Expert advice on doing business abroad

Special to The Globe and Mail

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We’re not in Canada any more

Thinking of starting a business abroad or expanding overseas? Experts offer advice for finding your feet:

Call the embassy

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s consular services offers small and medium-sized businesses free use of contacts and advice.

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Location, location, location

London or Paris might be beyond your budget, but outside main centres you can save in rent, transport and personnel costs.

Diversify and stay flexible

Develop related-revenue streams in the new market to help weather the stormy global economy.

Translate your materials

Language, references and even paper sizes must fit the local context.

Source: Rainmaker Global Business Development, Kevin Beare & Co.

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