On Friday, Sept. 20th the Chamber hosted a workshop for those local businesses interested in expanding their market beyond Tofino. Brady Calancie of the provincial Export Navigator program led the session, and we were fortunate to have Steve Perrault from the federal Western Economic Diversification Canada program attend as well.
Those business representatives in attendance were interested in export to alleviate seasonal stressors, and also to expand their business’ capabilities and profitability. The idea of exports inevitably leads to a host of questions around capacity and determining which markets are most suitable for your own business’ expansion.
The Export Navigator program is an amazing – and free – resource for businesses who are looking to export products to other markets. It helps business owners determine if their business is ready for export, has the capacity, resources and willingness to move into other markets, and if they are likely to succeed in their market of choice.
We know that Tofino has a wealth of Made in Tofino products that have the potential for success outside of our local market. We would urge local businesses interested in export to visit here to find out more about the Export Navigator program, and here to email Brady directly.
Brady’s territory includes the north Island, and the program is supported by Community Futures Alberni Clayoquot, Small Business BC, and the federal government. Thanks to Brady and Steve, and all the local business owners and representatives who were able to attend.