About the event
Each year, the Oregon Consular Corps, the Port of Portland, the City of Portland, and the State of Oregon, along with our esteemed associates in international trade and business, host an event as part of Oregon’s World Trade Week.
Entitled Celebrate Trade, the elegant evening gala raises funds for the tax-exempt Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to students at four Oregon universities. These funds allow Oregon’s next generation of leaders to study abroad, gain international experience and expand their own cultural competence as they prepare to enter an increasingly global workplace.
The gala also recognizes the significant contribution Oregon’s traded-sector companies make to our region’s economic vitality and quality of life. International business awards are provided in six categories. Also, the consular corps selects an additional organization or individual to recognize.
How your participation makes a difference
Sponsorship dollars raised through the Celebrate Trade event provide two scholarships of $2,500 each year to students from Lewis & Clark College, Portland State University, Oregon State University and University of Oregon.
With 94 percent of the world’s consumers living outside of the United States, the next generation of business and community leaders will increasingly need international relations and language skills, cultural awareness and an ability to grasp the opportunities and challenges of a global economy.
In addition, it is important that we recognize Oregon businesses that are today leveraging the strengths of Oregon’s trade based economy and expanding their markets around the globe. Consider these facts:
• International trade supports more than 484,000 Oregon jobs.
• $20 billion of goods were exported from Oregon in 2015.
• Oregon exports represent 10 percent of the state’s GDP over the last decade.
• 1 in 4 manufacturing jobs in Oregon are export related.
• Customers in 203 countries and territories buy Oregon made goods and services.
More than 6,000 Oregon businesses, large and small, sell their products internationally. At this event we recognize several of them and shine the spotlight on their international successes as inspiration to others who may have global ambitions.
Celebrate Trade Partners
Joining the Oregon Consular Corps on the Celebrate Trade organizing committee are: Business Oregon, the City of Portland, Greater Portland Inc, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Pacific Northwest International Trade Association, Portland Business Alliance, Portland Development Commission, the Port of Portland, Travel Oregon and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
American Pacific International Capital Inc.• Ater Wynne • Bank of America • Business Oregon • Daimler Trucks North America • EVRAZ • Hoffman Construction Company•Iberdrola Renewables • ICTSI Oregon, Inc. • Key Bank • K&L Gates • Lewis & Clark College • Nike, Inc. • Oregon Department of Agriculture • Oregon Health & Sciences University • Oregon Lottery • Oregon State University • Permanente Dental Associates • Port of Portland Portland • Business Alliance/Pacific Northwest International Trade Assoc. • Portland State University • Portland Timbers • Tonkon Torp • University of Oregon • United Parcel Service • Vestas - American Wind Technology Inc. • Washington Trust Bank • Webtrends • Wells Fargo • World Forestry Center • ZGF
Consulates of: Canada, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Romania, Thailand, United Kingdom
Past international business award recipients
SSI Shredding Systems, Inc.
The Portland Loo Volaris
Ambassador Joseph Y. Yun,
United States Ambassador to Malaysia
Oregon Berry Packing
ICTSI Oregon, Inc.
Columbia Steel Casting Co., Inc.
Chris King Precision Components
Dr. Thomas Alva Bartlett
World Forest Institute's
International Fellowship Program
at the World Forestry Center
Fall Creek Farm and Nursery
Medical Teams International
First Stop Portland
Leatherman Tool Group Inc.
The Portland Timbers
Met One Instruments
Shimadzu USA Manufacturing
Bob’s Red Mill
World Affairs Council
Ajinomoto Frozen Foods USA Inc.
Daimler Trucks North America
Dean of Lewis & Clark Law School
Gerding Edlen's Green Ambassador Team
Leatherman Tool Group
FITS/Fund in the Saddle