Small Business Saturday time to shop local


Chamber Connection

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 sure you spend at least some of your day at your favorite local place — stores, restaurants, venues, all of them. We love our Small Businesses, and we want them to continue to thrive and be successful in all they do.

Shop local for the holidays and enjoy Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30!

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 at 11:30 a.m.-1. p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4.

We are so excited to welcome Christopher Slijk, assistant economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, as our keynote speaker at the 2019 Economic Outlook Conference.

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 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 opportunities for business exposure. You may also contact the Chamber, and I will pass your information along to her. I’m proud to produce this book telling all about the place we love. I hope you will join me in the journey!


TLC Chiropractic is hosting their ribbon cutting celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at noon. They are at 2655 State Highway 11 east in Sulphur Springs. Please make plans to attend to learn about our newest business in Hopkins County!


The UPRA Rodeo Finals will be held Nov. 21, 22 and 23 at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. The rodeo finals will be held at 7 p.m. nightly, and tickets are on sale at the Civic Center Box Office.


The Sulphur Springs Youth Orchestra is hosting a free winter concert, featuring music byThe Beatles, Queen, ABBA and more, on Friday, Nov. 22 at Shannon Oaks Church in Sulphur Springs. For additional information, call 903-261-7907 or visit their Facebook page at


The Sulphur Springs Symphony League is hosting their annual auction at KSST on Saturday, Nov. 23, 5:30-9 p.m. This is the primary fundraiser for the Independence Day Concert on Celebration Plaza each year. The auction will be broadcast live on KSST 1230 AM, Channel 18 on Suddenlink, and live streamed on YouTube. All items up for sale at


Wesley United Methodist Church is hosting their 41st annual Fall Round-up on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. There will be Hopkins County Stew, a silent auction, country store and a live auction. Tickets are $6 for adults, and $3 for children. Visit for more information.