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Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events
Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events Winter / Spring 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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Creating Export Success with Jim Foley
When: Tuesday, March  14, 2017, 8:30am to Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 1:00 pm
Where: Seattle, WA – Univ. of Wash., Bank of America Executive Education Building
Cost:  $55.00

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.
US Citizen Options: Your 14th Amendment Rights: 
Acquisition, Renunciation, Tax Implications
When: Thursday, March 16, 2017 – 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where:  Victoria, BC – University of Victoria
Cost:  FREE (but RSVP for room location)
RSVP:  brelova@canadamericantax.com or call 778-356-2656
Do you ponder the following questions, and if so, this seminar is for you: Am I a US citizen? Did my children acquire US citizenship at birth? What if I want to renounce my US citizenship? Topics: 14th Amendment citizenship rights including expatriation; Acquisition of US citizenship; Pros and cons of renouncing US citizenship; Explaining the tax implications of renouncing US citizenship; and Consequences of renouncing US citizenship. Speakers: Julia Herzog, Immigration Attorney and Robert Clegg, Tax Attorney.
World Trade Day & National Small Business Exporter Summit
When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Where:  Spokane, WA - Spokane Convention Center
Cost:  $150.00

Top small business exporters from across the country will be in Spokane to present on best practices and keys for success in global trade. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from other businesses, as well as exchange and share ideas. This national event is perfect for small- and medium-sized business pursuing export growth. Businesses will learn how to assess new markets and find new customers in sessions with special guest speakers from across the U.S. You'll hear from firsthand experience how to manage agents/distributors, integrate e-commerce, and tackle large foreign accounts, as well as how to address technical issues like export regulations and IP concerns. 
Doing Business in the USA
When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 – 8:00am to noon
Where:  Vancouver, BC – Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Cost:  $75.00

Join us on April 27th 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.
Ski to Sea:
America’s original team relay race
When: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Where:  Mt. Baker to Bellingham, WA
Cost:  See website

First run in 1973, the Ski to Sea is the original adventure race, a team relay from the Mt. Baker Ski Area to Bellingham Bay. The race is held annually on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend in Whatcom County, Washington. A 2017 Ski to Sea team consists of eight racers competing in seven different sports: Cross Country Ski, Downhill Ski/Snowboard, Running, Road Bike, Canoe (2 paddlers), Cyclocross Bike, and Sea Kayak. The Race course runs through the towns of Glacier, Maple Falls, Kendall, Everson, Lynden, and Ferndale, finishing at Marine Park in the historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham. Together with the Historic Fairhaven Festival, Ski to Sea is the largest one-day event in Whatcom County and Bellingham, drawing racers, spectators, and tourists from the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and around the world.
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.
Canada/USA Trade and Compliance Seminars
When:  Winter / Spring 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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