It was just announced this week that the Winfield/LOFS Chamber of Commerce and Crossroads Chamber of Commerce will complete a merger that would expand Crossroads’ membership to more than 700 members and expanding its reach farther east and south.
The Crossroads Board of Directors recently voted to approve the merger with Winfield Chamber of Commerce after several presentations were given on the benefits of joining Crossroads. The merger will be complete July 1, 2016. Winfield is really an extension of Crown Point, and the merger makes sense, they have schools that are part of the Crown Point school system, the Crown Point Library system and they have the same address and zip code.
“It’s a really good fit,” Crossroads President and CEO Sue Reed said of the potential merger, “Winfield Chamber has about 80 members that would be joined with our members.”
The Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce came into being because of another merger back in January 2010 with the Merrillville Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Crown Point chambers of commerce. The Merrillville Chamber of Commerce was established in 1954 and grew along with that community to include Southlake Mall, Star Plaza Theatre, and the midwest largest location of restaurants – over 75 restaurants. With the introduction of Southlake Mall, several local strip malls have encompassed Southlake for further expansion over the years.
Established in 1950, the Greater Crown Point Chamber represented a variety of local businesses and professionals and also hosted a variety of community Events and Festivals focused in and around the downtown square, located around the Courthouse.
The Winfield Chamber of Commerce was founded as the Lakes of the Four Seasons Chamber of Commerce in 1991, two years before Winfield incorporated as a town