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Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events


Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events - Jun-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


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Exporting and Cross-Border Trade     


When: Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 7:00am to 10:00am    

Where: Surrey, BC - Sheraton Guildford Hotel

Cost: Business in Vancouver subscriber, $49, other, $59 per person

(To obtain the subscriber rate of $49, enter the TradeTips special discount code "BES15")         

Info:  Business in Vancouver - Business Excellence Series   


Advances in technology and global co-operation are making it easier to conduct business on an international scale. More and more businesses, large and small, are finding success expanding their markets beyond Canada's borders. How does a company decide that the time is right to make the move? And what issues will these businesses face? Developing an export strategy before you take the leap is an important component of success. BES Exporting and Cross-Border Trade can help through its examination of issues such as overseas taxation, foreign exchange policies, government regulations, shipping constraints and how to develop proper contacts.

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:


None scheduled at this time.