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.
Titled “Celebrate Trade,” this elegant evening gala raises funds for the tax-exempt Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to ten students at five 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 contributions that Oregon’s trade-sector companies make to our region’s economic vitality and quality of life. International business awards are provided in several categories and the Oregon Consular Corps selects an additional organization or individual to recognize.
How your participation makes a difference
Sponsorship funds raised through Celebrate Trade provide two scholarships of $2,500 each to students from Lewis & Clark College, Oregon State University, Portland State University, the University of Oregon, and the 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 505,700 Oregon jobs.
• $28 billion of goods were exported from Oregon in 2019.
• Oregon exports represent 12 percent of the state’s GDP over the last decade.
• 1 in 5 manufacturing jobs in Oregon are export related.
• Oregon trades with nearly 150 countries around the world.
More than 5,000 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, NIKE, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Pacific Northwest International Trade Association, Portland Business Alliance, Prosper Portland, the Port of Portland, Travel Oregon, Travel Portland, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
AAA • American Pacific International Capital Inc.• Ater Wynne •Autodesk Inc. • Bank of America • Business Oregon • Columbia Sportswear Inc. •Daimler Trucks North America •Eastbank Development • EVRAZ • Harry A Merlo Foundation •HARSCH Investment Properities • Hoffman Construction Company•Iberdrola Renewables • ICTSI Oregon, Inc. • Key Bank • K&L Gates • Lewis & Clark College • Miller Nash, Inc. •NIKE •NW Natural • 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 •Skanska •S.S. Johnson Foundation • Stoel Rives •Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Seattle •TigerStop •Tonkon Torp • Unitus Community Credit Union • University of Oregon • University of Portland • 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
2019 award recipients
Blount International, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc.
Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)
2 Towns Ciderhouse
Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia
Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization
The Greenbrier Companies
Toyo Tanso USA, Inc.
Schmidt’s Naturals Company
SSI Shredding Systems, Inc.
The Portland Loo
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