Chambre Vue

Lamar County

Chamber of Commerce 


June  2014

Calendar of Events




Hwy 82/287 Yard Sale

Junk in the Trunk

June 6 & 7, 2014

8am - 12 pm


Fountain Regenerative Spa

Ribbon Cutting

June 13, 2014

11:30 am

2655 NE Loop 286


Northeast Texas 7th Annual Car Show

June 14, 2014

Love Civic Center


Uniquely Yours Painting

Ribbon Cutting

June 14, 2014

11:30 am

3645 Lamar Ave



 Paris Surgery Center

Ribbon Cutting

June 20, 2014

1:00 pm

2905 Pine Mill Road


Welcome our New Members!
Uniquely Yours Painting
Fountain Regenerative Spa
Fannin County Leader
Savory Sisters Catering


Lamar County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Erik Roddy,Chairman
Steve Keywood, Chair Elect
Stephen Gerrald, VP Finance
Jeff Martin, VP Membership
Robert High, Immediate Past Chair
Bobby Walters
Curtis Fendley
John Godwin
Josh Bray
Cheri Bedford
A.J. Hashmi
Matt Birch
Matt Frierson
Greg Wilson
Chad Johnston
J.D. Davidson
Chuck Superville
Rhonda Rogers
James Brockway
Stephanie Connot
Dr. Pam Anglin
James Dorman
Stephen Grubbs
Frederick Reese
Chris Dux
Lisa Walker
Helen Ressler
Sydney Young
Shane Phifer
Tony Bowden
Brian Figley



Mission Statement:



The Mission of the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce is to lead the way for economic growth by promoting and meeting the needs of business, industry and tourism.







 We are LIVE!!

Come check out our new website at










The new Trolley de Paris! 





 Chamber Ambush




Melissa Cook, President

Becky Semple, Tourism Director

Judy Daniel, Secretary

Gina Crawford, Administrative Assistant 

From Becky's Desk  


Bonjour Y'all!

Happy JUNE! :D

This weekend, you can find treasures galore at the 8th Annual HWY 82/287 Yard sale Friday and Saturday, especially all over Paris and Lamar County! The Paris News will have listings of all the home garage sales, and you can pick up additional information on sales and locations at the Chamber office at 8 West Plaza. There are more Fun things happening along with our Hwy Sale like "Junk in the Trunk" Friday and Saturday from 8am to 12noon around the Fountain, Car Crusin' Friday night and Party on the Plaza Saturday night. It is a full weekend full of fun for the whole family!

Step back in time on June 14th at the 7th Annual Northeast Texas Classic Car Show and Swap Meet and Arts and Crafts Show at Love Civic Center! Enjoy a day full of beautiful vehicles from "yesteryear"!

Tour de Paris Bicycle Rally is fast approaching! We are celebrating 30 years, so dig out your bicycle and come and join the fun! We are also looking for volunteers and you can call the Chamber at 903-784-2501 for more information!

We are so proud of our new Trolley de Paris! We hope that you have had a chance to see it, and group tours are available! Call 903-739-9912 for more information.

Remember to be a "Tourist at Home"! There is always something to enjoy right here in Paris and Lamar County!




Becky Semple



The President's Corner


Some business owners might say their schedule is demanding enough at the moment, and the thought of adding one more activity to their busy calendar is unbearable.


So why should they try to cram time into their already hectic schedules to join and actively participate in their local chamber of commerce?

Read this top 10 list of reasons why you should join your local chamber of commerce supplied by 10 local chambers across the United States.

  1. Membership brings credibility to your business.
    You can increase positive perception among consumers and business owners when you're identified as a member of a chamber of commerce.  
    - Dearborn Chamber of Commerce in Michigan
  2. Increase your visibility in the community.
     As a new member of the chamber of commerce, you will be listed in the chamber newsletter, e-newsletter, on Facebook and have the opportunity to be highlighted in other chamber publications. You also can grow your business by advertising with the chamber and sponsoring events. The chamber may also promote your grand opening/ ribbon-cutting ceremony and assist with any public relations efforts.  
    - Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce in Texas
  3. Create networking opportunities.
     Chambers have numerous committees and serving on one of them provides numerous networking opportunities as well as professional leadership development. You can build your business while promoting developments of keen interest to local businesses and the community at large.  
    - Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in Georgia
  4. Gain a voice in government.
     The local chamber takes on the tough issues and opposes new regulations, taxes, fees, assessments and costs directed at small businesses. It also helps protect the principles of free enterprise and aids businesses in being treated fairly.  
    - Yuma Chamber of Commerce in California
  5. Make business contacts.
     The chamber's most fundamental mission is to generate more business activity for the community. The chamber initiates more business-to-business commerce and more opportunities for networking and connecting local professionals than is available through most other local organizations.  
    - Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce in South Carolina
  6. Receive chamber newsletters.
     Newsletters provide new member information, interesting information about operating a local business, articles about the local community, a community calendar and details about up-and-coming chamber events, among other things.  
    - Teton Valley Chamber Of Commerce in Idaho
  7. Acquire customer referrals.
     Every day, your local chamber receives calls from individuals and businesses looking for potential vendors, and chamber members typically recommend chamber members.  
    - Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce in Tennessee
  8. Chamber events and programs.
     Chamber events and programs provide members with great opportunities to get to know new people and expand their prospect base. Chamber events are innovative and fun ways to help members meet potential customers, clients and vendors- and generate new business leads.  
    - Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce in California
  9. Promotion and publicity.
     With a chamber membership, you can reach potential clients through member exclusive advertising and opportunities for business-to-business advertising and publicity.  
    - Pike County Chamber of Commerce in Illinois
  10. Access to members-only discounts and services.
    These differ from chamber to chamber. For example, the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce in Oregon has a member-to member discount program where a chamber member will receive $10 off any phone or accessory purchased from the local Verizon Wireless retailer in Sandy, which is a member of the chamber.  
    - Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce in Oregon



Opening Doors!!

The Chamber welcomes Paris Print Works!!
 Ribbon cutting for  our newest member!!
6720 Lamar Rd.
The Chamber welcomes Casa Del Mare!!!
 Ribbon cutting for  our newest member!!
3003 NE Loop 286
The Chamber welcomes On Call Home Health and Elder Care!!!
 Ribbon cutting for  our newest member!!
147 N. Collegiate
The Chamber welcomes Fresenius Medical Care!!!
 Ribbon cutting for  our newest member!!
633 Stone Ave.
30th Anniversary Tour de Paris
Over 900 cyclists participate in this bicycle rally which provides something for all age groups.  The ride includes 5 routes which starts the participants near our Eiffel Tower, winds through Historic Downtown Paris and continues through the beautiful countryside of Lamar County, which makes this one of the favorite rides among cyclists.  Tour de Paris will be on July 19, 2014.

30th Anniversary Tour de Paris Jerseys and Socks

        Go online to purchase your
commerative 30th Anniversary jersey and socks today!!! 


 Jerseys - $70.00 Sleeveless or short sleeves

Sizes S-3X


Socks - $12.00



Go online and buys yours today!!!                  

8 West Plaza

Paris, TX 75460