English‐speaking entrepreneurs represent an important opportunity in terms of economic development in Québec and Canada, however, they continue to face barriers to accessing new markets that would otherwise strengthen their long‐term sustainability, growth, and competitiveness.

YES ran a study to identify gaps in development and supports needed to expand English‐speaking Entrepreneurship through International Trade. YES conducted a literature review, distributed two online surveys to startup enterprises and SMEs, conducted a number of one‐on‐one telephone interviews with owners of start‐ups, SMEs, and key industry stakeholders, and held two discussion groups via conference call to gain insight into best practices in relation to supporting SMEs to develop international trade capabilities.