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Whether you’re an established business or a spunky startup, exports are a great way to grow a better business and your bottom line. Fortunately, Los Angeles has many resources to help you at any stage of the process.
Exporting is a great way to grow a better business. It simply helps you expand your bottom line by increasing and diversifying your sales, grow a global presence and brand, access competitive world-wide distribution networks, and take advantage of international economies of scale and experience. You can learn about success stories from a diverse range of companies from all over the United States here.
The Los Angeles region is home to one of the largest trade service communities in the country. You can download the Los Angeles Export Resource Directory to see over 10 trade resources available to you in Los Angeles.
If you are not sure where to start, you can continue reading to find some of the resources that may best fit you at your stage of export-readiness and your specific project.
Many local organizations hosts introductory workshops and seminars to provide the latest market insights and networking opportunities with public and private service providers and other like-minded business leaders like yourself.
Port of Los Angeles hosts workshops and seminars for you to learn about opportunities, skills and requirements, and connect with one of the largest trade community in the country. You can visit the Port’s calendar to learn more about upcoming Trade Connect seminars and Trade University workshops.
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Center for Global Trade and Foreign Investment hosts regular workshops and seminars that cover a wide range of international economic and business topics from experts in the field—also great for experienced companies looking to gain cutting-edge insights and connect with the trade community. Check out the Chamber’s International Trade Calendar for events in Los Angeles and abroad.
World Trade Center Los Angeles provides business assistance to local companies seeking to export products and services to the international market and hosts and promotes international trade events in Los Angeles. You can find these events on the WTCLA events calendar.
If you’re new to exports, Los Angeles offers opportunities with programs that connect you with experts and mentors and even help you develop a plan to get you started.
Milken Institute New-to-Export 101 provides mentorship to guide new-to-export companies through a standardized set of services to ensure they receive the knowledge, training, and support they need to succeed. You may contact Maurice Kogan at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
CMTC ExporTech™ provides executive teams of manufacturing businesses with workshops to develop an export plan with experts in all steps of the export process and seasoned export service providers. You can find more information and register for the latest workshops on CMTC’s website.
If you are more established, have an advanced plan, or need some assistance with an existing project, Los Angeles have a range of specialists
The U.S. Commercial Service is your one-stop shop for federal export assistance with trade professionals in over 75 countries. The Commercial Service's Gold Key Matchmaking Service provides your company with a full matchmaking service that helps identify, vet, and arrange meetings with interested partners overseas. Contact your closest U.S. Export Assistance Center for more information.
The Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association represents the region's customs brokers and freight forwarders and can provide referrals. Contact Deb Johnson at email@example.com for more details.
You've secured a sale but you need financing and insurance. There are federal resources to help you close the gap and fulfill your order.
The U.S. Small Business Administration - Office of International Trade supports small businesses' international trade development and assists them in accessing export financing. Contact Pellson Lau at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Export-Import Bank is the official U.S. export credit agency that provides working capital, insurance, and direct loans to empower U.S exporters. Contact Gregory Moore at email@example.com for more information.
For a comprehensive guide on exporting, the U.S. Commercial Service provides “A Basic Guide to Exporting.”