Hendry County offers COVID-19 Safety Course By Danika J. Hopper Lake Okeechobee News

HENDRY COUNTY — The Hendry County Economic Development Council, along with the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce has collaborated with the Hendry County Health Department to offer a free COVID-19 safety course for businesses and employees. The safety course will go over policies and procedures that can and should be utilized in order to protect both […]

Governor’s office answers questions about ‘phase one’ plan to reopen state during COVID-19 crisis

TALLAHASSEE — The governor’s office has released the following responses to “Frequently asked questions” about phase one of the plan to reopen Florida businesses. When did the Governor’s Executive Order take effect? How long does it last?The Governor’s Executive Order takes effect Monday, May 4, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and lasts until the Governor issues […]

Small Business Administration offers COVID-19 webinars

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s South Florida District Office will host a series of Small Business Recovery webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19. These calls will be limited to the first 1,000 callers. • Thursday, April 9, 1-3 […]

Business Corner: Common Grounds

CLEWISTON — Our favorite locally owned small businesses have had to make major changes very quickly over the past month, in order to adapt, stay in business and continue providing for the community. One of those places, Common Grounds, is well-known around town for both their coffees and the delicious soup of the day. From […]

Walmart limits number of customers in store at one time

By Dacona SmithExecutive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S. In this taxing and uncertain time, our associates have gone above and beyond to help Americans get the food, medicine and supplies they need. We care deeply about our associates’ health and well-being, and in recent weeks we’ve taken steps such as expanding our paid […]

Everglades Trading & Office Supply has limited supply of COVID-19 supplies

Special to the Lake Okeechobee News BELLE GLADE — Everglades Trading & Office Supply, located at 1510 West Ave. A in Belle Glade, has a limited amount of COVID-19 supplies available. They source new products every day so the inventory is always changing. There is a limit to what they sell to each customer so […]

Sheriff says no curfew for Okeechobee County, shares information about essential businesses

The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office has shared the following information about Gov. Ron DeSantis’s executive order asking Floridians to “stay at home.” As of 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 3, a stay-at-home order will be in effect for the state of Florida. That means non-essential businesses should close and all non-essential activities should cease. At […]

USDA to help rural areas affected by COVID-19

WASHINGTON — USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America. Opportunities for immediate relief Rural Housing Service Single-Family Housing: Effective […]

Property tax deadline extended

OKEECHOBEE – The Department of Revenue issued an Emergency Order on Thursday, March 26, 2020 extending the property tax due date from March 31, 2020 to April 15, 2020. The off of the Okeechobee County Tax Collector office will accept payments in their drop box postmarked on or before April 15, 2020. Payments made through […]

Belle Glade area businesses update hours and member services

BELLE GLADE — In an effort to keep everyone informed as much as possible during this very difficult time, the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce has compiled this list of local businesses that are open and operational as of 10 a.m. Monday, March 23. Please note that this is subject to change, and this list […]