BUSINESS NOTEBOOK: SEEDS honours entrepreneurs in Newton

SURREY — The Self-Employment and Entrepreneur Development Society (SEEDS) held its second annual Business Leadership Awards celebration Nov. 27 at Grand Taj Banquet Hall in Newton. The event recognizes excellence among small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in Surrey.

Award winners are Monika Verma (Lifetime Achievement Award), Eva Li and Jessica Huang (Beyond Ambition Award), Tim MacFarlane of Sterling Cross Defense Systems Corp. (Entrepreneur of the Year), Anthony Jones of Hunky Haulers (Underemployed

Entrepreneur), Ankit Sharma of Kitply Industries (Youth Entrepreneur), Mindy Bansal of Girlfriendz Studio 7 (Woman Entrepreneur), Amarjit Sambhi of Helping Arms Renovations Ltd. (Immigrant Entrepreneur), Diana Consell of DianaRose Custom Apparel (Senior Entrepreneur), Merle Williams of Skiljady Traditional Healing (First Nations Entrepreneur) and Mike Londry of Westside Pest Control (Differently-Abled Entrepreneur).

Event sponsors were Kwantlen Student Association, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, The First Canadian Barter Exchange, Vancity Credit Union, Blackbox Print, Art of the Wedding, the Now newspaper and JoyTV.


Simon Fraser University students will head to class in the council chambers of Surrey’s new city hall in January.

A partnership between SFU’s Surrey campus and the city means the chambers will house a weekly class of students during the spring semester.

SFU Beedie School of Business professor Kamal Masri will teach the class, Bus 361, a business course expected to attract as many as 60 students.

It’s the first time an SFU credit course offered at the Surrey campus is being held in council chambers, noted Steve Dooley, executive direcctor of SFU Surrey campus.

The opportunity arose after SFU’s Surrey campus and Surrey’s city hall became neighbours this past spring. Since then, Dooley and Laurie Cavan, the city’s parks manager, have been looking at ways to share resources, including space.

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