Export market Access A Global Expansion Program by wwr69367

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce
   60,000 members through 160 independent
    chambers of commerce and boards of trade
    province wide.

   As the most diverse and influential business
    group in the province, the OCC works
    closely with governments, labour, academia
    and various other groups to create a
    stronger and more vibrant economy in
    Ontario and the surrounding regions.

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A Call to Action

   Ontario’s economy is facing a number
    challenges:
    ◦ Stronger Canadian dollar
    ◦ Weakening US economy
    ◦ Increased global competition

   SME’s play a vital role in job creation &
    growth of the economy.


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Our Response
   VENTURES
   OGTA awards

“a diversification strategy
 is no longer a luxury,
 it is a necessity”
    Len Crispino, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce




   Export Market Access
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Export Market Access (EMA)

Objectives:

   To help SMEs
    ◦ Seek out, access and expand in new global
      markets, beyond the US
    ◦ Increase export sales of Ontario goods and
      services



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General Guidelines

   Eligible costs are shared 50/50 between
    OCC and applicant

   Non repayable grant

   Maximum grant $30,000

   Two approved applications per year

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Eligible Applicants
 Between 5 and 500 employees
 Minimum annual sales of $500,000
 A registered company for at least 2 years
 Established and operating in Ontario
 Existing goods and services produced in
  Ontario
 Cannot be in receipt of public funds towards
  activities contained in the application other
  than from MEDT

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Eligible Activities
   Direct Costs

   Marketing Tools

   Market Research

   Foreign Bidding Projects


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Direct Contacts
 International trade shows, fairs and
  exhibits
 Incoming or outgoing missions
 Must be verifiable and supported by third
  party
 Preference to applicants with market
  entry plan that demonstrates product is
  acceptable to target market

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Marketing Tools
   Developing Promotional material

   Translating Promotional documents

   Developing display panels or information
    booths



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Market Research
 Conducting precise market research
 Contracting market research on market
  size, trends, competitor activity, buying
  attitudes etc.
 Developing international
  marketing/market entry plan




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Foreign Bidding Projects
   For the providers of professional services
    bidding on foreign projects against foreign
    competition
   Not intended for:
    ◦ Foreign joint ventures, unsolicited proposals or
      bids
    ◦ Where there are no foreign companies bidding or
      being considered for the project.
   Support for foreign bidding includes:
    ◦ Pre-feasibility studies
    ◦ Proposal preparation at the pre-contractual stage


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Non-eligible Costs
   Shipping of product samples
   Travel to Canada for consultants hired by applicant
   Travel within Canada for applicant officials
   Web site hosting
   Salaries and commissions
   All recoverable taxes
   Capital costs such as furniture computers etc.
   Entertainment and hospitality
   Postage and courier fees
   Building web applications
   Creating content for web sites
   Creating on-line tools
   E-news letters/e-commerce portals
   Cost to modify existing products or packaging for foreign
    standards/regulations
   Purchase of software applications

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Evaluation Criteria
   Eligibility of activities and expenditures and
    the linking to EMA objectives

   Financial and management capability of the
    applicant

   Level of funding requested in relation to
    performance measures

   Validation of expected results
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Getting Started
   Go to www.exportaccess.ca

   Check eligibility criteria

   Review EMA Application Guide for detailed
    program information

   Follow instructions in the EMA Guide to the
    On-Line Application Process to complete the
    application
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