PRESIDENT’S REPORT –
Hold on Chamber members, as we get ready for a busy spring at the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce. Our team has been busy as we kick off 2018! We have several events in the planning stages for the New Year, but several of our favorites are back. Make sure that you have your tickets for our upcoming Golf Tournament and watch for some interesting topics coming to our Dinner Meetings over the coming months. We celebrate Chamber of Commerce week in February, continuing for 86 years to provide support, educational opportunities and a voice to the business community in the Langleys.
We are currently focusing our advocacy efforts on preparation for the BC Chamber AGM where we will present and lobby on provincial issues that are also a concern to Langley businesses. In this regard, we will be working with our peers throughout the province to update our existing resolutions: calling for changes to the Property Transfer Tax, expansion of the Mobile Business License to broaden the scope of eligible business and coverage to the whole Metro Vancouver region, coordinated management of the Fraser River, the introduction of online voting in municipal elections, and improved safety standards for shipment of dangerous goods by rail. We would welcome any input from our membership on issues of concern or specific challenges to business.
As well as our above advocacy efforts, we have recently been involved in several ongoing issues that affect your business. NAFTA negotiations are ongoing and will affect how we do business with our neighbors to the south. We have attended multiple workshops over the past few months with Metro Vancouver’s Mobility Pricing Commission and have made sure that Langley’s voice has been heard. We are continuing to ask questions of our Federal MP’s regarding the Proposed Tax Changes and have given feedback on the upcoming Federal Budget.
The 2018 Coffee and Conversation series has begun! This member only event series of lunch hour events will offer our members a forum to meet in an intimate setting with our local elected officials to create a dialogue on issues integral to the Langley business community, such as economic development, transportation and the environment. All our local Federal Members of Parliament, Provincial MLAs, local Mayors and the Chair of Metro Vancouver will be available to meet exclusively with our members over the next six months. Our first “Coffee & Conversation” event will be held on Friday, February 16th at noon at the Chamber office with Mary Polak, MLA Langley.
Concerning business education, we will be hosting special programs to assist our Non-Profit members, a Lunch and Learn series of business development workshops and working with partners on upcoming events focused on NAFTA/Trade Issues, Cyber-security and our annual Women’s Event.
With networking in mind, we have scheduled U40 Networking Socials and Open Late for Business events for the spring as well as complimentary Open House networking events to introduce our Community Directors. A feature networking event for the Chamber is our annual Golf Tournament to be held June 7th at Redwoods Golf Course.
Interested in being more involved in your Chamber of Commerce? Please consider joining a committee or perhaps even running for the Board of Directors at our AGM in September. If you have any questions regarding our advocacy efforts or on our upcoming events, please check our website at www.langleychamber.com or call our office at 604-371-3770.