2021 marks the ten-year anniversary of the latest version of the Chamber of
Commerce of Okeechobee County. The former Chamber disbanded after they were
unable to overcome some tax-related issues. When the Chamber was resurrected in
2011, they faced several unique challenges such as communicating to local
businesses that they were different while at the same time assuring that they
would maintain the same positives aspects of the former chamber.
As part of a series of interviews, WOKC speaks to many former and current
members of the Chamber to discuss what the past ten years have been like, the
challenges, what they are proud of and their vision for the future of the
Chamber and local businesses alike.
This month we speak with Michael Hazellief from the Okeechobee County
Sherriff’s Office. Michael is a past Chamber board Member and a current Ambassador.
Hazellief talks about the early days of “Chamber 2.0”, his thoughts on the Ambassador
Program, the Leadership Program and his thoughts on the future of the Chamber.
Michael also talks about his favorite Chamber moments (Hint: they deal with
food!) Listen to the complete interview by clicking the link below.