Smuggle Times

RickJamesBookDon’t get any ideas, but as Canada legalizes recreational pot this month, a new book, Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How, looks at 
how B.C. entrepreneurs profited from alcohol prohibition in the U.S. a century ago. According to Courtenay, B.C., maritime historian Rick James, rum-running along the Pacific coast was relatively law-abiding. Still, there was the odd shootout and hijacking–and a gruesome murder–associated with the business of shipping liquor to thirsty Americans. 
Harbour Publishing 320 pages, hardcover, $32.95

Trail Mix

Following on the success of the BC Ale Trail, which has expanded to 150 craft breweries since launching in fall 2016, the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets has started something similar for locally produced food and artisanal items. The BC Farmers’ Market Trail is a guide to 145 community farmers’ markets throughout the province, including those still open this month, winter markets coming up and a few that operate year-round.  bcfarmersmarkettrail.com

Export Tips

customersDoes your business need another 500 million customers? 
Learn how to seize first-mover advantage at BCBusiness partner the BC Chamber of Commerce’s second annual #TradeTalks event–this year, focusing on the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific 
Partnership (CPTPP) trade agreement. The half-day forum aims to help SMEs step up their export game and benefit from the opportunities this historic deal presents. The BC Chamber will bring together representatives from the 11 CPTPP countries for dialogue and workshops. River Rock Casino Resort, October 11 Ticket information at bcchamber.org