January 18, 2022
The Florida Legislature is beginning its second week in session, and we are following the proceedings closely. Is there a piece of legislation that concerns you? Please let us know at mail@DestinChamber.com.
Ken Wampler Named 2021 Business Person of the Year
During the Jan. 14 Business Before Hours & Annual Membership Meeting, Ken Wampler of Newman-Dailey Resort Properties was announced as the 2021 Destin Business Person of the Year. The award, sponsored by Trustmark National Bank, was presented to Wampler for his work in making Destin the best place to live, work and vacation.

Wampler joined the Newman-Dailey team in 2009 to head up business development and assist with the association management efforts. With a results-focused management career, he has used his 29 years of experience, including 12 years on the Emerald Coast, leading successful start-up, turnaround and high-growth club and resort operations. In addition to his other roles within the community, Wampler is the Chairman of the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council and is a past Chairman of the Destin Chamber, where he served nine years on the Board of Directors.

In addition to the award, Trustmark presented Wampler with a $100 gift card to 790 and, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Destin, inoculated 200 children with the polio vaccine in his honor.
City of Destin Council to Host January 27 Visioning Session
The City of Destin will host a visioning session on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. Council, staff and members of the public will spend the day reviewing accomplishments, current projects, potential initiatives and refining a vision for Destin’s future. 

The meeting is open to the public. Video of the meeting will be uploaded and available for the public to view at the following link: www.youtube.com/CityofDestin.
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.
Florida Panhandle Area Search and Rescue Partners Receive Maritime Search and Rescue Training

Impact100 of Northwest Florida Announces 2022 Membership Recruitment Events

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Destin Tourism & Hospitality Lunch: VISIT FLORIDA Update
Wednesday, January 19 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: The Palms Sports Lounge
Matt Tuchman, Regional Partnership Manager, NW Florida Region with VISIT FLORIDA, will share an update from VISIT FLORIDA. Anyone involved in a tourism-related business or with an interest in area tourism is welcome to attend. 
Shop Talk Thursdays
Small Business Consulting - No-Cost
Thursday, January 20
10 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.
New Year, New Business: Starting a Business Workshop with the Florida SBDC at UWF, Community Bank & Destin Chamber - SOLD OUT!
Thursday, January 27 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Destin Chamber
In this two-hour workshop, we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start. This event is complimentary.
Business After Hours
Business After Hours Sponsored by 790
Thursday, January 27 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: 790's new location
Join us for networking, cocktails, and appetizers! The event begins at 5 p.m., and culminates with door prizes at 6:30 p.m.
Military Affairs Council
Military Affairs Council (MAC) Meeting
Wednesday, February 2 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Destin Chamber

Our speaker will be Lt. Demeika McClendon of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. Anyone with an interest in the military is invited to attend.
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.
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