Why Corporations Sponsor Virtual Trade Missions

Royal Bank of Canada

"The Royal Bank of Canada is a committed supporter since the inception of the virtual trade mission. Since our early beginnings, Royal Bank has paid special attention to the needs of Canadian companies who import and export. We were thrilled to become involved with this virtual trade mission because we support the mission's goal of providing 'small and medium enterprises an affordable means for doing business internationally.' Our bank is at the forefront of using technology to provide business solutions for our customers. We look to this mission to prove that the use of technology can serve as a model for similar globally-based initiatives in the future. We also look forward to facilitating the many new business ventures made possible by the virtual trade mission."

- Betty Wood, National Manager for Strategic Markets for Women and Young Entrepreneurs

Lucent Technologies

"Small business owners who are doing business globally demand a lot from their telephony, but too often their equipment lets them down. By participating in the virtual trade mission, we can learn more about what growth-oriented firms want from 21st century telephony--whether it's videoconferencing from laptops, language translation, or global roaming and hundred-hour batteries for their cellphones."

- Ken Barr, President of Business Communications Systems in Canada

IBM

"IBM is a proud sponsor of the world's first virtual trade mission. The mission is a unique new pilot initiative that uses the latest Internet technology to match importers and exporters in the global marketplace. Participants use the online forum to pursue international customers, suppliers, and investors at a fraction of the cost of traditional global deal-making. IBM offers solutions that help make trade and growth-oriented small business dreams a reality. "

- Cherrie Piebes, Relationship Marketing and Women Entrepreneurs

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