February 2, 2021
Happy Groundhog Day!
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, so it looks like we are in for six more long weeks of winter. Watch the ceremony on Gobbler's Knob here.

Also, don't forget to check out last night's Destin City Council meeting as well. You can view the agenda here first.
Awards Party
Congratulations to our Annual Award Winners!
On Jan. 28, we celebrated outstanding individuals and businesses, during our Awards Party Presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital. Opening with a reception to celebrate Embassy Suites by Hilton Destin – Miramar Beach’s 20th anniversary, which was commemorated with a champagne toast, attendees gathered in the ballroom for dinner and the awards presentation.


Congratulations to all of our winners, including the following:
  • James D. Neilson Sr. Chairman's Award for Volunteer Service - Jason Belcher, FNBT Bank
  • Business Person of the Year - Dion Moniz, Hand Arendall Harrison Sale & Emerald Coast Title Services
  • Ann Gibson Community Service Award - Marcia Hull, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation
  • Paul Woolman Ambassador of the Year - Entire 2020 Ambassador Club


Thank you to all of our sponsors, including title sponsor Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital; reception sponsor Embassy Suites by Hilton Destin-Miramar Beach Celebrating its 20th Anniversary; food station sponsor Okaloosa Gas; bar sponsor The Blake at Miramar Beach; and gold sponsor Community Bank
Shane Moody
President's Message: What Will 2021 Bring?
Thank you all for sticking with this chamber and supporting this community through all that has happened the past 12 months. I’ve said many times during the past 17 years that this is one of the greatest business communities I’ve ever been a part of. I have friends in chambers across this state and this country, and they marvel at the things we are able to accomplish here. As our mission statement says, advocating for business and strengthening our community is what we do every day.

Special BizTech Early Bird Offer: Buy One Ticket & Bring an Associate for Free
Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, for a daylong conference and expo connecting Destin area small business owners and employees with technology-related information, marketing strategies, and the companies they need to improve their business operations, find new clients, and protect their electronic assets.

Topics include the following:
• Instagram
• Google My Business
• Cybersecurity
• SEO Strategies
• Technology for Remote Work Settings
• Home Network Security
• Vendor Management
• Post-COVID Payment Solutions
• and more! 

Find details and registration information here. Space is limited and early bird pricing is available until Feb. 10.
Prepay for 2021 Chamber Breakfasts & Save $
Save time and money with our 2021 Chamber Breakfast Prepay Program! For $150, a savings of $35, you will be automatically registered for our Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, and Nov. 12 Business Before Hours, as well as our July 13 Great American Cookout and Dec. 3 Bowling for Business Tournament. For details, please call (850) 837-6241 or email mail@DestinChamber.com.
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.
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.
Military Affairs Council
Wednesday, February 3 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Destin Chamber

Capt. Nick DeJulio, EOD Range Flight Commander, 96 CES, will share the operational Eglin EOD mission overview, structure of the EOD school, and what a typical day may look like for a student. 
Florida SBDC Virtual Office Hours at the Destin Chamber
Thursday, February 4 | 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.
Business Before Hours
Friday, February 12 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village

Nicole Gislason, Executive Director of the Haas Center at the University of West Florida, will share insights about the economy as we move into 2021.

**Prepay for all 2021 breakfasts and save money.
Ladies Who Launch Powerhouse Women Series: Domenica Farmer
Wednesday, February 17 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Destin Chamber

Domenica Farmer, Area Vice President of Waste Management of the Gulf Coast, will share her journey of more than 25 years' experience in the comprehensive waste and environmental services industry, while serving the community and raising a family.
Business After Hours Sponsored by 790 on the Gulf & Emerald Coast Luxury Transportation
Thursday, February 25 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Destin Chamber

Join us for networking, cocktails, and appetizers, during our Feb. 25 Business After Hours at 790 on the Gulf! The event begins at 5 p.m., and culminates with door prizes at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for members and prepayment is required.
February 9 - Fatboys



March 23 - Gregg Orr Marine
Thank You To Our Renewing Members
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