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Chamber of Commerce assembles business directory

by Taylor Nye

2021 Chamber directory/ Courtesy Chamber of Commerce

The 2022 Hopkins County Business Directory is headed your way! The Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce is currently putting together their directory, and is excited for its debut after the holidays. 

The guide has business contact info, Hopkins attractions and historical notes for the city and county, and next year the Chamber of Commerce estimates they will hand out over 7,000 copies of the directory to tourists, relocators, and residents alike.

“It’s a great resource for the town,” said chamber membership coordinator Amanda Tredway-Simmons. 

In addition to giving the directory to any resident who wants one, the Chamber sends batches of directories out to prospective new residents, Tredway-Simmons said. 

“It’s a great way for businesses to get their name out there,” she noted. “Realtors, electricians, any business you need is in the directory.” 

The directory can especially come in handy when new residents move to town. 

“When new people come into town, we go through each category: restaurants, shops… the directory is what we use to direct them to where they would want to shop, eat or have fun,” she said. 

The directory can also help local businesses form a more tight-knit community, the Chamber noted. 

“It’s a business’ reference for other local businesses they might use in town,” Tredway-Simmons said. 

Chamber president Butch Burney said the Chamber has been printing directories for “decades,” and for some residents, they have become a collectible item. 

“We get people calling up to ask when the directory is coming out,” Tredway-Simmons said. “They want to make sure they get one every year.” 

The cover of the business directory each year features an image from a local photographer, although the Chamber keeps the image a secret until its publication debut. The 2021 directory featured blooming cherry blossoms, captured by Sulphur Springs’ Kasey Knotts. However, the Chamber would not disclose what the 2022 cover might look like. 

“We love our small, locally owned businesses, and we want them to continue to thrive and be successful in all they do,” Burney said in his Chamber Connection column. 

For more information, visit https://www.hopkinschamber.org/ or email info@hopkinschamber.org

By Taylor Nye

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