Your Market Just Got Bigger
Exporting allows you to expand the horizons of your small business beyond the local market. Export Navigator’s community-based advisors provide FREE support and ongoing guidance to help your business grow outside of B.C. Whether you need export advice or help with developing export strategies and researching new markets, we are standing by to connect you with expert guidance.
Our advisors offer:
- An export readiness assessment
- A business readiness assessment
- Market entry strategy support
- Market tools and information
- Streamlined service connections to support services
The Export Navigator program is funded by the Province of B.C. and Western Economic Diversification Canada and delivered by Small Business BC, Community Futures and Women’s Enterprise Centre.
Why Expand Your Markets?
Diversifies Your Customer Base
Expanding to new markets increases the size of your target market, may broaden your product offering, and offset seasonal fluctuations in sales.
Increased production generally leads to economies of scale and decreased cost per unit, which increases your profit margins.
Expanding to new markets fosters innovation in your goods and services, which enhances your competitiveness.
Are You Ready to Sell Beyond Your Current Market?
- Has your company received sales inquiries from outside of British Columbia?
- Does your company have excess production capacity or the ability to scale operations?
- Is your company’s management willing to dedicate time and money to develop a new market for a sustained period of time?
- Is your company willing to conduct market research?
- Does your product or service have a competitive advantage (quality, price, innovation, etc.) over similar products in your target market?
- Is your company able to secure financing to adapt, ship, and market your product in your target market?
Who is Eligible?
Export Navigator is open to growth-oriented small and medium-sized businesses in B.C. in select regional service areas. Businesses must be willing to commit resources to the planning process, and sustaining a market entry strategy.
Export Navigator provides services in the following regions:
Cariboo & Northeast
Community Futures Fraser Fort George
Community Futures Peace Liard
Community Futures Central Kootenay
Community Futures North Okanagan
Community Futures Pacific Northwest
Vancouver Island North
Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot
Vancouver Island South
Community Futures Cowichan
Specialized services are available for:
CFDC of Central Interior First Nations
Women’s Enterprise Centre
Small Business BC
For businesses in the Lower Mainland and those outside of the program communities, the Province’s trade professionals and its network of international Trade and Investment Representatives are available to help your business.
Email us at email@example.com or visit www.exportnavigator.ca.
Upcoming Seminars Hosted by Export Navigator
Export Ready: Understanding Global Money – Monday, February 24th
Preparing for International Travel and Tradeshows – Tuesday, March 24th
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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, and the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada.