August 4, 2020
In his latest President's Message, Destin Chamber President & CEO Shane A. Moody, CCE, FCCP, says. "Over the past four months, you’ve heard the chamber say this when talking about the economy: Reopen, Recover, Reimagine. While we’ve reopened, the recovery is ongoing and the reimagine is being discussed. Our Economic Recovery Task Force has done a great job providing the chamber with thoughts and ideas on what’s to come. One of the major events just ahead of us is an election, an election that has not received much attention due to the coronavirus pandemic."

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.
Florida Chamber COVID-19 Business Impact Survey
Florida’s job creators are going through unforeseen and unprecedented times. Please take a few minutes and give a snapshot of what your business, and your employees, are going through. If your business has taken extraordinary measures, or if you have an employee you want to highlight who has gone above and beyond, the Florida Chamber wants to hear his or her story as well. The August survey marks the sixth month since Florida’s first COVID-19 case and will provide an updated “snapshot” of what job creators are doing, have done, and what your needs are going forward. Take the survey here. 
Phase 4 COVID-19 Relief Package Side-By-Side Summary
Last week, the US Senate introduced its Phase 4 legislative package to provide financial relief to families, businesses, and communities across the country enduring the economic destruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The US Chamber prepared an initial side-by-side summary for the business community of the differing House and Senate Phase 4 proposals, specifically as they each pertain to five priority areas — Liability Protection Against Unwarranted Lawsuits, Support for Small and Midsize Employers, Support for Childcare and K-12 Schools, Unemployment and Job Training, and State and Local Assistance. The side-by-side summary also includes initial draft recommendations from the US Chamber for improving the package. Click here to view the side-by-side summary. 
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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. From IT 101 and business continuity plans to cybersecurity and infrastructure discussions, topics are designed to appeal to a wide range of needs and experience. 

Thank you to breakout sponsor Warren Averett, booth sponsor Five Channels 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!
Current COVID-19 Data Now Available on
Visit our website for up-to-date, local COVID-19 metrics.

Thank you to those businesses and organizations stepping up to help each other and the community. We want to share your upcoming events and highlight your good works. Please send updates to
Florida SBDC Virtual Office Hours at the Destin Chamber
Thursday, August 6 | 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.
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. We'll also have a putting contest, hole-in-one prizes and more.

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