Langley City's work on the business front earned it an Open for Business Award from a provincial business group.
The B.C. Small Business Roundtable gave out Open for Business awards to seven B.C. municipalities, including Langley City, during the recent Union of B.C. Municipalities annual meeting on Sept. 20.
Award evaluations were based on local measures that make it easier to do business in that community, including enhancing small-business competitiveness, recognizing the contributions of small businesses to the community, and promoting the principles of the B.C. Small Business Accord.
The evaluation criteria reflected the accord by recognizing that when small businesses are celebrated and supported by their communities, they are more likely to be competitive and innovative.
In addition to the City of Langley, this year's recipients include Central Saanich, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Fort St. James, Kelowna and Penticton.
As an incentive to promote an openfor-business culture, government is providing $10,000 to each winning community to fund a local, small-business friendly program that aligns with the principles of the B.C. Small Business Accord.
"The City of Langley is a vibrant business centre in Metro Vancouver and its unique attributes, combined with supportive local government policies, programs and services, make it the place to be for business," said Acting Mayor Ted Schaffer. "I am very proud to be part of a team with talented and dedicated staff who are committed to providing exceptional customer service and innovative initiatives. We are also extremely fortunate to benefit from the support programs and marketing efforts of the Downtown Langley Business Association and Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce."
The B.C. Small Business Roundtable was established in 2005 to be the voice for small business to government. Through its diverse sector membership of smallbusiness owners and association leaders, the roundtable helps government develop strategies to support the growth and success of small business throughout the province. "Communities across our province can look to the winners for best practices and help make B.C. the most small-business friendly jurisdiction in Canada. Congratulations to the winners," said Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business. "Every day, you help support small business and live the spirit of the B.C. Small Business Accord."
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