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  • Please note that due to ongoing concerns for safety stemming from COVID-19,
    this event has been rescheduled to Fall 2020. New dates are noted below.
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  • Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) is an innovative program designed to help small- and medium-sized enterprises gain knowledge and a network of contacts to unleash their export potential. Through a series of in-depth workshop sessions with trade and industry experts, Canadian business leaders learn to overcome export barriers and reach new markets faster. TAP Canada is quickly gaining momentum across Canada, and has garnered a reputation of helping businesses achieve real results, fast.
    The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) for the first time starting in the Fall of 2020. 
    This cohort runs over the course of 7 weeks, beginning October 7th and 8th:
  • PHASE 1:
    October 7th & 8th, 2020
    The program begins with an intensive two-day workshop that familiarizes participants with the available exporting resources, introduces high-level 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.
  • PHASE 2:
    October 16th, 2020
    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.
  • PHASE 3:
    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.
  • PHASE 4:
    November 19th, 2020
    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.
    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 $495 + HST.
    The companies being sought for TAP - Sault Ste. Marie should be based in Ontario and meet the following guidelines:
    • Generates approximately $500,000 or more in annual revenue
    • Has been operating for at least 2 years and receiving revenue for its product, service or technology
    • Is already exporting a product, service or technology, but wishes to diversify its export markets or has taken exploratory steps to expand into new markets
    • Has a product, service or technology with a strong competitive advantage as a result of quality or patent protection
    • Is located anywhere in Ontario (not limited to the Sault Ste. Marie area)
    • Is willing to dedicate up to two representatives to participate in the program and apply its resources
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