About Global Access Program-GAP. now in its 4th year, brings college seniors and businesses together to accelerate the entry of your export-ready firms into overseas markets. The program includes:
- Dedicated student team research: A team of CSUSB college seniors taking a capstone business course will investigate your firm’s need using primary and secondary resources of CSUSB and engage in a dialogue with the firm’s leaders to understand their concerns, challenges, and capabilities.
- Live global exchange: Using video conferencing at the state-of-the-art theatre on the CSUSB campus, all clients and student teams will have a live global exchange with prospective foreign partners, experts, business leaders, and government officials. Clients will hear about best practices, market opportunities and regulations from the overseas experts, and will be able to ask in-depth questions.
- Final Market Research Report: Student teams will submit a final report and present their findings to clients.
Deadlines and Timeline-
-March 27th – application and export-readiness survey deadline for the client firms
-April 10th – Need assessment finalized and student team assigned to each client
-May 29th - Draft report/ presentation submitted to the clients
-May 31st – Live global exchange at CSUSB
-June 12th – Final report and presentation shared with the clients
The U.S. Small Business Administration is also a participating partner of the Global Access Program.
About the Expert Mentor - Sarita D. Jackson, Ph.D. is the adjunct professor at the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration at Cal State San Bernardino. She is founder, president and CEO of the Global Research Institute of International Trade (GRIIT), a think-tank/consulting firm focused on international trade. Her studies on bilateral free trade agreements and the World Trade Organization have been published in a number of top peer-reviewed academic journals both nationally and internationally. In 2010, she received the Fulbright Scholar/Lecture Award to the Dominican Republic to teach a seminar on free trade negotiations, conduct research on the US-Dominican Republic free trade negotiations, and share her research with business owners, industry representatives, students and government officials. Her areas of expertise include free trade agreements, free trade negotiations, World Trade Organization, free trade rules, export opportunities and challenges.