Exporting and International Business
General and Government Resources
Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) has a new website that provide exporters with instant, up-to-the-minute access to trade opportunities with U.S. government agencies. Visit the CCC USA opportunities site at http://www.usopportunities.com
Export Development Corporation helps Canadian companies to compete in world markets. EDC provides risk management services, including insurance, financing, and guarantees. Its services are of particular importance to smaller companies. Their site is at http://www.edc.ca.
MERX - Government Bidding Services This is the Canadian on-line information service for federal, provincial and municipal tenders and RFPs. It also lists international contracts for CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency). For more information, visit their web site at http://www.merx.com or call 1-800-964-6379.
Standards Council of Canada has a web site that provides over 300,000 pages of standards-related information for companies, whether they are exporting technology to Australia or gaining a foot hold for a new building product in Europe. See http://www.scc.ca
B2B On-line Directories
WorldVideoBusiness is a business to business e-marketplace source of international trade leads, and tender opportunities from companies and government organizations around the globe.
International Financial Institutions (IFIs)
Asian Development Bank is the only one that makes extenstive use of consultants and contractors in the planning for large projects. This provides many opportunities for smaller firms to get some international work. Opportunities are posted on the ADB web site, and individuals can express their interest by filling out an on-line form for projects they are interested in. See http://www.adb.org.
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Visit their site at http://www.oecd.org
Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian professionals have greater access to working in the United States. However, there are restrictions and conditions that must be met. For more information, check out these sites: