Leadership Okaloosa is an esteemed leadership training and development program with a 30-year history of being a vital part of Okaloosa County’s growth and development of its leaders. This nine-month experience is designed to enhance the participant’s leadership skills and provide community awareness. Hosted from September to May, participants...
By Victoria Ostrosky Janet and Sam had just enough time to hurriedly, with shaking hands, grab some framed photos, their laptops and changes of clothes. The police officer urged them to move quickly. With their adrenaline pumping like they had just run a sprint, they drove out of their subdivision,...
By Maurice Stouse, Branch Manager and Financial Advisor These days many investors are in search of income. With interest rates nearing record lows, a recent sell off in the stock market, job losses, early retirements, reduced or eliminated dividends, and income security has become even more important to many Americans....
By Greg D. Crosslin The Internet is a wonderful tool. There are many easily accessible forms and guidelines offered by a number of document service providers on the Internet. These companies provide a “do it yourself” approach to creating your own Estate Plan. While “fill-in-the-blank” Wills and Trusts can be...
By Chris Balzar, ECES If you are like most people, when your electric bill arrives every month, you place it in the “to pay” folder and open it later. When we do get around to opening the electric bill, we look at the amount owed; some sigh, some grunt, some...
By Matthew Vanderford Usually this column is meant to discuss insurance-related themes and the occasional life topic that comes to mind. But this time I wanted to send a different message as this area has been exposed yet again to another set of disasters. First, Hurricane Michael came to devastate...
By Shane Moody, Destin Chamber President As we are just beginning the road to reopening the economy, there is no doubt that the governor allowing Northwest Florida to open short-term rentals has been a boon to this area. The tourists and visitors are here. They are in the stores, the...
The City of Destin, in partnership with the Florida SBDC at UWF, has decided to fund a Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program. The City of Destin will fund the grant with a contribution of $103,000. The individual grant amount is $2,500. Each applicant OR business can only receive...
Managing an organization is a full-time commitment and a business owner’s top priority. The day to day can become easily consumed by administrative responsibilities, vast amounts of paperwork, government compliance and detailed accounting. Unless your business specializes in these areas, that does not leave much time for the heart...
By Rita L. Sherwood Meet Kimberly and Blake Gasaway from Niceville’s own American Eagle Fence Company. Blake and his family grew up vacationing here as his mom’s side of the family lived in Laurel Hill since the 1840s. Not many locals can say that! A member of the American Fence Association,...

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