The Gulf County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual dinner Feb. 28 and the guest speaker has been named

The Gulf County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual dinner Feb. 28 and the guest speaker has been named.

Kyle MacDonald will be the keynoted speaker. MacDonald is also known as the “red paperclip guy”. 

The Chamber board had tried hard to find someone exciting and who has a great story to tell, and Chamber director Paula Pickett believes they did. 

“Hopefully our membership will feel entertained and motivated by what Kyle has to say,” Pickett said. “MacDonald’s theme of trading up is what I am trying to instill at the Chamber.  We are trading up and things are really beginning to come together for us and our membership is growing as a result.”

With a renewed focus on supporting their members through service and a strong business plan The Chamber is excited about this upcoming year, Pickett said.   

Dinner will be served, awards and worthy recognitions will be given as per usual, but what attendees will notice is a change in the air and new found focus at The Gulf County Chamber of Commerce.

 In 2005, MacDonald posted a picture of a red paperclip on his blog and in the barter section of Craigslist, and asked if anyone wanted to make a trade for something bigger or better.

A few days later, he traded the paperclip for a pen shaped like a fish.

He then traded the pen for a doorknob, and over the course of the following year bartered his way all the way up to a house.

Originally from British Columbia, Canada, MacDonald has spoken to thousands all over the world about the lessons that he learned from trading a red paperclip to a house.

He has been interviewed by 20/20, The Today Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, BBC, CBS, CNN, City TV, Global, USA Today, Maclean’s, The New York Times, The New York Post, In Touch Magazine, VH1, MTV, The National Examiner, Reader’s Digest, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Toronto Star.

Running with the idea of taking one small item and attempting to trade it for something bigger and more substantial, MacDonald has become renowned for his off-beat and inspirational ideas and goals.

Tickets are currently available to members through contacting the Chamber’s office at 227-1223 or  So if you are not a member, now is a great time to join!