CHAMBER CONNECTION November 17
By Butch Burney
I’m excited to let you know that we have begun work on the 2022 Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Directory. We distribute over 7,000 of these directories to visitors, relocation hopefuls, and even hometown heroes who are interested in learning more about our local businesses. They include historical information as well all things to the see and do in Hopkins County. The best part is, they include an alphabetical and categorical listing of your business. LeeAnn Peugh, with Echo Publishing, will be contacting you in the next few weeks to see if you are interested in placing an ad in the directory.
The rates are affordable, and one of the best ways to represent your business. I hope you will consider this a wise investment with over 7,000 opportunities for business exposure. You may also contact the Chamber, and I will pass your information along to her.
Business After Hours
Our next Business After Hours networking event is scheduled at Money Law Firm-First American Title from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18. Come to their office at 1335 South Broadway to interact with other business men and women and for fall-themed refreshments and give-aways. There will even be a Christmas karaoke competition!
Small businesses in Sulphur Springs will be participating in Pink Friday on Nov. 19, a day for customers to shop with their local businesses a week before Black Friday.
Black Friday is the largest shopping day of the year, but the sales and promotions from big box stores often overshadow the experiences that small businesses are focused on providing. The goal on November 19 is to celebrate the businesses that are the backbone of our local communities. Any small business can participate in Pink Friday.
The local Lions Club is hosting their 15th Annual Christmas Light Parade, presented by Carriage House Manor, on Friday, Dec. 3. Every entry must be decorated with working Christmas lights. The parade will begin at Buford Park, down Connally Street to the square, north on Church Street and west on Houston Street, ending at Gerald Prim Stadium. The parade begins at 7 p.m.
Registration must be received by noon on Tuesday, Nov. 30. To register, pick up and entry form from any Lions Club member or at the Chamber, 110 Main St.
Categories for judging the entries are Large Business, Small Business and Non-Profit Organizations/Churches.
Sign-ups are ongoing for the Blue Santa toy program for Hopkins County. Registration can be done online at CanHelpOnline.org. Documents needed for upload are proof of Hopkins County residency, birth certificate or proof of school enrollment for each child ages 1-14, proof of income or proof of SNAP, Medicaid, TANF or CHIPS.
Shanna Martin, the executive director CanHelp, said in just five days, more than 130 families have already registered. If you would like to donate toys or money, contact Tanner Crump or Angela Price at the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office. You can also message the Blue Santa/Sulphur Springs/Hopkins County Facebook page.
Miracles Made on Connally Street
Miracles Made on Connally Street is the name of the CASA Christmas Tree Raffle that will be conducted until Dec. 6. The raffle will be held Dec. 8, with all proceeds benefitting the children served by Lake Country CASA.
Tickets are $25 each and each tickets gives you a chance to win one of 12 small decorated Christmas trees. For more information, call 903-885-1173 or visit CASA at 218 Connally St.
Make way for your holiday meals by participating in the 11th Annual Hopkins County Turkey Trot, benefiting Journey Road Ministries and Mothers Culture Club. It will be ran Thanksgiving Day morning, with a 5K and 10K each starting at 8 a.m. There will be a Kids Run Run at 7:30 a.m.
Entry fee for the 5K race is $30 and for the 10K race it’s $40. Register online at GetMeRegistered.com and search “Hopkins County Turkey Trot.” Early registration ends Nov. 10.
The Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce is highlighting a member of the Chamber each week. Please join me in congratulating our Business of the Week for Nov. 3, VR Social. You can read biographical stories at the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page and Instagram page.
Masterpiece Ultrasound Boutique will host a ribbon cutting at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 468 Shannon Road West. Refreshments will be available. We hope you will join us for the event.
Shoe Sensation will host a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at 9 a.m. They are located at 1402 Mockingbird Lane. Please welcome them to town.
Good News! Christian Bookstore is celebrating 31 years in business and a new location, 1811 South Broadway. We will celebrate with them with a ribbon cutting at noon Friday, Nov. 19. Refreshments will be available, along with 31 percent off everything in the store!
G5 Cattle and Meats had a ribbon cutting at noon on Friday, Feb. 12 at their location, 3445 Interstate 30 West. They also hosted a grand opening event on Saturday, Feb. 13, that included local chefs, Wagyu tasting, give-aways, bounce house, corn hole and more.