Kelowna Chamber Brings Trade Accelerator Program to City – Kelowna News

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

The chamber has partnered with the World Trade Center Vancouver, which will bring Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program to Kelowna in April. The goal of the program is to help companies expand their market to as many people as possible around the world.

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

“I participated in the Trade Accelerator Program in 2018 to develop an export plan for my carbon software business,” said Kelowna-based GreenStep Solutions president and CEO Angela Nagy. “The program was well-organized, educational, and connected my business to a number of people and funding organizations that can help me as I work to export my software and services.

“I would highly recommend this program to any business looking to grow by exporting to markets outside of Canada. »

TAP helps companies leverage Canada’s vast trade and investment resources, access personalized in-person coaching and advice, learn about international best practices, accelerate export and to develop and implement a new market entry plan.

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

The value of the TAP is $5,000, but the chamber offers scholarships to chamber members as an incentive to participate in something that has worked so well for other companies.

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

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

Ryan H. Bowman