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British-American Business Connections (BABC-PNW) Announces New Oregon-Based Business Members

Support from Avanti Destinations, Greater Portland Inc., Prosper Portland, and the

Technology Association of Oregon contributes to expanding transatlantic presence in Portland region

Seattle, Wash., Aug. 2, 2018 – The Pacific Northwest chapter of British-American Business Connections (BABC-PNW) today announced new Portland-based corporate and small business members to its regional organization, joining existing Portland members High Impact Technology and the Port of Portland, to further expand a transatlantic presence, work and activities in the greater southwest Washington and Portland region.

Corporate Members

  • Greater Portland Inc. (GPI) provides support and services to companies seeking to relocate or expand in Greater Portland, a region that spans two states and seven counties. A true public-private partnership model, GPI is supported by more than 70 public-sector partners and private investors who are committed to advancing regional economic development through job growth and investment. GPI and our partners are shaping the region’s economic future and marketing Greater Portland to the world.

  • Prosper Portland is the economic and urban development agency for the city of Portland. We focus on building an equitable economy by carrying out a comprehensive range of economic development programs that support small business, improve access to workforce training, and create jobs for Portland residents. We work with partners to drive public attention and resources to different areas of the city, which helps Portland realize capital projects – parks, streetscape improvements, community centers –that would not happen on their own, making it a better place to live for all Portlanders.

  • The Technology Association of Oregon unites the region's technology industry and is a recognized leader in shaping and growing technology and business communities. We empower businesses and entrepreneurs through networks, events, resources and more. We are the force behind the regional tech industry - supporting entrepreneurs, connecting peers and decision makers, and helping establish the Northwest as a global hub for innovation.

Small Business Members

  • Avanti Destinations, formed in 1981, is the premiere FIT tour operation and are members of USTOA and ASTA. Avanti Destinations is the leader for independent travel to Europe, Central & South America, and Asia, offering a wide range of modular FIT packages, including air, rail, cars, hotels, sightseeing, transfers and other experiential travel options. Avanti specializes in providing hand-picked, locally owned hotels in large and small cities, as well as hard-to-find-options for experienced travelers at the best values.

“Transatlantic business and trade is very active here in Portland and the surrounding region,” said Richard Biggs, Managing Partner of Atlantric, an international consultancy company based in Portland, Oregon, and BABC Board Member/lead director for the Portland regional BABC activities. “As companies continue to navigate operations here and across the pond, having a strong regional business association, comprised of these and other Portland-based organizations, will enable BABC to deliver valuable opportunities for professional connections and international programming, as well as grow the voice on important policy issues.”

BABC-PNW’s next major event is their Transatlantic Aerospace Symposium on September 12 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. With a focus on technology breakthroughs transforming aerospace operations, the event is targeted to professionals interested in technology and the aerospace sector. Session topics focus on today’s hot issues including virtual and augmented reality, automation and robotics, and artificial intelligence, with a keynote from HorizonX on how technology is impacting Boeing operations, culture and contributing to maintaining the company’s position as the leader in the aerospace industry. The event also presents an opportunity to connect with tech and aerospace professionals from the UK and the U.S. and cultivate transatlantic relationships for economic development. Registration is open at and sponsorships are available.

A complete list of BABC’s Pacific Northwest membership can be found at

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About British-American Business Connections (BABC-PNW)

The Pacific Northwest chapter of British-American Business Connections (BABC-PNW) fosters a robust and collaborative business network. The chapter has been successfully connecting people, companies, and organizations engaged in business, trade, and transatlantic interests for more than 20 years. As a premiere forum for British and American companies and professionals, BABC-PNW fosters relationships, helps build networks, and engages a regional and international community exchange. BABC-PNW is part of the global network of the British-American Business Council (BABC), the largest transatlantic business network, with 22 chapters and 2,000-member companies, including many of the world’s largest multinationals, based in major business centers throughout North America and the UK. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo.

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