Fall seven times and stand up eight.
- Japanese Proverb

Our office will be closed on Monday - Tuesday, Dec. 25 - 26, for Christmas, and on Jan. 1, for New Year's Day. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family!

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Chamber Events
January 3 - Military Affairs Council (MAC) Meeting Canceled

Ribbon Cuttings
December 19 - Intrigue
January 11 - Insurance Claims 911

Looking for more events in the Destin area? Check out our online calendar.
New Member Spotlight
Creating a Competitive and Equitable Tax System - Will Your Voice Be Heard?
A competitive and equitable tax system creates jobs and strengthens the economy. With 5.4 million more people expected to call Florida home by 2030, Florida will need to create 2 million jobs to maintain a 5 percent unemployment rate. One key to creating jobs for this growing population will be a competitive and equitable tax system. Yet, Florida is the only state in the nation that taxes businesses on rent - setting up discouraging and discriminatory tax policies.

The 2018 Legislative Session is just weeks away, and the Florida Chamber wants your input on targeted tax reform. Please take a moment to share your thoughts by completing a short survey  today. Survey closes at 5 p.m., on Jan. 16.
Congratulations to Our Annual Award Winners!
During our Dec. 14 Holiday Party & Awards Gala Presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center & Twin Cities Hospital, awards were presented to five outstanding Chamber members and to our outgoing board members.

Congratulations to the following:
James D. Neilson Sr. Chairman's Award for Volunteer Service 
Trisha Marks, SimpleHR

Business Person of the Year
Bob Perry, Destin Commons

Ann Gibson Community Service Award
Dion Moniz, Harrison Sale McCloy

Paul Woolman Ambassador of the Year
Skip Overdier, American Legion Post 296

Retired Military Person of the Year
CMSgt Brooke P. McLean, USAF, Ret., Air Force Enlisted Village

Outgoing Board Members
Steve Barber, VIP Destin Magazine
Fred Fenn, Fenn Properties, LLC
Rebecca Jones, The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida
Jennifer Lovell, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Jonathan Ochs, Trustmark National Bank

Thank you to all of our event sponsors!
Title Sponsor
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center & Twin Cities Hospital

Gala Sponsor
Destin Commons

Gold Sponsors
Cox Communications 
Uniti Fiber

Valet Parking Sponsor
Insurance Claims 911

Cocktail Napkin Sponsor
Harrison Sale McCloy

Click here and here to check out event photos! Thank you to event photographers Destin Beach Photography Company and Dena Critch of barber & gall promotions.
More Breakfasts in 2018 / Pre-Pay for 2018 Events to Receive a Discount
Our quarterly Breakfasts at the Bay have grown so popular, we will replace more of our lunches with breakfasts in 2018! We will have seven breakfasts and five lunches. If you attend all of them, the total cost will be $205. Pre-pay for the events by Jan. 31, and your total cost will be $170, saving you the cost of one breakfast ($15) and one lunch ($20). For details, please call (850) 837-6241 or email mail@DestinChamber.com.

Breakfast dates are Jan. 12, March 9, April 13, June 8, Aug. 10, Oct. 12, and Nov. 9. Lunch dates are Feb. 13, May 8, July 10, Sept. 11, and Dec. 7.
Save $ on Office Supplies
Save big bucks on your office supplies when you create an Office Depot Business Account through your membership with the Destin Chamber.  To register for the program, visit  mychamberadvantage.com/chamber_signup .

Returning customers, visit  business.officedepot.com.
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Destin Chamber
4484 Legendary Dr. Ste. A, Destin, FL 32541
(850) 837-6241  |   mail@DestinChamber.com  |   DestinChamber.com