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…

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Alpana Sharma
FITT Professional

Understand Importing & Exporting Regulations

Many business owners recognize the growth opportunities of importing and exporting, but they’re 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.

Contact Alpana Sharma, FITT professional, for help with your questions.

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Kath Britton
Director, Business Development

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 and we can help you access these opportunities!

We can connect you with other women business owners who are attending trade missions and keep you informed about preparation webinars, prior to conferences.

Kath Britton is our Director, Business Development and your contact for trade missions and export support. She can help you certify as a diverse supplier, access markets and prepare for trade missions. She can help you:

  • Access procurement opportunities
  • Create your pitch and capability statement so you can approach large corporations at supplier diversity or trade events

Contact Kath Britton for information and support with trade missions.


Access Other Trade Support

Check out these other resources from us and our partners to help you get import or export ready!

  • Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting
    The Trade Commissioner Service has updated their exporting guide! Whether you are a novice or seasoned exporter, this improved guide will help your business get export-ready and positioned for commercial success abroad. Take a look >>
  • Spotlight on Market Research on an International Scale
    This guide, created by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, will help you conduct market research on an international scale to help you solidify potential export opportunities and avoid the risk of entering the wrong market. It includes factors that you should consider when profiling a potential international market, as well as common challenges that you may need to overcome to be successful. View the resource >>
  • Business Women in International Trade
    The BWIT Program, which is part of the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), is the only national program that provides targeted products and services to help women entrepreneurs internationalize. BWIT’s mandate is to link Canadian women entrepreneurs with international business opportunities to help spur their company’s growth. Learn more >>
  • CanExport Grant
    The CanExport program is a five-year, $50-million Government of Canada program that provides direct financial assistance to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) registered in Canada that are seeking to develop new export opportunities and markets, especially high-growth emerging markets. You may be eligible to receive funding for a portion of your travel expenses with the CanExport Grant >>
  • Export Navigator
    The Export Navigator pilot offers businesses access to community-based export specialists who can provide a personalized, step-by-step approach to exporting and help connect your business to the market information, export programs, financial services, and business development experts it needs at every stage of the process. Learn more >>
  • Trade Accelerator Program
    The Trade Accelerator Program provides companies with access to Canada’s top exporting advisors, resources, and contacts, giving them the training and support they need to become successful international traders in their specific business sector. View upcoming sessions >>
  • View More Business Growth Resources in our free Online Resource Library


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.

Building Export Markets in Europe and the U.K.

What: An exciting trade mission! Who: Canadian women business owners who want to expand their business via export Where: Germany and England When: November 4-10, 2018 How: email the BWIT team to sign up Business Women in International Trade  (BWIT) is part of the federal government Trade Commissioner Service (TCS). The team is made up of […]

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5 Government Programs to Help You Export

On August 21, we hosted the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, for a roundtable to discuss federal programs and services that women business owners can use to access new markets and explore export opportunities. The conversation was a great reminder of the many ways that women business owners can get support to […]

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WBENC 2018 in Detroit, Michigan is the place to be!

You will want to attend this year’s annual WBENC Conference and Business Fair if you are a woman business owner and you have: Visions of growing your business via export Interest in or already had experience selling B2B and/or Capacity to manufacture in larger volumes The WBENC Conference and Business Fair is the perfect opportunity […]

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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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