out by being the Corporate Sponsor for the first monthly Chamber meeting of 2011. Walker Realty and Auction Service is owned and operated by Richard L. Walker, principal broker and auctioneer. The office is located at 107 Burkesville Street in Columbia, phone # is 384-3661. He has been a broker for the past 38 plus years.

Walker started in the real estate business in 1971 as a partner with the late T.M. "Buck" Watson. In 1985, Walker bought out Watson's interest and Watson retired.

As a diversified agency, Walker Realty focuses on private and auction sales of homes, acreage, farms, farm equipment, livestock and personal property. He has been involved in the development of 14 subdivisions and has also built and sold approximately 150 homes. He is involved in the development of the "Holladay Place" property on Hwy. 61 South where the new Wal-Mart, Goodwill, Duo-County/Bluegrass Cellular, Five Star, Burger King and other businesses will be locating.

Walker has six licensed sales associates, including his wife Marsha who is a broker associate, along with son Dickey, daughter Leigh Ann, brother Billy Walker, Lori Lee and Tammy Walker.

At the Chamber meeting last week, Richard said he has enjoyed the real estate business, because he likes talking to and helping people he knows and he gets to meet new people almost every week. He has no plans for retirement because he loves what he does.

Richard L. Walker has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce ever since he has been in the real estate business. He is a strong believer in the purpose and mission of the Chamber and has provided leadership by serving as President, Vice President, Board of Directors and as Chairman of various committees. In 2003, Walker was the recipient of the Chambers outstanding business "Man of the Year" award.

The Chamber is grateful to Walker Realty and Auction Service and all other businesses who have served as Corporate Sponsors for the monthly Chamber meetings. Any business who would like to highlight their business at a Monthly Chamber meeting should Contact Sue Stivers, Executive Director at the Chamber Office (384-6020)

Looking Ahead...Dates to Remember
  • February 1 & 2 -Export Training Seminar, Center for Rural Development, Somerset
  • February 8 - --Chamber Board Meeting - 7:30 AM at Chamber Board Meeting
  • February 15 - 2011 Chamber Membership Dues to Chamber Office
  • February 15 - Monthly Chamber Meeting- 11:45 AM - the Pines at Lindsey Wilson
  • February 18 thru 21 - Great Backyard Bird Count
  • February 17 - The Chamber will partner with Lindsey Wilson Athletic Dept. in a Christian Sports Ministry Project. Admission will be a pair of new shoes (any size) or shoes that are barely worn that can be worn during warm weather or donate money. The shoes will be taken to Belize next summer and distributed to people in need of shoes, by athletic team members who will be on a mission trip. If you are unable to attend the Lindsey basketball game, and would like to donate shoes and or money, you may drop them off at the Chamber of Commerce, 201 Burkesville Street.

Reminder - Membership Dues 2011

Membership dues for the year 2011 should be paid not later than February 15th. Many have already paid their dues and the Chamber is greatly appreciative. Every business in Adair County needs the Chamber and the Chamber needs YOU. Dues may be paid by mailing your check to P.O. Box 116, or stop by the Chamber office at 201 Burkesville Street in Columbia.

Governor's Kentucky Export Initiative...Export Training Seminar

Is your company of business interested in beginning or expanding exporting activity? If so, make plans to attend the two-day Export Training Seminar that will be held at the Center for Rural Development, 2292 South Highway 27, Somerset, KY. On Tuesday, February 1 and Wednesday, February 2nd.
  • All sessions: Day 1 - 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Central Time
  • Day 2 - 7:30 am - 3:00 pm Central Time
There is no charge, but a one-page application is required and space is limited. Register at by clicking on the calendar or call Jeanine Duncliffe at 502-564-7140.

In this FREE two day training Seminar you will learn about your product's export potential, the basics of "how to Export" and get ongoing financial help and customized assistance.

For additional information visit the website at or contact Sue Stivers at 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia or call (270) 384-4401

Great Backyard Bird Count - February 18-21

Your Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce will again partnership with the Adair County Garden Club in the 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count. Every Chamber member is encouraged to get involved in this project and we would like to encourage all Adair County citizens to do so. The dates are February 18, 19, 20 and 21.

This would be a great family project...something that all the family could do together. Count the birds in your backyard, on the farm and roadsides. It would be a great time to get in your vehicle and drive around the lake area, and throughout the county and count the birds. Identify the name of the bird and the number you see. This could be a great outing and a fun time for all family members.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if Adair County could be the "Bird Watching Capital of Kentucky?"

Bird Watching is a great hobby for many people throughout the US. People are willing to travel for miles to do bird watching. Just think what this would do for the tourism industry. People would be coming to Columbia-Adair County and spending their money...helping our businesses and the economy.

By participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count, we could become the Bird Watching Capital of Kentucky...Let's make Adair County #1 in the State this year in bird counts. Adair County has what it takes to make this happen...we have Green River Lake with the eagles and many other kinds of birds, along with our farm land, forest, etc. Can we count on YOU to participate??

For additional information contact any member of President Barbara Armitage or any member of the Garden Club or the Chamber of Commerce, 201 Burkesville Street.

Keyboard Shortcuts To Select More Than One File At A Time

By Ramie Hutchinson

If you've ever had to transfer files from one folder to another, you know that dragging files one by one can feel like a waste of time. Hopefully the following tips will speed up your file selection process.

To select files that are not adjacent to one another, open up a folder that has files you want to transfer (Folder 1) and then open the folder you wish to be the destination of the files (Folder 2).

Go back to Folder 1 and find the files you want to transfer. Click on the first file so that it is highlighted. In order to select another file, hold down the Control (ctrl) key and select the next file. If you did this correctly, both files should be highlighted. You can select as many files as you want using this method as long as you hold down Control key when selecting the next file. Then proceed to drag and drop the selected files into Folder 2.

Now let's say you want to select most of the files in a folder that are listed consecutively, but don't want to have to click on each individual file. First, click on the file that begins the list of files you want to select ion Folder 1, then hold down the Shift key. While holding it down, scroll to the last file of the list you want to select and click it. If you performed this procedure properly all the files in-between the two you selected should be highlighted. Simply drag the entire group to Folder 2 to transfer the files.

To select the contents of an entire folder simply click inside Folder 1 and push the keys Control and a (Ctrl + a) at the same time. This command stands for, Select All. Performing this command will highlight all files in Folder 1. Once completed, drag all the highlighted files to Folder 2.

Now you are an expert in file transferal. Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for next month's tip.

Managing Your Image - Five Keys to Building Trust

A recent survey concluded that trust has declined at three out of four workplaces over the past two years. Here are some tips on what you can do to help reverse that trend in your business or organization:Start from a position of trust. You can approach trust in two ways: 1) trust people on the front end and withdraw if they prove unworthy, or 2) withhold trust until you're sure it's warranted. Risk trying No. 1.
  • Be consistent. Eliminate discrepancies between what you say and what you do. People can't count on you if you react one way today and another way tomorrow.
  • Listen with an open mind and respect others' opinions. Attempt to understand and be open to what you hear. Every opinion is worth hearing, even if you don't agree with it.
  • Admit your mistakes. When you've erred, others probably know it. Own up to your mistakes and apologize when you're wrong. Don't pass the buck or blame others.
  • Give credit where credit is due. If the team as a whole did something great, say so. There's plenty of recognition to go around.
A Tip On The Power of Positive Reminders

Here's proof that it's important to surround ourselves with positive reminders. Studies show that 83% of what we think about is negative. The result: reduced productivity and lower morale.

To improve your outlook, try this tip: Write down one thing you've learned each day. Have the list where you can see it to remind you of your accomplishments. An easier option: Keep a picture of a favorite person or vacation spot on your desk.

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