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KEYHOLDERS & EVENTS

The Keyholder committee team serves as an onboarding team, welcoming and assisting new members in getting involved. Keyholder promote & provide assistance at events, ribbon cuttings, and community outreach – creating positive first impressions on behalf of the Perdido Area Chamber and the community we serve!

Chair: Cheryl Bamonte, UPS Store at Blue Angel Pkwy

Co-Chair: Sally Bowen, Sally’s Island Catering

Meeting Time

Second Friday of every month @ 7:30 AM

Primary Goals and Activities:

  • Educate Current and new members about member benefits and business opportunities through onboarding mentorship/adopt a member.
  • Participate in Member retention in quarterly check-in campaigns.
  • Attend and Assist chamber hosted event such as ribbon cuttings and chamber hosted events.
  • Promote Chamber event through social media and other networking channels.
  • Record activity to be in drawing for monthly rewards and Ambassador of the Year awards
  • Provide Committee must provide one at-large non-board member for nominating a committee to meet in October.
The Keyholders met on Friday, January 10, 2020, at 7:30 AM at the Island Epicurean Breakfast Club.
In attendance – Cheryl Bamonte, Brittany Barnett, Sally Bowen, Beth Clark, Kim Grab, John Griffin, Tess Harrison, Crystal Silins, Judy Smith, and Bill Short
Staff- Tammy Thurow
The meeting was welcomed by Cheryl. Then, the committee reviewed the new members from November 1, 2019 through January 9, 2020. After reviewing, then each keyholder was assigned a new member to follow up with them. They also reviewed the upcoming events and which one needed volunteering.
Sally, Brittany, and Judy volunteered to help out with the Snowbird Hootenanny on January 16th.
This was Cheryl’s last meeting as chair.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Friday, February 14, 2019, at 7:30 am at the Hub Stacey’s At The Point.

The Keyholders and Events Committee meets on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 am at the Pensacola Greyhound Track, 951 Dog Track Road Pensacola, FL 32506, Island Epicurean Breakfast Club, 13700 Perdido Key Drive bldg. C, Suite 140 Pensacola, FL 32507 & Hub Stacey’s at the Point, 5851 Galvez Rd, Pensacola, FL 32507.

COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

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

Chair: Penny Esworthy, Community Member

Co-Chair: TBD

Meeting Time

Last Wednesday of every month @ 9:00 AM

Primary Goals and Activities:

  • Assisting and ensuring in the Perdido Key Master Plan Progression.
  • Educating all businesses, residents, and visitors about the Perdido Habitat Conversation Plan introduced by the Florida Fish and Wildlife agency.
  • Advocating for safety including better crosswalks and the development of the Multi-Use Path.
The Community Affairs Committee on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 9:00 AM at the PKACC Conference Room.
February’s Lunch N Learn will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 11:30 am at the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce, either in the Conference Room or in the Community Center next door. Tim Day is going to the guest speaker of this event. The committee wants the topic to be like Leave No Trace (LNT), so people and property owners can get educated about the laws on the beach, like cleanup.
Charles, from PKA, talked about the Multi-Use Path that is still waiting on approval. They are having a Public Comment until February 6th about the path. Its plan is to be an eight foot concrete path for bikers to use along Perdido Key Drive. The PKA Annual Meeting is on February 29th, at 10:00 am at the Eden Condominiums.
The next meeting of the full committee will be Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 9:00 am at the PKACC office. 

The Community Affairs Committee meets the last Wednesday of each month at 9:00 am at the Perdido Chamber: 15500 Perdido Key Dr. Pensacola, FL 32507.

BUSINESS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Business & Economic Development committee actively supports member businesses by promoting the Chamber’s core mission.

Promote progressive leadership in commerce for a dynamic and prosperous community in the Perdido Area. The Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to endorsing the Perdido Area’s growth of regional businesses and community prosperity through Advocacy, leadership, economic development, education and associations across state lines.

Chair: Wayne Garrison, Brand Mortgage

Co-Chair: TBD

Meeting Time

Third Thursday of every month @ 8:30 AM

Primary Goals and Activities:

  • Support the core member base of our Chamber.
  • Provide educational benefits by hosting workforce training and networking opportunities.
  • Develops and coordinates special events directly impacting local economy.
  • Committee must provide one at-large Non-board member for Nominating committee to meet in October.
The Business & Economic Development committee met on Thursday, January 16, 2019, at 8:30 am in the Perdido Key Community Center. 
The committee discussed the success of the 2019 Perdido Shop Hop. The goal of the Perdido Shop Hop was to make an economic impact for businesses in the Perdido Key Area and it was achieved. Then, ideas of the 2020 Perdido Shop Hop was also talked about: how to get the businesses and their employees more involved, possibility of new sponsors, the event is going to be three weeks long, the look of the new passports.
January’s Early Risers Breakfast Meeting was the committees’ month to plan this event. The topic of this Early Risers Breakfast Meeting was Planning & Zoning, and the guest speaker was the Director of Escambia County Development Services Department, Horace Jones.
The “Job Fair” and “Flicks on the Field” for this committee was also discussed. 
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2020, at 8:30 am at the Chamber office. 
The Business & Economic Development Committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at 8:30 am at the Perdido Chamber: 15500 Perdido Key Dr. Pensacola, FL 32507. 

MILITARY APPRECIATION COUNCIL

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 and to make the Perdido Area a desirable community for military families to live, work, and play.

Chair: Erin Wilmer, Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Co-Chair: TBD

Meeting Time

Last Tuesday of every month @ 4:30 PM

Primary Goals and Activities:

  • Bridge the Gap between military families and the local business community by providing resources to incoming families and assisting veteran entrepreneurs.
  • Educate the community on the importance of the military history of the Perdido Area.
  • Support, empower and appreciate the military veterans and their families through events.
The Military Committee met on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 4:30 PM at Edward Jones on Sorrento Road.
The committee discussed the contract with MWR. Dana, Erin and Tracy will meet with MWR to negotiate the contract.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 4:30 PM at the Edward Jones Office on Sorrento Road. 
The Military Council meets the last Tuesday of each month at 4:30 pm at the Edward Jones Office.

MEMBERSHIP AND MARKETING COMMITTEE

The Membership & Marketing Committee will actively seek and explore methods for promoting member businesses, growing core member base, and evaluate chamber branding strategies including the annual area guide. The committee will assess & evaluate content and frequency to propose or revise marketing plans/tools to build and drive value to chamber events and programs. They will also participate in the recruitment of volunteers and provide introductions to prospective members to join the chamber or sponsor a valued event.

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

Meeting Time

Fourth Friday of every month @ 8:30 AM

Primary Goals and Activities:

  • Growing the core member base of our Chamber.
  • Help provide content, imagery and proof read annual guide.
  • Social Sharing: Share other member’s good news with the chamber when seen and share the chambers good news with other members.
  • Help evaluate branding and promo items for chamber.
  • Educate and share Member benefits by hosting membership drives and campaigns.
    • Chamber provides list of dropped members, prospects, and social media leads.
  • Committee must provide one at-large Non-board member for Nominating committee to meet in October.
The Membership and Marketing Committee on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 8:30 AM at the PKACC Conference Room.
This meeting was started off by stating that communication is key and that it is substantial when building membership, we communicate with our members. It was brought up that some members don’t feel they are not getting anything back from the Chamber. Ideas were discussed about what and how we can change that for our members.
The idea of starting to make a Quarterly Flyer of community events was brought up. The flyer would have three months’ worth of events that are happening in the Perdido Key Area. They would be spread out at businesses throughout Perdido Key so people are able to see them not just at the chamber, but where people go daily.
“Key to Networking Coffee” was created at this meeting. The goal for this networking event is the opportunity for new members to join and to network with the chamber. The committee decided that the 3rd Friday of every month would be the best time to do this. The location is going to be at Hub Stacey’s At The Point. Tammy Thurow, will be in charge of this event.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Friday, February 28, 2020, at 8:30 am at the PKACC office. 

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