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Local Notary Business Wins Big at the Small Business BC Awards

A decade ago, Lilián Cazacu arrived in Canada with his wife, their one-year-old daughter, and little money, no friends, and barely a word of English. This past February, he was honoured as the recipient of the Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Award at the 14th annual Small Business BC Awards.

Lilián Cazacu and his wife Ala took home the Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Award in February.
Lilián Cazacu and his wife Ala took home the Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Award in February

He’s come a long way since he left his native Moldova, near Romania and Ukraine, to secure a better future for his family. Cazacu is the founder of Lilián Cazacu Notary Corporation  (20385 64 Avenue) in Willowbrook. Now completely fluent in English, he is putting to good use his extensive law studies from his homeland.

But that wasn’t always the case. Disheartened to learn his law degree and graduate education were not recognized in Canada, Cazacu persevered. Sending out hundreds of resumes, Cazacu found work as a general labourer in a manufacturing plant while attending college to learn English.

Once able to speak English, Cazacu returned to university and acquired a certificate in legal administrative studies. This opened the door for him to work as a paralegal and learn about Simon Fraser University’s graduate program in Applied Legal Studies.

Working full-time in a law firm, Cazacu would do his online studies at night and return to work in the morning. If you ask Cazacu what kept him going through those years, he’d tell you it was his family.

After finishing his Master’s Degree to become a notary, Cazacu was determined to establish his own business. With his wife by his side, they researched the Lower Mainland extensively and decided the Township of Langley was centrally located and full of potential. They leased an office and opened Lilian Cazacu Notary Corporation in 2014.

Cazacu worked long hours with his wife as his business partner. A teacher by education, she put her career goals aside to help build their common dream, working part-time as the company accountant while raising their four children.

Cazacu’s parents were also a key factor in his success. His father was a coach and gym teacher who taught him discipline, determination, and how to work well in teams as well as alone. His mother was a school librarian who instilled in him a love for books and self-improvement.

Cazacu is thankful to Canada for providing him with the right environment to be successful. His company now has five employees and occupies three offices in the same building where he first hung his business licence.

The Township extends its congratulations to Cazacu. If you have a new up-and-coming business you'd like to tell the Township about, email us at invest@tol.ca – we'd love to hear about it.