The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce will host its 13th Annual “Celebrating Progress” Dinner on February 8th at the Carbondale Grand Hotel, 25 S. Main in Carbondale. Doors will open for the event at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are required.

John Paul Gorel, executive director of the Chamber, is pleased to announce that this year’s honorees are JKF Technologies, Galati's Barber Shop, and Ros-Al floral, Antiques, & Events. JKF Technologies specializes in custom machinery and precision manufacturing including robotics, motion systems, and industrial automation systems. Galati’s Barber Shop is a family-owned business celebrating 100 years of exemplary service to customers in the city of Carbondale. Ros-Al Floral, Antiques, & Events is a multifaceted business offering flower shop services, event planning, and the sale of antiques and collectibles from Carbondale and Forest City locations.

All three businesses are being recognized by the Chamber for their ongoing contributions to the local business community through the enhancement and the expansion of their business ventures.

Guest speaker at the event will be Scranton’s Elena Anguita, author of Spread Thanks: Create Miracles Through the Power of Ink. Ms. Anguita is a change agent, author, and speaker who passionately supports education, literacy, and helping people learn. In 2017, she launched the Spread Thanks revolution, a movement that encourages personal gratefulness through the sending of daily, hand-written thank you notes.

According to Ms. Anguita’s website, her enthusiasm and professionalism are putting this simple, yet transformational practice on the map as more and more people are creating miracles in their lives through gratitude.  In her corporate career, Ms. Anguita is an account executive for a leading educational products company and has extensive experience in sales, marketing, public speaking, and many other skill areas that contribute to professional success.

According to Mr. Gorel, the upcoming dinner is a wonderful opportunity for business owners, community leaders, and other interested individuals in the greater Carbondale area to engage in networking, comradery, and education.  The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a membership driven organization committed to fostering economic vitality, education, and growth in area communities.

The “Celebrating Progress” Dinner will kick off at 5:30m p.m. with a complimentary cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 6:30. At 7:30, the program featuring guest speaker Ms. Anguita will begin. Throughout the evening, there will be many opportunities to network with numerous area business owners and community leaders.

Tickets are $45 per person or $350 for a table of eight. Dinner choices are chicken marsala, vegetarian manicotti, herb crusted roast eye round of beef, or a vegan entrée. Contact the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce at 570-282-1690 or by February 2nd for reservations.