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 Sept 1, 2023 from 7:30-9 a.m. This is open to Bay County Chamber of Commerce Members and their guests only. 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 FSU Panama City on September 15, 2023, at 8 a.m. Click here to learn more about the awards.

Award Applications

Business Expansion
Manufacturer of the Year
Small Business of the Year
Innovation Award

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 29, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. Pre-registration is required. Click here to learn more.

Industry After Hours:

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 at Coca-Cola Bottling Company United on September 19, 2023, located at 2825 Forester Trail, Panama City, FL 32405 from 4-6 p.m.

 Heavy Metal Tours:

Chamber members will have the opportunity to tour two industries in Bay County at both Chevron and Central Moloney. These tours provide a behind the scenes element to allow members to learn more about the industries available in the community. Space is limited so sign up today!

September 20

*Heavy Metal Tour Chevron

525 W. Beach Dr, Panama City, FL 32401

9:30 -11 am

Please click here to register


September 20

*Heavy Metal Tour

Central Moloney

6051 Ventures Crossing Blvd, Panama City, FL 32409

1:30 – 3 pm

Please click here to register


For more information on Industry Appreciation Celebration or to serve on the Task Force, please contact Elizabeth Smith at 850.215.3779 or [email protected].