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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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November 2019

Importing Regulations in Canada

November 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:45 pm
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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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 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Following the…

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How to Export Your Services to New Markets

November 25 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Ready to increase your customer base and sell your services outside British Columbia? Just because you’re a service business doesn’t mean you can’t export. In fact, service-based businesses often have fewer barriers to overcome to become export ready. Join us for this FREE interactive seminar and start finding customers outside of B.C. We’ll discuss finding the right markets to enter, what to include in your contracts and how to handle international travel when finding a new client or working on…

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How to Start Importing Into Canada

November 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Thinking of importing into Canada? Instead of trawling through the avalanche of confusing information online, join us for this seminar as we walk through the overall importation process from start to finish. Join Max Vitali and gain an understanding of how to import into the Canadian market. This seminar is an ideal introduction before Importing Regulations In Canada and the Import/Export Advisory service. Learn More or Register This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to…

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December 2019

Incoterms® 2020 Training Presented by SBOT

December 5 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Surrey Board of Trade Conference Room, 14439 104 Ave
Surrey, BC Canada
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The Surrey Board of Trade has partnered with the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to bring you training on the newly released Incoterms® 2020. This one day course will provide a comprehensive overview of the new 2020 version of the terms and the differences between the 2010 version. The Incoterms® 2020 course offered by the Surrey Board of Trade and FITT will be the only in-class training in Canada that is done by…

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February 2020

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

February 27, 2020 - February 29, 2020
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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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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