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from the presidents desk
Dear Chamber Members,
I wanted let you know about my new blog, From the President's Desk.
From the President's Desk allows me the opportunity to provide thoughts and perspectives on the issues that will be impacting the business community as they happen.
I want this blog to be a resource that will keep our members informed while providing analysis I hope you find useful.
Happy reading!
Todd Thomson | President/CEO
Greater Pensacola Chamber

May 28th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | May 28, 2020

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Begins Tomorrow The 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins Friday, May 29, 2020, and extends through Thursday, June 4, 2020. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. However, the sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or…

May 27th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | May 27, 2020

New COVID-19 Testing Center Opened in Pensacola WHERE: Florida Department of Health in Escambia County-Downtown Center 1300 West Gregory Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 WHEN: OPEN 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. CT on the following dates: Wednesday, May 27 Thursday, May 28 Friday, May 29 Questions? Call the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County at…

May 26th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | May 26, 2020

Florida Chamber Video Breaks Down Unemployment Numbers This video from the Florida Chamber breaks down state and regional unemployment numbers for April.  April’s unemployment rate for Escambia County was 12.8% and Santa Rosa County’s unemployment rate was 10.5%.  Over half the jobs lost in Florida in April were in the Leisure and Hospitality Sector.  Find…

May 21st COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | May 22, 2020

COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Now at PSC Warrington Campus A new coronavirus drive-thru testing site will open later this week at the Warrington campus of Pensacola State College as the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County works to ramp up its testing.The new site will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at PSC’s…

May 20th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | May 20, 2020

Escambia County Short-Term Vacation Rental Plan Approved Escambia County received the official letter from Secretary Halsey Beshears with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation approving the short-term vacation rental plan that was submitted Friday, May 15.  This plan went into effect immediately and will be reviewed weekly. The county will continue to monitor…

May 19th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | May 19, 2020

Florida’s SBDC Provides Helpful Tools for Safely Reopening Small Businesses As businesses begin to reopen, it’s important to have a plan to do so safely.  Florida’s Small Business Development Center has provided resources that follow CDC guidelines covering the health and safety of your returning workforce and customers, sick leave and supporting policies, remote and…

May 18th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | May 18, 2020

Full Phase One Opening of Florida’s Economy Begins Today Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-123 which takes effect today.  This Executive Order brings Florida into Full Phase One of reopening our economy.  This builds off the partial Phase One opening which began on May 4th.  You can read the governor’s Executive Order here.…

May 12th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | May 15, 2020

Escambia, Santa Rosa Businesses Asked to Take Survey to Help with COVID-19 Recovery The Economic Reset Working Group is asking area businesses to take a survey to better inform economic recovery efforts. The two-county group, led by the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, was created last month by the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center to…

May 13th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | May 15, 2020

Reopening Escarosa Details All You Need to Know About State’s Reopening The Greater Pensacola Chamber is now releasing a one stop resource to answer questions amid the state’s reopening.  The guide compiles up-to-date information on COVID-19 rules, protocol and expectations. From testing sites, childcare facility updates to guidelines for hotels to safely reopen, you’ll find…

May 14th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | May 15, 2020

Hear Chamber President Todd Thomson Discuss Reopening Escarosa on Newsradio 1620         Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce President Todd Thomson discussed the Reopening Escarosa resource guide on Andrew McKay’s Morning Show this week. Hear the interview here.   Enterprise Florida to Award Trade Grants for Virtual Business Matchmaking Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is launching a new…