Public invited to discuss economic development

PALM BEACH COUNTY — The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County invites the public to join them as to discuss specific challenges and opportunities in the Glades Region of Palm Beach County. Exacerbated by the current economic impact of COVID-19, this region’s unique needs affect the future of the entire county’s development. Local business […]

Dairies get much-needed PPP loans

OKEECHOBEE — According to data released by the United States Treasury Department and Small Business Administration (SBA), local dairies in Okeechobee were able to receive some much needed relief from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Only July 6 SBA announced it was releasing detailed loan-level data regarding the loans made under PPP designed to help […]

Grants available for small businesses in Okeechobee that were closed due to COVID-19; Applications open July 10

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County has partnered with the Okeechobee County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC) to provide these RELIEF funds to businesses who have suffered due to the required closures resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program will offer a one-time grant of $7,500 to qualifying small businesses and $5,000 to independent contractors/sole proprietors […]

Okeechobee KOA reopens facilities

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee KOA Resort has reopened facilities to the public. All cabins, park models, tent sites, RV/travel trailer sites are open. The Shanty Lounge is open to everyone daily 1 to 8 p.m. Adult pool and family pool memberships are open to everyone. Fitness center memberships, the golf course and the driving range are […]

Bank of America to reopen Okeechobee branch on Monday

OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee branch of Bank of America will reopen Monday, June 22, according to Senior Vice President, External Communications, Southeast U.S. Media Relations Matthew Daily. The bank was closed on Thursday and Friday. A note on the door just stated the branch was temporarily closed and gave no information about how long it […]

New RaceTrac coming to Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — A new RaceTrac gas station/convenience store will soon be built on property in the 900 to 1000 block of State Road 70 East. This new store will have four large-truck fueling stations on the 18.9 acre site and will eventually replace the existing store. There are plans for a left-turn lane into the […]

Petman Grooming Salon reopens with care

CLEWISTON — Humberto Calvo is the master groomer and owner of Petman Grooming Salon, one of many small, local businesses that have reopened after the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders had forced them to close for many weeks. Mr. Calvo has been a master groomer for 20 years, and a dog trainer for 16 years. “We just […]

Ferrell’s Markets experiencing business boom

OKEECHOBEE — Business has been so brisk at Ferrell’s Market’s two locations so far this year that owner Jason Ferrell is hiring, but it’s not a foodie-type employee he needs. “I’m actually looking for, like, a babysitter combination daycare person to take care of all my employees’ kids, who have been hanging out here a […]

Publix expands store hours

LAKELAND — Starting Saturday, May 16, Publix stores expanded store hours. Publix stores are now open daily from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., and pharmacy has returned to normal operating hours. Designated shopping hours for customers over the age of 65, first responders and health care workers are being discontinued; however, Publix encourages customers who […]

Gyms may reopen Monday, restaurants to use 50% capacity

By Katrina ElskenLake Okeechobee News JACKSONVILLE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced more plans to reopen state businesses. In a May 15 press conference, the governor said gyms can reopen on Monday, May 18. Restaurants, retail shops, museums and libraries may operate at 50% capacity. The governor said some restaurants may put Plexiglas partitions […]

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