February 8, 2022
Friday's breakfast agenda is packed! Not only will we get some solid real estate stats from sponsor Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican and hear some exciting news from our non-profit partner Rocky Bayou Christian School, the Florida SBDC at UWF will share information to improve our businesses in 2022, and we'll introduce a new association health insurance plan available to members. We'll also award our Business Person of the Month and Ambassador of the Quarter for 4Q2021.

Don't miss out! Only a few seats remain. Registration and prepayment are required.
Improving Your Labor Situation Roundtables
On March 3, we are hosting three roundtable discussions focused on Improving Your Labor Situation. Despite current challenges within the labor market, businesses that are willing to adapt have a tremendous opportunity to acquire excellent talent. Learn from others who have seen what works within their own businesses, ask questions, and brainstorm practical takeaways you can use to bolster your team.

Find details and register here. Roundtables will be held at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. Space is limited in each session in order to keep the group small and productive.
Florida Workforce Needs Study 2.0
Last year, the Florida Chamber Foundation released the 2021 Florida Workforce Needs Study, which provided a deep dive into the impacts of COVID-19 on Florida’s industries and talent. This year, it is releasing a follow-up research effort known as the Florida Workforce Needs Study 2.0. This two-year research program will further examine the lasting impacts of the pandemic on your workforce needs and challenges, and provide insight into how Florida businesses and educational institutions can partner to advance the hard and soft skills needed to narrow Florida's workforce skills gaps and improve our talent pipeline. 

Legislative Update

VISIT FL Legislation Cruises Through Senate
On Thursday, the Senate passed SB 434, which extends VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s tourism marketing arm through Oct. 1, 2031. The House companion is also ready for the floor and could be taken up as early as week 6. 

Local Wage Mandate Preemption Prevails in House and Senate Committees 
HB 943 and SB 1124 both moved through committees this week. The bills preempt minimum wage and employee benefits to the state level by prohibiting local governments from requiring higher than the state minimum wage in any procurement policy, contract, or purchase order. Also known as “prevailing wage,” these bills protect taxpayers that pay for these inflated wages and prevent a patchwork of prevailing wage laws. The House bill has one committee stop remaining, and the Senate bill has two.

Insuring Florida: House & Senate Hear Property Insurance Reform Proposals
House and Senate proposals to reform Citizens Property Insurance advanced through committee this week. HB 1307, which passed unanimously, will allow private companies to take out policies from Citizens Property Insurance at renewal if they have comparable coverage and the new policy is within five percent of premium cost during 2023. The bill slowly increases the premium threshold to twenty percent by 2026. Meanwhile, SB 1728 allows for the takeout of policies immediately at the twenty percent premium threshold. SB 1728 also includes language to warn a consumer about the potential of insurance fraud when being solicited for a new roof and allows for insurers to offer insurance policies that pay actual cash value on roofs of over 10 years, instead of replacement cash value. 
Join the Chamber Team!
We are looking for a Membership & Events Coordinator to join our team. For details, visit our Job Board. To add your own job listing, log into our Member Portal. If you need your login information, send us an email at mail@DestinChamber.com.
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.
Shop Talk Thursdays
No Cost Business Consulting
Thursday, February 10 | 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.
Business Before Hours Sponsored by Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican
Friday, February 11 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Location: Embassy Suites Destin - Miramar Beach
Join us for our Business Before Hours sponsored by Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican and featuring our non-profit partner Rocky Bayou Christian School! Adam McCloskey and Diana Jernigan of the Florida SBDC at UWF, will discuss Business in 2022.
Ladies Who Launch Powerhouse Women Series: Corey Dobridnia
Wednesday, February 16 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Destin Chamber
In 2022, Ladies Who Launch is continuing its Powerhouse Women Series, highlighting impactful women in our community. Our February Powerhouse Woman is the award-winning Walton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Corey Dobridnia. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited & registration is required. 
Business After Hours
Business After Hours Sponsored by HarborWalk Village - King Cakes & Cocktails
Thursday, February 24 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: 10 Harbor Blvd.
Go on a Mardi Gras-themed Scavenger Hunt visiting select HarborWalk Merchants to sample King Cakes, cocktail specials & New Orleans style food. Stroll throughout HarborWalk Village to see what’s new for the 2022 season. Also enjoy live entertainment from ShakeTown Duo & Coastal Reflections' photo booth.
Military Affairs Council
Military Affairs Council (MAC) Meeting
Wednesday, March 2 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Destin Chamber

Community Events
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February 14

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