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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

June 22nd COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 22, 2020

UWF Unveils Plan to Reopen During COVID-19, Plans Campus-Wide Masks, Screenings This fall, in response to COVID-19, the University of West Florida plans to institute campus-wide face masking, daily pre-screening for students, staff and visitors, and continue to offer remote learning options for most courses. Read more about UWF’s reopening plans here.   Escambia County…

June 18th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 18, 2020

Florida Department of Education Announces CARES Act Funding for Early Learning Last week, Florida’s Department of Education announced how it will use the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Child Care funds. A total of $223 million is coming to our state for early learning. Here is how the money will be…

June 17th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 17, 2020

Join us Friday for a Virtual Meeting with Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis Join the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Friday, June 19th as we hear from Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis. He will be outlining the reopening plans for Florida’s economy as well as the state budget and how it has been impacted by Covid-19. There…

June 16th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 16, 2020

Florida Chamber Launches Statewide Safety Council To foster safety, health and sustainability among Florida businesses, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is launching a new statewide Safety Council. To learn more click here.     Survey Reveals COVID-19’s Impact on Small Business, Nonprofits A survey of small businesses by Florida State University researchers has found that…

June 15th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 15, 2020

Downtown COVID-19 Walk-In Testing Schedule for This Week Where: FDOH-Escambia Downtown Center 300 West Gregory Street Pensacola, FL 32502 When: Monday, June 15-Friday, June 19 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT Who: All Florida residents with or without symptoms How: Walk-in, no appointment needed. Bring your Florida driver’s license. Only Florida residents will be…

June 11th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 11, 2020

Reopening Escarosa Updated with Phase Two Information Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida has moved into Phase Two of reopening businesses.  To find out what that means for your business and the public, see the updated Reopening Escarosa document.   How Florida Businesses are Responding to Employees During the COVID-19 Crisis Many employers…

June 10th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 10, 2020

Florida SBDC Virtual Outreach Location Office Hours Beginning Friday, June 12th, the Florida SBDC at UWF will begin their outreach hours with the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce each week through virtual consulting hours specifically for business owners in our area. Florida SBDC at UWF Business Consultant Kyle Polhlopek will be available by email for…

June 9th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 9, 2020

Gulf Power $300,000 Grant Allows UWF SBDC to Offer Second Round of Business Grants A second round of grants from the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of West Florida (UWF) will be available for eligible businesses impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to an additional $300,000 from Gulf Power through…

June 8th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 8, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Signed into Law H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act of 2020, was signed into law last week.   The Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act creates more flexibility for borrowers using PPP funds. The bill extends the time for businesses to use the funds from 8 to 24 weeks and…

June 3rd COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 2, 2020

77 Escambia County School Readiness Providers are Open and Have Availability Currently there are seventy-seven childcare providers contracted with the Escambia County Early Learning Coalition that have availability for children.  Click here to see the full list of providers with their phone numbers. For more information about school readiness resources go to   Moratorium…