Small Businesses Talk Exports During Port of San Diego Training Event

Contact: Tanya Castaneda, (619) 686-6330 - Published on .

sbaexport1Small business owners in San Diego looking for exporting opportunities learned about trade resources, financing and loan options, and logistics to help them access foreign markets at a special training session Wednesday, August 21, 2013.

The export-focused training, "Trade Resources for San Diego Exporters," was made possible at no cost to participants by the U.S. Small Business Administration – San Diego Office, the San Diego Center for International Trade Development, the Port of San Diego, and the U.S. Department of Commerce – San Diego Export Assistance Center.

The goal was to promote exports, as part of the Obama Administration's National Export Iniative (NEI), in order to strengthen the nation's economy, support additional jobs, and ensure long-term, sustainable growth.

Presenters included Matt Anderson with the U.S. Department of Commerce – San Diego Export Assistance Center, Martin Selander with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Joel Valenzuela, Director of Maritime Operations at the Port of San Diego, Norman Arikawa of the Port of Los Angeles, Matthew Behrendt of World Trans Services, Flavio Olivieri with the Tijuana Economic Development Corporation, Victor Castillo with the San Diego Center for International Trade Development, and Elizabeth Glynn with the California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.



Topics of discussion included:
  • Identifying and expanding overseas markets
  • Legal aspects of international trade
  • Financing export sales
  • Ports, global logistics and the supply chain
  • Opportunities in Mexico
  • California State Trade and Export Promotion (CalSTEP)


As part of its efforts to support maritime commerce, the Port of San Diego is among numerous regional partners currently participating in a regional exporting initiative led by the Brookings Institution, an internationally renowned think tank based in Washington, D.C.; and the City of San Diego.

An estimated 60 people attended the training in person. The event was also livestreamed. A recorded version is available.

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About the Port:

The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California. It was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula VistaCoronadoImperial BeachNational City and San Diego.

The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 20 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of more than 600 tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.

The Port of San Diego is an economic engine, an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety.

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