Industry Appreciation Celebration


Shining a spotlight on companies that help diversify Bay County’s economy, the Bay County Chamber of Commerce will host Industry Appreciation Celebration (IAC) during the month of September.  The month long celebration is designed to acknowledge existing businesses in appreciation for their involvement in the community and their contributions to economic development. Events for the month usually include the following:

IAC First Friday: September 1, 2017

First Friday is one of the Chamber’s most popular events. IAC First Friday takes the popular program everyone has grown to love to the next level and is the kick-off event of Industry Appreciation Celebration. This event will be held at Florida State University Panama City Campus on September 1, 2017, at 7:30 a.m. This open to Bay County Chamber of Commerce Members and their guests only.

Sporting Clay Tournament: September 15, 2017

Challenge your friends in a friendly, competitive sporting clay tournament. This event is a great opportunity to step out of the office and into the great outdoors on a challenging sporting clay course. This event will take place at Hard Labor Creek Plantation on September 15, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register your team.

IAC Awards Breakfast: September 22, 2017

The Bay County Chamber celebrates local industry contributions through the prestigious Industry Appreciation Awards Program. The Chamber recognizes companies in Bay County that have made a significant contribution to our economy through expansion, export excellence, innovation, entrepreneurship and business expansion. This event will take place at Florida State University Panama City on September 22, 2017, at 8 a.m. To apply, click on the appropriate link below:

2016 Award Winners

Business Expansion – Robotics Fabrication
Innovation (Public Sector) – Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division
Innovation (Private Sector) –DeTect, Inc.
Newcomer – SweetBay
Entrepreneurship – Garner IT Consulting, Inc.

2015 Award Winners
Business Expansion – Maritech Machine
Innovation – Edge Aerodynamix
Newcomer – Roberts & Roberts, Inc.
Entrepreneurship – Jellyfish Health

2014 Award Winners
Export Excellence – Berg Pipe Corp.
Business Expansion – Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center
Innovation – Applied Research Associates (ARA)
Newcomer – Florida Architects
Entrepreneurship – Aaron Rich Marketing and IT Services

Sponsorship Opportunities:

There  are many ways to show your support of industry in our community. Click on the links below for more information on each opportunity.

For more information on Industry Appreciation Celebration or to serve on the Task Force, please contact Diana Tindle at 850.215.3761 or