January 19, 2021
We are just over one week from celebrating the best of the best! Join us for our Jan. 28 Awards Party Presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center & Twin Cities Hospital.

The evening begins with a reception sponsored by Embassy Suites Destin-Miramar Beach, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary! The reception features an open bar and appetizers from 5:15 - 6 p.m., when the doors will open to the ballroom and dinner will be served.

After dinner, the Chamber will announce the winners of its most prestigious awards, including the James D. Neilson Sr. Chairman’s Award for Volunteer Service, Business Person of the Year, Ann Gibson Community Service Award and Paul Woolman Ambassador of the Year. 

Thank you to our sponsors, including  presenting sponsor Fort Walton Beach Medical Center & Twin Cities Hospital, reception sponsor Embassy Suites Destin – Miramar Beach Celebrating Its 20th Anniversary, bar sponsor The Blake at Miramar Beach, and food station sponsor Okaloosa Gas
BizTech Offer Technology & Social Media Marketing Tips & Insights
Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, for a daylong conference and expo connecting Destin area small business owners and employees with technology-related information, marketing strategies, and the companies they need to improve their business operations, find new clients, and protect their electronic assets.

Topics include the following:
• Instagram
• Google My Business
• Cybersecurity
• SEO Strategies
• Technology for Remote Work Settings
• Home Network Security
• Vendor Management
• Post-COVID Payment Solutions
• and more! 

Find details and registration information here. Space is limited and early bird pricing is available until Feb. 5.
Paycheck Protection Program Resumed January 11
SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw PPP Loans the week of January 11, 2021. SBA began accepting applications for Second Draw PPP Loans on January 13, 2021. At least $25 billion is being set aside for Second Draw PPP Loans to eligible borrowers with a maximum of 10 employees or for loans of $250,000 or less to eligible borrowers in low or moderate income neighborhoods.

Prepay for 2021 Chamber Breakfasts & Save $
Save time and money with our 2021 Chamber Breakfast Prepay Program! For $150, a savings of $35, you will be automatically registered for our Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, and Nov. 12 Business Before Hours, as well as our July 13 Great American Cookout and Dec. 3 Bowling for Business Tournament. For details, please call (850) 837-6241 or email mail@DestinChamber.com.
Do You Need Masks For Your Business?
Thank you to the Florida Department of Health of Okaloosa County for providing 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.
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.
Tourism & Hospitality Lunch
Wednesday, January 20 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer

Jennifer Adams, director of Destin - Fort Walton Beach Tourism Development, will provide an update on tourism going into 2021, the expansion of the Venture Out program, and how the community can best assist tourism efforts.
Florida SBDC Virtual Office Hours at the Destin Chamber
Thursday, January 21 | 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.
Awards Party Presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center & Twin Cities Hospital
Thursday, January 28 | 5:15 - 8 p.m.
Embassy Suites Destin-Miramar Beach

It's time to celebrate the best of the best! Help us honor our most outstanding members, as nominated by our members and decided by our Board of Directors.

Sponsorships are available! Email cassy@DestinChamber.com.
Military Affairs Council
Wednesday, February 3 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Destin Chamber
Business Before Hours
Friday, February 12 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village

Nicole Gislason, Executive Director of the Haas Center at the University of West Florida, will share insights about the economy as we move into 2021.

**Prepay for all 2021 breakfasts and save money.
Ladies Who Launch Powerhouse Women Series: Domenica Farmer
Wednesday, February 17 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Destin Chamber

Domenica Farmer, Area Vice President of Waste Management of the Gulf Coast, will share her journey of more than 25 years' experience in the comprehensive waste and environmental services industry, while serving the community and raising a family.
Business After Hours Sponsored by 790 on the Gulf & Emerald Coast Luxury Transportation
Thursday, February 25 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Destin Chamber

Join us for networking, cocktails, and appetizers, during our Feb. 25 Business After Hours at 790 on the Gulf! The event begins at 5 p.m., and culminates with door prizes at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for members and prepayment is required.
Thank You To Our Renewing Members
DestinChamber.com | (850) 837-6241