Councils & Committees

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We believe in the power of great ideas and that these ideas can come from anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat.

We continually adapt through the shifting economic landscape. We use data and community feedback to guide our course.

KEYHOLDERS

Chair: Cheryl Bamonte, UPS Store at Blue Angel Pkwy

The Keyholders are the ambassadors to the Perdido Key Area Chamber. They attend important events in the community such as Ribbon Cuttings, Chamber Luncheons, and Chamber socials. Their primary functions are to facilitate healthy relationships and ensure member needs are fulfilled.

 

 

The Keyholders met on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, for breakfast at Wolf Bay of Perdido. The ambassadors looked over the calendar of upcoming events and made plans for the upcoming Networking Lunches planned for 2019. The Keyholders are currently on a mission to recruit more people to become Keyholders and committee members for the Chamber. 

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at Hub Stacey’s at The Point at 7:30 AM

ADVOCACY

Chair: Kim Parker, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Works in partnership with our leadership, public entities, and local nonprofits to support the community. Advocating for the vitality of local business, preserving the quality of life and educating about our fragile wildlife and ecosystem. All helping to achieve the goal of community economic development.

 

The Advocacy Committee met on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 8:30 AM at the PKACC office. During this meeting, the committee discussed the goals for the coming year.

The committee is planning the following:

  • 1 to 2 community events for Business Networking meetings
  • 1 community event in the North end of the county to support that area
  • 4 educational events throughout the year (1 per quarter)
    • March- 2nd Annual Community Event/Town Hall Briefings
    • June- Community event in the north part of the county
    • September- Florida League of Voters on an informational topic regarding legislation
    • December- Alabama Community event TBD

Community, association, and environmental updates were discussed and a plan was made to have a community event calendar for internal use in the advocacy committee.

The Heron Trot is this coming Saturday, November 3rd.

Holidays in the Park is set for December 1st at Big Lagoon.

Any old Halloween pumpkins can be donated to the Gulf Coast Zoo for the animals to enjoy.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at 8:30 am at the PKACC office. Please contact the chair, Kim Parker, with any questions!

*The Advocacy Committee meets the last Wednesday of each month at 8:30 am at the Perdido Chamber: 15500 Perdido Key Dr. Pensacola, FL 32507.

BUSINESS & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Co-Chairs: Jim Beran, Gilmore Services & Tracy DeVack, Navy Federal Business Services

Retain and grow present businesses, encourage and support new business. Through educational workshops and seminars, we work to improve the pool of highly skilled, adequately trained employees.

 

The Business & Community Development committee met on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 9:00 am at Wolf Bay Lodge- Perdido. This new committee is a combination of the previous Business Retention & Workforce Development Committee and the Industry Trends in Economic Development committee.

The committee is in the planning process for the next Lunch Networking event on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, from 11:30am-1pm. The topic for this next lunch is “Introduction to Google & SEO”. The confirmed speaker for this event is Business Information Solutions.

This workshop will get you informed on SEO and how you can be working to get your business page on the top of Google search results. Learn the basics of Google and SEO to get started on the right path to success for your business online.

Meetings are open to all members, their employees, and prospective new chamber members. Lunch will be served, so please mark your calendars now! Plan to attend to enjoy some networking, meet new potential customers, learn invaluable information to help your business and hear about what your chamber is doing for you! Members: $20, Non-Members: $25

There was also be an in-depth discussion about starting a SCORE group.

If you have any questions regarding the Business & Community Development committee or the breakfast and lunch networking events, please contact the committee chair, Jim Beran. 

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 2018, at 8:30 am at the Chamber office. If you have ideas that you would like to share, or would like to take part in the decision making, feel free to join!

MILITARY COUNCIL

Chair: Erin Wilmer, Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Being the Cradle of Naval Aviation since 1913, our economy relies heavily on military members and their families within our community. Our committee focuses on inclusion, appreciation and giving back to those who have served.

 

 

The Military Committee met on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at 4:30 PM at the Edward Jones office.

A recap of the recent Military Moment Campaign was presented to the committee. The Military Moment Campaign consists of a series of Facebook Live interviews featuring various non-profit organizations right here in the community, that give their proceeds towards helping the military community. During the last military moment, committee members visited the USO at NAS Pensacola and sponsored a “Dine-On-Our-Dime” event serving single soldiers and military families. You can see the interview from the last military moment here.

The next committee initiative will be gathering volunteers and assisting in the promotion of finding sponsors for the Annual Wreaths Across America event- being held at Barrancas National Cemetary at NAS Pensacola. The Kiwanis Club of Big Lagoon Foundation Inc, in partnership with the National Wreaths Across America Organization, will collect funds for wreaths for the graves in the Barrancas National Cemetery. One goal is to teach young people in our community to remember and honor the sacrifices veterans have made for our country. If your business or family would like to purchase wreaths, go to www.barrancaswreaths.com. We will be needing as many volunteers as possible to assist in the wreath-laying ceremony on December 15, 2018. If you would like to volunteer for these types of events, or if you know of any events that this committee should get involved in, please contact the committee chair, Erin Wilmer!

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at 4:30 pm at the Edward Jones office on Sorrento Road. Please contact the chair, Erin Wilmer, with any questions regarding the Chamber’s military council!

*The Military Committee meets the last Tuesday of each month at 4:30 pm at Edward Jones: 12385 Sorrento Road, Suite. D2 Pensacola, FL 32507.

MEMBERSHIP AND MARKETING COMMITTEE

Chair: Judy Davis, Perdido Key Sports Bar & Perdido Key Souvenirs

Assist the Chamber in growing the number and quality of membership in the chamber. Assisting with the planning of membership programs and membership drives.

The Membership Committee did not meet this month.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at 8:30 am at the PKACC office. Please contact the chair, Judy Davis, with any questions regarding the Chamber’s membership and marketing committee! 

The Membership and Marketing Committee meets the third Wednesday of each month at 8:30 am at the Perdido Chamber: 15500 Perdido Key Dr. Pensacola, FL 32507.