Vote now for your favourite finalist!

Our judges have selected five outstanding finalists—now it’s time to vote for the business you want to see in Downtown Langley!


On this page, you'll find videos introducing each of the five finalists. You can vote once per day until July 11th. The three finalists with the most votes at the end of the voting period will proceed to the final judging round. 

Our contest judges will then select the grand prize winner who will receive over $130,000 in prizes to help them launch the business of their dreams in Downtown Langley! 

Voting closes Wednesday, July 11th at 11:59pm. The Start It Up Langley contest winner will be announced on Monday, July 16th!



Brian McKenna | Old Ted's Cure, A Salmon Boutique

With Old Ted's Cure salmon boutique, chef Brian McKenna wants to invite you to enjoy fresh cured and smoked salmon and specialized culinary equipment.

302 Votes

Chaylene Liddell & Shaughnessy Otsuji | Pink Avo Cafe

With Pink Avo Cafe, Chaylene Liddell and Shaughnessy Otsuji want to offer a healthy, vegetarian & vegan-friendly cafe that will lift your spirits with its vibrant decor and Instagrammable pink lattes.

3320 Votes

Cliff Dalrymple | The Pink Donut Cake Shop

With the Pink Donut Cake Shop, Cliff Dalrymple wants to invite you to enjoy delicious specialty donuts and cakes that are baked fresh daily.

3273 Votes

Jennifer Henderson | Elevate & Anchor

With Elevate & Anchor tea shop and studio, Jennifer Henderson wants to create a peaceful space where customers can enjoy a relaxing blend of teas and participate in wellness classes.

3120 Votes

Vicki Nguyen | Phound

With Phound dessert shop and bakery, Vicki Nguyen wants to create a place where smiles, memories and delicious sweets are made using local ingredients. 

3208 Votes

6 Months Free Rent

We will secure the first 6 months of your lease on a local retail location in beautiful Downtown Langley City.

Interior Contracting

Get your store set up in style with a full construction team to help create the store of your dreams. Services provided by Keen Construction

Exterior Signage

Get your brand out there with exterior signage from APlus Awnings

Interior Merchandising

Get your store set up the right way with professional merchandising support from Carrie Thachuk of The Passionate Home. This includes 10 hours of team work focusing both on hands on support as well as recommendations in the following areas: Interior Layout, Product Placement and Display, Merchandising and Window Display. 

Business Banking Account with $500

Start your business on the right foot with a Business Chequing Account, complete with your first $500 deposit, from your friends at Westminster Savings

Promotional Car Wrap

Full vehicle decal wrap to help get the word out about your new business. Service provided by Canawrap.

Professional Business Coaching

Make sure your business has a solid foundation with business coaching and hands-on support from the team at Rock Solid Business Coaching

Brand Asset Development

Logos, business cards, and marketing supplies - oh my! Get fully set up with a wide-range of branding and corporate identity items from René Creative including: 


Corporate identity design
Corporate standards guide
Business card design


Store awning design
Price tag design
Shopping bag design
Sandwich board design


Social media graphics
Website layout design

Website Development

What good is a fancy new logo without a website to go with it? Get your business noticed with a fully branded website from Intellect Solutions Inc

6-Months Marketing Support

Now we’re cooking! Let’s get your name out there in lights, on the web, on the radio, heck, even television if we can swing it! With 6-months expert marketing support from Loomo Marketing you’ll be hard-pressed not to succeed. 

Print Media Advertising

Tell Langley locals what you are all about with eight quarter-page ads to help promote your new business, your grand opening, or any special events/promotions you and your marketing team can dream up in the first six months of your business. Sponsored by The Langley Advance.

Full Security System

Keep the baddies out with a fully equipped security system from CPA International Investigations

City Fees

Have your construction and new business fees waived for year-one of your world-domination plan, courtesy the City of Langley

New Business Set-Up Legal Fees

Get your legal t’s crossed and i’s dotted from the fine folks at Lindsay Kenney LLP.

New Business Set-Up Accounting Fees

Don’t worry about counting these numbers in your annual budget as your first year’s business setup and accounting fees will be covered by the business accounting experts at Kirk Jeske Accounting

Grand Opening Reception

Put some pomp in your circumstance with an incredible grand opening reception to remember, courtesy the event planning wizards at Rare Affairs Event Management.

In these rules, "the DLBA" means the Downtown Langley Business Association.


1. This contest is open to any resident of British Columbia who is at least 19 years of age on their date of entry to the contest and who is legally entitled to work in Canada.

2. No purchase necessary.

3. Directors, employees, contractors, agents and other representatives, and their respective immediate families, of the Downtown Langley Business Association (DLBA) or any of their affiliates, divisions, sponsors or promotional agencies are not eligible to win a prize.

4. The Start It Up Langley contest is open to new retail businesses only. Franchises, additional stores, or changes in location will not be accepted for consideration.

5. Semi-finalists will be required to undergo a criminal record and Revenue Canada check.

6. Semi-finalists must be able to demonstrate ability to secure an additional $30,000 of start-up capital to cover other launch costs not covered by the prize. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.


7. The contest is open for entries from February 19, 2018 at 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time to May 11, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

8. Participants are entered for a chance to win by submitting a complete and accurate entry form, including a link to their video and a copy of their business plan during the contest entry period.

9. The video must contain the following elements: 

a. An explanation of the entrant’s business idea; 

b. Why they would make an excellent new member of the Downtown Langley business community; and,

c. What sets them apart from the competition.

10. The business plan must include the following elements: 

a. Opportunity - Describe the problem that you solve for your customers and the solution that you are selling.

b. Market analysis summary - Use this section to discuss your customer's needs, where your customers are, how to reach them and how to deliver your product to them. You’ll also need to know who your competitors are and how you stack up against them—why are you sure there’s room for you in this market?

c. Execution - Use this section to outline your marketing plan, your sales plan, and the other logistics involved in actually running your business.

d. Company & management summary - This section is an overview of who you are. It should describe the organization of your business, and the key members of the management team, but it should also ground the reader with the nuts and bolts: when your company was/will be founded, who is/are the owner(s), what province your company is registered in and where you do business, and when/if your company was incorporated.

e. Financial plan/projections - At the very least this section should include your projected profit and loss and cash flow tables, and a brief description of the assumptions you’re making with your projections. You may also want to include your balance sheet, your sales forecast, business ratios, and a break-even analysis. Finally, if you are raising money or taking out loans, you should highlight the money you need to launch the business.

11. The proposed new business must be a retail business and must comply with all local laws.


12. There is one (1) prize available to be won, consisting of 16 items valued at 111,100.00 Canadian. The prize consists of




6 months free rent in high-traffic retail space in Downtown Langley

The winner will be required to sign a 36-month lease on an available retail space in Downtown Langley. Available retail space will be identified once a winner is chosen. The first 6 month’s rent for the winner (based on occupancy no later than September 1, 2018) will be secured by the Downtown Langley Business Association, up to a maximum of $20,000.00 CA or six month’s rent, whichever is less.


Interior contractor

Interior development services will be provided to help refurbish/set up the retail location. This includes development time but does not include costs for construction materials.


Exterior signage

Exterior signage such as awnings, decals, etc. Exterior signage requirements will be determined after a retail location is chosen.


Interior Merchandising

This includes 10 hours of team work focusing both on hands on as well as recommendations in the following areas: Interior Layout, Product Placement and Display, Merchandising and Window Display


Westminster Savings Account

Free business chequing account with $500 deposited and ready to go.


Promotional Car Wrap

Full vehicle decal wrap to help get the word out about your new business.


12 Months Business Coaching Support

Coaching support will include enrollment in “The Company Strength Program” as well as regular phone and in-person support during the first year of business.


City Fees

“Permits and licensing fees, up to a maximum of $5,000, will be waived by the City of Langley. This may include building permit fees (based on construction values), business license fees, signage fees etc.”


Legal Fees

New business set up legal fees.


Accounting Fees

New business set up accounting fees.


Brand asset development

This includes a full branding and web marketing package including:


Corporate identity design

Corporate standards guide

Business card design


Store awning design

Price tag design

Shopping bag design

Sandwich board design


Social media graphics

Website design


6 Months Marketing Support

Tell the world about your new business with six months free marketing strategy and implementation support. This prize does not include advertising spend.


Full Security System

Four camera full HD Security Camera System including:

  • Hard wired cameras with night vision
  • 30 days video storage and remote access from computer and mobile smart phone
  • One terabyte hard drive
  • Installation


Grand Opening Event

  • Individual Consulting Services: One consultation meeting (up to 90 minutes) to discuss an overview of the Grand Opening Event including timeline, budget and potential vendors and suppliers.
  • Event Planning Services: Rare Affairs will provide up to 30 Event Planning Hours. These hours will be tracked and updates will be communicated via email to the Client on a bi-weekly basis. Services and tasks included within Event Planning hours may include (but are not limited to):
  • Budget Creation or Review
  • Assist with Event Floor Plan
  • Assist with Catering & Scheduling
  • Bar Services Logistics
  • Coordination of Catering Rentals
  • Audio Visual Coordination
  • Source Décor Provider & Assist with Overall Event Design
  • Assist with Event Timing/Flow as Needed
  • Entertainment Coordination & Logistics
  • Coordination of Gift Bag Requirements
  • Onsite Hosting Services:  Attend and oversee the event set up, execution and take down. Rare Affairs will provide a maximum of 2 Event Planning Staff to handle onsite logistics which includes attending and overseeing event set up, execution and take down. Please note that additional staff provided by the Client may be required to assist with welcoming guests, tours of new location, activities etc.

This prize does not include costs for food, liquor, décor, or entertainment.


Website Development

Full website design and development support for the launch of your business. This package does not include e-commerce websites.


Print Media

Our local newspaper has stepped up to provide you with eight free quarter page ads to use for promoting your business, your grand opening and any special events you create in the first six months of business.



13. The DLBA reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or lesser value without liability or further notice. The prize must be accepted by the winner in the individual winner’s name and is not transferable. The prize must be accepted as awarded and cannot be converted for cash value. It is up to the winner to decide if they want to make use of each item/service provided in the prize.


14. Semifinalists will be selected on May 16, 2018 and publicly announced on June 6. Five (5) semifinalists will be selected by our contest judges.

15. Semifinalists will be required to undergo a criminal record and Revenue Canada check.

16. Semifinalists must be able to demonstrate ability to secure an additional $30,000 of start-up capital to cover other launch costs not covered by the prize.

17. Members of the public will be invited to vote to determine the three (3) finalists. Voting will take place via from June 6, 2018 to July 11, 2018. One vote will be counted per person per day.

18. The winner will be selected by July 12, 2018, and the winner will be publicly announced on July 16, 2018. The finalist who is selected, who responds, who is verified to be eligible, and who otherwise complies with these rules, will be the winner. The winner will be contacted by the DLBA and will be responsible for making arrangements to claim his/her prize in a timely manner.

19. If a prospective winner is not eligible or is not otherwise confirmed as a winner, or does not contact the designated DLBA representative to claim his/her prize after reasonable efforts in the opinion of the DLBA for a period of four (4) days from and including the date when his/her entry is selected, then he/she may be disqualified at the discretion of the DLBA.


20. By entering, each and all entrants agree to abide by and be bound by these rules. Awarding of the prize is conditional upon compliance with these rules and the winner signing any further releases required by the DLBA, including any Contest and Photography Release form, confirming his or her agreement to abide by and be bound by these rules and accepting the prize as offered.

21. The DLBA is not responsible for any individual not entered, or entries or prospective entries lost, stolen, misdirected, damaged or delayed, for any reason whatsoever, including technical or human error. 

22. By entering, each and all entrants agree to be contacted by the DLBA regarding the contest.

23. This contest is subject to all federal, provincial, and other laws applicable in British Columbia. Void where prohibited.

24. Each winner consents to the use by the DLBA and/or its sponsors, affiliates and promotional agencies, of his or her name, municipality of residence, photograph, voice and statements without charge or compensation other than the prize awarded.

25. All decisions of the contest’s judge(s) with respect to all aspects of this contest are final.

26. The DLBA reserves the right to cancel this contest at any time for any reason.

27. None of the DLBA, their directors, officers, employees, agents, or other representatives, or their affiliates, divisions, sponsors or promotional agencies, will be responsible for injuries, accidents, loss or misfortune relating to the prize awarded and/or this contest. The winner agrees to indemnify and save harmless the DLBA and their affiliates, divisions, sponsors or promotional agencies, and each and all of their directors, officers, employees, agents and other representatives of and from all claims, demands, proceedings, liabilities and costs whatsoever relating to the prize awarded and/or this contest. The winner agrees to execute any further release and/or indemnity requested by the DLBA.

28. By entering, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and agreed to be bound by these contest rules and regulations.