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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April 2020

Sustainability and Exporting

April 28 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

COURSE DESCRIPTION As consumers around the world continue to show preference for sustainable products, the onus is on businesses to respond to this demand. Taking an eco-friendlier outlook isn’t just good for the environment, it’s also good for business. Even the smallest changes can have a lasting impact and this informative seminar will outline the areas of exporting where these positive changes can be made. From product packaging to marketing materials to tradeshows, there are lots of quick wins to…

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June 2020

Verband deutscher Unternehmerinnen Annual Meeting: Nature and Sustainability

June 18 - June 19
Warnemünde Warnemünde, Germany + Google Map

Eco-friendly brands, green tech and sustainable management: Just some of the ways in which companies make an important contribution to the global environmental balance with their products and processes. In principle, sustainable management is a crucial aspect of forward-looking corporate governance. Given the right conditions, resource conservation and efficient management have an economic dimension. And sustainability is also reflected in the timely preparation of corporate succession and in long-term financing strategies. At our annual meeting in Warnemünde, we will not…

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Business Women’s Trade Mission to the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair

June 21 - June 25
Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313 United States
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Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s (WBENC) signature event is an unrivaled trade show of certified women-owned businesses and those who do business with them. It is the largest supplier diversity event of its kind for women business owners. Delegates will deepen their understanding of supplier diversity opportunities open to them with Fortune 500 companies. They will also benefit from inclusive programming and business networking opportunities offered by the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) and its partners. Learn More or Register

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September 2020

Go for the Greens International Conference for Women Business Owners

September 23 - September 25
Disney’s BoardWalk Resort Orlando, FL United States + Google Map

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! Learn More or Register  

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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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