December 1, 2020
Greetings!
Have you heard about the new Okaloosa County COVID Compliant Business Program? Operated by the Destin, Greater Fort Walton Beach and Niceville Valparaiso chambers of commerce, this program is designed to highlight the extraordinary commitment a business puts forth in providing a safe environment for their guests and customers through enhanced safety protocols and training. Your business can be certified as a COVID Compliant Business free of charge. For more information or to schedule your inspection, email mail@DestinChamber.com.
Business Person of Year & Ann Gibson Community Service Award Nominations Due This Friday
We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Business Person of the Year and Ann Gibson Community Service Award! Nominations are due by Dec. 4. The awards will be presented at the Awards Party on Jan. 28, at Embassy Suites Destin - Miramar Beach. 

Recent past Business Person of the Year winners include Mitch Mongell, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center; Bill Lindsley, SimpleHR; Bob Perry, Destin Commons; and Kim Wintner, Alliance Association Management Co. Inc.
 
Recent Ann Gibson Community Service Award winners include Allen French, Trees on the Coast; Jerry Sullivan, Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican; Dion Moniz, Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC; and Jason Belcher, FNBT Bank.
#GivingTuesday
Today is #GivingTuesday. Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Find your favorite area non-profit organizations here and click on their websites for instructions on how you can donate.
Do You Need Masks For Your Business?
Thank you to the Florida Department of Health of Okaloosa County for providing masks for us to distribute to our members! If you would like to pick up masks for your place of business, please email espies@DestinChamber.com to arrange the quantity and pickup.
Current COVID-19 Data Now Available on DestinChamber.com
Visit our website for up-to-date, local COVID-19 metrics.
Military Affairs Council (MAC) Meeting
Wednesday, December 2 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Destin Chamber

Our guest will be Col. Mathew Hanson, Commander of the 96th Medical Group (Eglin AFB Hospital).
Florida SBDC Virtual Office Hours at the Destin Chamber
Thursday, December 3 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Virtual

The Florida SBDC at UWF is hosting virtual consulting hours specifically for business owners in our area. Florida SBDC at UWF Business Consultant Diana Jernigan is available by email for impromptu meetings assisting with business challenges or opportunities.
Bowling for Business Tournament & Lunch
Friday, December 4 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hurricane Lanes

How about a mini-bowling tournament, mixed with a little business networking, for your Dec. 4 lunch break? We are challenging members to a Bowling for Business Tournament. We will award prizes to top male, top female, and top team, and a perfect score will win a FREE 1-year Chamber business membership! 
Business After Hours Sponsored by BOTE
Thursday, December 17 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
BOTE Destin

Join us for a fun holiday celebration! The event begins at 5 p.m., and culminates with door prizes at 6:30 p.m. Delicious appetizers will be provided by AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar, and one lucky person will win their choice of a hard or inflatable BOTE Paddleboard. What a gift to tuck under your tree on Christmas morning!

Business Before Hours & Annual Membership Meeting Sponsored by Warren Averett
Friday, January 8 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
The Henderson

Please join us for our Jan. 8 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Warren Averett, as the gavel is passed to our 2021 Chairman of the Board, and our 2021 Board of Directors is inducted.
Awards Party Presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center & Twin Cities Hospital
Thursday, January 28 | 5:15 - 8 p.m.
Embassy Suites Destin-Miramar Beach

It's time to celebrate the best of the best! Help us honor our most outstanding members, as nominated by our members and decided by our Board of Directors.

Award applications are due Friday, Dec. 4.
Thank you to our renewing members!
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.
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