Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events Winter/Spring 2018
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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2018 Vancouver Small Business Information Expo
When: Tuesday, January 30 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm 
Where: Vancouver, BC – Roundhouse Community Centre
Cost: FREE (but please register)

The Small Business Information Expo is a FREE tradeshow that brings together various government departments and non-profit organizations that support BC small business. The expo also gives you the chance to attend FREE educational panels and the opportunity to meet face-to-face with experts who provide valuable programs and resources to small businesses.
5th Cargo Logistics Canada Expo + Conference
When: February 6-8, 2018
Where: Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Convention Centre
Cost: See Website

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 pre-register.
Creating Export Success with Jim Foley
When: Thursday, April 19, 2018 to Friday, April 20, 2018 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
Where: Seattle, WA – University of Washington
Cost: $25.00

This Export Course will Help You: Learn details of export procedures; Understand when your company should expand internationally; Formulate an export strategy; Overcome common mistakes made by beginning exporters; Identify and target high-potential markets with proven market research methods; Adapt your marketing strategies for international success; and Build expertise in export terminology. 
Export Navigator Program
When:  Continuous
Where: Comox, Port Alberni, Prince George, Vernon, Prince Rupert, Nelson and surrounding regions
Cost:  FREE

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.
Canada/USA Trade and Compliance Seminars 
When: Winter/Spring 2018
Where: Surrey, BC - Pacific Customs Brokers Ltd. Training Room
Cost:  See website

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:  2018
Where: Vancouver, BC
Cost:  See website
Info:  Angel Forum

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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