Indigenous businesses in the Nicola Valley and throughout the province now have a dedicated Export Navigator advisor to help them grow by reaching new markets outside of B.C.
Daphane Nelson, a business consultant, will offer export planning services for Indigenous small businesses participating in the Export Navigator program. She will help Indigenous business owners determine their export readiness, identify new markets and navigate logistics, customs certifications, and other export requirements.
"As we considered new ways to build on the success of the Export Navigator program, we saw an opportunity to directly support Indigenous businesses with exporting," said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade, and Technology. "Indigenous businesses are a critical part of our province's success, and exporting is a key way to create more jobs and opportunities in communities around the province."
In April 2019, the Export Navigator program was made permanent and expanded to include new export advisors dedicated to supporting businesses owned by Indigenous peoples, women, and youth. The Province is contributing $2 million over two years toward the program, with the third year of funding to be confirmed following a review of program outcomes.
For more information about Export Navigator, visit: http://www.exportnavigator.ca