It’s bigger, better, and classier for the 20th anniversary edition of the Celebration of Excellence.
The annual night of awards for the business community, hosted and organized by the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, will be still be traditional in most respects.
“We stuck with last year’s strategy,” said Colleen Clark, the chamber’s executive director.
There will still be 10 awards, including the newest award, added last year, for U40 Business Person of the Year.
Also awarded will be the traditional prizes, including the George Preston Memorial Business Person of the Year award, Entrepreneur of the Year, Environmental Leadership, Business of the Year, and awards for Community Impact in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
“We had just over 90 nominations this year, which is the most we’ve ever had,” said Clark.
She said that chamber events coordinator Jaclyn Van Den Berg has been working to plan the big event since June, to get everything perfect.
The event will have a semi-formal dress code, a little more ritzy than the usual business dress of a typical chamber gathering.
That doesn’t seem to have deterred anyone from attending.
“We’re looking at a sold-out event,” chamber president Scott Johnston told the crowd at this week’s chamber dinner meeting.
At 360 tickets sold, it will be a larger event than last year’s.
“We have started a waiting list,” noted Clark.
The MCs will be from JRfm’s morning crew, and Clark said the food is expected to be top notch.
The awards are part of honouring companies that create a welcome business atmosphere in the Langleys, Clark said.
“I think business excellence awards really give the community an opportunity to thank the businesses you go into on a regular basis,” she said.
The fact that the awards include non-profits and community service speaks to the fact that “they’re not just a business,” said Clark.
A relative newcomer to Langley, Clark said the event speaks to the welcome she received since she took the reins as chamber executive director in June.