August 18, 2020
Greetings!
Want to join us for tomorrow's Ladies Who Launch Powerhouse Women Series featuring Dr. Alexis Tibbetts? Register here!
2019 Golf Tournament
Golf Tournament Tees Off Oct. 1
Our Golf Tournament Sponsored by Renasant Bank tees off with a noon shotgun start on Thursday, Oct. 1. This 4-person scramble 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. A beverage cart will be making the rounds, thanks to sponsor SimpleHR. We also have a $10,000 hole-in-one prize thanks to sponsor The Blake at Miramar Beach, a putting contest, and more.

BizTech Fall 2020 Logo
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 Michael Levin, the current CEO and Founder of the Center for Information Security Awareness (CFISA), 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, accommodations sponsor Compass Resorts, 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 and registration is open!
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.
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 31.2% response rate to the 2020 Census. The state average is 60.6%. 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 espies@DestinChamber.com to arrange the quantity and pickup.
Current COVID-19 Data Now Available on DestinChamber.com
Visit our website for up-to-date, local COVID-19 metrics.
Thank you to our renewing members!
  • Allstate Insurance - Mike Cheney
  • Blue Swell Vacation Rentals
  • BOTE
  • Brookdale Destin
  • Charter Boat Navigator
  • Chesser & Barr, P.A.
  • City Paper Company
  • Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
  • Community Bank
  • Compass Resorts
  • Dale E. Peterson Realty, Inc.
  • Dalton Wholesale Floors
  • Destin Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Destin ER
  • Destin Harbor Dental Jamison L. Plantz, DMD, PA
  • Destin Ice & Seafood
  • Doctor D Events
  • Ecco Motors
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin
  • First Watch, The Daytime Café
  • Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
  • Great Clips
  • Harris Business Machines
  • Hilton Garden Inn - Destin/Miramar Beach
  • Holiday Isle Insurance Group
  • Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard
  • Immediate Care Clinic at White-Wilson Medical Center
  • MC Photo
  • McCaskill & Company
  • McGuire's Irish Pub Of Destin
  • Mediacom Communications Corp.
  • My Vacation Haven
  • Okaloosa County School District
  • Okaloosa Heart & Vascular Center
  • Old Bay Steamer
  • Ophthalmology Clinic at White-Wilson Medical Center
  • Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic at White-Wilson Medical Center
  • Planet Secure
  • Plantation Commons Shopping Center
  • Progress Bank
  • RE/MAX By The Sea
  • RE/MAX Coastal Properties
  • Regions Bank
  • Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club
  • Scenic Sotheby's International Realty
  • Set Free To Be Me
  • Shoppes at Paradise Key
  • SimpleHR
  • Somerby Santa Rosa Beach
  • Stock & Trade Design Company
  • The Blake at Miramar Beach
  • The Golf Garden
  • The Gulf
  • The Palms Bistro
  • The Palms of Destin Resort and Conference Center COA
  • The Premier Property Group
  • The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida
  • The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • The Spa at Silver Shells
  • Thomas Shawn Lupella P.A.
  • Vue on 30A
  • Warren Averett 
  • White-Wilson Cardiology Clinic
  • White-Wilson Center for Imaging (MRI)
  • White-Wilson Medical Center
  • White-Wilson NeuroScience Center Fort Walton Beach
  • Windswept Dunes Golf Club

Florida SBDC Virtual Office Hours at the Destin Chamber
Thursday, August 20 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Virtual

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.
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.
Business Before Hours Sponsored by The Palms Bistro
Friday, September 11 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
The Palms Bistro

Our Business Before Hours is sponsored by The Palms Bistro & features non-profit spotlight Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation.
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. A beverage cart will make the rounds, thanks to sponsor SimpleHR. 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 www.mychamberadvantage.com/Chamber_SignUp to sign up online.
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