Small Business BC Event

Growing Global | Importing Success

Thursday, September 6th 2018, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Adopt a world-wide outlook for your business with our Growing Global meetup series. This series focuses on international trade topics including importing and exporting. Gain practical insights on dealing with foreign markets from professionals and other entrepreneurs that have been through the process to help you achieve your own international business goals.

These Meetups are hosted almost every month, and each event is unique.  Small Business BC Meetups are open to entrepreneurs at any stage of business and from all industries.  Follow the conversation using #SBBCMeetup.

The objective of this meetup is to provide information and insights on the process importing.   Therefore, government agencies, as well as companies, are invited to share the services available, their experience and knowledge regarding entering foreign markets and the process of importing.


Heather Craig, Acting Area Import Coordinator – Western Area (BC/AB/MB/SK), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is dedicated to safeguarding food, plant and animals which enhances the health and well being of Canada’s people, environment and economy.  CFIA works from farm gate to consumers plate to protect public health. The Agency’s services can be separated into three general categories: Domestic, Import and Export.

All commercial imports of food, plant, and animal and their products must be referred to CFIA for clearance purposes.  Heather Craig, currently acting as the Import Coordinator for the Western Area will give an overall presentation of CFIA’s Acts & Regulations specifically focusing on imports of various commodities that CFIA regulates.

Mild Rungmongkonsawad, Founder and CEO, Panda Coconut Chips 

Panda Coconut Chips was founded in Vancouver in 2017. Her founder, Mild was born and raised in a small town on the outskirts of Bangkok in Thailand. She originally moved to Canada to study at UBC in 2011, with the plan to move home upon completion of her program.

It was during a trip to Thailand that Mild found out about these amazing coconut chips and brought them back to Canada to share with friends. “They loved them and wanted to know where they could buy them in Canada. I wasn’t able to find them, so it set the wheels in motion on my business plan – bringing coconut chips to Canada.”

Word of mouth has proved to be a tremendous growth vehicle for Panda Coconut Chips that recently become known as Thai Roots Trading CORP. Thai Roots is committed to importing only 100% natural and organic products from Thailand to Canadian market. Today they supply to over 50 retail stores and wholesales across British Columbia.

Hosted by: Laura Aveledo.


5:00 – 5:20 – Networking
5:20 – 5:25 – Opening Remarks
5:25 – 5:50 – 30 second introduction from attendees
5:50 – 6:20 – Speaker Presentations
6:20 – 6:30 – Panel style Q&A with all speakers
6:30 – 6:40 – Closing Remarks
6:40 – 7:00 – Networking

Reserve your place now, as space is limited!

Event fee: $10 online $12 at the door

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

How It Works

Staying up-to-date and establishing yourself as a key player in your network are crucial to starting and growing a successful business. Take advantage of Small Business BC’s brand new monthly meetups, so you can stay on top of business trends and mingle with your customers, clients, like-minded peers and local industry influencers.

Each month these casual events that address common opportunities and challenges that entrepreneurs and small business owners face today, and leverage networking sessions with valuable connections.

Small Business BC Meetups are located at Small Business BC’s Lower Mainland location at Waterfront Station. Each month’s event will have a different theme and will also feature guest speakers who will share their experiences and provide valuable insight into how you can achieve your goals. Topics will include starting up, growing your business, and international trade.

Get live updates by following the #SBBCMeetups hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and join the Small Business BC Meetup group now at

How to Register

Step 1: Click the SBBC Meetup Group link.

Step 2: Find the latest SBBC Meetup.

Step 3: Sign up!