A new pilot program to help small B.C. businesses navigate export services is now being offered in a number of communities throughout the province, including Prince George.

Export Navigator is a one-year pilot project the Province has developed in partnership with Small Business BC and federally-funded Community Futures offices. The B.C. government is contributing more than $500,000; Community Futures is providing $140,000 and Small Business BC is administering the project.

The program, which is part of a commitment in the #BCTECH Strategy to help small businesses become export ready, is designed to assist growth-oriented businesses that can demonstrate a capacity to increase production and have the resources to commit to exporting. Trained export advisors in each community are providing personalized support, helping to identify and connect businesses to the appropriate programs, services and contacts at every stage of the export process.

Prince George has three export advisors operating out of the downtown Community Futures office.

Complementing this work are new export tools to encourage export growth and simplify the process, including:

  • A streamlined business needs and export readiness assessment; and
  • A client workbook that empowers businesses with information and knowledge to advance their export goals.

Additional pilot communities will be announced in the coming days.