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 include the following:

IAC First Friday:

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 virtually on September 4, 2020, at 8:00 am. This open to Bay County Chamber of Commerce Members and their guests only. Click here to learn more.

Spring Classic:

Celebrate Industry Appreciation Month with other Chamber Members at the annual Spring Classic Golf Tournament. This is a great way to network, do business on the course or just relax with friends or colleagues. This event will take place on September 11th, 2020 at 8:00 am. Click here to learn more.

IAC Awards Breakfast:

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, small business, innovation, manufacturing and business expansion. This event will take place at Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort on September 16, 2020, at 8 a.m. Click here to learn more about the awards.

2019 Award Winners
Business Expansion – GKN Aerospace
Innovation – Bay County Tax Collector
Newcomer – ARC Contacting
Manufacturer of the Year – Trane
Small Business of the Year – Quality Gates and Openers

Sporting Clay Tournament:

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 the Bay County Shooting Range on September 18, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. Pre-registration is required. Click here to learn more.

Industry After Hours & Corn Hole Tournament:

The Industry Appreciation Celebration continues with Industry After Hours, a “spin-off” of our monthly Business After Hours event. Come out and connect with other Chamber members while enjoying free food, spirits, door prizes and more at a great evening social. IAC After Hours will take place on September 29, 2020 from 5 – 7 pm at the Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort.  Click here to learn more about IAC After Hours.

For more information on Industry Appreciation Celebration or to serve on the Task Force, please contact Elizabeth Smtih at 850.215.3779 or