Tuesday, August 12, 2014

August 2014 Business Briefs / Member News Part 2

DOH-Okaloosa Expands Hours for Immunization Services
School is fast approaching, and parents of kindergartners and 7th graders are encouraged to review their children's immunization record to ensure they are ready for the upcoming school year. Students entering college are also urged to ensure their immunizations are up to date. Visit http://goo.gl/zyJ6Hp to learn which immunizations your child may need. The following vaccines are required for children entering pre-school and grades K-12: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella, polio, varicella (chickenpox), and hepatitis B. Students entering college should check with the health services at their college regarding immunization requirements.

If your child is due for a vaccine, your best course of action is to call your doctor to schedule an appointment. If you don’t have a doctor or your doctor doesn’t have the vaccine available, both immunization clinics of the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County are offering extended hours in August. For more information, please visit FloridaHealth.gov/chdokaloosa/Documents/BacktoSchool_2014.pdf.

Food For Thought Provides 45,000 Meals
Food for Thought provided 45,000 meals during the 2013-14 school year. It will provide 60,000 meals during the 2014-15 school year. You may help by donating peanut butter, jelly, granola bars, crackers, and pop-top soup. No glass please. For details, visit FoodForThoughtFL.org.

Gulfarium's Salute to Shark Week
You've seen them on TV, now see sharks at the Gulfarium! Gulfarium's Salute to Shark Week will be held Aug. 11-17, to celebrate one of the ocean's most fascinating creatures. General admission guests may enjoy shark-themed activities, specials, and discounts throughout the park all week long. All kids receive a free temporary shark tattoo upon entry and activities include three daily shark feeding demonstrations, kids’ crafts, and a park-wide scavenger hunt. Enjoy discounts on shark-themed merchandise and a special Buy One, Get One 1/2 OFF deal on a thrilling shark and stingray snorkel encounter. For more information or to purchase general admission, visit Gulfarium.com or call (850) 243-9046 x2.

Get Noticed at South Walton Fashion Week - Be A Sponsor!
Get your business noticed by becoming an official partner of South Walton Fashion Week, Oct. 6 - 12, 2014! Sponsorships are going quickly, but we still have some opportunities left to get involved in the ONLY event of its kind in Walton County.

Sponsorship opportunities include:
• Featured Fashion Partners - show your designs or lines in an exclusive runway show (ONE LEFT)
• South Walton Style Show - show your boutique's fashions in a combined show of South Walton's finest
• Special Event Sponsors - find out how you can put your business in the spotlight, pre-event and all weekend long
• Program Ad Partners - place an ad in the official SWFW Program

Contact Rebecca Sullivan at rebecca@bountifulcreative.com for pricing and benefits. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Arts in Education Program of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County.

BBB® Warning: Data Breaches- What You Can Do to Protect Your Identity
Another massive data breach is in the headlines. This one follows on the heels of other high profile data breaches involving Target, Michael's, Mozilla, PF Chang's, and many more. Since data security is the responsibility of individual merchants and websites, there's not much that you as a consumer can do to prevent data breaches from occurring. However, you can take steps to prevent your identity from being compromised.

Better Business Bureau urges you to make identity theft protection a routine priority. You should be proactive and vigilant to minimize the risk of identity theft for every member of your family by:
• using passwords that include complex characters
• changing your passwords frequently
• not using the same password for every online account or website
• monitoring your banking and credit card accounts frequently, if not daily
• setting up automatic activity alerts on banking and credit card accounts so that you are notified every time a transaction is made
• setting up alerts on your credit reports with the three credit reporting agencies
• checking your children's credit reports for unauthorized activity
• being careful about the types of information that you disclose online
• discussing identity theft and online security with every member of your family who uses the Internet, from the youngest to the oldest.

For more information about protecting your identity, please visit BBB.org.
Local Dentists Awarded Mastership from the Academy of General Dentistry
In June, local dentist Dr. Olivier Broutin DMD, MAGD, MICOI, was awarded the prestigious Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Broutin is the owner of Bluewater Bay Dental. The Mastership Award is the highest honor available in the AGD and one of the most respected designations in the dental profession. Broutin completed more than 1,000 hours of continuing dental education in the 16 disciplines of dentistry, including 400 hours dedicated to hands-on skills and techniques. He also successfully completed a written exam and then presented various cases of his work in the different disciplines to a panel of dentists. Recipients of the Mastership award are entitled to the designation M.A.G.D. (Master, Academy of General Dentistry) as a part of their academic credentials. 1% of dentists achieve Mastership status in the Academy of General Dentistry and internationally there are only 2,500 dentists ever to achieve this award.

You may contact Bluewater Bay Dental at BluewaterBayDentist.com or (850) 897-4488.

Canady joins World Impact Real Estate – Heads Up the Commercial Division
Bob Canady has 30+ years experience in sales, leasing, and management for all types of real estate, including industrial, offices, retail, land, buyer/ tenant representation, development, and home and condominium pre-construction marketing and sales. Canady’s forte is in the commercial arena. World Impact is pleased that he will be heading up WIRE’s Commercial Division. His professional education and designations include Graduate, Realtors Institute (GRI); Graduate, Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR); 1996-2001 Past President and Member - Commercial Forum; Member - Global Business and Real Estate Council; Member - Emerald Coast Association of Realtors; Member - International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA); Transnational Referral Certification (TRC); and Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC). You may reach Canady at (850) 259-3981.

Wichern Announces Candidacy for U.S. Congress, Florida, District 1
Walton County resident and businessman Mark Wichern recently announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress, Florida, District 1. Wichern enters the congressional race as a candidate with no party affiliation and will therefore run as an Independent. He is the owner of All Clear Restoration, a successful water damage and mold remediation company, as well as a business coach through his other venture, Restoration Coach. A patriot, with a lifetime of leadership, service, and achievement, Wichern feels it is time to unite and restore America. He is a serious candidate who is committed to returning America to the vision of our nation’s Founders. Wichern lives in Walton County with his wife Laura and daughter Madison. He is also the proud father of a son, Dan, and stepson, Trevor, both adults. For more information about Wichern, visit WichernForCongress.com or call (850) 916-0797. You can also find him on Facebook at Facebook.com/WichernForCongress.

Habitat for Humanity Road Trip Crazies in Crestview
Tom Gerdy and his HFH Road Trip Crazies will invade Okaloosa County for a Blitz Build in Crestview on Oct. 24 – 26. This group of about 50 dedicated volunteers travels from all over the country, twice a year, to different Habitat for Humanity Affiliates to raise awareness, participation, fellowship, and walls. They will take a house from slab to sheetrock in three days. At least 100 volunteers are needed per day, as well as donations of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, drinks, and sponsors for t-shirts, lodging, and building supplies. For volunteering or sponsorship information, contact Melissa at Melissa@habitatfwb.org. Donations may also be made via paypal at HabitatFWB.org.

Enjoy 20% Off at Belk on August 12
On Aug. 12, Belk is offering members of the Chamber of Commerce a special day of savings to show its appreciation of the Chamber’s year-long efforts in the community! Please see attached coupon.

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