The Santa Clarita Valley’s local Center for International Trade Development, along with eight other centers under the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, has been presented with the President’s “E” award, the top award in recognition of the system’s ongoing contributions to increase U.S. exports.
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Created by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to recognize persons, firms, or organizations that contribute significantly to increasing United States exports, the “E” Award is the highest U.S. government recognition any American entity may receive for supporting export activity. The award program is managed by the federal Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.
“I am delighted to be recognizing this year’s Presidential ‘E’ Award winners for their outstanding contributions to U.S. exports and congratulate the California Community College Chancellor’s Office’s Centers for International Trade Development on its outstanding export achievement,” said Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank in a statement. “It is programs such as the CITD that are strengthening the economies of local communities, creating jobs, and contributing to the worldwide demand for ‘Made in the USA’ goods and services.”
The centers are supported by grants from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office’s Workforce and Economic Development division, which help to power California’s economy and grow its global competitiveness.
“The Center for International Trade Development has been a big part of our workforce training focus for two decades and we’re proud of what we have accomplished over that time,” said Chancellor Brice W. Harris in a statement. “We know that helping businesses get their products to foreign markets means providing them with training and access to funds. I believe we provide that service better than anyone.”
Since being approved in 2012, the CITD at College of the Canyons has helped small business owners and entrepreneurs understand the various stages of export/import trade development needed to see their businesses grow and succeed.
“This award is a great recognition of our efforts, and we are proud to receive it,” said COC Chancellor Dianne Van Hook. “We are equally proud of what we have enabled our clients to accomplish, and the successes they have achieved validate the benefits and importance of the CITD program.”
The center at COC routinely hosts an eight-part workshop series featuring expert speakers from a wide variety of export disciplines and geared to help businesses grow their exports. More than 332 companies and entrepreneurs have attended these workshops, and more than 40 companies have engaged with the CITD in one-on-one consulting sessions designed to help them start and grow the export side of their business.
“We are acutely aware of the need to help our small business clients grow sales,” said SBDC Director Steve Tannehill who also oversees the CITD. “Being a part of the award-winning CITD network provides us with a wealth of resources needed to help our small business clients start or expand their sales to international markets.”
About our local Center for International Trade Development
In January, 2012 College of the Canyons received approval to establish a Center for International Trade Development on the Valencia campus. This program operates as part of the SBDC, opening the doors for the SBDC and its team of advisors to begin providing resources, trainings, expert business advice and consulting services in the areas of international trade. The CITD program was established to help promote the state’s high capacity for international trade competitiveness, help exporter/importers excel in the international market and continually advance the state’s economic and job growth. The CITD at COC has access to a full range of either free or low cost trade assistance services to both companies and individuals looking to expand their international business presence.
For more information send an email to CITD@canyons.edu or call 661-362-5900.
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Source: Santa Clarita News