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
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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. WEC clients may qualify for full bursaries for this program! View upcoming sessions >>
  • View More Business Growth Resources in our free Online Resource Library


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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January 2018

Tools for Growth Series – Procurement & Technology

January 31, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This event is FREE but you must register. Registered participants are invited to submit questions in advance. Join WBE Canada as we kick off our 2018 'Tools for Growth' Webinar Series. Our first installment features special guest Hayley Clift, Senior Account Executive at OMX as we highlight Procurement, Technology and examine some of the Federal Programs and Initiatives currently underway. The Canadian government, at all levels, is developing policies and programming with a focus to increase support for women entrepreneurs. Recently, they have examined how their…

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February 2018

Go for the Greens 2018 Motivation + Momentum = Magic Conference

February 15, 2018 - February 17, 2018
Disney’s BoardWalk Resort Orlando, FL United States + Google Map

Get the competitive edge with connections, information, and resources to position your business for increased growth! Go for the Greens is a business development conference for women entrepreneurs. This boutique event offers exclusive access to companies, government agencies, nonprofits and professional associations that can help women-owned businesses secure their largest, most profitable contracts ever … in a fun, creative setting at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, Orlando, Florida. NOTE: We're calling this Go for the Greens 10.5 because it replaces our 10th…

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Trade Accelerator Program Kamloops

February 15, 2018 @ 8:00 am - February 16, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Hotel 540 Kamloops, Canada + Google Map

Presented by World Trade Centre Vancouver The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to participate in the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) 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 is pleased to introduce TAP in British Columbia, an initiative that has been successfully operated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade since 2015. Participating organizations experienced…

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Tools for Growth – Get B2B ready with Kellogg Webinar

February 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Debra Quade, Supplier Diversity Manager at the Kellogg Company and WBE Canada Board Member to learn how to prepare for the opportunity to meet with both Kellogg buyers and Tier One suppliers. This webinar recommended for those headed to Kellogg's B2B and is also ideal for those looking to learn how to do business with major corporations like the Kellogg Company. This is a FREE webinar, but you must register to get the access link.

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Developing an Effective Export Plan

February 27, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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 Understand the key components…

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Tools for Growth – Innovation Canada (AGS) Webinar

February 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join WBE Canada and Lori Kibbee, Senior Director, Growth Initiative at Innovation Canada to learn more about the Accelerated Growth Services. This new service launched by the Government of Canada designed to accelerate your business’ growth, by coordinating the delivery of government programs and, where possible, tailoring their offerings, based on your specific growth needs. This webinar is free, but you must register to receive access link.

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March 2018

Thinking of Exporting to Europe? Expand Your Business Horizons: CETA

March 5, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ramada Prince George, 444 George Street
Prince George, BC Canada
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Global Affairs Canada is pleased to host the European Union Export Business Forum featuring presentations on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and market opportunities in the European Union. Join experts and business leaders who will provide you with: An in-depth summary of the opportunities available through CETA to help you become more competitive in the EU market. Information about specific market opportunities in key industries such as Manufacturing, Food, ICT, Professional Services and others. Market development…

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A Conversation with Mrs. Janice Charette, Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

March 12, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
SFU Segal Centre, 500 Granville St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are pleased to invite you to the event, A conversation with Mrs. Janice Charette Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom “CETA (the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement): What It All Means for Canada & British Columbia” Views from Canada House on Trafalgar Square Dress Code: Business Coffee and continental breakfast will be served at the event. Space is limited to reserve your place now. RSVP to william.hoyle@gov.bc.ca. Registration will close…

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Tools for Growth – Building your brand through philanthropy

March 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

A company’s philanthropy is a window into its core values. A great brand will seek to use their marketing dollars to do things out in the world that make a difference to the people who are part of their brands, and their community. Join Stephanie Fontaine, VP Business Development of WBE Canada with three special guests who are passionate about their businesses and making a difference: Donna Sheehan, Founder and Executive Director, Breast Cancer Support Fund Ema Dantas, President, Language…

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Tools for Growth – Angel Investment (tips & tools)

March 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Finding investors for your business can be difficult at best and sometimes impossible. As a WBE you may have wondered about “angel investment” both as an entrepreneur seeking capital as well as a successful business owner perhaps wanting to make their first investment as an accredited investor in a great new product or service in another company. This webinar will help growing WBEs, women entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses understand the key items involved in the capital raising process. Starting…

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April 2018

WBENC Early Bird Deadline – Register with BWIT

April 2, 2018

The Canadian Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) program invites you to register for the upcoming Trade Mission to the WBENC 2018 Business Development Conference in Detroit, Michigan (June 17-21, 2018). For more information, see LINK below.

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Trade Accelerator Program Vancouver

April 12, 2018 - April 13, 2018

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 recently launched Canada's Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), an initiative that has been successfully operated by the Toronto Regional Board of Trade since 2015. Participating organizations have experienced an average international sales growth of 70% within one of the program, penetrated new markets, and grown their workforce to meet increased global demand.…

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May 2018

Doing Business in the USA Seminar

May 15, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Civic Hotel, 13475 Central Avenue
Surrey, BC Canada
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Attend a fast-paced guide to expanding your sales into the United States. Whether opening a store front with a U.S. address or partnering with a distribution centre for your eCommerce activity, our seasoned cross-border lawyers, accountants, customs brokers and logistics professionals will present options that will help you determine your export strategy and understand your responsibilities with government agencies such as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration.

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2018 CAMSC Connect Plus – Vancouver

May 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
RBC Offices, 25th floor, 745 Thurlow St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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CAMSC invites emerging and established Aboriginal, minority and diverse-owned businesses to join us as we explore business opportunities in corporate Canada’s supply chain. Learn what it means to be CAMSC certified and how it provides you with the connections to gain market access. We currently have more than 80 corporate members and since our inception in 2004. CAMSC certified suppliers have been awarded more than $3 billion in contracts with our corporate members. Come connect with corporations and hear about…

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Trade Accelerator Program, Kelowna

May 24, 2018 @ 9:00 am - May 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

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 is pleased to introduce TAP in British Columbia, an initiative that has been successfully operated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade since 2015. Participating organizations experienced an average international sales growth of 70% within one year of completing the program, penetrated new markets, and grew their workforce to meet increased…

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Preparing for International Travel and Tradeshows

May 25, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Presented by Export Navigator 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. This seminar will help you: Learn how to prepare for a…

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June 2018

WEConnect International Day 2018

June 18, 2018
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Dr. Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48243 United States
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WEConnect International invites you to kick off the WBENC National Conference and Business Fair with International Day - an opportunity for our international delegations of women business owners and corporate members to engage through business matchmaking and networking. Attendees will broaden their business reach and hone their skills through rich content and interactive sessions; then, return home energized - ready to take your business to the next level! We welcome our Corporate Members; WEConnect International certified Women's Business Enterprises; WBENC…

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WBENC National Conference & Business Fair

June 19, 2018 - June 21, 2018
Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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The National Conference & Business Fair is the largest conference of its kind for women business owners in the U.S. The WBENC National Conference & Business Fair is attended by Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs); senior executives and procurement representatives from the Fortune 500 and the U.S. Government; and select partner organizations whose missions align with WBENC’s vision of expanding women’s business opportunities in the marketplace. With three days of robust programming, the conference features lectures and presentations from today’s thought…

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Trade Accelerator Program, Victoria

June 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am - June 20, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

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 is pleased to introduce TAP in British Columbia, an initiative that has been successfully operated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade since 2015. Participating organizations experienced an average international sales growth of 70% within one year of completing the program, penetrated new markets, and grew their workforce to meet increased…

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August 2018

Are You Thinking of Exporting?

August 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Do you plan to export products to foreign markets but don’t know where to start or what to do? Book this seminar today and prepare your business to be export ready in a strategic and planned way. Learning Objectives: Step-by-step guide to the requirements for exporting goods out of Canada. Evaluate the competitiveness of your business in the global market. Identify the distribution channels available to your business. Understand the use of incoterms and how to access Canadian and Foreign…

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September 2018

Understanding Regulations for Importing

September 7, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:45 pm

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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Export Insights: Doing Business in the U.S.

September 7, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Westin Wall Centre, 3099 Corvette Way
Richmond, BC Canada
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CME’S Export Insights will explore the demands associated with understanding taxes by state, cross-border operations, and government funded programs. You will learn about best practices from colleagues that face similar U.S.-related challenges and their path to success. You may also uncover challenges you have yet to experience and, most importantly, you’ll learn new ways to approach these problems with ease. You will learn how to: Decrease border delays and increase awareness of tax implications when selling to multiple U.S. states…

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Are You Thinking of Importing?

September 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Are you interested in importing but don’t know where to begin? Get started by learning the technical aspects of importing commercial goods into Canada. Learning Objectives: Step-by-step process of how to start your import venture How to bring your product into Canada and avoid costly mistakes How to work with customs brokers and international freight forwarders Learn the industry language that will help you understand contracts and shipping terms Find out about the federal and provincial government agencies that regulate…

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Surrey International Trade Awards

September 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Civic Hotel, Autograph Collection, 13475 Central Ave
Surrey, BC Canada
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Join in recognizing and celebrating recipients of the 8th Surrey International Trade Awards. Winners will be presented at a celebratory networking reception. Awards will be presented in “Small Business” and “Large Business” categories. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, make new business contacts, mingle with government representatives and consuls general, and celebrate the achievements of Surrey’s finest importers and exporters. The event will feature speaker presentations and an International Trade Show.

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SAVE THE DATE: Info Session on the BWIT Trade Mission to Europe

September 24, 2018

SAVE THE DATE for this webinar to learn more about joining the BWIT-led trade mission to Europe (Germany and the UK) in November 2018. Please email BWIT for more information: bwit@international.gc.ca.

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Understanding the Logistics of Exporting

September 24, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Whether you’re looking to move physical goods to South Africa or Southern Ontario, your success depends on how efficiently, timely and economically you can get them from point A to point B. This interactive seminar is essential for businesses exporting physical goods, and will demystify terms like EXW, ACS, and HTKD. Remember, transportation and logistics will be critical factors in your pricing and competitive strategy. This seminar will help you: Understand INCOTERMS and how they affect your pricing and contract…

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WBE Canada Annual Conference- Building to the Future

September 26, 2018 @ 9:00 am - September 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

Whether you’re looking to grow your business, expand in new markets or increase your commitment to supplier diversity, this event is for you!  We invite certified WBEs (Women Business Enterprises), corporations, government representatives, partner organizations and others to join us at this transformational event. These two action-packed days will bring together a community of women-owned businesses, corporations, government agencies and regional partners for learning, networking and matchmaking. Connect with 200+ certified diverse suppliers, corporations, procurement professionals and those championing supplier…

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October 2018

Global Accelerator and Pitch Competition

October 2, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Imperial Vancouver, 319 Main Street
Vancouver, V6A 2S9
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Women's Enterprise Centre is pleased to be a partner on this 1-day accelerator. Startup Canada, in partnership with UPS, Export Development Canada, and the Trade Commissioner Service are showcasing and supporting the global ambitions of 2,500 borderless businesses across Canada. Entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, service providers, and those interested in taking their business global are invited to attend the 1-day accelerator featuring keynotes, panels, and workshops, followed by a pitch competition and networking reception. Register now - space is limited. Global entrepreneur-led companies are invited to apply to pitch their companies and gain free access to this 1-day accelerator here. Register Now

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Access Support for Agrifood and Seafood Exporting

October 3, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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The B.C. Agrifood & Seafood Market Development Program is launching this fall, and you won’t want to miss out on the opportunities it will provide. Join us at this free seminar and learn how to access support for B.C. businesses to develop marketing skills, conduct market research, create marketing plans, and expand their sales footprint. You will find out about how the Canada Pavilion Program can take your products to premiere food and beverage events around the world, how the…

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#TradeTalks First-Mover Advantage

October 11, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
River Rock Casino, 8811 River Rd.
Richmond, BC Canada
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Seizing “first mover advantage” is this year’s theme with a focus on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) given BC’s pole position as Canada’s Pacific province. During this half-day forum hosted by the BC Chamber of Commerce, we'll take a closer look at Canada’s progressive trade agenda on the world stage and help BC businesses step up their export game. Register Now

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Ask the Expert: Export Sales Strategies & Tools for Profiting Beyond the Comox Valley | Courtenay

October 17, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Comox Valley Economic Development Society, 200-580 Duncan Ave
Courtenay, BC Canada
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Looking to diversify your customer base and increase profitability? Join us for an informative update and discussion with leading export trade officials and service providers on current market trends, international and inter-provincial tradeshows, as well as grant and financing opportunities to extend your business beyond borders. Hosted by Export Navigator & Comox Valley Economic Development Society, with additional speakers from Agriculture & Agrifood Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada, and Export Development Canada FREE To register, call 250-334-2427 ext. 225…

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Growing Your Sales Beyond BC

October 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Community Futures North Okanagan, 3105 33rd Street
Vernon, BC Canada
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No matter your experience with exporting or type of product or service, this interactive workshop will prove invaluable to those seriously looking to strengthen or grow their business by pursuing markets beyond B.C.'s borders. Hosted by Export Navigator & Community Futures North Okanagan FREE To register, call 250-545-2215 ext. 200 or email workshop@futuresbc.com

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Importing Commercial Goods to Canada

October 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Community Futures Central Kootenay, 514 Vernon Street
Nelson, BC Canada
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In celebration of Small Business Week, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Community Futures Central Kootenay are pleased to offer a FREE information session on importing and the documentation requirements. If you are thinking of importing goods, don’t miss this overview of the CBSA commercial importation process. CBSA addresses your questions and concerns about importing, and the paperwork that is required by Customs. If you want to know how to prepare your own paperwork and also where to get…

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Seven Golden Rules to Successful Exporting

October 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Community Futures Central Kootenay, 514 Vernon Street
Nelson, BC Canada
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Research shows that businesses who export have significantly greater growth prospects, more durability, higher profitability and are better connected than companies who don’t. Learn new important business skills and discover how you can jump on the export wagon and capitalize on extensive provincial and federal export resources no matter what your product or service. Hosted by Export Navigator & Community Futures Central Kootenay FREE To register, email michael@exportnavigator.ca

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THRIVE Business Resource Expo

October 24, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Riverbelle, 1350 Esplanade Avenue
Trail, BC Canada
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Celebrate Small Business Week and participate in THRIVE, the 1st ever South Kootenay Business Resource Expo. This event is a collaboration between Community Futures Greater Trail, Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation (LCIC), Trail & District Chamber of Commerce, and The Greater Trail Community Skills Centre. We all share the same goal to help business grow, strengthen our local economy and help our communities Thrive! THRIVE will showcase local business service providers, and offer advice and resources such as: Business loans Education…

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Trade Accelerator Program, Vancouver

October 25, 2018

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 is pleased to introduce TAP in British Columbia, an initiative that has been successfully operated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade since 2015. 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…

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Access Support for Agrifood Market Expansion

October 25, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Cherry Point Estate Winery, 840 Cherry Point Rd
Cobble Hill, BC Canada
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If you’re an agriculture/agrifood or seafood producer/processor, attend this event and learn how you can receive the funding you need to grow beyond our province. Anyone thinking of expanding in the next few years should attend, as most of these programs will be available for the next 5 years. Know what’s available so you can take advantage of funding when you’re ready! Hosted by Export Navigator & Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot FREE To register, email jmills@cvrd.bc.ca

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WEConnect International Power the Economy Conference

October 26, 2018

On October 26th, WEConnect International in Canada will host its signature annual event, Power the Economy, for women-owned businesses, multinational corporations, senior government officials, and partner organizations supporting the growth of women’s entrepreneurship across Canada. Power the Economy offers targeted education and valuable corporate connections for 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 world leaders in supplier diversity and inclusion,…

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November 2018

BWIT Trade Mission to Europe

November 4, 2018 - November 10, 2018

Are you a women-led business looking for market access opportunities in Europe? Interested in learning how to navigate and access global supply chains with your German and British counterparts? Join the Canadian Business Women’s Trade Mission to Germany and the U.K. Where and when: GERMANY (Hamburg & Stuttgart) November 4-6 and UNITED KINGDOM (London) November 7-10. Canadian companies can join one or both legs of the trade mission. BWIT is working with other Canadian Trade Commissioner teams located in Germany…

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Ukraine and Canada: Investment and Free Trade Partners

November 5, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Denton’s LLP, 20th floor, 250 Howe St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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An informative business seminar that will highlight the results of recent economic reforms and developments in Ukraine, and the resulting opportunities for trade and investment for Ukrainian and Canadian businesses and investors. Speakers will also touch on the implications of the recently-implemented Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA), as well as  opportunities in the technology, agrifood, health care/pharma, aerospace, and low-cost production & manufacturing sectors. This event is free of charge to attendees; please RSVP to: olgazarudina@gmail.com Learn More or Register

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Are You Thinking of Importing?

November 7, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Are you interested in importing but don’t know where to begin? Get started by learning the technical aspects of importing commercial goods into Canada. Learning Objectives: Step-by-step process of how to start your import venture How to bring your product into Canada and avoid costly mistakes How to work with customs brokers and international freight forwarders Learn the industry language that will help you understand contracts and shipping terms Find out about the federal and provincial government agencies that regulate…

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Women Entrepreneurs Trade Mission to Croatia

November 13, 2018 - November 16, 2018
Croatia Croatia (Local Name: Hrvatska) + Google Map

The goal and mission for the trip is to act as Canadian female entrepreneurs who are looking for ways to increase export and imports, at how to export/import more, find potential business opportunities, better understand the international marketplaces and learn more about shared or individual your own businesses and /passions. This trip is important to your business as it will help you increase your knowledge of other cultures and the successes and struggles they may share with you, help support…

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Bringing your innovations to new markets – Export!

November 15, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1 Canada
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Do you want to build your business’ reputation, gain a competitive advantage and generate revenue? Take your business abroad! Exporting to international markets can be an exciting way to grow your business. Keep in mind that intellectual property (IP) protection is jurisdictional and you will need to protect your products and services in the countries you wish to do business in. Bringing your IP to new markets can be complex, and there are risks as well as rewards. In this…

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Doing Business in the USA Seminar

November 30, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Civic Hotel, 13475 Central Avenue
Surrey, BC Canada
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Join us on Friday, November 30th for a fast-paced guide to expanding your sales into the United States. Whether opening a virtual storefront with a U.S. address or partnering with a distribution center for your eCommerce activity, our seasoned cross-border lawyers, accountants, customs brokers and logistics professionals will present options that will help you determine your export strategy and understand your responsibilities with government agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration. Learn More or Register

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December 2018

BUSINESS SCALE-UP AND PRODUCTIVITY PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSION

December 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This FREE webinar will provide potential applicants with an overview of the Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program Call for Proposals (CFP) application process and timelines. About this Program: The Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program provides repayable, interest-free funding to firms with high growth potential that are pursuing business growth and expansion. These firms are seeking to accelerate their growth by commercializing technology, enhancing productivity, scaling-up, and expanding their market domestically and globally. Projects should result in the creation…

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Webinar: Certified WBE Business Skills Development

December 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Other, The Token, The Only One with Leslie Wingo Certified WBE Business Skills Development – Online training for certified WBEs. I am a rarity. I am a black woman who is a CEO of a company. What is that like? In CEO conferences— no line in the women’s restroom! I get press easily when I attend events: Organizations love to represent that they are diverse—never mind that my Hispanic husband and I were the only people of color in…

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January 2019

Developing an Effective Export Plan

January 9 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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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 Understand the key components…

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A New & Disruptive Way to Present Your Business

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

The Supplier Diversity Program at TIAA is conducting an open-to-the-public webinar on Wednesday, January 23. The webinar is entitled “A New & Disruptive Way to Present Your Business," presented by the Creative Marketing Collaborations (CMC), a women business collective. Diversity Professional Magazine joins full-service video production company Rep Interactive and Brojure, a leading content-creating software company, to share how to create unique marketing packages for diverse businesses. Objectives and Purpose Reenergize and transform your pitch Grow your business through visual…

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February 2019

Trade Accelerator Program, Kelowna

February 4
Kelowna Kelowna, 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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WBE Impact: BC – Vancouver Event Huddle

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The WBE Impact: BC event is coming up fast – on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at 11am – 3:30pm PT in Vancouver, BC. Meanwhile, WBE Canada wants to help you prepare for the event, therefore they are offering a complimentary Vancouver Event Huddle to review latest updates and information about the event. You will learn… Information about each session to set your expectations right Important tips to help you maximize your time and resources before, during and after the event…

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Making the Connection with New Customers Webinar

February 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

For Canadian businesses, especially small- and medium-sized companies, finding the connections you need to succeed in foreign markets can be a challenge. Whether you’re looking for ways to target and appeal to new customers or for resources to find local business partners who can facilitate deals and distribution, making the right connections can help smooth your pathway to success. Join Export Development Canada live on February 21 and hear from a panel of industry experts who will provide insight, tools…

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Webinar: How to Prepare for WBENC’s National Conference and Business Fair

February 27 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

June 24-27 is an important week for the Women-Owned Business Community around the world! Thousands of Women-Owned Companies and Multinational Corporations meet at WEConnect's International Day and WBENC’s National Conference and Business Fair to engage in business and share best practices on Supplier Diversity and Inclusion. Don’t miss this opportunity with Nancy Goudreau, Director of Corporate Financing at Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Chelse Prescod, Country Director for WEConnect International in Canada who will share exclusive information to…

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Trade Accelerator Program – Greater Vancouver

February 28 - March 1
Vancouver Vancouver, BC Canada + Google Map

We are a proud Supporting Sponsor of the TAP Program! Which means bursaries are available to qualified WEC clients. 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…

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Canadian Export Challenge – Round 1 Application Deadline

February 28

Women's Enterprise Centre is a proud Promotional Partner of the Canadian Export Challenge! Startup Canada, UPS, Export Development Canada, and the Trade Commissioner Service are coming together to support a cohort of 1,500 Canadian businesses to scale and succeed globally in 2019 as part of the Canadian Global Entrepreneur Cohort. Accepted entrepreneurs will: Have a chance to pitch to win $2,500 and a trip to Toronto for a chance to win $25,000 and up to an additional $100,000 in in-kind…

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WBE Impact: BC

February 28 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Telus Garden, 510 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 0M3 Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre is a proud Event Partner of WBE Impact: BC! WBE Impact events are designed to be a resource to propel women-owned businesses to succeed and to create a greater impact in their communities. The Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) will bring together certified women owned businesses, corporate and government supplier diversity and procurement professionals. This event will address the needs of emerging and established business owners. This is an opportunity for exceptional networking, learning and…

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March 2019

Understanding Regulations for Importing

March 1 @ 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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Canadian Accelerator Summit

March 19 @ 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Pinnacle at the Pier, 138 Victoria Ship Way
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1G1 Canada
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This gathering of accelerators, incubators, mentors, and community builders from across the country is an incredible opportunity to plug into the tech accelerator ecosystem. The summit is a one-day event chock-full of real conversation, great people, and a panel of professionals who are committed to serving up actionable tools in a flexible and innovative format. If you’re interested in learning more about how to run great programs and events that support Canadian tech, then you’ll want to get in on…

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Women Take Business Beyond Borders Webinar

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Women-owned businesses contribute over $117 billion annually to our economy, but account for only 11% of Canada’s export output for small- and medium-sized companies. Clearly there’s room for growth, and a new EDC webinar aims to help. Join our new webinar, Women take business beyond borders, for an in-depth look at all the resources and programs available to help women-led businesses break into global markets. You’ll also learn from women business leaders as they relate how they have overcome challenges…

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Maximize Your Potential at WBENC 2019

March 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn about what you can expect to improve your prospects at the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) annual Conference and Business Fair from June 23-27, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. Hosted by Business Women in International Trade (BWIT), this webinar will provide an overview of what to expect at WBENC and the benefits of being part of the Canadian delegation to WBENC. It will also focus on business opportunities in the Baltimore area. Email bwit@international.gc.ca to register today.

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Canadian Export Challenge – Round 2 Application Deadline

March 31

Women's Enterprise Centre is a proud Promotional Partner of the Canadian Export Challenge! Startup Canada, UPS, Export Development Canada, and the Trade Commissioner Service are coming together to support a cohort of 1,500 Canadian businesses to scale and succeed globally in 2019 as part of the Canadian Global Entrepreneur Cohort. Accepted entrepreneurs will: Have a chance to pitch to win $2,500 and a trip to Toronto for a chance to win $25,000 and up to an additional $100,000 in in-kind…

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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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10 Questions to Ask if You Plan to Export

Considering business growth options in 2019? You can boost your business through exports. If you are selling just to the domestic market, you are limiting your growth potential. In 2016, BC’s small businesses were the source of “43 per cent of the province’s total exports and shipped almost $18.0 billion worth of merchandise from the […]

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