April 1, 2010
Media Release

Local businesses invited to learn the basics of importing and exporting

Federal, provincial, regional and local agencies offer York Region entrepreneurs a
half-day conference on researching, developing and implementing trade beyond our borders
NEWMARKET - Ambitious entrepreneurs who want to develop international business opportunities are invited to attend the York Region Import and Export Conference 2010, a half-day event on Friday, April 16th, developed by the four small business enterprise centres in the Town of Markham, the Town of Newmarket, the Town of Richmond Hill and the City of Vaughan in partnership with The Regional Municipality of York.
“A strong and stable economy is essential to York Region’s health and prosperity,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Encouraging opportunities for importing and exporting are important ways we can influence the creation of employment and help to ensure sustainability of our manufacturing sector and our workforce into the future.”
The half-day conference, hosted by the Town of Markham at the Markham Civic Centre, is a great opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and manufacturers.
“York Region has a vibrant, multicultural population of one million people who speak more than 65 languages and are well-connected with their families and colleagues overseas,” said Town of East Gwillimbury Mayor James Young, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee.  “This conference encourages local entrepreneurs to take advantage of our growing inventory of skills and expertise to build and sustain economic competitiveness.”
The conference begins with a panel of York Region's successful exporters, followed by concurrent seminars on:
• Exporting 101 and first steps to exporting
• Government funding programs for exporters and manufacturers
• Importing goods into Canada
• Importing commercial natural health products
• International market research
The Markham Civic Centre is located at 101 Town Centre Blvd. in the Town of Markham.  The fee for the half-day conference is $25, which includes breakfast and lunch.  Space is limited.  To secure your seat, please register online at www.msbec.markham.ca and for more information, contact 905 248-2737 or email ddelossantos@markham.ca
The York Region Export Development Program, working in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, will offer a variety of geographic and sectoral workshops throughout 2010.  To obtain a list of these events and information about business opportunities in York Region, please visit www.yorkeconomicinsights.ca or www.yorksmallbusiness.ca
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca  
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Media Contacts: Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications Specialist, York Region
                        Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1238, 416 297-9696 or Toll free 1-877-464-9675
                        Cell:  905 251-6413  Email: tim.paleczny@york.ca

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