June 2, 2020
Greetings!
We can't wait to see you! Our June 12 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC will be held in person at Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village. Safety precautions, including limited capacity and social distancing, will be taken.

Jennifer Adams, Director of Destin - Fort Walton Beach Tourist Development, will update us on summer tourism, the increased marketing efforts for end of summer/fall business, and the new Venture Out program.

City of Destin Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program is Open
Current COVID-19 Data Now Available on DestinChamber.com
Visit our website for up-to-date, local COVID-19 metrics.
Want a Hands-On, In-Depth Destin Learning Experience?
Applications for Destin Forward, our community education and leadership program, are now available. What have recent graduates said about the program?

"I really enjoyed Destin Forward. It does not matter what stage of your career you are in, whether it’s the beginning, middle or towards the end. This experience still teaches you new things especially about Destin, and you meet some great people that you’ll share a common bond with for years to come. I highly recommend participating!"
- Stephanie Larabee, Hancock Whitney Bank

"Destin Forward is certainly a time to be treasured. From learning so much about Destin and its history, to the bonds formed with classmates. Destin Forward also offers each class the opportunity to make a long lasting impact on the community, which makes it very unique. I encourage anyone no matter where you are in your life and career to take time out and join a class."
- Dena Critch

Find details and the application here. $75 scholarships are available upon request.
PPP Loan Forgiveness: A Step-By-Step Video Explanation
The US Chamber released a new video, which provides a step-by-step explanation of the Payment Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness process, including calculations and repayment terms. Watch the video here.

The latest data shows that the US Small Business Administration approved 336,539 PPP loans in Florida, totaling $30.4 billion in approved funding for Florida businesses.
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Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?
Please use these guides to help update your business' hurricane preparedness plan:

Don't forget the 2020 Florida's Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday ends June 4. See what is included.
Leadership Okaloosa Applications Available Now
Leadership Okaloosa is an esteemed leadership training and development program with a 30-year history of being a vital part of Okaloosa County’s growth and development of its leaders. This 9-month experience is designed to enhance the participant’s leadership skills and provide community awareness. Find details and application here.
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 29.8% response rate to the 2020 Census. Please take time to complete the census today! Call (844) 330-2020 or complete the Census online at  www.My2020Census.Gov .
Business Before Hours Sponsored by Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC
Friday, June 12 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village

Jennifer Adams, Director of Destin - Fort Walton Beach Tourist Development, will update us on summer tourism, the increased marketing efforts for end of summer/fall business, and the new Venture Out program.

Attendance is limited to 72 guests. Register and see all of the event safety precautions.
Powerhouse Women Series: Marcia Hull, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation
Wednesday, June 17 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Virtual Event

In 2020, Ladies Who Launch is highlighting impactful women in our community through the new Powerhouse Women Series. On June 17, Marcia Hull, CEO of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, will share her love of the arts and preserving the legacy of Destin matriarch Mattie Kelly.
Okaloosa County Commission Candidates Virtual Forum
Tuesday, June 23 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Virtual Event

The Destin Chamber Board of Directors is hosting all candidates for the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners for a virtual forum. Do you have a question for the candidates? Please email them to espies@DestinChamber.com or be prepared to post them into the Q&A during the event. You must register to receive login instructions.
Military Affairs Council (MAC) Meeting
Wednesday, July 1 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Destin Chamber
Annual Golf Tournament Sponsored by Renasant Bank
Thursday, October 1 | Noon Shotgun Start
Emerald Bay Golf Club

Half Shell Oyster House will join us for a cookout featuring oysters, hamburgers and hotdogs before the tournament begins, and Acme Oyster House will be shucking oysters all afternoon. We will also have a putting content and prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin.

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.
DestinChamber.com | (850) 837-6241