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 at Florida State University Panama City Campus on September 6, 2019, at 7:30 am. This open to Bay County Chamber of Commerce Members and their guests only. Click here to learn more.

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 13, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. Pre-registration is required. 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, export excellence, innovation, entrepreneurship and business expansion. This event will take place at Florida State University Panama City on September 20, 2019, at 8 a.m. Click here to learn more about the awards.

2018 Award Winners

Business Expansion – GAC Contractors
Entrepreneurship – System Service and Engineering
Export Excellence – Jensen USA
Innovation – Aaron Rich Marketing
Newcomer – GKN Aerospace

2017 Award Winners
Business Expansion – Applied Research Associates
Entrepreneurship – Amavida Coffee & Trading Company
Export Excellence – Carter Pecan Company
Innovation – RSAE Labs
Newcomer – Mine Survival

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

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