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Offering virtual connections to Langley business people – Aldergrove Star

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by Jim McGregor/Langley Advance Times Special

An important benefit of joining a chamber of commerce is networking, interacting and communicating with other members.

During the ongoing pandemic, face-to-face meetings have – in most cases – not been available.

Kristi Maier is the Director of Operations for the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, and she spoke about the change to meetings brought about by COVID -19.

“With many of our events, we had to go back to virtual meetings and presentations,” Maier explained.

“We were hoping to set up a roundtable in January, but with changing guidelines this was not possible, so it was held virtually.

There have been a few in-person events, however.

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“It was so nice to be able to host our December dinner meeting in person and everyone was thrilled to see each other again after so long, and we look forward to doing more in the months to come,” he said. she shares.

Currently, however, the chamber schedules its meetings and events one month at a time.

“[We’re] hoping that by March we will be able to host our in-person dinner meeting again,” Maier said.

For the February meeting, the Chamber staff are delighted to have invited Amy Robinson, the General Manager of LOCO BC.

“Amy will present the latest research on the importance of buying local, both from an economic and environmental perspective,” said Maier. “She’ll explain why local businesses should market their local attributes and present three tools to promote your business’ local attributes.”

The chamber also plans to focus on its ‘Share the Love’ campaign with Tourism Langley. (See related story, page B5).

“Both provide great opportunities to show how members can promote themselves,” Maier said.

“We are also hosting six webinars in February, on various topics such as ‘How to Communicate on Zoom’, ‘From Bricks to Clicks’, ‘How to Work with E-Commerce’, and we have many more planned for March as well, Maier said.

“Our webinars are well attended, although some say they feel Zoom fatigue. But many of our webinar attendees tell us they get a lot of value from the presentations,” she said.

“Once we got through the holiday season, we saw an increase in the number of members viewing the news.”

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The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce is constantly bringing new and fresh ideas to keep its members interested.

“We have kept our office open throughout this time and the majority of staff are there to answer questions or address member concerns,” Maier said.

“We go above and beyond to promote our members, and if there’s a time a member needs a shout-out or if we can provide a touch on our social media, we’re more than happy to help. do,” she added.

“On our website, we can promote members’ activities, as well as inform them of upcoming events – anything we can do to help their business survive and thrive in these times.”

Maier said optimism is key to running a business in these trying times.

“We’ve all been through a lot and staying positive is what will get us through this.”

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Chamber operations director Kristi Maier (above) and her staff have been keeping chamber members informed with webinars and virtual meetings until they can meet in person again. (Special at the Advance Times)