Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County News

Posted 9/10/21

The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County and Okeechobee Main Street are excited to announce that SBDC is offering Better Business classes to all our local businesses.

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Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County News


 The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County and Okeechobee Main Street are excited to announce that SBDC is offering Better Business classes to all our local businesses. The total cost for all Better Business classes is only $15. You can attend one or all classes for just $15; however, you must pre-register for each class so that the instructor will be aware of how many will be in each session.

Please see the schedule below for dates and times. The location for all classes will be at IRSC Dixon-Hendry Campus in the Williamson Center, please report to Room C-112. The purpose of the Better Business program is to enhance Business & Entrepreneurial skills, create jobs and assist in the expansion and growth of our existing business community. Classes include:

• Tuesday, Sept. 21 — Introduction to Internet Marketing
• Thursday, Sept. 23 — Financial Literacy (Capital Access, Record Keeping, Etc.)
• Tuesday, Sept. 28 — Time Matters
• Thursday, Sept. 30 — Understanding Sales and Marketing
• Tuesday, Oct. 5 — Social Media in Today’s Changing Environment

Chamber Business of the Year Awards dinner is fast approaching and the cutoff for ticket purchases is Friday, Oct. 1. Grab your partner and plan to attend the Business of the Year Awards on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Downtown Venue. We have four categories, Business Development, Entrepreneurship, Community and Leadership. Presentation for four businesses, one in each category will be given that evening. We will also be awarding a Future Business Leader Award/Leading Star.

Our 22 finalists for these awards are: 211 Helpline, Badcock Home Furniture & More, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County, Florida Outdoors RV Country, Guardian Ad Litem, Helping People Succeed, Lake Okeechobee News, Mixon Real Estate Group, Okeechobee County Emergency Response Team, Okeechobee Healthy Start, Okeechobee Livestock Market, Okeechobee Main Street Arts & Culture Alliance, Our Village, Penrod Construction, Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee, Raulerson Hospital, Remington Real Estate, SourceOne Solutions, Taylor Creek RV Resort & Marina, The Rustic Store and Zaxby’s.

Our six finalists for our Leading Star Award are: Matt Bowen, J.D. Mixon, Andrea Medellin, Austin Harvey, Tyler Rinderknecht, and Andrea Mulligan.

You don’t want to miss out on seeing who the winners are and congratulating them for jobs well done.

This awards event has been transitioned from an annual luncheon to an evening event with networking, great food, a chance to dress up, and a ton of surprises along the way. Tickets are now on sale. Mark your calendars to be sure and reserve your table. No tickets will be sold at the door, so make sure to get yours early. Seating will be limited.

Please go online to, see the calendar of events scrolling on the left side of the page and click on the event, Oct 23, Business of the Year event and purchase your ticket or as a table sponsor. If you have any questions, please just give us a call. Be sure and choose your meal preference. You have the choice of steak gorgonzola or chicken parmesan being prepared by 1 Stop Party Shop.

We want to thank our Gold Sponsor SouthState Bank for quickly stepping up and giving us their continued support of the chamber and our initiatives. Thank you also to our silver sponsors, Treasure Coast Hospice and FPL. We have four Burgundy Sponsors. They are MID-FLORIDA, Mixon Real Estate, Badcock Home Furniture & More and Performance Napa, Inc. Thank you to each of them for their support. We could not celebrate our many deserving businesses without all of your unwavering help.