Program recognizes historical businesses
Houston County Courier
The Houston County Historical Commission is encouraging local qualifying businesses to participate in the Texas Treasure business Award Program. The Texas Treasure Business Award Program recognizes the accomplishments of Texas businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state's economy for at least fifty years. This program pays tribute to the state's well-established businesses and their exceptional historical contributions toward the state's economic growth and prosperity. In order to qualify for this award, a business must have been in continuous for-profit operation in Texas with an on-going record of employment for at least 50 years. Businesses that can also establish that they have been continuously owned by the same family or have operated continuously from a building that is at least 50 years old and have maintained its architectural integrity will receive additional recognition. Acceptable proof of the founding date includes: ledger pages; newspaper advertisements; board meetings minutes; invoices, bills or checks; state licenses; flyers; city directory listings. An honored business will receive a certificate and a decal for its door or window. Recipients may be recognized by a public presentation with various state, county and city officials present. "Off the tops of our heads, we have listed about a dozen Houston County businesses that will probably qualify," stated HCHC Chairman, Paul Stringer. "We have already dropped off information and application forms to several of these." He added that some may have been missed, so anyone who thinks his firm possibly would qualify should contact the HCHC office in the Courthouse Annex or call 544-3255 ext. 238. "It would be a privilege for us to honor these businesses who have contributed so much to our culture and heritage over the years," Stringer concluded.