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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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The Effects of Renegotiating NAFTA
When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 7:30am to 9:30am
Where:  Surrey, BC – Guildford Golf & Country Club
Cost:  FREE
Join members of the Surrey Board of Trade and community leaders for a breakfast dialogue exploring the impacts and ramifications of renegotiating NAFTA. As a border city, Surrey is on the front lines of any changes. Hear what experts have to say and advise. Ask your questions, express your concerns, and contribute to what will be a lively discussion on the future of North America free trade agreements.
PNWER 2017 Annual Summit 
When: July 23-27, 2017
Where:  Portland OR - Marriott Downtown Waterfront
Cost:  See website
Info:  PNWER

The Pacific Northwest Economic Region's 27th Annual Summit will bring together leaders from Pacific Northwest states and Western Canada to discuss opportunities for growth within the region and address major challenges to the economy and our environment. The PNWER Summit features three days of powerful keynote speakers, first-class receptions and networking opportunities, and collaborative sessions put on by PNWER's 19 Working Groups.
Export to Canada
When: Thursday, July 27, 2017 -8:30am to 11:30am
Where:  Seattle, WA - Consulate General Canada
Cost:  FREE

Canada has one of the most advanced and stable economies in the world and weathered the global recession comparatively well. In 2013, the World Economic Forum ranked the country’s financial system as the world’s most stable for the sixth consecutive year. Benefits to Washington businesses exporting to Canada include: Familiar products and service providers; Proximity to Washington state; Similar legal and business practices; and a Diverse ethnic population. Strengths of the Canadian market include: Strong economic growth and banking sector;  High personal wealth; Large and diverse natural resource sectors; and a Strong business and consumer base.
Doing Business in the USA 
(save the date)
When: Thursday, November 1, 2017 – 8:00am to noon
Where:  Vancouver, BC – Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Cost:  $75.00

Join us 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.
Export Navigator Program
When: Continuous
Where:  Comox, Port Alberni, Prince George, Vernon
Cost:  See website

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.

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
Cost:   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:  Spring / Summer 2017
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:  2017
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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