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Trade Connect offers a series of workshops (101, 201, 301, 401 and 501) which start with the basics involved in exporting, including procedures, research resources and professional support services and progress through advanced workshops which covers subjects in greater depth. Here is a list of the workshops offered through Trade Connect:

101 Introductory Workshops
Introductory export seminar which introduce SME’s (Small-to-medium size businesses) to exporting, with the goal of assisting their entry into international markets. It summarizes the basics in exporting, including costs, risks and steps involved and introduces the participants to resources and services available.

201 Intermediate Workshop (video will be available soon)
A more intensive follow-up on a single subject that delves into the important details of exporting. This three hour workshop is taught by industry specialists. Example would be the mechanics involved in Trade Finance and Insurance presented by a team of a local export bank, a trade insurance company, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the U.S. Small Business Association, and a private entity providing information on tax incentives.

301 Advanced Series
An educational program for new and ready to export companies designed to support business planning, decision making and preparation of an effective business process for adding or expanding export activities. This comprises 8 or more three hour sessions teaching segments including export readiness assessment, sales techniques, international business cultures, matchmaking, legal do’s and don’ts, finding and entering foreign markets and more. The program provides presentations by subject matter experts, information about sources for research and references to a wide range of public and professional support resources. Trade Connect has partnered with the District Export Council of Southern California and the U.S. Department of Commerce to also present this series under the banner of Export University.

401 Emerging Markets (video will be available soon)
Regional market seminars and conferences which focus attention on the Port’s main and emerging markets, with the goals of providing updated market conditions and assisting with networking to facilitate increased trade. Examples would include seminars on trade opportunities in regions such as Asia and Latin America (West Coast), but can also focus on individual countries.

501 Specialized Commodities Program (video will be available soon)
Seminars which focus on targeted export sectors such as agriculture and food products, fashion, green tech, aerospace etc. Small and medium-sized companies are grouped based on their core competency and harmonized code system. Subject matter experts who specialize in a certain product or industry provide information specific to the industry. Examples range from wine and gourmet food to suppliers to the aerospace industry. These programs often include presentations on helpful trade shows in the specific sector, both domestic and international.

In cooperation with other agencies and professional associations, presentations are made on services which are available, including:

In addition to the introduction to expert services, practical techniques of risk mitigation are presented at the workshop. This program connects businesses with the essential resources provided by the following government entities:

Federal
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Export Import Bank
U.S. Small Business Administration (Export Assistance Center)
U.S. Southern California Regional District Export Council

State
California International Trade Development Centers (California Community Colleges)

City
Port of Los Angeles (including overseas offices)
Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA)
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

Trade Connect supports President Obama’s National Export Initiative at the local and regional level for small- to medium-size enterprises in the Greater Los Angeles region.