Developing an export plan is the first step in preparing to export. An export plan is an extension of your company's business plan. It enables you to evaluate the potential benefits and risks to your business, and describes the approach you will take to reach your international sales objectives.
As part of the Alberta Export Expansion Package, Alberta small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for up to $5,000 in funding to assist with the development of a targeted international business plan focused on one specific geographic export market. The Export Readiness Micro-Voucher Program is offered through Alberta Innovates and supports:
- Up to a maximum of $5,000 through this newly created component of Alberta Innovate’s existing Micro-Voucher Program
- SMEs interested in entering a new export market receive support to develop targeted international market entry strategies and an export-specific marketing plan for international expansion
- SMEs will be able to align their international plans with global opportunities and evaluate the risks and benefits of exporting prior to entering new global markets
There are several other resources to help you develop an export plan:
- Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting is the federal government’s comprehensive guide to exporting, including export planning.
- International business development consulting through BDC’s International Growth Program offers a complete solution to help ensure your expansion into the U.S. or foreign markets.
- Alberta’s Business Link has information and a team to help you find the answers you need.
- Intellectual Property for Exporting Businesses is a Canadian government resource to help Canadian companies protect their intellectual property in international markets.
Step-by-step export guide
Assess your export potential, establish a target market, and develop an export plan with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s guide.
Date Updated: Tue, 30 May 2017 09:30:19