February 1, 2022
On March 3, we are hosting three roundtable discussions focused on Improving Your Labor Situation. Despite current challenges within the labor market, businesses that are willing to adapt have a tremendous opportunity to acquire excellent talent. Learn from others who have seen what works within their own businesses, ask questions, and brainstorm practical takeaways you can use to bolster your team.

Find details and register here. Roundtables will be held at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. Space is limited in each session in order to keep the group small and productive.
Florida Workforce Needs Study 2.0
Last year, the Florida Chamber Foundation released the 2021 Florida Workforce Needs Study, which provided a deep dive into the impacts of COVID-19 on Florida’s industries and talent. This year, it is releasing a follow-up research effort known as the Florida Workforce Needs Study 2.0. This two-year research program will further examine the lasting impacts of the pandemic on your workforce needs and challenges, and provide insight into how Florida businesses and educational institutions can partner to advance the hard and soft skills needed to narrow Florida's workforce skills gaps and improve our talent pipeline. 

Legislative Update

VISIT FLORIDA & COVID-19 Liability Protections Bills Readied for Passage
Last week, both VISIT FLORIDA reauthorization bills, HB 489 and SB 434, received their final hearings and passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. The House bill would extend VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s tourism marketing arm, through Oct. 1, 2028, while the Senate companion would extend the organization through 2031. Additionally, the House Judiciary Committee passed a necessary extension of COVID-19 liability protections for healthcare providers, HB 7021, readying it for the House floor as soon as this week. Without an extension, the healthcare COVID-19 liability protections passed during the 2021 legislative session will expire in March. The first substantive bill the Senate passed earlier this session was the COVID-19 liability protections bill for healthcare providers. 

Local Business Protection Act and “Ultimate” Preemption Bill Pass Senate
On Thursday, the Senate passed SB 280 and SB 620 off the Senate Floor. In debate, Senator Travis Hutson referred to his bill, SB 280, as the “ultimate” preemption bill and a way to end groups from coming to Tallahassee on an annual basis requesting preemptions of local governments. SB 280 requires local governments to create a business impact statement when considering local ordinances, pauses enforcement of regulations while they are being challenged in court, and allows for attorney fees if the ordinance is successfully challenged. He argued that now these ordinances will be challenged at the local level. Senator Hutson also filed an amendment to SB 620 that titles the bill the “Local Business Protection Act.” SB 620 creates an avenue for businesses that lose more than 15 percent of their profit due to a local government ordinance to recover damages. These bills were sent to the House where the companion measures, HB 403 and HB 569, have two committee hearings remaining.
Join the Chamber Team!
We are looking for a Membership & Events Coordinator to join our team. For details, visit our Job Board. To add your own job listing, log into our Member Portal. If you need your login information, send us an email at mail@DestinChamber.com.
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.
Military Affairs Council
Military Affairs Council (MAC) Meeting
Wednesday, February 2 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Destin Chamber

Our speaker will be Lt. Demeika McClendon of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. Anyone with an interest in the military is invited to attend.
Shop Talk Thursdays
No Cost Business Consulting
Thursday, February 3 | 12 - 3 p.m.
Destin Chamber
Florida SBDC at UWF Business Consultant Diana Jernigan will be available for impromptu meetings assisting with business challenges or opportunities. These meetings are confidential, no-cost, and allow you skip the traditional wait period after you request consulting from the Florida SBDC.
Business Before Hours Sponsored by Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican
Friday, February 11 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Location: Embassy Suites Destin - Miramar Beach
Join us for our Business Before Hours sponsored by Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican and featuring our non-profit partner Rocky Bayou Christian School! Adam McCloskey and Diana Jernigan of the Florida SBDC at UWF, will discuss Business in 2022.
Ladies Who Launch Powerhouse Women Series: Corey Dobridnia
Wednesday, February 16 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Destin Chamber
In 2022, Ladies Who Launch is continuing its Powerhouse Women Series, highlighting impactful women in our community. Our February Powerhouse Woman is the award-winning Walton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Corey Dobridnia. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited & registration is required. 
Business After Hours
Business After Hours Sponsored by HarborWalk Village - King Cakes & Cocktails
Thursday, February 24 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: 10 Harbor Blvd.
Go on a Mardi Gras-themed Scavenger Hunt visiting select HarborWalk Merchants to sample King Cakes, cocktail specials & New Orleans style food. Stroll throughout HarborWalk Village to see what’s new for the 2022 season. Also enjoy live entertainment from ShakeTown Duo & Coastal Reflections' photo booth.

Community Events
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If you would like your event listed here, please submit it to the Events Calendar at DestinChamber.com. Be sure to include your company name, as we only publish events of Destin Chamber members.
February 10 - Mr. & Mrs. Scotches

Corcoran Reverie
Congratulations to Corcoran Reverie on last week's ribbon cutting celebrating the new Destin office!
Thank You To Our Renewing Members
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