On Tuesday, March 12th, Halton Region and the Oakville Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast with the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion.
Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr kicked off the morning event delivering greetings and highlighting the important work of Halton’s local Chambers of Commerce and Halton’s Economic Development Division, including the new Halton Global Business Centre. Local efforts like these help to create and maintain jobs in the region and make it a location people want to live, work and retire.
Minister Ng’s keynote and fireside chat focused on the role of Canada’s small businesses in the economy, the opportunities that trade diversification offers small businesses, and the importance of making export tools and resources available to all businesses to succeed.
Minister Ng cited Canada’s key trade agreements with countries throughout the world – Canada is the only G7 country with trade agreements with all other G7 countries. Canada’s trade agreements give Canadian businesses access to 1.5 billion potential new customers worldwide. Minister Ng encouraged small businesses to look at markets outside of North America for trade opportunities – with the right assistance and tools, Canadian companies can expand their export capabilities and play on the world stage.
Awareness, and accessing the right help and resources was identified as some of largest barriers to market entry for many small businesses. Minister Ng congratulated services like the Halton Global Business Center for raising awareness and providing the right tools and assistance at the local level for businesses interested in going global or expanding their export activities in new markets. The Halton Global Business Centre (GBC) serves as an initial and critical first point of contact into Canada’s extensive export ecosystem, providing support to Halton businesses in four main ways:
- Advisory and consultation services:
- Export-focused events, seminars and programs
- Tool and resources to help assess and plan your export journey
- Connecting clients to relevant programming and partners at other levels of government
The event ended with a series of breakout sessions on topics including: Funding Options, Insurance & Finance, and Market Research & New Market Entry, facilitated by Halton Global Business Centre partners, including Export Development Canada (EDC), Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TSC), and the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJC).
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