Chamber Report September 1, 2016

Chamber Connection-September 1st


Thank you to everyone who attended the Speed Networking event at Cedar Canyon!  It truly was a fun and eventful night.  Cedar Canyon, located on Highway 154, is simply a stunning venue.  Those new to Cedar Canyon scoped out the beautiful venue while enjoying delicious food and dessert provided by Lyndsay’s Plates + Provisions.  Doc Flesher of The Communications Coaching Group welcomed the crowd and explained the many aspects of communication and networking.  Over 70 people then participated in the speed networking portion of the evening.  After the event concluded, many business owners stated that they were thankful to have the opportunity to meet so many people they otherwise would not have met.  And so, with all of these pieces in place, the night was a HUGE success!!! Beautiful door prizes were donated by: Danna’s and The Florist, Lou Nell’s, Everything Unique, Shoe Inn, Miss Behavin, Sister Babyz, Carriage House Manor, The Bookworm Box, and Gourmet Kitchen and Company. Thank you so much to Doc Flesher, Mandy Kennedy and Jennifer Massey of Cedar Canyon, Lyndsay and Daniel Palmer and their team at Lyndsay’s Plates + Provisions, Dwayne Sears from Ben E. Keith, John Poskey of Blackjack, board members Stephanie Stevens and Charlotte Baxter, and my faithful Chamber team Cathey Williams and Brittany Bryant.  I am thankful for all of you!


Stew Cook-off updates:

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 16th.  On Monday, September 19th, you may come by the Chamber and choose a new site based on availability.  The 47th Annual Stew Cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd, and that will be here before you know it!!


Fireside BBQ hosted their ribbon cutting celebration on Thursday, August 25th at 10:30 a.m.

Fireside BBQ & Catering hosted their ribbon cutting celebration on Thursday, August 25th at 10:30 a.m.  They are located in Birthright at 9457 TX Hwy 19.  Glen Norfleet, the owner of Fireside BBQ, explained their location is north of the Water Plant but South of Joe Bob’s on the west side of Hwy 19. Everyone at the ribbon cutting enjoyed delicious pork and beef BBQ, and we enjoyed hearing Glen’s story of seeing his ambition come true.  Glen began his business after winning the Hot August Night BBQ Cook-off several years ago, and he is enjoying his new adventure.  Please stop by and enjoy some BBQ!


Fall Festival is selling tickets for the October 22nd Hometown Sounds Concert featuring Hannah Kirby

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, September 1st for the Hannah Kirby and Mansion Family Hometown Sounds Concert on October 22nd.  Tickets are on sale online at and cost $17.50 each.  The concert will be held in the Civic Center Auditorium.


Texas Country Reporter will cover the Glass Bathrooms Saturday, September 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Texas Country Reporter will air a story on Sulphur Springs’ Glass Bathrooms this Saturday night from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  It will air on KXTA Channel 21, and if you have Suddenlink, it will air on channel 22.  Make sure you watch!!


Reed’s Auto Detail will host their Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Wednesday, September 7th at noon

The Chamber welcomed a brand new business to Hopkins County this week.  Reed’s Auto Detail will host their ribbon cutting celebration on Wednesday, September 7th at noon.  Reed’s is located at 200 Fuller Street, Suite A, in Sulphur Springs.  Please make plans to join us in welcoming Reed’s to Hopkins County.  He will be giving away free car detail certificates at the ribbon cutting celebration!!!


Careerify will host a ribbon cutting celebration on Wednesday, September 14th at noon

One of Hopkins County’s newest businesses will host its ribbon cutting celebration on Wednesday, September 14th at noon at the Chamber of Commerce.  We are excited to welcome Careerify and learn about all the things they offer.  Careerify is a company that helps individuals discover their career paths and locate internships.  Please plans to meet to be there!


First United Methodist Church will host Divorce Care every Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Divorce Care continues every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. through September 13th in the administration building at First United Methodist Church.  All who are dealing with separation or divorce are invited to attend.


Lone Star Quilt Guild currently selling raffle tickets for the 17th Annual Quilt Show

The Lone Star Quilt Guild is currently selling raffle tickets for the 2016 Raffle Quilt called Autumn Stars. Autumn Stars was designed by Joy Gregory, made by guild members, and quilted by Debra Hager.  Tickets are 1 for $1 or 6 for $5.  The 17th Annual Quilt Show will be held September 16th and 17th at The ROC, First Baptist Church Outreach Center at 115 Putman Street in Sulphur Springs.  We have tickets available here at the Chamber of Commerce, or you may purchase tickets from Quilt Guild members.


The Lights of Life Style Show is scheduled for Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m.

The HC Health Care Foundation is hosting its annual Lights of Life Style Show on Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.  Entry fee is a $25 donation and there will be door prizes and a raffle.  Dinner and Fashions will be provided by Lou Nells.  For ticket information contact the Foundation office at (903)438-4799 or Lou Nell’s at (903)885-0664.


The Fall Festival Carnival will be in town September 14th through the 17th

There has been a change this year regarding the Fall Festival Carnival.  The carnival will be in town for Homecoming weekend!  The carnival will be located in the Sulphur Springs High School parking lot and will begin on Wednesday, September 14th and go through Saturday evening, September 17th.  Tickets are for sale at all Super Handy stores and Sulphur Springs Dodge.


Workforce Solutions will host its annual LEAP Conference on September 23rd from 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Workforce Solutions of Northeast Texas is hosting its annual LEAP (Learning Endorsements and Professions) Youth Expo on Friday, September 23rd.  This event is very much like a job fair except that it is geared to educate eighth graders and help guide them as they make their endorsement selections heading into high school.  Workforce Solutions is seeking a wide variety of companies and businesses to attend the LEAP Youth Expo to describe your business and expose eighth graders to all career avenues after graduation.  Since students now choose their high school endorsements while in eighth grade, the Expo is perfect for them.  Please consider attending this Expo and taking visuals and information to give away.  They will be so thankful to have you there!  Please call Bart Spivy at (903)794-9490 ext. 513 with any questions.


Lights of Life 3rd Annual Half Marathon is scheduled for Saturday, October 1st from 7:30 a.m. to noon

The Lights of Life 3rd Annual Half Marathon benefitting the HC Health Care Foundation is scheduled for Saturday, October 1st from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Celebration Plaza.  Registration fees are $75 for individuals (13.1 miles), $80 2 Person Partner Relay ($40 per participant, 6.5 miles each), and $100 for a 4 Person Team Relay ($25 per participant, 3.28 miles each).  You may register online at or by dropping off an entry form at Fieldhouse Sports or the Health Care Foundation.  Checks should be made out to the HC Foundation.


Welcome to the Chamber:

We are so excited to welcome Yesterday Once More at 211 ½ Main Street and Access Physicians Multispecialty Clinic at 107 Medical Plaza both of Sulphur Springs.  We would also like to welcome Senator Bob Hall and Reed’s Auto Detail (200 Fuller Street, Suite A) to the Chamber.  We are thankful to have all of you!


Celebration Plaza’s Yoga on the Square will be offered from 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning. The Celebration Market will be held on Celebration Plaza from 6-10 p.m. and DJ Rugg will provide your entertainment starting at 6 p.m.

Author: Enola Gay

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