The Business & Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) at Cuesta College, in collaboration with numerous federal agencies, is hosting a unique seminar for the agriculture industry with the intent of stimulating commerce and increasing exports. Congresswoman Lois Capps will be a featured guest at the event on August 30.

Presenters at the event will include the US Department of Commerce, USDA Support Services, USDA Ag Research Services, Centers for International Trade Development (CITD), the Export-Import Bank of the United States and Rabobank.

“It is such a privilege to offer this industry-specific event while providing resources and opportunities in the area of export assistance, working capital, export credit insurance, direct loans and access to USDA patents,” said Israel Dominguez, director of the Business & Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College. “In addition to the technical assistance available to the agriculture industry, we are leveraging the resources of a number of organizations and agencies to truly help stimulate economic growth in a time when it is needed most.”

There is no charge to attend the event on Tuesday, August 30. The Ag Seminar will be held from 3-6 p.m. with a reception from 6-7 p.m. in the Cuesta College Associated Students Auditorium, Room 5401.

"As part of the National Export Initiative, we’re working with the Business & Entrepreneurship Center and our local communities to reach out and assist small businesses in their exporting endeavors,” said Glen Roberts, director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Bakersfield. “Each company will find new resources and strategies to assist with their global growth expansion.”

Attendees must RSVP. For registration information, visit

Released Aug. 17, 2011