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…
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.
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
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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This our community's big once a year national event, so you don't want to miss it. Attended by 200+ certified diverse suppliers, corporations and government procurement professionals and those championing supplier diversity. Certified WBEs, Corporate Members, and others have a variety of ticket options to meet their needs, and for 2017 we've added new ways for our community to get INVOLVED in this exciting fast paced one-day event.Find out more »
Join the Canadian delegation on the BWIT-led trade mission Last year's event saw over 550 participants! This year's goal is to educate and support women owned businesses and women entrepreneurs and develop a robust network and export capacity that extends across North America. Connect with multi-national and tech companies from the US, Mexico and Canada.Find out more »
WEConnect International in Canada will host its annual “Power the Economy” signature event for women-owned businesses, multinational corporations, senior government officials, and partner organizations supporting the growth of women’s entrepreneurship across Canada. This conference offers targeted education for business owners seeking to grow their businesses as well as a rich environment for corporations interested in creating or improving their inclusive sourcing programs.Find out more »
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…Find out more »