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We are committed to continuing to support Halton small businesses and working with our local community partners.  The Halton Small Business Centre will be offering services including one-on-one client consultations, Getting Started, Futurepreneur Information Sessions and our Bootcamp sessions remotely by phone and video conferencing. Other events and programming will be rescheduled. Get more business information and news on our Halton Business blog or contact us at smallbusiness@halton.ca.  

Apply to the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)

  • It's time to grow in Halton! TAP is designed to accelerate the strategic development of your business and to better prepare you for an expansion into international markets. Participants will establish key contacts, access a wide range of resources and receive hands-on mentorship from top industry experts.
  • Start Date: June 9, 2022
  • Location: in person (Oakville) and virtual
  • Register: Learn more and apply (external link). Applications close June 1, 2022.
 
 

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The Halton Global Business Centre (GBC) is ready to help you succeed in today’s global marketplace. Whether you are considering exporting, want to explore new markets, or enhance your current export activities, the Global Business Centre can help support your business with the information, tools and resources you need to compete and grow on a global level.

The GBC is a hub of resources and support for local small to medium-sized businesses that are looking to scale up, export and go global.

On this page, find content regarding a range of services offered by the GBC and its partners that will help you navigate the world of exporting.

 
 

What kind of exporter are you?

 

Interested

Interested in exporting, but unsure where to start? Our team of consultants and industry partners are available to help your business understand the global marketplace and equip you with the guidance, research, tools and training to successfully compete in the global marketplace.

Born Global

Are you a new business or start-up that was “born global”? Are you looking for some referrals and networking opportunities to help you succeed? The GBC’s partnerships can help you make the necessary connections and referrals to build on your success as an exporter.

New

Are you a new business or start-up that was “born global”? Are you looking for some referrals and networking opportunities to help you succeed? The GBC’s partnerships can help you make the necessary connections and referrals to build on your success as an exporter.

Experienced

Are you currently exporting, but looking to expand your existing activities? The GBC and its partners can help you improve your current export strategy, grow in your current markets, enter new markets, assist with financing, and provide in-market support.

Services

When looking to grow or expand the export capacity of your business’ products or services, there are many challenges and things to consider. Our consultation and referral services, needs assessments, market research support, entrepreneurship programs and Expert on Demand services are here to help you scale up and adapt to the global marketplace.

 
 

Consultation services

Our knowledgeable business consultants can help you get your business moving in the right direction. We offer two service streams to help put your business on the right path to success.

Step 1: One-on-One consultations

Connect with one of our business consultants to determine your export stag and needs. Get the help you need with your export strategy, market research, skills development, in-market support, government funding programs or any other questions you may have about going global.

Step 2: Expert on Demand

Our Access to Professional Program will connect you with a local exporting professional for a free 45-minute consultation. This program provides you access to a number of business professionals including lawyers, customs brokers, accountants, e-business experts and more.

Referrals

The Global Business Centre is part of an expansive network of government ministries, agencies and service providers providing export-related information, services and programs.

Contact us for more information.

Resources

The Halton Global Business Centre and its community partners can provide you with the programs, resources, assistance and collaborative space you need to scale up and tap into your company’s full potential.

  • Innovation Centres
    Halton is home to several innovation centres. These centres provide valuable services and programs to help technology-focused businesses start and grow.
    • Haltech Regional Innovation Centre
      The Haltech Regional Innovation Centre (Haltech) is a Halton-based, provincially funded Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) organization. Haltech helps technology entrepreneurs and companies develop and transform their ideas and product innovations into well-positioned, growing ventures.
    • TechPlace
      Located in Burlington, TechPlace is dedicated to connecting, developing and advancing new and growing technology companies. TechPlace aims to help technology, talent and ideas come together under one roof to create and promote opportunities for economic growth.
  • Workshops and Seminars
    Join us for seminars and workshops on various global trade topics. Sessions delivered by Global Business Centre staff and various external agencies and local professionals. Check the Events section for upcoming seminars and training opportunities.
  • Angel One
    Angel One Network Inc. is a member-based, not-for-profit organization of accredited investors who live, work or have strong interests in the areas of Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton and other communities in Southern Ontario. Angel One provides members with opportunities to increase their exposure to quality pre-screened companies seeking capital and gives Angel investors the opportunity to expand their network of like-minded investors.
  • Ontario Funding and Grants for Exporters
    The Province of Ontario offers several financial assistance and funding programs to help businesses explore export opportunities and help grow your business.
  • Export Development Canada
    Export Development Canada (EDC) is a Crown corporation dedicated to helping Canadian companies of all sizes succeed on the world stage. They provide trade knowledge, financial solutions, equity, insurance, and connections – to grow your business with confidence.
  • Assess Your Export Readiness Quiz (external link) – Government of Canada
    Want to start exporting today? Take this quiz, check your score and be sure that you are ready.
  • 9 Steps to Going Global Export Assessment (external link) – Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
    Are you ready to go global? Go through these 9 steps to identify challenges and access valuable information so your business can succeed on its journey to international expansion.
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting (external link) – The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
    The Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting will help you get your business export-ready and well positioned for commercial success abroad. Learn the essential principles of exporting whether you are a novice, intermediate or advanced exporter.
  • Guide to Global Value Chains (external link)
    This guide is for Canada’s small and medium sized enterprises (SEMs) who are interested in expanding internationally. Its intent is to present the global value chains business model as a means for boosting firms’ global competitiveness, profitability and long-term sustainability. Published by the Canadian Trade Commissioner.
  • Export Development Canada’s Resource Library (external link) – Export Development Canada 
    If you don’t currently have a contract to sell your goods or services internationally but are looking for information on how to start exporting, these resources to help you build an export strategy are a great place to start.

The Halton Global Business Centre and its partners offer a variety of events, online courses and webinars to help businesses looking to scale up, export and go global. Sign up for Global Business Centre updates and events.

Halton Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)

The Halton Global Business Centre and the World Trade Centre Toronto are partnering to deliver the Trade Accelerator Program launching June 9th, 2022, intended to support businesses in Halton accelerate growth and increase sales in international markets.

  • Start Date: June 9, 2022
  • Location: in person (Oakville) and virtual
  • Register: Learn more and apply (external link). Applications close June 1, 2022.
  • National Founding Partners:
    • Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
    • Export Development Canada (EDC)
  • National Advisory Partner:
    • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
  • Program Creators:
    • Toronto Region Board of Trade
    • World Trade Centre Toronto
  • Canada Trade Finder (external link)
    The Canada Tariff Finder is a free tool that allows Canadian exporters to check the tariffs applicable to a specific good in a foreign market. The focus is on countries where Canada has a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in place.
  • Country-specific Information (external link)
    The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service provides access to key market intelligence through various tools and resources that will help you succeed globally.
  • Market Reports by Industry Sector & Region/Country (external link) – The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service offers access to more than 200 free reports with analysis of specific industry sectors.
  • Industry Canada Trade Data Online (external link) – Industry Canada provides the ability to generate customized reports on Canada and U.S. trade in good with over 200 countries.
  • International Trade Centre Trade Map (external link) – Trade Map provides – in the form of tables, graphs and maps – indicators on export performance, international demand, alternative markets and competitive markets, as well as a directory of importing and exporting companies.
  • Incoterms (external link)
    CC’s Incoterms® rules are the world’s essential terms of trade for the trade of goods. Whether you are filing a purchase order, packaging and labelling a shipment for freight transport or preparing a certificate of origin at a port, the Incoterms® rules are there to guide you on the costs, risks and obligations for your business. Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
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