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Export Navigator Program

The Export Navigator program 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.

Small and medium-sized businesses operating in British Columbia. 

For businesses in the Lower Mainland and those outside of the service communities, there are resources to assist you with exporting. For more information please email:  info@exportnavigator.ca 

The Province’s trade professionals and its network of International Trade and Investment Representatives are also available to help you. For more information please email: asia.pacific@gov.bc.ca

  • Export readiness assessment
  • Business needs assessment
  • Customized export approach
  • Export workbook and information
  • Expert advice and guidance
  • Streamlined service connections
  • Ongoing export support
  • Diversifies your customer base — exporting will expand your target market, may broaden your product offering and offset seasonal fluctuations in sales.
  • Increases profitability — increased production generally leads to economies of scale and decreased cost per unit, which increases your profit margins.
  • Fosters innovation – expanding to new markets fosters innovation in your goods and services, which enhances your competitiveness.

How does Export Navigator support the BC businesses looking to export?
Businesses receive in-person guidance from an advisor with advanced knowledge in the export process. Advisors receive specialized training and have access to tools that help businesses navigate the many programs and services available to them. By connecting businesses to the right services at the right time, businesses save time and money.


How quickly do I have to start exporting?
Becoming export ready takes time. The goal of the program is to help businesses move from stage to stage along the export pathway, bringing them closer to getting their goods and services into new markets.


Who is eligible?
Businesses must be located within the service area of our four partner offices, see community contact information. Businesses will be accepted on a case-by-case basis; however, the Export Navigator program is looking to work with growth-orientated, small and medium-sized businesses.


What does a good candidate look like?
A business that has the ability to scale up operations, is willing to commit to working through the export process, demonstrates openness to cultural differences, indicates a willingness to adapt their goods or services, and has the ability to self-fund or obtain financing.


Is there a fee to participate in the Export Navigator program?
No. Basic services (e.g. export readiness assessment, business needs assessment, etc.) will be provided free of charge. Clients referred to other service providers may be subject to a fee for services.


How long does it take to find out if my business qualifies for the program?
Following the completion of a client self-assessment, the business will undergo an in-office assessment with their community-based Export Advisor to determine if the business would benefit from participation in Export Navigator

Local Community Futures Providers

Cariboo (Based in Prince George)
Community Futures Fraser Fort George

Tim@exportnavigator.ca
Direct: 250.552.3547
Office: 250.562.9622
1566 Seventh Ave., Prince George, BC V2L 394

North East BC (Based in Dawson Creek)
Community Futures Peace Liard

Lilia@exportnavigator.ca
Direct: 250.261.3148
Office: 1.800.661.2055
904-102 Ave., Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2B7

Kootenay Boundary (Based in Nelson)
Community Futures Central Kootenay

Michael@exportnavigator.ca
Direct: 250.354.7857
Office: 250.828.9833
201-514 Vernon St., Nelson, BC V1L 4E7

Vancouver Island - North (Based in Port Alberni)
Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot

Brady@exportnavigator.ca
Direct: 250.585.6004
Office: 250.724.1241
4757 Tebo Ave., Port Alberni, BC V9Y 8A9

Vancouver Island - South (Based in Duncan)
Community Futures Cowichan

Fabrizio@exportnavigator.ca
Office: 250.746.1004
135 Third St., Duncan, BC V9L 1R9

North Okanagan (Based in Vernon)
Community Futures North Okanagan

Ken@exportnavigator.ca
Office: 250.545.2215
3105 33 St., Vernon, BC V1T 9P7

Pacific Northwest (Based in Prince Rupert)
Community Futures Pacific Northwest

Mietka@exportnavigator.ca
Office: 250.622.2332
100-515 Third Ave. West, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1L9


Women and Indigenous business owners are encouraged to contact:

Community Futures Central Interior First Nations
Daphane@exportnavigator.ca
Office: 250.828.9833
208-345 Chief Alex Thomas Way, Kamloops, BC V2H 1H1

Women’s Enterprise Centre
Email: women@exportnavigator.ca
Office: 800.643.7014
Suite 54, 601 West Cordova Street Vancouver, BC, V6B 1G1


For businesses in the Lower Mainland, Greater Victoria and other locations outside of the above service areas, there are resources to assist you with exporting. For more information please email:  info@exportnavigator.ca

Contact

Community Futures British Columbia
C230-7871 Stave Lake Street
Mission, BC  V2V 0C5
  1-604-289-4222
 

About Community Futures

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