July 5, 2022
Good morning!
Please mark your calendars for these important election dates:

Primary Election
Registration Deadline: July 25, 2022
Election Date: August 23, 2022
Early Voting: August 13 - 20, 2022

General Election
Registration Deadline: October 11, 2022
Election Date: November 8, 2022
Early Voting: October 24 - November 5, 2022

Want to know who is running for office? Check out the list of qualified candidates here.
Business Tax Receipt Renewals for FY 2023
It’s time to renew your Destin Business Tax Receipts (BTRs). To avoid any late fees, renewal payments are due by Sept. 30. For step-by-step instructions, visit www.cityofdestin.com/btr.
Shine the Spotlight on Northwest Florida's Hospitality Heroes
The Northwest Florida Chapter of the FRLA recognizes the best of the best in the industry each year with the Hospitality Hero Awards. Category nominees are honored at a prestigious banquet with a spectacular dinner, ceremony, and CASH PRIZES. Categories include Restaurant FOH Employee, Restaurant BOH Employee, Restaurant FOH Manager, Culinary Manager, Bartender, Hotel/Resort FOH Employee, Hotel/Resort BOH Employee, Hotel/Resort Manager, Spirit of Hospitality and more. Nominations will be accepted this September.
City & County Provide Hurricane Guides for Residents & Businesses
The City of Destin and Okaloosa County have compiled the following guides for residents and businesses with valuable information for before, during and after a storm.

Hard copies are available at the Chamber.
Engage Paddlers & Spectators With Sponsorship of 10th Annual Paddle at the Park Sponsored by HCA Florida Destin Emergency
Set for Aug. 20, the 10th Annual Paddle at the Park Sponsored by HCA Florida Destin Emergency will take place on the beautiful white sandy shores and emerald green Gulf waters of Henderson Beach State Park. The event features 1- and 3-mile recreational races, the 6-mile elite race for the official Destin SUP Cup, and a kids' out-and-back fun paddle.

Thank you to our race partners BOTE and Henderson Beach State Park; title sponsor HCA Florida Destin Emergency; platinum sponsors Destin - Fort Walton Beach and R3 Construction; accommodations sponsors SummerPlace Inn and Vacasa; and silver sponsor Destin Life
Want to join the fun? Download our sponsorship form here or contact Dana at dana@DestinChamber.com.
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Want An In-Depth, Hands-On Learning Experience?
Destin Forward, our community education and leadership program, is designed to get you out into the community, interacting with city and business leaders, learning about the history and heritage from those that helped shape it, exploring issues with those that are helping to solve them, and hearing from those that are in the trenches improving lives and the quality of place we enjoy. After a retreat in August, the class will meet once per month through April focusing on topics, such as the environment, waterways, history, tourism promotion, real estate, non-profits, transportation, government affairs, entrepreneurship, and more.

The class of 2023 is almost full! For the application and details, please click here.
Leadership Okaloosa Applications are Available
This nine-month experience is designed to enhance the participant’s leadership skills and provide community awareness. Hosted from September to May, participants receive classroom training by certified instructors and are given opportunities to interact with various key community leaders throughout the process. Find the application and details here.
Want Your Business Seen? Advertise on DestinChamber.com!
DestinChamber.com averages more than 56K page views each month. Advertising packages can be tailored to your business' goals. Home page spots are available.

Contact Elizabeth at espies@DestinChamber.com or (850) 837-6241 for more information.
Save the Date for our 2022 Signature Events

Sponsorships are available! Contact Dana at dana@DestinChamber.com for details.
Ready To Add New Employees To Your Team?
Check out 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.
Perks of Your Chamber Membership

Affordable Health Insurance for Your Employees
We are pleased to offer an ACA-compliant group health benefits solution that offers premium savings from 10-20% compared to traditional carrier plans. View details here.

Healthiest You by Teladoc is a high-quality virtual care solution designed to serve businesses and their employees who cannot afford traditional health insurance. View details here.

Savings On Your Email Marketing Program
As a chamber member, you receive some great benefits from our partnership with Constant Contact, including special savings on email marketing. Click here to see how you can save up to 25%.
Shop Talk Thursdays
No Cost Business Consulting
Thursday, July 7 | 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.
9th Annual Great American Cookout Sponsored by Community Bank and Emerald Coast Title Services
Tuesday, July 12 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Destin Chamber
Enjoy networking and a cookout at the Chamber. Our non-profit spotlight is Fisher House of the Emerald Coast.
Military Affairs Council (MAC) Meeting
Wednesday, August 3 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Destin Chamber
Our speaker will be Col. William David Deitch, 96th Test Wing, Staff Judge Advocate.
Business Before Hours Sponsored by A2Z Specialty Advertising
Friday, August 12 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Location: Shoreline Church

Ladies Who Launch Powerhouse Women Series: Magda Cooper, BOTE
Wednesday, August 17 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Destin Chamber
Community Events
Thank You To Our Renewing Members
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