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

KEYHOLDERS & EVENTS

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 Events Committee helps to organize and promote our local community events such as Flicks on the Field- a Family-Fun Community Movie Night!

 

 

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Friday, June 14, 2019, at 7:30 am at the Pensacola Greyhound Track. 

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, May 29, 2019, at 8:30 am in the PKACC Conference Room.

The first part of the meeting included the finalizing of the plans for the next community update breakfast to be held on Tuesday, June 18 at the Escambia County Equestrian Center. This breakfast will include guest speaker, Commissioner Jeff Bergosh of District One and will be catered by Sally’s Island Catering. The breakfast is sponsored by Florida Blue. Tickets are available on the event page on PerdidoChamber.com.

The remainder of the meeting focused on some issues concerning safety on Perdido Key When it comes to the area Perdido Key Drive. After discussions about the speed limit, crosswalks, and multi-use path issues, the committee agreed to help draft a letter to be read at the next Board of County Commissioners meeting stating the concerns of safety on the island. The letter will be drafted by the committee and approved by the chamber board.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 8:30 am at the PKACC office. 

BUSINESS & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Chair: Bill Short, AM-PRES Corporation

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 Friday, May 17, 2019, at 8:30 am in the PKACC conference room. 

The disaster preparedness Lunch N Learn was a great turnout. There was a discussion of a secondary disaster awareness presentation for June 2019. The committee would like to invite the speaker to be a representative from Escambia County. Follow up is needed for the desired date, speaker, sponsor, and location.

An update on SCORE was given. Currently, there are more requests coming in than available mentors. The SCORE group is always actively searching for mentors, specifically in specialized areas such as accounting, lawyers, advertising, CPA’s, etc. As of now, the SCORE has reserved the July 2019 Early-Risers breakfast to be an update on the Perdido SCORE chapter. They are still working to confirm the speakers and sponsor. 

September 24, 2019, Early Riser Breakfast will at Eden Condominiums, breakfast will be provided by Burger King. Speaker and Sponsor to be confirmed, meeting subject is the Tourism income impact to the Perdido Key Area.

An update on The Perdido Key Shop Hop was given. This event’s chair is Dee Marie Fisher. The date of the Shop Hop has extended to one week, starting on November 30 extending to December 7, 2019. On December 7th, there will be a closing celebration event where door prizes and other winnings will be announced. The location is still to be established. Sponsorship levels will be relatively the same, the names of the sponsorship levels were changed. Other items being worked on including ticket use, Logo, mouse involvement, marketing plan, map, drawing items, and other subjects.

The committee plans to review and support any progress of community development in Perdido Key including the Perdido Key Master Plan. They will support any progression made by the Advocacy Committee of the Chamber. 

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

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 8:30 am at the Chamber office.

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, May 7th, 14th, and 28th at 4:30 PM at the Edward Jones office. While the early meetings in May were spent finalizing the event details for Saturday, May 18th, the final meeting in May featured a lengthy debriefing with accomplishments and notes for improvements.

Some topics of discussion are listed below, for complete debriefing notes, please contact the chair, Erin Wilmer.

  • MWR- setup/breakdown notes- booths & activities
  • Parking
  • Marketing/Finance
  • Food Prep
  • Prizes & Sponsors
  • Volunteers- security forms

Overall, the committee needs more people to produce a more successful event! Be sure to share and comment on the festival photos on both the Chamber Facebook page and the Star, Spangled Salute Facebook Page.

Erin is also still looking for a new secretary for this committee to help take notes during the meetings. Please contact Erin Wilmer if interested!

The committee will not meet in June. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the Edward Jones Office. 

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 next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Friday, June 28, 2019, at 8:30 am at the PKACC office.