Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce
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Committee Updates: May 2018

Business Retention & Workforce Development Committee
The Business Retention & Workforce Development committee met on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at 8:30 AM. The committee discussed the suggested topics for the next Early-Risers Breakfast Networking event focusing on Social Media in Business. This event will be on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at 7:00 AM located at the Perdido Community Center. Attendees are expected to pre-register online using the event page here. 
This particular breakfast focused on the topic of Social Media and Web Marketing in business. There will be a panel of local professionals in this field to help explain to business owners and business marketers the best practices to increase their online presence. The Panel will be moderated by Emily Etscheid, Member Services Manager for the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce. The panelists are as follows: 
Caron Sjoberg, Ideaworks (See Bio)
Briana Snellgrove, Social Icon (See Bio)
Charleigh Kennedy, Ideaworks (See Bio)
Blakeli Calvert, Flora-Bama (See Bio)
Registered attendees will be asked to submit their questions prior to the event so that the time will be best used to answer the audience questions. 
A delicious breakfast will be provided by Sally’s Island Catering and the event sponsor, SouthTel, Inc. will be in attendance to share some information with the audience about new communication tools!
Based on interest from the attending audience, the Business Retention & Workforce Development Committee will consider adding an additional workshop for the topic of Business Structure for those who would like to go into more detail on a specific subject. The more in-depth workshop would be held in May 2018, either as a morning “Breakfast Brief” or a “Lunch & Learn” located at the Chamber office. 
The committee also discussed new plans for the August and October breakfast meetings. The decision was made to create a two-part program focusing on the future development of the Perdido Key Area. Part two will focus on the Florida side, part two will focus on the Alabama side of the state line. The committee is also looking for a new location for the breakfast meetings If you have any suggestions for the committee, please contact chair Jim Beran. 
Perdido Key Chamber’s Breakfast Meeting Dates & Topics for 2018:
  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018- Social Media in Business
  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018- Future Development of the Perdido Key Area- Part One: Perdido Key
  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018- Future Development of the Perdido Key Area- Part Two: Orange Beach
Meetings are open to all members, their employees, and prospective new chamber members. Breakfast 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 grow and hear about what your chamber is doing for you! 
 if you have any questions regarding the Business Retention & Workforce Development committee or the Early-Risers Breakfast networking events,  please contact the committee chair, Jim Beran
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 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! The next meeting will be used to discuss with the panelists for the next breakfast meeting topic, Social Media and Web Marketing for business! 


The Business Retention & Workforce Development Committee meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 8:30 am at the Perdido Chamber: 15500 Perdido Key Dr. Pensacola, FL 32507.

 Military Committee 
The Military Committee did not meet this month. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at 4:30 PM at the Edward Jones office. 
Please contact the chair, Erin Wilmer, with any questions!

 On Saturday, May 19, 2018, a day nationally recognized as Armed Forces Appreciation Day, The Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce gathered the surrounding community of businesses, organizations and volunteers to give back to the vast population of military personnel in Pensacola through the first-ever Star Spangled Salute: Festival in Appreciation. The Perdido Key Area Chamber worked with the office of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) of NAS Pensacola to create an event for the troops, to show appreciation in how important their presence is to our country, our community, and our businesses.

The Star Spangled Salute: Festival in Appreciation was free and open to active duty and retired military, DOD and their family members. The festival hosted a day of games, activities, food, and entertainment for both kids and adults. The Perdido Key community worked together to show appreciation to families so that they can enjoy a day together, that they may not always get to do otherwise. “Often times our military members and their families make sacrifices that the rest of the world will never experience. Missed birthdays, anniversaries, births, deaths, baseball games, recitals; I could go on and on. But for a community like Perdido Key and Pensacola to come together in a combined unselfish act to say “Thank you” to those families makes me proud to be a member of this community. As a 24 year retired Navy Chief, I know first-hand how it feels to be appreciated…it is priceless” said Erin Wilmer Chairman of the Perdido Key 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

Advocacy Committee 
The Advocacy Committee met on Wednesday, April 30, 2018, at 8:30 am. The main discussion at this month’s committee meeting was the updates on the planning process for the Meet the Candidates event. This event is for the candidates running for Escambia County Commissioner in District 2, hosted by the Chamber and the League of Women Voters. Committee Members Penny Esworthy and Dana Pagador met with the League of Women Voters and set the date for July 18th from 6 to 8 pm. The meeting space was previously secured however Penny and Dana will be searching for a larger space for the community and each of the candidate’s supporters. A survey was sent out by the Chamber to ask Members how they feel about specific topics to be asked during the event. 
The following items are main topics on the agenda:
Underground Utilities
Bike Path/Safety
Public Beach Access
Conservation Plan
Proposed Perdido Key Road Swap

The candidates have all been secured and Penny is working on a letter to be sent to them regarding the guidelines of the event. Committee volunteers will be needed to set up and break down the event.

Community Updates: 
  • Perdido Key Association-World Oceans Day is on June 8, 2018. this event is going on from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Perdido Key State Park. There will be several vendors including Rick O’Connor from Sea Grant, presentations on Sea Turtles, Ocean Pollution, a touch tank, sand sculptors, Emerald Coast Kite fliers and more. They are currently advertising to day camps, condos, and vacation bible schools.
  • Emergency Management-Dana and Joann were at a meeting with the Pensacola chamber regarding Emergency Management in Escambia County. There will be a further update next meeting
  • Real Estate-Lori Copeland informed the committee that it is currently a seller’s market, prices have increased 8 to 10% over last year
  • The Chamber’s Military Appreciation Event went very well. 
  • The next Early risers meeting will be on June 26, 2018, at 7 am. The topic is Social Media in Business.
  • Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Update- Everything is still on track and moving along.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at 8:30 AM at the Chamber 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 Perdido Chamber: 15500 Perdido Key Dr. Pensacola, FL 32507.

 All committee meetings are open to the public to attend.

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