Contractors Connect kicks off 2019 with meetup benefiting HOPE Panhandle

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Contractors Connect kicks off 2019 with meetup benefiting HOPE Panhandle

Contractors Connect, the premier networking event for contractors along the Emerald Coast, heads back to Okaloosa County to celebrate the new year on Jan. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at AJ’s on the Destin Harbor, giving professionals in the construction industry a casual space to make new connections.

“Contractors Connect has continued to grow,” said Erin Bakker, co-founder of Contractors Connect. “And, we expect the 2019 meetups to exceed expectations, starting with the January event.”
Since earlier this year, Contractors Connect has supported local nonprofits and helped them connect to the to the building industry along the Emerald Coast. The January Meetup is set to benefit HOPE Panhandle, a nonprofit organization formed in the wake of Hurricane Michael to assist those affected long term.
“After working with HOPE Panhandle and seeing the incredible work they continue to do for our neighbors in Bay County, we felt like it was the best fit for the meetup,” said Ali Weil, co-founder of Contractors Connect.
At the meetup, which is sponsored by Closet Solutions Florida, contractors from along the Emerald Coast can join together and connect with representatives from the organization to talk more about its work in the community and their plans to support rebuilding efforts in Bay County.
Tickets for the meetup, which are just 10 dollars, include one free draft beer, light appetizers, attendees’ business names included in a follow up thank you email and social media post after the event and the opportunity to win in multiple giveaway during the event.
“We are excited to be a part of Contractors Connect because it is the perfect platform for us to showcase our company to other business representatives in the area,” said Brownwyn Landis of Closet Solutions. “Working with Contractors Connect has opened many doors for partnerships within the industry as well as personal connections. I appreciate the opportunity to be able to share what Closet Solutions has to offer to our areas leading contractors.”
Pulling in close to 100 contractors, designers, realtors, bankers and insurance agents at previous events, Contractors Connect expects attendance at the January Meetup to bring in a large crowd, expanding on each attendee’s ability to construct meaningful relationships.

This event also boasts multiple sponsorship opportunities, giving local business a chance to promote and expose their services to contractors while giving back to a local charity.

For more information about this event, Contractors Connect or its sponsorship opportunities, contact The Hive Creative Consulting at, and visit to purchase tickets.

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Contractors Connect is a networking event for contractors, subcontractors and other home specialists along the Emerald Coast. The purpose of this event is to bring together professionals in the construction industry and give them the opportunity to make meaningful business connections in a casual, fun environment.

Closest Solutions Florida is a custom closet builder based in Santa Rosa Beach. Celebrating nearly ten years in the business, Closet Solutions works to improve its clients lives through organization one closet at a time.

HOPE Panhandle, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization that was formed just days after Hurricane Michael hit the Emerald Coast, assembling groups of volunteers to offer hurricane relief and serve those who have lost so much along the Panhandle. It’s established a Community Relief Hub in Bay County, serving more than 150,000 hot meals and providing needed supplies. As the rebuilding process begins, HOPE continues to work to provide assistance and relief to those affected. For more information about HOPE Panhandle and the work it’s doing in the community, visit

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