New Program Aims to Help Businesses Grow Beyond B.C.’s Borders
Prince George, B.C.- The export navigator program first announced at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention in September, is being rolled out and Prince George is one of four communities that will be taking part in the one year pilot program.
The project has been infused with half a million dollars from the Provincial Government with Community Futures in the four communities contributing a total of $140 thousand.
The project is aimed at helping companies that are ready to expand their business beyond B.C.’s borders. Charles Scott, is one of three export advisors with Community Futures. He says he already has 8 of the 10 required companies required for the pilot project. Their companies, which represent a number of different products, are looking to expand to areas such as Alberta, and the Pacific States of the U.S.
Scott says Community Futures will be providing advice on how to clear the hurdles and be export ready “What we (Community Futures) do, is help you figure out all the various steps necessary, find where the opportunities are, and of course if a company can do that themselves, terrific, but our goal is to get companies export ready and there is a specific format the Federal Government uses to determine export readiness.”
Complementing this work are new export tools to encourage export growth and simplify the process, including:
* A streamlined business needs and export readiness assessment; and
* A client workbook that empowers businesses with information and knowledge to advance their export goals.
The pilot project will have one on one consultation with companies to determine the company’s goals and areas where they want to expand their business. ” British Columbia’s small businesses have innovative products and solutions that the world needs” says Shirley Bond, B.C.’s Minister of Jobs “but few are exporting their products and services. That’s why government has committed to launch a service to help our small business owners navigate the maze of export services.”
MLA Mike Morris says expanding business beyond B.C.’s borders has other benefits “By expanding their reach beyond the province’s borders, not
only will they be able to grow their business, but they will also be able to remain resilient during seasonal down times and other economic changes.”
The three other communities to be part of the Export Navigator will be announced over the next few days.