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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January 2020

New Exporters to Border States 2020

January 23 - January 24
Seattle Seattle, WA United States + Google Map

Are you interested in exporting to the US Pacific Northwest? British Columbia Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle will host an educational mission for British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan agrifood and seafood companies in Seattle on January 23-24, 2020. This mission provides an excellent opportunity for B.C. companies, with little to no previous international trade experience, to be introduced to exporting, and to explore the potential of the US Pacific…

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Tri-Cities Trade Accelerator Program Application Deadline

January 28
Executive Plaza Hotel, 405 North Rd.
Coquitlam, Canada
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Women’s Enterprise Centre is a proud Supporting Sponsor 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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February 2020

Abbotsford Trade Accelerator Program

February 24
Quality Hotel Abbotsford Conference Centre, 36035 North Parallel Rd.
Abbotsford, BC Canada
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Women’s Enterprise Centre is a proud Supporting Sponsor 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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Export Ready: Understanding Global Money

February 24 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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The Financial Side of Exporting Explained Looking to sell your goods outside of British Columbia? Exporting can increase your profits, deliver access to more consumers and diversify market opportunities. To make the most of it, building an understanding of global finance is key. You’ll need to account for currency fluctuations, accounts receivable insurance, and learn how to receive and send foreign funds. Join us for this FREE seminar and discover the basics of global finance. You’ll discover the impact of…

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Canada’s First Women-Only Business Mission to South Korea

February 27 - February 29
South Korea Seoul, Korea, Republic of + Google Map

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is pleased to announce that it will lead, with strong support from the private and public sectors, Canada's first women-only business mission to the Republic of Korea (South Korea) February 27-29, 2020. Following the success of the first women-only business mission to Japan in April 2019, APF Canada will continue helping women entrepreneurs in Canada to diversify and expand trade opportunities into other Asian markets. The three-day mission will be hosted in…

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September 2020

International Conference for Women Business Owners

September 23 - September 25
Disney’s BoardWalk Resort Orlando, FL United States + Google Map

The conference is a high-level, boutique event that offers exclusive access to companies and government agencies that can help women-owned businesses secure contracts. The trade mission will offer one-on-one business matchmaking meetings, educational programming, valuable networking and a golf networking event! Learn More

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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.

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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From Information to Inspiration: New Perspectives on Germany

From Information to Inspiration: New Perspectives on Germany

Earlier this year, I was contacted by the German consulate in Vancouver, and was told they’d like to nominate me for one of their Information Tours. Curious, I did some research and found that, in 2019, Germany will host 15 groups of 15-20 journalists and sector experts from around the world. They meet with their […]

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