Kelowna chamber bringing Commerce Accelerator Program to metropolis – Kelowna Information

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The world is finally opening up after the COVID-19 pandemic, and Kelowna Chamber of Commerce wants its business community to sell its goods and services to as much of the world as possible.

The chamber has teamed up with World Trade Centre Vancouver, which will be bringing Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program to Kelowna in April. The goal of the program is to help businesses expand their market to as much of the world as possible.

Since the program was introduced to B.C. businesses in 2017, it has increased export revenue by 28% after just six months, and participants forecast their export sales to grow 47% over the next five years.

“I participated in the Trade Accelerator Program in 2018 to develop an export plan for my carbon software company,” Kelowna’s GreenStep Solutions president and CEO Angela Nagy said. “The program was well organized, educational and connected my business with a number of individuals and funding agencies that can help me as I work towards exporting both my software and services.

“I would highly recommend this program to any business that is interested in growing through exports into markets outside of Canada.”

TAP helps businesses leverage Canada’s deep trade and investment resources, access tailored, face-to-face coaching and advice, learn about international best practices, accelerate export readiness, and develop and implement a new market entry plan.

The program will be held online over nine half days—April 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 27, 28, and May 19 and 20. The sessions will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The value of TAP is $5,000, but the chamber is offering bursaries to chamber members as an incentive to take part in something that has worked so well for other businesses.

The deadline to register for the program is this Wednesday (March 30).

Registration and other information about TAP in Kelowna can be found here.

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