Archive for the ‘Upcoming Industry Events’ Category

  • Hosted through the Investing In Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP)

    November 18, 2014
    9:00 am to 4:30 pm

    Columbia Gorge Hotel
    4000 Westcliff Dr.
    Hood River, OR  97301

    RSVP to Jessica Metta at MCEED at or (541) 296-2266.

    Come and add your voice to a conversation about the future of the manufacturing industry in the Mid-Columbia Region. What are some of the next big ideas in value-add food processing?

    What do you need to increase your impact?

    Learn Trends
    Hear from experts about regional and national trends in value-add processing.

    Share Experience
    …about your industry insights, gaps and barriers and what you need to stay innovative and local

    Get Inspired
    Find out how four different value-add companies are finding success.

    Find Resources
    Learn how you can be more energy efficient, access resources and collaborate with colleagues.


  • Will Quality Certification Help Your Business

    Presented by Mid-Columbia Economic Development District
    (Open to Washington companies)

    November 4, 2014
    12:30 – 2:30 pm
    Hood River Fire Station Training Room
    1785 Meyer Pkwy.
    Hood River, OR

    Email Jessica Metta at to reserve your place.

    Join MCEDD for a free two-hour presentation to see what it takes to get your company certified to the ISO 9001 or AS9100 standard.

    For more and more companies, certification to ISO 9001 or AS9100 is no longer an option – it’s becoming a necessity! Customers are requiring it, competitors are doing it, and it can help you open new markets and win new customers. While the goal is to achieve certification, it is not the only goal. The internal benefits of an effective quality system are significant.

    Designed specifically for the smaller business, this presentation provides thoughts and ideas on how your company can implement a quality management system that will help drive down costs and increase sales. Topics include:

    • What is a Quality Management System (QMS)?
    • The benefits of an effective QMS
    • How to create an effective QMS
    • A program to help small companies achieve ISO 9001 or AS9100 certification.


  • November 20, 2014
    7:30 – 8:30 am
    New Vision Mercy Room
    Yakima, WA

    Click here to register.

    More and more local companies are incorporating “Servant Leadership” into their management philosophy. If you are interested or curious about how to encourage, support and enable your employees to unfold their full potential and abilities, then you should attend this roundtable.


  • January 12-14, 2015
    Oregon Convention Center
    Portland, Oregon

    Click here for more information.

    The NW Food Processors Expo is the largest regional meeting of food processors and suppliers in North America, attracting industry decision-makers from across the northwest, Canada and the rest of the United States. Sized just right, Expo is not too big and not too small by design to encourage networking, deliver information resulting in quality leads.

  • Presented by Washington Export Outreach Team

    November 6, 2014
    8:30 am – 5:00 pm

    Port of Pasco at Osprey Pointe
    1100 Osprey Point Blvd., Suite 201, Pasco, WA

    Registration: $30 (includes materials and boxed lunch)


    Did you know 95 percent of potential customers live outside of the U.S.? It’s time to learn how to connect with them.

    Attend the Export 101: From Your Door to the World Seminar, to access local resources to help your small business expand globally at this full-day seminar covering:

    • 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
    • Shipping your product overseas


  • November 14, 2014
    6:00 – 9:00 pm

    Meydenbauer Center
    11100 NE 6th St.
    Bellevue, WA  98004

    $65 per individual
    $125 per couple
    $600 per table of 10


    This event is a social event for members, spouses, guests and employees.

    Selected CAMPS members will be awarded for the following categories:

    • CAMPS Manufacturing “Company of the Year”
    • CAMPS Supply Chain “Company of the Year”
    • CAMPS Associate “Company of the Year”
    • CAMPS Affiliate “Organization of the Year”
    • CAMPS “Manufacturing Innovation Leader“:
      A company who’s applied “out of the box thinking” to a tool, machine or process that has or has the potential to change practices in manufacturing.
    • CAMPS “Workforce Innovation Leader”
      A company who’s applied “out of the box thinking” to employment practices that has or has the potential to change practices in our community
    • CAMPS “Leadership Award”
      An individual who’s added momentum to the CAMPS Mission through their own personal actions
    • CAMPS “Rookie of the Year”
      A new member company or individual who has shown out of the gate involvement to promote the CAMPS mission
    • CAMPS “Volunteer of the Year”
      An individual who has shown exemplary contributions in supporting a CAMPS program or initiative