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The weekend featuring the biggest event in motorsports is just hours away. Micheal Kaltenmark, Senior Director of Marketing, fills us in on some of the festivities happening this weekend.

Today is Miller Lite Carb Day. Indy Car practice began at 11 a.m. and will run for two hours. Following that, at 2 p.m. will be the Indy 500 pit stop challenge, and at 4 p.m. will be a concert at turn three featuring Bryan Adams.

Tomorrow will kick off Firestone Legends Day, starting with the NTT Indycar Series driver autograph session. Gates open at 8 a.m. and all 33 drivers will be in the Lago Plaza signing autographs.

After that will be the public drivers meeting at the trackside. Then the drivers will be taken downtown for the 500 Festival parade.

Sunday will be the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500. Tickets are still available, but reserved seats are dwindling. Make sure to plan ahead and arrive early if you are attending the race.

People are also encouraged to bring their own drinks and food because concession lines can get long with more than 325,000 people packed into the IMS.

Need a quick workout to get in before the race on Sunday? Firefighter Tim has a 500-second workout inspired by the Indy 500. Each workout is 60 seconds except for the final workout which is 20 seconds.

The workout begins with 60 seconds of rows, lunges, and push-ups. Then a 60-second rest period, which includes bouncing to keep the heart rate up.

Next is 60 seconds of Russian twists, alternating shoulder presses, tricep extensions, and squats. Lastly, is 20 seconds of planks.

Just like that, you have a 500-second or 8-minute and 20-second workout.

Country music singer, Blake Shelton, appeared for the final time on the singing competition show, “The Voice,” during the finale on Tuesday.

Shelton has appeared in 445 episodes spanning 23 seasons and 12 years. He says he has made lifelong friends and memories from his time on ‘The Voice’, including meeting his wife Gwen Stefani.

Shelton says he is leaving to spend more time with his family and focus on his country music career.

Uber, a rideshare company, is testing out a new plan with Waymo, a robotaxi company.

On Tuesday, Uber and Waymo announced a partnership that would allow Uber riders to schedule rides in Waymo’s robotaxis.

Waymo makes autonomous driving technology so that their vehicles do not have human drivers at the wheel.

The companies say later this year Uber customers in Phoenix, Arizona will be able to receive a ride and food delivery from a robotaxi on the Uber app.

Amy Durante grew up in Indonesia where she suffered profound hearing loss. Indonesia is a developing nation where opportunities for individuals with disabilities are limited.

Durante was fitted with hearing aids and enrolled in speech therapy at a young age.

She knew she wanted to make movies but also knew she would have to work hard to succeed. Her first big break came when a commercial director saw her sketches which eventually led to full-time employment.

She found at early on in her career that being able to communicate efficiently was going to be vital to her success. That is when she decided to upgrade her hearing aids to cochlear implants.

Her communication improved greatly after receiving cochlear implants. Durante says her cochlear implant was a “heaven-sent blessing” that has empowered her and given her the freedom to communicate without assistance.

Durante has worked on many movies including, Fantastic Four, Monster House, Spider-Man 3, and most recently Indiana Jones and Dial of Destiny. She is currently a visual effects artist for Industrial Light & Magic.

This week’s BE&O Show highlights tips on how to turn big events into big opportunities. Our team at WISH-TV recently took advantage of motor racing’s biggest month of the year.

Last week, friends and clients were invited for a behind-the-scenes look at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This opportunity allowed people to talk and get to know one another better.

Director of Sales at Circle City Broadcasting, Jason Hunter, says that people often do business with people they like and respect.

Opportunities like this one also allow you to thank your clients for doing business with you and allow them to talk about doing business with each other.

Networking is an important part of a business. Big events like this one give the chance to build new connections and strengthen old relationships.

It is also important to follow up with the connections you make at these events and to do it in a timely manner. If not, they may move on to the next.

Take advantage of opportunities to get to know people. When you get to know someone, you get to know more about how they like to do business.

The Office of Minority and Women Business Development gathered at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week to talk about ways to involve minorities, women, veterans, and disabled-owned businesses in public-private partnerships.

One of the biggest opportunities lies in the construction sector.

President of the Darden Group, an Executive Construction Management company, Akilah Darden, says during the month of May people are enthusiastic so why not bring them to the track to talk about being intentional with equitable opportunities for diverse vendors?

They brought developers and contractors who control the contract as well as diverse contractors to meet and formulate relationships. Then they learn their capacity and build a team around them to get the job done.

It doesn’t just include getting diverse vendors but also getting the workforce into the trades to help build it. It is important to find people that do things well and to get them to stay in the state of Indiana and give them equitable opportunities.

Another construction company, Nubian Construction, wants to not only build buildings but build people’s lives by giving them an opportunity to get engaged on projects and grow their company.

Having these big events allows an opportunity for everyone to get engaged in working with minority and women ran small businesses to come together and work on projects.

On Tuesday, the Indy Chamber, Hispanic Business Council gathered corporate and civic leaders from across the city to recognize five people paving the way for Hispanic progress.

Director of the Hispanic Business Council at Indy Chamber, Marcelo Montero, introduced some of the honorees.

One of them is Michelle Cox, CEO of Cox Residential Roofing, who explains as a Hispanic woman in business she wants to set an example for other Hispanic people and women to follow her business. Also, she wants to help change the way the Hispanic community is looked at when it comes to business.

The Hispanic Business Council hosts four events a year. The Conexion 5 for 500 is their main event with over 300 attendees.

Other events taking place this week in business include:

The 2023 Earth Day Indiana Festival, Saturday, June 3rd 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Garfield Park. The festival will include at least 110 exhibitors, live music, food trucks, a beer garden, and a place to meet and support other local businesses that are helping the environment.

Also, the Innopower minority week thinking session is June 13th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Martin University.

Marshall Morris, an Indiana man and Army veteran, is a terminally ill cancer patient battling stage-4 liver cancer.

On top of his diagnosis, he has created a charitable organization to help other terminally ill patients.

The organization is called “Dying Defiantly.” It was started to help terminally ill patients and their families deal with the ups and downs of their sickness, especially in the final days.

In search of funding for his organization, Morris entered the “Dream Chopper Giveaway”.

The “Dream Chopper Giveaway” by Orange County Choppers gives voters a chance to win a bike. The competition started with 78,000 people across the United States and Canada.

Morris plans on auctioning off the bike for charity funding if he wins the competition.

Voting is now closed for giveaways and the winner will be revealed on Friday, May 26. Marshall was in first place to receive the prize.

The hosts of WIBC’s popular radio show “Hammer and Nigel” discussed news that Miley Cyrus may never do another arena tour again.

Cyrus told British Vogue that she doesn’t want to perform in front of huge audiences anymore because it feels isolating and unsafe. There has been no word on if she will sing in small venues to support her latest album, “Endless Summer Vacation.”

Hammer and Nigel also discuss the Fast and Furious movie, “Fast X”, speeding to number one at the box office.

“Fast X” made 251.4 million dollars in its international debut, making it the second biggest opening of the year outside North America after “The Super Mario Brothers Movie”.

To gain further insights into these captivating topics, make sure to catch the full interview above.

Matthew B. Murphy III, co-founder and president of Emboss Partners, a consulting and capital acquisition firm, talks about how the lending market has changed and what the future may look like.

He highlights the changes in interest rates on lending money. For a long time, interest rates on lending money have been cheap and rates have shown little to no fluctuation over time. In the last couple of years, that has all changed.

Murphy explains that interest rates have increased and the rates are not as stable anymore. What may be affordable one day may not be the next.

The sensitivity of interest rates has forced both lenders and borrowers to ask more questions and spend more time planning. It is also important to have people to assist in planning, accountants, and financial professionals, that can give businesses the information they need.

Murphy says it is most important for business owners to plan, plan and plan. Be prepared to navigate the uncertainty of financial markets.