The Burnaby Board of Trade is launching its digital skills seminar series on Oct. 18 with the Changing Consumer Seminar.
Shelly Wilson, vice-president of digital sales with Glacier Media (which owns the Burnaby NOW), will outline how consumers discover businesses and interact with them in the digital age, according to the event posting on the board's website.
The free seminar is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Discovery Room at the Burnaby Village Museum.
Getting green with the board's sustainability pledge
The Burnaby Board of Trade has had more than 100 members sign its Pledge for a Sustainable Community. To help those members stick with their green intentions, the board is holding The Pledge Presents: Energy and Your bottom Line workshop on Oct. 22.
The workshop will include information of resources from B.C. Hydro, Fortis B.C. and LiveSmartBC, as well as other tips.
The free workshop runs from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Hemlock Printers at 7050 Buller Ave.
The board is also holding a member information session that morning at its offices at 201-4555 Kingsway. The session provides information for new members who want to learn more about the board and the perks of their memberships. That event runs from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Halloween in The Heights
Businesses in The Heights are preparing for the spookiest time of the year - the annual Halloween in the Heights event.
On Oct. 31 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Hastings Street from Boundary Road to Gamma Avenue will be buzzing with little ghosts and goblins, according to the Heights Merchants Association.
Participating businesses hand out goodies to the trick-or-treaters annually.
Kelly Carkson sings at opening of Microsoft at Metrotown
he Microsoft Store at Metropolis at Metrotown is opening with a song instead of a bang next month.
Pop star Kelly Clarkson will be serenading lucky customers-to-be at the store's grand opening event, and 100 will also get a chance to meet the former American Idol winner.
Those wishing to attend should line up in the mall's grand court on the lower level beginning at 10 p.m. on Nov. 6, according to an online post from Microsoft.
The grand opening festivities begin the next morning at 10:30 a.m., and tickets for the free concert will be distributed when the store opens at 11 a.m.
Those with tickets should start lining up for the concert at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 at Swangard Stadium. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m.
For more information, go to http://msft.it/NSO.
Burnaby company wins big
MetaOptima, a health technology company in Burnaby, won a $40,000 Wavefront Wireless package in the BCIC New Ventures Competition.
The company, which was created by Simon Fraser University researcher Maryam Sadeghi, developed a health app called Molescope, designed to detect the onset of skin cancer, according to a press release from SFU.
The competition has helped to encourage new technology leaders and entrepreneurs for more than a decade and this year's finalists "were the strongest and most promising set of companies we've seen over the 13-year history of the competition," Angie Schick, BCIC-New Ventures Competition program manager, said in the release.
Vonigo, a cloud-based business management system, won first place. AbCeller, a biotech company, won second and messaging specialists SmartPagerSystems won third.
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