Canadian + Acquiring US business + Assistance -

X X  wrote:
I am a Canadian who is interested in acquiring a business in the United States.  I am not aware of  the legal process of doing so and which documents (VISAa, etc.) are required.  I have been told to apply for a TIN number but I would like to know if anything else is needed to be done on my part before making the investment.  Could you please contact me so we can discuss the matter?  I am also considering to move there for retirement.  Hope to hear from you. 
david ingram replies:

Any Canadian can buy a business in the USA. No problem, just take cash or good financing.

The problem is whether or not you can manage or look after it in person.

If your investment is $500,000 to $1,000,000 (depending upon where you invest - Bellingham is $500,000 - New York or Los Angeles or Chicago is $1,000,000) and you will be hiring 10 full time employees for two years, you would qualify for an E-5 Visa which is an instant green card and gives you the right to live there and then become a US citizen which makes it real easy to retire in the USA.

If you are making a smaller investment in the $50,000 to $100,000 range, it would qualify you for an E2 visa which gives you the right to live and work there at that business but does not give you the right to take out US citizenship and retire there.  If and when the business closes or sells, you must leave the USA.

If you are buying a business with its own management and you are going to be an absentee owner, a simple B1 status will suffice.  Just be aware that when you are attending at the business, you cannot answer the phone, take out the garbage or take cash from customers.  i.e. you can only perform a temporary supervisory role that a business owner might do in the terms of suggestions to the management you have hired as to what you, as the owner, wish to be done next. 

GO to and read the "entering the USA" section in the second box down on the right hand side for some more ideas about the various visas for the USA.  Then go to and read the November 1999 newsletter in the top left hand corner about expanding a Canadian business into the USA for some tax hints.

I am available for individual consultation at a fee of $450.00 per hour

I stopped doing cross border seminars in 2002. Others are doing them now and you should likely consider attending some or even all of the following events to be held on the subject.

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   Cross-border news and events in in the Pacific Corridor

Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events - Apr/08 - Nov/08
Heads up for the following trade-related events in British Columbia and

Washington during the next few months. Additional events are listed in

the following trade event calendars: (Trade Team BC) (World Trade Center Tacoma) (PACE - Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council) (Canada Export Centre) Canada-America Society




GOT NEXUS? If not, click on the link in the upper left of and enjoy cruising past the long border lineups.




Are You Interested in Exporting?

Where:  Vancouver, BC - Small Business BC, #82-601 Cordova St.

When:   Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 9:00am to 4:00pm

Cost:    $39.00 + GST (coffee and light lunch included)

Info:     Bridget Field, 604-775-5086,


If you are interested, or in the process of launching your export venture,

this course is for you. Small Business BC, the Canada Border Services

Agency (CBSA) and others offer a full day workshop and networking seminar

developed to deliver everything you need to know about the rules,

regulations, standards and resources involved in exporting. Network with

peers and industry professionals.




Communicate Effectively Across Borders

Where:  Surrey Board of Trade, #101-14439-104 Avenue, Surrey, BC

When:   Tuesday, April 29, 2008, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Cost:   Members $20.00, Non-members $30.00

Info:   Heather at 604-581-7130,


Successful business strategies don't always translate in the way you intend

when you conduct business abroad. When you recognize and respect cultural

differences, you show the world that you are serious about doing business in

a global society.  Topics include: Recognizing cultural differences and

communicating and working in other cultures.




Ready to Import

Where:  Vancouver, BC - Small Business BC, #82-601 Cordova St.

When:   Thursday, May 1, 2008, 9:00am to 4:00pm

Cost:   $69.00 + GST (coffee and light lunch included)

Info:   Bridget Field, 604-775-5086,


Small Business BC, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and several

government departments offer a full day workshop and networking

opportunities. This seminar was developed to deliver everything you need

to know about the rules, regulations, standards and resources involved

in importing.




International Development Days

Where:  Vancouver, BC - Hyatt Regency Vancouver

When:   May 20, 2008 - May 22, 2008

Cost:   See website for details

Info:   866-775-1817,,


Find out how to successfully integrate developing countries into your

supply chain. Learn about Canada's international development and

international trade programs. Hear from successful Canadian and

international companies and organizations to find out first hand where

the opportunities are in your sector. Participate in private one-on-one

meetings with senior representatives from international firms, the Canadian

private sector, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, CIDA, IFIs,

non-CIDA bilateral donors and other international, provincial and federal

agencies to discuss your specific areas of expertise and opportunities for

you and your organization.




Canadian & USA Customs Compliance Seminars

Where:  Pacific Customs Brokers, #101-17637 1st Ave, Surrey, BC

When:   Thursday, April 24, 2008,

        9:00am to noon (Canada), 12:30pm to 3:30pm (USA)

Cost:   Morning $150, Afternoon $150, Full Day $200 (+ GST incl.lunch)

Info:   Yvette Fox, 604-538-1566,


Pacific Customs Brokers is offering seminars on Canadian and US Customs

issues to Commercial and Professional Importers, Non-Resident Importers,

Shippers and Receivers. This seminar is open to Business Owners, Managers,

Purchasers, Shippers and Warehouse Managers. We will educate you on customs

regulations, required documentation and the logistics of seamless

cross-border shipping, thus avoiding delays and penalties issued by Canada

and US Customs.





23rd Angel Forum

When:   Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Where:  Vancouver, BC

Cost:   See website for details

Info:   Bob Chaworth-Musters,,


Started in 1997, the Angel Forum - Vancouver introduces emerging companies

to private equity investors, each spring and fall. It is the oldest angel

group in Canada with 70+ investors and its sponsors include leading

companies and industry associations in BC. 30+ pre-screened technology,

service and industrial companies seeking equity funding up to $1.5 million,

present "in- person" and demonstrate their products/services to 80+

pre-screened investors in one day. It also offers Investor Ready 101 boot

camp seminars for start up entrepreneurs as well as investor-only workshops.




Think Asia - China 2008

Where:  Vancouver, BC - 2010 Commerce Centre, Lower Plaza, Robson Square

When:   Thursday, June 3, 2008 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Cost:   No Charge

Info:   604-660-2020


China is the world's fourth largest economy fueled by capital investment,

export growth, new innovation and a steady expansion of its domestic market.

The Think Asia-China 2008 workshop offers insight and information for BC

businesses on how to successfully develop business trade with China.

You will learn how to identify and access opportunities in the Chinese

marketplace, how to develop a 'China Strategy' including establishing

relationships and business networks and many other useful skills.




Doing Business in the USA

(Full Day Seminar and Professional Briefing)

Where:  Richmond, BC - Best Western Abercorn Inn

When:   Thursday, November 6, 2008, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Cost:   $195 per person, pre-registered ($145 each for 2 or more)

        (If registered on/before Oct. 31, deduct $25 per person.)

Info:   Carol Jackson, 1-800-799-8848,,

        or visit


The USA is a huge and responsive market for both Canadian and imported

products and services. This seminar is designed to help you understand

the market, plan your approach, and suggest practical methods and

alternatives for implementing your business and marketing plans.

Key topics include: (1) dealing with "border issues", such as

U.S. immigration and travel planning, U.S. customs clearance, business

planning, taxation, and legal considerations; (2) understanding "logistics

issues", such as establishing a USA business identity, warehousing,

transportation, fulfillment, and handling of returned goods; and

(3) "sales/marketing strategies", including market overview, using

dealers and agents, and attending tradeshows. In addition, the seminar

will feature "resource introductions", including the Canadian Trade

Commissioner Service, who provide federal government programs

and services.



This Announcement is furnished by:

International Market Access, Inc.

3888 Sound Way, PO Box 9754

Bellingham, WA 98227-9754


Tel: 360-671-8866, Fax: 360-671-7326

About International Market Access, Inc.

IMA exists to help Canadian companies market and distribute profitably in the United States. Our objective is to help you overcome the "border barrier" by providing a low-cost, fully equipped, fully staffed extension of your Canadian office in the nearby United States. From our 20,000 sq. ft. facility in Bellingham, Washington, IMA provides more than 100 Canadian exporters and importers with USA Marketing Support Services, including USA business identity, warehousing, distribution, order fulfillment, tradeshow support, return/repair, and Foreign-Trade Zone services.

Contact 360-671-8866 or 1-800-799-8848
International Market Access, Inc.
Carol Jackson
Vice President, Administration/Services
International Market Access, Inc.
Jim Pettinger

Good luck.  I have added you to my US Canada newsletter and you may find more information coming through cyberspace.

If you do wish to see me, contact Gillian Bryan at (604) 980-0321 between 10:30 AM and 4 PM Monday to Friday. 

This next two weeks is devoted to tax preparation so we will not want to talk with you until May unless you have a contract in process that needs an immediate answer.

On April 6. 2008, David Ingram wrote:

It is very unlikely that blind or unexpected email to me will be answered.  I receive anywhere from 100 to 700  unsolicited emails a day and usually answer anywhere from 2 to 20 if they are not from existing clients.  Existing clients are advised to put their 'name and PAYING CUSTOMER' in the subject line and get answered first.  I also refuse to be a slave to email and do not look at it every day and have never ever looked at it when I am out of town. 
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However, I regularly search for the words"PAYING CUSTOMER" and always answer them first if they did not get spammed out. For the last two weeks, I have just found out that my own email notes to myself have been spammed out and as an example, as I wrote this on Dec 25, 2007 since June 16th, my 'spammed out' box has 47,941 unread messages, my deleted box has 16645 I have actually looked at and deleted and I have actually answered 1234 email questions for clients and strangers without sending a bill.  I have also put aside 847 messages that I am maybe going to try and answer because they look interesting. -e bankruptcy expert  US Canada Canadian American  Mexican Income Tax service and  help
Therefore, if an email is not answered in 24 to 48 hours, it is likely lost in space.  You can try and resend it but if important AND YOU TRULY WANT OR NEED AN ANSWER from 'me', you will have to phone to make an appointment.  Gillian Bryan generally accepts appointment requests for me between 10:30 AM and 4:00 PM Monday to Friday VANCOUVER (Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles) time at (604) 980-0321.  david ingram expert  US Canada Canadian American  Mexican Income Tax  service and help.
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