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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June 2019

Learn How to Sell Your Products to the United States

June 17, 2019 @ 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, 2019
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, 2019 - June 27, 2019
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, 2019 - June 27, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019
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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 - September 21, 2019
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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fairmont Waterfront, 900 Canada Place Way
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5 Canada
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Presented by World Trade Centre Vancouver 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 - October 15, 2019
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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019
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, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce, 91 Baker St.
Nelson, BC Canada
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Diversifying revenue sources and sales channels is a MUST for Kootenay enterprises to improve chances for long lasting business success. Join this session led by the BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade & Technology to find out about services and resources that can help you seize export opportunities. Learn about programs to help you become export ready, such as ‘Export Navigator’ and how to benefit from Canada’s free trade agreements among other topics. No matter your experience with exporting or your…

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WEConnect International in Canada—POWER THE ECONOMY 2019

October 24, 2019 - October 25, 2019

WEConnect International in Canada will host its signature annual event, Power the Economy, for women-owned businesses, multinational corporations, senior governments officials, and partner organizations support the growth of women's entrepreneurship across Canada. Power the Economy offers targeted education and valuable corporate connections for female business owners seeking to grow their businesses as well as a rich environment for corporations interested in creating or improving their inclusive sourcing programs. The event brings together large buyers practicing supplier diversity and inclusion and…

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WBEC Pacific Presents: Big Sky Business

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

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Understanding CETA and the European Union

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

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Understanding CETA and the European Union

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

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November 2019

Understanding CETA and the European Union

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

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WBEC Pacific BOLD Success Conference

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

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A WBEC-Pacific Event – BOLD Success

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

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BC-India Business Roundtable

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

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2019 WBE Canada 10th Annual Conference

November 14, 2019
The Toronto Congress Cenre, 650 Dixon Road
Toronto, BC Canada
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WBE Canada’s Annual Conference is the leading event for corporate & government leaders, procurement professionals and women-owned businesses. It is the largest event of its kind for women business owners in Canada. This year’s conference is a celebration of WBE Canada’s 10 years of supporting Canadian women-owned businesses, recognition of significant achievements in supplier diversity in Canada and opportunities to share best practices for the next decade. Are you a woman-owned business or a certified diverse supplier? Need to get…

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Importing Regulations in Canada

November 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:45 pm
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Looking to import goods into Canada? Before you start, you need to know which regulations, standards and licenses apply to your products. It’s essential to have a clear understanding of which regulatory agencies are responsible for your industry, and how to manage pre-entry requirements, such as testing and labelling – before you start importing into Canada. This interactive session will bring together representatives from Small Business BC, Health Canada, the Competition Bureau and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Following the…

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How to Export Your Services to New Markets

November 25, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Ready to increase your customer base and sell your services outside British Columbia? Just because you’re a service business doesn’t mean you can’t export. In fact, service-based businesses often have fewer barriers to overcome to become export ready. Join us for this FREE interactive seminar and start finding customers outside of B.C. We’ll discuss finding the right markets to enter, what to include in your contracts and how to handle international travel when finding a new client or working on…

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How to Start Importing Into Canada

November 29, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar or Small Business BC, 601 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Thinking of importing into Canada? Instead of trawling through the avalanche of confusing information online, join us for this seminar as we walk through the overall importation process from start to finish. Join Max Vitali and gain an understanding of how to import into the Canadian market. This seminar is an ideal introduction before Importing Regulations In Canada and the Import/Export Advisory service. Learn More or Register This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to…

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December 2019

Mentor Advisory Forum: FREE Export Navigator Program for Women Entrepreneurs

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

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

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Incoterms® 2020 Training Presented by SBOT

December 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Surrey Board of Trade Conference Room, 14439 104 Ave
Surrey, BC Canada
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The Surrey Board of Trade has partnered with the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to bring you training on the newly released Incoterms® 2020. This one day course will provide a comprehensive overview of the new 2020 version of the terms and the differences between the 2010 version. The Incoterms® 2020 course offered by the Surrey Board of Trade and FITT will be the only in-class training in Canada that is done by…

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International e-Commerce Essentials

December 10, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fairmont Waterfront, 900 Canada Place Way
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5 Canada
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Presented by World Trade Centre Vancouver New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make it an ideal time to extend your company's reach through the export of goods and services online. World Trade Centre Vancouver is pleased to present International e-Commerce Essentials (ICE), a workshop that helps businesses discover, learn, and create an integrated online strategy to drive global sales. International e-Commerce is growing twice as fast as domestic e-Commerce and expected to hit 4.5 trillion dollars by 2021.…

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January 2020

New Exporters to Border States 2020

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

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

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Webinar: Taking your business to India

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

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

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Tri-Cities Trade Accelerator Program Application Deadline

January 28
Executive Plaza Hotel, 405 North Rd.
Coquitlam, Canada
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Women’s Enterprise Centre is a proud Supporting Sponsor of the Trade Accelerator Program! New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make it an ideal time to extend your company's reach through the export of goods and services. World Trade Centre Vancouver has successfully delivered Canada's Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), in B.C. since 2017. The Trade Accelerator Program is designed to help SMEs TAP into their full export potential. It has a proven track record helping participants get results. Just…

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February 2020

Abbotsford Trade Accelerator Program Application Deadline

February 24
Quality Hotel Abbotsford Conference Centre, 36035 North Parallel Rd.
Abbotsford, BC Canada
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Women’s Enterprise Centre is a proud Supporting Sponsor of the Trade Accelerator Program! New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make it an ideal time to extend your company's reach through the export of goods and services. World Trade Centre Vancouver has successfully delivered Canada's Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), in B.C. since 2017. The Trade Accelerator Program is designed to help SMEs TAP into their full export potential. It has a proven track record helping participants get results. Just…

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Export Ready: Understanding Global Money

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

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

February 27 - February 29
South Korea Seoul, Korea, Republic of + Google Map

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is pleased to announce that it will lead, with strong support from the private and public sectors, Canada's first women-only business mission to the Republic of Korea (South Korea) February 27-29, 2020. Following the success of the first women-only business mission to Japan in April 2019, APF Canada will continue helping women entrepreneurs in Canada to diversify and expand trade opportunities into other Asian markets. The three-day mission will be hosted in…

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March 2020

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

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

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Postponed | Leverage Free Trade Agreements and Trade Services Information Session

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

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Preparing for International Travel and Tradeshows

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

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

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Postponed | Small Business Venture Capital Tax Credit Program – Workshop

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

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April 2020

Small Business Venture Capital Tax Credit Program – Webinar

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

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

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COVID-19: Pivoting Your Export/Import Business

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

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

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

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

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

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COVID-19: United States export forecast

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

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

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May 2020

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

May 12 - May 14

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

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Jay Treaty Information Session

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

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

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

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

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

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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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