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San Diego Local Partners
The San Diego office of the U.S. Commercial Service partners with a number of organizations in order to better support exporters in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

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Our Export Assistance Partners

Export-Import Bank of the U.S. (EXIM) - Western Region

EXIM is an independent federal agency that fills gaps in private export finance in order to bolster U.S. job growth at no cost to American taxpayers.  EXIM provides trade financing solutions - including export credit insurance, working capital guarantees, and guarantees of commercial loans to foreign buyers - to empower exporters of U.S. goods and services. Los Angeles area contact: Sandra Donzella, Deputy Managing Director, Tel: (619) 517-1822,


SBA Office of International Trade 

Most U.S. banks view loans for exporters as risky.  This makes it harder for you to get loans for things like day-to-day operations, advance orders with suppliers, and refinancing existing debts. That’s why the SBA created programs to provide lenders with up to a 90 percent guaranty on export loans. To learn more about SBA export loan programs, contact: Pellson Lau, SBA Export Finance Manager, Tel: (213) 894-8267,


Minority Business Development Agency

The mission of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is to promote the growth of minority owned businesses through the mobilization and advancement of public and private sector programs, policy, and research. 


Western United States Agricultural Trade Association

WUSATA® delivers programs and services that allow western U.S. agribusinesses to Learn, Connect, and Compete in the Export Market. Our programs bring results to companies at every stage of the exporting cycle. Visit our services pages to learn more about how we can help you cultivate international markets.

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

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as the State of California’s leader for job growth, economic development and business assistance efforts. GO-Biz provides export assistance via the California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). To learn more, please visit:


San Diego and Imperial District Export Council

The San Diego & Imperial DEC provides local leadership in international trade to the San Diego community through its 25 plus member council of international trade veterans and experts, who are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. The Council and its members support international trade education and advocacy to support the growth of international trade in the San Diego region. Using its unique relationship with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service, the DEC supports export promotion through community outreach and works with local trade organizations to support international trade counseling and education.

SDIDEC Scholar - Richard Mattison
Tel: (760) 638-0804

Logo of California Small Business Development Centers

The California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program is an extensive network of forty-five small business service centers leading the charge in providing tools and guidance needed to help you realize your potential as an entrepreneur. Find your local SBDC here: 


SDSU Center for International Business Education and Research

SDSU CIBER is a national center of excellence funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. One of 15 centers nationwide, our center was one of the first five established in 1989 and assists in linking workforce and information needs of U.S. business with the international education, language training, and research capacities of universities across the U.S. The Center is located in Fowler College of Business as part of the Center for Advancing Global Business and collaborates with colleges and universities throughout the world.


San Diego Regional EDC, World Trade Center San Diego

As the international affiliate of San Diego Regional EDC, World Trade Center San Diego cultivates a pipeline of export-ready firms, maximizes foreign direct investment (FDI) opportunities, and enhances San Diego’s connectivity to the markets that matter most.


Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation

IVEDC is a partnership of private enterprise and local government united by the common vision of expanding and diversifying the economy. As Imperial County’s official economic development organization, IVEDC promotes a robust and diversified economy. With the collaboration of strategic alliances and the border community, IVEDC facilitates regional development and stimulates target industries such as agriculture, energy, data centers and aerospace.

TMA Blue Tech

TMA BlueTech

TMA BlueTechTM is the non-profit industry association and cluster organizer for the San Diego ocean and water technologies community. Its tag line is Promoting BlueTech and Blue Jobs®