Get ready for a busy spring at the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce. Our team has been busy as we kick off 2019, 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 event and watch for some interesting topics coming to our Dinner meetings over the coming months. February’s dinner speaker is the CEO of BC Housing, speaking to the issue of affordable housing. We celebrate Chamber of Commerce week in February, celebrating that we have for 88 years continued to provide support, educational opportunities and a voice to the business community in the Langley’s.
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. We would welcome any input from our membership on issues of concern or specific challenges to business. Topics currently on our radar, Transportation, Affordable Housing and Provincial tax issues such as the Employee Health Tax and the new Speculation Tax.
The 2019 Coffee and Conversation Series has begun! This exceptional 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 Tuesday, February 26th at 2pm featuring Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese.
We are also pleased to be able to present a few special “Roundtable” events with Federal and Provincial Ministers that will focus on issues that pertain to the Langley’s. The first minister that we will be hosting will be the Honourable Francois Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, date to be announced.
Concerning business education, we will be hosting special programs to assist our Not-For-Profit members, a Lunch & Learn series of business development workshops, and working with partners on upcoming events focused on Affordable Housing, Cyber-security and our annual Women’s Event.
With networking in mind, we have scheduled U40 monthly socials and Business After Hours 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 6 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.