Export Assistance Partners

The following state and federal resources are available in California to further support international trade development.

U.S. Domestic & Foreign Commercial Service U.S. Domestic & Foreign Commercial Service

This is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. There are 13 U.S. Commercial Service offices in California:

Monterey Silicon Valley Los Angeles (Downtown)
San Rafael San Diego Oakland
Orange County Fresno Sacramento
Inland Empire Ventura San Francisco

For more information, visit the U.S. Export Portal.


U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) logo U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The U.S. Small Business Administration is a federal agency that delivers counseling, training, and financing to entrepreneurs to plan, start and grow their small business.  It has a particular focus on assisting exporters – via export counseling, loan guarantees for commercial loans to grow exports, and funding for export development grants. There are 6 SBA District Offices in California and 3 SBA Export Finance Centers:

Export Finance Centers (SF, LA, Irvine) San Francisco Sacramento
Fresno Los Angeles Santa Ana
San Diego    



Export Import Bank Export – Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank)

The Export-Import 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 turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy. There are 3 Western Region Ex-Im Bank offices in California: Irvine, San Francisco, and San Diego.


District Export Council District Export Council

In partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service, District Export Council’s provide workshops and seminars on exporting. There are 5 District Export Council’s in California:

Northern California Inland Empire Southern California
San Diego & Imperial Central California DEC  



The World Trade Centers The World Trade Centers

The World Trade Center aims to facilitate trade by providing education, compiling resources, and building connections by hosting global delegations. There are 3 World Trade Center offices in California:

Northern California Los Angeles San Diego