Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)

TAP Overview

Prepare your business for the next level. The Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) is an innovative 4-session initiative, designed to accelerate the strategic development of your business and to better prepare you for an expansion into international markets.

Grow with the right tools. The TAP program will connect your business with top industry experts, provide you with the necessary coaching needed to build a personalized export strategy, and equip you with the tools and resources to find success as you grow your business.

Sign up for the Hamilton Chamber’s virtual Information Session on June 30 at 2pm to learn more.

Program Outline

The program begins with an intensive two-day workshop that familiarizes participants with the available exporting resources, introduces high-level experts in key functions of international trade, stimulates peer-to-peer
exchange of ideas and experiences, and provides guidance in recognizing and handling business challenges.

Approximately one week later, participants return for the Export Plan Day where they will receive hands-on support from leading Canadian export advisors.Participants will initiate the key sections of their export plan, detailing strategic objectives, market entry methods, international marketing plan, as well as supply chain and operational resources.

Over the following three weeks, participants will develop their trade plan. They will have the full support of export advisors to guide and assist them in developing an export plan that is realistic, high quality,and fully integrated with their overall business strategy.All export plans receive a written assessment from our expert team.

The final day of the program is focused on mentoring, constructive feedback, solutions, and reinforcing business relationships. After reviewing the export plan, participants will receive individual mentoring sessions
from our expert partners where potential solutions and ways forward are explored.

To learn more visit the Trade Accelerator Program website.

Notable Stats

  • 928 graduate companies since the TAP program’s inception in 2015
  • 38% average growth in export revenue one year after participation;
  • 3 years after graduation, companies experience a 180% average increase in revenue, and a 280% average increase in export revenue;
  • 37% of companies secured additional financing since graduating the program, with an average of $1.8 million in additional financing received per company.