Women-owned businesses contribute more than $117 billion to Canada’s economy. In 2007, women-owned, small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represented 5.9% of export activity; that number is now 11%, with 16% of SMEs majority-owned by women nationwide. An exciting change is underway. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of women-led networking groups, organizations and associations, all with a mandate of empowering women to achieve greatness in business.
Whether it’s accessing capital, building sustainable networks or finding the right export support, the challenges are many, but you are not alone. Export Development Canada’s Women in Trade guide will help you understand the issues and develop strategies for overcoming them.