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International Trade for Small Business

Expanding into new markets is a great way to diversify your income streams and widen your sales funnel. At Small Business BC, we’ve gathered a selection of resources that will help propel your business into new provinces, and even new counties.

Think your product is a great fit for international markets? Perhaps you’ve identified product gaps in Canada you can fill by importing from other countries. Prepare your business for the international marketplace by using our international trade guides, webinars and advisory services.

How To Import Goods Into Canada Guide

Are you looking to export goods from Canada to international markets? Let Small Business BC help guide you through the process with our Guide to Importing Goods into Canada.

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How To Export Goods From Canada Guide

Download the guide and start your export business with the information and resources you need to make it a success. From creating a business plan to researching your target market, from understanding the laws and regulations to knowing the correct labelling requirements of each country.

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Get Free Export Advice With The Export Navigator Program

Export Navigator provides free one-to-one guidance from an advisor to help businesses move from stage to stage along the export pathway. Advisors bring specialized training and tools to help businesses navigate the range of programs and services available to them to help ensure a successful exporting journey.

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Take Export Navigator's Free Export Essentials Webinar

This free course provides an overview of the export process, explaining key concepts and outlining the steps you should take to grow your business beyond B.C.

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Other Ways Small Business BC Can Help Your Business

Read our simplified guide to each area of the start-up experience, highlighting the services and help you can lean on to achieve your goals.

10 Step Guide to Starting a Business

Small Business BC provides practical business education tailored for small businesses right here in BC. Whether you need help starting your business, hiring employees, managing operations, or anything else, Small Business BC is here to help. View our full calendar of business education.

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Starting a business? Start with Small Business BC’s comprehensive list of free downloadable resources. We’ve got everything covered, from business plan templates, cash flow forecasting and our starting a business checklist. View Resources.

Join our free online hub of BC-based small businesses and reach a province-wide audience of engaged customers that are passionate about small business. Sign up now.

Our self-directed E-Learning courses are available anytime, anywhere. Each on-demand course consists of bite-sized topics filled with features like readings, handouts, videos and quizzes. Discover our range of E-Learning education today.

Start Grow, and Expand Your Business

The Western Canada Business Service Network (WCBSN) is a group of independent organizations that receive WD funds to help Western Canadians start, grow and expand their businesses.

Accelerated Growth Service

The Accelerated Growth Service (AGS) helps growth-oriented Canadian businesses to expand by helping them access the key government services they need to grow, such as financing, exporting, innovation and business advice.

Hear From Businesses Trading Abroad

If you’re sitting on the fence about starting a business, you really won’t know how it will go unless you try; you have to give it a chance.

Learn how Reid Hemsing and Two Wheel Gear benefitted from exporting their range of bike pannier bags abroad to new markets.

Reid Hemsing - Two Wheel Gear

It’s been a constant learning curve since I started this business, but that isn’t a bad thing! The life of an entrepreneur is motivating me to improve myself every single day

Mild Napatsanan knows a thing or two about the food business. After all, she’s successfully founded several of them. Learn how she navigates international logistics with her Thai Roots Trading Company.

Mild Napatsanan - Thai Roots Trading

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