Chamber Chatter
A Publication of the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce
4th of July Extravaganza!
Mark your calendar!

This year's July 4th celebration will take place at Rodeo Las Palmas! Festivities start at 2pm with food, music and rides for the entire family! Concerts will start at 4pm with a exciting Latin Band followed by Tom Jackson and finally the Motown Magic! At 7pm an action packed rodeo will take place and the night will end with a spectacular fireworks display!

The Leadership Glades Program will return for the 2022-2023 year. Applications are now being accepted.

For those that are not familiar with the program;

Leadership Glades is an exciting program designed to prepare potential leaders to meet the challenges facing the Glades area.

Participants explore critical issues through a series of seminars and related activities. Interaction with key decision-makers, experts, community leaders, and representatives of local government assist participants in better understanding the forces that impact their business, community, and daily lives.

Leadership Glades believes the cooperative effort of well-informed citizens is the key to preserving and enhancing the quality of life that Glades residents enjoy.

Leadership Glades gives the participant opportunities to:
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Learn about critical issues of the Glades
  • Discuss concerns with key decision makers
  • Establish new contacts
  • Contribute to the future of the Glades

If you are interested in serving the community, committed to professional growth, and dedicated to the future of the Glades, then you are a candidate for Leadership Glades.

Spaces are limited and filling up fast! Please submit your application soon, if the class fills before your application is received, it will be placed on a waiting list for next year's class or if there is a cancelation in this year's class.

American Cancer Society, Inc.
An Interview with Lindsay Bennett, Senior Development Manager
Tell us about the American Cancer Society:
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Our Global Headquarters are located in Atlanta, Georgia, and we have regional and local offices throughout the country to ensure we have a presence in every community.

Does the American Cancer Society have a Mission/Vision?
The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.
The American Cancer Society Core Values are at the heart of what we do. These guiding principles have shaped and will shape our past, present, and future. We commit to living these Core Values in all our words, actions, and decisions.
a.     Integrity - Driven by truth, ethics, and fact of science 
b.     Compassion - Caring for and supporting those touched by cancer 
c.      Courage - Undeterred by challenges and bold in action 
d.     Determination - Relentlessly pursuing a world without cancer 
e.     Diversity - Intentionally striving for equity through inclusion and respect

Tell us about your management team:
Lindsay B Bennett is the Senior Development Manager for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Palm Beach County. She also works with Relay for Life of Palm Beach County and strives to connect with every corner of Palm Beach County. She is always looking for educational and fundraising opportunities to help spread the word of the American Cancer Society and our mission.
ently celebrated the birth of their son, Laken.

Why did you decide to join the Chamber?
Lindsay decided to join the Belle Glade chamber because this is where she is from. Belle Glade is such an important part of Palm Beach County and Lindsay knows through the Chamber, she will be able to connect people from the community with American Cancer Society, our education and our services.

Is there something special you would like to share about the American Cancer Society?We are ACTIVISTS – convening relentless partners for awareness and impact.
We deliver BREAKTHROUGHS – investing in innovative research to develop game-changing approaches.
We build COMMUNITIES – united to fight cancer with compassion and access to treatment.
We provide DIRECTION – as a passionate ally, empowering people with information and answers.

Attacking Cancer on All Fronts
We identify the most promising avenues for research to address what is not known today and act on what is proven to work and ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to benefit. 

Name a “fun fact” about the business:
The American Cancer Society is second only to the US Government when it comes to Cancer Research and Education.
American Cancer Society

Hours: 24/7

HCA Florida Palms West Hospital
HCA Florida Palms West Hospital
13001 Southern Blvd.
Loxahatchee, FL 33470
Hours: Daily 8am-5pm

An Interview with Jason L. Kimbrell, CEO, HCA Florida Palms West Hospital

Tell us about HCA Palms West Hospital: HCA Florida Palms West Hospital has been serving the western communities of Palm Beach County since 1986. We are a 204-bed acute care hospital with a dedicated Women’s and Children’s Center. We specialize in orthopedic and spine care services, maternity, Level II neonatal series, and minimally-invasive and robotic surgery including general, GYN, urology, thoracic, orthopedic, colorectal, and surgical oncology.

Does HCA Palms West Hospital have a Mission/Vision?
At Palms West Hospital we’re dedicated to the mission of HCA Healthcare. “Above all else, we’re committed to the care and improvement of human life.

Tell us about your management team:
The leadership team at HCA Florida Palms West Hospital is comprised of more than 60 professionals in their field that work collaboratively to bring the best patient care experience. Calling our team a ‘family’ is not a cliché in our hospital. We treat each other with great respect and professionalism, and we have a lot of fun, which truly makes Palms West a great place to work. 

Why did you decide to join the Chamber?
Palms West has been part of the Glades community for more than 36 years. Many of our patients make the trip east from the area to visit our highly trained, board-certified specialists and seek care in our hospital. It only makes sense that we take an active role in the community in which we serve. 
Is there something special you would like to share about HCA Palm West Hospital?
Yes, HCA Florida Palms West Hospital is proud to announce that it will be opening a multispecialty medical practice in the Glades community this fall. The practice will provide board-certified physicians in the fields of orthopedics, vascular surgery, colorectal surgery, maternal/fetal medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology to the office on South Main Street on a rotating schedule to serve the Glades and complement the great care being provided by Lakeside Hospital and Hendry Regional Medical Center.

Name a “fun fact” about the business: 
HCA Florida Palms West Hospital has been ranked in the top ten percent in the nation by Healthgrades for patient safety for the past five consecutive years.
We are expanding our emergency room and dedicated pediatric emergency room to add 4,400 sq. ft. of space, renovate the existing areas and add 12 beds to the ER. We’ve also begun the expansion of our neonatal intensive care unit to a level III NICU, which will allow us to care for the most medically fragile infants and keep them here at the hospital with their mothers for treatment after birth.
Stayed tuned next month when we spotlight our newest members!
Renewing Members
Abraham & Associates
American Insurance Brokers
Bechert & Associates
Belle Glade Church of God
Belle Glade Rotary
Big Lake Snacks
Casteland Real Estate Corp
City of South Bay
CL Brumback-HDPBC
Eddie Rhodes
Eden Construction
Glades Media Company
Glades Roofing
Great Florida Insurance
JMA Electric
Joanne Jordan - State Farm
Nutrien AG
Student ACES
Belle Glade City Events
Interested in additional City events? Check out the calendar.

Summer Camp Begins Soon!
FBC Summer Camp is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 31st and will run for six weeks with the possibility of an additional two weeks if there is enough interest.

For ages 4-entering 6th grade, the camp is designed to be engaging and fun! Classes each day include art, music, Bible, reading, cooking, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) and much more! A weekly field trip and swimming twice a week is also included in the fun. For more information or to sign up follow this link:

FBC Summer Camp
Habitat for Humanity News
West TEC News
A Word from the
Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
Purchasing a Home in Palm Beach County? We Can Help You Protect Your Investment
If you’re purchasing a new home in Palm Beach County – whether it’s your first time or you are upgrading or downsizing – the Clerk’s office has you covered with vital services to help protect your investment.
Our office has three easy-to-use resources to help protect your home from fraud and make sure that you aren’t overpaying for services. Florida is one of the hottest housing markets in the country, and criminals may use the fast sale of property as an opportunity to strike.
Here are some tips to consider as you settle into your new home.

Tip #1: Sign up for Property Fraud Alerts. After you’ve unpacked a few essentials, the first step to protecting your home is signing up for our free Property Fraud Alert system. This automated tool monitors your name in our Official Records system. Whenever a document is recorded in Palm Beach County, you will get an alert within 48 hours detailing what was recorded. It’s an important first step in staying vigilant and signing up is simple: Just register on our website with an email address.

Tip #2: Don’t overpay for a copy of your deed or other records. Many new homeowners receive official-looking notices that they can help you get certified copies of records of your property deed, or other records, for as much as $89 for their services. You can view these documents for free on our website’s Official Records Search Portal and get hard copies from our office for $1 per page. Certified copies are an additional $2, much less than what these businesses charge.

Tip #3: Know your options about your property’s value. Every August, the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser notifies taxpayers of their property’s assessed and market values. If you feel the assessment, classification or exemption status for your property is not correct, you may file a petition with the Value Adjustment Board. Our office serves as Clerk to the VAB and is where you go should you choose to file a VAB petition. 
The Clerk’s office congratulates you on your new home. Our team is committed to providing you with outstanding service and keeping you informed. We have five offices to serve you including locations in Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Royal Palm Beach and Belle Glade in addition to many services available online 24 hours a day. Sign up for our monthly newsletter and follow us on social media at @ClerkPBC to stay up to date on everything we have to offer. 

Joseph Abruzzo
Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller 

Did You Know?
Chamber Member Benefits
This month we would like to focus on one of our member benefits - job postings.

We all either know of a business, visited a business, or we are that business. What business you ask? The business that is looking for employees. Today, many job seekers turn to the internet searching job boards or posting sites for employment.

Did you know as a Chamber member that you have a job board at your fingertips, and it is FREE and simple to use? It actually is easy as 1-2-3.

1- Sign into the Member Info System
2- Select the "Job Postings" button and select "add job posting"
3- Fill in the information fields and select "submit for approval"

Once approved, your job will be posted on our website

Here are screen shots of the process
Select "Job Postings"
Select "Add Job Posting"
Fill in Job Information
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