What is the Surrey Board of Trade?
The Surrey Board of Trade represents 6,000 member contacts, and over 60,000 employees, representing 2,500 businesses. The purpose of the organization, on behalf of its members, is to advocate at all levels of government, facilitate networking opportunities, and provide cost-saving benefits and marketing opportunities. We are a not-for-profit organization with a common goal of furthering the interests of businesses in our region. We have demonstrated, through our projects and initiatives, a commitment to enhancing the local economy. Our membership is comprised of individuals in various sectors of the economy. The Surrey Board of Trade, also known as the Surrey Chamber of Commerce, owns both names.
The Surrey Board of Trade meets the following five mandatory Pillars of which a Board of Trade/Chamber of Commerce must adhere to, to be effective, meaningful and sustainable in Surrey, BC and in Canada:
– Membership Programs/Services
– Strategic Planning
The Surrey Board of Trade, through its operational performance, brings in new ideas for the benefit of our members, to elevate our profile and to engage our members.
The Surrey Board of Trade (Chamber of Commerce), as a business organization, has been serving the community of Surrey since 1918.
In 1964, three of the five local Chambers of Commerce in Surrey amalgamated to form the Surrey Regional Chamber of Commerce. However, the Cloverdale and the White Rock/South Surrey Chambers chose not to amalgamate.
The Surrey Regional Chamber of Commerce was incorporated under the federal Board of Trade Act of Industry Canada. The Chamber Offices were housed at the Guildford Library building from 1969 until 1998.
In 1996 the name Surrey Regional Chamber of Commerce was changed to Surrey Chamber of Commerce.
The primary function of the Chamber has been networking for its business members and providing a strong local business voice at the various levels of government.
With the help of saved funds, a location was agreed upon and the Surrey Chamber of Commerce building was built in 1997. In December 1998, the offices were moved to the new location at 14439 104th Avenue.
In 2006, the membership voted to change the name of the organization to The Surrey Board of Trade to better represent the work done by the organization for their member businesses.
The Board is run under the able direction of a twenty member Board of Directors, which includes the honourary appointment of the Mayor of Surrey.The day to day operations are managed by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and ten staff.
The Surrey Board of Trade represents 6,000 business contacts. There are approximately 129 Chambers of Commerce in the province. The average Chamber membership is under 500.