On Thursday, March 15, the Inland Empire Center for International Trade Development, in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Riverside County Office of Foreign Trade, concluded its five-week seminar known as the Export Trade Assistance Partnership, or ETAP. Over 20 small business leaders and entrepreneurs from across Southern California attended the five-week program where guest speakers discussed topics dealing with exporting including financing, legal issues and shipping. ETAP ended with a session dedicated to e-commerce and how small business could use the internet to boost their sales abroad.
This exclusive training program is carefully designed to give business executives strategies, insights, and a ready network of contacts necessary to successfully expand sales globally. Since exporting is a necessary part of a strong company's growth strategy, these courses provided participants with the hands on tools and the latest information necessary to succeed. In addition, through this course, participants were informed about effective finance and marketing assistance currently available through both state and federal agencies and walked away knowing precisely how to leverage these resources. Participants who had attended at least three of the five sessions also received a certificate of completion from CITD, SBA, and Riverside County.
Riverside ETAP Graduating Class included:
Retired military officer – Special Operations with worldwide experience- interested in exporting to Africa.
Marine Veteran –Interested in launching web service business for SME’s in Peru and adjoining markets in Latin America.
Solar systems manufacturer – expanding to Belize and other global markets.
Import Trading Company- interested in exporting to Italy and other countries in Europe.
Import Trading company interested in exporting products to Asian markets.
Retired Aerospace engineer -interested in exporting culinary products to Latin America.
Consultants -interested in sourcing products for Africa.
Harvard trained attorney- interested in learning more in order to better assist medical device and technology based companies in Licensing and M&A In global markets
A Ph.D in Management - interested in training companies about cultural sensitivity when seeking to do business the Arabic markets
Successful company in the DIY market seeking to enter global markets with an HVAC related product line.
Husband and wife of Peruvian decent interested in marketing products to Latin America.
A distributor of toner related products looking to expand his product line and enter into Global Markets.
Consultant representing a number of Mexican companies interested in developing cross border trade.
Consultant from Africa looking to promote cross border trade.
Representative of the Inland Empire Asian Business Association – interested in learning how to access new markets
A visually impaired individual exploring new business development opportunities in global markets
Success story: At the conclusion of the ETAP program, a manufacturer of HVAC products established a business relationship with a trading company also in attendance to sell products throughout Europe.
While this ETAP is over, CITD and SBA are currently planning to host our next ETAP seminar in San Bernardino County in May. Be sure to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter or like us on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter to hear the latest information about ETAP and all of CITD's offerings.