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  • UPDATE: TAP INFORMATION SESSION - OCTOBER 4TH, 2022

    Do you want to learn more about the Trade Accelerator Program?  The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce will be hosing an Information Session on Tuesday, October 4th from 9am to 11 am. This will be an opprtunity for you to meet TAP representatives, learn more about the program and have your questions answered in-person. Click HERE to learn more and sign up to attend.

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  • PREPARE FOR THE NEXT LEVEL OF BUSINESS

    Exporting can be daunting, costly, and time consuming, leaving many business owners limited in terms of how much they can grow. LET US SHOW YOU THE WAY.

    The Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) is an innovative 4-session initiative designed to help small and medium-sized business overcome exporting barriers and accelerate their strategic development for expansion into international markets.

    This specific cohort will be delivered virtually and in person over 5 weeks, concluding with a mentoring session, in collaboration with the Sault Ste.Marie Chamber of Commerce.

    GROW WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS

    We will connect your business with top industry experts, provide you with the necessary coaching needed to build a personalized export strategy, and equip you with the tools and resources to find success as you grow your business

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    • Highly interactive and hands-on approach using case studies, workshops, and team negotiations

    • Direct mentorship and highly personalized coaching by industry experts on a one-to-one-basis

    • Expertly curated content from both the public and private sector on our newly developed learning platform

    • High level peer-to-peer interaction, collaboration, and learning

    • Connections with key contacts locally and abroad

     

    PHASE 1: DISCOVER        PHASE 2: DEVELOP        PHASE 3: BUILD          PHASE 4: ACCELERATE
    The program begins with an intensive two-day workshop that familiarizes participants with the available exporting resources, introduces highlevel experts in key functions of international trade, stimulates peer-to-peer exchange of ideas and experiences, and provides guidance in recognizing and handling business challenges. Approximately one week later, participants return for the Export Plan Day where they will receive hands-on support from leading Canadian export advisors. Participants will initiate the key sections of their export plan, detailing strategic objectives, market entry methods, international marketing plan, as well as supply chain and operational resources. Over the following three weeks, participants will develop their trade plan. They will have the full support of export advisors to guide and assist them in developing an export plan that is realistic, high quality, and fully integrated with their overall business strategy. All export plans receive a written assessment from our expert team.

    The final day of the program is focused on mentoring, constructive feedback, solutions, and reinforcing business relationships. After reviewing the export plan, participants will receive individual mentoring sessions from our expert partners where potential solutions and ways forward are explored.

     

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    Date

    Delivery

    Session Focus

    Topics

    Day 1

    November 3rd

    Virtual

    Support and Advisory Resources

    Programs, funding, grants, and business resources

    Day 2

    November 9th

    In-Person

    Strategic Planning

    Business strategy & planning, market entry strategy

    Int’l Sales and Marketing

    Approaching prospects, negotiation, buying motivators

    Day 3

    November 10th

    In-Person

    International Finance

    Grants, trade finance tools, foreign exchange

    Building Capacity in your Supply Chain

    Process optimization, export compliance, efficient logistics

    International Law and Tax

    Int’l corporate law, IP protection, int’l taxation

    Day 4

    November 17th

    Virtual

    Export Plan Development

    Export Plan focus and refining your value proposition

    December 2nd

    Export Plan Submission Deadline

    Day 5

    December 14th & 15th

    Virtual

    Mentoring

    30 minutes 1-on-1 meeting with industry experts

     

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    How to Apply
     
    Companies can participate in TAP via partner nomination or direct application. All applications are reviewed by the TAP team to ensure the program is a good fit and to allow participants to maximize its benefits. All applications will be considered based on program criteria and assessed on their merits.
     
    The program fee is $5,000 per company; however, generous support from our partners will allow us to reduce this fee to $995 +HST for SSMCOC members and $1,495 +HST for non-members.
    Eligibility Guidelines
    • You are exporting a product, service or technology, but wish to diversify your export market or have taken exploratory steps to develop your business abroad
    • You generate more than $500,000 in annual revenue
    • You have been operating for at least 2 years
    • You have a strong value proposition
    • You are willing to dedicate 2 senior representatives to participate in all stages of the program

    *Exceptions to the above-mentioned criteria are made for companies in growth industries such as technology and healthcare. Applications are reviewed on a case by case basis. For more information, or to understand if your company qualifies, please contact the TAP team:  tap@bot.com

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