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Export Seminar at UCR Palm Desert

Export Fundamentals Seminar Set For January at UCR Palm Desert

Jan. 24 seminar is first of a series designed to help Coachella Valley businesses tap the export sector, which has risen 53 percent in past four years, generating nearly $5 million in International sales

(December 22, 2005)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — The U.S. Department of Commerce and UCR Palm Desert are offering a year-long international trade seminar series, beginning Jan. 24, to discuss and examine important and emerging issues associated with global commerce.

The series will appeal specifically to the Coachella Valley’s small and medium-sized businesses — especially those new to the export process or that have received inquiries from foreign buyers — that are interested in capturing global market share.

The inaugural seminar titled, “Export Fundamentals: Your Passport to Global Markets,” is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the Richard J. Heckmann International Center for Entrepreneurial Management on the campus of UCR Palm Desert, 75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive.

Cynthia Torres, director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service Coachella Valley Export Assistance Center, will demystify the export process. Through interactive presentations, Torres will discuss export readiness, commodity classifications, that gathering of empirical data and sample export strategies.

Future seminar series topics will include how to drive international buyers to small business Web sites, international commercial terms and export documentation, export financing, and how to find international buyers online.

Seminars are open to the public at $60 per person and $20 for students. To register, visit, or call Cynthia Torres at 760-342-4455.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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