November 5, 2019
We need your help! As we begin to plan our programs and services for 2020, we want your input. Please take a few moments to complete this survey and let us know what you want to see in the New Year. One lucky respondent will receive a free ticket to the Nov. 21 Bourbon at the Bay Presented Hand Arendall Harrison Sale !
We are pulling our database tomorrow for our 2020 Destin Area Visitor's & Relocation Guide. Please log into our Members Only Portal to ensure your information is up-to-date. If you need your login information, email or call (850) 837-6241.

It is not too late to purchase advertising! As the only advertising publication of the Destin Chamber, 17,500 copies are printed and distributed each year to members, visitors, and residents. Please contact Sarah at (850) 837-6241 or for details.
Young Professionals of Destin Reboot
Young Professionals of Destin (YP) is making a comeback in 2020 and is reaching out to area YPs for feedback. What events and programs would you like to see? Join us for an informal planning meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 12 - 1 p.m., here at the Destin Chamber. Also, join and share your thoughts on our new YP Facebook group .
City of Destin Council to Host Visioning Session 
The City of Destin will host a visioning session on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Destin Community Center. The public is highly encouraged to attend and participate. Council, staff and members of the public will spend the day reviewing accomplishments, current projects, project initiatives and the way ahead.
Would you like to recognize your outstanding boss or coworker? We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Business Person of the Year and Ann Gibson Community Service Award ! Nominations are due by Nov. 8. The awards will be presented at the Holiday & Awards Party Presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital , on Dec. 17, at Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village.

Recent Business Person of the Year Award Winners
2018 - Bill Lindsley, SimpleHR
2017 - Bob Perry, Destin Commons
2016 - Kim Wintner, Alliance Association Management Co. Inc.
2015 - Kathy and Ken Whidden, Emerald Coast Chiropractic
Recent Ann Gibson Community Service Award Winners
2018 - Jerry Sullivan, Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican
2017 - Dion Moniz, Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC
2016 - Jason Belcher, FNBT Bank
2015 - Jeanne Dailey, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Inc.
Need some solid business advice? Every Thursday, 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. 
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 to sign up online.
Business Before Hours Sponsored by University of West Florida Emerald Coast
Friday, November 8 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Location: LuLu's

Join us for Business Before Hours sponsored by University of West Florida Emerald Coast and featuring non-profit partners Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast and Children In Crisis !

In honor of Veteran's Day, we will welcome the Commander and Chief Command Sergeant of the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field to share more about the 1st SOW mission. We will also learn more about the Okaloosa County School District Mentorship Program and welcome our newest Trustee member Five Channels .
7th Annual Bourbon at the Bay Presented
by Hand Arendall Harrison Sale
Thursday, November 21 | 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Location: Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club
Kick off your holiday season – and shopping – in style! 
Sample bourbon, scotch, and champagne on the RE/MAX By the Sea tasting tables, try your luck in the Destin Commons wine pull, bid on your choice of gifts, trips, and more in the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center silent auction, taste delicious fare on the Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon food and dessert tables, visit the ResortQuest bar to explore more cocktails, and enjoy decadent bourbon-infused fondue from The Melting Pot . New this year is the Beach Liquors VIP Room!
Thank you to our sponsors!
Presenting Sponsor - Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC
VIP Room Sponsor - Beach Liquors
Champagne Table Sponsor - RE/MAX By The Sea
Wine Pull Sponsor - Destin Commons
Food & Dessert Table Sponsor - Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon  
Bar Sponsor - ResortQuest
Silent Auction Sponsor - Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
Cocktail Napkin Sponsor - Okaloosa Gas
Media Sponsor - VIP Destin Magazine
Small Batch Sponsor - Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village
Tickets are $45 and may be purchased  here . A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $65 and may be purchased by calling (850) 837-6241.

We are still collecting silent auction items and would love to feature your business' services and products to our guests. For details and sponsor information, please contact Sarah at (850) 837-6241 or .
Fashion, Food & Wine With Ladies Who Launch & Sponsors Today's Fashion Boutique & Half Shell Oyster House
Wednesday, November 13 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Today's Fashion Boutique | (850) 837-6241