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  • March 3, 7:00 – 11:30 a.m.
    Cowlitz Conference and Event Center
    Longview, WA

    Changing demographics, IT systems and factory automation.

    Tighter production cycles and the need to deliver higher quality and technically challenging products at a competitive cost.

    The need for employers and employees to be agile and flexible in gaining new skills in order to move forward at a faster pace.

    Agenda Topics:
    The Power of Innovation
    Bill Huseby, President, SIGMA Design

    Manufacturing Trends: Implications for Talent Development
    Rebekah Hutton, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Manufacturing Skill Standards Council

    Multiple Generations in the Workplace: Managing the Age Gap
    Andrea Ballard, Owner and Consultant, Expecting Change LLC

    Columbia Williamette Workforce Collaborative: Regional Strategies
    Cass Park, Project Manager, Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council

    Cost: $25 per person includes a full breakfast

    Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/plant-of-the-futuretrendspeople-processes-tickets-21280337061

    Hosted by: Lower Columbia College, Cowlitz Economic Development Council and Impact Washington. Questions? Contact Lynell Amundson, lamundson@lowercolumbia.edu; Scot Walstra, wastra@cowlitzedc.com; or Kristin Kautz, kkautz@impactwashington.org.

  • February 9, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    The University of Washington School of Law
    4293 Memorial Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98195

    The FTC is hosting its third “Start with Security” event in Seattle. The event is co-sponsored by the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab, the University of Washington School of Law Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic, and CoMotion at the University of Washington.

    Your startup has hit hockey stick growth. You’re gaining users at an exponential rate, and they’re trusting you with their data. But when it comes to security, you’re not sure where to start. Come hear from the folks who have helped build and run the security programs at large-scale enterprises and rapid-growth startups in Seattle, like Microsoft, Fizzmint, and DocuSign. Join us for opening remarks from FTC Commissioner Julie Brill, panels of data security experts, and a lunch presentation discussing why well-known vulnerabilities like the OWASP Top 10 need to be on startups’ radar.

    Panel topics

    • Building a Security Culture
    • Integrating Security into the Development Pipeline
    • The Business Case for Security
    • Securing the Internet of Things

    Check out the agenda and press release.

    The event is free and open to the public. Lunch is provided. Preregistration is not required, but you are invited to pre-register at www.law.washington.edu/Reg/Security/ to assist with event planning.

  • March 29, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    Spokane, WA

    Program Overview:
    This program will help you begin to understand how to use the Harmonized Tariff System for imports and the Schedule B listing for exports. You will learn and review the 6 GRI- General Rules of Interpretation used to classify every product. You will learn instructions & CBP based sample classifications using each of the GRI’s. This training will show you how CBP reviews binding ruling requests and what that means for your products by using the CROSS system. Many companies are exposing themselves unnecessarily by not regularly reviewing or understanding their own classifications. Importers and exporters are required to use reasonable care and due diligence in determining accurate classifications.

    Topics Include:

    • Understand how, why and when the Harmonized Tariff Schedule was created.
    • Learn what the GRI – General Rules of Interpretation are and how they are used on every classification.
    • Review the roles of a customs broker, freight forwarder and importer/exporter of record.
    • Learn the difference between a Schedule B & HTS number.
    • Understand how to use the CROSS- Customs ruling on-line search system.
    • Review instructor & CBP based specific classification examples.

    Who should attend?
    Anyone involved with exports including: sales, customer service, traffic, purchasing, compliance, management, shipping and finance

    **This full day training is eligible for (6) NASBITE-CGBP Re-Certification CEU’s**

    About the facilitator:
    Mike Allocca is a nationally recognized speaker and president of Allocca Enterprises, a consulting and training company that specializes in import and export procedures, regulations, documentation, classification and compliance audits. After spending over ten years as a freight forwarder, Mike conducts on-site and public training seminars domestically and internationally and works on a daily basis with importers and exporters.

    Must RSVP via email completed registration form Attn: Mike Allocca to admin@alloccaenterprises.com or fax to (803)-684-8015. Please go to www.alloccaenterprises.com to pay online.

    Cost is $55 per person (pre-register by March 8th) or $65 per person and includes all reference material, morning coffee & lunch. Seating is limited, payment is required to guarantee a seat.

    This training usually costs $250 but is in part funded through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant under the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • March 30, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    Spokane, WA

    Program Overview:
    This program will help you 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.

    Topics Include:

    • Specific Rules of Origin—Annex 401 – How to determine if your product qualifies
    • NAFTA Certificates of Origins— Common errors, when you should/shouldn’t fill one out.
    • Understand preference criteria A-F. How to determine which of your goods qualify for.
    • Producer vs. exporter—what are the rules.
    • Supporting documentation – How do you obtain one, and when should you use a manufacturer’s affidavit.
    • Formulas for determining regional value content or a change in tariff classification.
    • De Minimis – What does this mean and why is it important to you.
    • Fungible goods and materials – What are they and how does this affect you?
    • HS tariff classification- Is your code accurate and where do you get
      one?

    Who should attend?
    Anyone involved with exports including: sales, customer service, traffic, purchasing, compliance, management, shipping and finance

    About the facilitator:
    Mike Allocca is a nationally recognized speaker and president of Allocca Enterprises, a consulting and training company that specializes in import and export procedures, regulations, documentation, classification and compliance audits. After spending over ten years as a freight forwarder, Mike conducts on-site and public training seminars domestically and internationally and works on a daily basis with importers and exporters.

    Must RSVP via email completed registration form Attn: Mike Allocca to admin@alloccaenterprises.com or fax to (803)-684-8015. Please go to www.alloccaenterprises.com to pay online.

    Cost is $55 per person (pre-register by March 9th) or $65 per person and includes all reference material, morning coffee & lunch. Seating is limited, payment is required to guarantee a seat.

    This training usually costs $250 but is in part funded through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant under the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    For questions contact Zara Castillo at zara.castillo@efacw.org or call 206-256-6115.

  • April 19 – 20, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    Seattle, WA

    Program Overview:
    This training program facilitated by Mike Allocca will help you be aware of the new export compliance requirements for all exporters. You will leave the program with a better understanding of the regulations and with specific tools & instructions on how to begin building a secure and compliant department & company.

    Topics Include:

    • Due Diligence: knowing your customer/common red flags
    • Checking the 7 mandatory denial lists
    • Security requirements/penalties
    • Country specific requirements
    • Export documentation & filing of the EEI
    • Schedule B classification
    • NAFTA basics / wood packaging requirements
    • Insurance & record keeping requirements

    Who should attend?
    Anyone involved with exports including: sales, customer service, traffic managers, purchasing managers, compliance officers, shipping and receiving personnel

    ** This two-day training is eligible for (10) NASBITE-CGBP Re-Certification CEU’s**

    About the facilitator:
    Mike Allocca is a nationally recognized speaker and president of Allocca Enterprises, a consulting and training company that specializes in import and export procedures, regulations, documentation, classification and compliance audits. After spending over ten years as a freight forwarder, Mike conducts on-site and public training seminars domestically and internationally and works on a daily basis with importers and exporters.

    Must RSVP via email completed registration form Attn: Mike Allocca to admin@alloccaenterprises.com or fax to (803)-684-8015. Please go to www.alloccaenterprises.com to pay online.

    Cost is $110 per person (pre-register by March 29th) or $130 per person and includes all reference material, morning coffee & lunch. Seating is limited, payment is required to guarantee a seat.

    This training usually costs $250 but is in part funded through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant under the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    For questions contact Zara Castillo at zara.castillo@efacw.org or call 206-256-6115.

  • May 24, 8:30 am—4:30 pm
    Spokane, WA

    Program Overview:
    This program will help you understand when and how you should be filling out certain international documents listed below. We will go through each document, step by step, and you will know where to go and what to look for in your own documents to be able to fill them out accurately and know when they are required. Many companies are exposing themselves unnecessarily to shipment delays, customs audits and demurrage charges due to incomplete or inaccurate documentation for the shipment. Learn what documents you should be filling out and how to do so accurately to keep your customers, distributors and company ahead of schedule and save time.

    Topics Include:

    • Understand how to correctly fill out: Commercial invoices, Packing Lists, Bills of Lading, EEI’s, Certificates of Origin, Dock receipts, pro forma’s
    • Shippers Export Declaration- (SED) – Understanding every field and how you are required to fill one of correctly. ( Even though we must submit them electronically (EEI), companies still use the SED to give to their forwarder)
    • How to Minimize delays in Customs by having all of the information the first time
    • Why you should be using a DCS Statement on all of your invoices both domestic & international.
    • Understanding which countries still require a wood certificate.
    • What does legalization of documents mean and for which countries is this required.
    • Pre-Shipment Inspection’s – Who requires them and how should they be done.
    • NAFTA Certificates of Origin’s – Common errors, when you should/ should not fill one out.

    Who should attend?
    Anyone involved with exports including: sales, customer service, traffic, purchasing, compliance, management, shipping and finance

    About the facilitator:
    Mike Allocca is a nationally recognized speaker and president of Allocca Enterprises, a consulting and training company that specializes in import and export procedures, regulations, documentation, classification and compliance audits. After spending over ten years as a freight forwarder, Mike conducts on-site and public training seminars domestically and internationally and works on a daily basis with importers and exporters.

    Must RSVP via email completed registration form Attn: Mike Allocca to admin@alloccaenterprises.com or fax to (803)-684-8015. Please go to www.alloccaenterprises.com to pay online.

    Cost is $55 per person (pre-register by May 1st) or $65 per person and includes all reference material, morning coffee & lunch. Seating is limited, payment is required to guarantee a seat.

    This training usually costs $250 but is in part funded through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant under the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    For questions contact Zara Castillo at zara.castillo@efacw.org or call 206-256-6115.

  • May 25, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    Spokane, WA

    Program Overview:
    The first half of the training will help you understand when and how to use a Letter of Credit (L/C) to your advantage and will help you answer the question: What is a letter of credit and should you be using one to manage your risk and exposure? After this training you be more familiar on specific strategies and tools to use when beginning a negotiation with an international client as well as learn how to integrate incoterms strategically. The second half of the training you will learn how to determine responsibilities between buyer and seller through transfer of risk, insurance, documentary requirements, and cost of freight through proper use of incoterms.

    Topics Include:

    • What are my risks with international banking options? Open account, cash against documents, avail’s, Letter of Credit (L/C) and prepayment.
    • What is a Letter of Credit and how can I make it work for me?
    • What documentation is required for an L/C?
    • Strategies and templates to use when negotiating an L/C.
    • A complete review of all 11 incoterms– what are they, when and how to use them
    • Understanding how to incorporate proper usage of incoterms into proforma and commercial invoices
    • Strategies on how incoterms should be used to increase sales and lower unnecessary liability/ exposure costs
    • Common errors when using incoterms and how to turn those into your advantage

    Who should attend?
    Anyone involved with exports including: sales, customer service, traffic, purchasing, compliance, management, shipping and finance

    **This full day training is eligible for (6) NASBITE-CGBP Re-Certification CEU’s**

    About the facilitator:
    Mike Allocca is a nationally recognized speaker and president of Allocca Enterprises, a consulting and training company that specializes in import and export procedures, regulations, documentation, classification and compliance audits. After spending over ten years as a freight forwarder, Mike conducts on-site and public training seminars domestically and internationally and works on a daily basis with importers and exporters.

    Must RSVP via email completed registration form Attn: Mike Allocca to admin@alloccaenterprises.com or fax to (803)-684-8015. Please go to www.alloccaenterprises.com to pay online.

    Cost is $55 per person (pre-register by May 4th) or $65 per person and includes all reference material, morning coffee & lunch. Seating is limited, payment is required to guarantee a seat.

    This training usually costs $250 but is in part funded through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant under the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    For questions contact Zara Castillo at zara.castillo@efacw.org or call 206-256-6115.

  • June 21, 8:30 am—4:30 pm
    Seattle, WA

    Program Overview:
    This program will help you understand when and how you should be filling out certain international documents listed below. We will go through each document, step by step, and you will know where to go and what to look for in your own documents to be able to fill them out accurately and know when they are required. Many companies are exposing themselves unnecessarily to shipment delays, customs audits and demurrage charges due to incomplete or inaccurate documentation for the shipment. Learn what documents you should be filling out and how to do so accurately to keep your customers, distributors and company ahead of schedule and save time.

    Topics Include:

    • Understand how to correctly fill out: Commercial invoices, Packing Lists, Bills of Lading, EEI’s, Certificates of Origin, Dock receipts, pro forma’s
    • Shippers Export Declaration- (SED) – Understanding every field and how you are required to fill one of correctly. ( Even though we must submit them electronically (EEI), companies still use the SED to give to their forwarder)
    • How to Minimize delays in Customs by having all of the information the first time
    • Why you should be using a DCS Statement on all of your invoices both domestic & international.
    • Understanding which countries still require a wood certificate.
    • What does legalization of documents mean and for which countries is this required.
    • Pre-Shipment Inspection’s – Who requires them and how should they be done.
    • NAFTA Certificates of Origin’s – Common errors, when you should/ should not fill one out.

    Who should attend?
    Anyone involved with exports including: sales, customer service, traffic, purchasing, compliance, management, shipping and finance

    About the facilitator:
    Mike Allocca is a nationally recognized speaker and president of Allocca Enterprises, a consulting and training company that specializes in import and export procedures, regulations, documentation, classification and compliance audits. After spending over ten years as a freight forwarder, Mike conducts on-site and public training seminars domestically and internationally and works on a daily basis with importers and exporters.

    Must RSVP via email completed registration form Attn: Mike Allocca to admin@alloccaenterprises.com or fax to (803)-684-8015. Please go to www.alloccaenterprises.com to pay online.

    Cost is $55 per person (pre-register by June 1st) or $65 per person and includes all reference material, morning coffee & lunch. Seating is limited, payment is required to guarantee a seat.

    This training usually costs $250 but is in part funded through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant under the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    For questions contact Zara Castillo at zara.castillo@efacw.org or call 206-256-6115.

  • June 22, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    Seattle, WA

    Program Overview:
    This program will help you begin to understand how to use the Harmonized Tariff System for imports and the Schedule B listing for exports. You will learn and review the 6 GRI- General Rules of Interpretation used to classify every product. You will learn instructions & CBP based sample classifications using each of the GRI’s. This training will show you how CBP reviews binding ruling requests and what that means for your products by using the CROSS system. Many companies are exposing themselves unnecessarily by not regularly reviewing or understanding their own classifications. Importers and exporters are required to use reasonable care and due diligence in determining accurate classifications.

    Topics Include:

    • Understand how, why and when the Harmonized Tariff Schedule was created.
    • Learn what the GRI – General Rules of Interpretation are and how they are used on every classification.
    • Review the roles of a customs broker, freight forwarder and importer/exporter of record.
    • Learn the difference between a Schedule B & HTS number.
    • Understand how to use the CROSS- Customs ruling on-line search system.
    • Review instructor & CBP based specific classification examples.

    Who should attend?
    Anyone involved with exports including: sales, customer service, traffic, purchasing, compliance, management, shipping and finance

    **This full day training is eligible for (6) NASBITE-CGBP Re-Certification CEU’s**

    About the facilitator:
    Mike Allocca is a nationally recognized speaker and president of Allocca Enterprises, a consulting and training company that specializes in import and export procedures, regulations, documentation, classification and compliance audits. After spending over ten years as a freight forwarder, Mike conducts on-site and public training seminars domestically and internationally and works on a daily basis with importers and exporters.

    Must RSVP via email completed registration form Attn: Mike Allocca to admin@alloccaenterprises.com or fax to (803)-684-8015. Please go to www.alloccaenterprises.com to pay online.

    Cost is $55 per person (pre-register by June 1st) or $65 per person and includes all reference material, morning coffee & lunch. Seating is limited, payment is required to guarantee a seat.

    This training usually costs $250 but is in part funded through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant under the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    For questions contact Zara Castillo at zara.castillo@efacw.org or call 206-256-6115.

  • June 23, 8:30 am—4:30 pm
    Pasco, WA

    Program Overview:
    This program will help you understand when and how you should be filling out certain international documents listed below. We will go through each document, step by step, and you will know where to go and what to look for in your own documents to be able to fill them out accurately and know when they are required. Many companies are
    exposing themselves unnecessarily to shipment delays, customs audits and demurrage charges due to incomplete or inaccurate documentation for the shipment. Learn what documents you should be filling out and how to do so accurately to keep your customers, distributors and company ahead of schedule and save time.

    Topics Include:

    • Understand how to correctly fill out: Commercial invoices, Packing Lists, Bills of Lading, EEI’s, Certificates of Origin, Dock receipts, pro forma’s
    • Shippers Export Declaration- (SED) – Understanding every field and how you are required to fill one of correctly. ( Even though we must submit them electronically (EEI), companies still use the SED to give to their forwarder)
    • How to Minimize delays in Customs by having all of the information the first time
    • Why you should be using a DCS Statement on all of your invoices both domestic & international.
    • Understanding which countries still require a wood certificate.
    • What does legalization of documents mean and for which countries is this required.
    • Pre-Shipment Inspection’s – Who requires them and how should they be done.
    • NAFTA Certificates of Origin’s – Common errors, when you should/ should not fill one out.

    Who should attend?
    Anyone involved with exports including: sales, customer service, traffic, purchasing, compliance, management, shipping and finance

    About the facilitator:
    Mike Allocca is a nationally recognized speaker and president of Allocca Enterprises, a consulting and training company that specializes in import and export procedures, regulations, documentation, classification and compliance audits. After spending over ten years as a freight forwarder, Mike conducts on-site and public training seminars domestically and internationally and works on a daily basis with importers and exporters.

    Must RSVP via email completed registration form Attn: Mike Allocca to admin@alloccaenterprises.com or fax to (803)-684-8015. Please go to www.alloccaenterprises.com to pay online.

    Cost is $55 per person (pre-register by June 1st) or $65 per person and includes all reference material, morning coffee & lunch. Seating is limited, payment is required to guarantee a seat.

    This training usually costs $250 but is in part funded through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant under the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    For questions contact Zara Castillo at zara.castillo@efacw.org or call 206-256-6115.


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