Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year Awards Gallery

OKEECHOBEE — The Roc auditorium in Okeechobee was packed on Oct. 16 for the annual Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee Businesses of the Year awards luncheon.

Clewiston passes 2020 budget, tax rate, ordinances

CLEWISTON — The Clewiston City Commission approved a fiscal year 2019-20 budget of almost $29 million and a tax rate 3.5% above the rollback rate, along with six ordinances on final reading, at its Sept. 23 meeting. Finance Director Shari Howell explained that the proposed millage rate, the same as last year at 6.5134 mills […]

Business development growing jobs in Glades

PALM BEACH COUNTY — District 6 Commissioner Melissa McKinlay last week passed along to constituents in west county a report from the Business Development Board (BDB) showing the Glades region has gained nearly 400 jobs in recent years due to its cooperative efforts. Over the past few years, the BDB says, the Glades Region of […]

Tire and auto care business adds blueberries

OKEECHOBEE — Think of the decor in the waiting room when you last had your vehicle serviced. You probably didn’t see anything that would delight, entertain or inspire you, much less make you suddenly crave dessert or begin dreaming of something delicious you could make with fresh, organic berries. Oh, there might be a display […]

SCORE business seminar planned

LABELLE — Partnering with SCORE, the LaBelle Chamber of Commerce, LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corp. and the Hendry County Economic Development Council are beginning a new program of business seminars this week called the Engage Hendry Learning Series. They will take place at the Barron Library, 461 N. Main St. in LaBelle, 33935. On Thursday, Aug. […]

Belle Glade offering help for home buyers

BELLE GLADE — Tammy Jackson-Moore, leader of Guardians of the Glades, is helping the city get the word out about its First Time Home Buyers Program, which provides for any person who meets the requirements to tap into a revolving loan fund for help in financing construction of a new dwelling or buying an existing […]

Hendry getting its first craft brewery in LaBelle

LABELLE — Hendry County is set to see its very first craft brewery open this fall, and the location on the main drag here also will include a restaurant in a new building with roughly 7,200 square feet of space. LaBelle Brewing founder Daniel Peregrin told the Fort Myers News-Press that he is fortunate to […]

Royal’s in Clewiston adds Clearance Center

CLEWISTON — Royal’s Furniture, a mainstay business in the Glades communities for 90 years, has opened a new Clearance Center in Clewiston, and they’re having a New, Used, Scratch and Dent Sale of one-of-a-kind clearance items this month. It’s part of their usual Independence Celebration Sale, which started June 27, but this year it runs […]

Clock repair is becoming a dying trade

OKEECHOBEE — We live in a world where most of the things we use are consumable and disposable, and some trades are no longer as in-demand as they once were. In years gone by, shoes weren’t just tossed in the trash when they were worn out. They were taken to a cobbler to be re-soled. […]

Local business and customer reconcile

OKEECHOBEE — Local health food store Nature’s Pantry and Okeechobee resident Justin Rhodes have reconciled after an initial misunderstanding spiraled into a massive public shaming campaign against the business on social media on June 29. Around 11 a.m. on June 29, Mr. Rhodes entered Nature’s Pantry and started browsing their supplements. According to a police […]