Halton Global Business Centre

Helping small to medium sized businesses to scale up and go global

The Halton Global Business Centre is ready to help you succeed in today’s global marketplace. Whether you are considering exporting, want to explore new markets, or enhance your current export activities, the Halton Global Business Centre can help support your business compete and grow.

The HGBC is a hub of resources and support for local small to medium-sized businesses that are looking to scale up, export and go global.

On this page, find content that will link you to a range of services offered by the Halton Global Business Centre to help you navigate the world of exporting.

What kind of exporter are you?

  1. Interested
    Interested in exporting, but unsure where to start? Our team of consultants and industry partners are available to help your business understand the global marketplace and equip you with the extra guidance, research, tools and training to successfully compete in the global marketplace.
  2. New
    Is your business new to exporting? Do you currently export to just one or two markets, but want to explore other global markets? The HGBC and its partners can help you leverage international in-market contacts, create a plan to enter into new markets, and provide referrals and services to take your business to the next level.
  3. Born Global
    Are you a new business or start-up that was “born global”? Are you looking for some referrals and networking opportunities to help you succeed? The HGBC’s partnerships can help you make the necessary connections and referrals to continue your success as an exporter.
  4. Experienced
    Are you currently exporting, but looking to expand your existing activities? The HGBC and its partners can help you improve your current export strategy, grow in your current markets, enter new markets, assist with financing, and provide in-market support.

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Seminars and Events

HGBC offers a variety of events and seminars to provide regional businesses with resources, information, tools and training to learn how to scale up, export and go global. Events and seminars are organized in collaboration with community and government partners.

Developing a Global Mindset

North Halton

This is a free event.

South Halton

This is a free event.

Description:

In this half day seminar you’ll learn what it takes to become a successful exporter. You’ll also receive an overview of key export support resources and partners that can help you get ready to go global.

Seating is limited!

Ontario trilliam logoThis workshop is brought to you by the Canada-Ontario Export Forum (COEF), in partnership with the Halton Global Business Centre.

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Services

When looking to grow or expand your business’ products or services, there are many challenges and things to consider. Our consultation and referral services, needs assessments, entrepreneurship programs and Expert on Demand services are here to help you scale up and take your business global.

Consultation services

Our knowledgeable business consultants can help you get your business moving in the right direction. We offer offers two programs to help put your business on the right path to success.

  • Step 1: One-on-One consultations
    Connect with one of our business consultants and determine your export stage. Get the help you need with your export strategy, some market research, skills development, in-market support, government funding programs or any other questions you may have about going global.
  • Step 2: Expert on Demand
    The Access to Professional Program will connect you with a local professional for a free 45-minute consultation. This program provides you access to a number of business professionals including lawyers, accountants, e-business experts and business coaches.

Assess your export readiness

Considering exporting your product or service outside of Canada? Take the Export Readiness Test to assess your export stage. and identify the areas of your business that. Our consultants will work with you to further address your needs and requirements and make appropriate recommendations.

Referrals

The Halton Global Business Centre is part of an expansive network of government ministries, agencies and service providers providing export-related information, services and programs. Contact us for more information.

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Programs and funding

Programs

The Halton Global Business Centre and community partners can provide you with the programs, resource, assistance and collaborative space you need to scale up and tap into your company’s full potential.

  • Starter Company Plus (Export Stream)
    Starter Company Plus is an entrepreneurship program that provides training, mentoring and advice for eligible individuals aged 18 and above to help build a small business. This program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.
  • Haltech HEAT™ Program
    The Haltech Regional Innovation Centre HEAT™ program helps scale up promising tech firms and offers free business advising services to technology entrepreneurs looking to take their business to the next level.
  • Innovation Centres
    Halton is home to several innovation centres. These centres provide valuable services and programs to help technology-focused businesses start and grow.
  • Haltech Regional Innovation Centre
    The Haltech Regional Innovation Centre (Haltech) is a Halton-based, provincially funded Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) organization. Haltech helps technology entrepreneurs and companies develop and transform their ideas and product innovations into well positioned, growing ventures.
  • TechPlace
    Located in Burlington, TechPlace is dedicated to connecting, developing and advancing new and growing technology companies TechPlace aims to help technology, talent and ideas come together under one roof to create and promote opportunities for economic growth.
  • Milton Education Village Innovation Centre (MEVIC)
    MEVIC is an initiative ecosystem dedicated to enabling an entrepreneurial culture for business growth, start-ups, incubation, intersection for innovation, education and training.

Funding Opportunities

  • Angel One Network Inc. logo and tagline 'spreading our wings' Angel One
    Angel One Network Inc. is a member-based, not-for-profit organization of accredited investors who live, work or have strong interests in the areas of Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton and other communities in Southern Ontario. Angel One provides members with opportunities to increase their exposure to quality pre-screened companies seeking capital and gives the Angel investors the opportunity to expand their network of like-minded investors.
  • Government of Canada official logo Ontario Funding and Grants for Exporters
    The Province of Ontario offers several financial assistance and funding programs to help businesses explore export opportunities and help grow your business.
  • Ontario trilliam logo Government of Canada – Funding for International Trade
    The Government of Canada provides numerous funding opportunities for trade-related activities in Canada and abroad. Funding programs are available to pursue international business development activities, financial support (CanExport), product commercialization, marketing assistance, and more.

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Resources

You need access to the right information to make the best decisions for your business.

  • Export Quiz (external link) – Government of Canada
    Want to start exporting today? Take this quiz, check your score and be sure that you are ready.
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting (external link) – The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
    The Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting will help you get your business export-ready and well positioned for commercial success abroad. Learn the essential principles of exporting whether you are a novice, intermediate or advanced exporter.
  • Export Assessment – Are you ready to go global? (external link) – Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
    Are you ready to go global? Go through these steps to identify challenges and access valuable information so your business can succeed on its journey to international expansion.
  • Global Value Chains (external link) – The Canadian Trade Commissioner
    This guide is presented by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) for Canada's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who are interested in expanding internationally. Its intent is to present the global value chain business model as a means for boosting firms' global competitiveness, profitability and long term sustainability.
  • Getting Started (external link) – Export Development Canada
    If you don’t currently have a contract to sell your goods or services internationally but are looking for information on how to start exporting, these resources are a great place to start.
  • Calender of international trade programs and events (external link) – Ministry of International Trade
    Information about upcoming trade missions and exhibitions, incoming buyers missions, exporter education seminars and workshops for Ontario businesses looking to export outside Canada.

  • Market Research

    • Canada Trade Finder (external link)
      The Canada Tariff Finder is a free tool that allows Canadian exporters to check the tariffs applicable to a specific good in a foreign market. The focus is on countries where Canada has a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in place.
    • Country Info (external link) – The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
      Gain access to key market intelligence through various tools and resources to succeed globally.
    • Market Reports by Industry Sector & Region/Country (external link) – The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
      Are you researching your next export market or expanding your commercial activities abroad? Access more than 200 free reports with analysis of specific industry sectors.

    Webinars & Online Learning

    HGBC partners offer a variety of events, online courses and webinars to help businesses looking to scale up, export and go global.

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