Chamber Chatter
A Publication of the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce
Black Gold Jubilee
This year the Jubilee is scheduled on April 2nd and will be preceded by multiple events including the Children's Fishing Contest, Night Time Golfing Tournament, the Little Miss Black Gold Pageant, and the Harvest Queen Pageant.
New, this year will be a mini concert the night before the Jubilee! On the morning of the Jubilee, festivities start with a 5K Walk/Run and 10K Run, at noon begins a day of fun, food, and entertainment. The day is completed with the grand finale - a spectacular fireworks display over the lake.

For more Black Gold Jubilee Information, visit the website by clicking HERE
Chamber Banquet Awards
The Chamber's Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony was held on Tuesday, February 22nd at the First Baptist Church's Gymnasium. Originally scheduled in October of 2021, the banquet was postponed due to the Covid variant outbreak.

The theme of the banquet was "Winter Wonderland", with over 200 people in attendance. A delicious prime rib meal was served with New York style cheesecake as dessert. The night continued with various awards being given. Below are the recipients of the awards.

2021 Community Pride Winner was awarded to Bernard Godek, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Palm Beach County and Josh Burrell, Director of Construction.
PBSC Impact Award was awarded to Andrew Barrett (right) by Dr. Latanya McNeil (left).
2021 Sheriff's Deputy of the Year was awarded to Deputy Sheriff, Jonathan Bryant (right) by Captain Emory Payne (left).
2021 Firefighters of the year was awarded to both Captain Stephen O'Sullivan (right) and Captain Todd Fote (left) by Chief Javatis Midget (center).
Agri-Industrial Man of the Year was awarded to Willie Lee (right) by presenter Paul Allen (left).
2021 Citizen of the Year was awarded to Dr. Robert Rease (center) by Stever Prielozny (right), also pictured is Terri Calsetta Chamber Board President (left).
Checkmark Collections
An Interview with Melissa Nash, President of CheckMark Collections
Tell us about CheckMark Collections:
CheckMark Collections specializes in account receivable management/financial service. As revenue recovery specialists, we offer our client a convenient, hassle-free way to collect debt; and for the debtor an opportunity to pay in a way that is easy and respectful.

Does CheckMark Collections have a Mission/Vision?
Yes, our mission is to assist businesses return earned revenues to their top line.

Tell us about your management team:
I (Melissa Nash) am the president and bring over 30 years in the business finance industry to the company. I am no stranger to the Glades area; I grew up in Belle Glade. My grandmother Rosa was Postmaster and also a teacher at Gove ECE specializing in Deaf Education.
I lead a team of specialists including James Pierre, Collections Manager. James, originally from Miami, understands a multi ethic community and the diversity of our rural community.

Why did you decide to join the Chamber?
We already have several clients from the Glades area, and I still come out regularly to support local business. I’m always excited to see advancement in any industry and look forward to working with the Chamber to promote commerce in the Glades area.

Is there something special you would like to share about CheckMark Collections?
What’s special about where we are today is that the pandemic allowed our business to go back home and operate. I started as a home-based business in 2007 and was featured in INC. magazine in 2009 as  1 of 11 Businesses You Can Start in Your Pajamas.
With a proven model, we are now offering opportunities to be awarded a Franchise and join our brand. The goal is to build entrepreneurs and have small and local, serve small and local.

Name a “fun fact” about the business:
We are highly regulated both State and Federally, we refer to all the Departments and Regulatory Agencies as “alphabet soup”. The best advice I can give is that for any reason you find yourself behind in payments, even if by unintentional oversight, just talk to the person on the other side of the phone, it is their job to work with you on a solution.
"Our goal is to build entrepreneurs and have small and local, serve small and local"
- Melissa Nash.
CheckMark Collections
2475 Mercer Ave, Suite B307
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Hours: Mon-Fri 8-6
MCA Fishing 21, LLC
MCA Fishing 21, LLC
Hours: Daily 9am-3pm
An Interview with Jeffery J. Willis Jr. Founder and CEO of MCA Fishing 21, LLC

Tell us about MCA Fishing 21, LLC: We started as a dream conceived in a small Texas garage in 2013. That dream led me to tournament fishing. While fishing, I realized some important life lessons in patience and perseverance. These, among other life skills, I felt were desperately needed in the youth, and I wanted to help pass these skills on to them. This brought me back home to the Glades with a vision to reach out and mentor the youth in our community.  

Does MCA Fishing 21, LLC have a Mission/Vision?  Yes, our mission is to bring today’s youth together and provide them with discipline, stability and a growing mindset that will develop them and ultimately our communities.  Giving life skills learned through fishing and hunting.

Tell us about your management team: I am the founder and CEO Jeffery J. Willis Jr. I was born in South Bay and grew up in a single parent home where my mother raised me with strong biblical principles which guide me today. Khadeidra K. Willis is our manager, and my wife! Her background is in developing and mentoring youth. Which she has done for elementary through college age youth for over the last 15 years.

Why did you decide to join the Chamber?
Joining the Chamber, we feel, is a way for MCA Fishing to become more active in the community and to expand our services throughout the Glades.

Is there something special you would like to share about MCA Fishing 21, LLC?
Well, as I mentioned earlier, we started with fishing but are continuously looking for ways to expand mentoring through the MCA brand. Currently we have developed a youth program called “The Total Experience” where the youth can learn structure, responsibilities, and decision-making processes by working with each other and respecting diversity through the process.

Name a “fun fact” about the business:  Not many people know this but; three games into the 10th season of me playing professional football, I quit to start fishing… #fromfootballtofishing!

"Education is Our Driving Force"

Stayed tuned next month when we spotlight our newest member- HCA Florida Palms West Hospital
Renewing Members
Al-Iman Mosque
American Insurance Brokers
Anne M. Gannon, Tax Collector
Career Source
Cavinee's Paint and Body Shop
Comfort Air Conditioning & Sheet Metal
Community United Methodist Church
Dress for Success Palm Beaches
Everglades Equipment group
First Bank
Glades Chiropractic Center
Glades Day School
Horizon Inn & Suites
Injury Center of the Glades
Karen Corbin-wheeler
Kirchman Oil
Larry Royal Family Businesses
Leigh's Epic Destinations
McDonalds of Belle Glade
McGahee Termite & Pest Control
Orsenigo Farms, Inc
Osceola Farms - Florida Crystals
PAG Surveyors, Inc
PBC Food Bank
PBC Property Appraiser
Reliant Fire & Security, Inc
Roy E Burch Trust
Seminole Supply Company, Inc
South County Mental Health Center
State Farm Insurance- Barney Walker
Torcivia, Donlon, Goddeau Ansay PA
Tru Flo Corporation
Wedgworth's Inc
Wilkinson-Cooper Produce
Young Singers of the Palm Beaches
Belle Glade City Events
AWE Scholarships
PBCWUD Outreach Engagement
Upcoming Events at Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center
Check out the updated entertainment schedule at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center!
Wednesday, March 23rd
Monday, March 21st
Sunday, March 27th
Habitat for Humanity News
West TEC News
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