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…

1. Understand Importing & Exporting Regulations

You may recognize the growth opportunities of importing and exporting, but may be 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.

2. 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, Europe, Asia, Latin America and beyond—and we can help you access these opportunities!

3. Prepare for Trade Missions

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

We can also help you create your pitch and capability statement so you feel confident to approach large corporations at supplier diversity or trade events.

4. Benefit from Social Procurement

Women-owned companies are diverse suppliers, and this means companies around the world want to do business with you. Learn more about social procurement and certifying as a diverse supplier >>

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Cecilia Mkondiwa
WEC Executive-in-Residence and FITT-Trained Professional


Access Other Trade Support

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


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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October 2020

Growing Global: Unlocking Women Entrepreneurs Export Potential for Economic Recovery

October 8 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Webinar Canada

Exports are an important driver of economic growth and innovation, now more than ever before. As we focus on economic recovery post COVID-19, access to international markets opens doors to networks of peers, new markets and diversified consumer bases, development of new products and services ideas, and access to diversity and talent on a global scale. On Thursday, October 8, join the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) in partnership with BDC and EDC, for highlights from the upcoming Women Global…

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Trade Accelerator Program

October 14 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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One event on October 15, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 21, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 22, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 29, 2020 at 9:00 am

Webinar Canada

Women’s Enterprise Centre is a proud Marketing Partner of the Trade Accelerator Program! 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 has successfully delivered Canada's Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), in B.C. since 2017. The Trade Accelerator Program is designed to help SMEs TAP into their full export potential. It has a proven track record helping participants get results. Just…

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Trade Accelerator Program

October 15 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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One event on October 15, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 21, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 22, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 29, 2020 at 9:00 am

Webinar Canada

Women’s Enterprise Centre is a proud Marketing Partner of the Trade Accelerator Program! 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 has successfully delivered Canada's Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), in B.C. since 2017. The Trade Accelerator Program is designed to help SMEs TAP into their full export potential. It has a proven track record helping participants get results. Just…

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Free Trade Agreements

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

Through this session, you will be able to help female entrepreneurs successfully enter the EU, Asia-Pacific and NA markets. As part of the WEOC 2020 Learning Sessions series, WEOC is partnering with the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), and Export Development Canada (EDC) to present a webinar focused on key Free Trade Agreements (FTA), including the Canadian-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA). Through this session, you will be able to help female entrepreneurs leverage FTA knowledge to…

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Trade Accelerator Program

October 21 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 15, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 21, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 22, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 29, 2020 at 9:00 am

Webinar Canada

Women’s Enterprise Centre is a proud Marketing Partner of the Trade Accelerator Program! 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 has successfully delivered Canada's Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), in B.C. since 2017. The Trade Accelerator Program is designed to help SMEs TAP into their full export potential. It has a proven track record helping participants get results. Just…

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WEConnect International Power the Economy

October 21 @ 12:00 pm - October 23 @ 5:00 pm

WEConnect International is hosting its annual Power the Economy conference online. The agenda includes virtual networking, keynote speakers, business capability building workshops, industry panels and presentations. There will be plenty of opportunities for supplier-buyer connections with our exhibit hall, matchmaker, corporate roundtable activity. Attendees include corporations, government officials and partner organizations ready to support women-owned businesses and the growth of supplier diversity and inclusion in Canada and beyond. Learn More or Register

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Trade Accelerator Program

October 22 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 15, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 21, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 22, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 29, 2020 at 9:00 am

Webinar Canada

Women’s Enterprise Centre is a proud Marketing Partner of the Trade Accelerator Program! 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 has successfully delivered Canada's Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), in B.C. since 2017. The Trade Accelerator Program is designed to help SMEs TAP into their full export potential. It has a proven track record helping participants get results. Just…

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Government Funding for International Growth

October 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Accessing government resources for exporting COURSE DESCRIPTION If you are looking to expand your sales outside of Canada, there are government programs available to help. This seminar will explore programs that split the cost of attending virtual trade events, establishing new research and development collaborations with foreign partners, and conducting market research to find new international customers for your products or services. This seminar features speakers from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, and Global Affairs Canada Trade…

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Trade Accelerator Program

October 29 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 15, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 21, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 22, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 29, 2020 at 9:00 am

Webinar Canada

Women’s Enterprise Centre is a proud Marketing Partner of the Trade Accelerator Program! 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 has successfully delivered Canada's Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), in B.C. since 2017. The Trade Accelerator Program is designed to help SMEs TAP into their full export potential. It has a proven track record helping participants get results. Just…

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November 2020

Creative Industry Trade Accelerator Program

November 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Women’s Enterprise Centre is a proud Marketing Partner of the Trade Accelerator Program! Apply to be part of this special Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) specifically designed for those in the Creative Industries. Canada's Creative Export Strategy: The creative industries are a strength of the Canadian economy and at the heart of our competitive advantage on the international stage. Canada's creative industries are strong and innovative and have the potential to be leaders in accelerating the growth of the Canadian economy.…

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WBE Canada 2020 Virtual Annual Conference

November 9 - November 10

WBE Canada’s Annual Conference is the leading event for corporate & government leaders, procurement professionals and women-owned businesses in Canada. This year’s online conference will provide an upscale virtual experience featuring innovations in supply chains, opportunities to share best practices and top recommendations for the next decade. 5 REASONS TO ATTEND LEARN - the strategies, solutions and keys to supplier diversity - the benefits and key components of developing a strong supplier diversity program and how to leverage its benefits…

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On Our Blog

Check out our recent blog posts on International Trade below or visit the Trade section of our blog for all trade-related posts.

CUSMA: What You Need to Know

If you are an exporter or thinking of exporting to the United States of America(USA), you may have heard of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) which came into effect on July 1, 2020. As the US is the biggest market for Canadian goods, the agreement has a deep impact on Canadian exporters since it provides […]

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Blog post - Vancouver Plays Host to Germany: Trade Mission Recap

Vancouver Plays Host to Germany: Trade Mission Recap

When a group of dynamic women entrepreneurs come together for a day of networking, learning and connections, wonderful things can happen. On September 14-20, Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada helped to organize an incoming trade mission of about 20 women business owners from VdU, the association of German women entrepreneurs, to Edmonton and Vancouver. To […]

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