Kern BEC continued outreach with the agricultural industry by supporting our federal, state and local government partners at the World Ag Expo, February 14-16, 2012 in Tulare, California. Kern BEC assisted by connecting international buyers with regional growers, producers and brokers. Attending international delegates were mass importers who purchase in bulk for redistribution in their respective country. To date, several agribusinesses report successful transactions, and trade discussions continue with buyers in new markets.
February 2012 - The 87th appellation in California is located between Santa Barbara and San Francisco. It’s been underserved in international exports for many years and has some of the best wines in California. The BEC’s from Kern Community College District and Cuesta College collaborated on the event reaching to Central Valley and Central Coast wine growers and producers.
The event was offered to the appellation, and supporting counties, and was a comprehensive seminar. Topics included: Business Support Services to assist the wine industry; Banking and Finance – various international banking operations discussing details about payment collection, Export Import Bank of the U.S. credit insurance and other banking nuance; Logistics – what is expected to ship, what type of movements are best for handling wine, and what documentation will be required; and the culminating event was a live- Market briefing from the USDA in Hong Kong, China.
At the conclusion of the event wineries interested in exporting their product were invited to participate in a virtual wine match making event. The BECs will assist in exporting samples of wines to international buyers who will then participate in the virtual wine match making event providing regional sellers an opportunity to negotiate the sale of their wines to international buyers.
Participating partners included: Atascadero Chamber of Commerce, US Department of Commerce; Export-Import Bank of the United States, Embassy Wine Distributors, JIB International, and the USDA Foreign Agricultural Services in Hong Kong, China.
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February 1, 2012 – The Kern BEC hosted a Singapore Oil & Gas Market update seminar held at the Weill Institute in Bakersfield, California. The purpose of this event was to provide a market update and information on how to access Singapore’s $400 billion oil & gas market. The event was live-streamed over the Internet reaching small businesses extending past the Central Valley.
Presenting at the event was Commercial Specialist from the US Commercial Service American Embassy in Singapore. The event was designed to strengthen existing exporting programs to Asia; assist with collaboration between industry, education, and government; and expand opportunities that stimulate commerce.