Exporting sessions offered to help local firms expand

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To help local firms generate exporting opportunities, the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC) and Ontario Ministry of International Trade are hosting a two-day workshop on September 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Accelerate to International Markets program is targeted at companies that are new to exporting or considering exporting in the future.

Taking place at Quattro Hotel & Conference Centre, the free workshop includes breakfast and lunch. The forum will feature presentations from experienced advisors with RBC Royal Bank, the Province of Ontario and other organizations. Space is limited. To register, visit www.ontario.ca

Day 1 of the workshop will focus on export readiness assessment, market research, market entry strategies and international trade financing tools. Advisors will work one-on-one with attendees to help them develop an exporting plan. Day 2 will discuss transportation and logistics, using distributors and agents, getting results from trade shows, and exporting through e-commerce.

“Exporting continues to represent an opportunity for growth for many local businesses,” said Nevin Buconjic, Manager of Trade, Investment & Community Marketing with the SSMEDC. “We’re working to provide companies with the tools and guidance needed to be ready for exporting to the U.S. and other global markets. This is another great opportunity to get hands-on training and assistance.”

The SSMEDC, through its Invest Sault Ste. Marie program, is also hosting a Singapore-based market expert from the Ontario Ministry of International Trade on September 26 and 27. This forum is focused on doing business in Southeast Asia, with a concentration on the aerospace, cleantech and information communications technology sectors. To attend the September 27 open session between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., schedule a private meeting with the visiting trade specialist, or for more information, contact n.buconjic@ssmedc.ca or 705-759-5928.

Comprised of 10 countries, Southeast Asia is a diverse region that, taken as a whole, represents the seventh-largest economy in the world. It’s projected to become the fourth-largest by 2050. “There’s significant opportunity for Sault Ste. Marie companies to expand by doing business and exporting to Southeast Asia,” said Buconjic. “We’re here to help local firms capitalize on this opportunity.”