Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce held its annual gala, Carnaval Mascarada, on Saturday at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza.
The highlight of the evening was the awards ceremony, during which the following were recognized for their achievements: Patrolman David Wilkins, of Crown Point, and Officer Mark Vasel, of Merrillville, received Police Officer of the Year honors; Mark Baumgardener Jr., of Crown Point, and Ryan Arroyo, of Merrillville, received the awards for Firefighter of the Year; Paula Barancyk, a teacher at Crown Point High School, received the Teacher of the Year Award.
The prestigious ATHENA award was given to Dr. Rachael Ross, of Gary.
The chamber gives thanks to all the generous sponsors and attendees who made this evening such a huge success.
Wag Your Tail Wednesdays
Don’t miss the opportunity to have your pet photographed with Santa Claus on Santa’s Mountain at the Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond.
Pet photos with Santa will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 28, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. Well-behaved animals only, please. For more information, call (219) 989-7770.
Business After Hours
Orthopedic and Balance Therapy Specialists, 11055 Broadway, Merrillville, hopes you will join them for a Business After Hours and ribbon cutting from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6, with the ribbon cutting at 5:30.
Attendees will enjoy an evening of networking, refreshments and will have the opportunity to learn about their services. Call Amanda at (219) 310-8778 for more information.
If you are thinking of selling your business or transitioning it to the next generation within the next five years, you should attend a seminar let by Tom Craft, CPA, and Larry Galler, business coach and The Times columnist on Dec. 12 at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, Merrillville, from either 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.
It is the dream of every business owner, at some point in the future, to either sell the business or transition it to the next generation. But it isn’t an easy or fast process.
There are many decisions to consider in order to maximize the value of the business, examine different financing options, think through potential tax consequences, and make operational improvements that can make your business more attractive to potential buyers making the sale or transition easier, faster and more profitable.
There is no charge to attend. Seating is very limited; call (219) 738-2425 to make a reservation. Light refreshments will be provided.
Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving today. I hope you are surrounded by friends and family and that you experience all of the magic of the holiday season.