What is the Export Navigator program?
The Export Navigator offers businesses access to community-based export specialists who will provide a personalized, step-by-step approach to exporting and help connect businesses to market information, export programs, financial services, and business development experts at every stage of the export process.
How does Export Navigator support B.C. businesses looking to access new markets?
Businesses receive in-person guidance from an advisor with advanced knowledge in market expansion strategy. Advisors connect businesses to the right service at the right time, saving them time and money.
Who is eligible?
Small and medium-sized businesses operating in the Okanagan & Shuswap region.
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.
What does a good candidate look like?
A business that can scale up operations, is willing to adapt its goods or services, and is 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 other service providers for additional support may be subject to a fee for services.
When will I find out if my business qualifies?
Following the completion of a client self-assessment, you will meet with your export advisor to determine if your business would benefit from participation in Export Navigator.
- Market expansion readiness assessment
- Business needs assessment
- Customized market expansion approach
- Export workbook and information
- Expert advice and guidance
- Streamlined service connections
- Ongoing export support