Supporting local businesses is a great way to support the greater community, at large. It not only allows these businesses to keep providing the goods and services they offer, but it also keeps money, jobs and expertise cycling within our local economy.
During B.C.’s Small Business Week in mid-October, Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, referred to small businesses as the “fabric of our community” for their contributions sponsoring local sports teams, offering highly coveted goods and advice, and even providing first-time jobs to our youth.
It’s a fitting description for New Westminster’s local business community.
“One of the things that makes New West and the businesses here special, is how tight-knit the community is. The businesses and residents are here for one another,” says Angie Whitfield, executive director at the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce.
And the time to highlight the businesses and citizens who have gone above and beyond for us during these challenging times is coming up fast on Nov. 24 at the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce’s annual Platinum Awards.
This year’s ceremony, which will be hosted at the Anvil Centre, is their first in-person ceremony since pre-COVID times in 2019. There are 13 different categories being awarded for New West businesses, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, artists, and citizens, with all of them centering on community contribution and commitment to excellence.
“There are many businesses in New West working hard to contribute positively to the community, and they’re doing great things despite challenging times,” says Whitfield. “It’s important that the members of our community, who benefit from the businesses and frequent them regularly, honour and celebrate them, as well.”
In addition to celebrating local excellence, the cocktail-style dinner event is also an opportunity to catch up with old friends over drinks and dance until your feet hurt. And with a photo booth on site, you have the perfect spot to snap some photos to remember it all.
“I hope people leave the Platinum Awards feeling connected and inspired, with a beaming sense of pride for their local business community,” says Whitfield.
If you’re interested in purchasing a ticket to the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce’s Platinum Awards, please visit the Chamber’s website. And to stay up to date with the Chamber, you can follow them on social media at @newwestchamber.