Export and investment opportunities
Leverage expertise, grow your business
Are you looking to grow your business by exporting to international markets or attracting foreign investment?
The District of Squamish is working with the provincial organization, Trade and Invest BC, and the federal agency, Invest in Canada, to market Squamish-based businesses in the United States and in other international markets, to bring Canadian products abroad, and foreign investment to Canada.
Complete the online Trade and Investment Readiness form to register your interest in this program.
Please contact the Economic Development team with questions relating to this ongoing program.
Need help getting started on your path to export? Trade and Invest BC and Invest in Canada can assist you in identifying distribution networks, and geographic markets, and build connections and partnerships by promoting the trade of products and services globally.
Also, use these great resources from our partners to see if you are export-ready:
How to Export Goods From Canada Checklist - Small Business BC
Export quiz: Are you ready? - Government of Canada
If your business is looking to expand through foreign investment or partnership there are steps that need to be taken so that your business is ready to be presented to potential investors. Once your business is ready to seek investment, there is the option for Squamish businesses to access the support of our federal and provincial trade and investment partners, to identify potential investors.
In addition to this work, Economic Development at the District of Squamish ensures that the community is profiled in a way that is attractive to prospective investors.
You may find the Squamish Leaders' Toolkit useful for preparing your business's investor attraction presentation. These BDC articles provide more information about project financing options, and when to bring an investor into your business.
About our trade and investment partners
The District of Squamish is working closely with provincial and federal partners to facilitate local business growth through export and investment.
Trade and Invest BC
Trade and Invest B.C. work with international enterprises to help them build strong links to the resources, skills and businesses that make British Columbia (B.C.) an attractive place to work, live and invest.
Supporting international businesses and investors who want to do business in B.C. by pairing sellers with buyers, investors with opportunities, and companies with talented employees, whether they’re selling products or services to the people of B.C. or working with local B.C. communities to export products worldwide.
Invest in Canada
Invest in Canada is Canada’s global investment attraction and promotion agency. Facilitating global investment that spurs job growth and makes Canada stronger, Invest in Canada is the foreign investor’s primary point of contact. Our customized services help global companies unlock investment opportunities in Canada.
Resources for Export, Sales and Market Expansion
Set your business up for growth success through export, sales and market expansion. Review some of the resources that we have curated for Squamish businesses.
Non-profit provides free mentorship from regional Export Advisors.
Are you looking to grow your business beyond Squamish? There are great resources available to kickstart your export journey.
Funding for Export
Obtain expert advice and support to pursue export goals for your business.
Destination B.C.'s Co-operative Marketing Partnerships Program
This is an application based program providing marketing and promotion support.
Do Business with MERX
Procurement opportunities from the public sector, private sector and more.
Exporter Solutions connects you to the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) and its network of trade experts.
Resources for Squamish businesses seeking investment
For businesses seeking investment, the resources below may be helpful. For more resources, access the Tools and Resources Library.
BDC Project Financing Options
Your project’s characteristics will dictate what type of financing best suits your needs.
When to bring investment into your business
Weighting financial and non-financial factors will help you make a decision.
Canadian Investment Network - Connecting Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors
Connecting businesses looking for investment and investors with the capital, contacts and knowledge to help them succeed.
BC Business Match
Connecting business buyers to business sellers across the province.