Hazard-Perry County Chamber of Commerce


Janet Prater Smith
318 Morton Blvd.,
Hazard, KY 41701
Phone: (606) 436-6360

betsy.jpgBetsy Clemons
Executive Director
601 Main Street
Hazard, Kentucky 41701
Phone: 606.439.2659
Fax: 606.436.6074

Mission & Community

Welcome to the Hazard/Perry County Chamber of Commerce and to the friendly community of Hazard, Kentucky. Our primary mission is to promote new business and commercial growth as well as the retention and expansion of existing businesses. While these standards remain today, the Chamber office staff also works with the government of the City of Hazard and Perry County to promote the common interest of the community in order to enhance the quality of life of the residents. Hazard serves as the center for education, communication and healthcare for the area and surrounding counties.

Our community is a great place to live, raise a family, worship, educate our children and to do business. Hazard offers practically any provider of service that you need. As in most of Eastern Kentucky, the main industry is coal mining, but the city is also focusing now on attracting new industries. Our public school systems provide an excellent education. Hazard Community and Technical College has its main campus in Hazard. Bachelors and Master degree programs are offered through the University Center of the Mountains, located on the Community College campus. The Appalachian Regional Healthcare Medical Center is located in Hazard. The excellent medical staff and health care service providers are equal or above any you would find in larger cities.

We hope you make our town and county a center for all of your needs and business activities. 

How Does the Chamber Help You?

  • It provides you with an invaluable "networking" system that introduces member to new customers and new friends.
  • It keeps you informed of business and community activities and issues affecting business in the Hazard/Perry County area.
  • It brings together the creative energies of the business community to accomplish major projects that cannot be accomplished individually.
  • It provides a Membership Directory at no charge, listing members by name and category.
  • Workshops and seminars to help businesses. For examples in Octoober '94 The Small Business Administration and the Chamber sponsored the Business Development Week Program.
  • The Annual Civic Night held since 1951 is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. At this event, we honor outstanding citizens for their contributions during the past year. We have also included two Youth Awards based on the character of young people voted on by the school systems.
  • The Business Appreciation Ceremony which began in 1996 is an event where local members and non-members are voted on by Chamber members as best business of the year in different categories. Reception is held the fourth Tuesday in October.


Hazard-Perry County Chamber of Commerce