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Hopkins County Chamber Connection

by Butch Burney

As 2021 comes to an end, it is time to get nominations in for those individuals and businesses that have been outstanding this year.

We accept nominations for Citizen of the Year, Woman of the Year, Small and Large Businesses of the Year, and other excellent recognitions. The awards will be announced at the Chamber’s membership banquet on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Hopkins County Civic Center.

Nominations can be sent to or mailed to the following addresses:

Citizen of the Year—Chamber of Commerce—110 Main Street, Sulphur Springs, 75482.

Woman of the Year—Beta Sigma Phi Organization—P.O. Box 72, Sulphur Springs, 75483.

Caregiver of the Year—The Pilot Club—P.O. Box 131, Sulphur Springs, 75483.

Community Pride Award—Adult Leadership Class—110 Main Street, Sulphur Springs, 75482.

Agriculturist of the Year—Hopkins/Rains Counties Farm Bureau— 233 College St., Sulphur Springs, 75482.

Growth and Renewal—DBA—109 Jefferson St. E, Sulphur Springs, 75482.

Outstanding Professional Educator (Administrator, Counselor, Diagnostician, or Teacher)—Chamber of Commerce—110 Main Street, Sulphur Springs, 75482.

Outstanding Paraprofessional Educator (Secretary or Aide)—Chamber of Commerce—110 Main Street, Sulphur Springs, 75482.

Outstanding Auxiliary Educator (Maintenance, Custodial, Transportation, Nurse or Cafeteria)—Chamber of Commerce—110 Main Street, Sulphur Springs, 75482.

Businesses of the Year nominations should be for those businesses which exhibit outstanding community involvement—civic, Church, educational, benevolent, humanitarian, or other.

Large Business of the Year—Chamber of Commerce—110 Main Street, Sulphur Springs, 75482.

Small Business of the Year—Chamber of Commerce—110 Main Street, Sulphur Springs, 75482.

Chamber Directory

Work is continuing on the 2022 Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Directory. We distribute over 7,000 of these directories to visitors, relocation hopefuls, and even hometown heroes interested in learning more about our local businesses. They include historical information and everything to see and do in Hopkins County. The best part is, they have an alphabetical and categorical listing of your business. LeeAnn Peugh, with Echo Publishing, will be contacting you in the next few weeks to see if you are interested in placing an ad in the directory.

The rates are affordable and one of the best ways to represent your business. I hope you will consider this a wise investment with over 7,000 opportunities for business exposure. You may also contact the Chamber, and I will pass your information to her.

Business Before Hours

One Church will be hosting a Business Before Hours on Wednesday, Jan. 5, from 7:30 am to 8:30 am. It is a great time to connect with others in the business and social community. In addition, there will be breakfast refreshments available. Would you please make time to join us on Jan. 5 at One Church, 1400 Loop 301?


Rythmic Productions Music Company will have a grand opening and ribbon-cutting at noon, Friday, Jan. 7, at 1217 South Broadway, Suite Q. Please join us for this event!

Law Enforcement/First Responders Banquet         

The annual Law Enforcement/First Responders Banquet is Thursday, Jan. 6, at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center, where we will say “Thank you” to the men and women who serve and protect us daily. If your business would like to sponsor and provide a door prize to our local heroes, please contact us at 903-885-6515 or

Business Highlight

The Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce highlights a member of the Chamber each week. Please join me in congratulating our Business of the Week for Dec. 29 is Snap Fitness, and you can see more photos and read biographical stories on the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook and Instagram pages.