On Thursday, July 23, Business in Vancouver in Partnership with
the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) will host a panel
discussion to highlight the future of the city’s ever-evolving business sector
and investment opportunities within one of Canada’s fastest growing cities. The
panel discussion will engage a carefully curated group of Surrey business
professionals at the forefront of the City’s long-term economic development
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s Safety Meeting will be held via Zoom.
Joining us will be A/Cpl Sandy Fabi from the Surrey RCMP Economic Crime/Cyber Crime Unit – which conducts various fraud investigations including prolific offenders, complex investigations involving multiple agencies/jurisdictions and cyber crimes. Sandy has over 19 years of police service including postings in Kamloops, E Division Major Crime based out of Surrey, Vernon and the Surrey RCMP.
This year’s safety webinar will discuss fraud, scams, and credit-card fraud. During COVID-19, scams and fraudulent tactics have been on the rise, with losses of up to $22.6 million this year alone in Canada.
We invite you to join us as there is no better time than now to equip yourself and your business with the knowledge and tools to respond to these issues. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, August 4th between 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Registration will be available on Eventbrite, where you will receive an email with details regarding the Zoom meeting upon signing up.
The Open with Care campaign is about coming together as a community to support local businesses—and about doing it safely. Started by the Business Improvement Associations of BC, this initiative aims to make the public feel more comfortable in revisiting local businesses and to show how valuable they are to our community.
Throughout this campaign, we will be highlighting open businesses in our area and letting you know what they are doing to keep both their customers and employees safe. Additionally, we will also be providing you with tips on how you can support local businesses safely during this time!
Alongside our business spotlights, we will also be giving away gift cards from local restaurants to encourage engagement and participation. Below is a list of weekly ongoing giveaways, however we will be having giveaways almost daily on our channels – so make sure you are following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
I Helped Open With Care Photo Contest (Ongoing)
Where: Instagram & Twitter
What: Post a photo of how you supported one of our businesses in our neighborhood to get entered in a draw to win a $50 gift card!
Entry by Instagram post, stories, or tweeting a photo of supporting a local business (selfie with OWC sticker, photo of purchased product/service, etc.)
Must be following us on either Twitter or IG
Tag us in your post, as well as the business if applicable (Make sure you’re not on private so we can see it!)
Use the hashtag #SurreyOpenWithCare
Open With Care #TriviaTuesday & #BlurryPhotoThursday (Ongoing)
Where: Twitter and Facebook
What: Every week, we will post a trivia question related to the businesses in our neighbourhood or ask you to identify a blurry photo – be one of the first to answer correctly to win a $50 gift card.
Entry by commenting on our post or replying to our tweet
Must be following us on either Twitter or ‘like’ us on Facebook
Chalk Art Contest (Ends July 26, 2020)
Where: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email
What: Send us a photo of your/your child’s sidewalk chalk art to enter in a draw to win a $50 gift card.
Entry by tagging us in your photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (make sure you are not on private so we can see it) OR by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Must be following us on either Twitter, Instagram, or ‘like’ us on Facebook if posting on social media
Participants under 13 years of age must enter with a parent/guardian
Safeway and Thrifty Foods are supporting the Girl Guides of Canada’s amid
the COVID-19 pandemic by selling their famous chocolate and vanilla sandwich
cookies at the checkstands.
Girl Guides sell cookies as a
major fundraiser to support their programs which offer girls and young women
opportunities to develop confidence and life skills. Traditionally, local units
set up outside of retail stores to sell the cookies or go door-to-door to their
Because of the pandemic and due
to the ongoing need for social distancing, Girl Guides suspended all in-person
Girl Guide activities to ensure the health and wellbeing of girls, adult
members, volunteers and the greater community.
This suspension has virtually
halted the annual spring Girl Guide cookie campaign, one of the organization’s
two major fundraising initiatives. As a result, Girl Guides put out a call for
help to safely sell the cookies.
In B.C., we have distributed
4,600 cases which equals 55,200 single boxes of cookies. 55 locations including
Safeway and Thrifty Foods in BC have cookies.
All Surrey Safeways are included in this venture.
DOWNTOWN SURREY BUSINESS ASSOCIATION FUNDS MEAL PROGRAM TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES AND HOSPITAL WORKERS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS
Association encourages residents wishing to join in to donate to ‘thank you heroes’ program
The Downtown Surrey BIA (DSBIA) has designed a rapid response program to help struggling restaurant businesses in it’s region at the same time saying thank you to the employees working long hours at Surrey Memorial Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We wanted to acknowledge the incredible work being done by hundreds of employees at Surrey Memorial Hospital,” says DSBIA Executive Director Elizabeth Model. “Surrey Memorial is the second largest hospital in the province, with the busiest Emergency Department. We know that the hundreds of employees of the hospital – the doctors, nurses, office/ support staff and cleaning crews, are working extremely long hours under very stressful conditions. Buying a meal for one of these incredible employees is a small way of saying thanks for their dedication to care provision.”
The meals will be purchased from participating restaurants in the hospital district, thereby supporting the struggling local businesses as well as thanking the hospital staff. “As a business organization we are searching for ways to support our businesses in a tangible way in this unprecedented time,” says Model. “So far we have two restaurants in the area surrounding the hospital who are set up for delivery, operate seven days a week and are committed to longer hours in order to service nighttime and early morning workers. We expect more restaurants to come on board as we move forward.”
The Downtown Surrey BIA is hoping that individuals and organizations who want to say thank you to the hardworking staff keeping the hospital running will contact one of the participating restaurants and purchase a $20 gift card. The gift card will be added the growing funds collected to feed the hospital staff on an ongoing rotation. If a tax receipt is required, please donate directly to the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation https://surreyhospitalfoundation.com/covid19/ .
The DSBIA is currently planning our 2020 Movies Under the Stars event for later this year! What movie would you like to see on the big screen at Holland Park? You can vote for up to 4 movies.Deadline to vote is March 30. You can send votes to email@example.com
NOTE: This event is family oriented. All films must be family friendly, less than 2 hours in length and rated G or PG.
o Frozen 2
o Toy Story 4
o The Lion King
o Sonic the Hedgehog
o Other (please specify) ___________________. *Must be under 2 hours and G or PG rated.
Downtown Surrey BIA’s Annual General Meeting will take place this year on Thursday, February 20, 2020. Registration will begin at 11:30AM, with the event coming to a close at 1:30 PM. Taking place at the Civic Hotel, this year’s AGM will include the presentation of special awards to several long-time businesses in our area.
The 2020 Annual General Meeting will also consist of time devoted to networking alongside a complimentary light lunch—followed by presentations of the 2020 Budget, 2019 Year End Report, and the 2019 Audited Financial Statement.