Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events Summer / Fall 2017
Heads up for the following trade-related events in British Columbia and Washington during the next few months. Additional events are listed in the following trade event calendars and websites:
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Export to Canada
When: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 -1:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Bellingham, WA – Squalicum Boathouse
Cost: FREE

Join the Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington and Port of Bellingham in this half-day seminar to hear why Canada is an attractive and top destination for Washington State exporters and learn how to successfully export to Canada. Key topics include: Why you should export to Canada; State export promotion services; Delivery options and documentation; Tariffs and Taxes; Crossing the border - goods shipments; Crossing the border - business trips; and NAFTA benefits and documentation.
Leveraging Trade Opportunities in a Changing World – NAFTA and CETA
When: Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Where: Surrey, BC - City Centre Library
Cost: See Website

Learn about the status of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Hear how you can take advantage of the opportunities they present. 
Smart Global Money: Currencies, Credit and Cash
When: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Where: Vancouver BC – Small Business BC (and live webinar)
Cost: FREE

If you want to sell your goods or services outside of Canada, you’re going to need to understand your options for currency exchange, accounts receivables insurance, and how to receive and send foreign funds. Learn the basics of selling internationally; Understand common exporting finance terms; Understand your options for sending and receiving money globally; Find out how to protect and manage your global accounts receivables; and Learn about government programs that can help you expand your business beyond Canada. 
Doing Business in the USA
When: Thursday, November 1, 2017 – 8:00am to noon
Where: Vancouver, BC – Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Cost: $75.00

Join us on November 1st for a fast-paced guide to expanding your sales into the United States. Whether opening a virtual store front with a U.S. address or partnering with a distribution center for your eCommerce activity, our seasoned cross-border lawyers, accountants, customs brokers and logistics professionals will present options that will help you determine your export strategy and understand your responsibilities with government agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration.
5th Cargo Logistics Canada Expo + Conference
When: February 6-8, 2018
Where: Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Convention Centre
Cost: See Website
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Cargo Logistics Canada connects freight owners with freight movers – fostering multi-modal synergy between diverse stakeholders in import, export and domestic supply chains. Featuring a large-scale exhibition: showcasing 150+ exhibitors pertaining to all modes of transportation, and an À la carte conference menu with each session is priced individually and affordably. Plus, trade show attendance is FREE for those who preregister.
Export Navigator Program
When: Continuous
Where: Comox, Port Alberni, Prince George, Vernon, Prince Rupert, Nelson and surrounding regions
Cost: FREE
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The Export Navigator offers businesses access to community-based export specialists who will provide a personalized, step-by-step approach to exporting and help connect businesses to market information, export programs, financial services, and business development experts at every stage of the export process. Benefits of exporting:
Diversifies your customer base — exporting will expand your target market, may broaden your product offering and offset seasonal fluctuations in sales.
Increases profitability — increased production generally leads to economies of scale and decreased cost per unit, which increases your profit margins.
Fosters innovation – expanding to new markets fosters innovation in your goods and services, which enhances your competitiveness.
Entering the U.S. Market: Logistics and Best Practices
What: A white paper with practical information on how to develop an effective, long-term strategy for exporting to the U.S. and establishing a business presence.
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For many Canadian companies, exporting to the United States consists of waiting for an American buyer to approach them first—meaning they are missing out on many other sales opportunities. This white paper provides practical, how-to information for your company to develop proactive, long-term strategies for exporting or direct investment in the United States. Topics: An overview of the rules of doing business with the United States, from compliance to trade agreements; How to use customs brokers and freight forwarders; How to set up a presence in the U.S.; Various ways to obtain financing; and How using credit insurance can help your business.
BC Export Awards - Applications Now Open 
Deadline: September 11, 2017
Fee: Free to apply 

The BC Export Awards recognize the innovative approaches and unique contributions of British Columbia export companies across all sectors and in all regions of the province, as well as the individuals who contribute to their success. Applications can be submitted in the following eight sector award categories: Emerging Exporter, Clean Technology, Professional Services, Professional Services, Manufactured Products, Natural Resources, Consumer Products, Advancing Technology & Innovation, and Digital Media & Entertainment. Two individual categories will be awarded for leadership and International Business Studies. Further, an Exporter of the Year Award is presented to one of the sector award winners. Award presentation will take place on November 24, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.
Canada/USA Trade and Compliance Seminars
When: Fall 2017
Where: Surrey, BC - Pacific Customs Brokers Ltd. Training Room
Cost: See website
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Pacific Customs Brokers hosts a series of educational seminars and workshops to assist business owners, importers, exporters, managers, CFO's, purchasers and shippers on topics relating to Canada and USA importing, exporting and customs compliance.
Angel Forum (and Investor Ready Workshops)
When: 2017
Where: Vancouver, BC
Cost: See website

Founded in 1997, this is the only Angel Capital Forum ™ in Canada that introduces emerging companies to private equity Angel Investors. Presenting companies have raised over $35 million directly through the Forum. Since 1998, we have offered Investor Ready ™ workshops for companies and investors. As the oldest & largest angel network in Western Canada with 50+ investors (from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Victoria, Bellingham and Seattle), we are supported by leading organizations in BC and belong to Canada's National Angel Capital Organization and US's Angel Capital Association. Our private meetings are exclusive to only pre-registered Investors, selected Companies and Sponsors.

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