CITC COVID-19 Business Resources

Stay Connected, Stay Positive, and Keep Your Business Afloat During the COVID-19 Shutdown

Pressing Forward Through the Coronavirus Crisis

With the rapid global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last six weeks, there is mounting concern about the macro economy. There is widespread anticipation of a global recession as manufacturing, production and trade slows or halts completely in many parts of the world, particularly in China. It is unclear yet whether these interruptions will be temporary or more long-term.

The U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has reported that the U.S. economy and supply chain is second hardest impacted after the European Union as a result of China’s manufacturing slowdown. Additionally, there are reports that Amazon is prioritizing essential and health-related items in its distribution centers to meet the most pressing needs of its customers, especially those affected directly by COVID-19. Fortunately, many shipping and delivery companies, like UPS and FedEx, are still operating on a relatively normal schedule.

Coronavirus Resources for California Businesses

We recognize this is a worrisome time for California small business owners and their employees, whose livelihoods depend on the ability to keep moving – especially if the majority of their business is global. 

The following are helpful resources for your business from state, government, and vetted private entities:

CITC: Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

COVID Conversations From The Field

COVID Conversations Webinar Series

The Coronavirus is impacting businesses at home and abroad. This crisis presents businesses with an opportunity to either establish or continue to grow your online presence.

In partnership with the L.A. Mayor’s Office, the Los Angeles Trade Coalition Presents a series of regional online webinars featuring in-country experts created to help businesses stay home and sell global.

COVID-19 Business Support Articles

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Global Trade Virtual Internship Program (VIP)

The Global Trade Virtual Internship Program (VIP) is a virtual digital media and global marketing internship program. Led by an industry-certified digital marketing expert, students complete project-based internships in support of businesses looking to expand their digital presence into overseas and/or domestic markets.

Students work in remote teams to present ongoing project updates to their host business alongside their industry expert, and create a final data-driven presentation for the company that they can use to show potential employers.

With many employees asked to work at home, now more than ever, the VIP provides services that are timely and adaptive to workforce needs and market conditions.


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Financing your exports and getting paid

Increasing global sales

How to ship your products

Using export data to find markets and price products

How to identify international markets for your products

Improving your cultural intelligence

How to write an export plan

Using ecommerce and social media to expand sales overseas

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