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International Trade and Investment News
Fall 2016       
The County of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency (EDA) is promoting an international trade and investment program countywide.

The primary goal of the program is to inform business about opportunities to expand markets on a global scale and attract investment from abroad to improve processes and increase productivity across the supply chain. 

A Banner Year for
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
In 2014 (the latest available data), U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-owned firms employed 6.4 million Americans. The data from 2013 was also revised upward from 6.1 to 6.2 million jobs directly supported by FDI. 

FDI is also enhancing U.S. global competitiveness with increased spending on high-value activities such as research and development (R&D). These U.S.-based affiliates of majority foreign-owned firms spent nearly $57 billion on R&D activities in the United States. 
The program includes: conducting on-site business visits and consulting sessions, educational webinars and workshops, and increasing San Bernardino County's brand visibility and name recognition in countries such as China, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Taiwan.

Brand visibility has been increased in China through participation in SelectUSA Roadshows. Presentations showcasing the County and its assets were held in Beijing, Urumuqi, Chengdu, Zhengzhou, Chongqing, Wuhan, and Fuzhou.

A concentrated regional effort has been made to strengthen collaborative partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies to leverage all available assets and services. Partners include:
Did You Know? San Bernardino County Fast Facts 
40 miles from the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach
3 major airports
2 major railways
GDP of $1 trillion USD
Local market of 23 million people
Labor force of 1.5 million people
20+ Colleges and Universities
Trade Mission to Asia
The County is planning for a Trade Mission to Asia for local San Bernardino County businesses. The visit will include focused industry match-making meetings, informative workshops, tours of manufacturing facilities and business networking opportunities. Financial assistance may be available through the STEP program.

If you would like more information, please contact Andi Cannon or Marissa Rivera at the San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency at (909) 387-4700 or or
Success Story
finance_papers.jpgThe County recently welcomed Pacific Paint Tools, a majority held Foreign Owned Enterprise. Located in the City of Ontario, this paint accessories distribution company opened its doors through investment from a 25-year old Chinese company located in Shanghai. It is estimated 50 jobs will be created.  
Local Business Outreach
Over the last 6 months, the EDA has reached out to over 900 local manufacturing businesses promoting the benefits of international trade and market diversification. This outreach resulted in nearly 100 in-person visits to San Bernardino County businesses. During these visits, staff provided information on available services, and, the opportunity for a one-on-one consultation with an international business development expert.

As your partner in business, the Economic Development Agency provides many services to local businesses. For more information, contact the San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency at (909) 387-4700 or visit
Trade & Business Development Resources

California Centers for International Trade Development - CITD
Assists California business to expand internationally as well as help colleges become more globalized.

California's single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts.

Non-profit consulting company that helps customers increase ROI by improving efficiency.

Federal organization that can help secure funding for export and import growth.

State program that improves California's national and global competitiveness by stimulating partnerships, economic development, and job creation around specific research clusters.
Stimulates economic growth in the Inland Empire by providing small businesses and entrepreneurs with expert consulting, effective training and access to resources.
International Trade Association
Information about US Government export assistance programs, general export counseling, and country and regional market information. 

Provides online Certificates of Free Sale and Certificates of Origin.

Provides trade education programs and seminars. 

US Government Agency tat provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses.
In Other News
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Antwan D. Griffin and Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, Co-Chairperson of the Inland Valley Development Agency recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand trade opportunities at San Bernardino International Airport. Read more here.
  • Fourth District Supervisor Curt Hagman recently returned from a trip to China promoting San Bernardino County and the Ontario International Airport. Read more here
  • A local San Bernardino County business is growing through exportation of their products to South America, Australia, Mexico and Canada. Read more here.
County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors 
James C. Ramos, Chairman, Third District Supervisor
Robert A. Lovingood, Vice Chairman, First District Supervisor
Janice Rutherford, Second District Supervisor
Curt Hagman, Fourth District Supervisor 
Josie Gonzales, Fifth District Supervisor 
Gregory C. Devereaux, Chief Executive Officer 
County of San Bernardino EDA | |
385 North Arrowhead Ave., 3rd Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415