The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation, in collaboration with the U.S. Commercial Service, hosted an international trade seminar in El Centro for area businesses looking to increase their international sales and effectively compete in foreign markets. The two-day event, which began on April 18th, included tours, panel discussions, and presentations on a variety of trade-related topics including market opportunities, logistics, financing options, and assistance and resources available to help businesses expand globally.
San Diego CITD Director, Victor Castillo, participated on a panel on financing resources for global businesses and presented on the California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). STEP, funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, leverages a network of State, Federal, Private, and non-profit trade promotion activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for small businesses. Under the program, eligible small businesses can access resources to help them participate in export promotion activities, including exhibiting at trade shows, participating in trade missions, and more.