Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

End of peak tourism season means self-reflection

End of peak tourism season means self-reflection

Looking at the numbers, Navarre Beach had a busy summer tourism season with bed tax totals climbing 16% over the previous year’s peak season. More than $1.71 million flowed into county coffers from bed taxes between May and July.   Read the full article in the Sept. 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Community center, firefighter training proposed for Navarre

Community center, firefighter training proposed for Navarre

Firefighters from across the region descend on Niceville for a weekend of training with the Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend Council, Inc. (NFVFW) each year, bringing with them money to spend and hotel nights purchased. Santa Rosa County’s Tourist Development Council (TDC) threw their support behind bringing those dollars into Santa Rosa during their meeting […]

Little Caesars is now open

Little Caesars is now open

After more than a year of work, businessman Brian Wood’s cheesy dream for Navarre has become a reality. Rapid-ready, pizza-to-go franchise Little Caesars opened its doors on a new Navarre location Aug. 21 with a celebratory ribbon cutting hosted by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.   Read the full article in the Aug. […]

Movies by the Dunes coming spring 2020

Movies by the Dunes coming spring 2020

Movies by the Dunes is coming to Navarre Beach next year. The Tourist Development Council (TDC) supported a grant of nearly $5,000 Aug. 1 for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to host the event.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Welcome home, chamber!

Welcome home, chamber!

After 42 years of serving the business community, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce officially came home July 31 with a celebratory ribbon cutting on their new building. The conference room, halls and lobby were packed with supporters to celebrate the opening of the new Navarre Chamber Information Center. Read the full article in […]

Oil interests threaten test range mission

Oil interests threaten test range mission

This is part three in a series of articles on the impacts of the U.S. Air Force Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range, which consists of 123,000 square miles of overwater training and testing space. Delineated at longitude 86˚ 41’, the Military Mission Line effectively cuts the Gulf of Mexico in half. This imaginary line […]

East Bay Boulevard under magnifying glass

East Bay Boulevard under magnifying glass

East Bay Boulevard will be under extra scrutiny starting this fall as the Emerald Coast Regional Council Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) conducts a corridor management study of the roughly 9.8-mile stretch from U.S. Highway 98 to Highway 87. Transportation Coordinator Tiffany Bates addressed the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce about the potential for the […]

Five things to know: Instagram for business

Five things to know: Instagram for business

Social media has enabled businesses to connect to customers in new and sometimes exciting ways if they can crack the code of ideal posting. As the audience on these platforms continues to grow, Instagram is one of the tools in the business owners’ toolbox of promotion, said Monica McBrien, community outreach specialist for the Santa […]

What’s your exit strategy?

What’s your exit strategy?

More than one in three small-business owners (39%) plan to rely on selling their business to fund their retirement, according to a 2017 study by Capital One. Edward Jones financial advisor Monica Meyer said that trend is concerning because this is far from a reliable business exit strategy.   Read the full article in the […]

Holiday visitors greeted by restroom mess

Holiday visitors greeted by restroom mess

Fourth of July visitors to Navarre Beach had an unpleasant surprise in the women’s public restrooms. The only ADA accessible stall of the bathroom was temporarily closed after a pile of human feces was found on the floor that afternoon. When the county was informed of the issue, it was stated that the problem would […]

Local SBDC takes top awards for small business support

Local SBDC takes top awards for small business support

Local efforts to support small businesses received statewide kudos last month as the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network handed out its annual awards. Navarre’s own Adam McCloskey received the Florida State Star Award for his work.   Read the full article in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Butterfly House co-founder dies at 92

Butterfly House co-founder dies at 92

Though her time here was short, Fonda Wetherell made a lasting impact on the children of Navarre as one of the founders of the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH). She passed away June 22 in Iowa. As a volunteer and lover of gardening and butterflies, Wetherell helped shape this icon of Navarre in the early years […]

Celebrating the nation’s independence

Celebrating the nation’s independence

Fireworks lit up the night, children paraded their patriotism and live music got folks dancing during the Hometown July 4th celebration on Navarre Beach, hosted by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. The professional fireworks display was coordinated with the Tourist Development Council.   Read the full article in the July 11 issue of […]

Co-work spaces offer flexibility, collaboration for entrepreneurs

Co-work spaces offer flexibility, collaboration for entrepreneurs

Being a business does not always mean having a location. The overhead cost of owning or even renting a building or storefront can be cost prohibitive for small businesses.   Read the full article in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to […]

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

As the country celebrates the 243rd anniversary of our founding fathers signing the Declaration of Independence, Navarre Beach will be featuring some special celebrations. The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is presenting the second annual Hometown 4th of July Parade and Celebration on Navarre Beach co-hosted by the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office July […]

Businesses must plan for disaster

Businesses must plan for disaster

One in four businesses never reopen following a natural disaster, and 90% of businesses that do not get back up and running in five days will ultimately fail, according to the Small Business Development Center at University of West Florida (SBDC). A business continuity plan can help mitigate that risk said SBDC business consultant Ayesha […]

New Santa Rosa Medical Center open

New Santa Rosa Medical Center open

Santa Rosa Medical Center’s Dr. Robert Dimick, Dr. Tayisha Vilceus, Dr. Michael Barber, Dr. Sarah Skelly, Monica Vitale, MA, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Danielle Ostrowski, Office Coordinator Beth Cover, Practice Director Nichole Butts, LPN Sharon Yeomans and Physician Assistant Charles Windfelder, Jr. celebrated an open house Saturday for their new facility at the corner of […]

Santa Rosa not so small business friendly

Santa Rosa not so small business friendly

When Ken Walters prepared to open the Grey Tap Room in Navarre, he went through the proper county processes. He said he wanted to be sure to do things the right way. Walters got approved site plans after months of back and forth with county staff, and planted the trees as required from his plan […]

Chamber closes on new home

Chamber closes on new home

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce signed closing documents on purchase of a new permanent home Friday. The new office building is located at 1804 Prado Street in the heart of Navarre. The Chamber’s new location, totaling approximately 3,000 square feet with about 50 parking spaces, was previously occupied by the Navarre Beach Agency. […]

Chamber capital campaign has strong start

Chamber capital campaign has strong start

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce officially kicked off its capital campaign for a new permanent home May 31 with a big announcement. The chamber secured $55,000 in beginning donations for the campaign to purchase the building and property at 1804 Prado Street in the heart of Navarre.   Read the full article in […]

County needs change from within

County needs change from within

When it comes to the process of opening a business in Santa Rosa County, the county staff should look at themselves, as a whole, in the mirror. That is where the change must start. At the small-business roundtable hosted by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber and Small Business Development Council of UWF, we listened to […]

Blessing the beach

Blessing the beach

Locals and visitors gathered for a special prayer over the beach May 23. Dr. Alan McBride, senior pastor at Navarre United Methodist Church, led a prayer for safety and prosperity for the locals and the thousands of visitors who will visit throughout peak tourist season. The annual blessing is coordinated by the Navarre Beach Area […]

Tunes by the Dunes kicks off Thursday

Tunes by the Dunes kicks off Thursday

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off its 12th annual free summer concert series Thursday, May 30 at the Navarre Beach Park’s Sand Crab Pavilion, just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Co-hosted by the Okaloosa Gas District, Navarre Press, Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office, 87 Garage and the Navarre […]

Picnic honors Navarre’s military community

Picnic honors Navarre’s military community

Cloudy skies gave way to a sunny mid-day Saturday in Navarre Park during the third annual Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Picnic. May is Military Appreciation Month, and the chamber has been celebrating with an appreciation event for years, but in 2016 they transitioned from a formal breakfast to an informal picnic […]

Chambers set to “stuff the bus” for local students

Chambers set to “stuff the bus” for local students

Since United Way of Santa Rosa County has been dissolved, many community organizations are picking up the slack for the needs United Way filled. One such project is providing school supplies for children at or below the poverty line, including the district’s hundreds of homeless students.   Read the full article in the May 16 […]

Navarre Chamber announces new potential home, tourism programming

Navarre Chamber announces new potential home, tourism programming

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is eyeing a new forever home, and with that new space comes new programming targeted at Navarre’s largest economic sector: tourism. Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Gail Acosta presented these new programs and a financial ask May 1 to the county’s Tourist Development Council (TDC). […]

South Santa Rosa Arc celebrates one year

South Santa Rosa Arc celebrates one year

The Arc Gateway’s south Santa Rosa program celebrated their first anniversary Tuesday, commemorating the expansion of services for an underserved population. The facility at 5668 Gulf Breeze Parkway offers south Santa Rosa’s first day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Chamber recognizes Navarre teachers of the year

Chamber recognizes Navarre teachers of the year

Teachers of the Year from Navarre area schools were recognized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.                                                                           […]

Jobs harder to fill with low unemployment rate in Santa Rosa County

Jobs harder to fill with low unemployment rate in Santa Rosa County

Santa Rosa County fell below the state average percentage of unemployment in the month of February in figures released by the state Department of Economic Opportunity. Santa Rosa held a 3.2 percent unemployment rate for the month of February. Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view […]

Santa Rosa Sheriff: ‘Heroin making strong return’

Santa Rosa Sheriff: ‘Heroin making strong return’

As the guest speaker for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast Friday, Sheriff Bob Johnson gave staggering statistics of drug arrests which include opioids. “Heroin is making a strong return,” Johnson said. Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign […]

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