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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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Alpana Sharma
WEC Business Advisor & FITT 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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September 2019

Go for the Greens Business Development Conference for Women Entrepreneurs

September 18 - September 21
Orlando Orlando, FL United States + Google Map

BWIT will lead a trade mission to Go for the Greens Business Development Conference in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada in Miami. 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! As part of the BWIT trade mission, delegates have an opportunity to apply for a…

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International e-Commerce Essentials

September 20 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fairmont Waterfront, 900 Canada Place Way
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5 Canada
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Presented by World Trade Centre Vancouver World Trade Centre Vancouver is pleased to present International e-Commerce Essentials (ICE), a workshop that helps businesses discover, learn, and create an integrated online strategy to drive global sales. By enrolling in the International e-Commerce Essentials workshop you can: Discover what online marketing strategy will best achieve your international e-commerce sales goals Learn which tools and platforms can help you predict current and future global demand for your product or service Understand how to…

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Understanding Regulations for Importing

September 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:45 pm
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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As an importer, 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. This interactive session will bring together representatives from Small Business BC, Health Canada, the Competition Bureau and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Following the presentation (approximately two hours), in-person attendees will have…

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Developing an Effective Export Plan

September 20 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Presented by Export Navigator 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 financial viability of expanding your business footprint. Join us for this interactive seminar where we’ll help you craft an effective Export Plan, and answer all the questions associated with planning to export. This seminar will help you: Develop a strategy to find buyers or partners in new markets…

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International e-Commerce Essentials

September 25 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8W 3M7 Canada
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BREAK into new global markets online 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 online. World Trade Centre Vancouver is pleased to present International e-Commerce Essentials (ICE), a workshop that helps businesses discover, learn, and create an integrated online strategy to drive global sales. International e-Commerce is growing twice as fast as domestic e-Commerce and expected to hit 4.5 trillion dollars by 2021.…

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The Nuts and Bolts of Free Trade Agreements Webinar

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Want to stay competitive in the international marketplace? Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) can create a level playing field for Canadian companies- whether you are exporting goods or services. On September 26 get the inside scoop on: What is a free trade agreement and how does it work? Exporting goods or exporting services? How can free trade agreements facilitate your trade? What government procurement opportunities are there in markets Canada has an FTA with? How to look up tariff rates? What…

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October 2019

Going Global: Taking Your Food Production Business to the Next Step

October 2 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Laurel Packinghouse, 1304 Ellis St
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Z9 Canada
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Are you ready to take your food-related business global? Canadian food products' reputations are among some of the best in the world, and our expert panel is ready to share their companies' experiences to help give you a leg up in international markets. Come join us for an afternoon of learning the ins and outs of exporting food products to a global market, followed by a networking session with fellow industry leaders. Learn More or Register

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Indigenous, Women and LGBTQ+ Food Business Mission to Minnesota

October 14 - October 15
Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN United States + Google Map

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) in Minneapolis is seeking Canadian Indigenous-, women- and/or LGBTQ+-owned food businesses that are interested in exporting to the US-Upper Midwest (including Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota). They are organizing a two-day, dual-track program to help you discover regional opportunities and learn how to leverage your prospects as a diverse supplier to the US marketplace. Companies selected to participate in the mission will benefit from: Insights from supplier diversity program leads at…

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Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) Vancouver

October 23
Vancouver Vancouver, BC Canada + Google Map

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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WEConnect International in Canada—POWER THE ECONOMY 2019

October 24 - October 25

WEConnect International in Canada will host its signature annual event, Power the Economy, for women-owned businesses, multinational corporations, senior governments officials, and partner organizations support the growth of women's entrepreneurship across Canada. Power the Economy offers targeted education and valuable corporate connections for female business owners seeking to grow their businesses as well as a rich environment for corporations interested in creating or improving their inclusive sourcing programs. The event brings together large buyers practicing supplier diversity and inclusion and…

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November 2019

Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) Prince George

November 6
Prince George Prince George, BC Canada + Google Map

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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2019 WBE Canada 10th Annual Conference

November 14
The Toronto Congress Cenre, 650 Dixon Road
Toronto, BC Canada
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WBE Canada’s Annual Conference is the leading event for corporate & government leaders, procurement professionals and women-owned businesses. It is the largest event of its kind for women business owners in Canada. This year’s conference is a celebration of WBE Canada’s 10 years of supporting Canadian women-owned businesses, recognition of significant achievements in supplier diversity in Canada and opportunities to share best practices for the next decade. Are you a woman-owned business or a certified diverse supplier? Need to get…

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