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Monday
Nov172014

Surrey’s City Centre One Building Takes Top Award in 2014 Fraser Valley Commercial Building Awards

SURREY – The City Centre One Building of Surrey was named the Judges’ Choice Best Overall Entry in the 4th annual Fraser Valley Commercial Building Awards Thursday night (November 13) at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel in Surrey. City Centre One also won the Excellence Award in the Office Category.

The annual celebration of the best of the best commercial and industrial buildings in the Fraser Valley from White Rock, North Delta, Surrey, the Langley’s, Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack was sponsored by the Surrey Board of Trade, Re/MAX Commercial, Fortis BC, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board Commercial Division and the Business Examiner Fraser Valley Newspaper.

The Offices at Newton in Surrey was named winner of the Fortis BC Green Award.

Other category winners at the event were:

  1. Community – Church: Christ Covenant Church of the Township of Langley
  2. Community – School: Chilliwack Senior Secondary of Chilliwack
  3. Community Institutional: Surrey City Hall & Civic Centre of Surrey
  4. Community Recreational: South Surrey Recreation Centre
  5. Senior’s Housing: The Residence in Mission
  6. Retail: Langley Mercedes of City of Langley
  7. Renovation: Langley Obstetrics & Gynecology of the Township of Langley
  8. Multi Family: Breeze of South Surrey
  9. Hospitality: Cactus Club Café of City of Langley

Merit Awards (Runners-up) went to:

  1. Multi-Family – Brownstones on the Boulevard of Chilliwack
  2. Office – The Offices at Newton in Surrey
  3. Community Institutional – Canuck Place Children’s Hospice of Abbotsford
  4. Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower of Surrey
  5. Community – School: Yorkson Creek Middle School of the Township of Langley

The full official program for the event, listing all nominations, is available for viewing at:

http://issuu.com/markmacdonald7/docs/2014_fvcba_program/0

Thursday
Nov132014

Anita Huberman to provide keynote address at DIVERSEcity’s Employer Appreciation & Networking event 

DIVERScity Community Resources Society is hosting an Employer Appreciation & Networking Luncheon.  This event will acknowledge local small and medium enterprises that have provided work experience placements to new Canadians who are eager to enter the Canadian job market.

“That first Canadian work experience is invaluable to an immigrant new to the country,” Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

The Employer Appreciation & Networking event will be held at the Surrey Central Library on Thursday November 20, 2014. Successful stories & immigrant profiles will be featured, along with delicious food provided by Nahm Thai Bistro.

“DIVERSEcity’s Employment Service has been connecting local businesses that are looking for skilled workers with newcomers who are eager to gain Canadian work experiences,” said Susan Liu Woronko, manager of Employment Services at DIVERSEcity. “We want to thank our community employers who have supported new immigrants with work placement opportunities.”

If you are a small business operator new to DIVERSEcity, please join us as we wish to show you what we can offer you!

For more information, please contact DIVERSEcity at es@dcrs.ca or call 604-547-2032.

Friday
Nov072014

Surrey Board of Trade announces 2014 Surrey Business Award Winners 

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On Thursday, November 7, 2014, the Surrey Board of Trade recognized six of Surrey’s best businesses in a variety of different categories.  The Surrey Business Excellence Awards, with Presenting Sponsors Kwantlen Polytechnic University and TD Bank, and media sponsor the Leader Newspaper, celebrated their 16th year, with more than 350 people in attendance.  Master of Ceremonies, Pamela Martin, guided guests through the evening. Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Surrey Board of Trade Surrey Business Excellence Awards!

“The Surrey Board of Trade focused on the strength and innovation within every entrepreneur to take an idea and use it as the foundation for building a business. They are inspirational – from the very small business to the large business to the not for profit service organization,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

The judging team’s evaluation assessed the following competencies: Organizational Profile, Leadership, Strategy Development and Planning, Customer Focus and Market Knowledge, Employee Learning and People Focus, Process Management, Supplier/Partner Focus, Community Involvement, Overall business Performance.

1-10 employees Winner:  Pacific Land Group
Sponsored by Copytek Print Centres

11 - 40 employees Winner:  Eagle Cinematronics Inc. (Cinematronix)
Sponsored by BM Group of Companies

41+ employees Winner:  FinancialCAD Corporation (FINCAD)
Sponsored by Fruiticana

New Business of the Year Winner:  Surrey Kids Physio Group
Sponsored by Century Group

Not-for-Profit Winner:  Surrey Christmas Bureau
Sponsored by Abbotsford International Airport

Business Person of the Year Winner:  Vikram Vij
Sponsored by Hamilton Duncan Armstrong & Stewart

Last night’s event also saw the inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Recognition Award presented to Leed Advisors Inc. This award was created to recognize a business working to improve the lives of their employees and to enhance the civic environment in which they operate, through participation in community programs, partnerships with community organizations, volunteering, educational and/or environmental initiatives, and/or for creating a positive environment for employees.

The event took the form of an “Academy Awards” style dinner, and was held at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. 

For further information, please contact Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade, at 604.581.7130 or anita@businessinsurrey.com.

Check out the photos from the Surrey Business Awards.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/18rhs3mtcpbl6mo/AACE6P8fhFEhXHlD8zgN9VbCa?dl=0

Wednesday
Oct292014

Surrey Board of Trade says governments need to reduce tax burdens to business – Surrey doing better than most cities.

In a just-released study today by the C.D. Howe Institute, it finds that business property taxes and land transfer taxes together represent about two-thirds of the total tax burden on investment in Canada, a large share for governments to continue to ignore.

In “The 2014 C.D. Howe Institute Business Tax Burden Ranking,” authors Adam Found, Benjamin Dachis and Peter Tomlinson conduct groundbreaking research that includes business property taxes and land transfer taxes in measuring the tax bite that can drive away or attract new business investment.

The Surrey Board of Trade – the only one in British Columbia, along with more than 15 Chambers Boards of Trades across the country, asked for this study to be researched and composed by the C.D. Howe Institute. Though it doesn’t address Surrey specifically, generalized estimates for the Vancouver statistics include all of Metro Vancouver.

“To speak to Surrey, specifically, the City continues to maintain a reasonable distribution of property taxes between properties across all assessment classes which include: Class 1 Residential, Class 2 Utilities, Class 4 Major Industry, Class 5 Light Industry, Class 6 Business & Other, Class 8 Rec/Non Profit, Class 9 Farm. Surrey established a goal to obtain by 2021 60% of its property tax revenues from Class 1 residential properties and 40% from the combination of Class 4, 5, and 6 properties; being the major industrial, light industrial and business classes. This goal is to be achieved by growth in the business classes of properties across Surrey – and not by increasing the tax rates of business-related properties at a rate faster than the residential properties,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “Surrey provides a sharp contrast to Vancouver, which draws 45 per cent of property tax revenue from businesses compared to only 31 per cent in Surrey. It is clear that Surrey’s municipal taxes for business are one of the lowest in the Metro Vancouver area. This is one of the reasons that business should consider a relocation to Surrey to create the jobs for our growing 2,000 people a month population.”

Despite years of concerted provincial and federal efforts to reduce the tax cost of investment, such as by lowering corporate income taxes, governments need to address a gap in their tax burden measure.

It was noted in the report that current government estimates don’t take into account either provincial and municipal business property taxes or land transfer taxes. “Current government estimates don’t take into account either provincial and municipal business property taxes or land transfer taxes,” remarked Found. “In our estimate, we find that business property taxes and land transfer taxes together represent about two-thirds of the total tax burden on investment in Canada, a large share for governments to continue to ignore.”

The authors recommended that the Federal Department of Finance—which provides the provinces with tax burden estimates—include business property taxes, both provincial and municipal, in its interprovincial comparison of tax burdens.

Tomlinson concludes: “Despite years of concerted provincial and federal efforts to reduce the tax cost of investment, such as by lowering corporate income taxes, governments need to address a gap in their tax burden measure. Our hope is that a more accurate measure of business tax burdens will prompt a closer examination of their potential detrimental impact on business investment.”

The study found that Saint John, Charlottetown, and Montreal have the highest total tax rates. Calgary and Saskatoon lead the pack with the most competitive all-inclusive taxes. The study measured the largest city in each Canadian Province.

For the report: REPORT + APPENDIX