Export Navigator Program
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
Export Navigator is a partnership, with support provided by the Province of B.C., the Government of Canada, Small Business BC, Community Futures organizations, 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?
1. Has your company received sales inquiries from outside of British Columbia?
2. Does your company have excess production capacity or the ability to scale operations?
3. Is your company’s management willing to dedicate time and money to develop a new market for a sustained period of time?
4. Is your company willing to conduct market research?
5. Does your product or service have a competitive advantage (quality, price, innovation, etc.) over similar products in your target market?
6. Is your company able to secure financing to adapt, ship, and market your product in your target market?
Who is Eligible?
Small and medium-sized businesses operating in the following regions:
Cariboo (Based in Prince George)
|Community Futures Fraser Fort George
1566 Seventh Ave., Prince George, BC V2L 394
North East BC (Based in Dawson Creek)
|Community Futures Peace Liard
904-102 Ave., Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2B7
Kootenay Boundary (Based in Nelson)
|Community Futures Central Kootenay
201-514 Vernon St., Nelson, BC V1L 4E7
Vancouver Island - North (Based in Port Alberni)
|Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot
4757 Tebo Ave., Port Alberni, BC V9Y 8A9
|Vancouver Island - South (Based in Duncan)||Community Futures Cowichan
135 Third St., Duncan, BC V9L 1R9
|North Okanagan (Based in Vernon)||Community Futures North Okanagan
3105 33 St., Vernon, BC V1T 9P7
|Pacific Northwest (Based in Prince Rupert)||Community Futures Pacific Northwest
100-515 Third Ave. West, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1L9
Women and Indigenous business owners are encouraged to contact:
Indigenous Business Owners
|Community Futures Central Interior First Nations
208-345 Chief Alex Thomas Way, Kamloops, BC V2H 1H1
|Women Business Owners||Women’s Enterprise Centre
Suite 54, 601 West Cordova Street Vancouver, BC, V6B 1G1
For businesses in the Lower Mainland, Greater Victoria and other areas outside of the service areas, there are resources to assist you with exporting. For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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How will Export Navigator help my business access new markets?
You’ll receive in-person guidance from an advisor with advanced knowledge in market expansion strategies. Advisors connect businesses to the services they need, saving them time and money.
How quickly do I have to start entering new markets?
Entering new markets takes time. Export Navigator’s goal is to help businesses work efficiently and effectively towards achieving their identified opportunities. Export Navigator will help you create a growth plan that works for you.
How should I prepare to be part of the program?
You’ll need to commit time and resources to the research, planning and implementation of a market growth strategy. Strong program candidates are businesses that can scale up operations, are willing to adapt, and are able to self-fund or obtain financing for a sustained expansion strategy.
Is there a fee to participate in the Export Navigator program?
No. Essential services (market entry readiness assessment, business needs assessment, etc.) are free. Clients referred to third party service providers for additional support may be subject to a fee for services.
Will my business qualify to be part of Export Navigator?
If you own a growth-oriented small or medium-sized business in B.C., the first step is to apply. You’ll be asked to complete a self-assessment and meet with an advisor to determine if your business is right for Export Navigator.