WHAT’S IN STORE: Langley hosts a women in power event

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There are still a few days to get tickets for the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce's (Powerful) Women in Business event happening on Thursday, Sept. 14.

The event includes a panel of women who are all dominating forces in their industries, said organizer Jaclyn Van Den Berg.

It includes YWCA's CEO Janet Austin, co-founder of The Next Big Thing Meredith Powell, and Exvera Communications founder Brittany Whitmore.

Vivian Smith, executive director of the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation, will be moderating the evening event at Cascades Casino from 5 to 8 p.m. Info:

Safety at forefront of event

An event Sunday, Sept. 10 will raise fire awareness for Willoughby residents and merchants, while raising money for GlobalFire and BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.

An event called Be Safer is happening at Willoughby Town Centre from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a free barbecue, as well as hands-on fire extinguisher training, and mock medical emergency rescues, and other demos.

Also on tap for chamber

On the books for Tuesday, Sept. 19, the chamber once again hosts its monthly dinner meeting at the Coast Hotel and Cascades Casino.

But in what the chamber is calling "the after party" the BC Lottery Corporation is hosting a reception.

"Did you know that 88 cents of every dollar gambled in B.C. goes directly back into the province?" queried director of BCLC municipal affairs Greg Walker.

A portion of that money stays right here in Langley, he said, explaining that last year the City received more than $6.9 million as a direct result of having the casino located downtown. Some of that money was earmarked for initiatives like the Timms Community Centre.

Walker will be speaking to this topic during the regular monthly dinner meeting happening upstairs in the ballroom. That meeting starts with networking at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30.

Then, he will discuss the topic on more of a one-on-one basis druing a post-meeting reception held downstairs in the Match Langley patio. This event, expected to kick off about 8:30 p.m., is exclusive to those who attended the dinner meeting previously.

Also on tap this month, the chamber's Lunch & Learn sessions continue in the chamber office's board room (#207-8047 199th St.).

This time out there are two in September. The first is Tuesday, Sept. 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m. and addresses the subject of how to make direct marketing work, lead by Canada Post's Hemlock Harling.

The next one is Wednesday, Sept. 20, again from noon to 1:30 p.m., with the topic "Your Company's Culture is You!" presented by Heidi Eaves of Project House. She's expected to lead a workshop on how to create a positive culture that maximizes employee engagement.

The cost for these sesssions are $10 for members, $15 for non-chamber member.

And also on the books for September, the chamber is hosting a "special" lunch event called The Predictability of Your Business Growth.

Alan Oishi, of Shirlaws Group Partners, will lead an interactive session to explore and discuss the predictable stages of growth, helping business owners think and plan more strategically to tackle the inevitable challenges ahead.

"Attendees of this event will leave with a deeper understanding of the normal cycle of growth and maturity of businesses that will provide new perspectives in where they have come from and what lies ahead," said chamber president Jack Nicholson.

"Anyone who is involved in a business that is at a point of inflection and needs to do something different should attend this session. Register early as space is limited."

The session is being held at Deloitte LLP (#660-8621 201st St.) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29. The cost is $25 for members, $35 for non-members.

Pre-registration is required for any chamber event by emailing:, or calling 604-371-3770.

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