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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October 2019

Selling Outside BC – Export Navigator

October 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce, 91 Baker St.
Nelson, BC Canada
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Diversifying revenue sources and sales channels is a MUST for Kootenay enterprises to improve chances for long lasting business success. Join this session led by the BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade & Technology to find out about services and resources that can help you seize export opportunities. Learn about programs to help you become export ready, such as ‘Export Navigator’ and how to benefit from Canada’s free trade agreements among other topics. No matter your experience with exporting or your…

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WEConnect International in Canada—POWER THE ECONOMY 2019

October 24, 2019 - October 25, 2019

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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WBEC Pacific Presents: Big Sky Business

October 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Baxter, 105 West Main Street
Bozeman, MT United States
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A professional summit for Women Owned Businesses in Big Sky Country. In partnership with Montana Women’s Business Center. Join us for a two part event day, with a workshop in the earlier half of the day at the CommOn Inn informing Women Business Owners all about what getting certified as a women owned business can do for you; from the point of view of certified women business owners and corporate members who hold certified businesses to a high regard. Then…

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Understanding CETA and the European Union

October 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd
Victoria, BC Canada
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Are you interested in expanding your markets to Europe? As a government official, are you sometimes at a loss to explain and/or understand the European Union (EU)? The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU opens a huge market of more than 450 million consumers to Canadian businesses and access to a government procurement market worth $3.3 trillion annually. The EU and the Government of BC are offering a free training session on how businesses and…

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Understanding CETA and the European Union

October 31, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Vancouver Island University, 900 Fifth St
Nanaimo, BC Canada
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Are you interested in expanding your markets to Europe? As a government official, are you sometimes at a loss to explain and/or understand the European Union (EU)? The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU opens a huge market of more than 450 million consumers to Canadian businesses and access to a government procurement market worth $3.3 trillion annually. The EU and the Government of BC are offering a free training session on how businesses and…

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November 2019

Understanding CETA and the European Union

November 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Hotel Eldorado, 500 Cook Rd.
Kelowna, BC Canada
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Are you interested in expanding your markets to Europe? As a government official, are you sometimes at a loss to explain and/or understand the European Union (EU)? The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU opens a huge market of more than 450 million consumers to Canadian businesses and access to a government procurement market worth $3.3 trillion annually. The EU and the Government of BC are offering a free training session on how businesses and…

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WBEC Pacific BOLD Success Conference

November 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Silicon Valley Capital Club – Fairmont Plaza, 50 W. San Fernando, Suite 1700
San Jose, CA United States
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BOLD Success LEVEL UP is about taking risks, moving outside of comfort zones, investing in yourself, growing your influence and business. BOLD Success is transporting WBEs to the future with incredible insight to futureproofing yourself and your business by leveling up your network, funding options, corporate sales strategy and deepening relationships with the WBEC-Pacific peer group. The conference is focused on driving connections to provide sustainable opportunities for WBEs through WBE to WBE and corporate to WBE connections by introducing a…

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A WBEC-Pacific Event – BOLD Success

November 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Silicon Valley Capital Club – Fairmont Plaza, 50 W. San Fernando, Suite 1700
San Jose, CA United States
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BOLD Success LEVEL UP is about taking risks, moving outside of comfort zones, investing in yourself, growing your influence and business. BOLD Success is transporting WBEs to the future with incredible insight to futureproofing yourself and your business by leveling up your network, funding options, corporate sales strategy and deepening relationships with the WBEC-Pacific peer group. The conference is focused on driving connections to provide sustainable opportunities for WBEs through WBE to WBE and corporate to WBE connections by introducing…

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BC-India Business Roundtable

November 5, 2019 @ 10:15 am - 1:45 pm
Best Western Plus, 2402 Hwy 97 N
Kelowna, BC Canada
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BC Trade and Investment in partnership with the COEDC, Accelerate Okanagan and the City of Kelowna is hosting a BC-India Business Roundtable November 5. India is the world’s third largest economy (purchasing power parity) and the most populous democracy. It is also one of the fastest-growing markets in the world. Supplying its growing appetite for goods and services is a significant opportunity for British Columbia exporters. Who should attend: Export ready businesses who wish to trade and/or investment in the…

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2019 WBE Canada 10th Annual Conference

November 14, 2019
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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Importing Regulations in Canada

November 22, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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

Mentor Advisory Forum: FREE Export Navigator Program for Women Entrepreneurs

December 3, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Take your business beyond BC borders! Research shows women focused programs fuel the business growth of women owned businesses. We are excited to share that we are part of Export Navigator’s community-based specialty advisors, to help women entrepreneurs grow their business outside of B.C. Join us for a FREE webinar on December 3rd at 11am PST to learn how to access FREE support and ongoing guidance to export successfully. In this webinar, you’ll learn: Is your business export ready? What…

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Incoterms® 2020 Training Presented by SBOT

December 5, 2019 @ 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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International e-Commerce Essentials

December 10, 2019 @ 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 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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January 2020

New Exporters to Border States 2020

January 23 - January 24
Seattle Seattle, WA United States + Google Map

Are you interested in exporting to the US Pacific Northwest? British Columbia Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle will host an educational mission for British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan agrifood and seafood companies in Seattle on January 23-24, 2020. This mission provides an excellent opportunity for B.C. companies, with little to no previous international trade experience, to be introduced to exporting, and to explore the potential of the US Pacific…

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Webinar: Taking your business to India

January 23 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

If you'd like to discover top sector opportunities and common challenges facing Canadian businesses entering India, you won't want to miss the new Export Development Canada (EDC) webinar, Taking your business to India. Whether you're already doing business overseas or are considering expanding internationally, you'll want to tune in! Registrants will learn about: Strategies for entering the Indian market India's top sectors for Canadian goods and services Common challenges of doing business in India, and how to overcome them If…

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Tri-Cities Trade Accelerator Program Application Deadline

January 28
Executive Plaza Hotel, 405 North Rd.
Coquitlam, Canada
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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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February 2020

Abbotsford Trade Accelerator Program Application Deadline

February 24
Quality Hotel Abbotsford Conference Centre, 36035 North Parallel Rd.
Abbotsford, BC Canada
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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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Export Ready: Understanding Global Money

February 24 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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The Financial Side of Exporting Explained Looking to sell your goods outside of British Columbia? Exporting can increase your profits, deliver access to more consumers and diversify market opportunities. To make the most of it, building an understanding of global finance is key. You’ll need to account for currency fluctuations, accounts receivable insurance, and learn how to receive and send foreign funds. Join us for this FREE seminar and discover the basics of global finance. You’ll discover the impact of…

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

February 27 - February 29
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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March 2020

Medical Cannabis in the Trade Industry: Know the Facts & Consequences

March 12 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Sandman Signature, 8828 201 Street
Langley, British Columbia V2Y 0C8 Canada
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If you're a produce and plant stock growers shipping goods into the U.S. and you're thinking of or already getting into the cannabis industry - even if just domestically - it's important for you to understand the implications you will face. Hemp, cannabis, products, people and business: A 2 hour dive into the cans and cant's of customs regulations into the US. If you're a produce and plant stock grower shipping goods into the U.S. and you're thinking of or…

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Postponed | Leverage Free Trade Agreements and Trade Services Information Session

March 23 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Ministry of Health, 1515 Blanshard Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3C8 Canada
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Calling women-led businesses and entrepreneurs in Victoria – come learn how to leverage free trade agreements and trade services to benefit your business! Canada has a key business and “first mover” advantage as the only country to have free trade agreements (FTAs) with all other countries in the G7—the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan. FTAs can make your exports more competitive, help lower your costs, and provide greater business and investment certainty when doing business outside of BC.…

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Preparing for International Travel and Tradeshows

March 24 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Tradeshows are crucial to expanding your sales outside B.C.’s borders. But the culture, etiquette and expectations of doing business in each country are different. So how do you prepare? Join us for this free interactive seminar and learn the dos and don’ts of international business, how to get the most of out of your trip, and learn about the cultural elements that impact business decision-making. Hear insights from Allison Boulton, Program Manager Export Navigator, as well as a guest speaker…

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Postponed | Small Business Venture Capital Tax Credit Program – Workshop

March 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Squamish Adventure Centre, 38551 Loggers Lane
Squamish, British Columbia V8B 0H2 Canada
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The Small Business Venture Capital Program offers tax credits to investors to encourage them to make equity capital investments in B.C.-based small businesses. The government recognizes that creating new small businesses and expanding existing ones will contribute to a healthy economy. These programs give small business continuous access to early stage venture capital to help them develop and expand. B.C. investors receive a 30% tax credit on their investment in a venture capital corporation (VCC) or an eligible business corporation…

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April 2020

Small Business Venture Capital Tax Credit Program – Webinar

April 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Small Business Venture Capital Program offers tax credits to investors to encourage them to make equity capital investments in B.C.-based small businesses. The government recognizes that creating new small businesses and expanding existing ones will contribute to a healthy economy. These programs give small business continuous access to early stage venture capital to help them develop and expand. B.C. investors receive a 30% tax credit on their investment in a venture capital corporation (VCC) or an eligible business corporation…

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COVID-19: Pivoting Your Export/Import Business

April 2 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Join us, as we speak with Allison Boulton, Program Manager for Export Navigator, on how to pivot and adapt your trade oriented business during this unprecedented time. You can attend the session via Webinar link or phone, which will be sent to you after registration. This series of Digital Meetup is FREE and will happen everyday via Webinar format. Register FREE

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Exporting Beyond COVID-19: Preparing Your Business for the Long Run

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

For the time being, the COVID-19-economy has drastically changed the face of exporting, and now is the time to adapt and prepare for the future. Having the skills and tools required to sell your goods and services to other provinces and countries takes preparation which you can start now. In this webinar, you’ll learn how you can attend virtual tradeshows, access funding resources, and hone a skill set that can help you export across the globe, from Alberta to Australia.…

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COVID-19: United States export forecast

April 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The worldwide spread of COVID 19 has taken a significant and still evolving toll on the U.S. economy. As the U.S. is our closest neighbour and trading partner, what happens there is certain to affect Canadian companies. If you'd like to know how COVID 19's impact on the U.S. economy will affect Canadian companies, Export Development Canada's (EDC's) free webinar, COVID 19: United States export forecast (presented in English only), will explain our current economic outlook and the types of…

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May 2020

Virtual Symposium Presented by the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada

May 12 - May 14

We're delighted to partner on this national symposium for women entrepreneurs! Join experts from women’s enterprise organizations across the country to discuss how women entrepreneurs can survive and thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join live presentations and panel discussions and participate in facilitated daily breakout sessions. Make sure you catch our very own Dawn McCooey and Kerrilee Auger, who are presenting workshops on keeping good employees and business growth strategies! Session topics include: COVID-19 Recovery for Business Protecting Your Mental…

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Jay Treaty Information Session

May 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join for an interactive webinar on how Indigenous Canadians can access their right to work and do business through the Jay Treaty. Hear from Cascadia Law, Pacific Customs Brokers, and ask border-law expert Greg Boos questions about the impact the Jay Treaty has on the flow of indigenous peoples and businesses across the Canadian-US border. Learn More or Register

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Canada’s Free Trade Agreements and B.C.’s Venture Capital Tax Credit Program

May 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Webinar Canada

Are you wondering how to reduce your costs when selling in Canada or abroad? Are you a start-up or small business looking to raise capital? In this practical and interactive info-session, the BC government explains what’s there for you in Canada’s domestic and international free trade agreements and how to access B.C.’s Small Business Venture Capital Tax Credit program. What will I learn? What are free trade agreements and how they work What free trade agreements Canada has in place…

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June 2020

International e-Commerce Essentials

June 2 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

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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Developing Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Efforts in Europe

June 10 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Join this virtual panel discussion on best practices, to begin and develop sustainable SD&I efforts in Europe. The session is designed for representatives from corporations and buying organizations who are interested in finding out more about supplier diversity and inclusion efforts in Europe. We are aiming to host an insightful discussion during which we will be sharing examples of what’s working well as well as focusing on the challenges and opportunities for building successful SD&I efforts in Europe. Learn More…

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Grow Your Sales with Free Trade Agreements

June 10 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

COURSE DESCRIPTION Businesses that consider free trade agreements in their growth plans can export more cost-effectively and be more competitive in the international market. Canada’s 14 trade agreements may mean you can enter international markets with 0% or reduced import duties. Exporters of services may also make significant gains. In this interactive webinar, you will begin to learn about how to meet market regulations and achieve exporting success. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Using Canada’s free trade agreements to reduce the…

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Pitch Building Bootcamp Sessions

June 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn how to design a 90-second pitch that is clear, concise and compelling with Volition’s proven narrative pitch-building technique. You’ll learn how to: Build a compelling pitch, without memorizing a script Engage and connect with your audience Portray confidence and be memorable Choose from the following Pitch Building Bootcamp Session dates: June 16, 2020 (1pm EST, 11am MT, 2pm ADT) – Register Now July 14, 2020 (1pm EST, 11am MT, 2pm ADT) – Register Now August 18, 2020 (1pm EST,…

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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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July 2020

Trade Recovery Series: A New World

July 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar Canada

COVID-19 has significantly affected global trade, and as nations embark on economic recovery, new opportunities present themselves for Canadian companies of all sizes. Join Global Affairs Canada's John Hannaford, Deputy Minister of International Trade, and Dr. Ailish Campbell, Chief Trade Commissioner & Assistant Deputy Minister, International Business Development, as they share their insights into how Canadian companies can leverage the newly ratified Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) to grow internationally. You will have an opportunity to ask your question on what…

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Pitch Building Bootcamp Session

July 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn how to design a 90-second pitch that is clear, concise and compelling with Volition’s proven narrative pitch-building technique. You’ll learn how to: Build a compelling pitch, without memorizing a script Engage and connect with your audience Portray confidence and be memorable Choose from the following Pitch Building Bootcamp Session dates: July 14, 2020 (1pm EST, 11am MT, 2pm ADT) – Register Now August 18, 2020 (1pm EST, 11am MT, 2pm ADT) – Register Now HAVE QUESTIONS? Please email cxc@startupcan.ca…

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Canadian Export Challenge Virtual Accelerator – Women Going Global

July 23 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Webinar Canada

The Canadian Export Challenge (CXC) Virtual Accelerators aim to provide current and aspiring entrepreneurs with guidance that addresses the most relevant aspects of the preparation and execution stages of the export journey. The Women Going Global Accelerator is an event designed to support women entrepreneurs who are thinking about, working towards, or are already exporting their products or services. The hour and a half sessions will include a mix of presentations, Q&A opportunities and small breakout sessions for more in…

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Connecting to the Global Market: International Perspectives on Exporting Connecting with Entrepreneurs Across Global Ecosystems

July 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Are you an entrepreneur looking to propel yourself forward on the export journey? If so, you won't want to miss the Connecting to the Global Market: International Perspectives on Exporting Connecting with Entrepreneurs Across Global Ecosystems webinar, which is offered in preparation for the upcoming Canadian Export Challenge (CXC) presented by Startup Canada in collaboration with the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), Export Development Canada (EDC) and UPS, along with Mastercard and Scotiabank. This webinar will examine international perspectives on exporting…

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August 2020

The New NAFTA: How to Leverage CUSMA to Enter New Markets

August 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

Explore key changes from NAFTA to CUSMA and learn how to leverage the trade agreement to enter into new markets. Learn More or Register

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Pitch Building Bootcamp Session

August 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn how to design a 90-second pitch that is clear, concise and compelling with Volition’s proven narrative pitch-building technique. You’ll learn how to: Build a compelling pitch, without memorizing a script Engage and connect with your audience Portray confidence and be memorable HAVE QUESTIONS? Please email cxc@startupcan.ca and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Learn More or Register

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Financing Your Growing Business Virtual Boot Camp

August 25 - August 26

Moody’s Foundation and WEConnect International are pleased to offer a capacity-building program for a select group of women business owners in Canada. The Virtual Boot Camp will take place over the course of two days on Tuesday, August 25th & Wednesday, August 26th, 2020. Applying to and attending the training program is FREE. This training program is ideal for growth-oriented women-owned businesses who are looking to scale their enterprises and require additional capital to grow. The two-day training program will…

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September 2020

Canadian Export Challenge – Application Deadline

September 9

Are you interested in fast tracking your global business growth? This September, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), along with Export Development Canada (EDC), UPS, Mastercard and Scotiabank, are collaborating with Startup Canada to present the third annual, and first fully digital edition of the Canadian Export Challenge (CXC) for Canadian startups and scale ups powered by Google. This year, the CXC will aim to be a safe space for Canadian exporters and industry partners to come together, provide support…

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Canada’a First Women-Only Virtual Business Mission to South Korea Application Deadline

September 21

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is pleased to announce that it will lead Canada's First Women-only Virtual Business Mission to the Republic of Korea (South Korea) on November 3-4, 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. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on international travel, the mission is pivoting to…

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Vancouver Trade Accelerator Program

September 22 - September 23
Webinar Canada

Women’s Enterprise Centre is a proud Marketing Partner of the Vancouver 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.…

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Go for the Greens International Women’s Business Development Conference

September 24 - September 26
Disney’s BoardWalk Resort Orlando, FL United States + Google Map

Join other women business owners for three days of education, corporate vendor matchmaking, networking, and golf. This boutique event offers exclusive access to partner corporations, government agencies, nonprofits, professional associations and other successful women-owned businesses like yours. Learn how to secure your largest, most profitable contracts ever… in a fun, creative setting. The conference takes place in Orlando, Florida, which welcomes 72 million visitors a year as the most popular destination in the United States for business and leisure travelers.…

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Food & Beverage Market Activation Program

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Webinar Canada

The World Trade Centre Vancouver (WTC-V) continues its mission to support the success and growth of Canadian SMEs, both at home and through access to international markets and networks. In partnership with the World Trade Centre Toronto, WTC-V is organizing a bilateral trade mission for Canadian companies to promote interprovincial trade, minimize trade barriers and enhance domestic market expansion. As travelling to other markets is not currently an option, WTC-V has created a unique virtual opportunity for B.C. brands to…

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October 2020

Growing Global: Unlocking Women Entrepreneurs Export Potential for Economic Recovery

October 8 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Webinar Canada

Exports are an important driver of economic growth and innovation, now more than ever before. As we focus on economic recovery post COVID-19, access to international markets opens doors to networks of peers, new markets and diversified consumer bases, development of new products and services ideas, and access to diversity and talent on a global scale. On Thursday, October 8, join the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) in partnership with BDC and EDC, for highlights from the upcoming Women Global…

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Trade Accelerator Program

October 14 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Webinar Canada

Women’s Enterprise Centre is a proud Marketing Partner 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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Trade Accelerator Program

October 15 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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One event on October 29, 2020 at 9:00 am

Webinar Canada

Women’s Enterprise Centre is a proud Marketing Partner 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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Support for Indigenous Exporters

October 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Access to capital is a significant barrier facing Indigenous companies at all stages of growth. If you're an Indigenous entrepreneur looking for financial products and services you can leverage to succeed in the global marketplace, you won't want to miss How Indigenous companies can get support for exporting, a new webinar presented by Export Development Canada (EDC) and featuring Dina Santos from Canada's Trade Commissioner Service (TCS). Dina Santos, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada…

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Free Trade Agreements

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar Canada

Through this session, you will be able to help female entrepreneurs successfully enter the EU, Asia-Pacific and NA markets. As part of the WEOC 2020 Learning Sessions series, WEOC is partnering with the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), and Export Development Canada (EDC) to present a webinar focused on key Free Trade Agreements (FTA), including the Canadian-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA). Through this session, you will be able to help female entrepreneurs leverage FTA knowledge to…

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Canadian Export Challenge Grand Finale

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Women’s Enterprise Centre is proud to be a Promotional Partner of the Canadian Export Challenge! From September 14th - 21st, Startup Canada, in collaboration with UPS, Export Development Canada, and the Trade Commissioner Service, rallied over 2,900 Canadian entrepreneurs to join the Global Entrepreneur Cohort to become export-ready and to graduate from their global accelerator, powered by Google. Now, these regional winners get the chance to compete head to head at the Grand Finale on October 20th to take home…

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Trade Accelerator Program

October 21 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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One event on October 29, 2020 at 9:00 am

Webinar Canada

Women’s Enterprise Centre is a proud Marketing Partner 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 Power the Economy

October 21 @ 12:00 pm - October 23 @ 5:00 pm
Webinar Canada

WEConnect International is hosting its annual Power the Economy conference online. The agenda includes virtual networking, keynote speakers, business capability building workshops, industry panels and presentations. There will be plenty of opportunities for supplier-buyer connections with our exhibit hall, matchmaker, corporate roundtable activity. Attendees include corporations, government officials and partner organizations ready to support women-owned businesses and the growth of supplier diversity and inclusion in Canada and beyond. Learn More or Register

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Trade Accelerator Program

October 22 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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One event on October 15, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 21, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 22, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on October 29, 2020 at 9:00 am

Webinar Canada

Women’s Enterprise Centre is a proud Marketing Partner 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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Government Funding for International Growth

October 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Canada

Accessing government resources for exporting COURSE DESCRIPTION If you are looking to expand your sales outside of Canada, there are government programs available to help. This seminar will explore programs that split the cost of attending virtual trade events, establishing new research and development collaborations with foreign partners, and conducting market research to find new international customers for your products or services. This seminar features speakers from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, and Global Affairs Canada Trade…

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Check out our recent blog posts on International Trade below or visit the Trade section of our blog for all trade-related posts.

CUSMA: What You Need to Know

If you are an exporter or thinking of exporting to the United States of America(USA), you may have heard of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) which came into effect on July 1, 2020. As the US is the biggest market for Canadian goods, the agreement has a deep impact on Canadian exporters since it provides […]

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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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