For our final discussion in our Exporting for Growth series, we are going to Los Angeles to talk to small business owners about starting or expanding their business globally. As of March 2011, exporting supported over 700,000 jobs in California alone. In 2009, Los Angeles was the third largest metro area for exporting in our nation, with more that $50 billion worth of goods heading overseas. The Port of Los Angeles accounted for nearly 200,000 cargo containers of exports in the month of October alone, up 28 percent over the same month in 2010. The Port of Long Beach has increased exports by nearly 2 percent, or 1.1 million containers, this year.

Rachid Sayouty of the Los Angeles Commercial Service and Martin Selander of the U.S. Export Assistance Center, as well as other experts, will be joining us to discuss exporting with small business owners in the area. They will talk about the resources that are available to help small business owners market their goods and services to overseas consumers.

The Washington Post Live Exporting for Growth Breakfast will take place on December 8 at the AT&T Center at 8:30 a.m. PST.