Small businesses – those with fewer than 100 employees – are the backbone of the regional economy. This initiative, which includes a survey of 522 small businesses across San Diego and Imperial counties, seeks to uncover insight and gain a deeper understanding of small business perceptions of the regional business climate. The end goal is to develop new and enhance existing programming and support for small businesses in the region. This report was commissioned by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted on January 1, 1994, and was the first reciprocal agreement of its kind between industrial and developing countries. Broadly, the agreement sought to lower trade barriers and increase trade and investment between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This report uses available data to analyze and illuminate how NAFTA has heightened economic competitiveness across North America and spurred growth in Cali Baja’s innovation economy, making it one of the most beneficial and significant trade agreements in history.
This report was produced by World Trade Center San Diego, supported by the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy and El Colegio de la Frontera Norte.