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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:
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    TAP digital - Dates

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    Topic

    Date

    Time

    Week 1

    Support and Advisory Resources

    October 7

    9:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Strategic Planning for Export Market

    October 8

    9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Week 2

    Legal and Tax Implications to Going Global

    October 16

    9:00 am – 12:30 pm

    Week 3

    International Finance for Export

    October 23

    9:00 am – 12:30 pm

    Week 4

    Building Capacity and Supply Chain Management

    October 30

    9:00 am – 12:30 pm

    Week 5

    International Sales and Marketing

    November 5

    9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    International Sales and Marketing Continued

    November 6

    9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Week 6

    Submit Export Plan

    November 13

    Week 8

    Mentorship: Participants will meet one-on-one with our experts to receive tailored feedback on their export plans.

    December 1 - 4

     

     

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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 $495 + HST.
    ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
    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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