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 2021

Canada’s First Women-only Virtual Business Mission to Taiwan 2021 Application Deadline

January 29 @ 9:00 pm
Webinar Canada

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 Virtual Business Mission to Taiwan in early March 2021. The mission’s two-day public conference will be held in the global lead-up to the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021. Following the successes of its Women-only Business Mission to Japan (2019) and Virtual Mission to South Korea (2020), APF Canada…

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February 2021

Building Your Export Plan

February 11 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Webinar Canada

A key element in planning to sell outside of B.C. is an export plan. It will assist you in establishing goals, clarifying your target market, and assessing the steps needed to expand your business footprint. Join us for this interactive seminar where we’ll help you craft an effective Export Plan, and answer your questions associated with planning to export to another province, or another country. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Discover online resources for market research and finding buyers or partners…

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Importing Regulations in Canada

February 12 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Canadian Importing Regulations in Detail COURSE DESCRIPTION Looking to import goods into Canada? Before you start, you need to know which regulations, standards and licenses apply to your products. It’s essential to have a clear understanding of which regulatory agencies are responsible for your industry, and how to manage pre-entry requirements, such as testing and labelling – before you start importing into Canada. This interactive session will bring together representatives from Small Business BC, Health Canada, the Competition Bureau and…

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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.

Leveraging Immigrant Experience for Global Business Success

Immigrant-owned businesses have a positive impact on international trade.  They are key drivers for innovation, economic growth, and can play a crucial role in Canada’s successful export story. Immigrants also diversify international markets as they are inclined to export beyond the United States and focus more on emerging markets. A report by the Conference Board […]

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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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