How will Export Navigator help my business access new markets?
Our Export Advisors have the knowledge, resources and connections to help you learn how to expand your business. We’re here to work with you, one-on-one, to find opportunities that are specific to your growth strategy. By joining Export Navigator and taking advantage of our expertise, we can save you time, money and effort.
Who Is Eligible?
Export Navigator is open to growth-oriented, small and medium-sized businesses in the following regions of B.C.:
- Cariboo & Northeast B.C.
- Kootenay Boundary
- North Okanagan
- Pacific Northwest
- Vancouver Island North
- Vancouver Island South
There are also specialized services available for women, youth and indigenous-owned businesses.
How do I know if my business is ready for Export Navigator?
To make the most of Export Navigator you must be prepared to commit time and resources to grow your business. That includes research, planning and implementation of a market strategy to learn how to grow outside of B.C. and to export from Canada. If you’re ready to scale-up operations, adapt to new markets, and are financially prepared for expansion, then you are a strong candidate.
How do I apply to be part of the Export Navigator Program?
If you think you’re ready to grow your business, then the first step is simply to apply. Provide us with your information and one of our Export Advisors will be in touch to chat with you further about your business and whether it’s a fit for the program.
How quickly will I start entering new markets?
It really depends on your business, your stage of export and your existing resources to grow your business. Our goal is to help you work efficiently and effectively towards new opportunities by helping you create a growth plan that works for your business.
Is there a fee to participate in the Export Navigator program?
Funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of B.C., Export Navigator is currently available at no charge for entrepreneurs who are committed to growing their business and expanding their markets outside of B.C.
How do I receive help if Export Navigator isn’t available in my area?
For businesses in the Lower Mainland and those outside of the program communities, Small Business BC provides export services, resources and education.