By Laura Keil
Robson Valley manufacturing and agricultural businesses looking to expand into Alberta—or other provinces and countries—can get a helping hand through a provincial export program.
The province’s Export Navigator program assigns a regional advisor to each business looking for support and guidance on how to grow outside of B.C.
“Exporting can be intimidating at first,” said Tim Thomas, from the Export Navigator program. “But if you are ever in doubt, please feel free to pick up the phone and we can talk through the options. Whether you just need someone to point you in the right direction or you need to work on an export marketing plan, I am here to help.”
In addition to hours of free expert advice and step-by-step guidance, advisors can assess your business for export readiness and provide up-to-date resources for interprovincial or international exporting; once you’re ready to go, they can help you design a market-entry strategy.
One perk of the program is that businesses are paired with a single advisor, providing continuity and allowing business owners to go at their own pace.
“Every business is different, which is why we take the time to get to know our clients so that we can offer the best possible service,” said Allison Boulton, Export Navigator Program Manager. “Our clients want to expand and they want to contribute to their community; that is always top of mind for our advisors.”