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$30,000.00 Raised at Hospital Family Room Fundraiser at Grand Taj Banquet Hall

At yesterday's Ronald McDonald Family Room (at Surrey Memorial Hospital) Fundraiser hosted by Kultar Thiara and his partners at the Grand Taj Banquet Hall and the Surrey Board of Trade, $30,000 in total was raised last night. Thank you to Bijoy Samuel, of REDFM and the Surrey Board of Trade President for MC'ing this event on a Sunday night! He was fabulous! And of course we could not have done this event without the great support from our friends at the Grand Taj Banquet Hall! The Family Room is set to open with the Critical Care Tower in June. The Ronald McDonald House is at around $400,000 of their $700,000 goal. These monies will go towards appliances, furniture etc that are needed for the family room.

Photo's from last night are at this link:


BC Transportation Minister spoke on Surrey Transit and Transportation priorities

BC Transportation Minister Todd Stone spoke to the Surrey Board of Trade for his first visit to Surrey on Thursday, November 21st. He spoke on the TransLink Referendum, South Fraser Perimeter Road opening in December, and transportation and transit priorities for Surrey and South of the Fraser. Thank you to Renee Filippone of CBC News as our Master of Ceremonies and thank you to our sponsors: Port Metro Vancouver, TransLink. Media Sponsors: The Leader Newspaper and News 1130.


Surrey Board of Trade Announces 2013 Surrey Business Awards Winners

 Surrey, B.C. – On Thursday, November 14, 2013, the Surrey Board of Trade recognized 7 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 sponsors the Leader Newspaper, BC Business Magazine, and News1130 Radio, celebrated their 15th year, with more than 400 people in attendance.  Master of Ceremonies, Pamela Martin, guided guests through the evening. Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 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 to the very innovative student entrepreneurs,” 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. THE WINNERS ARE:

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Surrey Board of Trade releases Disaster Planning Advocacy to Feds

At this morning’s first Leadership Surrey Emergency Planning and Business Dialogue, the Surrey Board of Trade released their federal government advocacy position on Disaster Planning.

The Surrey Board of Trade asks the federal government to better prepare for and protect Canada’s strategic economic well-being by:

1. Evaluating the cost of providing funding to businesses that demonstrate they need assistance in the aftermath of a natural disaster

2. Reviewing the Public Safety Canada Business Continuation statutes with the view of including all qualified businesses in the protocols to receive emergency financial support to better stabilize the affected economy through the crisis period

3. Developing a program to promote the need for Business Continuity Plans – and resources to assist in their development – with input from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the chambers of commerce and boards of trade across Canada.

“We need to maintain the region’s economy in the wake of a major emergency, such as the expected major west coast earthquake, or the flooding experienced by Alberta this past spring,” said Anita Huberman, CEO Surrey Board of Trade.

The full advocacy position is here.

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