Partner Organizations and Resources

The San Diego & Imperial DEC works with local, state, and federal organizations to provide resources and  educational opportunities to help facilitate trade.

U.S Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service, San Diego Export Assistance Center 

The U S. Department of Commerce’s local office that has a staff of international trade specialists with industry specific knowledge to help San Diego area companies export their product or service abroad through counseling and promotional services. (The U.S. Government’s Export Portal) brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American business in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace.

National DEC 

District Export Counci’s (DECs) are organizations of leaders from the local business community, appointed by successive Secretaries of Commerce, whose knowledge of international business provides a source of professional advice for local firms. The purpose of the National DEC is to facilitate dialogue and communication between all the regional DECs around the U.S. and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

World Trade Center San Diego 

San Diego World Trade Center (SDWTC) is licensed by the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) in New York City and is affiliated with an international network of over 750,000 international trading corporations. There are over 309 members in 90 countries. They are involved in the development or operation of World Trade Centers or in providing related services.

Export Import (Exim) Bank 

The Export-Import Bank of the United Stated (Ex-im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-im Bank’s mission is to assist in financing the export of US. goods and services to international markets. Ex-im Bank enables U.S. companies – large and small – to run export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy.

Center for International Trade Development (CITD) 

The Center for International Trade Development (CITD) provides a unique set of resources to assist potential and existing businesses achieve success! Our staff and counselors are here to assist you in realizing your business goals in the global market.  Funded by the U.S. Small business Administration (SBA), The Chancellor’s Office of California community Colleges, and Southwestern College — we provide business assistance at no cost to our clients.

Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE)

SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  SCORE has 370 chapters throughout the United States and its territories, with 11,200 volunteers nationwide. Both working and retired executives and business owners donate time and expertise as business counselors.

Institute of the Americas

Established in 1983 at the initiative of the Gildred Foundation and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the Institute of the Americas is recognized as a leading institution in United States-Canada-Latin America cooperation.  Since its inception, the Institute has brought together business and government leaders and representatives of civil society. The Institute is best known for its energy and technology programs. The Institute’s multi-national team also organizes executive roundtables and professional workshops as well as an active community outreach program. Because of its strategic location on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Institute places a special emphasis on Mexico while offering programs on a wide range of topics in the rest of the Western Hemisphere.

San Diego Port Authority

The Port of San Diego was created by the state Legislature in 1962 to manage San Diego Bay and surrounding waterfront land. With more than 600 employees, the agency oversees the protection and development of the Bay. The Port is made up of Imperial Beach, National City, Chula Vista, San Diego and Coronado waterfront properties.  The Port is governed by a seven-member Board of Port Commissioners; one commissioner each is appointed by the city councils of Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach and National City, and three commissioners are appointed by the San Diego City Council.

Bureau of Industry and Security

BIS Mission: Advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership.

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