Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce CEO Colleen Clark announces plans for a new survey, amid COVID-19, for local businesses. (Langley Advance Times files)

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce CEO Colleen Clark announces plans for a new survey, amid COVID-19, for local businesses. (Langley Advance Times files)

Langley chamber takes education efforts online

A local business advocacy organization will be offering webinars, instead of in-person events

As Langley Greater Chamber of Commerce continues efforts to keep in touch with Langley entrepreneurs and business operators, they’ve followed the lead of many companies and organizations that have moved their communication efforts with staff or members online.

Such is the case with their Lunch & Learn series that is traditionally held in the chamber’s Willoughby board room a few times a month, explained director of communications Jaclyn Van Den Berg.

“We have been working hard to turn some of our events into free webinars so our [chamber] members still have access to educational opportunities without leaving home,” she explained.

Along those lines, they’ve announced the cancellation of all events until the end of April, but confirmed they’ll host two webinars next month.

The first is on Wednesday, April 15, called Selling or Buying a Business in B.C., and will provide what Van Den Berg calls a roadmap for successfully navigating the sale or purchase of a small business.

“For many small business owners, their business is their most valuable financial asset, so maximizing its value and successfully completing a sale when the time comes is vitally important. For business buyers, the challenge is finding the right opportunity that will fit their financial and lifestyle goals,” she added.

Speakers in this workshop will also address the potential impacts the COVID-19 crisis might have on the market for the near term, and what business owners can be doing to maintain or increase the value of their businesses during these uncertain times.

The next session, being held on Wednesday, April 22 and called Tell Less, Ask More: Lead Like a Coach, will be lead by marketing and communications leader and coach Colin Macrae.

According to Macrae, there’s evidence that leaders who adopt a coaching-leadership style (rather than a traditional directive one) see increased performance, retention, and engagement.

Additionally, organizations with strong coaching cultures report above-average revenue growth, he insists.

His workshop will introduce participants to a coaching framework and equip them with what he describes as practical, actionable techniques to unlock the potential within an organizations and teams.

Typically, the chamber lunch workshops are held at the chamber offices and there is a $10 fee for chamber members, and $20 fee for non-members, and they’re asked to bring their own bag lunch. These sessions are free, and offered through the online platform of Zoom. They still run noon to 1:30 p.m. on the designated day.

Pre-registration is still required by calling 604-371-3770 or emailing


Checking the pulse of local business

In the meantime, starting Friday (March 27), the chamber’s CEO Colleen Clark announced efforts to survey members every two weeks – through, – to find out how Langley businesses are faring in the age of COVID-19, and how their needs are evolving.

“This information will inform ongoing recommendations to government and, perhaps more importantly, help track the efficacy of government programs and initiatives as they roll out,” Clark said. “This is your best opportunity to be heard on an ongoing basis and get the support you need-in the days, weeks, and months ahead.”

She said the first survey was seen as successful in this effort.

“Our first COVID-19 business impact survey saw close to 8,000 responses [province-wide] and informed many of the existing supports for business already put forth by the B.C. government,” Clark concluded, noting the results will be shared.


Just Posted

Eleven months after John and Deanna Reimer opened new, bigger, premises in Walnut Grove, COVID-19 struck. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
How a Langley gym owner is getting through the pandemic

Eleven months after John and Deanna Reimer opened new, bigger, premises, COVID-19 struck

Langley City Mayor Val van den Broek organized the Winter Wonderland fund-raiser which was Jan. 25, 2020. (Langley Advance Times file)
LETTER: Langley City mayor voices support for department RCMP superintendent

Mayor said she’s been working to get senior RCMP officer back

Members of the Langley Christian High School donated blood to mark their milestone year. (Left to right) Kiera Hummelman, Camryn Visscher, Jayde Campbell, Grace Bennett, Danae Vanderveen, Cynthia McCarthy (teacher), Carson Foster, Josh Nelson, Carsen Grim hope to inspire others to donate. (Grace Bennett/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Langley Christian grads roll up their sleeves to donate blood

Students went to a mobile clinic and hope to inspire others to donate

Share your opinion via email, through our website or in a posted letter. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)
LETTER: Religion doesn’t have a lock on morality, Langley resident writes

People must ultimately decide for themselves how to act

A letter from a senior RCMP officer in Langley said Mounties who attended a mayor’s gala in January of 2020 used their own money. Controversy over the event has dogged mayor Val van den Broek (R) and resulted in the reassignment of Langley RCMP Supt. Murray Power (L). (file)
Langley RCMP officers used ‘own money’ to attend mayor’s gala, senior officer says

‘I would not want there to be a belief that the police officers had done something untoward’

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

Children’s shoes and flowers are shown after being placed outside the Ontario legislature in Toronto on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Ontario commits $10 million to investigate burial sites at residential schools

Truth and Reconciliation Commission identified 12 locations of unmarked burial sites in Ontario

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)
Jann Arden backs petition to stop ‘appalling’ live horse export, slaughter

June 14 is the International Day to End Live Export of Animals

Squirrels are responsible for most of U.S. power outages. Black Press file photo
Dead squirrels in park lead Richmond RCMP to probe ‘toxic substance’ found in trees

Police aren’t sure if the chemical was dumped there or placed intentionally

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Two hundred and fifteen lights are placed on the lawn outside the Residential School in Kamloops, B.C., Saturday, June, 13, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Days after Kamloops remains discovery, Tk’emlups families gather to unite, move ahead

‘We have to work together because this is going to be setting a precedent for the rest of the country’

In this Saturday, May 29, 2021, file photo, people crowd the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif. California, the first state in America to put in place a coronavirus lockdown, is now turning a page on the pandemic. Most of California’s coronavirus restrictions will disappear Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
With COVID tamed, it’s a ‘grand reopening’ in California

No more state rules on social distancing, no more limits on capacity, no more mandatory masks

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

Most Read