Bridging the gap to international markets

What is the Global Growth Trade Service?

The Global Growth Trade Service makes international trade more accessible for small to medium-sized businesses. Designed to streamline international market entry, the service connects businesses with a trade advisor who identifies and helps remove challenges and works with them to implement and activate their entry strategy to international markets.

“Those companies that don't work in international markets become less competitive and more vulnerable."

- IESE Business School, Forbes Magazine


Consult with experts

Strengthen your team with experienced trade advisors who will provide one-on-one consulting, identify potential barriers, explore the competitive international landscape, develop and implement custom tactics for your business


Connect to resources

Save time and reduce risk by connecting with trade experts who will easily identify targeted export services, networks, incentives, and resources relevant to your business


Compete Globally

Increase your chances of success by accessing hands-on support while activating your entry strategy to new markets and earn export revenues faster


How we help

  • Building customized strategies — No two business needs are the same, so we know better than to develop cover-all trade strategies. Your plan should be unique to your business needs and goals. Our trade experts will review your current business objectives and help implement a customized plan for a successful international market entry.
  • Accelerating your journeyGetting into international markets can be a lengthy process with many complexities and barriers. Our trade experts will work with you for one year to help mitigate the issues you might run into and guide you through to success.
  • Facilitating access to available programs, funds and incentives —As a business owner, we know your time is valuable. You don’t have time to spend digging through the archives of government funds and incentives. Our trade experts have experience navigating the programs and can assist you in accessing the proper funding and incentives to help you succeed in international trade.  

Benefits of trade

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Selling goods and services to new markets will boost sales and revenues



By targeting multiple markets, your growth opportunities are not tied to one domestic market



Leverage trade agreements to increase the awareness and demand of your products and services abroad.

Are you export ready?

  • Are you already exporting locally or nationally?
  • Do you have a demonstrated ability to commit funds to export development?
  • Are you an owner and/or management team willing to commit time (several hours a month) to international business development?
  • Do you have an interest in exploring new markets, reaching new customers and increasing your revenue?
  • Do you want to increase your business scope and be less reliant on your domestic market?
  • Are you already exporting and looking to enter new markets?
  • Do you already have an export plan and need help/assistance with its implementation and activation?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, and/or are a recent graduate of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce TAP program, let us help! Connect with us below, to get started on your trade journey!

Frequently Asked Questions

 There is no cost for the introductory meeting. The cost to access this service is $10,000, which is subsidized byEdmonton Global (total value is $15,000).

If you’re a small-to-medium business in the Edmonton region looking into expanding into international markets, or if you're already exporting locally or nationally, contact our trade experts. We’ll take it from there. 

Although there aren’t any specific requirements, you will need the financial resources, team accountability, and a passion for succeeding in international trade. If that sounds like you, connect with us today. 

We pair your business with a trade expert for a one-on-one, personalized service.  They will navigate incentives, legal barriers, and other associated risks, so you don’t have to do it alone. They will help implement your export plans and activate your entry strategies in the market you've chosen to expand into. They'll provide guidance and support throughout the journey.

Reach out for a free consultation

Cheryl Lockhart, BCom, CMC

International Trade Advisor
Cheryl Lockhart is a trade expert and a Partner with Omni Management Consulting Alliance, as well as a Certified Management Consultant. She has her own consulting business and has been guiding Canadian businesses in international trade since 1998. For the past 16 years, Cheryl has worked directly with Canadian companies to help them expand internationally by providing solid market research, strategic planning, effective implementation support, and practical consulting advice—all customized to the company and its overall strategy and capabilities. Cheryl will be delivering the Global Growth Trade Service for Edmonton Global.


Global growth program

It takes research and a great plan to make sure your exporting and international expansion efforts pay off. Becoming an exporter can put you on a fast track to growth, but it can be a big challenge to get started and achieve success. The steps below are essential steps to consider before entering a foreign market. READ MORE

The basics of an export strategy are similar for services and goods, but in general, services are easier to export because they don’t have to pass through as many procedures such as customs, transportation, regulation, labelling, etc. READ MORE

Only 12 percent of small businesses export their good or service, yet, businesses that export have higher sales, grow faster and are more resilient in an economic downturn. Here are five reasons to expand internationally. READ MORE

Despite all these advantages, it is still necessary to take the time to prepare for export. There are several factors to consider before exporting, and aspiring exporters should pay attention to the following three pillars of their business. READ MORE

The Edmonton Metropolitan Region is very connected with multiple free trade agreements and integrated infrastructure. This global connection means easy trade access to the rest of the world. READ MORE

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