It’s a big world out there. For over 35 years, Canadian businesses have relied on companies like FedEx to bring it to their doorstep.
In Vancouver, a small practice immigration lawyer is expecting a package of documents from abroad that will allow her to finally reunite the family of her client. In Grand Prairie, Alberta, a bespoke manufacturing startup with half a dozen employees eagerly awaits the new piece of equipment that will allow them to punch well above their weight class on the international market. In northern Saskatchewan, a single mom has transformed her hobby into an income stream and she’s just finished her biggest commission yet. But now her kitchen table is buried under dozens of custom-made wedding decorations that need to be in New York City before the weekend.
Small business is the lifeblood of the Canadian economy and it’s the beating heart of the countless eminently human stories that interweave across this country every day. And the success of these businesses is built on a foundation of reliable shipping and logistics. Without the trust that packages large and small will reach their destinations both quickly and intact, these businesses cannot thrive, they cannot grow, and they cannot contribute to a prosperous Canadian future.
As a trusted shipping provider for businesses of all sizes Canada-wide, FedEx knows the importance of its part in shaping the economic landscape that keeps this country competitive in the global marketplace.
The small business success story that enables small business success stories
Only a few decades ago, after all, FedEx was itself a small business startup, delivering just 186 packages on its first night of operation in 1973. The company remembers the challenge of growth and has built a reputation on empowering and supporting small businesses in meeting that challenge, including through initiatives like its annual #BackingSmall Business Contest, where this year it delivered a total of $100,000 to 31 small businesses across Canada.
My advice to other small businesses thinking about shipping internationally is to just do it. FedEx helped me figure it out, and at the end of the day, the benefits have heavily outweighed any cost.
They know that the path to success for Canadian small business begins in Canada, but it does not end there. Though the world of international shipping can seem complex and intimidating, FedEx excels at shepherding growing businesses through the process. With the right support, the daunting prospect of international operations can be simplified, the doors of the globe can be thrown open, and small Canadian businesses can blossom worldwide.
From Canadian Communities to the Global Bazaar
Canadian small businesses have big ambitions. They are focused on providing the best products and the best experiences possible to the customers they already have. But their eyes are set also on further horizons, always considering opportunities for expansion, for breaking into new frontiers. This adventurer’s spirit is core to the Canadian business identity, and it’s why so many growing companies seek a shipping provider who can help them tap new markets without compromising those markets they already serve.
“My advice to other small businesses thinking about shipping internationally is to just do it. FedEx helped me figure it out, and at the end of the day, the benefits have heavily outweighed any cost” explains Alysen Clark, founder of the innovative Ottawa-based research and development company Staterra, specializing in nutritional neuroscience.
A better experience. A bigger future. A simpler path to sustainable growth. These are the things that every small Canadian business aspires toward, from Vancouver to Grand Prairie to Montreal. And when Canadian business owners set goals, they tend to achieve them. FedEx simply helps them along the way.
Download the FedEx International Shipping Workbook and access tools to make your international shipping experience easier.