Export Navigator Pilot Helps Small Businesses Access New Markets
October 16-20, 2017 was BC Small Business Week and there was a lot to celebrate – including the one-year anniversary of the Export Navigator pilot project!
This pilot, which was developed by the Province in partnership with Small Business BC, Community Futures, and the Comox Valley Economic Development Society, aims to help small businesses become export-ready. Participating companies meet regularly with community-based export specialists, who help these companies identify and validate new market opportunities and develop their market-entry strategies.
Since it was launched in Fall 2016, the pilot has worked with 136 businesses in 6 different regions; out of those, 36 have already advanced beyond the first stage of the program and are well on their way to accessing markets in the U.S., Canada (outside B.C.), Europe, and more.
“The Export Navigator pilot is instrumental in helping small businesses get the help they need to become export-ready,” says Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. “We are committed to helping small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed, and their achievements through this pilot give us confidence that this program is playing an important role in small business growth in B.C.”
You can learn more about the Export Navigator pilot project on BC Gov News >>