September 15, 2016 – Tyler Kula, The Observer – Businesses looking for an exporting market and not sure how to make the leap are about to get some help.
The Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce has pulled together national and local expertise into a 15-member committee designed to nurture “exporting culture” in this U.S. border community.
Doing that means “connecting small and medium-sized business to people and resources that they need in order to capitalize on global business opportunities,” said Shirley de Silva, president and CEO of the Sarnia-Lambton chamber.
“It’s a grassroots effort to develop a community of export companies in Sarnia-Lambton,” she said.
After a year of laying the groundwork, the committee is officially opening its services to the business community Oct. 7 – also ‘Manufacturing Day.’ A launch event is scheduled at the Creative Education of Canada distribution centre in Point Edward.
Creative Education is the parent company of Great Pretenders which manufactures and exports costumes and pretend-play toys for kids.
Founder Joyce Keelan is set to offer advice to budding exporters.
“Depending on what your product is and what your goals are, I guess, there are a lot of opportunities out there,” said de Silva. “If you’re not sure how to go about it, then the GBOC group – the Global Business Opportunities Committee – can certainly help link you with the resources that you need in order to make it happen.”
The initiative builds on a formal partnership between Sarnia and London chambers of commerce inked almost two years ago to find global markets for local businesses.
The partnership ship was endorsed by both cities’ mayors.
“We’re also hoping to reach out to other chambers that are a good fit for it,” de Silva said.
Plans are to also launch a LinkedIn page for GBOC, she said.
Some committee members include Export Development Canada, Global Affairs Canada, the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, Sarnia Lambton Business Development Corporation, Sarnia-Lambton Industrial Alliance, Lambton College Applied Research and Innovation, Field Farms Marketing, and the chamber.
For more information, contact the chamber at 519-336-2400.