January 15, 2014
Joan Galvan, Public Information Officer
(805) 965-0581 ext. 2307
SBCC Center for International Trade Development Hosts Vintners Export Symposium January 24
Santa Barbara City College’s Center for International Trade Development (CITD) will host the Vintners’ Export Symposium, on Friday, January 24, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton and from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Fess Parker Winery. The symposium brings together wineries, experts on the exportation of wine, and local resources and agencies that can assist with vintners’ exportation strategies and goals. The Symposium is offered in partnership with Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association, the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County, the Ventura and Santa Barbara County Small Business Development Centers, the Business and Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.
“Wine is economic development too,” says CITD Director Melissa Moreno. “Our goal is to raise awareness of the resources and opportunities available in the Central Coast region of California for wineries to begin an export program. When 90% of all the wine produced in this country is from California, and only 17% of production is exported, there is significant untapped opportunity.”
The Center for International Trade Development at Santa Barbara City College is the result of a Global Trade & Logistics grant awarded from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office as part of its Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy campaign. Goals of the grant include connecting industry with education and training that results in actual job creation and global economic stimulation. The Vintners’ Export Symposium is a first step toward raising awareness of opportunities in our region and helping wineries connect the dots to global trade.
Experts attending include Glen Roberts from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Marianne Hughes from the U.S. Import Export Bank, the District Export Council of Southern California and Ray Bowman from the Small Business Development Center and CITD.
The event is only $10 to attend and includes breakfast, lunch and wine tasting. For more information please call Melissa Moreno (805) 892-3643 or register to attend at http://vintners.eventbrite.com
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