What does the trade mission in Florida consist of ?
A trade mission is a complete program organized over a 3-day period where our team acts as an extension of your international business venture. Participants can experience a complete immersion into Florida’s business world with a group of like-minded entrepreneurs and business development specialists from Canada.
The trade mission guarantees private business meetings with prospects, potential partners or distributors carefully selected to help create concrete deals. Those one-on-one meetings provide our participants with the best opportunities to create meaningful commercial relationships while exploring all the potential Florida has to offer.
Trade missions also offer networking events set to develop your network in Florida by meeting key local strategic contacts.
In addition, information sessions which include a preliminary training day taking place in Canada prior to the mission provide all the required information to expand our members’ enterprises.
Trade missions to Florida take place twice a year in South Florida (Tri-Country area) and once a year in Central Florida.
We also organize group trade missions to selected Canadian cities. We would be delighted to help !
The next trade mission will take place in South-East Florida from May 1 to 3, 2019
Location : Miami
7h30 Welcome breakfest
10h00 Information sessions at the Canadian Consulate in Miami
14h00 Private meetings
18h00 Official cocktail with CFCC members at Desjardins Bank
Location : Fort Lauderdale
10h00 Private meetings and information on Florida counties and their charms
13h30 Private meetings
18h00 Free evening
Location : West Palm Beach
8h00 West Palm Beach Economic Development Conference Breakfast
10h00 Private meetings
12h00 Closing lunch
Why Florida ?
Offering a wealth of opportunities, the State of Florida stands out for its :
- Favorable business climate
- Proximity to Latin America
- Easy access from Canada
- Expanding infrastructures
- #3 ranking in terms of population, thus surpassing New York !
- Skilled labor
- Cultural diversity
- Climate and quality of life
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What past participants have to say about our Trade Missions ?
“ I thank the entire CFCC team for the organisation of the April 2014 trade mission and the support they provided us during our stay. We’ve reached our objectives to validate our market analysis and the interest of potential clients. We even met with a potential distributor! The meetings were well targeted and the visits of the 3 counties were relevant to our goals. Special mention for the welcoming feeling of the group activities and meals. ”
Jean-Luc Le Névannau
President – Concept Geebee
April 2014 trade mission participant
“ I participated in the Winter 2014 Trade Mission organized by the Canada/Florida Chamber of Commerce. Here is my perception of the trade mission and the achieved results. First, logistically, it is the best event I ever participated in. The meetings were well coordinated, the choice of the visited areas absolutely perfect and the business partners we met proved to be established internationally.
Considering that our private jet business targets a very selective niche market, we did not expect each meeting to generate immediate results; however, the references and innovative ideas we obtained were extremely helpful. The right Floridian and Canadian government contacts as well as international business experts often require multiple attempts to be reached. Thanks to the CFCC, we directly met with the best resources and can rely on their support ever since. Finally, the relationship with the other participants was so valuable in itself. I highly recommend this annual event ! ”
Director Business Development – Airsprint
April 2014 trade mission participant
“ I was extremely satisfied with the March 2016 Trade Mission. The meetings with the economic development specialists of Florida’s different counties (from Miami to Jacksonville) were very impressive, those alone were worth the registration fee. The schedule was organized to the minute and each day was filled with relevant activities. Even if I registered late, I had meetings with our industry’s top professionals. This mission is the best way to launch and develop your business in Florida. ”
President – LTI Software & Engineering
March 2016 Trade Mission Participant
$1 350 (there are no taxes on trade missions abroad)
Additional representative: $550
Participation without private appointments: $850
*This event is reserved exclusively for CFCC members. (BECOME A MEMBER)
In order to preserve the quality of the event, the number of participants is limited to 15 companies.
To reserve your company’s place, please fill out the form and pay the required deposit of 500$. The CFCC team will contact you within 2 business days to schedule an appointment and discuss your goals and expectations.
- A minimum of 4 private meetings * guaranteed, customized to your goals
- Group Program (informational sessions, meetings with government representatives, networking events, etc.)
- Group meals
- Support & on-site consultation service
- Group transportation in Florida **
- Receipt for tax purposes
** It is to be noted that if the participant has any appointments outside of the venue, they are responsible to attend them by their own means.
Available funding programs :
Canexport: Are you looking for fundings? Send your online request for the CanExport program. It provides direct financial support to small and medium companies in Canada, looking to exploit new export opportunities, especially in priority markets and high-growth sectors. Learn more to find out if you are eligible here.
Export Québec: Export Québec supports and guides companies’ desiring to conquer new markets. Check out the programs from Export Quebec.