June 23, 2020
Greetings!
Looking for employees? Log into our Members Only portal and post to our job board . Please email mail@DestinChamber.com or call (850) 837-6241, if you need login information.
PPP Updates: Deadline to Apply is June 30
As of June 20th, 368,459 Florida businesses have received a PPP loan, totaling over $31.2 billion in approved funding. Nationwide, the 3 top industries to receive a PPP loan are health care; professional, scientific and technical services; and construction. Accommodation and food services, and retail trade account for about 16 percent of the nationwide funding. To date, there is less than $130 billion remaining for loans with the application window closing June 30, 2020. The SBA, in conjunction with the U.S. Treasury, has issued updated guidance and rules , an updated loan application , and an updated loan forgiveness application and instructions to address the changes made in the recently passed Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. The US Chamber has put together this guide on PPP Loan Forgiveness .   
Fraud & Scam Protection
The Department of Justice is remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis. Find out how you can protect yourself and helpful resources on DOJ’s Coronavirus Fraud Prevention website . The Federal Trade Commission has also established a website with helpful information to help consumers avoid coronavirus-related scams.
Destin Forward Offers In-Depth Learning Experience of our Community
Applications for Destin Forward, our community education and leadership program, are now available. See what alumni say about the program:

"This was a very good class/experience for me being fairly new to the area. It helped me learn Destin, but also helped me form new, meaningful relationships that will be with me forever."
Denise Kendust, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center

"The things I found valuable about the Destin Forward experience were the behind the scenes look we got at so many of the businesses and organizations not only in the city but the county and state as well. I also met and worked with other class members that have become close friends of mine. Almost all the organizations I’m involved with now are a result of what I learned and who I met while in the Destin Forward class."
S kip Overdier, Destin City Councilman

Find details and the application here. $75 scholarships are available upon request.
Current COVID-19 Data Now Available on DestinChamber.com
Visit our website for up-to-date, local COVID-19 metrics.
Leadership Okaloosa Applications Available Now
Leadership Okaloosa is an esteemed leadership training and development program with a 30-year history of being a vital part of Okaloosa County’s growth and development of its leaders. This 9-month experience is designed to enhance the participant’s leadership skills and provide community awareness. Find details and application here.
Your Census Makes A Difference
From directing federal funds to local communities to determining political representation in all levels of government, accurate census counts are vital. Destin is only reporting a 29.8% response rate to the 2020 Census. Please take time to complete the census today! Call (844) 330-2020 or complete the Census online at  www.My2020Census.Gov .
Okaloosa Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing June 2020
Florida SBDC Virtual Office Hours at the Destin Chamber
Thursday, July 2 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Virtual

Beginning July 2, the Florida SBDC at UWF will begin outreach hours with the Destin Chamber each week through virtual consulting hours specifically for business owners in our area. Florida SBDC at UWF Business Consultant Diana Jernigan will be available by email for impromptu meetings assisting with business challenges or opportunities.
7th Annual Great American Cookout Sponsored by Community Bank & Emerald Coast Title Services, LLC
Tuesday, July 14 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Destin Chamber

Join us for the Great American Cookout at the Destin Chamber! Prepayment is required, and walk-ins cannot be accommodated.
Annual Golf Tournament Sponsored by Renasant Bank
Thursday, October 1 | Noon Shotgun Start
Emerald Bay Golf Club

Half Shell Oyster House will join us for a cookout featuring oysters, hamburgers and hotdogs before the tournament begins, and Acme Oyster House will be shucking oysters all afternoon. We will also have a putting content and prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin.

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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