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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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July 2019

How to Do Business with Marriott and Avendra

July 23 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Join WEConnect International in Canada to learn about Marriott’s procurement process and the company’s procurement partnership with Avendra. The Marriott team will provide an overview of its supplier diversity program as well as review the types of products and services Marriott International procures at the enterprise level. The Avendra team will review the products and services within the Avendra procurement scope, how to become a prospective Avendra supplier for Marriott hotels and highlight upcoming Canada-specific opportunities. WBEs will leave the…

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August 2019

BC Export Awards Application Deadline

August 19 @ 12:00 pm

The BC Export Awards are the province’s most prestigious awards paying tribute to the success and innovative approaches of BC export companies. Extending across industries the awards recognize achievements in 9 different categories and are a celebration of the contributions exporters have made to both the provincial and national economy. Conceived in 1982, the program has recognized over 300 companies since its inception, reflecting the growth and diversity of BC’s economy over the past 30 years. Category Awards: Emerging Exporter…

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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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Save the Date: How to Do Business with TD

September 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join WEConnect International in Canada to learn about TD Bank's strategic sourcing process. The TD Bank team will provide an overview of its supplier diversity program, review the types of products and services TD Bank procures at the enterprise level and discuss how to become a prospective supplier. WBEs will leave the webinar equipped with the knowledge and resources needed to navigate TD Bank's sourcing processes to be prepared for future Canadian and US opportunities. SAVE THE DATE - Registration…

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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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October 2019

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. Learn More or Register

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November 2019

2019 WBE Canada 10th Annual Conference

November 14
The Toronto Congress Cenre, 650 Dixon Road
Toronto, BC Canada
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Are you a woman-owned business or a certified diverse supplier? Need to get access to buyers from large corporations and government organizations? Tired of knocking on doors just to be shut down by gatekeepers? Overwhelmed by barriers to supply chain entry? Cut the frustration and create successful opportunities with direct access to information, resources and buyers at WBE Canada’s 10th Annual Conference this November. Are you a corporate/government leader or buyer? Want to keep ahead of your competitors? Ready to…

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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.

Agent or Distributor?

Once you are export ready you can decide how you want to enter a new market. Let us evaluate how an agent or distributor can help with exports. Agents: Agents work as your business representative in the local market and can use their local networks to obtain orders for your products. They usually work on […]

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Expanding Your Business Horizons: What is the CPTPP international trade deal? | Event Takeaways

Did you know that a newly-launched trade deal with the Asia-Pacific region, will allow Canadian exporters access to almost 500 million consumers in 11 countries? Notebook in hand, on February 11, I set out to get to the bottom of this new agreement and how it will benefit women business owners at a seminar called […]

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