GBOC – Free Support for Exporters
What is GBOC?
GBOC is the Global Business Opportunities Community, a FREE mentoring service for businesses interested in exporting. It is organized by the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Sarnia and County of Lambton.
Who belongs to the GBOC “community”?
The GBOC “community” is a growing network of businesses seeking export advice, businesses who are “export experts” and mentors from the following organizations:
Global Affairs Trade Commissioner Service
Export Development Canada
Ministry of Economic Development and Growth
Ministry of International Trade
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Federal Economic Development (FedDev) Agency for Southern Ontario
TechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario
City of Sarnia
County of Lambton
Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership
Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce
London Chamber of Commerce
Creative Education of Canada
How can GBOC help?
GBOC can help your business identify the steps it can take to begin exporting, expand sales abroad and seek new markets. GBOC provides referrals to services and programs, advice on intellectual property protection and financial risk mitigation, access to funding, information about trade show opportunities, etc. It all depends on your business’s needs.
How does GBOC work?
GBOC will match your businesses with our group of “export experts” from various government, business and trade agencies and through face-to-face meetings, you will have the opportunity to discuss your export goals and receive free advice and guidance to get you on your way.
What is the commitment?
There is no cost to participate. Clients of GBOC are protected by consent and confidentiality agreements. As businesses “graduate” from GBOC, you would be invited to join the community and share your expertise with new clients.
Is GBOC the right fit?
To determine if your business could benefit from GBOC’s export expertise, contact Monica Shepley, GBOC manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.