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Toronto and Ottawa Boards of Trade Partner to Deliver Trade Accelerator Program

With consumers, work forces and industries making significant shifts online, the world is clamouring for technology and communications solutions. To help local Ontario firms meet that demand, a successful business support program is expanding province-wide.

The Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) is a series of innovative, dynamic workshops that give companies the training and support they need to scale up, develop and execute an export plan. TAP is delivered by the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s World Trade Centre Toronto and, since its launch in October 2015, it has expanded to eight major centres across Canada. Now, in partnership with the Ottawa Board of Trade, TAP is recruiting tech companies for its first province-wide industry cohort.

“The Ottawa region is known nationally as a hub of tech expertise,” said Sueling Ching, President and CEO of the Ottawa Board of Trade. “By partnering with the World Trade Centre Toronto, we’re combining that domestic insight with TAP’s well-established trade network to help more Ontario tech firms become export ready and grow locally.”

TAP graduates report an average growth of 33 per cent in export sales one year after participation in the program, and more than 90 percent of participants are exporting in international markets since completing the course. Businesses looking for more information or wishing to sign up can go to www.tapexport.ca.

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