Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce Events

Here is a list of upcoming events put on by the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce. Go to www.OkeechobeeBusiness.com for more details or like them on Facebook.

Are you ready to talk fast, sharing some information?  Well, Thursday, July 29th at 5:00p.m. the Chamber of Commerce will host our July After Hours at the Brown Cow Sweetery.  Have you ever had the experience of speed dating?  Well this will be a fun event where instead of speed dating, we will be speed networking!  A great way for each of us to learn a little more about each person in attendance. We’ve had one other speed networking event back in February and it was great.  So much was learned about each other.  We will have cards made up with questions that you can use to ask of each person, or you can prepare them ahead of time, or just use whatever questions comes to mind as you meet them.  Your choice, just make it fun and informative.  We will be following CDC guidelines by social distancing.  Don’t miss out on the fun, come join in the speed networking event!  Be sure and bring your business cards and brochures.  Looking forward to seeing you on the 29th.

August Ribbon Cutting –  August 11th, Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd and Lloyd is pleased to announce that their office is now fully open.  Due to their new office opening last year in the middle of the pandemic, there was no opportunity to officially celebrate. The office was previously by appointment only and now open to the public.  As a new business in town, they would like to invite you to join in their ribbon cutting Celebration on August 11th at Noon at 1910 South Parrott Avenue.  Light refreshments will be available.

Chamber Business of the Year Awards dinner — Grab your partner and plan to attend the Business of the Year Awards on Saturday, October 23rd  from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Downtown Venue. Yes, you read that correctly, the actual 2021 Business of the Year Awards Presentation will be held that evening.  No, it’s not a typo. The BOYA Event has been transitioned to an evening event with networking, great food, a chance to dress up, and a ton of surprises along the way! Tickets go on sale August 16th!  Mark your calendars now and be ready to reserve your table when the tickets go on sale.

Now that the date is set, it’s once again time to nominate your business for the Business of the Year Awards! Nominations began on Wednesday, July 7th and end on Friday, August 6th.  You can submit your nomination for the Business of the Year Awards in one of the following categories Business Development, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Community (definitions for which can be found in the directory of awards).  Please remember that no one knows your business better than you, so get your nomination in and share your successes and challenges with the judges.  Not sure which one to choose? We have provided a short quiz that will help you sort it out and can be found at the bottom of the page on our website www.okeechobeebusiness.com.   

Just as a reminder, please remember that NO one knows your business better than you, so we need to hear it from you.   All the successes, challenges, community activities, upcoming projects, promotions, those are best shared by you.  You can nominate another member business and we will get in touch with them for them to complete a self-nomination form too.

In addition to the business awards this year, we have added the “Future Business Leader” award. The Future Business Leader Award recipient will be one that has been nominated by their employer for outstanding leadership within the company in which they are currently employed. The measures used to determine such a recipient will be primary responsibilities, professional milestones, internal award/accolade history, etc.  Please visit our website for more information on all award categories.

Remember — All applications are digital this year, but you can edit your application as many times as you like before Friday, August 6th at 4:00 PM.    SPONSORSHIPS are still available, please call the Chamber at 467-6246 for all the details.