Local businesses should take advantage of the ever-growing opportunities of global trade, Moises Cisneros, who heads the County of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency's trade efforts, told Hesperia Chamber of Commerce members on Jan. 22.

"Right now is the perfect time to look at global markets," Cisneros said during the Chamber's monthly luncheon in the Hesperia Terrace Room.

One of the his agency's top mandates is to ensure that county residents are prepared to meet the global market's demands.

"Workforce is our future. We want to make sure our workforce is being trained for the global 21st century."

More than ever, however, the global market is competitive.

"More engineers are graduating from China and India and than there are students majoring in engineering in the U.S.," he said, but added, "Our engineers are more creative."

A recent study indicated that an estimated 40,000 jobs in San Bernardino County are directly tied to trade.

"It's not all bleak. There's a silver lining."

But more needs to be done.

"We have about a 10-year span to get our ducks in a row," Cisneros said. "We need to get on the global map."

To help business reap those opportunities, businesses are encouraged to take advantage of an upcoming export seminar series, he said. The eight-class series begins in April.