The “College of Foreign Trade,” the Riverside County Economic Development Agency’s acclaimed educational series, is seeking participants for this free program that covers everything from business strategies to how to finance your exports.
The program is offered by the EDA’s Office of Foreign Trade, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Commercial Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It offers business owners real-life examples of how to increase exports and work in foreign markets.
The classes, which are starting again in January, deal with topics like how to work with state and federal agencies to market your products abroad and how to make exporting part of your business growth strategy. The program is geared toward anyone interested in growing their business outside the U.S., including existing business owners, manufacturers, exporters, economic developers, professional services providers and agribusiness owners.
All sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon each day. The existing schedule is:
- Session 1: Global Business Opportunities for Small Business
- Session 2: Exploring Market Entry Strategies
- Session 3: International Trade Finance and Methods of Payment
- Session 4: International Shipping, Logistics and Supply Chains
In western Riverside County, sessions will be held Jan. 16, Jan. 30, Feb. 13 and Feb. 27 at the 2001 Iowa Street, Conference Room A in Riverside.
In eastern Riverside County, sessions will be held Mar. 13, Mar. 27, April 10 and April 24 at Rabobank Regional Business Center, Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, 3111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs.
The program has been developed in support of the National Export Initiative (NEI), which seeks to double nationwide exports within five years and create 2 million new jobs.
There are a limited number of seats to each session, so please RSVP if you plan to attend and cancel if you are not going to be able to make it. Send RSVP messages to Katrina Cline in the Office of Foreign Trade at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 951-955-8916.
Download the College of Foreign Trade 2013 flyer.