Navarre Chamber

May is Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month

Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners honored servicemen and servicewomen Monday with a declaration of May as National Military Appreciation Month alongside representatives from NAS Whiting Field. Take a moment this month to thank those who serve. In Navarre, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Military Appreciation Picnic Saturday at Navarre […]

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). […]

Santa Rosa businesses miss opportunity with Visit Florida marketing program

Santa Rosa businesses miss opportunity with Visit Florida marketing program

Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, announced April 1 that 152 Florida businesses were accepted into the organization’s free 2019 Targeted Marketing Assistance Program (TMAP). None were in Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up […]

Economic development alliance growing

Economic development alliance growing

Santa Rosa’s Economic Development Office (EDO) has expanded its reach and services thanks to partnerships with two arms of the University of West Florida, bringing new professionals into the mix. The newest of these partnerships is a joint agreement with the University of West Florida’s Office of Economic Development and Engagement as part of the […]

#AskAdam gets temporary twist

#AskAdam gets temporary twist

A new face will be offering free small business advising services to members of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce over the next few weeks. In January 2018, the chamber partnered with the Florida Small Business Development Center at University of West Florida to create the Ask Adam program. Read the full article in […]

New chamber board sets sights on future of business

New chamber board sets sights on future of business

Seven new board members officially joined the leadership team for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Saturday as they took the oath of office during the Boots and Bling Annual Awards Banquet and Installation Gala. Some of the directors are faces familiar to the chamber, that through their work have already made an impact […]

County takes stand against 98 flyover

County takes stand against 98 flyover

County commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 24 to inform state officials they oppose construction of a flyover on U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre. The opposition was led by the commissioner representing the area, Dave Piech. The commission’s stance will be conveyed by letter to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Read the full article in the […]

StRIVE to improve business looks across county

StRIVE to improve business looks across county

Days may be numbered for shabby signs and cracked facades across Santa Rosa County as the commissioners approved a grant last week to spruce up the look of local business. Commissioners dedicated $50,000 to the StRIVE (Santa Rosa Improvement Vitalization Enterprise) Grant program in 2019 to help businesses improve their look through signage and facade […]

District 4 plan draws mixed reviews

District 4  plan draws mixed reviews

Outright adoption or even acceptance of the District 4 Master Plan was more than the Santa Rosa County commissioners could swallow Jan. 24. Of the five commissioners, three failed to throw support behind the document that took 19 months, hundreds of public comments, multiple public hearings and $150,000 of taxpayer funds to create. Read the […]

Local job growth concentrated in low-paying fields

Local job growth concentrated in low-paying fields

As fast food and retail jobs just above the minimum wage continue to be the fastest-growing type of job in the region, Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President Tamara Fountain said we may be able to learn a thing or two from Germany. Based on Florida Department of Economic Opportunity job growth data, the […]

Final Highway 98 options all include flyover

Final Highway 98 options all include flyover

The recommendations for U.S. Highway 98 are in, and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has found that a flyover through the center of Navarre’s business district is the best solution to the roadway’s traffic woes. The search for the best alternative began with the launch of a PD&E (Project Development and Environment) study in […]

Bizzy coming to a store near you

Bizzy coming to a store near you

As Christmas approaches, one of Santa’s elves has taken a vacation to Navarre Beach and will be stopping in at businesses throughout the community including the Navarre Press. This year, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has created “Bizzy The Navarre Chamber Elf,” and she will be visiting chamber member businesses throughout Navarre. Read […]

Chamber’s event a success despite hasty relocation

Chamber’s event a success despite hasty relocation

Holiday celebrations across the Gulf Coast had to regroup Saturday after severe weather rolled into the area, and the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas in the Park was no exception. But rather than call off the festivities, the chamber opted to move from the planned location of Navarre Park to the Days […]

Navarre Community Christmas

The Navarre Chamber’s “Christmas in the Park” event will be held from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Navarre Park. The Christmas Parade will start at 2 p.m. at the Navarre Library. The Christmas tree lighting will take place at 5 p.m. at the park. For more information, visit www.navarrechamber.com or call 850-939-3267.

Christmas parade and Christmas in the Park slated for Saturday

Christmas parade and Christmas in the Park slated for Saturday

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual “Christmas in the Park” event will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Navarre Park at the foot of the Navarre Bridge. This year’s event will include a Merry Market where local arts and crafters will gather with great gift ideas […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Here are the top five events happening this week: Friday, Nov. 30 Zoo lights Enjoy the beauty of the Gulf Breeze Zoo at night as you admire thousands of sparkling lights Nov. 30, Dec. 1,2, 7-9 and 14-29 from 5 to 9 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 850-932-2229 or visit […]

Holiday Shop Crawl surges small business spending

Holiday Shop Crawl surges small business spending

Ahead of Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce encouraged shoppers to patronize local businesses Nov. 17 as part of the seventh annual Holiday Shop and Dine Crawl. The chamber offered a goody bag and prizes to participants who visited all 15 stores on the shop crawl map. Read […]

Holiday Shop & Dine Crawl

Enjoy a fun‑filled day with your friends and family discovering unique and locally owned small shops and restaurants in the Navarre area participating in this awesome annual event. Shoppers will receive a complimentary shopping bag, a “Holiday Shop & Dine Crawl Map” and have a chance to win cash and great door prizes. The participating […]

Grant writing just a piece of the nonprofit puzzle

Grant writing just a piece of the nonprofit puzzle

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its second grant-writing workshop for nonprofits. Barbara Hunter Cox is a grant expert who has successfully secured funds for nonprofits for years, often totaling millions of dollars from organizations such as the Walton Family Foundation and Kellogg Foundation. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue […]

Harper assesses state of local economy, outlook for the future

Harper assesses state of local economy, outlook for the future

The U.S. economy is on the rise, hitting milestones not seen since the before the Great Recession. But that rise is accompanied by risks and new challenges. Economist Rick Harper gave the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce a briefing in the state of things Friday during the chamber’s monthly Commerce and Coffee. Read the […]

Navarre Christmas in the Park and Parade set for Dec.1

Navarre Christmas in the Park and Parade set for Dec.1

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual “Christmas in the Park” event will be held Saturday, Dec.1, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Navarre Park at the foot of the Navarre Bridge. This year’s event will include a Merry Market where local arts and crafters will gather with great gift ideas for everyone […]

Navarre Park’s Trojan butterfly won’t fly

Navarre Park’s Trojan butterfly won’t fly

We want to preface this with a simple statement of goal. We want the Panhandle Butterfly House to succeed. They are an asset to our community. But, in May we said: this is a bad idea. Dropping a small nonprofit program that has no stable revenue stream or even its own book keeper into a […]

Navarre leaders tackling worries about road plan

Navarre leaders tackling worries about road plan

A proposal to build a “community access road” to ease traffic on Highway 98 is being repackaged in an effort to calm the concerns of some Navarre residents. In fact, the whole idea of using the word “road” to describe the alternate route for local traffic in the Holley by the Sea area is now […]

Chamber Foundation funds dune protection signs

Chamber Foundation funds dune protection signs

In an attempt to better protect natural sand dunes, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation has agreed to donate $1,200 of signage to Santa Rosa County. The signs will replace a handful of metal stake boards posted along the northern edge of the beach’s sand dunes. Read the full article in the Sept. […]

Entrepreneurs must navigate obstacle course to succeed

Entrepreneurs must navigate obstacle course to succeed

In a lot of ways, Santa Rosa County is approaching small business the right way. That’s the opinion of Debbie Rogers-Guinn, the owner of Deb’s Coffee in Navarre. “They were really supportive of us from the very beginning and throughout,” she said. After seven years, Rogers-Guinn and her husband are currently seeking to move their […]

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

On August 7, 2017, Tamara Fountain stepped into the role of CEO and president for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. In the 12 months that followed, Fountain assessed and scrutinized everything the chamber did. From events to programming to the very mission statement, she worked alongside the board of directors, chairman, membership director […]

Primary election spurs strong turnout

Primary election spurs strong turnout

The 2018 primary election drew more than one-fourth of the voting population to the polls, and many in Santa Rosa County are celebrating that turnout. Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Tappie Villane said she was pleased to see the spike in participation. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press […]

Top 5 events this week

Top 5 events this week

Monday, Aug. 13 Santa Rosa County Early Voting Early voting for election day has begun. Click here for important voter registration information. Read the Navarre Press voter’s guide to learn more about the candidates running for office.   Wednesday, Aug. 15 Toes-N-Sand Toes-N-Sand free sunset movies is back at the Navarre Beach Pier. They will […]

98 Symposium

98 Symposium

Decision makers from throughout the region gathered at the Navarre Visitors Center last week to work together toward traffic solutions at the first ever Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Symposium. Representatives from Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County governments, school boards, Transportation Planning Organizations (TPO) and others met on […]

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