The San Diego French American Chamber of Commerce happily welcomes newcomers to California! This guide exists to make your move to California smooth, pleasant and fun.

Expatriates wrote this guide based on their firsthand experience relocating to California. Feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.

Quick Facts about California

  • Geographically speaking, California is the 3rd largest U.S. state, after Alaska and Texas. It consists of 58 counties, and 478 cities. In terms of population, the City of San Diego is the 2nd largest in California, and 8th largest in the United States.
  • San Diego’s economy was once dominated by military and defense endeavors, now the city’s second largest economic sector.  Now, manufacturing is the leading sector. In particular, there is a lot of activity in shipbuilding/repair, industrial machinery and computers, metal production, and the manufacturing of toys and sporting goods.
  • The University of California San Diego (UCSD) attracts many companies and researchers to the area. The acclaimed university is known for their expertise in the medical and biotechnology fields.

Key economic figures in California

  • A national leader in job creation, California gained 389,500 new jobs from 2015 to 2016.  Since the state’s recovery began in February 2010, California has gained over 2.4 million jobs!
  • California has the highest number of ‘Green Jobs’ in the U.S., employing over 318,000 people at high-paying green and cleantech positions.
  • The 3.5 million small businesses in California account for 99% of the state’s employers, employing 52% of the workforce.
  • California funding increased 81% over the last few years, totaling 26.8 billion dollars in 2014. Deals increased by a more modest 13%, but still hovered around 400 deals each quarter.
  • California is the #1 destination in the United States for foreign direct investment (FDI) projects.  The EB-5 Program is one of California’s most effective ways to attract FDI into the state. (

Explore the West Coast!

California is home to a variety of landscapes and cultures. You can easily go from beach to snow, or drive North along the Pacific Coast Highway. From San Diego, you can even visit Mexico for an afternoon of tacos and margaritas!

Check out the nearby National Parks at, and enjoy the natural beauty of Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Joshua Tree, Anza Borrego, or the Grand Canyon.

Plan your trips using the following websites:

San Diego Map

Frommers Map


Remember to tip!

In the United States, tip is not always included. You do not usually tip in fast food places, grocery stores, or for sales assistants.

  • Taxi drivers: tip 15%
  • Hair dressers: tip 15-20%
  • Restaurant servers: tip 15% of the check, before tax (make sure they haven’t already added a “service charge” or “gratuity” on their own, usually for a party of five or more people)
  • Bar keeps: tip 10%
  • Valet parking attendants: $2 or more, depending how far the car was parked
  • Bell hops (hotel luggage handlers): $2 or more, depending on size/quantity of bags
  • Sky caps (baggage handlers outside airport terminals): tip them rather more than bell hops

Sales tax

California has a base sales tax of 7.50%, and can total up to 9.00%. Sales tax applies to everything except services and certain food items. Exempted from sales tax: Unprepared food, bakery items, hot beverages, livestock, crops and seeds, fertilizer used to grow food, certain devices related to alternative energy, and one-time sales.

Emergency and non-emergency phone lines

Dial “911” for emergencies, “311” for non-emergencies. See the California N11 Guide for details.


Like the rest of America, California uses U.S. units: all road distances are measured in miles; speeds in miles per hour (MPH); and gas (petrol) is sold and consumed by the US gallon.


Newcomers Guide

Banking sector

Bank of West

bank of the west

Bank of the West is a regional financial services company headquartered in San Francisco with $80.7 billion in assets as of June 30, 2016. Founded in 1874, Bank of the West provides a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services through more than 600 branches and offices in 23 states and digital channels. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 75 countries with more than 189,000 employees.

More information on Bank of the West’s website.

Contact Details:
Aspet Hovanessiangholikand, Vice President, International Banking Group
(213) – 604 – 1477

Biotech & Medtech

All Coast Dental

all coast dental

All Coast Dental is a family and cosmetic dentistry. Dr Joseph Boulos speaks fluent French and English.  Dr Joseph and Dr Julie offer a high quality dentistry using the most modern dental techniques and materials available for your dental care. They offer a wide range of services in general dentistry including periodontal laser therapy, cosmetic dentistry, root canal treatment, crown and bridge, pediatric dentistry, tooth removal, dentures, and teeth whitening.  

More information on their website

Contact Details
(858) – 270 – 4904

Impeto Medical

Impeto Medical

Impeto Medical Inc. is a privately owned medical device company founded in 2005, with US operations based in San Diego, California. Impeto Medical manufactures and markets devices for non-invasive assessment of eccrine sweat gland activity through sudorimetry.
SUDOSCAN is FDA cleared for use within the US. Additional product lines, such as EZSCAN and SUDOSCAN+, are approved for use in other regions outside of the United States.

For further information on this business, visit Impeto Medical’s website

Contact Details:
Carolina Arslanian – Marketing Brand Manager



Neuroservice is a private Contract Research Organization providing high quality electrophysiological recordings of acute brain slices, spinal cord slices, human brain slices and cultured neurons to assess efficacy and safety of compounds developed in CNS and PAIN discovery programs.

For further information on Neuroservice, please visit the company’s website.  

Contact Details:
Olivier Toury – Co-founder and Head of Business Development
+336 79 72 81 45



Sanofi is a leading global healthcare company, focused on patient needs and engaged in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of therapeutic solutions.  The Group is organized around three main activities: pharmaceuticals; vaccines via Sanofi Pasteur; and animal health via Merial.  Sanofi invests in the following activities: Diabetes, Cardiovascular, Rare Diseases and Multiple Sclerosis, Consumer Health Care, Oncology, Generics, Established Prescription Products, Vaccines and Animal Health.

For further information on this company, visit Sanofi’s website

Contact details:
Gregory Fond
(858) – 558 – 8528


EDF Renewable Energy

edf renewable energy

EDF Renewable Energy is dedicated in efforts to create the most efficient renewable energy projects possible, for its own portfolio and for third parties. It has more than 28 years of expertise in the renewable industry, and a portfolio of over 6.1 gigawatts of developed projects and 3.2 gigawatts of installed capacity. EDF Renewable Energy specializes in wind and solar photovoltaic with presence in other segments of the renewable energy market: biogas, biomass, hydro, marine energy, and storage solutions.

Further information about EDF Renewable Energy can be found here

Contact Details: 
EDF Renewable Energy
(858) – 521 – 3300

Solar Gard

solar gard

Solar Gard is a trusted name in window films and custom coatings. With more than 30 years experience in its field, this company is a global leader whose products touch millions of people every day. Solar Gard positively impacts lives with products that protect, save and renew.
Headquartered in San Diego, California, Solar Gard is a division of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets. Solar Gard products are sold in more than 90 countries under the Solar Gard®, Panorama®, Quantum® and Solar Gard Armorcoat® brands.

For further information on Solar Gard, please visit its website

Contact Details:
Solar Gard
(866) – 300 – 2674


The Cavallo Group

the cavallo group

The Cavallo Group is an e-commerce specialist that carefully selects consumer goods to promote and distribute on major online marketplaces such as Amazon and Ebay or on branded online stores.

The company is continuously looking to partner with European companies offering unique products lines.

Its expertise in international logistics, warehousing, packing, shipping, online marketing and promotion as well as live customer support makes the Cavallo Group the ideal partner to establish a European brand onto the American market. 

For additional information, please contact the Cavallo Group.

Remarks: currently accepting internship applications.

Contact Details:
Jean Gonin – Owner



Inovexus is a French-American hyper-accelerator focusing on launching and funding innovative French companies onto the US market.  Inovexus provides a strong and long term proven expertise in the following markets: digital, software, IOT, medtech & cleantech.

For further information on Inovexus, visit their website

Contact Details:
Philippe Roche  CEO
(858) – 603 – 1346

Consumer goods

Calisson Inc.

calisson inc.

Calisson Inc. was founded in 2001 and specializes in the distribution of Toys and Accessories that enhance and accompany every child in the first steps of life. Calisson’s mission statement is to offer high quality Baby & Children products, primarily French, to their selected retailers throughout the United States and internationally., and all this through its wholesale distribution company exclusively. Calisson Inc. distributes Sophie la girafe, Pamplemousse Peluches, Calisson Little Royals and Alexia Naumovic.

You will find more information on Calisson Inc. here  

Contact Details:
Helene Montgomery – CEO
Maud Robiche – Communication Department

Chicken of the Sea

chicken of the sea

Chicken of the Sea was built on three important values – health, nutrition and convenience. One hundred years strong, our member offers the highest-quality canned seafood products such as Tuna, Salmon, Shrimp, Crab or Sardines.

Chicken of the Sea has been commited to both preserving seafood sustainability and protecting dolphins for generations.

You will find additional information on the company’s website.

Contact Details:
Chicken of the Sea
(844) – 267 – 8862
E-mail Chicken of the Sea here

Food & Restaurant

Angel’s Salumi & Truffles

Angel’s Salumi & Truffles

Angel’s Salumi and Truffles was founded in 2010 by Pascal Besset, an executive Chef from the South of France. Angel’s Salumi and Truffles is proud to produce unique handcrafted salami made with the finest natural meats inspired by Mediterranean and European influences. They use purebred Berkshire pork and wild game meats: Duck, Bison, Wild boar and Venison. All meats are certified antibiotic free and hormones free. The game meats are raised cage free or wild. Their Berkshire hog is included in the 6 points verified program. Later on, Pascal added the Crayssac Truffle Brand by importing and producing the Best Truffles and truffle products from France such as truffle pearl caviar, sea salt, puree, peelings and much more. They also manufacture and pack truffle butter and truffle oil here in California. Their mission is to bring the European tradition to the American table.

Interested in seing what’s inside of their store? Go here 
Visit their website for information on their products

Contact Details:
Geoffroy Lefebvre
(760) – 931-1324

La Clochette du Coin

la clochette du coin

La Clochette Du Coin is a coffee shop located on the Windansea in La Jolla. The shop focuses primarily on organic coffee drinks, as well as artisanal French style pastries, which it resells from Bread & Cie and l’Opera Patisserie. Born and raised in Madagascar, Willy and its sister Karine co-founded this coffee shop. They speak fluent French and offer a unique French influence and customer service at the shop.

You can find more details on their story and their products on their website

Contact Details:
(619) – 402 – 7911

Le Parfait Paris

le parfait paris

Le Parfait Paris, located in Downtown and Liberty Public Market, offers high quality french pastries and baked goods using only the finest ingredients. The company believes in an authentic and breathtaking customer experience, stimulating all five of their senses. With every bite of Le Parfait Paris’ pastries, baked goods and desserts, the company strives to take its customers on an unforgetable journey to Paris.

Serving since 2013, choose Le Parfait Paris as your caterer for any of your special events and weddings. 

Please visit Le Parfait Paris’ website for further information.

Contact Details:
Ludi Mas – COO
(619) – 245 – 4457

The French Gourmet

the french gourmet

The French Gourmet has served San Diego with what many consider the city’s finest full-service catering for over 37 years. The dishes conjured up in their kitchens reflect a commitment freshness and the celebration of taste. The French Gourmet is also well known for its award-winning bakery featuring sweet and savory treats, as well as its acclaimed casual French restaurant, open daily for breakfast and lunch, and dinner is served after 4pm Tuesday – Sunday.

More information on their website

Contact Details:
Michel Malecot – Chef / Owner
(858) – 488 – 1725 x325

Insurance & Finance

Accountant Unlimited

accountant unlimited

Whether you are starting a new business, or growing an existing one, accounting should be the foundation of your business. It is just as important as getting a business license, building your list of contacts, marketing and working with clients.
Your passion or expertise is probably not in doing Accounting. And if that is the case, then your accounting functions are best left to an experienced professional. A professional that can accurately input your accounting data, pay your invoices, bill your clients, reconcile your bank and credit card statements, keep a keen eye on your financial situation and constantly be on the lookout for signs of fraud which could ruin your entire business.
Having a solid accounting foundation will help you make better business decisions and will provide benefits to your business that are priceless!

More information on Accountant Unlimited’s website

Contact Details:
Debra J. Wilson
(858) – 382 – 7209

Exco US Atrium


Exco US Atrium is one of the leading players in Accounting, Audit, Due Diligence, and Consulting in the United States. Specialized in assisting the creation of companies and the development of French subsidiaries in the United States, the firm’s mission is acting as an interface between the parent company and its subsidiaries abroad. With a unique correspondent you benefit from international service with the same range of accounts adapted in the fields of Accounting, Audit, and Legal Consultation.

More information of Exco US here

Contact Details:
Exco US
P: +1 305 600 4405 (Miami) – +1 424 444 3911 (Los Angeles)



Expansio offers financing solutions for international business development. For entrepreneurs and companies willing to internationalize their business, it is important to keep in mind that even if market studies, learning the cultural differences, choosing the right distributor or the right partner are key success factors, the financing factor is equally important. It is one of the essential steps. Whatever your size, your industry or your degree of internationalization, Expansio will provide you with the financing solutions you need.

More information on Expansio here.

Contact Details:
+33 5 36 09 51 90

Taieb & Associates


Many taxpayers underestimate the benefits of  having an accountant as an ongoing business advisor.  When dealing with taxes and tax planning decisions not having a trusted accountant to provide guidance and tax strategy can become a costly mistake. Don’t pay too much in taxes! Contact the LA Accounting and Tax Experts at Taieb & Associates today.

Taieb & Associates assists clients in all aspects of accounting and tax compliance work including tax return preparation, tax planning, tax consulting, IRS problem resolution, IRS audits, bookkeeping, financial management, review and compilation of financial statements and management consulting. Taieb & Associates faithfully practices the core values of commitment, integrity and trust.

Stephan Taieb is a California Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who specializes in the areas of tax preparation, planning, accounting and consulting for individuals and small to mid-size businesses.

You will find futher information on Taieb and Associates’ website.

Contact Details:
Taieb & Associates
(323) – 549-9006

Voya Financial Advisors


License number 0D42762

Financial choices are some of the most important decisions a person can make. With over 26 years of expertise in financial services Stéphane has assisted individuals, families and business owners in the US, and 3 years, in Switzerland. He supports his clients in understanding their investment and insurance needs in order to make optimal and timely decisions adapted to their personal domestic and international circumstances.

Stéphane looks forward to the opportunity of meeting you and would be delighted to exchange in either English or French.

Services offered:

· Comprehensive Financial planning

· Wealth management

· Retirement planning

· Business planning including employee benefits and business continuity

· Health insurance review and assistance for individuals and groups

· For new residents – Explaining the US approach to health insurance and options available

Securities and Investment advisory services offered through Voya Financial Advisors, Inc. (member SIPC)

Contact Details:
Stephane Hpay
(800) 431-0170




Alpwise, internet of things designer (IoT), develops innovative solutions for communicating systems including Bluetooth® technology and low-power radio, embedded applications and connected sensors. Alpwise covers consumer and industrial applications, including indoor localization.
Based in Grenoble, Alpwise is also a Bluetooth Smart software editor including its Bluetooth Smart 4.2 protocol stack (low energy version).

Additional information on Alpwise can be found here 

Contact Details:
(+33)4 76 22 02 24



For over 60 years, APEM has been a leading manufacturer of high quality industrial switches, offering one of the broadest ranges of products in the industry.  APEM’s portfolio, comprised of an expanding range of MMI interface products, includes switches, joysticks, indicators and keypads.
APEM is a vertically integrated manufacturer with a strong commitment to maintaining its exceptionally high standards in service and reliability, while continuing its emphasis on innovation and product development.

For further information on APEM, Inc., please visit their website

Contact Details:
Debby McDowell –Marketing Manager
Office: (760) – 598 – 2518
Mobile: (760) – 445 – 3926



Axway empowers more than 11,000 customers worldwide to collaborate smarter, innovate faster and engage better with their partners, developers and customers. From integration technology that securely connects people, processes and things to an engagement platform that enables API management, identity management, mobile app development and analytics, Axway solutions are enabling digital business. Axway is registered in France with headquarters in the United States.

You will be able to find additional information on Axway’s website

Contact Details:
(877) – 564 – 7700
E-mail Axway here

ECVF Electronique


ECVF, electronics expert since 1993, is known for its various businesses: Electronics, Design, Sale, Manufacture. The company currently has 10 employees spread across three poles :

  • Research and Development – Design cards and electronic systems
  • Manufacturing – Manufacturing of any electronic product
  • Maintenance – Maintenance workshop on site and reconstruction of electronic cards

ECVF is also a specialist of displays and chronometers with its movable panels dedicated to sport.

For additional information, please visit ECVF Electronique’s website

Contact Details:
ECVF Electronique
(+33)5 45 68 75 35

Encore Semi

encore semi

Encore Semi specializes in partnering its highly skilled hardware/IC design and embedded software development engineers with cutting edge development teams. The company also offers expert design verification, custom embedded software development, system-level software validation, and low power design and software services for the most challenging projects.

Get more information about Encore Semi by visiting their website 

Contact details:
Tara Taylor – Director of Human Resources
(858) – 217 – 4456

Endura Technologies

endura technologies

Endura Technologies is a fabless semiconductor company providing power management solutions. The company’s focus is to provide optimum system level solution for the SoC architecture at advanced process nodes. This extends to the power distribution network within SoC with flexible power domain partitioning and fine granular control of the regulated voltage within each power domain.

Visit Endura Technologies’ website for more information.

Contact Details:
Endura Technologies
E-mail the company here



Kyriba is the global leader in cloud treasury solutions, delivering Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) treasury technology to corporate CFOs and Treasurers. More than 1,300 global organizations use Kyriba to deliver global cash visibility, improve financial controls, and increase productivity across their cash and liquidity, payments, supply chain finance and risk management operations.
Kyriba was established in 2000 and has over 400 employees worldwide. Kyriba is headquartered in New York, with offices in San Diego, Paris, London, Tokyo, Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Rio de Janeiro.

Further information on Kyriba can be found here

Contact Details:
(858) – 210 – 3560



LASCOM has built its global success on developing and deploying comprehensive software solutions and services that manage the complex business processes and information associated with document, product, project, and configuration management. These advanced offerings address the unique needs of the following critical business activities: Industrial engineering; Infrastructure management and construction; Discrete, process, and complex manufacturing; and, Consumer product manufacturing and retailing.
LASCOM technology is used by over 200 large and medium-size organizations in such diverse industries as aerospace and defense, transportation, utilities, discrete and process manufacturing, as well as consumer packaged goods manufacturing.

For further information, please visit Lascom’s website

Contact Details:
(858) – 452 – 1300
E-mail Lascom here



LEADER designs and markets fire-fighting, search & rescue equipment and training products. The company supplies rescue and security teams with technicality, sturdy and constantly reliable systems to protect and rescue people and property.

LEADER offers innovative products for:
Firefighting world with >  Fire PPV ventilation equipment,fixed water and foam extinguishing systems, fire blankets, etc.
Search and Rescue world with > life detectors, search cameras, movement monitors, etc.
Training world with > flame generators for fire simulation,training extinguishers, smoke generators and training doors.
Safety world with > helmets, wired confined space communication equipment, communicating ropes,current detectors, etc.

Please visit Leader’s website for additional information.

Contact Details:
E-mail Leader here



Pictor Inc. was founded in 2008 in San Diego and specializes in airport ground support equipment and related spare parts. Pictor is the exclusive distributor of the Weihai Guangtai products in North, Central and Latin America.

For further information on Pictor, you can contact Christophe Dufour – CEO, at

Redtail Telematics

redtail telematics

Redtail Telematics was founded to explore the potential of GPS technology, turning location and accelerometer data into meaningful insight for consumers, fleet managers, the insurance industry and beyond.   The company is unique in that it controls every aspect of the telematics supply chain, from design and manufacturing of hardware through to delivering the applications and services that turns collected data into useful insight for customers. This gives Redtail Telematics incredible flexibility in how it delivers tailored solutions to its customers.

You will find further information on this company here.

Contact Details:
Anna M Amoresano – VP, Sales and Marketing
(858) – 382 – 4700



SATIMO is an industry leader in electromagnetic field measurements in the microwave frequency range. It is part of the Microwave Vision Group (MVG), which was created together with ORBIT/FR and AEMI in 2008. Satimo provides dedicated measurement solutions to test and measure antenna performance, personal exposure levels to EMF, and to characterize material properties for industries around the world.

SATIMO’s rapid and strong development over the last 25 years is due to its visionary approach to measurement practices and technologies.

Please visit Satimo’s website for further information. 

Contact Details:
(678) – 797 – 9172
Email the company here



SpringCard specializes in contactless solutions -RFID, NFC&Mobile NFC, Bluetooth Low Energy, etc. As an expert in its field, Springcard provides technical support to implement any contactless plan from start to finish: IoT, mobile applications, contactless Smart Cards applications.. The company also designs readers that are made in France. Its fifteen years of experience coupled with its high level of engineering in these fields means Springcard masters certifications and is always one step ahead. Our member aims at making contactless technologies simple to use for everybody.

Visit Springcard’s website for additional information. 

Contact Details:
Guy Aeschelmann
(713) – 261 – 6746



For over four decades, SYSTRAN has been the market leader in language-translation products and solutions, covering all types of platforms, from desktop to internet and enterprise servers. To help organizations enhance multilingual communication and increase productivity, SYSTRAN delivers real-time language solutions for internal collaboration, search, eDiscovery, content management, online customer support and e-Commerce.

SYSTRAN is headquartered in Seoul with offices in South Korea, Paris, France and San Diego. For more on SYSTRAN visit

Contact Details:
Craig Stern
(858) – 320 – 2462



Founded in 2016 in California, Vinty was inspired by the passion for great classic cars and the desire to help everyone enjoy the thrill of a unique driving experience. They offer classic car rentals for any occasion.

For more information on this member and if you want to browse their selection, visit Vinty’s website.

Contact Details:
Pierre Lapointe – CEO / Co-founder
(415) – 287 – 7643

Language Professionals



Valérie Guitton is the owner of ACCULINGUAL, and a certified Translator and Interpreter. She was born and raised in France, and earned a degree in English-French Translation from York University in Toronto, Canada, as well as Master’s in French and an Interpreting Certificate from SDSU, San Diego. Valérie Guitton has been in the translation field since 1998 and in the interpretation field since 2012. She previously worked in the U.K. and Canada, and is now based in Encinitas, CA.

ACCULINGUAL also offers experienced French tutoring services for elementary, middle school or high school students as well as adults, and for any level (beginner to advanced).

If you need quality English-French Interpreting & Translation services, contact Acculingual!

Contact Details:
Valérie Guitton
(858) 436-5995

Law Sector



Since 2004, AIPG has been dedicated to obtaining full, fair and just compensation for clients. AIPG’s attorneys bring more than 25 years of combined experience to the table and take pride in always going above and beyond to serve its clients’ needs for compensation and justice. Its attorneys are resolved to providing everyone with the highest level of personal service. AIPG delivers focused and aggressive-when-necessary representation, from initial consultation to final resolution of personal injury, immigration, tenants or civil rights, and business matter. AIPG’s goal is to try to resolve legal matters out of court first, and it provides mediation, arbitration, and various alternative dispute resolution services.

Visit AIPG’s website for additional information.

Contact Details:
Bui Binh
(858) – 384 – 2755

The Law Offices of Laurent C. Vonderweidt

laurent c. vonderweidt

The Law Offices of Laurent C. Vonderweidt emphasis on representing foreign corporations, and principally French corporations coming to the United States. Foreign clients are generally unfamiliar with the American legal system as well as with the local business practices. From its offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the firm assists them through extensive negotiations with American partners regarding the purchase of businesses, the setting of joint ventures and the negotiations of contracts. Litigation is another major component of the firm practice

From its affiliated office in Paris, the firm primarily represents American clients with interests in France. These interests include contract negotiation, setting up French subsidiary offices, French immigration maters and litigation. 

Additional information can be found here

Contact Details:
Laurent Vonderweidt

The Law Office of Rayana Thomas

rayana thomas

The Law Office of Rayana Thomas is a full service immigration law firm headquartered in San Diego, California with a second office location in the West Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California. The firm specializes in immigration law and has assisted clients in different U.S. states and from more than 40 countries around the world since 1993. Attorneys and legal staff are multilingual in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Italian, German, Hebrew and Turkish.

The Law Office of Rayana Thomas offers a full range of family-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa and consular application services including K-1, R-1, H-1B, L-1, O-1, P-1, as well as its “house specialty”, Treaty Investor (E-2) and Treaty Trader (E-1) visas, and also specializes in employment-based permanent residence through Labor Certification.

For further information, please visit The Law Office of Rayana Thomas’ website.

Contact Details:
E-mail Rayana Thomas here


Box à la carte

box a la carte

Box a la Carte is a new self-storage organization whose first center recently opened 20 miles South East of Paris. It offers a large selection of units from 15 sq ft. up to 400 sq ft so it can cater to all types of needs and budgets. The company’s location has been specifically designed and equipped to the highest industry standards, focusing on security so that an excellent experience  can be guaranteed to its clientele.
Box a la Carte’s location, geographically at equal distance from Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, makes a difference for its expatriate clients who can therefore have an easy access to their units during their stays in France. A dedicated range of services is currently being developed and implemented to maximize the company’s exposure towards French nationals living abroad. 

Visit Box a la Carte website for more information on the units provided.

Contact Details:
Eric Vigouroux – CEO



Cofiroute USA is a leader in the development and operation of sophisticated toll collection systems, roadway operations, customer relationship management and integrated technology systems for toll facilities and managed lanes in the United States. Cofiroute’s leadership derives from years of experience listening to the challenges of its clients and providing solutions which help to create sound public policy and are tailored to the specific needs of each client.

Cofiroute USA revolutionized the automation of toll roads in the United States with the 91 Express Lanes in Orange County, Calif. The company recently took toll road technology to a new level of sophistication by teaming with TollPlus, Inc. for the development and installation of a fully integrated back office system for the 91 Express Lanes that manages every operating, reporting and customer service detail. 

Further information on Cofiroute can be found here.

Contact Details:
Cofiroute USA
(949) – 754 – 0198

FM Logistic

fm logistic

FM LOGISTIC ensures the optimization of the global supply chain: warehousing (computerized inventory management, order processing etc), co-packing, food co-manufacturing and industrial manufacturing, transportation / distribution.

Since its creation in 1967, FM Logistic has become one of the international leaders in the different fields of supply chain management. As an independent group, it is recognised as being expert in the consumer goods, retail, perfume/cosmetics, industrial and health markets. With 21 815 members of staff now based in 13 countries, FM Logistic has increased its turnover by 2.9% at constant rates this financial year, reaching 1,034 billion euros by 31 March 2016, and an operating profit of 30.6 million euros. 

Please visit FM Logistic’s website for additional information.

Contact Details:
Please visit FM Logistic’s contact page to find the exact contact you need.

Trans Global Logistics

trans global logistics

Trans Global Logistics is a French-based company specialized in shipping vehicles around the world. For more than 20 years, it has been providing air and ocean transportation, warehousing and distribution and customs services. TGL has strong working relationships with steamship lines and international airlines, guaranteeing cargo space throughout the year and during the peak shipping season. They offer a door to door service including customs formalities.

For more information about TGL, please visit their website

Contact Details:
Jeroen Walda  – Managing Director
+33 2 35 26 01 71

Marketing & Advertising

CNG Digital Marketing

cng digital marketing

CNG Digital Marketing is a full service agency that crafts customized solutions to fit your business needs and objectives. Their European roots and bilingual team merge with the comprehension of the American market and allow them to deliver the perfect strategies. From website design (professional services and e-commerce) to SEO, creative content and social media management, CNG Digital Marketing offer comprehensive services designed to put you on the map. 

Visit CNG Digital Marketing’s website for further information.

Contact Details:
Clement Conor – Co-Founder, COO

The X Concept

the x concept

The X Concept is a full-service Business and Marketing consulting firm established in 2001. From strategic and tactical marketing consulting to execution of web development as well as omni-channel marketing campaigns and data analysis, The X Concept will be able to help you optimize your ROI and ROAS. This company has helped many businesses with systems integration to streamline processes and maximize efficiency on business operations. To learn more about what The X Conept could do for you, please visit the company’s website

Contact details : Charles Oreve – CEO


Language Academy

language academy

The Language Academy is a public school in the San Diego Unified School District that offers students the unique opportunity to become biliterate in either Spanish and English or French and English. Additionally, students gain knowledge and an appreciation of the history and culture of the language they study.

The Language Academy is a single-track, year-round K-8 school with an emphasis on second language acquisition and culture. With its immersion programs, students acquire literacy in English and either French or Spanish. All students are expected to meet the California standards in all subject areas. 

Please visit Language Academy’s website for further information.

Contact Details:
Language Academy
(619) – 287 – 1182

La Petite Ecole

la petite ecole

La Petite Ecole de San Diego is a non-profit, non-discriminatory, bilingual and accredited school for all children aged 2 to 12 years old. The school adheres to the challenging curriculum of the world-renowned French Ministry of Education while exceeding Californian academic standards.

La Petite Ecole’s program is based on early French immersion from preschool to junior kindergarten and then 80% of its program is taught in French and 20% in English. Music, Sports and Art are mandatory in its program. At La Petite Ecole the students are in a French environment, learning the French education thanks to passionate and well-qualified teachers who are native speaking. They are promoting at the same time the French culture and the development of life values within our international community. 

Visit La Petite Ecole’s website for additional information.

Contact Details:
(858) – 274 – 2890

Ooh La La French Language Tutoring

ooh la la french language tutoring

Ooh La La French Language Tutoring offers French tutoring and teaching for French speakers and non-French speakers of all ages and levels. From private lessons at home for children or adults, to discussions and grammar lessons, Ooh La La! French Language Tutoring” is what you need.

All Ooh La La French Language Tutoring’s teachers are native French speakers with many years of experience and the organization’s policy, regardless of the option chosen, is limiting the number of students per group at only 5 for more teachings efficiency.

Further information can be found on Oh La La French Language Tutoring’s website

Contact Details:
Ooh La La French Language Tutoring
(858) – 405 – 1756 / (858) – 344 – 7298

San Diego French American School


San Diego French-American School (SDFAS) provides a rigorous French-American language immersion curriculum for children in pre-elementary – 8th grade. AT SDFAS, students are exposed to a unique international experience that prepares them for the world that awaits them. Students are equipped with a distinct intellectual, social, and cultural edge to excel in a global society and economy. They are multi-cultural, multi-talented, and world ready.

For further information, visit the SD French-American School’s website.

Contact Details:
Catherine Olive (Director of Admissions)
(858) – 456 – 2807 x306

Real Estate

Ascent Real Estate

ascent real estate

Established in 2005, Ascent Real Estate is a privately held independent real estate brokerage, headquartered in San Diego, California.  Ascent Real Estate is comprised of a talented and highly motivated, diverse team with extensive experience in all phases of real estate transactions.  The company maintains excellent relationships with key players across the residential real estate industry including brokers, homebuilders, and financial partners.  The Ascent Real Estate team is experienced in property sales and acquisitions that include condominiums, single family residences, luxury estates and 2-4 unit multifamily investment properties.

More information on Ascent Real Estate and their properties here  

Contact Details:
Christine Diveley
(619) – 540 – 9960

Chene Verte

chene vert

Based in Albi, France, since 1992, Chene Vert is now one of the French leaders in the field of bathroom furnishings on the new collective housing market, healthcare housing, student residences, hotels, etc.

All its products are produced in France and one of the main focus of the company is to keep being eco-friendly over its manufacturing process.

For further information, please visit Chene Vert’s website

Contact Details:
(+33)5 63 77 34 34

Joe Saad & Associates

joe saad & associates

Joe Saad & Associates also known as JSBB (Joe Saad Business Broker) is a Business Brokerage Service company established in 1987.JSBB handles all kind of businesses. JSBB also offers business consultancy services.Joe Saad is a CA Real estate licenses broker Lic # 00875451For additional information on Joe Saad & Associates, please visit their website

Contact details:
Joe Saad – Broker
(619) – 954 –

Jonville Team – Keller Williams Realty

jonville team

The Jonville Team is a leader in the local real estate market, offering residential real estate and tenancy placement services throughout the county. Pascale is our French-American Realtor, she has been working with numerous European families relocating to the U.S. and she is is looking forward to assisting you with all of your Real Estate needs  to ensure the best possible service is provided and the focus remaining on performance with an outstanding customer experience.

To learn more about the properties they have to offer, visit their website.  

Contact Details:
Pascale Hayem

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

pacific sotheby's international realty

Founded in 1976, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is a unique luxury network of brokerage agencies offering a wide collection of luxury homes, estates and properties for sale throughout the world. With more than 670 offices and 13,000 sales associates across 49 countries and territories, this network is committed to helping its clients find a home and luxury real estate agent in the world’s most desired locations. The purpose of Sotheby’s International Realty is to artfully unite extraordinary properties with extraordinary lives – servicing the needs of the most prestigious clientele in the world.

Visit the company’s website to learn more about their properties

Contact Details:
Catherine Black
(619) – 788 –

Sport & Entertainment

TV5 Monde

tv5 monde

TV5MONDE is America’s only 24/7 French language entertainment channel. TV5MONDE brings the largest offering of French language television with English subtitles to your home, with the best television programs from France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada.  TV5MONDE broadcasts 24 hours per day without commercial interruptions. Enjoy French language films, international news, sports, lifestyle shows, culinary shows, documentaries and more! 

To subscribe, visit TV5 Monde’s website

Contact details:
Anna Schniepp – Customer Service Coordinator

Urban Soccer

urban soccer

UrbanSoccer is a key player in five-a-side soccer operating 30 centers in France and 4 in Belgium.
What is the Five-a-side soccer concept?

  • 1 goalkeeper and 4 players per team
  • A 600m² pitch with boards around the pitch
  • It is THE solution to play leisure or competitive soccer whatever weather conditions

Each center offers indoor and/or outdoor pitches with the latest generation of synthetic turf. UrbanSoccer offers after-school programs for kids and soccer camps during school holidays through a unique partnership with the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) club. Experience the best of five-a-side with UrbanSoccer!

For further information, visit their website

Contact Details:
Romain Nibourel
+336 58 84 39 16


San Diego Tourism Authority

san diego tourism authority

The San Diego Tourism Authority, formerly the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau, was established in 1954 to foster the growth of the tourism economy in San Diego through aggressive sales and marketing efforts. It is a private, non-profit entity that is funded primarily through the San Diego Tourism Marketing District.

To be informed about what is happening in San Diego and useful travel resources, visit their website

Contact Details:
Sue Mason