Back to Butch’s celebrates 1st anniversary

“Build it and they will come, treat ‘em like family and they’ll come back,” was the mantra when Jeff and Sharon Kennedy opened ‘Back to Butch’s’, bringing an Okeechobee favorite back to life. When the Kennedys opened their new business in early 2019, they were hoping to create a hang-out where “old-timers” could come, but […]

Business Development Board ramps up efforts

WEST PALM BEACH — The Business Development Board (BDB) of Palm Beach County has been active on several fronts in recent years in trying to build up the Glades Region’s economy. Shereena Coleman, vice president for business facilitation and the Glades Region for the BDB, was asked last week to talk about their efforts after […]

Business Spotlight: RoGo Transportation

OKEECHOBEE — Norma and James Goodrich both have (or had) their own separate professions, like most couples. But while working they became aware of a particular need that, in putting their heads and skills together as business partners, they might be able to solve. Then some of the pieces began to line up in place […]

New cafe owner plants all-American roots in Pahokee

PAHOKEE — The former owner of the Town Center Cafe was thinking about possibly closing the restaurant after almost two years in business when Lateresa Jones moved here from Ocala with her husband, Richard, a few months ago. The Joneses came because she wanted to live in the congressional district represented by Congressman Alcee Hastings […]

Banda Bookkeeping offers QuickBooks classes

CLEWISTON — A mother to seven children, who runs her own bookkeeping and accounting business, Ana Banda is a busy woman. She started her business, Banda Bookkeeping and Payroll, four years ago, quickly finding the community needed some help with learning the basics of personal and business finance. “I decided to start offering QuickBooks classes […]

Business corner: Farm Fresh Charities

Farm Fresh Charities is a new company that provides beautiful, fresh, locally grown produce in a unique venture that aims to provide a benefit to everyone involved. Tony Tolar, of Farm Fresh Charities, said, “It is our purpose to provide a much-needed service to the fundraising industry. We recognize that the current model for most […]

Moore Haven Goodwill will be closing Dec. 28

MOORE HAVEN – Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida will close its Moore Haven Retail & Donation Center on Dec. 28. The store is located at 1150 U.S. The closing is part of a larger retail restructuring plan that will allow Goodwill to pool its resources and serve more people through its mission. This past September, […]

Shoppers enjoy Small Business Saturday

OKEECHOBEE — Downtown Okeechobee was busy on Saturday as shoppers turned out to enjoy the discounts and giveaways on Small Business Saturday, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County. In Flagler Park, visitors picked up free shopping bags and maps showing locations of the participating businesses, along with the special deals offered that […]

Nov. 30 proclaimed Small Business Saturday

OKEECHOBEE — Saturday, Nov. 30 is Small Business Saturday in Okeechobee County. At the Nov. 26 meeting, Okeechobee County Commissioners presented a proclamation in honor of Small Business Saturday. “Small Business Saturday was founded in 2010 by American Express and officially co-sponsored by the Small Business Administration since 2015. Small Business Saturday has become an […]

Remodeled Clewiston Walmart Supercenter to introduce grocery pickup

CLEWISTON — As part of Walmart’s plans to spend $173 million in Florida stores this year, the Clewiston Supercenter at 1005 W. Sugarland Highway celebrated its completed remodel with a grand reopening ceremony on Friday, Oct. 25. The remodel creates a faster, more convenient in-store experience for customers and brings Walmart’s popular free Grocery Pickup […]

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