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The Halton Global Business Centre (GBC) is ready to help you succeed in today’s global marketplace. Whether you are considering exporting, want to explore new markets, or enhance your current export activities, the Global Business Centre can help support your business with the information, tools and resources you need to compete and grow on a global level.

The GBC is a hub of resources and support for local small to medium-sized businesses that are looking to scale up, export and go global.

On this page, find content regarding a range of services offered by the GBC and its partners that will help you navigate the world of exporting.

What kind of exporter are you?

 

Interested

Interested in exporting, but unsure where to start? Our team of consultants and industry partners are available to help your business understand the global marketplace and equip you with the guidance, research, tools and training to successfully compete in the global marketplace.

Born Global

Are you a new business or start-up that was “born global”? Are you looking for some referrals and networking opportunities to help you succeed? The GBC’s partnerships can help you make the necessary connections and referrals to build on your success as an exporter.

New

Are you a new business or start-up that was “born global”? Are you looking for some referrals and networking opportunities to help you succeed? The GBC’s partnerships can help you make the necessary connections and referrals to build on your success as an exporter.

Experienced

Are you currently exporting, but looking to expand your existing activities? The GBC and its partners can help you improve your current export strategy, grow in your current markets, enter new markets, assist with financing, and provide in-market support.

Services

When looking to grow or expand the export capacity of your business’ products or services, there are many challenges and things to consider. Our consultation and referral services, needs assessments, market research support, entrepreneurship programs and Expert on Demand services are here to help you scale up and adapt to the global marketplace.

Consultation services

Our knowledgeable business consultants can help you get your business moving in the right direction. We offer two service streams to help put your business on the right path to success.

Step 1: One-on-One consultations

Connect with one of our business consultants to determine your export stag and needs. Get the help you need with your export strategy, market research, skills development, in-market support, government funding programs or any other questions you may have about going global.

Step 2: Expert on Demand

Our Access to Professional Program will connect you with a local exporting professional for a free 45-minute consultation. This program provides you access to a number of business professionals including lawyers, customs brokers, accountants, e-business experts and more.

Referrals

The Global Business Centre is part of an expansive network of government ministries, agencies and service providers providing export-related information, services and programs.

Contact us for more information.

Resources

The Halton Global Business Centre and its community partners can provide you with the programs, resources, assistance and collaborative space you need to scale up and tap into your company’s full potential.

  • Starter Company Plus (Export Stream)
    Starter Company Plus is an entrepreneurship program that provides training, mentoring and advice for eligible individuals aged 18 and above to help build a small business. This program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.
  • Haltech HEAT™ Program
    The Haltech Regional Innovation Centre HEAT™ program helps promising tech firms scale up and offers free business advising services to technology entrepreneurs looking to take their business to the next level.
  • Innovation Centres
    Halton is home to several innovation centres. These centres provide valuable services and programs to help technology-focused businesses start and grow.
    • Haltech Regional Innovation Centre
      The Haltech Regional Innovation Centre (Haltech) is a Halton-based, provincially funded Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) organization. Haltech helps technology entrepreneurs and companies develop and transform their ideas and product innovations into well-positioned, growing ventures.
    • TechPlace
      Located in Burlington, TechPlace is dedicated to connecting, developing and advancing new and growing technology companies. TechPlace aims to help technology, talent and ideas come together under one roof to create and promote opportunities for economic growth.
    • Milton Education Village Innovation Centre (MEVIC)
      MEVIC is an innovation ecosystem dedicated to creating a place for innovation, collaboration and inspiration while assisting entrepreneurs by providing collaborative workspaces, networking opportunities and professional services.
  • Angel One
    Angel One Network Inc. is a member-based, not-for-profit organization of accredited investors who live, work or have strong interests in the areas of Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton and other communities in Southern Ontario. Angel One provides members with opportunities to increase their exposure to quality pre-screened companies seeking capital and gives Angel investors the opportunity to expand their network of like-minded investors.
  • Ontario Funding and Grants for Exporters
    The Province of Ontario offers several financial assistance and funding programs to help businesses explore export opportunities and help grow your business.
  • Government of Canada – Funding for International Trade
    The Government of Canada provides numerous funding opportunities for trade-related activities in Canada and abroad. Funding programs are available to pursue international business development activities, financial support (CanExport), product commercialization, marketing assistance and more.
  • Assess Your Export Readiness Quiz (external link) – Government of Canada
    Want to start exporting today? Take this quiz, check your score and be sure that you are ready.
  • 9 Steps to Going Global Export Assessment (external link) – Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
    Are you ready to go global? Go through these 9 steps to identify challenges and access valuable information so your business can succeed on its journey to international expansion.
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting (external link) – The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
    The Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting will help you get your business export-ready and well positioned for commercial success abroad. Learn the essential principles of exporting whether you are a novice, intermediate or advanced exporter.
  • Guide to Global Value Chains (external link) – The Canadian Trade Commissioner 
    This guide is for Canada's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who are interested in expanding internationally. Its intent is to present the global value chain business model as a means for boosting firms' global competitiveness, profitability and long term sustainability.
  • Export Development Canada’s Resource Library (external link) – Export Development Canada 
    If you don’t currently have a contract to sell your goods or services internationally but are looking for information on how to start exporting, these resources to help you build an export strategy are a great place to start.

The Halton Global Business Centre and its partners offer a variety of events, online courses and webinars to help businesses looking to scale up, export and go global. Sign up for Global Business Centre updates and events.

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