According to many sources, private business ownership in the USA (and likely everywhere) is declining.
Many reasons are cited, but our experience indicates increasing complexity and risk in two areas: technology and legal
burden/liability. The former requires greatly increased up-front investment in people, education, equipment and software,
all of which quickly depreciate; while the latter means more government and higher insurance premiums plus various
other related costs. Both also require a greatly increased share of management time. Our favorite bastion of free enterprise
is Texas, which has published this related article, Entrepreneurship on the Decline.
One possible exception to this trend is the number of boomers and seniors forming businesses, not only because they have the
know-how and desire, but also because most feel they will need the extra income to “retire” and pay for medical expenses.
One supporter of this trend is Wendy Mayhew who organizes the Wise 50 Over 50 Award and also provides other services for
Canadian “Seniors in Business”. ============
One quibble we have in this context is with the deliberately confusing use of politically correct or misleading/misdirecting terms.
“Entrepreneurs” don’t have legal liabilities; business owners do. And related, we would like to see more encouragement of
“wealth creation” and less of “job creation”. We would also like to see the increasingly used term “Free Market” share the stage
with (and not supplant) “Free Enterprise”. As President Reagan titled his famous 1977 speech at Hillsdale College,
Whatever Happened to Free Enterprise. Let’s call it like it is!
-- Jim Pettinger
The Effects of Renegotiating NAFTA
When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 7:30am to 9:30am
Where: Surrey, BC – Guildford Golf & Country Club
Info: Surrey Board of Trade
Join members of the Surrey Board of Trade and community leaders for a breakfast dialogue exploring the impacts and
ramifications of renegotiating NAFTA. As a border city, Surrey is on the front lines of any changes. Hear what experts
have to say and advise. Ask your questions, express your concerns, and contribute to what will be a lively discussion on
the future of North America free trade agreements.
When: July 23-27, 2017
Where: Portland OR - Marriott Downtown Waterfront
Cost: See website
The Pacific Northwest Economic Region's 27th Annual Summit will bring together leaders from Pacific Northwest
states and Western Canada to discuss opportunities for growth within the region and address major challenges to the
economy and our environment. The PNWER Summit features three days of powerful keynote speakers, first-class
receptions and networking opportunities, and collaborative sessions put on by PNWER's 19 Working Groups.
When: Thursday, July 27, 2017 -8:30am to 11:30am
Where: Seattle, WA - Consulate General Canada
Info: Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington
Canada has one of the most advanced and stable economies in the world and weathered the global recession
comparatively well. In 2013, the World Economic Forum ranked the country’s financial system as the world’s most
stable for the sixth consecutive year. Benefits to Washington businesses exporting to Canada include: Familiar
products and service providers; Proximity to Washington state; Similar legal and business practices; and a Diverse
ethnic population. Strengths of the Canadian market include: Strong economic growth and banking sector;
High personal wealth; Large and diverse natural resource sectors; and a Strong business and consumer base.
Doing Business in the USA
(save the date)
When: Thursday, November 1, 2017 – 8:00am to noon
Where: Vancouver, BC – Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Info: Doing Business in the USA
Join us 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.
Where: Comox, Port Alberni, Prince George, Vernon
Cost: See website
Info: Small Business BC – Export Navigator program
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
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.
Entering the U.S. Market: Logistics and Best Practices
What: A white paper with practical information on how to develop an effective, long-term strategy for
exporting to the U.S. and establishing a business presence.
Info: EDC – Export Development Canada
For many Canadian companies, exporting to the United States consists of waiting for an American buyer to
approach them first—meaning they are missing out on many other sales opportunities. This white paper provides
practical, how-to information for your company to develop proactive, long-term strategies for exporting or direct
investment in the United States. Topics: An overview of the rules of doing business with the United States, from
compliance to trade agreements; How to use customs brokers and freight forwarders; How to set up a presence in the
U.S.; Various ways to obtain financing; and How using credit insurance can help your business.
BC Export Awards - Applications Now Open
Deadline: September 11, 2017
Cost: Free to apply
Info: BC Export Awards
The BC Export Awards recognize the innovative approaches and unique contributions of British Columbia export
companies across all sectors and in all regions of the province, as well as the individuals who contribute to their
success. Applications can be submitted in the following eight sector award categories: Emerging Exporter, Clean
Technology, Professional Services, Professional Services, Manufactured Products, Natural Resources, Consumer
Products, Advancing Technology & Innovation, and Digital Media & Entertainment. Two individual categories will
be awarded for leadership and International Business Studies. Further, an Exporter of the Year Award is presented to
one of the sector award winners. Award presentation will take place on November 24, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.
Canada/USA Trade and Compliance Seminars
When: Spring / Summer 2017
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)
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 20,000 sq. ft. facility in Ferndale, Washington, UCanTrade
provides more than 120 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