There are a number of excellent state and local organizations in Northern California that can help you develop export business.
The Northern California-Sacramento Regional Center for International Trade Development (CITD) is part of a statewide organization that assists California’s small businesses in their efforts to advance their global competitiveness. It provides training, technical assistance, export counseling, and educational services in international trade and business that contribute to a highly skilled and productive workforce to help California’s business owners, importers, exporters and staff improve their ability to trade and expand their international trade knowledge. The Center is located at: 1410 Ethan Way, Sacramento, tel: 916.563.3200.
The California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) has two goals: Assist small businesses to begin to export, and help companies expand by exporting into new markets. Activities include support for qualified small businesses to participate in:
- International trade shows
- Trade missions
- Other export promotion activities
California STEP is administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBiz), supported by a statewide network of STEP Partners to implement a range of export promotion programs serving multiple sectors, including: Information & Telecommunications Technologies, Green Technologies, Aerospace and Defense, Food and Agricultural Products, California Lifestyle Products, Medical Equipment, Scientific Instrumentation, Transportation Equipment and Industrial Machinery. Contact: Stephen Tachiera, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 N. Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, tel: (916) 403-6525, email: Stephen.Tachiera@cdfa.ca.gov.
The California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program is the leader in providing small business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance needed to become successful in today’s challenging economic climate.
The SBDC provides comprehensive business guidance on most business issues, including international trade, and all of the following:
- best practices for small businesses
- business plan development
- start-up basics
- procurement & contracting opportunities
- regulatory compliance
- money management
- manufacturing assistance
The NorCalWTC helps companies develop their international business through education, resources and connections. They are a membership-based, apolitical 501 (c) (3) non-profit established in 1996. As part of the World Trade Center Association, the NorCalWTC helps form a network of 324 World Trade Centers around the globe in 89 countries. The association serves as an ‘international ecosystem’ of global connections and integrated trade services.
The NorCalWTC also hosts more than 1,000 international visitors each year. You can contact them to learn more about their international exchange programs and how WTC members can engage with these international visitors. They have two locations: Northern California World Trade Center Sacramento: (916) 447-9827, and Global Ties San Francisco: (415) 528-3542 .