August 11, 2020
Can't attend Friday's Business Before Hours Candidates Forum Sponsored by Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, but still want to hear the candidates speak? Registration is now open for the streaming option! Find details here.

Want to attend in-person? We do have a few seats still available. Register here!
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BizTech is Back!
Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 13, for a daylong conference and expo connecting Destin area small business owners and employees with the technology-related information and companies they need to improve their business operations and protect their electronic assets.

We are pleased to announce this year's keynote speaker is Michel Levin, the current CEO and Founder of the Center for Information Security Awareness (CISA), former Secret Service Agent, and former Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security.

Topics include Cybersecurity, Leveraging Technology in Remote Work Setting, Home Network Security, Google My Business, Vendor Management, Post-COVID Payment Solutions, and more. A full agenda will be released soon.

Thank you to breakout sponsor Warren Averett, lunch sponsor CRC Data Technologies, cookie and coffee sponsor Tecaba Tech, booth sponsors Five Channels, Kloud 7, and Planet Secure, and media sponsor AB+Production, LLC!

The expo begins at 9 a.m. and ends with a reception from 4:15 – 6 p.m. Keynote speakers and breakout sessions are scheduled throughout the day. Sponsorships are available!
Florida Census
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 30.9% response rate to the 2020 Census. The national average is 62.1%. Please take time to complete the census today! Call (844) 330-2020 or complete the Census online at www.My2020Census.Gov.
Do You Need Masks For Your Business?
Thank you to the Florida Department of Health of Okaloosa County for providing 2,500 masks for us to distribute to our members! If you would like to pick up masks for your place of business, please email to arrange the quantity and pickup.
Small Business COVID-19 Impact Survey
Share your small-business challenges related to COVID-19. The Florida SBDC, Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and the UWF Haas Center developed a survey designed to dissect problems caused by the pandemic so that they can work together to solve them. Give your invaluable feedback as part of a statewide survey that takes only 10 minutes to complete.
Current COVID-19 Data Now Available on
Visit our website for up-to-date, local COVID-19 metrics.
Florida SBDC Virtual Office Hours at the Destin Chamber
Thursday, August 13 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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 Candidates Forum Sponsored by Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation
Friday, August 14 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
The Henderson

Our first Business Before Hours Candidates Forum is sponsored by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation & features non-profit spotlight The Arc of the Emerald Coast. Meet your candidates for Florida House of Representatives District 4, Okaloosa County Commission District 5 & Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools.
Ladies Who Launch Powerhouse Women Series: Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, Educating Our Children
Wednesday, August 19 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Virtual Event

Join us for a virtual chat with Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, Principal of South Walton High School and former Okaloosa County School Superintendent, as she shares stories about her career in education and improving the lives of the area youth.
Annual Golf Tournament Sponsored by Renasant Bank
Thursday, October 1 | Noon Shotgun Start
Emerald Bay Golf Club

This 4-person scramble sponsored by Renasant Bank takes place at Emerald Bay Golf Club. Enjoy a cookout with lunch sponsor Cavinder Elevator Company and some time on the practice green with sponsor Ben & Jerry's. Acme Oyster House will be shucking and serving raw oysters, and SimpleHR is sponsoring the beverage cart. We also have a $10,000 hole-in-one prize thanks to sponsor The Blake at Miramar Beach, a putting contest, and more. It will all kick off with a noon shotgun start.

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 to sign up online. | (850) 837-6241