August 16, 2022
Good morning!
The 10th Annual Paddle at the Park Sponsored by HCA Florida Destin Emergency is this Saturday! The event features 1- and 3-mile recreational races, the 6-mile elite race for the official Destin SUP Cup, and a kids' out-and-back fun paddle.

Thank you to our race partners BOTE and Henderson Beach State Park; title sponsor HCA Florida Destin Emergency; platinum sponsors Destin - Fort Walton Beach and R3 Construction; accommodations sponsors SummerPlace Inn and Vacasa; silver sponsors 99Rock, Destin Life, Eglin Federal Credit Union and Z96; bronze sponsor Circle JM Farms; photography sponsor McCain's Creations Photography; and site sponsors Buffalo Rock and Destin Fire Control District
Jennifer Gutai Comella - Cory Fosdyck
Fosdyck Honored as Business Person of the Month
Congratulations to Cory Fosdyck, Merrill Lynch’s Senior Vice President and Resident Director, who was honored as the Chamber's Business Person of the Month during our Aug. 12 Business Before Hours Sponsored by A 2 Z Specialty Advertising! This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our community. 

The award was presented by our 2022 Chairman of the Board Jennifer Gutai Comella of Hand Arendall Harrison Sale.

Share Your Workforce Needs
Please complete the Florida Workforce Needs Study 2.0 – Survey Part Two. Help us understand your company’s evolving workforce needs and how we can unite the business community to secure Florida’s talent. A stronger talent pipeline will build a stronger Florida. Let’s learn from each other.

Florida Chamber Shares Incumbent & Primary Endorsements
The Florida Chamber of Commerce is again uniting Florida’s business community to help make Florida more competitive and recently endorsed a bipartisan list of 18 Senate incumbents and more than 50 House incumbents running for reelection this year. See the list here.

The Chamber also endorsed a bipartisan list of nine Senate candidates and 24 House candidates running in primary elections. See the list here.
Important Election Information
Don't forget the 2022 Primary Election is Aug. 23., and your vote is important! Check out the sample ballot for Okaloosa County here and Walton County hereFor information on polling locations and times, visit and
Business Tax Receipt Renewals for FY 2023
It’s time to renew your Destin Business Tax Receipts (BTRs). To avoid any late fees, renewal payments are due by Sept. 30. For step-by-step instructions, visit
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We are pleased to offer an ACA-compliant group health benefits solution that offers premium savings from 10-20% compared to traditional carrier plans. View details here.

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Save $ On Office Supplies
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Ladies Who Launch Powerhouse Women Series: Magda Cooper, BOTE
Wednesday, August 17 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Destin Chamber
SOLD OUT! Find details here.

Our August Powerhouse Woman is Magda Cooper, co-founder of standup paddle board and lifestyle brand BOTE.
Shop Talk Thursdays
No Cost Business Consulting
Thursday, August 18 | 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Destin Chamber
Florida SBDC at UWF Business Consultant Diana Jernigan will be available for impromptu meetings assisting with business challenges or opportunities. These meetings are confidential, no-cost, and allow you skip the traditional wait period after you request consulting from the Florida SBDC.
SBDC Workshop
Starting a Business Workshop with the Florida SBDC at UWF
Thursday, August 25 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Destin Chamber
In this three-hour workshop, we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start.
Business After Hours
Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting Celebrating Recent Remodeling Sponsored by Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin
Thursday, August 25 | Ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.
Business After Hours from 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: 19001 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin
Join us for networking, cocktails, and appetizers, during our Aug. 25 Business After Hours Sponsored by Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin!
Military Affairs Council (MAC) Meeting
Wednesday, September 7 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Destin Chamber

Our speaker will be Col. William David Deitch, 96th Test Wing, Staff Judge Advocate.  
Business Before Hours Sponsored by CRC Data Technologies
Friday, September 9 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Location: Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village

Please join us for our Sept. 9 Business Before Hours Sponsored by CRC Data Technologies and featuring non-profit spotlight Destin Rotary Club. Rodney Braden and Bobby Wagner, both candidates for Destin Mayor, will share their platforms and answer questions.
Save the Date for our 2022 Signature Events
December 13 - Holiday & Awards Party

Sponsorships are available! Contact for details.
Community Events
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