Trade & Export Support for Women Business Owners

Did you know only 5% of Canadian women business owners export? We want to change that by giving you the tools and confidence to access new markets and take advantage of international growth opportunities.

If you’re a business owner who wants to trade internationally but doesn’t know where to start, we can help you become import or export ready!

We work closely with partners, such as Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) to support women business owners become trade-ready and attend trade missions throughout North America.

If you have any questions about how we can help you with exporting and/or importing, send us an email or call us at 1.800.643.7014 ext. 112.

We can help you…

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Alpana Sharma
FITT Professional

Understand Importing & Exporting Regulations

Many business owners recognize the growth opportunities of importing and exporting, but they’re overwhelmed by the prospect of learning about the rules, regulations, permissions and approvals required.

We can help you understand and comply with importing/exporting regulations and requirements for your specific product, and provide you with a plan so you can import/export legally and confidently.

Contact Alpana Sharma, FITT professional, for help with your questions.

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Kath Britton
Director, Business Development

Make Connections

If you are a woman entrepreneur exploring your exporting options, now you can access unprecedented support to make connections with Fortune 500 companies in trade missions to the US and we can help you access these opportunities!

We can connect you with other women business owners who are attending trade missions and keep you informed about preparation webinars, prior to conferences.

Kath Britton is our Director, Business Development and your contact for trade missions and export support. She can help you certify as a diverse supplier, access markets and prepare for trade missions. She can help you:

  • Access procurement opportunities
  • Create your pitch and capability statement so you can approach large corporations at supplier diversity or trade events

Contact Kath Britton for information and support with trade missions.


Access Other Trade Support

Check out these other resources from us and our partners to help you get import or export ready!

  • Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting
    The Trade Commissioner Service has updated their exporting guide! Whether you are a novice or seasoned exporter, this improved guide will help your business get export-ready and positioned for commercial success abroad. Take a look >>
  • Business Women in International Trade
    The BWIT Program, which is part of the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), is the only national program that provides targeted products and services to help women entrepreneurs internationalize. BWIT’s mandate is to link Canadian women entrepreneurs with international business opportunities to help spur their company’s growth. Learn more >>
  • CanExport Grant
    The CanExport program is a five-year, $50-million Government of Canada program that provides direct financial assistance to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) registered in Canada that are seeking to develop new export opportunities and markets, especially high-growth emerging markets. You may be eligible to receive funding for a portion of your travel expenses with the CanExport Grant>>
  • View More Business Growth Resources in our free Online Resource Library

Upcoming Trade Missions and Events

Below are upcoming events for women business owners who are looking to make valuable connections to grow their business. Also check out the Business Women in International Trade calendar for events and trade missions.

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May 2018

Doing Business in the USA Seminar

May 15 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Civic Hotel, 13475 Central Avenue
Surrey, BC Canada
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Attend a fast-paced guide to expanding your sales into the United States. Whether opening a store front with a U.S. address or partnering with a distribution centre for your eCommerce activity, our seasoned cross-border lawyers, accountants, customs brokers and logistics professionals will present options that will help you determine your export strategy and understand your responsibilities with government agencies such as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration.

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Trade Accelerator Program, Kelowna

May 24 @ 9:00 am - May 25 @ 5:00 pm

New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make it an ideal time to extend your company's reach through the export of goods and services. World Trade Centre Vancouver is pleased to introduce TAP in British Columbia, an initiative that has been successfully operated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade since 2015. Participating organizations experienced an average international sales growth of 70% within one year of completing the program, penetrated new markets, and grew their workforce to meet increased…

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Preparing for International Travel and Tradeshows

May 25 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Presented by Export Navigator Tradeshows are crucial to expanding your sales outside B.C.’s borders. But the culture, etiquette and expectations of doing business in each country are different. So how do you prepare? Join us for this free interactive seminar and learn the dos and don’ts of international business, how to get the most of out of your trip, and learn about the cultural elements that impact business decision-making. This seminar will help you: Learn how to prepare for a…

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June 2018

WEConnect International Day 2018

June 18
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Dr. Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48243 United States
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WEConnect International invites you to kick off the WBENC National Conference and Business Fair with International Day - an opportunity for our international delegations of women business owners and corporate members to engage through business matchmaking and networking. Attendees will broaden their business reach and hone their skills through rich content and interactive sessions; then, return home energized - ready to take your business to the next level! We welcome our Corporate Members; WEConnect International certified Women's Business Enterprises; WBENC…

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WBENC National Conference & Business Fair

June 19 - June 21
Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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The National Conference & Business Fair is the largest conference of its kind for women business owners in the U.S. The WBENC National Conference & Business Fair is attended by Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs); senior executives and procurement representatives from the Fortune 500 and the U.S. Government; and select partner organizations whose missions align with WBENC’s vision of expanding women’s business opportunities in the marketplace. With three days of robust programming, the conference features lectures and presentations from today’s thought…

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Trade Accelerator Program, Victoria

June 19 @ 8:00 am - June 20 @ 5:00 pm

New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make it an ideal time to extend your company's reach through the export of goods and services. World Trade Centre Vancouver is pleased to introduce TAP in British Columbia, an initiative that has been successfully operated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade since 2015. Participating organizations experienced an average international sales growth of 70% within one year of completing the program, penetrated new markets, and grew their workforce to meet increased…

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October 2018

Trade Accelerator Program, Vancouver

October 1 @ 8:00 am - October 2 @ 5:00 pm

New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make it an ideal time to extend your company's reach through the export of goods and services. World Trade Centre Vancouver is pleased to introduce TAP in British Columbia, an initiative that has been successfully operated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade since 2015. Participating organizations experienced an average international sales growth of 70% within one year of completing the program, penetrated new markets, and grew their workforce to meet increased…

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WEConnect International Power the Economy Conference

October 26

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