Rural Far North Hosts 2016 California-Mexico Trade and Investment Summit
On November 17th, numerous local, regional, state and federal economic development agencies partnered to bring Far Northern California the “California-Mexico Trade Summit and Investment Summit” presented by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and ProMéxico.
Businesses and service providers from the region gathered at the Shasta Venture HUB to discuss international trade opportunity with our southern partners and hear first-hand accounts of past and current trade ventures and the North State’s distinct assets, which offer trade and investment opportunities for businesses in both California and Mexico.
Three diverse panels of experts and service providers covered a multitude of topics, including stimulating economic development in rural communities through increased international trade sales and foreign direct Investment, North State regional economic advantages, opportunities, resources and, of course, cross border business opportunities.
One person in attendance was local business owner, Mimi Moseley, owner of popular Shasta County winery Moseley Family Cellars. While Moseley has been looking at international sales options for a couple years, many of the opportunities presented at the event were new to her and her take away from the event was encouraging.
“I had not considered Mexico as an option for international trade until I heard all the many ways our country and Mexico are striving to help small businesses see ways to reach beyond our borders. The event was convenient and quite informative. Many thanks for allowing the Northern California businesses an opportunity usually reserved for larger cities,” she said.
Another attendee was Shasta College instructor Scott Gordon, who currently teaches the region’s only hands-on, community college “Intro to International Business” course. Events like this trade summit offer Gordon a chance to take current information and global business trends back to his classroom.
“I appreciated hearing the different perspectives about trade, and hearing the tips from the experts in the field,” Gordon said. “I am looking forward to sharing this information with my students.”
The director of the Far North Center for International Trade Development (CITD), Angela Cordell, was one of the summit collaborators and sponsors, and noted how valuable it is for all of the participating organizations to come together on behalf of local businesses.
“Never before has it been so important for small businesses and the upcoming workforce throughout rural California to understand the opportunities available in global trade,” said Cordell. “There are so many local, state and federal resources that offer the tools people need to get started, but the region must be made aware of them.”
Finally, Tony Giovaniello, president of the Shasta Economic Development Corporation and host of the Shasta Venture HUB summed the event up well when he said, “As our companies look at avenues to expand, it is nice to see that there are partnerships and support organizations, both government and private, with wonderful experience and tools to facilitate and demystify this unknown arena. I encourage our businesses to reach out to this new support community, and embark upon new paths to increased prosperity.”