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Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events (June - August 2016)
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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Doing Business in the USA
When: Thursday, June 9, 2016 – 8:00 am to noon
Where: Langley, BC - Signature Sandman Hotel
Cost:  $75.00 plus GST for each attendee

Join us on June 9th for a fast paced guide to expanding your sales into the U.S. Whether opening a store front with a U.S. address or partnering with a distribution center for your e-commerce 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 departments such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection and immigration.
Export Success Program
When: June 2016 to November 2016
Where:  Online and classroom – see website
Cost:  See website

Exporting is a complex and potentially risky endeavor. To help you succeed and avoid costly mistakes, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters [CME] with the support of Export Development Canada [EDC] and the Forum for International Trade Training [FITT] has created the Export Success Program (ESP). CME’s Export Success Program is tailored to the needs of businesses interested in growing through international business development. There are four formats to access the information. 
2016 Global Export Forecast Webinar
When: Thursday, June 2, 2016 – 10:30am to 11:30pm (PT)
Where:  Online
Cost:  FREE (but please register)

Join Peter Hall, Vice-President and Chief Economist at EDC, for the always-popular Global Export Forecast webinar. This is your chance to find out how your business can make friends with today’s turbulent market and global opportunities—while influencing your success by being aware of the major risks.
Business Excellence Series: Exporting Beyond BC
When: Thursday, June 16, 2016 – 7:00am to 9:00am
Where:  Burnaby, BC – Hilton Vancouver Metrotown
Cost:  $59 (BIV subscribers, $49)

China’s economic growth has slowed. Oil prices have collapsed. Many commodities have been hard-hit. What is a Canadian company or investor to do? How can a Canadian company or investor prosper in challenging circumstances? Can new trade agreements or Canada’s new diplomatic approach help businesses with a strong manufacturing, technology and agriculture focus find markets to weather new storms? Or is Canada doomed because of our dependence on the US and Chinese markets? These expert panelists talk about the markets deserving closer Canadian attention:  Scott Shepherd , President & CEO, NORTHSTAR Trade Finance Inc.; Stewart Beck, President & CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; and Hon. Stockwell Day , Strategic Advisor, McMillan LLP. Moderator: Marcus Ewert-Johns, Vice President, British Columbia, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.
US-Canada Summit
When: June 15-17, 2016
Where:  Columbus, OH – The Ohio State University
Cost:  See website

More than 40 Canada-U.S. business groups are calling for a three-day Summit to discuss the future of the cross-border trade relationship in the wake of the recent official State visit between U.S. President Barack Obama and the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. The Canada-U.S. Summit 2016 will focus on Strategies, Advocacy, Gateways, and Engagement. Summit sessions will include discussions on Canada-U.S. key industries: automotive, aerospace, agribusiness, energy, and consumer products, as well as expanded cross-border trade in information technology, labor mobility, regional wellness, and infrastructure development.
Introduction to NAFTA and the 3 Free Trade Agreements (Korea, Colombia, Panama)
When: June 24, 2016 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Where:  Pasco, WA
Cost:  See Website

This program will help you to be in full compliance with all NAFTA regulations. You will know where to go and what to look for to be able to determine if your products qualify for the benefits of NAFTA. Most companies are exposing themselves unnecessarily to NAFTA penalties. In some cases your goods have low or zero duty already and therefore no need to expose your company to potential NAFTA violations or to fill out a NAFTA certificate if your goods do not qualify. Additionally an overview of the 3 new FTA’s (Panama, South Korea, Colombia) will be discussed. Facilitator: Mike Allocca.
Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Annual Summit
When: Sunday, July 17, 2016 - Thursday, July 21, 2016
Where:  Calgary - Hyatt Regency Calgary
Cost:  See website

Join more than 550 legislators, business leaders, academics and local government representatives in Calgary, Alberta for four days of in-depth work sessions, high-level networking and enlightening keynote speeches. The PNWER Annual Summit focuses on economic growth, trade and environmental stewardship opportunities across 10 jurisdictions in the Pacific Northwest U.S. and Western Canada. Network with leaders from the Northwest states, provinces and territories and explore the beauty and innovative practices of Alberta on guided policy tours.
Introduction to U.S. Tax Issues and Cross-Border Business Solutions
When: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – noon to 1:30pm
Where:  Burnaby, BC – Business Centre Solutions Boardroom
Cost:  $35 (plus GST) Free to first 10 registrants
Info:  Lord-Black Customs and Immigration law Group - blaine3080@gmail.com

Learn valuable information on how U.S. state and federal tax agencies determine whether there is a "nexus" for taxing you or your business, as well as other U.S. federal and state taxation requirements.  Obtain valuable tips on marketing, warehousing, and fulfillment.  In addition, BC accountants and lawyers will receive 1.5 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Canada/USA Trade and Compliance Seminars
When:  Winter/Spring 2016
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:  2016
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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