• March 2015 Business Briefs / Member News Part 2

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    March 10, 2015

    Douangdara Joins World Impact Real Estate
    Realtor Sam Douangdara, now with World Impact Real Estate, was born in Laos and moved to Utah in 1979. She joined the military in 1994 and was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base for 10 years. She is now a retired veteran. She obtained her real estate license in 2004 and started buying and flipping properties. Douangdara works mostly with investors in foreclosed or distressed properties. Her specialty is buying foreclosures, fixing them, and reselling. You may contact her at (850) 240-2626.

    Covenant Hospice Offers Training for New Volunteers
    Covenant Hospice is seeking individuals who are interested in making a difference in the lives of patients and families facing end-of-life issues and in supporting the organization. A two-part volunteer training workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both Wednesday, March 18, and Friday, March 20 ,at the Fort Walton Beach Covenant Hospice branch office, located at 220 Eglin Pkwy. NE. The workshop is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. To register or to learn more, contact Carole Haws at (850) 729-1800 or carole.haws@covenanthospice.org.

    BBB Warns of Misleading "Annual Minutes Requirement" Mailings
    Your BBB has received reports that misleading mailings from Compliance Services are showing up in mailboxes of businesses across northwest Florida. A local business in northwest Florida provided BBB with a sample of the mailing. For a $125 fee, Compliance Services claims they will prepare documents "to satisfy the annual minutes requirement for your corporation." There is no requirement that you submit the information they've requested or any annual minutes to the State of Florida. Furthermore, Compliance Services is not associated with the State of Florida or the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations. Do not confuse these notices with the messages sent by the Division of Corporations reminding each business entity to file its Annual Report by May 1, 2015. Reports can be filed electronically the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations at SunBiz.org. For additional information and advice you can trust as a business owner, start with BBB.org.

    Okaloosa Arts Alliance Poster Contest
    The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) would like to invite all Okaloosa County school students to participate in the 6th Annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest. The OAA wants to know what you consider "Summer Fun." It can be anything you can create on paper with markers, pencils, paint, pastels, charcoal, or crayons. There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner for three elementary school students (K-4), for three middle school students (5-7), and for three high school students (8-12) in Okaloosa County. Prizes will be awarded. For more information, visit OkaloosaArts.org.

    Four Points by Sheraton Paradise Cove & Kiwi's Relaunch Party & Ribbon Cutting
    The Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach is celebrating the completion of a $3+ million dollar renovation. The renovation was completed in stages that correlated with the off-season at the hotel. The overhaul covered most of the property's vast 9+ acres and focused on all public spaces, including the (3) F&B outlets and the open air, modern lobby, which features Dempsey's restaurant/lounge. Join us on March 19, for a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception with food and drink until 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Brandy Heuer at brandy.heuer@fourpointsdestinfwb.com.

    Eat at Chipolte on March 19 to Raise Funds for Relay for Life
    Eat at Chipolte in Destin Commons on March 19, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., present this flyer, and 50% of proceeds will be donated to the Relay for Life of the Emerald Coast.

    Wyndham Vacation Rentals® Associate Wins 8 ADDY Awards for Advertising Excellence
    Wyndham Vacation Rentals announced that associate Robyn Patterson was recently recognized with eight prestigious ADDY Awards for her work on several print campaigns. Patterson received one Gold and seven Silver awards at the 22nd Annual American Advertising Federation (AAF) Emerald Coast chapter ADDY® Awards Gala. Patterson was awarded a Gold ADDY in the category of Sales Promotion for ResortQuest Real Estate® Destin Buyer's Guide. The additional awards include Silver ADDY Awards for the following company-produced publications: Destin Pointe Living, 2014 Beach Dreams® Vacation Guide, and the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Vacation Guide. Patterson also received Silver ADDY Awards for ads placed in Emerald Coast Angler Magazine and Tallahassee Magazine. Additionally, Patterson received Silver ADDY Awards for a Florida Tourism Day T-Shirt illustration in the category of Elements of Advertising and the TOPS'l Beach & Racquet Resort Check-in Packet in the category of Collateral Material. Patterson is a graphics manager for Wyndham Vacation Rentals and ResortQuest Real Estate. She has received 36 ADDYs over her eight-year tenure with the company.

    Life's A Beach Awarded Four ADDYs
    On Saturday, Feb. 28, Life' A Beach Publications was ecstatic to win four ADDY Awards during the 2015 Emerald Coast ADDY Awards Gala held at Bric A' Brac in Destin. Life's A Beach proudly accepted a Gold ADDY under the category of Collateral Material Publication Design, Cover for the Destin Area 2014 Visitor's Guide & Membership Directory for the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce. They were also awarded the following three Silver ADDYs: Non-Traditional Advertising, Single for Life's A Beach Collection 2015 Beach Calendar, Collateral Material Publication Design (Magazine or Book), Series for Life's A Beach THE Visitor's Guide to the Emerald Coast and Collateral Material Publication Design, Cover for Currents: Greater Fort Walton Beach 2014 Community Information Guide and Membership Directory for the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce.

    Habitat for Humanity Hosts Spring Break Volunteers
    Spring Break takes on a different flavor in Okaloosa County for some 21 students at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ken. The students will spend the week of March 8 - 13, working with Habitat for Humanity in Okaloosa County, building a home for a deserving family. This is the 5th year students from this group have chosen to spend their time volunteering for our affiliate. They will be working on a home currently under construction in Crestview. Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge program invites students to spend one week working with Habitat affiliates to build homes and improve communities. Since 1989, nearly 240,000 college and high school students have volunteered during their spring break to help build or rehabilitate homes, donating over $25 million to Habitat affiliates. Anyone interested in assisting with this program or providing food may contact Melissa at melissa@habitatfwb.org or call (850) 315-0025 x3.

    Snowbirds Visit Children in Crisis & Donate to At-Risk Kids
    The Walton County Snowbirds visited Children in Crisis (CIC) and the kids living at the CIC Neighborhood for their final goodbye of the season. The Walton Snowbirds have adopted CIC as one of their "Home Town" charities to support during their winter visits to Northwest Florida. A small group representing the membership presented a $2,200 check to CIC to help feed, clothe, and care for the at-risk foster children.

    Opening Night of Art is Sell Out
    Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) opened "Art," a comedy by French playwright Yasmina Reza, to a sold out crowd on Friday, March 6. The comedy will run for three performances next weekend, March 13, 14, and 15, at 7:30 p.m. in suite 15 at The Market Shops in Miramar Beach. The English translation of "Art" debuted on London's West End in 1996 and opened on Broadway two years later winning both the Tony Award and New York Drama Critics' Circle for Best Play. It also received rave reviews when it debuted in New York including the New York Post, which described it as "wildly funny and naughtily provocative." Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for seniors, and $12 for students. Due to language, the play is recommended for adult audiences. Seats are limited, advance purchase is recommended. To purchase tickets, visit EmeraldCoastTheatre.org or call (850) 687-1637.

    Children in Crisis Elects New Board Members
    Children in Crisis (CIC) recently elected new board of director members, including Don Adams, Okaloosa County Undersheriff; Martha Caughey, Pensacola State College; Thomas Remington, Retired Judge; and Claire Nuckles, Business Owner. Board members that were elected to serve an additional 3-year term included Kitty Johnson, board chair; Howard Oakes, board treasurer; Sheila Campbell; Betty Hefner; and Judy Wiseman.

     

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