In today's global marketplace, exporting and other international trade opportunities are important success factors for a growing number of companies. But entrepreneurs are often intimidated by the prospect of doing international business. After all, exporting brings a whole new set of challenges.
What challenges are you facing?
Ensuring that you carefully go through each step is the best way for your business to succeed on its journey to international expansion.
Am I ready to export?
There are plenty of opportunities for your business to grow beyond the borders of Canada; the rewards can be great, but exporting is not without risks.
- Is my business ready to export?
- CETA: What does the Canada-EU trade deal mean for your business?
- Infographic— 4 steps to go global
- 3 essential steps for entering a international market
- 5 key questions your export plan should answer
- Global business: Why you need to look beyond Canada and expand internationally
- From our blog— Five reasons why Canadian small businesses should expand internationally
Identifying my target market
Identifying and selecting the right market may be the most important decision you’ll have to make as part of your export strategy.
Creating my market entry plan
By this stage, you have arrived at your final decision. Now it’s time to develop your plan of attack—your market entry strategy.
- An easy guide to creating your international distribution plan
- Where to find buyers to export my product?
- 5 steps to create a winning market entry strategy
- International marketing: Why it makes sense to focus on the 7 Ps
- Key do’s and don’ts for shipping your exports
- Export distributor or commercial agent: Three tips for finding good partners
- 4 tips to successfully export your services
- Preparing your business to sell in emerging markets
Financing my exports
Lenders prefer sound facts and pictures, so back up your information with a strong financial plan, particularly in areas such as export financing.
Managing online sales and exports
High-speed connectivity, user-friendly software and easy transportation have reduced the barriers to finding and selling to foreign customers via the Internet.