The event, titled " Trade Resources for San Diego Exporters" was sponsored and coordinated by the San Diego office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, in collaboration with the Port, the U.S. Department of Commerce - San Diego Export Assistance Center, and the San Diego CITD. The three-hour event, moderated by San Diego SBA's District Director, Ruben Garcia, served to provide information on services and resources available regionally to assist small businesses with accessing foreign market opportunities for their products and services.
Presentation topics included: Identifying Overseas Markets, Legal Aspects of International Trade, Financing Export Sales, Ports, Global Logistics, and Supply Chain, and Opportunites in Mexico, and the California State Trade and Export Promotion Program (STEP). San Diego CITD Director, Victor Castillo, provided an overview of STEP and how California exporters can expand their businesses through the variety of services and assistance that is available through the program.
More than 60 business owners and service provider representatives attended the event, held at the Port Administration Building. The event was also live streamed online and recorded, through the Port's UStream Channel.