California: Resources

California Centers for International Trade Development (CITD)

California Centers for International Trade Development (CITD) statewide network provides free or low-cost services to California businesses looking to expand internationally. Services include an export readiness assessment, export finance assistance, and a database covering trade information. Also included on this site is a statewide list of CITD events and training opportunities, as well as a collection of downloadable international trade reports.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 4, 2016

California Chamber of Commerce

The site for the California Chamber of Commerce provides news updates on economic matters, along with information on government-business relations. The site also includes information on international activities and trade, as well as a section detailing California's employment laws. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 4, 2016

California Labor & Workforce Development Agency

The Labor and Workforce section of the official California website provides information on many specific labor-related initiatives. Programs on workforce development are provided, as well as labor law information.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 4, 2016

California Secretary of State Business Programs

The business programs section of the California Secretary of State website contains a wealth of valuable information including relevant news and notices, important customer alerts, and a useful business entities section that includes forms, samples and fees, filing tips, FAQs, and more. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 4, 2016

Employment Development Department

The Employment Development Department of the State of California puts out various publications on the California labor market, industries, and economy in general. Data is also provided on various topics such as industry employment and unemployment rates.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 4, 2016

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is devoted to developing California's economy by providing services to help start and grow a business, export, and conduct foreign investment. Its website is divided into sections which discuss the basics of starting a business, relocating and expanding, and conducting international business. GO-Biz also provides numerous programs which are listed and described in detail on the website with corresponding contact information and forms.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 4, 2016

Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC)

The Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC) aims to facilitate exports and attract foreign direct investment to create jobs in the Los Angeles area. The site offers a list of export programs in the Los Angeles region, market research, and international trade counseling services, as well as information on trade initiatives, export finance, and foreign investment. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 4, 2016

San Diego State University's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)

San Diego State University's CIBER is involved in international business education and research, language training, student and faculty international exchanges, and executive education outreach programs, all with the goal of promoting United States companies' competitiveness abroad. The center also supports conferences, workshops, and seminars related to international business.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 4, 2016

Small Business Development Centers of California

The California Small Business Development Center helps provide small business owners and entrepreneurs in California with the tools and guidance needed to become successful. The center provides California entrepreneurs with guidance concerning business plan development, start up basics, financing, money management, and international trade. The site contains information regarding these specific services as well as a library of business resources.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 4, 2016

U.S. Export Assistance Center of California

The California branch of the Department of Commerce specializes in helping small to medium sized companies develop and execute exporting strategies. Fees vary and are based on the service being provided. This website provides links to the offices serving northern, southern, and central California with maps of each region.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 4, 2016

World Trade Center Northern California

The Northern California World Trade Center helps to facilitate trade for businesses in Northern California by providing education, resources, and connections. The site contains information regarding the center's events and programs. Business people and companies that choose to become members of the center receive discounted rates for events, networking opportunities with the international trade community, and protocol services.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 4, 2016

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