As a business person and Chamber member, you have probably benefited from meeting clients at a Business After Five or learned from other members about changes to government regulations. You may have saved money on merchant services and office supplies or had lunch with the Premier of Ontario. Now you also have the opportunity to learn from the chamber network about how to grow your business and increase sales beyond the Canada/U.S. border.

The Global Business Opportunities Community (GBOC) is a network of Sarnia Lambton Chamber members and partners who are experts in global exporting. Their experience includes mentoring businesses, developing an export plan, understanding government funding opportunities, marketing your company, participating in trade missions and much more.

GBOC is inviting interested companies to contact them if they have are considering exporting as part of their business plan for the first time, or if they are wondering how to increase their sales abroad. They can do so by emailing gboc@slchamber.ca.

By reaching out to GBOC, Chamber members will receive free support from this network of chamber members with real-world experience in exporting as well as senior government bodies (Global Affairs Canada -Trade Commissioner’s Office, Export Development Canada, Ministry of Economic Development and Growth), business accelerators (TechAlliance, Sarnia Lambton Research Park and Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership) and local partners the City of Sarnia, County of Lambton and Lambton College.

GBOC is in a unique position to facilitate conversations that can set the stage for future business beyond the borders. Shirley de Silva, President and CEO of the Chamber, said the initiative is one that speaks to the overall development of the business community and membership in GBOC reflects that mission. “We have resources in our membership that are ready to help prospective exporters and we’ve already identified a few prospects with whom we’re talking about how we can help in that regard,” said de Silva.

John Wood, GBOC’s Chair for close to two years, echoes de Silva’s assessment. “Exporting may seem like a daunting task, but we believe there are a significant number of companies here, many of them very entrepreneurial, who would find this business building activity to take them to an entirely new level, all with a little extra help when it comes to identifying the steps required to succeed,” he said.