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  • Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events Winter/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:

    Click for event details

    Small Business BC 

    Export Washington 

    Trade and Invest British Columbia 

    Export Development Canada 

    Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington

    Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

    American Chamber of Commerce in Canada – Pacific Chapter

    Canada America Society of Washington

    Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council (PACE) 

    Greater Spokane Incorporated - International Trade

    World Trade Center Tacoma 

    World Trade Center Seattle Small Business BC 

    Export Washington

    Trade and Invest British Columbia 

    Export Development Canada

    Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington

    Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

    American Chamber of Commerce in Canada – Pacific Chapter

    Canada America Society of Washington

    Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council (PACE) 

    Greater Spokane Incorporated - International Trade 

    World Trade Center Tacoma  

    World Trade Center Seattle

    Publisher's Comment 

    Know before you grow (or buy, or sell, or transport, or handle.…)

    Whether you are crossing the Canada/USA border for business or pleasure, DON’T ASSUME ANYTHING about the “legalization” of marijuana. Some provinces and states have changed their laws, and the Canadian government is set to possibly legalize recreational use sometime in 2018. However, the U.S. federal government has not changed any laws; it still considers marijuana to be a “controlled substance” and does not recognize any difference between medical and recreational use. Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not indicate that will change any time soon. Consequently, any connection to marijuana whatsoever, may result in serious consequences. For example U.S. immigration attorney, Greg Boos, of Cascadia Cross-Border Law in Bellingham cites an example of a person residing in the U.S. with “green card” status who works for a marijuana retail shop. If they should apply for citizenship, they could be immediately deported for “trafficking”. And, as this article in Rolling Stone describes, mentioning any use or connection to marijuana when attempting to enter the USA could result in being deemed “inadmissible”, with possible banishment from the country for life.

    -- Jim Pettinger

    2018 Vancouver Small Business Information Expo

    When: Tuesday, January 30 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm 

    Where: Vancouver, BC – Roundhouse Community Centre

    Cost: FREE (but please register)

    Info: 2018 Vancouver SBIE

    The Small Business Information Expo is a FREE tradeshow that brings together various government departments and non-profit organizations that support BC small business. The expo also gives you the chance to attend FREE educational panels and the opportunity to meet face-to-face with experts who provide valuable programs and resources to small businesses.

    5th Cargo Logistics Canada Expo + Conference

    When: February 6-8, 2018

    Where: Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Convention Centre

    Cost: See Website

    Info: Cargo Logistics Canada

    Cargo Logistics Canada connects freight owners with freight movers – fostering multi-modal synergy between diverse stakeholders in import, export and domestic supply chains. Featuring a large-scale exhibition: showcasing 150+ exhibitors pertaining to all modes of transportation, and an À la carte conference menu with each session is priced individually and affordably. Plus, trade show attendance is FREE for those who pre-register.

    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

    Info: Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington

    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. 

    Canada/USA Trade and Compliance Seminars 

    When: Winter/Spring 2018

    Where: Surrey, BC - Pacific Customs Brokers Ltd. Training Room

    Cost:  See website

    Info:  Pacific Customs Brokers

    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.

    GOT NEXUS? If not, click on the link in the right-hand column at 

    www.UCanTrade.com and enjoy cruising past the long border lineups. 

    About UCanTrade, Inc.

    UCanTrade exists to help Canadian companies market and distribute profitably in the United States. Our objective is to help you overcome the "border barrier" by providing a low-cost, fully equipped, fully staffed extension of your Canadian office in the nearby United States. From our 60,000 sq. ft. facilities in Ferndale, Washington, UCanTrade provides more than 130 Canadian exporters and importers with USA Marketing Support Services, including USA business identity, warehousing, distribution, order fulfillment, trade-show support, return/repair, and Foreign-Trade Zone consulting services.

    Contact (360) 380-6900 or 1 (800) 799-8848