New Member Spotlight – The Dump King

New Member Spotlight – The Dump King

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We are excited to introduce you all to The Dump King—a local, family-owned roll-off dumpster business founded three years ago and based out of Sulphur Springs, TX. Owners Brandon and Kelly Burnett grew up and live in Sulphur Springs, and they feel that being a small-town company allows them to be affordable and personable. Brandon and Kelly are deeply rooted in their community, which grants them the opportunity to work with their customers on a more attentive level by providing on-call services, same-day dumps and returns, and flexibility. In addition to having an inventory of roll-off dumpsters, they offer debris and junk removal services as well. The Dump King is here to serve you, from the smallest home clean-up projects to continuous construction projects. The Dump King (903) 348-0347 www.tdkdumpsters.com
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New Member Spotlight – American Lawn & Landscaping

New Member Spotlight – American Lawn & Landscaping

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We are so excited to welcome American Lawn and Landscaping LLC to the Chamber of Commerce! The business was established in 2022, with a goal and mission "to give quality work at a fair price through honesty, integrity, and dependability." American Lawn & Landscaping specializes in installing flowerbeds, improving current flowerbeds, laying sod, tree installation, lawn maintenance, and much more for both residential and commercial properties. "Hopkins County is home to our family, and we take pride in helping our community grow into an even more beautiful place to live/visit. Whether it’s weekly maintenance or seasonal, it’s our passion to bring your landscaping dreams to life." American Lawn & Landscaping is fully insured and is owned & operated by Firefighter/Paramedic, Daniel Wasilowski.
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Chamber Connection – 5/23/2023

Chamber Connection – 5/23/2023

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Chamber Connection – May 24 By Butch Burney  If it’s May, it means that it’s just the right time to start thinking about stew! While the 54th Annual Hopkins County Stew Festival is still five months away, the annual logo contest is underway. The theme for this year is Bowl Games, a take-off on college football bowl games along with stew bowls. The Chamber is accepting logo submissions through 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 6. You can submit a logo on the Chamber website, HopkinsChamber.org. The winner of the logo contest will be awarded four stew tickets, four T-shirts, a quart bowl of stew and a parking pass. Leadership Sulphur Springs Even if you think you know Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County, you are sure to learn a lot through Leadership…
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Discover the Charming Tipsy Oak Lounge at The Oaks Bed & Breakfast

Discover the Charming Tipsy Oak Lounge at The Oaks Bed & Breakfast

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Tucked away inside The Oaks Bed and Breakfast at 516 Oak Ave, this charming lounge is the perfect place to unwind, sip on quality beverages, and savor delectable tapas. With its friendly atmosphere and a fantastic selection of wine, craft beer, and tasty bites, we guarantee you'll have a wonderful time at the Tipsy Oak Lounge. Last week, we had the pleasure of attending the soft opening of the Tipsy Oak Lounge, and it was an absolute delight! The owners, Allison Libby-Thesing and her husband Ben Thesing, have put their hearts into creating a truly memorable experience for all guests. From the moment we stepped inside, we felt a warm and inviting ambiance. They have a great selection of wines and a carefully curated collection of craft beers. One of…
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Friday Business Spotlight: Alliance Bank

Friday Business Spotlight: Alliance Bank

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Friday Business Spotlight: Alliance Bank As the Chamber of Commerce, we are thrilled to shine a spotlight on Alliance Bank, a true gem within our community. With their unwavering commitment to fostering growth and supporting local businesses, Alliance Bank has become a reliable ally to individuals and entrepreneurs alike. Since its establishment in 1927, Alliance Bank has been a driving force behind the economic development of our region. Their deep-rooted connection with the farmers of Hopkins County is a testament to their dedication to building strong relationships. From helping farmers transition cotton fields into flourishing dairy farms during the Carnation milk plant era to their continued support of the agricultural community today, Alliance Bank has played a vital role in shaping our local economy. During times of adversity, Alliance Bank…
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Upcoming Event- VR Social Glow Ride

Upcoming Event- VR Social Glow Ride

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The VR Social Bicycle Glow Ride is back for another summer of fun! Meet on May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at VR Social (317 Spring Street). Decorate your bicycle or use provided decorations. Route goes to Coleman Lake with stops for sno cones at Tropical sno and takes about 45 minutes If you can't make this one, glow rides are all summer long! · May 18 · June 15 · July 20 · August 17 For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/783496113094357
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Press Release – Chamber hires new President/CEO

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PRESS RELEASE Chamber hires new President/CEO The Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce announced in January that Lezley Brown will be resigning her position at the Chamber in the middle of April.  The Board of Directors began their selection process and has chosen their final candidate.  Butch Burney will assume the role of President/CEO of the Hopkins County Chamber in April. Butch is a native resident who, with his wife, Karen, have raised their children here as well. Butch told the selection committee recently, “I am grateful to be working with the Chamber's Board of Directors and the hundreds of businesses, large and small, in Hopkins County to enhance the climate where businesses and families thrive. Lezley positioned the Chamber perfectly for its next season, which will be one of growth…
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Press Release – Chamber to hire new President/CEO

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PRESS RELEASE Chamber to hire new President/CEO Lezley Brown, the current President/CEO of the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce announced to the Chamber Board of Directors Thursday, January 7, that she will be resigning her position at the Chamber in the middle of April.  Brown told the Board, “These five years have been some of my favorite in all of my career.  I have met amazing people and learned more than I ever imagined I would.  I want, very much, to be helpful in this transition.  When I joined the Chamber team five years ago, I walked in completely wild-eyed and excited.  You need to look for someone with that excitement.  That excitement and love for the Chamber is what gets me through the hardest days here.  I can’t wait…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION March 5 The Chamber is offering something brand new for the business community of Hopkins County.  We are currently accepting individuals to participate in the Chamber Book Club: A Leadership Journey.  This book club will focus on six different business-influenced books to provide an intentional path for leadership growth.  Topics studied will include what to look for in establishing a team, performance habits, leadership styles, and how to have crucial conversations with your team.  There will be no cost except for price of the books, and the capacity for the club is 20.  If you have even a tiny bit of interest, call the Chamber at (903) 885-6515!  We can tell you all about it, and we would love to welcome you on this leadership journey! Guess what…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION February 27 Guess what time of the year it is?  Oh yes!  It’s Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament time! Letters have gone in the mail this week for the 31st Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament.  Save the Date for Friday, April 10th at Sulphur Springs Country Club, and let us know right away if you would like to have a team.  It’s a wonderful tournament to be shared with friends and family! The Chamber is offering something brand new for the business community of Hopkins County.  We are currently accepting individuals to participate in the Chamber Book Club: A Leadership Journey.  This book club will focus on six different business-influenced books to provide an intentional path for leadership growth.  Topics studied will include what to look for…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION February 20 We enjoyed a beautiful and wonderful 94th Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet! “Be the Light!” dinner and community awards banquet was held at the Hopkins County Civic Center on Thursday, February 13th at 6:00 p.m. Here is a comprehensive list of award winners from the evening: Caregivers of the Year, Hillis Bass, Growth and Renewal Award, Lara Colby; Community Pride, Hopkins County Regional Civic Center; Outstanding Agricultural Family of the Year, Chad and Dena Neal; Educator of the Year, Johnna West; Woman of the Year, Vickie Pickel and Salli McClendon; Small Business of the Year, Sister Babyz; Large Business of the Year, City National Bank; Ambassador of the Year, Magan Smith; and Citizen of the Year, Roger Elliott Cornerstone Insurance to host ribbon cutting Cornerstone Insurance will…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION February 13 Today is the day!  It is with great pleasure that the 2020 Board of Directors invites you to the 94th Annual Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Thursday, February 13, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.  Tickets are already going fast! We will host a Networking Cocktail Happy Half Hour at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner will be served at 6:30, and the awards will follow at 7 p.m.  Please take this opportunity to bring your family, friends, and employees to an evening of dinner and community awards including Large and Small Business of the Year, Educator of the Year, Caregiver Award, Agriculturist of the Year, Woman of the Year, Growth and Renewal Award, Community Pride Award, and Citizen of the Year.  Our…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION February 6 We are one week away!  It is with great pleasure that the 2020 Board of Directors invites you to the 94th Annual Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Thursday, February 13, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.  Tickets are already going fast! We will host a Networking Cocktail Happy Half Hour at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30, and the awards will follow at 7 p.m.  Please take this opportunity to bring your family, friends, and employees to an evening of dinner and community awards including Large and Small Business of the Year, Educator of the Year, Caregiver Award, Agriculturist of the Year, Woman of the Year, Growth and Renewal Award, Community Pride Award, and Citizen of the Year. …
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CHAMBER CONNECTION January 30 Have you reserved your seats yet?  It is with great pleasure that the 2020 Board of Directors invites you to the 94th Annual Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Thursday, February 13, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.  Tickets are already going fast! We will host a Networking Cocktail Happy Half Hour at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner will be served at 6:30, and the awards will follow at 7 p.m.  Please take this opportunity to bring your family, friends, and employees to an evening of dinner and community awards including Large and Small Business of the Year, Educator of the Year, Caregiver Award, Agriculturist of the Year, Woman of the Year, Growth and Renewal Award, Community Pride Award, and Citizen of the…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION January 23 Who is ready to be a light in 2020? It is with great pleasure that the 2020 Board of Directors invites you to the 94th Annual Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Thursday, February 13, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.  Tickets are already going fast! We will host a Networking Cocktail Happy Half Hour at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner will be served at 6:30, and the awards will follow at 7 p.m.  Please take this opportunity to bring your family, friends, and employees to an evening of dinner and community awards including Large and Small Business of the Year, Educator of the Year, Caregiver Award, Agriculturist of the Year, Woman of the Year, Growth and Renewal Award, Community Pride Award, and…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION January 16 Who is ready to be a light in 2020? It is with great pleasure that the 2020 Board of Directors invites you to the 94th Annual Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Thursday, February 13, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.  We will host a Networking Cocktail Happy Half Hour at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner will be served at 6:30, and the awards will follow at 7 p.m.  Please take this opportunity to bring your family, friends, and employees to an evening of dinner and community awards including Large and Small Business of the Year, Educator of the Year, Caregiver Award, Agriculturist of the Year, Woman of the Year, Growth and Renewal Award, Community Pride Award, and Citizen of the Year.  Our…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION January 9 It is with great pleasure that the 2020 Board of Directors invites you to the 94th Annual Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Thursday, February 13, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.  We will host a Networking Cocktail Happy Half Hour at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner will be served at 6:30, and the awards will follow at 7 p.m.  Please take this opportunity to bring your family, friends, and employees to an evening of dinner and community awards including Large and Small Business of the Year, Educator of the Year, Caregiver Award, Agriculturist of the Year, Woman of the Year, Growth and Renewal Award, Community Pride Award, and Citizen of the Year.  Our banquet theme is “Be the Light” and focuses on…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION January 2 Would you like to recognize an Outstanding Educator? Here is your chance… the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee wants to allow all Hopkins County Citizens to nominate their candidates for “Outstanding Professional Educator” (Administrator, Counselor, Diagnostician, or Teacher) “Outstanding Para Professional Educator” (Secretary or Aide) and “Outstanding Auxiliary Educator” (Maintenance, Custodial, Transportation, Nurse or Cafeteria). You may pick up a nomination form at the Chamber office at 110 Main Street and then either fax, e-mail or mail it in, no later than December 31st.  Our fax number is 903-885-6516, our e-mail address is [email protected], and our mailing address is also 110 Main Street, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.  Don’t miss this opportunity to recognize a special educator!  Nominations for Large and Small Business of the Year Please…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION December 19 Attention All Chamber Members…. Membership Directories are being prepared NOW!!! Chamber Members, we are going to print with the 2020 Membership Directory.  We are going to have it ready for distribution the first part of January, so we need you to do a few things… Please go to HopkinsChamber.org and click in the directory search. Please check to make sure that we have the correct information for your business.  We have been trying to check and recheck it, but we need your help to make sure everything is correct. If your membership investment is past due, payment arrangements need to be made prior to December 30th to be included in the 2020 Directory. 3)   If you find information that needs to be corrected, please call the…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION December 12 Attention All Chamber Members: Membership Directories are being prepared NOW! Chamber members, we are going to print with the 2020 Membership Directory. We are going to have it ready for distribution the first part of January, so we need you to do a few things … Please go to www.HopkinsChamber.org and click in the directory search. Please check to make sure that we have the correct information for your business. We have been trying to check and recheck it, but we need your help to make sure everything is correct. If your membership investment is past due, payment arrangements need to be made prior to Dec. 30, to be included in the 2020 Directory. If you find information that needs to be corrected, please call the…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION December 5 The Sulphur Springs Hopkins County EDC and the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone for attending the Economic Outlook Conference at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The conference was a huge success with special thanks to our Gold Sponsors: Alliance Bank, City National Bank, Farmers Electric Co-op, and Ocean Spray. I’m excited to let you know that we have begun work on the 2020 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.…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION November 28th Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 2019 has been a fast and furious year, and now here we sit enjoying Thanksgiving Day! The Friday after Thanksgiving is a day often referred to as Black Friday. It was named Black Friday because it described the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic that would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Many people shop Black Friday, and that’s fantastic. But, there’s an even better day for shopping! The Saturday after Thanksgiving is called Small Business Saturday. It is a day labeled to remind us to shop locally for the holidays. Our small business owners are giving everything they’ve got to live their dreams, and we in return, can benefit from those dreams! Hopkins County offers wonderful local shopping! Please make sure…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION November 21st Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 2019 has been a fast and furious year, and now here we sit preparing for Thanksgiving Day! The Friday after Thanksgiving is a day often referred to as Black Friday. It was named Black Friday because it described the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic that would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Many people shop Black Friday, and that’s fantastic. But, there’s an even better day for shopping! The Saturday after Thanksgiving is called Small Business Saturday. It is a day labeled to remind us to shop locally for the holidays. Our small business owners are giving everything they’ve got to live their dreams, and we in return, can benefit from those dreams! Hopkins County offers wonderful local shopping! Please make…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION November 14th I’m excited to let you know that we have begun work on the 2020 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…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION November 7th I’m excited to let you know that we have begun work on the 2020 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…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION October 31st Thank you to all who attended the 50th Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest! We enjoyed delicious stew, unfortunate weather conditions, and great memories. I love that we live in a community that welcomes an event of this size, allows us to think of our big dreams, and execute them. Thank you to our sponsors, our cooks, and our volunteers for a wonderful, wonderful Hopkins County tradition! See you next year for the 51tth Annual Stew Contest on Saturday, October 24, 2020! I’m excited to let you know that we have begun work on the 2020 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.…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION October 24th The big day is finally here! The 50th Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest will be held at Buford Park on Saturday, Oct. 26. Stew service will begin at 10:45 a.m., and quart sales begin at 11:30 a.m. Stew tickets are already on sale at all local banks and at the Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are All-You-Can-Eat Stew for $6 each. T-shirts will also be available for $15 each. I have some more very exciting news! The Chamber of Commerce is currently selling our 2019 Hopkins County Christmas ornament. This ornament is the second of our series and features our beautiful Buford Park, the 50th Anniversary Stew Contest, and beautiful oak trees under a starry sky. It is dated with the year, made with 24 karat gold,…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION October 17th The 50th Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest will be held at Buford Park on Saturday, Oct. 26th. Stew service will begin at 10:45 a.m., and quart sales begin at 11:30 a.m. Stew tickets are already on sale at all local banks and at the Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are All-You-Can-Eat Stew for $6 each. T-shirts will also be available for $15 each. I have some more very exciting news! The Chamber of Commerce is currently selling our 2019 Hopkins County Christmas ornament. This ornament is the second of our series and features our beautiful Buford Park, the 50th Anniversary Stew Contest, and beautiful oak trees under a starry sky. It is dated with the year, made with 24 karat gold, shatterproof, and VERY limited in number.…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION October 10th The 50th Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest will be held at Buford Park on Saturday, Oct. 26. Stew service will begin at 10:45 a.m., and quart sales begin at 11:30 a.m. Stew tickets are already on sale at all local banks and at the Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are for all-you-can-eat of Stew for $6 each. T-shirts will also be available for $15 each. All cooks signed up for the 50th Annual Stew Cook-off will need to pick up their stew goody bags on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce, 110 Main St. Cooks will receive their grocery reimbursement from the Chamber, their goody bags, and a list of rules and regulations for the Stew Cook-off. First time…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION October 3rd The deadline for entry into the World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest is Friday, October 4th at 5:00 p.m.  All cooks signed up for the 50th Annual Stew Cook-off will need to pick up their stew goody bags on Tuesday, October 15th from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce (110 Main Street).  Cooks will receive their grocery reimbursement from the Chamber, their goody bags, and a list of rules and regulations for the Stew Cook-off.  First time cooks will have a brief orientation meeting at the Chamber at 6 p.m. that day as well. Please make plans to be there!!! T-shirts will be available for purchase that night. Call the Chamber for additional information at (903) 885-6515. I have some more very exciting news!  The Chamber of…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION September 26th The Chamber is celebrating a big day! We are hosting our very own Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at our new location, 110 Main St. in Sulphur Springs. We will host an Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with our ribbon cutting at noon. Please make plans to come celebrate with us! I have some more very exciting news! The Chamber of Commerce is currently selling our 2019 Hopkins County Christmas ornament. This ornament is the second of our series and features our beautiful Buford Park, the 50th Anniversary Stew Contest, and beautiful oak trees under a starry sky. It is dated with the year, made with 24 karat gold, shatterproof, and VERY limited in number. They are quite beautiful and the…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION September 19th The Chamber is celebrating a big day!!!  We are hosting our very own Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Tuesday, October 1st at our new location, 110 Main Street in Sulphur Springs.  We will host an Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with our ribbon cutting at noon.  Please make plans to come celebrate with us! I have some more very exciting news!  The Chamber of Commerce is currently selling our 2019 Hopkins County Christmas ornament.  This ornament is the second of our series and features our beautiful Buford Park, the 50th Anniversary Stew Contest, and beautiful oak trees under a starry sky.  It is dated with the year, made with 24 karat gold, shatterproof, and VERY limited in number. They are quite beautiful and the…
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Press Release – Brookshire’s Named “Your Local Stew Headquarters”

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PRESS RELEASE Brookshire’s Named “Your Local Stew Headquarters” The 50th Hopkins County Stew Contest brought to you by - O F F I C I A L    P R E S S    R E L E A S E - Brookshire’s Named “Your Local Stew Headquarters” The Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Brookshire Grocery Company has partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to become “Your Local Stew Headquarters.” Brookshire’s has proudly served the Sulphur Springs community since 1958 and provides a full-service supermarket focused on excellent customer service and high-quality fresh meats and produce. The partnership with Brookshire’s for the 50th Anniversary Stew Contest will bring a new level of service to our cooks and individuals preparing for the World-Famous Hopkins County Stew Contest. This year,…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION September 12th I have some more very exciting news!  The Chamber of Commerce is currently selling our 2019 Hopkins County Christmas ornament.  This ornament is the second of our series and features our beautiful Buford Park, the 50th Anniversary Stew Contest, and beautiful oak trees under a starry sky.  It is dated with the year, made with 24 karat gold, shatterproof, and VERY limited in number. They are quite beautiful and the perfect addition to a rare collection. They are $40 each and literally flying out the door.  If you would like to purchase one, please call the Chamber at (903) 885-6515, or come by soon. The Chamber is excited to announce our vendor call for the Stew Fest Market!  The Chamber is currently accepting vendors for the…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION September 5th We have a Stew deadline looking us in the eyeballs!  September 13th is the last day for cooks to enter and keep your stew site from 2018.  All unreserved sites will be open to new cooks on Monday, September 16th at 8 a.m. Forms have been mailed out, but if you need them, all forms are on our website at www.hopkinschamber.org, and we have them at the Chamber.  So, all of you cooks who have gone into retirement, I have a spot for you!  I’d love for you to cook one more time in this 50th Anniversary!  The 50th Anniversary of the Stew Contest will be here before we know it! We are also looking for judges for the Stew Contest.  If you are interested in…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION August 29th The 50th Anniversary of Stew Contest will be here before we know it!  Cooks have begun reserving their spots, and it’s going to be quite a celebration.  Just so you know, cook letters and entry forms have been mailed out.  Your letter, if you cooked last year, should have arrived in the mail.  However, if you need them, all forms are on our website at www.hopkinschamber.org, and we have them at the Chamber.  So, all of you cooks who have gone into retirement, I have a spot for you!  I’d love for you to cook one more time in this 50th Anniversary!  September 13th is the last day to enter and keep your stew site from 2018.  All unreserved sites will be open to new cooks…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION August 22nd The 50th Anniversary of Stew Contest will be here before we know it!  Cooks have begun reserving their spots, and it’s going to be quite a celebration.  Just so you know, cook letters and entry forms have been mailed out.  Your letter, if you cooked last year, should have arrived in the mail.  However, if you need them, all forms are on our website at www.hopkinschamber.org, and we have them at the Chamber.  So, all of you cooks who have gone into retirement, I have a spot for you!  I’d love for you to cook one more time in this 50th Anniversary!  September 13th is the last day to enter and keep your stew site from 2018.  All unreserved sites will be open to new cooks…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION August 15th I’ve been waiting for this day for quite some time!  It’s the day I get to tell you that we are officially moving into our new building at 110 Main Street in Sulphur Springs.  We are excited to be in the middle of everything on Celebration Plaza.  Come see us! Cook letters and entry forms have been mailed out for the 50th Anniversary of the Stew Contest!  Your letter, if you cooked last year, should arrive in the mail.  If it doesn’t, all forms are on our website at www.hopkinschamber.org, and we have them at the Chamber.  So, all of you cooks who have gone into retirement, I have a spot for you!  I’d love for you to cook one more time in this 50th Anniversary!…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION August 1st Tonight is the night!  The Chamber is hosting The Chamber Showcase, a night of networking that features Chamber members in Hopkins County, on Thursday, August 1st at the Sulphur Springs Country Club.  Booth space is already sold out, but we encourage you attend the event for $10 and enjoy the opportunity to do it all in one night… just imagine food show + exhibit hall + speed networking!  This will be a huge value and opportunity for you and your business!  Only Chamber members may host booths, but anyone may attend to network and meet business professionals from our area.  You will be so glad you came!  Call the Chamber to ask questions or make reservations at (903) 885-6515. I’m just so excited about the upcoming…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION July 25th I’m just so excited about the upcoming 4th Annual Chamber of Commerce Photography Contest!  Let me review the basics.  Anyone of any age can enter as we have a children’s category.  The picture must be newer than January 1, 2017 and must have been taken in Hopkins County. The contest will be open from August 1st to August 31st.  There are seven categories you may enter: Natural World, Travel, People, The Hopkins County Experience, Altered Images, Mobile, and Children’s Category. Only digital images are accepted (no prints). To submit your photograph, email the picture to [email protected].  Rules and releases are available on the Chamber of Commerce website.  I cannot wait to see your beautiful photos! It’s time again for a huge night of networking sponsored by…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION July 18th It’s time again for a huge night of networking sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce!  The Chamber is hosting The Chamber Showcase, a night of networking that features Chamber members in Hopkins County, on Thursday, August 1st at the Sulphur Springs Country Club.  Booth space is already sold out, but we encourage you attend the event for $10 and enjoy the opportunity to do it all in one night… just imagine food show + exhibit hall + speed networking!  This will be a huge value and opportunity for you and your business!  Only Chamber members may host booths, but anyone may attend to network and meet business professionals from our area.  You will be so glad you came!  Call the Chamber to ask questions or make…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION July 11th It’s time again for a huge night of networking sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce!  The Chamber is hosting The Chamber Showcase, a night of networking that features Chamber members in Hopkins County, on Thursday, August 1st at the Sulphur Springs Country Club.  Booth space is already sold out, but we encourage you attend the event for $10 and enjoy the opportunity to do it all in one night… just imagine food show + exhibit hall + speed networking!  This will be a huge value and opportunity for you and your business!  Only Chamber members may host booths, but anyone may attend to network and meet business professionals from our area.  You will be so glad you came!  Call the Chamber to ask questions or make…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION July 4th The Chamber is excited to announce our vendor call for the Stew Fest Market!  On July 1st, the Chamber began accepting vendors for the Stew Fest Market, which will be located on the south side of Buford Park during Friday night and Saturday Stew Contest activities.  This is a great opportunity to sell goods or to promote your business to 7,000 people who attend the Stew Contest annually. Vendors may rent booth space to sell goods or distribute information about their business. Booths will be assigned on a first-paid basis.  Access to electricity is not guaranteed.  Generators are permitted. Desserts may be sold, but no other food or drinks may be distributed.  Vendors who are interested in purchasing booth space, call the Chamber of Commerce at…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION June 27th Gordmans to host a ribbon cutting On June 27th , Bealls will officially close and become Gordmans of Sulphur Springs. They will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration on the 27th at 9 a.m. Please make plans to attend and welcome Gordmans to Sulphur Springs. 28th Anniversary of the Independence Day Celebration on Celebration Plaza Mark your calendars for a stunning and memorable night of a free concert and fireworks presented by the Sulphur Springs Symphony League on Saturday, June 29th , on Celebration Plaza in Sulphur Springs. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. with fireworks to immediately follow. It is an event that should not be missed. Bring your families, your lawn chairs, or your picnic blankets and enjoy the sights and sounds…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION June 20th Chaffer’s Place presents their monthly concert Chaffer’s Place, located at 410 Main Street in Sulphur Springs, is hosting a live concert called Back Through the Decades, A Musical Tribute to Good Music.  Concert will be held on June 20th, and doors will open at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $15 at the door.  This includes dinner and a show!  For more information call 470-848-2246 or visit www.ckproductions.info. Hopkins County Emergency Management will participate in a Drill Organizations from Hopkins County and surrounding areas will participate in a full-scale exercise on Friday, June 21st from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Emergency teams will be participating in fictional activities and are expressing to our community that these incidents are not real.  The areas being used will…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION June 13th The weather played its part in the success of the Balloon Festival, Ice Cream Freeze-off, Dairy Festival Parade, and Milking Contest that were held this weekend.  We couldn’t have asked for anything better.  However, that wasn’t my favorite part of the weekend.  My favorite part was witnessing how Hopkins County always bands together for the good of the place we live and work.  In a heartbeat of time news had spread that protestors were making their way to Sulphur Springs; and right away, Hopkins County was ready to love each other and the protestors as well.  Over and over again I saw acts of kindness among the ones who live here, and I was so proud to call this place home.  Let there never be a…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION June 6th Opening Ceremonies Ribbon Cutting for the Dairy Festival The Dairy Festival officially kicks off with a ribbon cutting celebration on Friday, June 7th at noon on Celebration Plaza.  Make plans to be there and celebrate the start of the Dairy Festival! Ice Cream Freeze-off at Shannon Oaks Church The Ice Cream Freeze-off will be held on Saturday, June 8th at 5:30 p.m. on the rear lawn of Shannon Oaks, just before the hot air balloon launch and glow.  Tickets will be $5.00 for all-you-can-eat-while-it-lasts.  To register to compete in the Ice Cream or to sponsor this wonderful event, please contact Josh Whitlock at (903) 885- 6542, or visit their website at http://shannonoakschurch.com/whats-going-on/events. We all scream for ice cream! It’s a special time of the year in…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION May 30th Clarion Pointe has scheduled Business After Hours Clarion Pointe, located at 411 Industrial Drive East in Sulphur Springs has scheduled their Business After Hours and ribbon cutting celebration on Thursday, May 30th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please join us for networking, refreshments, and tours of the remodeled facility. The Sweet Grind schedules soft opening The Sweet Grind has scheduled a soft opening to begin business on Saturday, June 1st, and they will hold their ribbon cutting celebration on Tuesday, June 18th at noon. The Sweet Grind is located at 213 Main Street in Sulphur Springs. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend! Opening Ceremonies Ribbon Cutting for the Dairy Festival The Dairy Festival officially kicks off with a ribbon cutting celebration on Friday,…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION May 23rd I’m not sure how we arrived into the middle of May so quickly.  As Hopkins County celebrates this week of graduations, endings, beginnings, and new dreams, it’s again easy to love this place we live.  How thankful we can be that summer teases us already with sunny afternoons and captivating blue skies. Summer tends to conjure happiness, and I’m thankful it is here.  To those graduating from high school this week… enjoy this time. Spend this summer with your friends and family and look forward to the exciting adventures that are headed your way.  This will be one of your favorite times in life. Congratulations on all your hard work! The Odd Couple, presented by Community Players Community Players presents the Odd Couple, female version at the Main Street…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION May 16th I have some big news to report about the Homemade Ice Cream Freeze-off.  Shannon Oaks Church will be taking over the Ice Cream Freeze-off from the Chamber.  So… what does this mean for you?  It means that everything will be exactly the same!  The Ice Cream Freeze-off will be held on Saturday, June 8th at 5:30 p.m. on the rear lawn of Shannon Oaks, just before the hot air balloon launch and glow.  Tickets will be $5.00 for all-you-can-eat-while-it-lasts.  To register to compete in the Ice Cream or to sponsor this wonderful event, please contact Josh Whitlock at (903) 885- 6542, or visit their website at http://shannonoakschurch.com/whats-going-on/events. We all scream for ice cream! The Odd Couple, presented by Community Players Community Players presents the Odd Couple,…
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Press Release – 50th Anniversary Stew Contest

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PRESS RELEASE 50th Anniversary Stew Contest The 50th Anniversary of the Hopkins County World Champion Stew Contest will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at Buford Park in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  That Saturday will be traditional in the fact that Hopkins County Stew will be cooked in cast iron cauldrons over an open flame in the park, stew service will begin at 10:45 a.m. for the general public, and winners will be announced as soon as judging has concluded. Tickets for all-you-can-eat stew will be $6.00 each.  However, the Chamber has scheduled many additions to the event to celebrate the Golden Anniversary. To celebrate 50 years of this stew making tradition, a new category will be created for one year only.  Any person who has won first place in…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION May 9th I have some big news to report about the Homemade Ice Cream Freeze-off.  Shannon Oaks Church will be taking over the Ice Cream Freeze-off from the Chamber.  So… what does this mean for you?  It means that everything will be exactly the same!  The Ice Cream Freeze-off will be held on Saturday, June 8th at 5:30 p.m. on the rear lawn of Shannon Oaks, just before the hot air balloon launch and glow.  Tickets will be $5.00 for all-you-can-eat-while-it-lasts.  To register to compete in the Ice Cream or to sponsor this wonderful event, please contact Josh Whitlock at (903) 885- 6542, or visit their website at http://shannonoakschurch.com/whats-going-on/events. We all scream for ice cream! Meraki is hosting a Mother's Day Brunch Event Meraki, located at 217 Main…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION May 2nd I have some big news to report about the Homemade Ice Cream Freeze-off.  Shannon Oaks Church will be taking over the Ice Cream Freeze-off from the Chamber.  So… what does this mean for you?  It means that everything will be exactly the same!  The Ice Cream Freeze-off will be held on Saturday, June 8th at 5:30 p.m. on the rear lawn of Shannon Oaks, just before the hot air balloon launch and glow.  Tickets will be $5.00 for all-you-can-eat-while-it-lasts.  To register to compete in the Ice Cream or to sponsor this wonderful event, please contact Josh Whitlock at (903) 885- 6542, or visit their website at http://shannonoakschurch.com/whats-going-on/events. We all scream for ice cream! Process of Care Symposium scheduled for tonight The Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION April 25th Our schedule for the week The Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce and CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital—Sulphur Springs are partnering to present a panel discussion called The Process of Care for Your Aging Parents on Thursday, May 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sulphur Springs Country Club. This night is designed so attendees can hear the panel discussion and are able to then walk through booths to collect information and ask individualized questions. Reservations are free to the public but VERY limited in availability. Dinner is provided. To register for attendance, please sign up at the following link, https://howtocareforagingparents.eventbrite.com. Your company may also participate by renting a booth so that you may distribute information and marketing materials about services you offer for this specific…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION April 18th The Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce and CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital—Sulphur Springs are partnering to present a panel discussion called The Process of Care for Your Aging Parents.  This night is designed so attendees can hear the panel discussion and are able to then walk through booths to collect information and ask individualized questions. Reservations are free to the public but VERY limited in availability.  To register for attendance, please sign up at the following link, https://howtocareforagingparents.eventbrite.com. Your company may also participate by renting a booth so that you may distribute information and marketing materials about services you offer for this specific topic.  This is a unique opportunity to meet, interact with, and explain services your business offers on the topic of aging parents directly to…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION April 11th April is a busy time in Hopkins County!  There is always something wonderful to do! Forgotten, presented by Community Players Community Players presents Forgotten, A Peter Pan Story at the Main Street Theatre, 225 Main Street in Sulphur Springs, on Thursday, April 11th at 7 p.m., Saturday April 13th at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 14th at 2 p.m.  Seats are limited, tickets are $10.  Visit www.communityplayersinc.com for more information. Danna’s Buffalo Girls’ Flea Market Style/Swap on April 11-13 Danna’s Buffalo Girls’ will be having a flea market style/swap event April 11, 12 & 13 at BackStory Brewery, 211 Magnolia Street in Sulphur Springs.  Shopping will be held on Thursday April 11th from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, April 12th from noon to 9 p.m.,…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION April 4th Golf Tournament time! We are almost out of tee times for the 30th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament!  The tournament is slated for Friday, April 12th at Sulphur Springs Country Club with morning tee times available. Let us know right away if you would like to have a team as the spots are filling up quickly.  It’s a great tournament to be shared with friends and family!  Give the Chamber a call at (903) 885-6515 to register today! Forgotten, presented by Community Players Community Players presents Forgotten, A Peter Pan Story at the Main Street Theatre, 225 Main Street in Sulphur Springs, on Friday April 5th and Saturday April 6th at 7 p.m.  Additional show times are Sunday, April 7th at 2 p.m., Thursday, April…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION March 28th Golf Tournament time! Tee times are going fast for the 30th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament!  The tournament is slated for Friday, April 12th at Sulphur Springs Country Club with morning and afternoon tee times available. Let us know right away if you would like to have a team as the spots are filling up quickly.  It’s a great tournament to be shared with friends and family!  Give the Chamber a call at (903) 885-6515 to register today! Backstory Brewery hosts their ribbon cutting Backstory Brewery is hosting their ribbon cutting celebration on Thursday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m.  Backstory Brewery is located at 210 Magnolia Street in Sulphur Springs.  Make plans to attend! Hopkins County Freedom Ball The Hopkins County Veteran’s Memorial is hosting…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION March 21st Golf Tournament time! Tee times are going fast for the 30th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament! The tournament is slated for Friday, April 12th at Sulphur Springs Country Club with morning and afternoon tee times available. Let us know right away if you would like to have a team as the spots are filling up quickly. It’s a great tournament to be shared with friends and family! Give the Chamber a call at (903) 885-6515 to register today! One Church is hosting their ribbon cutting One Church is hosting their ribbon cutting celebration on Wednesday, March 27th at noon. They are located at 1400 Loop 301 in Sulphur Springs. Join us in welcoming them to Hopkins County! Hopkins County Freedom Ball The Hopkins County Veteran’s…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION March 14th Golf Tournament time! It’s time to register for the 30th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament!  The tournament is slated for Friday, April 12th at Sulphur Springs Country Club with morning and afternoon tee times available. Let us know right away if you would like to have a team as the spots are filling up quickly.  It’s a great tournament to be shared with friends and family! Give the Chamber a call at (903) 885-6515 to register today! Gourmet Kitchen is hosting a ribbon cutting celebration Gourmet Kitchen is hosting a relocation ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of their new location, 220 Connally Street in Sulphur Springs, on Thursday,March 14th at 5 p.m.  This sipping and tasting event will be held in connection with the…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION March 7th Golf Tournament time! It’s time to register for the 30th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament!  The tournament is slated for Friday, April 12th at Sulphur Springs Country Club with morning and afternoon tee times available. Let us know right away if you would like to have a team as the spots are filling up quickly.  It’s a great tournament to be shared with friends and family!  Give the Chamber a call at (903) 885-6515 to register today! Google is presenting locally for a Chamber Lunch + Learn The Chamber will be hosting a Lunch + Learn presented by Google, sponsored by Chad’s Media, on Friday, March 15th at 11:30 a.m. at the Sulphur Springs Country Club.  Google will be presenting on “Reaching Customers Online”. Learn…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION February 28th Google is presenting locally for a Chamber Lunch + Learn The Chamber will be hosting a Lunch + Learn presented by Google, sponsored by Chad’s Media, on Friday, March 15th at 11:30 a.m. at the Sulphur Springs Country Club.  Google will be presenting on “Reaching Customers Online”. Learn how customers can find your business online and how to promote your online presence using search engine optimization (SEO) and online advertising. Google will also introduce tools that will help you run your business online, including Google Analytics and Trends. The presentation will also include telling your business story through video.  It will be a great hour of useful information.  Reservations are made on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Cost is $20 for Chamber members, and $30 for non-Chamber members…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION February 21st We enjoyed a wonderful 93rd Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet! “Love Makes the World Go ‘Round!” dinner and community awards banquet was held at the Hopkins County Civic Center on Thursday, February 14th at 6:00 p.m. Here is a comprehensive list of award winners from the evening: Caregivers of the Year, Gladys Howell, Bernie Beers; Growth and Renewal Award, Lynda Hager; Community Pride, Hopkins County United Way; Agriculturalist of the Year, Keith Edwards; Educator of the Year, Harold Smithson; Woman of the Year, Beverley Owens; Small Business of the Year, Hopkins County EMS; Large Business of the Year, Jay Hodge Chevrolet; Ambassador of the Year, Kasey Knotts; and Citizen of the Year, Craig Roberts. Google is presenting locally for a Chamber Lunch + Learn The Chamber will…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION February 14th Flowerland Florist will host a ribbon cutting celebration Flowerland Florist, located at 411 Gilmer in Sulphur Springs, will host a ribbon cutting celebration with their new owners on Monday, February 11th at noon.  Please make plans to attend and welcome the new owners to Flowerland. Texas A&M- Commerce hosting Career Fair Texas A&M – Commerce Career Development is hosting a Non-Profit Career and Internship Fair on Tuesday, February 12th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the RSC Conference Rooms.  Cost is $75 and includes one table for volunteer and intern recruitment, two lunch tickets, and two hours of student engagement.  Please register at www.hirealion.com. Hopkins County to host ribbon cutting for new courtroom The Hopkins County Commissioner’s Court is hosting a ribbon cutting for their newly constructed courtroom located at 282 Rosemont Street in Sulphur…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION February 7th Time is running short to get your tickets to the 93rd Annual Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Thursday, February 14, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hopkins County Civic Center.  We are introducing a Networking Cocktail half hour at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner will be served at 6:30, and the awards will follow at 7 p.m.  Please take this opportunity to bring your family, friends, and employees to an evening of dinner and community awards including Large and Small Business of the Year, Educator of the Year, Caregiver Award, Agriculturist of the Year, Woman of the Year, and Citizen of the Year.  Our banquet theme is “Love Makes the World Go ‘Round!” and is set in various places around the world.  This is your chance to bring…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION January 31st The Chamber has moved to its temporary location as of Friday, January 18th.  Our new location is 128-A Jefferson Street which is a bit misleading.  If you are looking for us, we are in the small building across from First Baptist Church and next to First Presbyterian Church off College Street.  Come by and see us anytime!!  We hope to be in our permanent location on the South side of the square by May.  Big dreams are coming true! The deadline is almost here for the 50th Anniversary Stew t-shirt/theme contest.  We are hosting the contest EARLY so we can CELEBRATE all year!!!! If you have a great idea for the theme of this year’s stew contest, submit your entry via email to [email protected] by January 31st, 2019.…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION January 24th The Chamber has moved to its temporary location as of Friday, January 18th.  Our new location is 128-A Jefferson Street which is a bit misleading.  If you are looking for us, we are in the small building across from First Baptist Church and next to First Presbyterian Church off College Street.  Come by and see us anytime!!  We hope to be in our permanent location on the South side of the square by May.  Big dreams are coming true! The deadline is almost here for the 50th Anniversary Stew t-shirt/theme contest.  We are hosting the contest EARLY so we can CELEBRATE all year!!!! If you have a great idea for the theme of this year's stew contest, submit your entry via email to [email protected] by January…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION January 17th I know that I am bombarding you with news from the Chamber, but this is truly a big announcement.  The Chamber will be moving to its temporary location on Friday, January 18th.  We will be closed on Monday, January 21st while we get ourselves functional again, and then will return with normal 9-5 business hours on Tuesday, January 22nd.  Our new location is 128-A Jefferson Street.  Come by and see us anytime!!  We hope to be in our permanent location on the South side of the square by May.  Big dreams are coming true! Since it is our 50th Anniversary for the Stew Contest, we are hosting our t-shirt/theme contest EARLY so we can CELEBRATE all year!!!! If you have a great idea for the theme…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION January 10th Big news from the Chamber! Since it is our 50th Anniversary for the Stew Contest, we are hosting our t-shirt/theme contest EARLY so we can CELEBRATE all year!!!! If you have a great idea for the theme of this year's stew contest, submit your entry via email to [email protected] by January 31st, 2019. Can't wait to see your ideas!!! It's gonna be big!!! It is with great pleasure that the 2019 Board of Directors invites you to the 93rd Annual Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Thursday, February 14, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hopkins County Civic Center.  We are introducing a Networking Cocktail half hour at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner will be served at 6:30, and the awards will follow at 7 p.m.  Please take…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION January 3rd Charleston Sky scheduled their ribbon cutting celebration Charleston Sky, a new venue in Delta County, has scheduled their ribbon cutting celebration on Wednesday, January 9th at noon.  Their address is 4274 FM 895 in Cooper, Texas.  Please make plans to join us for networking and welcoming this new venue.  Would you like to recognize an Outstanding Educator? Here is your chance… the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee wants to allow all Hopkins County Citizens to nominate their candidates for “Outstanding Professional Educator” (Administrator, Counselor, Diagnostician, or Teacher) “Outstanding Para Professional Educator” (Secretary or Aide) and “Outstanding Auxiliary Educator” (Maintenance, Custodial, Transportation, Nurse or Cafeteria). You may pick up a nomination form at the Chamber office at 300 Connally Street and then either fax, e-mail or mail…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION December 27th Charleston Sky scheduled their ribbon cutting celebration Charleston Sky, a new venue in Delta County, has scheduled their ribbon cutting celebration on Wednesday, January 9th at noon.  Their address is 4274 FM 895 in Cooper, Texas.  Please make plans to join us for networking and welcoming this new venue.  Would you like to recognize an Outstanding Educator? Here is your chance… the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee wants to allow all Hopkins County Citizens to nominate their candidates for “Outstanding Professional Educator” (Administrator, Counselor, Diagnostician, or Teacher) “Outstanding Para Professional Educator” (Secretary or Aide) and “Outstanding Auxiliary Educator” (Maintenance, Custodial, Transportation, Nurse or Cafeteria). You may pick up a nomination form at the Chamber office at 300 Connally Street and then either fax, e-mail or mail…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION December 20th Attention All Chamber Members…. Membership Directories are being prepared NOW!!! Chamber Members, we are going to print with the 2019 Membership Directory. It will be ready for distribution the first part of January, so we need you to do a few things… Please go to www.HopkinsChamber.org and click in the directory search.  Please check to make sure that we have the correct information for your business.  We have been trying to check and recheck it,but we need your help to make sure everything is correct. If your membership investment is past due, payment arrangements need to be made prior to December 22ndto be included in the 2019 Directory. If you find information that needs to be corrected, please call the Chamber at 903-885-6515.  If you are interested in placing…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION December 13th Attention All Chamber Members…. Membership Directories are being prepared NOW!!! Chamber Members, we are going to print with the 2019 Membership Directory.  We are going to have it ready for distribution the first part of January, so we need you to do a few things… Please go to HopkinsChamber.org and click in the directory search. Please check to make sure that we have the correct information for your business.  We have been trying to check and recheck it, but we need your help to make sure everything is correct. If your membership investment is past due, payment arrangements need to be made prior to December 22nd to be included in the 2019 Directory. 3)   If you find information that needs to be corrected, please call the Chamber…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION December 6th The Sulphur Springs Hopkins County EDC and the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone for attending the Economic Outlook Conference at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center on Wednesday, December 5th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The conference was a huge success with special thanks to our Gold Sponsors: Alliance Bank, City National Bank, Down to Earth Services, Farmers Electric Co-op, Ocean Spray, RPM Staffing, and Saputo.  Donation opportunity for students at A&M-Commerce Cleaning out your closet over the holidays? Consider donating your gently worn business casual or professional clothes to the Lion Wardrobe, a program sponsored by Career Development at Texas A&M University – Commerce. Donations are used to help students look the part for interviews, presentations, conferences, or other…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION November 29th The Sulphur Springs Hopkins County EDC and the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce are hosting their annual Economic Outlook Conference at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center on Wednesday, December 5th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We are so excited to welcome Mr. Richard Froeschle, current Labor Market Economist, as our keynote speaker at the 2018 Economic Outlook Conference. Mr. Froeschle will present Hopkins County the economic outlook for Northeast Texas for 2019. Sponsorships of the conference and tickets are available. Lunch will be provided. For further information, please call the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce at 903-885-6515. Here's another HUGE announcement from the Chamber!  Our Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce has joined in with the Longview Chamber to offer small businesses health insurance through…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION November 22nd Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  2018 has been a fast and furious year, and now here we sit at Thanksgiving Day!  Friday is a day often referred to as Black Friday.  It was named Black Friday because it described the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic that would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.  Many people shop Black Friday, and that’s fantastic.  But, there’s an even better day for shopping!  Saturday is called Small Business Saturday.  It is a day labeled to remind us to shop locally for the holidays.  Our small business owners are giving everything they’ve got to live their dreams, and we in return, can benefit from those dreams!  Hopkins County offers wonderful local shopping!  Please make sure you spend at least some of…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION November 15th The Sulphur Springs Hopkins County EDC and the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce are hosting their annual Economic Outlook Conference at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center on Wednesday, December 5th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We are so excited to welcome Mr. Richard Froeschle, current Labor Market Economist, as our keynote speaker at the 2018 Economic Outlook Conference. Mr. Froeschle will present Hopkins County the economic outlook for Northeast Texas for 2019. Sponsorships of the conference and tickets are available. Lunch will be provided. For further information, please call the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce at 903-885-6515. I'm excited to let you know that we have begun work on the 2019 Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Directory.  We distribute over 7,000 of these directories…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION November 8th I’m excited to let you know that we have begun work on the 2019 Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Directory.  We distribute over 7,000 of these directories to visitors, relocation hopefuls, and even home town 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…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION November 1st Thank you to all who attended the 49th Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest!  We enjoyed delicious stew, BEAUTIFUL weather, and great memories.  I love that we live in a community that welcomes an event of this size, allows us to think of our big dreams, and execute them.  Thank you to our sponsors, our cooks, and our volunteers for a wonderful, wonderful Hopkins County tradition!  See you next year for the gigantic 50th Annual Stew Contest on Saturday, October 26th, 2019!  I'm excited to let you know that we have begun work on the 2019 Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Directory.  We distribute over 7,000 of these directories to visitors, relocation hopefuls, and even home town heroes who are interested in learning more about our local businesses. …
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CHAMBER CONNECTION October 25th The 49th Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest will be held at Buford Park on Saturday, October 27th.  Stew service will begin at 10:45 a.m., and quart sales begin at 11:30 a.m. Stew tickets are already on sale at all local banks and at the Chamber of Commerce.  Tickets are All-You-Can-Eat Stew for $6.00 each. T-shirts will also be available for $10 each. The Chamber is excited to announce that Brown & Gray will be participating in this year’s Stew Contest, with an acoustic music set from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. on the main Stew stage.  Brown & Gray is a brand-new country duo composed of Kaci Brown, a Sulphur Springs native, and Sam Gray.  The weather is forecasted to be beautiful, and we can’t wait to see you there! It finally time…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION October 18th The Stew Contest is almost here!!  The Chamber had a successful meeting Tuesday night with our soon to be stew cooks who were able to pick up their goody bags and grocery reimbursement checks. If you are already signed up to cook stew but missed the meeting, please come by the Chamber to pick up your awesome goody bag. The 49th Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest will be held at Buford Park on Saturday, October 27th.  Stew service will begin at 10:45 a.m., and quart sales begin at 11:30 a.m. Stew tickets are already on sale at all local banks and at the Chamber of Commerce.  Tickets are All-You-Can-Eat Stew for $6.00 each. T-shirts will also be available for $10 each.       The 11th Annual Help-A-Child…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION October 11th All cooks signed up for the 49th Annual Stew Cook-off will need to attend the cooks come-and-go reception on Tuesday, October 16th at 6 p.m. at the Southwest Dairy Museum.  Cooks will receive their grocery reimbursement check from the Chamber, their goody bags, and a list of rules and regulations for the Stew Cook-off.  Please make plans to be there!!!  T-shirts will be available for purchase that night. Call the Chamber for additional information at (903) 885-6515.  Don’t forget, the Stew Contest will be held on Saturday, October 27th starting at 10:30 a.m. that morning! Danna’s Buffalo Girls’ Gazette Flea Market Style/Swap on October 11-13 Danna’s Buffalo Girls’ Gazette will be having a flea market style/swap event October 11, 12 & 13 at 20670 Hwy. 11…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION October 4th The deadline for entry into the World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest is Friday, October 5th at 5:00 p.m.  All cooks signed up for the 49th Annual Stew Cook-off will need to attend the cooks come-and-go reception on Tuesday, October 16th at 6 p.m. at the Southwest Dairy Museum.  Cooks will receive their grocery reimbursement check from the Chamber, their goody bags, and a list of rules and regulations for the Stew Cook-off.  Please make plans to be there!!! T-shirts will be available for purchase that night. Call the Chamber for additional information at (903) 885-6515. The Senior Citizens Center will host a Walk to Remember on Thursday, October 4th at 6 p.m. The Senior Citizens Center will host a Walk to Remember benefiting Terrific Tuesdays…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION September 27th The Chamber has a few sites left in the 49th Annual Stew Cook-off.  The deadline for entry into the contest is Friday, October 5th at 5:00 p.m.  All cooks signed up for the 49th Annual Stew Cook-off will need to attend the cooks come-and-go reception on Tuesday, October 16th at 6 p.m. at the Southwest Dairy Museum.  Cooks will receive their grocery reimbursement check from the Chamber, their goody bags, and a list of rules and regulations for the Stew Cook-off.  Please make plans to be there!!! T-shirts will be available for purchase that night. Call the Chamber for additional information at (903) 885-6515. PCI Manufacturing is hosting their ribbon cutting celebration PCI Manufacturing, located at 906 N. Hillcrest Drive in Sulphur Springs, is hosting their…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION September 20th The deadline has come and gone for last year’s cooks to keep their stew site, but we have a few sites left in the 49th Annual Stew Cook-off.  The absolute deadline for entry into the contest is Friday, October 5th at 5:00 p.m.  All cooks signed up for the 49th Annual Stew Cook-off will need to attend the cooks come-and-go reception on Tuesday, October 16th at 6 p.m. at the Southwest Dairy Museum.  Cooks will receive their grocery reimbursement check from the Chamber, their goody bags, and a list of rules and regulations for the Stew Cook-off.  Please make plans to be there!!!  T-shirts will be available for purchase that night. Call the Chamber for additional information at (903) 885-6515.  Sunny Springs is hosting a Fall…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION September 13th The 49th Stew Contest will be held on Saturday, October 27th, in Buford Park in Sulphur Springs.  Stew sponsorship letters and cook letters have been mailed. Friday, September 14th is the deadline to keep your stew site from last year.  On Monday, September 17th, all unclaimed sites will become available to new cooks. If you would like to sponsor stew or cook stew this year, please give us a call at (903) 885-6515, and we will get you an entry form.  If you are interested in judging stew, please call the Chamber or email me at [email protected] with your name, address, phone number, and email address. Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild hosting their annual quilt show The Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild is hosting their annual…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION September 6th The 49th Stew Contest will be held on Saturday, October 27th, in Buford Park in Sulphur Springs.  Stew sponsorship letters and cook letters have been mailed. Friday, September 14th is the deadline to keep your stew site from last year.  On Monday, September 17th, all unclaimed sites will become available to new cooks. If you would like to sponsor stew or cook stew this year, please give us a call at (903) 885-6515, and we will get you an entry form.  If you are interested in judging stew, please call the Chamber or email me at [email protected] with your name, address, phone number, and email address. Hopkins County Republican Party is hosting grand opening The Hopkins County Republican Party is hosting a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration of their headquarters located at…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION August 30th Tomorrow is the last day for the 3rd Annual Chamber of Commerce Photography Contest!  Let me review the basics.  Anyone of any age can enter as we have a children’s category.  The picture must be newer than January 1, 2016 and must have been taken in Hopkins County. The contest will be open from August 1st to August 31st.  There are seven categories you may enter: Natural World, Travel, People, The Hopkins County Experience, Altered Images, Mobile, and Children’s Category. Only digital images are accepted (no prints). To submit your photograph, email the picture to [email protected].  Rules and releases will be available on the Chamber of Commerce website.  I cannot wait to see your beautiful photos! The 49th Stew Contest will be held on Saturday, October…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION August 23rd The end is drawing near for the 3rd Annual Chamber of Commerce Photography Contest!  Let me review the basics. Anyone of any age can enter as we have a children’s category.  The picture must be newer than January 1, 2016 and must have been taken in Hopkins County. The contest will be open from August 1st to August 31st.  There are seven categories you may enter: Natural World, Travel, People, The Hopkins County Experience, Altered Images, Mobile, and Children’s Category. Only digital images are accepted (no prints). To submit your photograph, email the picture to [email protected].  Rules and releases will be available on the Chamber of Commerce website.  I cannot wait to see your beautiful photos! I have some more very exciting news!  The Chamber of…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION August 16th The 3rd Annual Chamber of Commerce Photography Contest is officially under way!  Let me review the basics.  Anyone of any age can enter as we have a children’s category.  The picture must be newer than January 1, 2016 and must have been taken in Hopkins County. The contest is open until August 31st.  There are seven categories you may enter: Natural World, Travel, People, The Hopkins County Experience, Altered Images, Mobile, and Children’s Category. Only digital images are accepted (no prints). To submit your photograph, email the picture to [email protected].  Rules and releases will be available on the Chamber of Commerce website.  I cannot wait to see your beautiful photos! I have some more very exciting news!  The Chamber of Commerce is currently selling the first ever Hopkins County Christmas ornament.  It is the first in…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION August 9th The 3rd Annual Chamber of Commerce Photography Contest is officially under way!  Let me review the basics. Anyone of any age can enter as we have a children’s category.  The picture must be newer than January 1, 2016 and must have been taken in Hopkins County. The contest will be open from August 1st to August 31st.  There are seven categories you may enter: Natural World, Travel, People, The Hopkins County Experience, Altered Images, Mobile, and Children’s Category. Only digital images are accepted (no prints). To submit your photograph, email the picture to [email protected].  Rules and releases will be available on the Chamber of Commerce website.  I cannot wait to see your beautiful photos! I have some more very exciting news!  The Chamber of Commerce is…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION August 2nd Tonight, is the night!  The Chamber is hosting The Chamber Showcase, a night of networking that features Chamber members in Hopkins County, on Thursday, August 2nd at the Sulphur Springs Country Club from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  We are sold out of booths, but we encourage you attend the event for $10 and enjoy the opportunity to do it all in one night… just imagine food show + exhibit hall + speed networking!  This will be a huge value and opportunity for you and your business!  You will be so glad you came!  Call the Chamber to ask questions or make reservations at (903) 885-6515.  We will also be selling tickets at the door, so come on out!!! I’m just so excited about the upcoming…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION July 26th There are a few days left to turn in your t-shirt designs for the 49th Annual Stew Contest!!!  The Chamber will be accepting submitted designs from Monday, July 16th through Tuesday, July 31st.  The submitted entries will be voted on by the Chamber Board of Directors, and the winner will be announced on August 9th.  If your design wins the t-shirt contest, it will be used on all shirts, hoodies, and marketing for the 49th Annual Stew Contest!  Email your designs to [email protected]. We can’t wait to see the entries!!!! Introducing a huge night of networking sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce!  The Chamber is hosting The Chamber Showcase, a night of networking that features Chamber members in Hopkins County, on Thursday, August 2nd at the…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION July 19th It’s time to turn in your t-shirt designs for the 49th Annual Stew Contest!!!  The Chamber will be accepting submitted designs from Monday, July 16th through Tuesday, July 31st.  The submitted entries will be voted on by the Chamber Board of Directors, and the winner will be announced on August 9th.  If your design wins the t-shirt contest, it will be used on all shirts, hoodies, and marketing for the 49th Annual Stew Contest!  Email your designs to [email protected]. We can’t wait to see the entries!!!! Introducing a huge night of networking sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce!  The Chamber is hosting The Chamber Showcase, a night of networking that features Chamber members in Hopkins County, on Thursday, August 2nd at the Sulphur Springs Country Club.…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION July 12th Can you even believe it?  It’s time to turn in your t-shirt designs for the 49th Annual Stew Contest!!!  The Chamber will be accepting submitted designs from Monday, July 16th through Tuesday, July 31st.  The submitted entries will be voted on by the Chamber Board of Directors, and the winner will be announced on August 9th.  If your design wins the t-shirt contest, it will be used on all shirts, hoodies, and marketing for the 49th Annual Stew Contest! Email your designs to [email protected]. We can’t wait to see the entries!!!! Introducing a huge night of networking sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce!  The Chamber is hosting The Chamber Showcase, a night of networking that features Chamber members in Hopkins County, on Thursday, August 2nd at…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION July 5th Some Thing 4 Every Season is hosting their ribbon cutting celebration Some Thing 4 Every Season is hosting their ribbon cutting celebration on Monday, July 9th at noon.  Some Thing 4 Every Season is located at 101 Bill Bradford Road, Suite 20, in Sulphur Springs.  Please make plans to come network and welcome this new business to Sulphur Springs. The Magic Scoop is holding a kids’ concert with Matt Dunn The Magic Scoop General Store is hosting a kids’ concert on Saturday, July 14th from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Make plans to bring the kids for some ice cream and music magic!  Kids 12 and under will receive a free Matt Dunn & The Runaways cd while they last.  The Magic Scoop is located at…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION June 28th Just so you know, it’s just never ever too early to talk about the Hopkins County Stew Contest!  The date of this year’s Stew Contest will be Saturday, October 27th.  Go ahead and start planning your teams, because we are going to have a great contest this year!!!  Additional information will be sent out to teams and sponsors in early August, but I wanted you to “Save the Date”!  I can taste that stew already! Ceremony for Recorded Texas Historic Landmark There will be a ceremony for the Recorded Texas Historic Landmark that was received for the Ashcroft house, located at 333 College Street in Sulphur Springs on Saturday, June 30th at 11:00 a.m..   The ceremony will be on the front lawn and refreshments served on…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION June 21st Congratulations Kaitlyn Ferrill on becoming the new Dairy Festival Queen!  What a wonderful end to the Dairy Festival week! Hopkins County is fortunate to have so many dedicated people working to make the Dairy Festival such a success.  The Chamber is thankful to the Dairy Festival for working tirelessly in all that they do! Sulphur Springs Public Library presents their Summer Reading Program for June and July The Sulphur Springs Library is hosting a summer reading program called Fun with Mary Poppins Reading Program 2018.  Story time will be each Tuesday at 10 a.m. in June and July (except for July 10 and 17). Watch for special guest appearances along with fun, stories and great prizes.  Minecraft is back every Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. beginning…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION June 14th We had such a wonderful time at the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce 2018 Homemade Ice Cream Freeze-off!  I would like to extend an extra special thank you to our sponsors for Ice Cream. We wouldn’t be able to host this traditional event without YOU! TRIPLE DIP Sponsors: Sulphur Springs Dodge, Fire in Texas, Alliance Bank/Alliance Financial/Galyean Insurance, Martin Marietta Ready Mix Concrete.  DOUBLE DIP Sponsors: Phinesse’ Farm Winery, S.S. Commercial Services, Hope Family Fellowship, Jon Wayne Company, Chicken Express, State Representative Dan Flynn, Dairy Health Services, Inc., Interstate Body Shop, City National Bank, A& S Air Conditioning, Magic Scoop General Store, Dairy Queen, Southwest Dairy Museum, Saputo, HC Sheriff’s Department, Walgreens.  Single Dip Sponsors: Fix & Feed, Jay Hodge Chevrolet, Cypress Basin Hospice, Advantage Copy…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION June 7th The 2018 Ice Cream Freeze-off is here!  We are currently in need of sponsors of the Ice Cream Freeze-off, and people to make homemade ice cream in the contest.  There is no charge to enter the ice cream contest, so please consider being a part this year! The Ice Cream Freeze-off will be held on Saturday, June 9th, at 5:30 p.m. on the REAR lawn of Shannon Oaks Church.  We are moving the Ice Cream to the back of Shannon Oaks so that once the Ice Cream is over, the hot air balloons will get fired up all in the exact same place.  Make plans to be a part of the Ice Cream Freeze-off then watch 30 hot air balloons glow and take flight.  It's going to be a…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION May 17th The 2018 Ice Cream Freeze-off is getting really close!  We are currently in need of sponsors of the Ice Cream Freeze-off, and people to make homemade ice cream in the contest.  There is no charge to enter the ice cream contest, so please consider being a part this year! The Ice Cream Freeze-off will be held on Saturday, June 9th, at 5:30 p.m. on the REAR lawn of Shannon Oaks Church.  We are moving the Ice Cream to the back of Shannon Oaks so that once the Ice Cream is over, the hot air balloons will get fired up all in the exact same place.  Make plans to be a part of the Ice Cream Freeze-off then watch 30 hot air balloons glow and take flight.  It's going to…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION May 17th The 2018 Ice Cream Freeze-off is getting really close!  We are currently in need of sponsors of the Ice Cream Freeze-off, and people to make homemade ice cream in the contest.  There is no charge to enter the ice cream contest, so please consider being a part this year! The Ice Cream Freeze-off will be held on Saturday, June 9th, at 5:30 p.m. on the REAR lawn of Shannon Oaks Church.  We are moving the Ice Cream to the back of Shannon Oaks so that once the Ice Cream is over, the hot air balloons will get fired up all in the exact same place.  Make plans to be a part of the Ice Cream Freeze-off then watch 30 hot air balloons glow and take flight.  It's going to…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION May 17th The 2018 Ice Cream Freeze-off is getting really close!  We are currently in need of sponsors of the Ice Cream Freeze-off, and people to make homemade ice cream in the contest.  There is no charge to enter the ice cream contest, so please consider being a part this year! The Ice Cream Freeze-off will be held on Saturday, June 9th, at 5:30 p.m. on the REAR lawn of Shannon Oaks Church.  We are moving the Ice Cream to the back of Shannon Oaks so that once the Ice Cream is over, the hot air balloons will get fired up all in the exact same place.  Make plans to be a part of the Ice Cream Freeze-off then watch 30 hot air balloons glow and take flight.  It's going to…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION May 10th Computer & Networks hosting ribbon cutting Computers & Networks is hosting their ribbon cutting celebration on Friday, May 11th at noon.  They will have refreshments, so make sure to stop by and see all the things Computers & Networks can do for you and your business.  They are located 525 Gilmer Street in Sulphur Springs.  See you there! Heritage Christian Counseling Center is holding a cookout fundraiser Heritage Christian Counseling Center is hosting a Hamburger Cookout on Friday, May 11th, in the First United Methodist Church parking lot, between City National Bank and Alliance Bank. Lunch begins at 11:00 a.m. and will last until sold out.  A $5.00 donation includes a hamburger, chips, drink, and dessert.  For more information, call Mary at (903) 438-6829. Twogether in…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION May 3rd A few weeks ago, the Chamber had to make the difficult decision to postpone the 29th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament due to threats of severe weather.  After making that call, I walked around for several hours with that stubborn lump in my throat while just trying to hide my disappointment.  I didn’t want to cancel, I wanted everyone to play some golf and enjoy the day. However, I knew we made the right decision because we could not guarantee the safety of the volunteers and the players.  Before too long, all my disappointment was gone… because Friday came!!! We finally got to play the golf tournament in the most beautiful weather ever created! It truly was a Chamber of Commerce day, and fun was…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION April 26th We finally get to play some golf!  The Chamber of Commerce 29th Annual Golf Tournament is happening on Friday, April 27th with 8 a.m. tee times and 1:30 tee times.  We had to reschedule on April 13th due to the threat to severe weather, so everyone is really excited that the day is finally here!! Sulphur Springs Youth Orchestra presents Family Music Night The Sulphur Springs Youth Orchestra presents a Family Music Night on Friday, April 27th at 6:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist, located at 614 Texas Street in Sulphur Springs. This event is free to the public.  Come enjoy movie themed and great classical music performances by local musicians. Children are welcomed to dress as their favorite movie characters.  For more information, call (903)…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION April 19th The Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce will host a City Council Candidate Forum at the Sulphur Springs Middle School on Thursday, April 19th at 6 p.m.  SSMS is located at 835 Wildcat Way in Sulphur Springs, and admittance to the forum will be through the back doors of the school.  Questions from the public are encouraged and must be submitted in advance to the Chamber of Commerce via email, fax, or mail.  Questions must be received by Monday, April 16th.  Submitted questions will be reviewed and approved by a committee appointed for this purpose.  No questions will be accepted from the floor during the forum. Email questions to [email protected], fax to (903)885-6516, or mail to 300 Connally Street in Sulphur Springs.  We hope you will be…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION April 12th The Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce will host a City Council Candidate Forum at the Sulphur Springs Middle School on Thursday, April 19th at 6 p.m.  SSMS is located at 835 Wildcat Way in Sulphur Springs, and admittance to the forum will be through the back doors of the school.  Questions from the public are encouraged and must be submitted in advance to the Chamber of Commerce via email, fax, or mail.  Questions must be received by Monday, April 16th.  Submitted questions will be reviewed and approved by a committee appointed for this purpose.  No questions will be accepted from the floor during the forum. Email questions to [email protected], fax to (903)885-6516, or mail to 300 Connally Street in Sulphur Springs.  We hope you will be…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION April 5th The Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce will host a City Council Candidate Forum at the Sulphur Springs Middle School on Thursday, April 19th at 6 p.m.  SSMS is located at 835 Wildcat Way in Sulphur Springs, and admittance to the forum will be through the back doors of the school.  Questions from the public are encouraged and must be submitted in advance to the Chamber of Commerce via email, fax, or mail.  Questions must be received by Monday, April 16th.  Submitted questions will be reviewed and approved by a committee appointed for this purpose.  No questions will be accepted from the floor during the forum. Email questions to [email protected], fax to (903)885-6516, or mail to 300 Connally Street in Sulphur Springs.  We hope you will be…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION March 29th It’s almost here!  The 29th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament will be held at the Sulphur Springs Country Club on Friday, April 13th.  Just like last year, we will have morning and afternoon tee times.  Please consider bringing a team and enjoying a very fun day of golf and prizes!  We have limited availability, so let us know as soon as possible if interested.  Give us a call at (903) 885-6515 for additional information! Rock Creek Health & Rehab is hosting an Easter Egg HuntRock Creek Health & Rehab is hosting their annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, March 30th at 2 p.m.  You are welcomed to bring your children and enjoy the hunt!  Rock Creek Health & Rehab is located at 1414 College…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION March 22nd It’s filling up fast!  The 29th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament will be held at the Sulphur Springs Country Club on Friday, April 13th.  Just like last year, we will have morning and afternoon tee times.  Please consider bringing a team and enjoying a very fun day of golf and prizes!  We have limited availability, so let us know as soon as possible if interested.  Give us a call at (903) 885-6515 for additional information! Rock Creek Health & Rehab is holding a fundraiser for Darla PorterRock Creek Health & Rehab, located at 1414 College Street in Sulphur Springs, is holding a fundraiser for Darla Porter on March 23rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a BBQ lunch of sliced brisket, potato salad,…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION March 15th It’s filling up fast!  The 29th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament will be held at the Sulphur Springs Country Club on Friday, April 13th.  Just like last year, we will have morning and afternoon tee times.  Please consider bringing a team and enjoying a very fun day of golf and prizes!  We have limited availability, so let us know as soon as possible if interested.  Teams are already signing up!  Give us a call at (903) 885-6515 for additional information! Community Players hosts a Patron Appreciation Night Community Players will be hosting a Patron Appreciation Night on Thursday, March 15th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  It will be located at the Main Street Theatre at 225 A/B on Main Street in Sulphur Springs.  Community…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION March 7th Great news!!! It is time for the 29th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament held at the Sulphur Springs Country Club.  This year's tournament will be held on Friday, April 13th.  Just like last year, we will have morning and afternoon tee times.  Please consider bringing a team and enjoying a very fun day of golf and prizes!  We have limited availability, so let us know as soon as possible if interested.  Teams are already signing up!  Give us a call at (903) 885-6515 for additional information! Operation Victor Echo Tango will host their ribbon cutting celebrationOperation Victor Echo Tango will host their ribbon cutting celebration on Monday, March 19th at 12:15 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce located at 300 Connally Street in Sulphur Springs.…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION February 22nd If you missed this year’s Chamber of Commerce Banquet, you sure missed a great time!  We had so much fun spending the evening set in the 1920’s amongst period typewriters, newspapers, adding machines, radios, and cameras.  We honored respected people and businesses in Hopkins County, and had a humorous time doing so.  Thank you to everyone who attended and shared that special night with us!  We are already planning the next one!    Lil 4’s Club hosts an Anniversary PartyLil 4’s Club, located at 200 Fuller Street in Sulphur Springs, is hosting a one-year anniversary party on Saturday, February 24th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Make plans to enjoy gumbo or BBQ, silent auction/garage sale, train rides, hay rides, raffles, and live entertainment.  All money…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION February 15th Tonight is the night!!!It’s time for the 92nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet! “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” dinner and community awards set in the roaring 1920’s will be held at the Hopkins County Civic Center on Thursday, February 15th at 6:30 p.m.  Awards including Citizen of the Year, Woman of the Year, Caregiver of the Year, Community Pride Award, Agriculturist of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and Educator of the Year will be presented to deserving citizens of Hopkins County.  So please join us for a beautiful escape to the 1920’s in Hopkins County. Period dress is welcomed but not required.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Individual tickets are $30 and available at the door. …
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CHAMBER CONNECTION February 8th The time to buy tickets is now!It’s time for the 92nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet! “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” dinner and community awards set in the roaring 1920’s will be held at the Hopkins County Civic Center on Thursday, February 15th at 6:30 p.m.  Awards including Citizen of the Year, Woman of the Year, Caregiver of the Year, Community Pride Award, Agriculturist of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and Educator of the Year will be presented to deserving citizens of Hopkins County.  So please join us for a beautiful escape to the 1920’s in Hopkins County. Period dress is welcomed but not required.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Individual tickets are $30 and available…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION February 1st SAVE THE DATE!!! It’s time for the 92nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet! “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” dinner and community awards set in the roaring 1920’s will be held at the Hopkins County Civic Center on Thursday, February 15th at 6:30 p.m.  Awards including Citizen of the Year, Woman of the Year, Caregiver of the Year, Community Pride Award, Agriculturist of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and Educator of the Year will be presented to deserving citizens of Hopkins County.  So please join us for a beautiful escape to the 1920’s in Hopkins County. Period dress is welcomed but not required.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Individual tickets are $30 and available at the Chamber…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION January 25th SAVE THE DATE!!! It’s time for the 92nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet! “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” dinner and community awards set in the roaring 1920’s will be held at the Hopkins County Civic Center on Thursday, February 15th at 6:30 p.m.  Awards including Citizen of the Year, Woman of the Year, Caregiver of the Year, Community Pride Award, Agriculturist of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and Educator of the Year will be presented to deserving citizens of Hopkins County.  So please join us for a beautiful escape to the 1920’s in Hopkins County. Period dress is welcomed but not required.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Individual tickets are $30 and available at the Chamber…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION January 18th SAVE THE DATE!!!It’s time for the 92nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet! “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” dinner and community awards set in the roaring 1920’s will be held at the Hopkins County Civic Center on Thursday, February 15th at 6:30 p.m.  Awards including Citizen of the Year, Woman of the Year, Caregiver of the Year, Community Pride Award, Agriculturist of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and Educator of the Year will be presented to deserving citizens of Hopkins County.  So please join us for a beautiful escape to the 1920’s in Hopkins County. Period dress is welcomed but not required.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Individual tickets are $30 and available at the Chamber of…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION January 11th Would you like to recognize an Outstanding Educator?Here is your chance…this year the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee wants to allow all Hopkins County Citizens to nominate their candidates for “Outstanding Professional Educator” (Administrator, Counselor, Diagnostician, or Teacher) “Outstanding Para Professional Educator” (Secretary or Aide) and “Outstanding Auxiliary Educator” (Maintenance, Custodial, Transportation, Nurse or Cafeteria). We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to nominate that “special educator” that has had an impact in their lives.  You may pick up a nomination form at the Chamber office at 300 Connally Street and then either fax, e-mail or mail it in, no later than January 19th!  Our fax number is 903-885-6516, our e-mail address is [email protected], and our mailing address is also 300 Connally Street, Sulphur Springs,…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION January 4th Welcome to 2018!  I wanted to pause for just a moment and say how thankful I am for you.  I hope that 2018 is the year when your daydreams set into motion.  Whatever that big dream is, pull the trigger.  Do amazing, hard, beautiful things.  Abandon fear and do that one thing that has been keeping you up at night.  Build the house.  Open the business from scratch.  Take the job.  Let 2018 be the year you have been desiring for so long!  Let hope, that tiny nugget buried deep in your belly, be the encouragement you need to see your dream to fruition.  We live in this place that welcomes those wonderful dreams!  So for all of you on the cusp of saying yes, do…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION December 28th Events Done Simply hosts their Ribbon Cutting on January 10th Events Done Simply is hosting their ribbon cutting celebration on Thursday, January 10th at noon at the Chamber of Commerce, 300 Connally Street in Sulphur Springs.  Please come by to welcome this new business to Hopkins County! Would you like to recognize an Outstanding Educator? Here is your chance…this year the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee wants to allow all Hopkins County Citizens to nominate their candidates for “Outstanding Professional Educator” (Administrator, Counselor, Diagnostician, or Teacher) “Outstanding Para Professional Educator” (Secretary or Aide) and “Outstanding Auxiliary Educator” (Maintenance, Custodial, Transportation, Nurse or Cafeteria). We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to nominate that “special educator” that has had an impact in their lives.  You may…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION December 21st Attention All Chamber Members…. Membership Directories are being prepared NOW!!! Chamber Members, we are going to print with the 2018 Membership Directory.  We are going to have it ready for distribution the first part of January, so we need you to do a few things… Please go to HopkinsChamber.org and click in the directory search. Please check to make sure that we have the correct information for your business.  We have been trying to check and recheck it, but we need your help to make sure everything is correct. If your membership investment is past due, payment arrangements need to be made prior to December 22nd to be included in the 2018 Directory. If you find information that needs to be corrected, please call the Chamber…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION December 14th Attention All Chamber Members…. Membership Directories are being prepared NOW!!!Chamber Members, we are going to print with the 2018 Membership Directory.  We are going to have it ready for distribution the first part of January, so we need you to do a few things… Please go to www.HopkinsChamber.org and click in the directory search.  Please check to make sure that we have the correct information for your business. We have been trying to check and recheck it, but we need your help to make sure everything is correct. If your membership investment is past due, payment arrangements need to be made prior to December 22nd to be included in the 2018 Directory. If you find information that needs to be corrected, please call the Chamber at 903-885-6515.…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION December 7th Thank you to everyone who attended the Economic Outlook Conference on Wednesday, December 6th.  Mr. Rich Froeschle spoke to an attentive crowd about the economic outlook for Hopkins County while incorporating workforce information.  It was a wonderful presentation!  If you were not able to make it, I hope you will make plans to attend in the future.  We had a wonderful day! Danna’s Southern Charm is hosting a Christmas Open HouseDanna’s Southern Charm & The Florist is hosting a Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 9th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are located at 438 Gilmer Street in Sulphur Springs.  Have your children visit Santa and Mrs. Claus from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Rockstar & Co Photography will take pictures for a $20 donation…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION November 3oth The Sulphur Springs Hopkins County EDC and the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce are hosting their annual Economic Outlook Conference at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center on Wednesday, December 6th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We are so excited to welcome Mr. Richard Froeschle, current Labor Market Economist, as our keynote speaker at the 2017 Economic Outlook Conference. Mr. Froeschle will present Hopkins County the economic outlook for Northeast Texas for 2018. Sponsorships of the conference and tickets are available. Lunch will be provided. For further information, please call the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce at 903-885-6515. I'm excited to let you know that we have begun work on the 2018 Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Directory.  We distribute over 7,000 of these directories…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION November 23rd Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  2017 has been a fast and furious year, and now here we sit at Thanksgiving Day!  Friday is a day often referred to as Black Friday.  It was named Black Friday because it described the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic that would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.  Many people shop Black Friday, and that’s fantastic.  But, there’s an even better day for shopping!  Saturday is called Small Business Saturday.  It is a day labeled to remind us to shop locally for the holidays.  Our small business owners are giving everything they’ve got to live their dreams, and we in return, can benefit from those dreams!  Hopkins County offers wonderful local shopping!  Please make sure you spend at least some of…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION November 16th I'm excited to let you know that we have begun work on the 2018 Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Directory.  We distribute over 7,000 of these directories to visitors, relocation hopefuls, and even home town 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. Echo Publishing creates this book for us.  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.  We redesigned the 2017 directory…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION November 9th Chamber of Commerce hosts a Customer Service Lunch + LearnThe Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Lunch + Learn on Wednesday, November 15th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sulphur Springs Country Club.  This Lunch + Learn will focus on Customer Service initiatives including defining "customer" and "customer service", understanding eight effective communication skills that your employees need to know (and use consistently), understanding (and avoiding) 11 barriers to effective communication, and developing and maintaining good customer service standards within your business.  Speaker is Thomas Montgomery, MHA, MBA who is a National Director of Community Outreach & Education. Please make reservations by calling the Chamber (903) 885-6515. Reservations must be made by November 10th.  Lunch will be provided. Admission is $10 for…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION November 2nd Thank you to all who attended the 48th Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest!  I’m still not warm, but I’m still smiling.  We enjoyed delicious stew, COLD weather, and great memories.  Those who participated weathered the cold and spent the day with family and friends huddled around fires and eating yummy beef and chicken stew.  I love that we live in a small town that welcomes an event of this size, allows us to think of our big dreams, and execute them.  Thank you to our sponsors, our cooks, and our volunteers for a wonderful, wonderful Hopkins County tradition!  See you next year for the 49th Annual Stew Contest on Saturday, October 27th, 2018! One thing I need to mention, though.  We had a stew pot with…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION October 26th The 48th Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest will be held at Buford Park on Saturday, October 28th.  Stew service will begin at 10:45 a.m., and quart sales begin at 11:30 a.m. Stew tickets are already on sale at all local banks and at the Chamber of Commerce.  Tickets are All-You-Can-Eat Stew for $5.00 each. T-shirts will also be available for $10 each. The weather is forecasted to be beautiful, and we can’t wait to see you there! It finally time to Do The Stew!!!          Deer Lake Cabins Ranch Resort hosts a Fall FestivalDeer Lake Cabins Ranch Resort is hosting a Fall Festival on Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  It will also be held on Saturday,…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION October 19th The Stew Contest is almost here!!  The Chamber had a successful meeting Tuesday night with our soon to be stew cooks who were able to pick up their goody bags and grocery reimbursement checks. If you are already signed up to cook stew but missed the meeting, please come by the Chamber to pick up your awesome goody bag. The 48th Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest will be held at Buford Park on Saturday, October 28th.  Stew service will begin at 10:45 a.m., and quart sales begin at 11:30 a.m. Stew tickets are already on sale at all local banks and at the Chamber of Commerce.  Tickets are All-You-Can-Eat Stew for $5.00 each. T-shirts will also be available for $10 each.       Workforce Solutions will host…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION October 12th It’s almost here!  We have been working diligently at the Chamber of Commerce preparing for the 48th Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest.  Mark your calendar! Tickets are on sale at the Chamber of Commerce and at the local banks. We’ll see you in Buford Park on Saturday, October 28th.  Stew service begins at 10:45 a.m., and $5 will buy all-you-can-eat while it lasts. Just so you know, we are usually out of stew by 12:15 p.m., so come early and be ready!  It’s going to be a wonderful day!       Hopkins County Fall Festival will host a Business After Hours Mixer on Thursday, October 12Hopkins County Fall Festival will host a Business After Hours Mixer on Thursday, October 12 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at City…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION October 5th Are you hungry?  We have been working diligently at the Chamber of Commerce preparing for the 48th Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest.  It’s a bit difficult working towards stew in the 90-degree heat, but I hear the change is coming!  Next week is bringing highs in the 70’s… just cool enough to remind us that Fall is here and so is the Stew Contest.  Mark your calendar!  We’ll see you in Buford Park on Saturday, October 28th.  Stew service begins at 10:45 a.m., and $5 will buy all-you-can-eat while it lasts.  It’s going to be a wonderful day!       The Senior Citizens Center will host a Walk to Remember on Thursday, October 5th at 6 p.m.The Senior Citizens Center will host a Walk to Remember benefiting…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION September 28th The 48th Annual Stew Cook-off is on its way in a hurry!  The absolute deadline for entry into the contest is Friday, October 6th at 5:00 p.m.  All cooks signed up for the 48th Annual Stew Cook-off will need to attend the cooks come-and-go reception on Tuesday, October 17th at 6 p.m. at the Southwest Dairy Museum.  Cooks will receive their grocery reimbursement check from the Chamber, their goodie bags, and a list of rules and regulations for the Stew Cook-off.  Please make plans to be there!!!  T-shirts will be available for purchase that night. Call the Chamber for additional information at (903) 885-6515.  Simons Fitness and Nutrition is hosting their ribbon cutting celebration on Friday, September 29th at 1 p.m.Simons Fitness and Nutrition is hosting…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION September 21st The deadline has come and gone for last year’s cooks to keep their stew site, but we have a few sites left in the 48th Annual Stew Cook-off.  The absolute deadline for entry into the contest is Friday, October 6th at 5:00 p.m.  All cooks signed up for the 48th Annual Stew Cook-off will need to attend the cooks come-and-go reception on Tuesday, October 17th at 6 p.m. at the Southwest Dairy Museum.  Cooks will receive their grocery reimbursement check from the Chamber, their goodie bags, and a list of rules and regulations for the Stew Cook-off.  Please make plans to be there!!!  T-shirts will be available for purchase that night. Call the Chamber for additional information at (903) 885-6515. SSISD hosts a ribbon cutting celebration…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION September 14th Here’s a little update on the 48th Annual Stew Contest! The Chamber has already mailed out Stew Cook letters and Sponsor letters.  If you have not received your letter, please call the Chamber at (903) 885-6515.  If you would like to cook or sponsor a stew pot for the first time, please don’t hesitate.  Give us a call and we will get you signed up! Deadline to enter and KEEP YOUR STEW SITE from last year is Friday, September 15th.  On Monday, September 18th, you may come by the Chamber and choose a new site based on availability.  The 48th Annual Stew Cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, October 28nd, and that will be here before you know it!! Texas WIC is offering a partnership to help…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION September 7th Here’s a little update on the 48th Annual Stew Contest! The Chamber has already mailed out Stew Cook letters and Sponsor letters.  If you have not received your letter, please call the Chamber at (903) 885-6515.  If you would like to cook or sponsor a stew pot for the first time, please don’t hesitate.  Give us a call and we will get you signed up! Deadline to enter and KEEP YOUR STEW SITE from last year is Friday, September 15th.  On Monday, September 18th, you may come by the Chamber and choose a new site based on availability.  The 48th Annual Stew Cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, October 28nd, and that will be here before you know it!! Texas WIC is offering a partnership to help…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION August 31st My family has lived in Houston all of my life.  My aunts, uncles, grandparents, and oh so many cousins have called that area home for as long as I can remember. As a little girl (and still today), I adored the smell of pine trees because they reminded me of my aunt’s house, and her home was my chosen place to be. They’ve been through all the hurricanes before this one, and for the first time ever, water took over their homes.  My favorite place will never be the same.   I imagined it like a siege in the night… an unwelcomed intruder that invited himself in and took everything within seconds. I imagined that it just poured itself into any available crevice it could to…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION August 24th Just so you know… the Hopkins county Stew Contest is peering around the corner!  Every year, the Chamber allows a non-profit organization to sell drinks at the Stew Cook-off.  There are several rules and regulations to follow, but if you are interested in placing your organization’s name in the hat, please call the Chamber.  You will be asked to come in and sign an understanding agreement in regards to rules and expectations.  Deadline for volunteers is August 26th.  Once we have all our volunteers in place, we will literally pick one out of a hat and award drink sales to that organization.  Please call if you have any questions. Time is running out to enter the 2nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Photography Contest!  Let me review…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION August 17th Time is running out to enter the 2nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Photography Contest!  Let me review the basics.  Anyone of any age can enter as we have a children’s category.  The picture must be newer than January 1, 2015, and must have been taken in Hopkins County. The contest will be open from August 1st to August 31st.  There are seven categories you may enter: Natural World, Travel, People, The Hopkins County Experience, Altered Images, Mobile, and Children’s Category. Only digital images are accepted (no prints). To submit your photograph, email the picture to [email protected].  Rules and releases will be available on the Chamber of Commerce website.  I cannot wait to see your beautiful photos! Just so you know… the Hopkins county Stew Contest is…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION August 10th I’m so excited about the upcoming 2nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Photography Contest!  Let me review the basics.  Anyone of any age can enter as we have a children’s category.  The picture must be newer than January 1, 2015, and must have been taken in Hopkins County. The contest will be open from August 1st to August 31st.  There are seven categories you may enter: Natural World, Travel, People, The Hopkins County Experience, Altered Images, Mobile, and Children’s Category. Only digital images are accepted (no prints). To submit your photograph, email the picture to [email protected].  Rules and releases will be available on the Chamber of Commerce website.  I cannot wait to see your beautiful photos! Just so you know… the Hopkins county Stew Contest is peering…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION August 3rd I’m so excited about the upcoming 2nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Photography Contest!  Let me review the basics.  Anyone of any age can enter as we have a children’s category.  The picture must be newer than January 1, 2015, and must have been taken in Hopkins County. The contest will be open from August 1st to August 31st.  There are seven categories you may enter: Natural World, Travel, People, The Hopkins County Experience, Altered Images, Mobile, and Children’s Category. Only digital images are accepted (no prints). To submit your photograph, email the picture to [email protected].  Rules and releases will be available on the Chamber of Commerce website.  I cannot wait to see your beautiful photos! Workforce Solutions of N.E. Texas Ribbon CuttingWorkforce Solutions of N.E. Texas has moved to…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION July 27thThe deadline is almost here!  It’s time to turn in your t-shirt designs for the 48th Annual Stew Contest!!!  The Chamber will be accepting submitted designs from Monday, July 17th through Monday, July 31st.  The submitted entries will be voted on by the Chamber Board of Directors, and the winner will be announced on August 10th.  If your design wins the t-shirt contest, it will be used on all shirts, hoodies, and marketing for the 48th Annual Stew Contest!  Email your designs to [email protected]. We can’t wait to see the entries!!!!I’m just so excited about the upcoming 2nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Photography Contest!  Let me review the basics.  Anyone of any age can enter as we have a children’s category.  The picture must be newer than January 1, 2015, and must…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION July 20thGuess what time it is????  It’s time to turn in your t-shirt designs for the 48th Annual Stew Contest!!!  The Chamber will be accepting submitted designs from Monday, July 17th through Monday, July 31st.  The submitted entries will be voted on by the Chamber Board of Directors, and the winner will be announced on August 10th.  If your design wins the t-shirt contest, it will be used on all shirts, hoodies, and marketing for the 48th Annual Stew Contest!  Email your designs to [email protected]. We can’t wait to see the entries!!!!Sulphur Springs Public Library presents their Summer Reading Program for June and JulyThe Sulphur Springs Library is hosting a summer reading program called Knights and Princesses Summer Reading Program 2017.  Every Tuesday at 3 p.m., they offer…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION July 13thGuess what time it is????  It’s time to turn in your t-shirt designs for the 48th Annual Stew Contest!!!  The Chamber will be accepting submitted designs from Monday, July 17th through Monday, July 31st.  The submitted entries will be voted on by the Chamber Board of Directors, and the winner will be announced on August 10th.  If your design wins the t-shirt contest, it will be used on all shirts, hoodies, and marketing for the 48th Annual Stew Contest!  Email your designs to [email protected]. We can’t wait to see the entries!!!!Sulphur Springs Public Library presents their Summer Reading Program for June and JulyThe Sulphur Springs Library is hosting a summer reading program called Knights and Princesses Summer Reading Program 2017.  Every Tuesday at 3 p.m., they offer…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION July 6thHave you seen the beautiful Sulphur Springs montage prints that have begun circulating Hopkins County?  An artist has depicted Sulphur Springs with businesses, events, and history by creating a huge montage drawing.  They are the neatest things!  I keep getting lost in them each time seeing something that I have not seen before.  If you would like to see one or purchase one, stop by the Chamber!  We have them for sale for $10 each.Sulphur Springs Public Library presents their Summer Reading Program for June and JulyThe Sulphur Springs Library is hosting a summer reading program called Knights and Princesses Summer Reading Program 2017.  Every Tuesday at 3 p.m., they offer multiplayer Minecraft. Storytime for all ages will be held on Tuesday, July 11, Tuesday, July 18th,…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION June 29thHave you seen the beautiful Sulphur Springs montage prints that have begun circulating Hopkins County?  An artist has depicted Sulphur Springs with businesses, events, and history by creating a huge montage drawing.  They are the neatest things!  I keep getting lost in them each time seeing something that I have not seen before.  If you would like to see one or purchase one, stop by the Chamber!  We have them for sale for $10 each.Summit Dental is welcoming a new Dentist to their officeSummit Dental, located at 422 Oak Avenue, is welcoming a new dentist to their office!  Dr. James Ki Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea and came to the United States at the age of three. After moving around locations such as Iowa, Arizona,…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION June 22ndCongratulations Jaci Reed on becoming the new Dairy Festival Queen!  What a wonderful end to the Dairy Festival week!  Hopkins County is fortunate to have so many dedicated people working to make the Dairy Festival such a success.  The Chamber is thankful to the Dairy Festival for working tirelessly in all that they do!Corner Grub House is now offering delivery during lunch hoursCorner Grub House, located at 113 Gilmer in Sulphur Springs, is now offering delivery to local businesses every day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  There will be a $1 delivery charge.  Their number is (903) 919-5058.  Order you some delicious grub today!Summit Dental is welcoming a new Dentist to their officeSummit Dental, located at 422 Oak Avenue, is welcoming a new dentist to their…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION June 15thThe Ice Cream Freeze-off was a huge success!  It was a delicious day full of homemade ice cream. I would like to offer a huge thank you to all who made ice cream, and to those who graciously sponsored the event.  Our sponsors were: Interstate Body Shop, Sulphur Springs Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Martin Marietta, Alliance Bank / Galyean Insurance / Alliance Bank Financial Services, Farmers Electric Co-op, City National Bank, Coldwell Banker / Watson Company, Advantage Copy Systems, Cypress Basin Hospice, Dairy Queen, Burgers & Fries, Charles Dawson / Texas Trading, Senator Bob Hall, Ramey & Sheffield Law Office, State Representative Dan Flynn, The Men’s Room Clothing Store, Jay Hodge Chevrolet, Angels Homecare of N.E. Texas, Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association, Circle E Western Store, Professional Land…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION June 8thThe Ice Cream Freeze-off has mooooved!!! I have a big announcement regarding the 16th Annual Ice Cream Freeze-off! We have changed the time and location.  The Ice Cream Freeze-off will still be held on Saturday, June 10th, but the time has moved to 5:30 p.m. and the location has moved to Shannon Oaks front lawn.  Come enjoy all-you-can-eat ice cream for $3.00 (while it lasts), then watch the hot air balloons take flight at 6 p.m. all in the same place!  We can't wait to see you there!  We still have category space available for people to make and enter their homemade ice cream.  If you are even barely considering it, just go for it!  There is no entry fee!!! Call the Chamber for more information, (903) 885-6515, or…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION June 1stBIG NEWS for the Ice Cream Freeze-off!! I have a big announcement regarding the 16th Annual Ice Cream Freeze-off! We have changed the time and location.  The Ice Cream Freeze-off will still be held on Saturday, June 10th, but the time has moved to 5:30 p.m. and the location has moved to Shannon Oaks front lawn.  Come enjoy all-you-can-eat ice cream for $3.00 (while it lasts), then watch the hot air balloons take flight at 6 p.m. all in the same place!  We can't wait to see you there!  We still have category space available for people to make and enter their homemade ice cream.  If you are even barely considering it, just go for it!  There is no entry fee!!! Call the Chamber for more information, (903) 885-6515,…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION May 25thThe deadline is approaching for the Ice Cream Freeze-off! The Chamber of Commerce will host the 16th Annual Ice Cream Freeze-off on Saturday, June 10th at 4 p.m. on the Civic Center grounds.  We have many sponsorship opportunities available to partner with the Chamber during Ice Cream, so please consider joining us for this fun day!  You know what else we need?  People to make and enter ice cream!!!!  Have you ever thought about entering your delicious homemade ice cream?  The entry is free of charge, so just go for it! Call the Chamber for more information, (903) 885-6515, or visit our website at www.hopkinschamber.org.  We all scream for ice cream!American Legion Post 66 encourages National Poppy Day on Friday, May 26thAmerican League Post 66 encourages the…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION May 18th The Ice Cream Freeze-off is right around the corner!  The Chamber of Commerce will host the 16th Annual Ice Cream Freeze-off on Saturday, June 10th at 4 p.m. on the Civic Center grounds.  We have many sponsorship opportunities available to partner with the Chamber during Ice Cream, so please consider joining us for this fun day!  You know what else we need?  Ice Cream Cooks!!!!  Have you ever thought about entering your delicious homemade ice cream?  The entry is free of charge, so just go for it! Call the Chamber for more information, (903) 885-6515, or visit our website at www.hopkinschamber.org.  We all scream for ice cream! The Oaks Bed & Breakfast will host their Grand Opening on Thursday, May 18th at 5:30 p.m. The Oaks…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION May 11th The Ice Cream Freeze-off is right around the corner!  The Chamber of Commerce will host the 16th Annual Ice Cream Freeze-off on Saturday, June 10th at 4 p.m. on the Civic Center grounds.  We have many sponsorship opportunities available to partner with the Chamber during Ice Cream, so please consider joining us for this fun day!  You know what else we need?  Ice Cream Cooks!!!!  Have you ever thought about entering your delicious homemade ice cream?  The entry is free of charge, so just go for it! Call the Chamber for more information, (903) 885-6515, or visit our website at www.hopkinschamber.org.  We all scream for ice cream! Heritage Christian Counseling will host their Annual Hamburger Cookout on Friday, May 12th Heritage Christian Counseling will host their annual…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION May 4th It’s a busy weekend in Hopkins County! This will be a great weekend to have some fun, and the Farmer’s Market opens on Celebration Plaza this Saturday! Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office hosts a signing event Thursday, May 4th Students who will be going into any field of Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS), such as dietetics, culinary arts, housing and interior design, nutrition, health and wellness, textiles, fashion design/merchandising, early childhood, education, hospitality, tourism, recreation, parenting, child development, family & consumer services, or related fields, are invited to a “Say Yes to FCS” special signing event.  Media will be on hand, Thursday, May 4, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1200 W. Houston, for this come-and-go event, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served. …
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CHAMBER CONNECTION April 27th What a wonderful time to be in Hopkins County!  Get your calendar and have some fun! Rotary of Sulphur Springs will host their Claws for a Cause Festival on Saturday, April 29th The Rotary Club of Sulphur Springs is hosting their annual Claws for a Cause Fundraiser on Saturday, April 29th on Main Street in Sulphur Springs.  Tickets may be purchased online before the event, and at the door for $30 each.  The event begins at 5 p.m. and will last until 9 p.m. or when they run out of crawfish!  You may bring your own tent to the event to protect from rain, and Rotary is also offering a drive-through this year! Hopkins County will send off our Veterans on May 4th at 11:45 a.m. to…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION April 20th Thank you to everyone who supported and played in the 28th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament!  We had a wonderful day with beautiful weather and happy golfers! Thank you to the Sulphur Springs Country Club for hosting our event and making the day run smoothly.  An extra special thank you to our Hole-In-One sponsors Jay Hodge Chevrolet, Farm Country, Interstate Body Shop, and Robinson Bennett Construction.  Our Hole-In-One opportunities sure made for an exciting day!  In addition, thank you to our Gold Sponsors, Goody Bag Sponsors, and Raffle Prize sponsors.  Because of you we had a wonderful day! History by the Foot Tour on April 22nd has a few openings remaining Time has arrived for the next History by Foot (13th Semi-Annual), sponsored by Downtown Business Alliance. …
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CHAMBER CONNECTION MARCH 2nd It’s time for the Spring Fever Bike Rally!!!  Saturday, March 11th is the date for the Spring Fever Bike Rally.  Hopkins County will be expecting 500-600 cyclists who will ride in either a 10 mile, 25 mile, 38 mile, or 58 mile ride.  Matt Dunn will be providing entertainment on Celebration Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so either sign up to ride in the rally, or come out and cheer on these athletes!!  It’s an entertaining day in Hopkins County! For additional information, visit our NEW website www.hopkinschamber.org! SS Public Library presents Why Do I Need a Will on Thursday, March 2nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Sulphur Springs Public Library is offering a class called Why Do I Need a Will by…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION MARCH 2nd It’s time for the Spring Fever Bike Rally!!!  Saturday, March 11th is the date for the Spring Fever Bike Rally.  Hopkins County will be expecting 500-600 cyclists who will ride in either a 10 mile, 25 mile, 38 mile, or 58 mile ride.  Matt Dunn will be providing entertainment on Celebration Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so either sign up to ride in the rally, or come out and cheer on these athletes!!  It’s an entertaining day in Hopkins County! For additional information, visit our NEW website www.hopkinschamber.org! SS Public Library presents Why Do I Need a Will on Thursday, March 2nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Sulphur Springs Public Library is offering a class called Why Do I Need a Will by…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION MARCH 2nd It’s time for the Spring Fever Bike Rally!!!  Saturday, March 11th is the date for the Spring Fever Bike Rally.  Hopkins County will be expecting 500-600 cyclists who will ride in either a 10 mile, 25 mile, 38 mile, or 58 mile ride.  Matt Dunn will be providing entertainment on Celebration Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so either sign up to ride in the rally, or come out and cheer on these athletes!!  It’s an entertaining day in Hopkins County! For additional information, visit our NEW website www.hopkinschamber.org! SS Public Library presents Why Do I Need a Will on Thursday, March 2nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Sulphur Springs Public Library is offering a class called Why Do I Need a Will by…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION MARCH 2nd It’s time for the Spring Fever Bike Rally!!!  Saturday, March 11th is the date for the Spring Fever Bike Rally.  Hopkins County will be expecting 500-600 cyclists who will ride in either a 10 mile, 25 mile, 38 mile, or 58 mile ride.  Matt Dunn will be providing entertainment on Celebration Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so either sign up to ride in the rally, or come out and cheer on these athletes!!  It’s an entertaining day in Hopkins County! For additional information, visit our NEW website www.hopkinschamber.org! SS Public Library presents Why Do I Need a Will on Thursday, March 2nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Sulphur Springs Public Library is offering a class called Why Do I Need a Will by…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION MARCH 2nd It’s time for the Spring Fever Bike Rally!!!  Saturday, March 11th is the date for the Spring Fever Bike Rally.  Hopkins County will be expecting 500-600 cyclists who will ride in either a 10 mile, 25 mile, 38 mile, or 58 mile ride.  Matt Dunn will be providing entertainment on Celebration Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so either sign up to ride in the rally, or come out and cheer on these athletes!!  It’s an entertaining day in Hopkins County! For additional information, visit our NEW website www.hopkinschamber.org! SS Public Library presents Why Do I Need a Will on Thursday, March 2nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Sulphur Springs Public Library is offering a class called Why Do I Need a Will by…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION MARCH 2nd It’s time for the Spring Fever Bike Rally!!!  Saturday, March 11th is the date for the Spring Fever Bike Rally.  Hopkins County will be expecting 500-600 cyclists who will ride in either a 10 mile, 25 mile, 38 mile, or 58 mile ride.  Matt Dunn will be providing entertainment on Celebration Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so either sign up to ride in the rally, or come out and cheer on these athletes!!  It’s an entertaining day in Hopkins County! For additional information, visit our NEW website www.hopkinschamber.org! SS Public Library presents Why Do I Need a Will on Thursday, March 2nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Sulphur Springs Public Library is offering a class called Why Do I Need a Will by…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION FEBRUARY 23rd THANK YOU to all of you attended the Chamber Banquet last Thursday.  It was a beautiful night full of wonderful food and loving surprises!  I am thankful to all of you for making that night such a success.  The honorees of the evening included: The Hopkins County Military Coalition (Citizens of the Year) Linda Galligher (Woman of the Year) Christine Morris (Caregiver of the Year) Sandi Wallace (Growth and Renewal) Shining Star Productions (Community Pride) Kim Beck (Ambassador of the Year) Pat Chase (Agriculturalist of the Year) Rowena Johnson (Educator of the Year) Channel 18 News (Small Business of the Year) Saputo (Large Business of the Year) Bobby McDonald (Vision Award) Chuck Sickles (Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Year) The Chamber also recognized our outgoing…
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CHAMBER CONNECTION FEBRUARY 16th Tonight is the night!!! “An Evening in the Woods,” dinner and community awards will be held at the Hopkins County Civic Center on Thursday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m. We are excited to announce that our dinner is being provided by Coffee Off the Square and includes smoked pork tenderloin with orange glaze, roast beef with gravy, green beans with bacon and almonds, build your own baked potato, green salad, rolls, S’mores and a hot chocolate bar.  It is a night you do not want to miss!!!! Awards including Citizen of the Year, Woman of the Year, Caregiver of the Year, Community Pride Award, Agriculturist of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and Educator of the Year will be presented to…
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  CHAMBER CONNECTION JANUARY 5TH   Attention All Chamber Members…. Membership Directories are being prepared NOW!!! Advertisements for the 2017 Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory are available from Lee Ann Peugh at Echo Publishing.  Our Membership Directory is distributed to over 5,000 people every year, so I highly encourage you to try an advertisement! Please call Lee Ann at (903) 885-8663 to discuss sizes and pricing options.  You will not be disappointed! Please note than no other companies will be handling our Membership Directories.  Echo Publishing is the ONLY contact. Please contact Lee Ann Peugh with any questions. Chamber Members, we are going to print a little earlier than normal for the 2017 Membership Directory.  We are going to have it ready for distribution the first part of January, so…
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  CHAMBER CONNECTION JANUARY 5TH   Attention All Chamber Members…. Membership Directories are being prepared NOW!!! Advertisements for the 2017 Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory are available from Lee Ann Peugh at Echo Publishing.  Our Membership Directory is distributed to over 5,000 people every year, so I highly encourage you to try an advertisement! Please call Lee Ann at (903) 885-8663 to discuss sizes and pricing options.  You will not be disappointed! Please note than no other companies will be handling our Membership Directories.  Echo Publishing is the ONLY contact. Please contact Lee Ann Peugh with any questions. Chamber Members, we are going to print a little earlier than normal for the 2017 Membership Directory.  We are going to have it ready for distribution the first part of January, so…
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Chamber Connection

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  CHAMBER CONNECTION JANUARY 5TH   Attention All Chamber Members…. Membership Directories are being prepared NOW!!! Advertisements for the 2017 Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory are available from Lee Ann Peugh at Echo Publishing.  Our Membership Directory is distributed to over 5,000 people every year, so I highly encourage you to try an advertisement! Please call Lee Ann at (903) 885-8663 to discuss sizes and pricing options.  You will not be disappointed! Please note than no other companies will be handling our Membership Directories.  Echo Publishing is the ONLY contact. Please contact Lee Ann Peugh with any questions. Chamber Members, we are going to print a little earlier than normal for the 2017 Membership Directory.  We are going to have it ready for distribution the first part of January, so…
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Chamber Connection

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  CHAMBER CONNECTION JANUARY 5TH   Attention All Chamber Members…. Membership Directories are being prepared NOW!!! Advertisements for the 2017 Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory are available from Lee Ann Peugh at Echo Publishing.  Our Membership Directory is distributed to over 5,000 people every year, so I highly encourage you to try an advertisement! Please call Lee Ann at (903) 885-8663 to discuss sizes and pricing options.  You will not be disappointed! Please note than no other companies will be handling our Membership Directories.  Echo Publishing is the ONLY contact. Please contact Lee Ann Peugh with any questions. Chamber Members, we are going to print a little earlier than normal for the 2017 Membership Directory.  We are going to have it ready for distribution the first part of January, so…
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Chamber Connection

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  CHAMBER CONNECTION JANUARY 5TH   Attention All Chamber Members…. Membership Directories are being prepared NOW!!! Advertisements for the 2017 Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory are available from Lee Ann Peugh at Echo Publishing.  Our Membership Directory is distributed to over 5,000 people every year, so I highly encourage you to try an advertisement! Please call Lee Ann at (903) 885-8663 to discuss sizes and pricing options.  You will not be disappointed! Please note than no other companies will be handling our Membership Directories.  Echo Publishing is the ONLY contact. Please contact Lee Ann Peugh with any questions. Chamber Members, we are going to print a little earlier than normal for the 2017 Membership Directory.  We are going to have it ready for distribution the first part of January, so…
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