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Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events - 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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Surrey International Trade Awards
When: Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Surrey, BC – Sheraton Guildford Hotel
Cost: FREE

Nomination Deadline: Monday, April 9, 2018. Download nomination form.

Join in recognizing and celebrating recipients of the 10th Surrey International Trade Awards. Winners will be presented at a celebratory networking reception. Awards will be presented in “Small Business” and “Large Business” categories. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, make new business contacts, mingle with government representatives and consuls general, and celebrate the achievements of Surrey’s finest importers and exporters. The event will feature speaker presentations and an International Trade Show.
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. 
Doing Business in the USA
When:  Tuesday, May 15, 2018 – 8:00 am to noon
Where: Surrey, BC - Civic Hotel
Cost:  $75.00

Join us on May 15th 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 Supply Chain Management Association - British Columbia
26th SCMA BC Education Conference 2018
When:  September 26-28, 2018
Where: Harrison Hot Springs Resort
Cost:  See Website
Info:  SCMABC

This year’s conference offers outstanding value and excellent opportunities for networking and professional development for our members and the supply chain management community. Our annual vendor showcase is a networking opportunity that will coincide with the registration period that begins at 4:00 pm in the Cascade Rainbow Miama room. This will give delegates an opportunity to interact with new and returning vendors and connect with peers in the Supply Chain Industry as well as our board of directors over refreshments and appetizers.
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's Trade Accelerator Program
When: Continuous
Where: Vancouver, BC – World Trade Centre
Cost: See Website

Essential strategy, resources, and coaching to help SMEs scale up, develop, and execute an export plan. TAP Canada provides companies with access to Canada's top exporting advisers, resources, and contacts, giving them the training and support they need to become successful international traders in their specific business sector. TAP Canada has been successfully operated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade since 2015 and it is now expanding across the country. World Trade Centre Vancouver is pleased to launch TAP Canada in British Columbia, a program that has rapidly gained momentum across the country with a reputation of achieving real results, fast.
Canada/USA Trade and Compliance Seminars 
When: 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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