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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February 2019

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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April 2019

Trade Accelerator Program – Abbotsford

April 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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Canadian Export Challenge – Round 3 Application Deadline

April 30

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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May 2019

Diversifying into New Sectors and Markets

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

Is your company looking to expand its reach by exporting to more international markets? Ensuring your business ships to multiple markets abroad can protect your company from economic fluctuations, and generate lucrative financial gains. Join the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) and Export Development Canada (EDC) for a FREE webinar, Diversifying into New Sectors and Markets. You’ll get first hand insight from a panel of experts on the ins and outs of trade diversification, and how Canada supports small and medium-sized…

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Lunch & Learn – Doing Business in the USA

May 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, 8047 199 Street
Langley, BC Canada
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“The USA represents a huge market that is very receptive to Canadian ideas and products, whether manufactured in Canada or imported into the USA from lower-cost international countries. With the reduction of trade barriers under NAFTA, combined with the availability of low-cost imported products and components, the opportunities for profit are substantial. However, unless a company has a $1+ million marketing budget, its management will need to learn and employ practical, cost effective methods and strategies.” You'll learn: Why market…

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Cultural Diversity: Understanding International Business Etiquette

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Is your company targeting international markets with unfamiliar business practices? Becoming well-versed with cultural intelligence and business subtleties can streamline entry into foreign markets and foster strong relationships. Join the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) and Export Development Canada (EDC) for a free webinar, Cultural Diversity: Understanding International Business Etiquette. You’ll get first-hand insights from a panel of experts fluent with cultural nuances to help you during your next global business venture. Registrants will learn: Where to start your cultural research…

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Are you ready to export? Your top questions answered

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

As a small business owner, you might think that exporting is only for big business – but, in fact, small businesses in BC exported around $18 billion worth of goods in 2016. Going global is a smart business growth strategy, and you don’t need a fleet of shipping containers to do it. Even if you provide services, you can become an exporter! Join us on May 28 to de-mystify exporting and get your key questions answered: How do I become…

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Maximize your potential at WBENC 2019

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Attend a webinar presentation by the Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) team to 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. This webinar will provide an overview of what to expect at WBENC and the benefits of being part of the Canadian delegation to WBENC. The webinar will also focus on business opportunities in the Baltimore area.…

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Getting Ready to Sell Your B.C. Products Online

May 31 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Presented by Export Navigator In 2016, Canadians shopped online to the tune of $18.3 billion. By 2021, that figure is expected to reach almost $29 billion. As a small business owner, entering this growing market will enable you to sell your products online to a broader and more diverse audience. This seminar will help you learn the basics and begin preparing to sell online, both legally and profitably. Thinking about harnessing the power of the internet to export your product…

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June 2019

Meet the Buyer: IBM

June 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This LIVE virtual event is for Certified WBEs who want to learn about how to do business with “big” business. Join us on May 1st to learn more about IBM, one of our Corporate Members. Bring your questions, we’ll have line open for conversations. This 1-hour online webinar is an excellent way for Certified WBEs to learn more about corporations they may be targeting with products and services. What you will learn… We will focus on the following topics (topics…

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International eCommerce Essentials

June 7 @ 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Richmond Golf and Country Club, 9100 Steveston Hwy
Richmond, BC Canada
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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 by 2021. By enrolling in the International e-Commerce Essentials…

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Learn How to Sell Your Products to the United States

June 17 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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In 2016, U.S. companies purchased 72.6% of Canada’s total exports, valued at $453.7 billion. B.C.’s small businesses must consider heading south when exporting their products outside of Canada. This seminar will help you learn the basics of selling your goods to U.S. importers, wholesalers and distributors and you will hear directly from a customs broker sharing insights on how to do it right. Join us to learn what steps you can take to get your products into Canada’s largest trading…

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Trade Accelerator Program – Victoria

June 18
Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville St
Victoria, 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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BWIT trade mission to the WBENC National Conference and Business Fair

June 25 - June 27
Baltimore Baltimore, MD United States + Google Map

The conference is the world’s largest gathering of corporate and government buyers where delegates can connect with women business leaders from over 18 countries. Attendees will enjoy tailored Canadian programming and three days of speakers, executive workshops, matchmaking and networking opportunities, including the WBENC Business Fair– the largest of its kind with more than 300 exhibitors and procurement specialists. Learn More

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WBENC National Conference & Business Fair

June 25 - June 27
Baltimore Baltimore, MD United States + Google Map

The WBENC National Conference & Business Fair is the largest conference of its kind for women business owners in the US. A signature event from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the National Conference & Business Fair features innovative educational programming, inspiring keynotes, 1:1 MatchMaker sessions, networking opportunities, and an unrivaled Business Fair. Expect a high energy affair with thousands of women entrepreneurs and corporate executives ready to make connections and do business. Why Attend NETWORKING: Make lasting connections with…

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Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Workshop for B.C. Companies – Kelowna

June 25
Kelowna Kelowna, BC Canada + Google Map

This is an opportunity for B.C. companies in the agriculture and agrifood sector interested in exploring and expanding their exports into the CPTPP markets. Why attend the CPTPP Workshop? Agrifood market intelligence on Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, and Malaysia Overview of the CPTPP Newfound benefits of trading with CPTPP markets A panel discussion and Q&A to follow with successful agrifood exporters Networking opportunities with other B.C. agrifood companies What is the CPTPP? The CPTPP is a trade agreement between 11 countries…

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Madeleine Baker -The Ins and Outs of Procurement

June 25 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Space, 1005 Alpha Lake Rd Unit 18
Whistler, BC V0N 1B1 Canada
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Women's Enterprise Centre is proud to be a Community Partner of this event! Vital know-how to benefit your bottom line - whether you're a buyer or a supplier Do you deal with suppliers in your business? Or, are you that supplier, and you're looking to understand from a strategic buyer how to get your product/service noticed? Whichever side you fall on, you're likely aware of the priorities that drive buying decisions. Cost, quality, service, sustainability - these are just a…

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Growing Your Business – By Export Navigator

June 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, 651 Hwy 93/95
Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Canada
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The Export Navigator Program 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. Join the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce and Export Navigator to learn how to grow your business and access new markets. Register Free

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July 2019

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Workshop for B.C. Companies – Lower Mainland

July 10
Lower Mainland Vancouver, BC Canada + Google Map

This is an opportunity for B.C. companies in the agriculture and agrifood sector interested in exploring and expanding their exports into the CPTPP markets. Why attend the CPTPP Workshop? Agrifood market intelligence on Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, and Malaysia Overview of the CPTPP Newfound benefits of trading with CPTPP markets A panel discussion and Q&A to follow with successful agrifood exporters Networking opportunities with other B.C. agrifood companies What is the CPTPP? The CPTPP is a trade agreement between 11 countries…

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Action Plan: Mapping Out Your Export Strategy

July 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

You may have heard that companies that sell beyond Canada’s borders are more profitable, resilient and innovative, but how do you know if your business is export-ready? Whether your company is small or large, the first step to global success is developing an export plan that will help you understand the ins and out of exporting, reaching new markets, and growing your business internationally. This webinar will show you how to develop an export plan, put it into practice, and…

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How to Do Business with Marriott and Avendra

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

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

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August 2019

Entering the German Market with CETA

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

Germany is the second-largest merchandise export market in the EU, with Canadian exports totalling approximately $4.1 billion in 2016 alone. If you’re interested in expanding internationally, Germany offers exceptional opportunities for Canadian companies across a wide range of sectors. The Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) further strengthens the ties between our two countries. Whether you’re currently doing business abroad or thinking about it, an understanding of Germany’s top sector opportunities, particularly in agri-food and automotive industries, and other…

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BC Export Awards Application Deadline

August 19 @ 12:00 pm

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

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Stronger Links: Managing Your Global Supply Chain

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

Strong supply chains are crucial for Canadian businesses entering international markets. When well-managed, they can help you expand your client base, create faster or more cost-effective products and services, (including after-sales services), and develop new products. But a supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and this new webinar will help you forge stronger bonds in your supply chain. Whether you’re currently doing business abroad or considering it, understanding how to develop and optimize your supply chains…

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September 2019

WBE Canada Awards Nomination Deadline

September 8 @ 9:00 am

WBE Canada's Awards were created to recognize significant achievements of Canadian women owned businesses, corporate and government leaders, and increase awareness and visibility of the impact supplier diversity creates to inspire further achievements. Categories: Certified WBE Awards 2019 WBE of the Year 2019 WBE Stars 2019 Rookie of the Year Corporate Member Awards 2019 Corporation of the Year 2019 Supplier Diversity Leader of the Year 2019 Most Improved Supplier Diversity Program Public Awards 2019 WBE Canada Champion of the Year…

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Go for the Greens Business Development Conference for Women Entrepreneurs

September 18 - September 21
Orlando Orlando, FL United States + Google Map

BWIT will lead a trade mission to Go for the Greens Business Development Conference in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada in Miami. The conference is a high-level, boutique event that offers exclusive access to companies and government agencies that can help women-owned businesses secure contracts. The trade mission will offer one-on-one business matchmaking meetings, educational programming, valuable networking and a golf networking event! As part of the BWIT trade mission, delegates have an opportunity to apply for a…

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Save the Date: How to Do Business with TD

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

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

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International e-Commerce Essentials

September 20 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fairmont Waterfront, 900 Canada Place Way
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5 Canada
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Presented by World Trade Centre Vancouver World Trade Centre Vancouver is pleased to present International e-Commerce Essentials (ICE), a workshop that helps businesses discover, learn, and create an integrated online strategy to drive global sales. By enrolling in the International e-Commerce Essentials workshop you can: Discover what online marketing strategy will best achieve your international e-commerce sales goals Learn which tools and platforms can help you predict current and future global demand for your product or service Understand how to…

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Understanding Regulations for Importing

September 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:45 pm
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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As an importer, you need to know which regulations, standards and licenses apply to your products. It’s essential to have a clear understanding of which regulatory agencies are responsible for your industry, and how to manage pre-entry requirements, such as testing and labelling – before you start importing. This interactive session will bring together representatives from Small Business BC, Health Canada, the Competition Bureau and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Following the presentation (approximately two hours), in-person attendees will have…

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Developing an Effective Export Plan

September 20 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Presented by Export Navigator 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…

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International e-Commerce Essentials

September 25 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8W 3M7 Canada
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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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The Nuts and Bolts of Free Trade Agreements Webinar

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Want to stay competitive in the international marketplace? Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) can create a level playing field for Canadian companies- whether you are exporting goods or services. On September 26 get the inside scoop on: What is a free trade agreement and how does it work? Exporting goods or exporting services? How can free trade agreements facilitate your trade? What government procurement opportunities are there in markets Canada has an FTA with? How to look up tariff rates? What…

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October 2019

Going Global: Taking Your Food Production Business to the Next Step

October 2 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Laurel Packinghouse, 1304 Ellis St
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Z9 Canada
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Are you ready to take your food-related business global? Canadian food products' reputations are among some of the best in the world, and our expert panel is ready to share their companies' experiences to help give you a leg up in international markets. Come join us for an afternoon of learning the ins and outs of exporting food products to a global market, followed by a networking session with fellow industry leaders. Learn More or Register

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WBEC – Pacific Presents – The New Method Conference – Level Up

October 8 @ 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Seattle Panoramic Center in Pacific Tower, 12th Ave S, 8th Floor
Seattle, WA 98144 United States
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The event focuses on driving business connections between WBEs and corporations and WBEs to WBEs. The day will be filled with experts sharing two of the most critical elements to leveling up in business and personal life, tips to making sense out of corporate sales chaos, innovative ways to fund client projects - simply how to not be your clients bank, followed by successful female entrepreneurs and executives turned funders who are leveling up women startups. Level Up! Connect with…

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Indigenous, Women and LGBTQ+ Food Business Mission to Minnesota

October 14 - October 15
Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN United States + Google Map

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) in Minneapolis is seeking Canadian Indigenous-, women- and/or LGBTQ+-owned food businesses that are interested in exporting to the US-Upper Midwest (including Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota). They are organizing a two-day, dual-track program to help you discover regional opportunities and learn how to leverage your prospects as a diverse supplier to the US marketplace. Companies selected to participate in the mission will benefit from: Insights from supplier diversity program leads at…

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Building a Global Competitive Advantage Webinar

October 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Would you like to achieve a competitive edge and succeed in global markets? Join the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) and Export Development Canada (EDC) for a free webinar: Building a Global Competitive Advantage. This webinar will show you how to establish a strong competitive advantage when doing business internationally, so that you can grow your business with confidence. Registrants will learn: How to benefit from a strong global competitive advantage How to develop a competitive analysis assessment How to develop…

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Government Funding for International Growth

October 22 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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If you are looking to expand your sales outside of Canada, there are government programs available to help you. This seminar will explore cost-shared programs for attending 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 two-part seminar features speakers from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, and Global Affairs Canada Trade Commissioner Service. Part I: 9:30 am – 10:30 am:…

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Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) Vancouver

October 23
Vancouver Vancouver, 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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Selling Outside BC – Export Navigator

October 23 @ 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 - October 25

WEConnect International in Canada will host its signature annual event, Power the Economy, for women-owned businesses, multinational corporations, senior governments officials, and partner organizations support the growth of women's entrepreneurship across Canada. 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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
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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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Blog post - Vancouver Plays Host to Germany: Trade Mission Recap

Vancouver Plays Host to Germany: Trade Mission Recap

When a group of dynamic women entrepreneurs come together for a day of networking, learning and connections, wonderful things can happen. On September 14-20, Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada helped to organize an incoming trade mission of about 20 women business owners from VdU, the association of German women entrepreneurs, to Edmonton and Vancouver. To […]

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From Information to Inspiration: New Perspectives on Germany

From Information to Inspiration: New Perspectives on Germany

Earlier this year, I was contacted by the German consulate in Vancouver, and was told they’d like to nominate me for one of their Information Tours. Curious, I did some research and found that, in 2019, Germany will host 15 groups of 15-20 journalists and sector experts from around the world. They meet with their […]

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