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Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events


Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events - May-Aug

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:


Trade and Invest British Columbia 

Export Development Canada  

Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington 

Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council (PACE) 

Greater Spokane Incorporated - International Trade

Canada-America Society 

World Trade Center Tacoma 

World Trade Center Seattle


Comment: What a difference 50 miles (or 80 kilometres) can make


According to a recent article in Business in Vancouver magazine, "big money is flocking to Vancouver real estate and fuelling huge price increases that show no sign of stopping". Meanwhile, just 50 miles (or 80 kilometres) to the South, comparable commercial and residential real estate is available for a relatively small fraction of the cost (including the exchange rate). While not for everyone, many savvy investors are researching opportunities in Whatcom County for commercial, retail, industrial, residential, vacation and investment properties. Besides cost, other advantages include proximity to the BC Lower Mainland, and possible financing arrangements with local banks that provide low-cost and long-term fixed rates. At the recent "Doing Business in the USA" seminar, the following Whatcom County organizations provided an overview: Sterling Real Estate (Bellingham) and Banner Bank (Blaine/Ferndale/Bellingham).

US Trade Compliance Explained    


When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 9:00am to 3:30pm   

Where: Surrey, BC - Pacific Customs Brokers Seminar Room

Cost: $145 CAD plus GST (per attendee)         

Info:  Pacific Customs Brokers   


Importing and exporting commercial goods into and out of the United States requires a good understanding of various U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other government agency (OGA) regulations. In this full-day seminar (half customs compliance and half customs audit) we will focus on the differences between voluntary and enforced compliance, the definition and expectation of "reasonable care", the potential monetary risks of non-compliance, required documentation and more.

Ski to Sea Race

America's original adventure race     


Where: Mt. Baker to Bellingham, WA    

When: Blossomtime Parade: Saturday, May 23, 2015, noon to 2:00pm

          Relay Race: Sunday, May 24, 2015 

Cost: See website          

Info:    Participants, Sponsors, Volunteers, Tourists, Spectators   


The annual Ski to Sea festival includes a 93 mile relay race from Mount Baker to Bellingham Bay encompassing seven different sports. The festival also includes a community block party with music and food, a Junior Ski to Sea Race, the hometown Blossomtime Parade, and other special events that provide a wide variety of entertainment and adventure for all who participate.

Export 101: Your Door to the World


When:  Thursday, June 4, 2015, 8:30am to 4:00pm         

Where: Fife, WA - Dacca Barn                       

Cost: $75        

Info: Washington Export Outreach Team      


Learn how to access local resources to help your small business expand globally at this full-day seminar. Topics include:  Developing an export business plan; Determining appropriate international markets; Finding qualified buyers, agents, and distributors; Determining pricing and methods of payment; Mitigating non-payment risks and financing export transactions; and Shipping your product. 

Expand in the USA Conference

When:  Tuesday, June 16 - Wednesday, June 17, 2015     
Where: Mississauga, Ontario - International Centre Conference Building 
Cost:  $1,395 per person
Info/Registration: Expand in the USA   


Expand in the USA is a two-day conference focusing on strategic planning and financing for small- and medium-sized Canadian companies looking to achieve significant growth south of the border.

Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) Annual Summit   


Where: Montana - Big Sky Resort

When: Sunday, July 12, 2015 10:00am - Thursday, July 16, 2015 5:00pm

Cost: See website     



PNWER is the only statutory, non-partisan, bi-national, public / private partnership in North America, with goals of strengthening relationships, finding cross-border solutions to common challenges, and advocating for regional interests. In its 25th year, the PNWER Annual Summit brings together over 600 key business leaders, legislators, and government leaders from PNWER's ten states, provinces, and territories to address the major policy issues impacting the region.


Canada/USA Trade and Compliance Seminars  


When: Spring/Summer 2015

Where: Surrey, BC - Pacific Customs Brokers Seminar Room

Cost: See website    

Info: Pacific Customs Brokers, 604-538-1566 or or


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)     


Where: Vancouver, BC   

When: 2015     

Cost:  See website -   

Info: 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.


Tradeshow Schedule


Please visit our "Doing Business in the USA" exhibit table/booth at the following events:


Cross-Border Expo


When: Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 2:00pm to 7:00pm                   
Where:  Ferndale, WA - Event Center at Silver Reef                 

Cost:  Free

For more info: click here      

Whatcom County, gateway to the USA and Canada, welcomes business and tourism visitors from British Columbia and the state of Washington for a one-day "Expo" and early-summer long weekend. Featuring: a 60-exhibit tradeshow, business and real estate seminars, entertainment, tourism "specials", real estate tours, and business networking and resource meetings.