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First Annual Orange County and Southern California International Trade Forecast

(FULLERTON, CA)  Local business owners, faculty, and community leaders joined the Orange County/ Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (OC/IE SBDC) and the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting last night for the first annual Orange County and Southern California International Trade Forecast.

The Forecast, led by Dr. Mira Farka and Dr. Adrian Fleissig, provided extensive analysis and forecasts for merchandise exports for the Southern California Region. Farka and Fleissig also provided a detailed account of merchandise exports by total volume, main destination country, by region, and by main sectors for the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), Orange County, and the Inland Empire (Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario) MSA.

The main goal was to provide an update of the general export trends, assess the region’s performance and identify opportunities for businesses and local governments as they move forward to meet the demands and challenges of an increasingly globalized marketplace in a post-recession environment characterized by tepid growth and a multitude of risk factors. You can view or download the International Trade forecast here.

“This was a great event that brought all of the Orange County/Inland Empire International Trade community together to get a glimpse of where the trends are heading and what businesses should be gearing up for” said Mike Daniel, Regional Director for the Orange County/Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Network.

Daniel has recently developed an International Trade Team to provide small business owners throughout Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties with the tools and guidance needed to tap new markets abroad.

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