January 2, 2020
Greetings!
Happy New Year!

We are excited to welcome 2020 with a new Chairman ( read his first message to the membership here ), a refocused and energized Young Professionals program, Ladies Who Launch Powerhouse Women Series, more Tourism Industry Interest Group meetings and not one but two BizTechs. Details on these and much more will be released soon.

We look forward to working with you in 2020 to create a better place to work, live and play!
Spring Golf Tournament Scheduled
Our annual Tax Relief Golf Tournament is Thursday, April 16, at Emerald Bay Golf Club. Team sign up and sponsorships will be available next week.
Small Business Input Needed
Small businesses create two out of every three jobs in Florida and are the backbone of Florida's economy. However, many in Florida's small business community are experiencing both challenges and successes as Florida's economy grows. Share your thoughts with the Florida Chamber in its brief Q1 Small Business Index Survey . This survey will close at 5 p.m., on Jan. 3.
Need Some Solid Business Advice?
On Thursdays, a representative from the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UWF hosts "Shop Talk" Thursday in our office from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. There is no charge for this service and appointments are not necessary. Stop by and find the help you need to make your business thrive.

Also, check out these SBDC workshops happening at the Destin Chamber in 2020:
Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. - Starting a Business
Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. - Sources of Funding
Save $ On Office Supplies
Did you know Destin Chamber members save money on office supplies with Office Depot? Click here to print a store purchasing card to use in the Destin location or visit www.mychamberadvantage.com/Chamber_SignUp to sign up online.
Business Before Hours & Annual Membership Meeting Sponsored by Warren Averett
Friday, January 10 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Location: Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village
 
Please join us as the gavel is passed to our 2020 Chairman of the Board Dion Moniz, and our 2020 Board of Directors are inducted. Also, our Mega Door Prizes will be awarded.
Tourism Industry Interest Group: Focus on Ecotourism
Wednesday, January 15 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Boshamps Oyster House
 
Alex Fogg, Marine Resource Coordinator with Okaloosa County Tourist Development, will share details on some recent local ecotourism initiatives, including new offshore snorkel reefs and the successful lionfish festival. 

Anyone involved in a tourism-related business or with an interest in area tourism is welcome to attend. 
Business After Hours Sponsored by 790 on the Gulf and Emerald Coast Luxury Transportation
Thursday, January 23 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: 790 on the Gulf
 
Join us for networking, cocktails, and appetizers! Door prizes are welcome.
Member Appreciation Week Sponsored by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
February 10 - 14
Location: Throughout the Destin Area
 
To thank all of our members for their support of this Chamber and the Destin area, the Destin Chamber, along with the assistance of sponsor Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, will celebrate Member Appreciation Week Feb. 10 - 14. We will visit every member business in the Destin area. Want to help? Email espies@DestinChamber.com .
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