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Export Market Access Program


Elaine Holding on May 25, 2011 in Advice for Business Owners

Last month I reviewed the Small Business Internship Program and it appeared to be a big hit with our readers.

This month, I would like to tell you about the Export Market Access (EMA) Program, an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce with support and funding from the Government of Ontario and Government of Canada.

What is it?

EMA is a cost-sharing grant program designed to help SME’s take advantage of opportunities in foreign markets. Eligible activities include market research, marketing tools, direct contacts and foreign bidding projects.

EMA will help with funding to:

  • Showcase goods or services to potential international buyers;
  • Participate in outgoing or incoming trade missions;
  • Develop promotional materials; and
  • Support many other expenses required to develop export sales.

Eligibility

If your company has 5 or more employees and annual sales of $500,000 or more, you may qualify for a contribution covering up to 50% of eligible costs incurred to develop export sales. Eligible activities include market research, marketing tools, direct contacts and foreign bidding projects.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online. Additional information and forms can be found at http://exportaccess.ca/en/

Questions?

EMA staff can be reached by calling (416) 482-5222 and asking for Louie DiPalma or Lesley Cole.