FACP hosts two conferences per year -- the Annual Conference in September and the Annual Spring Conference in May.
Register Now... You won't want to miss this year's Annual Conference!
You won't want to miss this year's Annual Conference! We know 2020 has been challenging, so we are not only planning a information-packed sessions, but we have included some "fun" in between the learning and have also priced this year's event with your chamber's budget in mind with reduced registration fees. We will be coordinating with the wonderful staff at The Island Resort in Fort Walton Beach to conduct the event in accordance to what the CDC guidelines are at the time. Register now to ensure your seat. Topics include:
Why Chambers are in a Unique Position to Transform Their Communities - attendees will also get a free copy of the book Building a Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change is Reshaping America, by Quint Studer, who will be presenting the session.
Chamber Executives’ Thoughts in Troubled Times - What do chamber executives think about what they have faced in the era of COVID? How do they feel about government management (federal, state, and local), their members, and their chamber? A survey was conducted on July 31 through August 7, 2020 to get a snapshot of chamber leaders’ opinions in this extraordinary period. Siena College, pollster for The New York Times, conducted the nationwide survey. The results tell us a lot about chamber executives and about the unsettling times they live in. Chris Mead, who initiated the poll and brought in Siena College as a partner, will interpret the poll’s major findings and answer questions.
Stop and Give Me 20 - this session will focus on how to reclaim up to 80% of your calendar by focusing your energy on only the 20% of your activity that generates the vast majority of your Results, presented by Jay Handler, of Membership 180
Operating Your Chamber in the COVID-19 World - Charles Caulkins, a partner in the Fort Lauderdale law office of Fisher Phillips and Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, will address the legal concerns that have arisen as a result of COVID-19.
Human Potential: A State of Mind - Hear Colonel Ed Hubbard, USAF (Retired), who survived 2,420 days as a POW during the Vietnam War, relate the valuable lessons learned in the captivity to the real world where we must live and work every day.
Leading Communities, Leading People - presented by Dr. G. Devin Stephenson, President of the Northwest Florida State College, a noted speaker on leadership, organizational change, and professional/personal development
Is Your Chamber Compliant? - this session will address current labor laws to assist you in ensuring that your chamber is compliant and will be presented by Robert Vaden, Community Outreach & Resource Planning Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor (Due to the subject matter, this session will be available to CEO or Sr. Level Staff only).
60 Questions in 60 Minutes: The Impacts of COVID on Chambers and How We Are Coping - share struggles and ideas with your peers during this open dialogue session
CEO and Staff Roundtables - these are always one of the most popular sessions at our conferences and are back by popular demand this year.
Other sessions (still being confirmed) will include topics, such as:
Monetizing Social Media
The Importance of Innovation and Diversification
In addition to learning, enjoy some valuable networking time with your peers at two hosted receptions on both nights of the conference.
The FACP Member Rate is $250. Register 3 or more, and receive a 15% discount on your third and subsequent attendee.
If professional development has been cut from your chamber's budget, the Annual Conference Planning Committee has created a template message that you can use to request funding from your members who believe in the mission of the chamber and would like to support its staff development. You canclick here to download the message -- it can be used as is or customized as you wish. Surely there are members who have continued to do well in recent months and who would be happy to invest in the continued development of their chamber staff -- you just have to ask and we've made it easier for you to do so! The FACP room block at The Island Resort features rooms starting at $129 per night. Reservations can be made by clicking hereor by calling 850-337-9194. When reserving online, select the dates and scroll to select the room type you are interested in on the booking screen and click BOOK NOW. Whether you're flying or driving, we have good news for you...
If you are driving, we are happy to help connect you with peers who might be traveling from the same region so you can carpool -- it makes the drive more productive, fun and cost-effective! Just let Tammy know that you are interested in finding carpool options.
If you are flying, we have included details below about the airports in the panhandle. Those who fly into The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) will have the option of being greeted and shuttled to the resort by a Fort Walton Beach Chamber Ambassador. Just let Tammy know your flight details prior to September 1 so arrangements can be made.
Airport Information: The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) is the closest airport to the conference. Silver Airways has direct flights to and from Orlando on certain days. It is served by Allegiant, American, Delta, United, and Silver. It is 11 miles / 25 minutes from The Island Fort Walton/Destin. Click here to view details on the airport’s website. The Pensacola International Airport (PNS) has direct flights to Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. It is served by American, Delta, Frontier, Silver, Southwest and United. It is 46 miles / 1 hour 15 minutes from The Island Fort Walton/Destin. Click here to view details on the airport’s website. Northwest Florida Beaches Airport (ECP) is located in Panama City and is served by American, Delta, Southwest and United. It is 60 miles / 1 hour 27 minutes from The Island Fort Walton/Destin. Click here to view details on the airport’s website.
Immediately prior to the start of the conference, Jay Handler, with Membership 180, will be presenting a Bonus Session consisting of two important membership sales topics -- "Prospecting Like Pareto" and "Next Gen Selling". Click here for details.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By attending any event, including this conference, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure of COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Annual Spring Conference originally scheduled May 7-8, 2020 at the Holiday Inn Melbourne Viera Conference Center, was cancelled this year and the event will be held next year on May 6-7, 2021 at the same property.
Thank you to our Sponsors: Florida Chamber of Commerce, MemberClicks, VisitFlorida, Citslinc, Constant Contact, Target Marketing, cgi Communications, Funding Solutions, Sprint Reception Sponsor: Membership 180
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
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