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15-16 Class of Junior Leadership Bay Class Graduates


The Bay County Chamber is pleased to announce the 16th graduating class of Junior Leadership Bay. Former Panama City Beach Mayor, Gayle Oberst, was the keynote speaker. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Amanda Lovett from Palm Bay Preparatory Academy was presented with a scholarship to attend Gulf Coast State College and Florida State University – Panama City Campus. Junior Leadership Bay is an eight month program for high school juniors designed to prepare, develop and enhance high school juniors for future roles in community leadership at an early point in life.


Leadership Bay Class of 2016-2017 Applications :: Based on the premise that people are our most important resource, the purpose of the program is to offer potential leaders a curriculum in community leadership training. Sessions are held every other Wednesday, beginning in September and running through April, to familiarize selected participants with issues and resources that directly impact the future of Bay County. Participation is limited; additional cost required. All applications are due on Friday, August 5th, by 4 p.m. at the Bay County Chamber of Commerce (235 West 5th Street). For more information, contact Elizabeth at 850.215.3761.


2016 Successful Public Speaking Seminar :: Join us for this informative seminar with Dale Carnegie Training. You'll learn how to communicate with credibility, assess your audience and persuade them to action, organize your thoughts and materials with a central theme, lead effective Q&A sessions, and much more. Registration is now open for this event. For more information, contact Elizabeth at 850.215.3761 or


July First Friday :: Join us for First Friday in July with the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce. Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, will be our program. Thank you to Goodwill Industries- Big Bend and Panama City Toyota for sponsoring.


Classic Christmas Markets Trip :: Bay County Chamber of Commerce presents "Classic Christmas Markets" featuring markets in Strasbourg, Würzburg, Nuremberg, Innsbruck and Munich December 2-10, 2016. Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers, 11 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners. For more information, contact or 850.215.3761.


Color Vibe 2016 :: The Bay County Chamber of Commerce announces it will be partnering with The Color Vibe Race Series to bring the Third Annual Color Vibe 5k Race to Panama City, FL, on Saturday, November 19th. The race will take place at the formally known at the Bay County – Panama City International Airport. A Color Vibe Race Series 5k is a fun 3.1 mile run infused with color. Runners start the race with a clean white shirt to pass through four color stations along the course to end up with a bright and vibrant tie-dye shirt at the finish. The point is not to race, but to literally become a canvas of color, be active, and share a life experience with friends and family. The colored powder thrown at the color stations is simply colored cornstarch that is 100% safe and biodegradable. A portion of the funds raised at the event will go to the Bay County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit which provides programs such as Leadership Bay, Junior Leadership Bay, Bay Young Professionals, Education Committee and more. These programs help educate everyone from high school students to business professionals about the great opportunities Bay County has to offer.


Joining a Bay County Chamber of Commerce committee is a great way to get involved in your community and network for your business. For information on each of our committees, see the list below and find out how to get involved!

Bay Young Professionals
Bay Business Connections
Governmental Affairs
Junior Leadership Bay
Leadership Bay


Education Committee
Military Affairs Committee (MAC)
Public Relations Committee
Leadership Bay Alumni
Tourism Appreciation Month (TAM) Task Force
Local First Responders Appreciation Task Force
Industry Appreciation Celebration


See what our members have to say about the vast benefits of Chamber involvement.


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