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By Jennifer Harbin/The Hesperian-Beacon—
FLOYDADA – Despite inclement weather last Thursday, local business members gathered for the Floydada Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet, taking part in business, food and fun.
The annual banquet and business meeting convened at the Massie Activity Center on January 16, with a catered meal provided by the Floydada Masonic Lodge.
The 51-member strong organization serves the community through networking and promoting local businesses, among other duties, helping them to thrive.
During the business portion of the night’s festivities, old and new business matters were discussed.
President Kalli Martin gave a summary of positive changes and outcomes for the year, such as increased profits and membership and that attendance at events, such as Punkin’ Day and Santa on the Square, was up. New activities were added to the Punkin’ Day schedule and the much-anticipated digital sign (located at the corner of Missouri and N. 2nd) finally came to fruition with the assistance of the City and EDC, according to Martin.
Every month, the Chamber names a Business of the Month that is featured in the Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon, as well as promoted on local radio station KFLP FM and online. Four businesses are nominated by the board monthly and then chosen by popular vote through the Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.
The Business of the Month Winners for 2019 were: Hammonds Sheet Metal (January), Tag Media and Ink (February), Quality Body Shop (April), Bee Hive Homes at Shepherd’s Meadow (May), Floyd County Historical Museum (June), Probasco Flying Services (July), Muncy Elevator (August), Prosperity Bank (September), Hardy’s Classic Cars (October), Nutthouse Design (November), and Assiter Ag Risk (December).
Chamber of Commerce Manager Kortney DeBock presented the Business of the Year award to Paramount Broadcasting Corp., radio station 106.1 FLIP FM’s parent company, to owner Tony Ricketts.
According to DeBock, the 2019 Business of the Year has been “quite the asset to the Chamber of Commerce,” by airing interviews of their businesses of the month in a segment called “On the Record” and recording short ads of monthly winners’ businesses that play throughout their month.
“Along with scheduling the regular monthly interviews, they have been very accommodating to any last-minute advertisements I have needed to get out,” DeBock added. Paramount Broadcasting also recently added Floyd County’s first all-digital news outlet, The Floyd County Record, that provides up-to-the-minute city, county and surrounding area news.
This year the Chamber veered from tradition and awarded the Citizen of Year Award to two individuals. Martin stated, “These two men have been pillars in our community for decades. They have dedicated their time in the city as well as the county…whether it be the Floyd County Gala, Punkin Days, dances or cheering on the Floydada Whirlwinds.”
Trav Jones and Jon Jones were presented with a plaque in honor of the time and effort they dedicate to making the community better.
“Without them, our Old Settlers reunion would no longer exist,” she shared about the duo. “They are always there when help is needed.”
Martin stated that this year the board wanted to find a way to give back to the community and their members as well. With that goal, the Floydada Chamber of Commerce Scholarship was born.
“We chose students who help us with events and take an active role in the community,” she explained. “Additionally, their parents must be employed by or be a chamber member.”
The recipients of the 2019 Scholarship were Ethan Smith, son of Eric and Leigh Smith, and Cutter Smith, son of Tanner and Monica Smith. Both are 2019 graduates of Floydada High School. Ethan currently attends Texas Tech University and Cutter studies at Tarleton State University.
“These are two exemplary young men,” Martin said. “We are very proud of them and miss having them as part of our community.”
Current Chamber of Commerce board members are Kalli Martin (president), Mona Anderson (vice president), Leigh Smith (2nd vice president), Tyler Hammonds (secretary), Teysha Cornelius, Lauren Bell, Dixie Everett, and Whitley Nutt.
For more information about the Floydada Chamber of Commerce, contact Kortney DeBock at 983-3434 or visit their webpage at www.floydadachamber.org.