Good to Go
Whether you're export-ready or planning to take the plunge, these groups and agencies have your back
This Small Business BC pilot program is your first stop, but it's also helpful as you grow your business. Export specialists based in six communities take a personalized, step-by-step approach to international trade. Among their services: export readiness assessment and market entry strategy support.
TRADE AND INVEST BC
Once you've done your market research, Trade and Invest BC can connect you to trade experts, contacts and potential clients abroad—plus it offers investment advice, trade missions and seminars.
BC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The BC Chamber's services include verifying certificates of origin for goods being shipped. Many local chambers of commerce and boards of trade also have export-related offerings; the Surrey Board of Trade does global business matchmaking. #Tradetalks, the BC Chamber's annual provincial forum, helps companies raise their export game by connecting them with experts and other resources.
EXPORT DEVELOPMENT CANADA ( EDC)
A Crown corporation, EDC provides Canadian exporters with trade financing, export credit insurance and bonding services, and foreign market expertise. Its website includes industry-specific information and country profiles.
GLOBAL AFFAIRS CANADA
This federal agency's Canexport program gives financial assistance to small and mediumsized businesses. For those ready to export, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service has representatives in 161 cities worldwide who can share local knowledge and practical advice on foreign markets. •