2015 is the Year for Women Entrepreneurs to Make it Happen

March 5, 2015 - Tags: Export

This guest blog post is provided by the Canadian Business Women in International Trade program, providing support, networking and resources for women entrepreneurs focused on global success.

The Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) team would like to wish you a happy International Women's Day (IWD). True to this year's IWD theme — Make it happen — the BWIT team is more dedicated than ever to helping business women achieve their potential in international markets. Take March 8 as a reminder to celebrate your achievements thus far, and 2015 as the year to exceed expectations and fulfill your entrepreneurial dreams.

Small or large, opportunities abound with Canada's free-trade agreements

Free-trade agreements (FTAs) help to level the playing field for Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are looking to expand into rapidly growing markets abroad. Under an FTA, Canadian goods and services benefit from the reduction or elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade, such as quotas or technical barriers. BWIT works with women-owned businesses (51% owned and/or managed by women) to help navigate the complexity of international markets, and take advantage of Canada's FTAs.

World-wide leads

Canada is entering an unprecedented era of free trade opportunities. Your company can currently benefit from eleven FTAs, including NAFTA, which recently celebrated its twenty-first anniversary,  as well as FTAs with Israel, Chile, Costa Rica, the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), Peru, Colombia, Jordan, Panama, Honduras, and – as of January 1, 2015 – the Republic of Korea. With the impending Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and free trade negotiations ongoing between Canada and 60 other key markets, new opportunities for women entrepreneurs are highly anticipated.

How can women-owned businesses benefit?

With women entrepreneurship vastly on the rise, FTAs help women-owned businesses by

  • Improving the cost effectiveness of exporting
  • Creating new opportunities for foreign direct investment
  • Providing greater access to emerging economies

How we can help

If you are looking to export or learn more about the BWIT program feel free to contact us at bwit@international.gc.ca. You can also visit our website which serves as a one-stop-shop for Canadian women entrepreneurs interested in exporting.

Additional services

  • Sign up with BWIT and the Trade Commissioner Service for trade mission updates, B2B opportunities, and more!
  • Register for the Women-Owned Business Directory (link no longer available).  A free specialized online tool to promote, partner and secure contracts with over 5 million visitors annually.
  • Access the 2014 edition of our BWIT annual newsletter.
  • Join our BWIT group on LinkedIn.
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