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Economic summit aimed at small- to medium-sized businesses

An economic summit designed to empower small- to medium-sized businesses takes place at Abbotsford Centre Sept. 9.

The Fraser Valley Economic Summit, hosted by the city of Abbotsford, will feature a variety of keynote speakers, breakout sessions and a mayor's panel.

The summit has been created to help provide timely and a relevant information on how Fraser Valley businesses can connect with the various economic opportunities available both regionally, and throughout B.C.

The day will begin with an address from the Hon. Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Minister of National Revenue, who will provide a federal perspective on the current state of the economy and resources available to small businesses. Also speaking will be Alvin Law – one of Canada’s most well-known motivational speakers – who will share his inspiring story of overcoming adversity.

Later in the day additional speakers will include Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson, who will focus on northern B.C. projects and how they affect Fraser Valley business; UFV president Dr. Mark Evered, who will focus on how to build a creative economy; and Melanie Reuter, director of research, Real Estate Investment Network, who will share about investment opportunities available here and throughout B.C.

The day will conclude with a mayor’s panel consisting of the mayors of Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, City of Langley and Township of Langley. It will be moderated by BC Chamber of Commerce president and CEO John Winter.

There will also be a business expo and networking breakfast. Tickets are $165 ($1,188 for a table of eight), and  includes access to all the day's events. For more information, to purchase your tickets, book a booth for the business expo, or for sponsorship opportunities, visit: fvsummit.ca.

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