What’s in Store: Blue Christmas in the cards

Elvis is coming to dinner in Langley next month.

Steve Elliot’s Elvis Elite – who many know from his repeat performances around town including at the Langley Goodtimes Cruise In – is just one of the highlights of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Christmas dinner happening Dec. 9 at Cascades Casino.

One of the other big features of the night is the presentation of the annual H.D. Stafford Good Citizen of the Year Award. 

Having been there when my father was given this award, I always look forward to this chamber event – above all others through the year.

If you’re interested in checking it out, tickets are $50 for non-chamber members, $35 for members, and you must pre-register before Dec. 5 at 604-530-6656.

UPDATED: Hunting out the perfect books

A team from Langley-based Envision Financial are partnering with staff and volunteers from Canuck Place today (Thursday, Nov. 27) to go shopping for books at Chapters here in Langley.

The credit union crew is giving the gift of books to sick kids and their families who stay at the new children’s hospice in Abbotsford.

Envision actually has developed a family library at the hospice – this comes after donating $150,000 towards its recent construction of the province’s second Canuck House.

Cool undertaking. Good luck on your book buying spree. Having worked in a bookstore for the better part of five years during my teens (for those who remember that far back, I worked at Coles when it first opened in Willowbrook Mall), I know how much fun it can be to spend hours combing through new books.

Well, the shopping spree has wrapped up now/ They spent an hour this morning at the Chapters Langley, combing the store for bew books and resource materias to help fill the Canuck Place shelves. This little undertaking provides the hospice with more than 175 books valued at $2,5000.

Kudos to those involved in making this happen.

Nominees need online votes

Three Langley businesses are counting on help from locals to secure them honours in a provincial small business awards competition currently underway.

Christopher Davies and his team from Chris’s Sign & Lighting Service, as well as Katt Stearns Consulting, and Social Media Minder are all Langley business in the running for the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s small business awards.

Chris’s is up for the best workplace award, while Minder is up for best online marketer and Stearns is nominated for best emerging entrepeneur.

But the key to winning these awards, I’m told, is votes from the public – and those votes have to be cast by Sunday, Nov. 30, at www.sbbcawards.ca.

There were 307 B.C.-based small business nominated for the awards, including these three local contenders. Based on the voting, the top 10 will be selected and required to submit applications to narrow the competition to five. Those in the finals will face off in a Dragon Den-style panel of judges to pitch why they should win bragging rights, one-year, all-access pass to the Small Business BC education and resources, one-on-one mentoring, and $1,500 cash.

• Stay tuned here to learn how these Langley businesses fare.

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