Evolve Through Export
Over the past three years, LearnSphere has been proud to help more than 350 businesses improve their export performance through our pan-Atlantic funding programs Export Market Access Program and E-tools for Exporting.
However, we were aware that some businesses with their sights set on growth through exports are too early-stage to be eligible for those programs, so we set out to address the gap.
In collaboration with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in New Brunswick (ACOA NB) and Opportunities NB (ONB) we recently launched a new program called Exporters NB. This program targets New Brunswick businesses with at least two years of success, but who haven’t yet made a sale outside of Canada. SMEs in this category can now receive up to 80% of costs to secure export-related expertise (up to $8,000).
“It’s wonderful to be able to reach out to businesses that have not yet exported internationally and share the good news that there’s now a program that can help them,” said Catherine Dubé, Project Manager for LearnSphere’s export funding programs. “They’re very appreciative that this new door is now open to them.”
We’re experiencing immediate demand from SMEs to help with projects such as integrating eCommerce functionality, creating marketing plans, producing videos and testing new ways to sell products.
"Exporters NB program is responsible for our online sales growth,” explains Sunny Zaman of Master Indian Spice, a community-driven spice kit company that sells direct to consumers and in retailers across Canada. “We doubled our 2019 online revenue in 2 months, acquiring more than 300 new customers all over Canada. Thanks to this program, we have a strategy to generate $100,000 online revenue in 2021."
We’re pleased to report that many projects are now underway, and there’s still room for a few more applications.
We look forward to sharing stories of the impact of this program in the coming months.
For more information on LearnSphere’s export funding programs please visit https://learnsphere.ca/export-development/exporters-nb/