The California Centers for International Trade Development (CITD) have offices across the state and provide a full range of trade assistance services to companies and individuals in the state of California. We invest in California’s economic growth and global competitiveness through industry-specific education, training and services that contribute to a highly skilled and productive workforce.  Whether you are new or experienced in export or import, small or large, CITD has experts and resources ready to help you.  Our free or low cost programs and services include one-on-one technical assistance and consulting, market research, training and educational programs, trade leads and special events. The CITD is a place to learn about international matchmaking events and other programs taking place both in California and abroad.

Leah Goold-Haws, Director, Los Angeles Center for International Trade Development

About Leah


The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created by Governor Edmund G.Brown Jr. to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit assistance, regulatory guidance, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more.

Jesse Torres, Deputy Director
Phone: (877) 345-4633
Email: [email protected]

World Trade Center, Los Angeles

The World Trade Center Los Angeles (WTCLA) provides business assistance to international companies seeking to locate or expand operations in Los Angeles, and to local companies seeking to export products and services to the international market. As the leading international trade service and promotion organization in the Los Angeles region, WTCLA supports the development of international trade and business opportunities through our business assistance, educational and matchmaking programs.

Stephen Chung, President – World Trade Center –
Phone: 213-236- 4853
Email: [email protected]

Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s busiest seaports and is a leading gateway for international trade.  Trade valued annually at more than $180 billion moves through Long Beach, making it the second-busiest seaport in the United States.  The Port supports more than 30,000 jobs in Long Beach, 316,000 jobs throughout Southern California and 1.4 million jobs throughout the United States.

Phone: (562) 283-7000

Port of Los Angeles

Trade Connect is a trade education program that provides and co-sponsors a variety of seminars. Two of the main areas of focus for the Trade Connect Program include: Trade Connect Export Seminars which cover the fundamentals of exporting, including costs, risks and steps, and Regional Trade Forums which spotlight key countries and regions which are current or emerging trading partners and are held throughout the year.

Jim MacLellan – Director of Trade Development
Phone: (310) 732-3838
Email: [email protected]

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps small business owners succeed with low-cost training and no-cost one-on- one advising from experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts.

Patrick Nye, Executive Director of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship Programs
Phone: 562-938- 5100

The California Community College system is a key partner in the economic growth of the state of California providing job training, workforce


Strong Workforce Collaboration

The board of governors of the California Community Colleges convened a Taskforce on Workforce, Job Creation and Strong Economy with the goal to increase individual and regional economic competitiveness by providing California’s workforce with relevant skills and quality credentials that match employer needs and fuel a strong economy.

The Strategy

Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap.

The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy