San Diego CITD Update
October 2017
In This Edition
Earlier this year, the San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) and DSN for Global Trade and Logistics (DSNGTL) was awarded a grant from the Southwestern College Foundation to respond to the educational and training needs of Southwestern College students interested in careers in global trade, logistics, and supply chain management. The funding provided a cohort of students with the opportunity to access one of eight certification tracks of the  SCPro™ Fundamentals Certification Program , offered through the Center for Supply Chain Education at Broward College, and coordinated locally by the CITD/DSNGTL. Students covered under the grant were provided access to the "Supply Chain Management Principles" online course and given the opportunity to take the exam on September 12th to earn a certification for that track. Six students successfully passed the exam and earned an industry-recognized certificate, which prepares them for entry to mid-level career opportunities in the field.

CITD Participates in South Bay Union Elementary School District Connect to Business Event

South County EDC , in collaboration with the  South Bay Union Elementary School District , organized an event for teachers to learn about important industry sectors in the region and how they can prepare students for future opportunities in these sectors. The event featured a panel discussion with representatives from Samsung, Action Drone, BAE Systems, Scripps, and Southwestern College's Crown Cove Aquatic Center, representing key industries including: advanced manufacturing, aerospace, maritime, healthcare, and tourism. The San Diego CITD and DSN for Global Trade & Logistics participated in the event with a table to promote career and education opportunities in global trade, logistics, and supply chain management, as well as Career Technical Education programs at the community colleges related to the industry sectors represented at the event.

Baja Supplier Day Industrial Tour

The San Diego CITD in coordination with Baja California Secretary of Economic Development is organizing a Baja Supplier Day Industrial Tour. Activities will include visits to 3 Baja companies and an opportunity to meet their buyers. 
The companies that will be visited include two manufacturers and one waste management service company. If you are an existing business that supplies to electronic, medical and industrial companies, this is an important event for you.
When: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  

Where: Tecate and Rosarito
Industries: Medical Device and Electronics

Required: U.S. Passport

Included: Lunch and Transportation (from Otay Mesa, CA to Tecate and Rosarito, Baja California and back to Otay Mesa, CA.)

Cost: $35

Space is limited and filling up fast.

For questions contact us at (619) 482-6393 or

Registration for APICS CPIM Certification Preparation Course Now Open 

The San Diego CITD and DSN for Global Trade & Logistics (DSNGTL) is now offering the updated  APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification courses at Southwestern College's Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa. APICS is a national industry-recognized association for supply management professionals.

The updated CPIM certification learning system consists of two parts and two exams, condensed from the previous five modules and exams. The San Diego CITD and DSNGTL will be offering the CPIM Part 1: Basics of Supply Chain Management course, which is scheduled to start October 18th, 2017 and will run for 8 weeks from 6 PM - 9 PM on Wednesdays.


APICS Plus Members: $725
APICS Core Members/Non-members: $975

Deadline to register is October 11th. Registrations after this date will incur a $50 late registration fee.

For additional information and to register, click here.

BajaMak 2017

The BajaMak trade show and expo emphasizes the maquiladora supply industry in the Baja California border region and will feature five specialized industries exhibiting their current needs for their manufacturing plants in Mexico. These industries include: Aerospace, Automotive, Medical Products, Metal/Mechanical, and Electronics.

BajaMak has become an important venue in Northwest Mexico for companies looking to tap into the $11 billion suppliers market within the region's manufacturing industry. This year's event is expected to feature over 250 exhibitors (suppliers and buyers) and draw more than 2,500 attendees.

For additional information and to register as an attendee, click here.
Workforce Conference 2017: Creating Opportunity

Join the San Diego Workforce Partnership for an in-depth look at newly released labor market information and regional workforce development initiatives underway across San Diego County. Educators, community-based organizations, career counselors and community leaders are invited to learn how to turn research into action. New reports will be released, covering:

     - Priority Sector Updates
     - Tourism and Hospitality
     - Public Sector Jobs
     - Nonprofit Jobs

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Cost: $25

For additional information and to register, click here.
Advanced Manufacturing Meetings Baja California: International B2B Forum for Advanced Manufacturing

AM Meetings Baja California is Mexico's first one-to-one meetings platform which connects decision makers with suppliers in the advanced manufacturing and technologies sector.

As an added extra to the one-to-one meetings, AM Meetings Baja California offers a high-level conference program lead by industry professionals on the recent innovations and developments in the aeronautic, defense and medical devices sectors.

For additional information, click here.
San Diego & Imperial Counties Regional Counselor Conference: Career First

Tuesday, December 5th
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Marina Village
1936 Quivira Way
San Diego, CA 92109

More information coming soon!

Check out last year's  conference program.

Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade & Logistics

Part of the California Community Colleges "Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Econony" initiative, the DSN for Global Trade & Logistics is focused on aligning curriculum and training programs in International Business and Logistics, across the community colleges in the San Diego & Imperial Counties region, to meet industry needs and help students develop successful career paths in high-growth, high-wage industries.
Visit the DSN website for information on international business-related programs, resources, and tools for students, employers, faculty, and workers.

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About the CITD

Expand your business through International Trade! 

The San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) assists small and medium-sized enterprises expand internationally by providing low and no-cost programs and services including, one-on-one technical assistance and consulting, market research, training and educational programs, trade leads and special events.

International trade counseling is available by appointment at the following San Diego CITD Locations:

National City
Southwestern College Higher Education Center
National City
880 National City Blvd.
Suite 7100
National City, CA 91950   

Chula Vista
Southwestern College Main Campus
900 Otay Lakes Road
Building 660
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Otay Mesa
SWC Higher Education Center Otay Mesa
8100 Gigantic Street
Room 4106
San Diego, CA 92154

East County
East County EDC
127 East Lexington Ave
El Cajon, CA 92020

For appointments, call
(619) 482-6393 or visit

The CITD initiative was awarded the prestigious Presidential "E" Award for its significant contribution to helping expand export trade.
California STEP

California STEP , funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, facilitates export promotion activities, serving targeted industries to drive exports for small business.

The program provides resources and services to help small businesses participate in foreign trade missions, trade show exhibitions, training workshops, and more. Download the fact sheet below for more information and how to take advantage of these benefits.

California STEP:
Foreign Market Promotion Opens Nov 1, 2016
  • No Cost Match
  • Trade Show Booth Cost
  • Website Translation
  • And Much More (excludes travel costs)
California STEP Individual Company Export Promotion (ICEP) Program
California STEP Registration Form -2017
Ask Us How You Can Participate

California Export Guide
SDSU CIBER  in partnership with ThinkGlobal Inc.,, has launched the  California Export Guide , available in print and online. The colorful, magazine-style guide is a free resource for California exporters to find the tools they need to succeed in global markets.

The purpose of the guide is to provide California companies and foreign investors with expert advice and answers to frequently asked questions about exporting, foreign direct investment and global business.
CITD Supplier Export Program

Want to increase your sales by supplying to major international manufacturers?
The CITD  Supplier Export Program can help match you with manufacturers looking for your products and services.

Are you ready to pursue and win government contracts? If so, the  San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center(SDCOC), also known as the San Diego PTAC, is a resource partner of the San Diego CITD and is here to assist you with the information, resources, and technical assistance you need to effectively compete for and perform on federal, state, and local government contracts.
If you are interested in becoming a client of the SDCOC or for more information, please visit their website at or call 619-285-7020. 



International Business and Logistics Programs at San Diego Community Colleges

Supply Chain Management Certifications Offered in Collaboration with the San Diego CITD/DSNGTL

SCPro Fundamentals

APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)
Reference in this newsletter to any specific commercial products, brand names, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the San Diego CITD, or its officers, employees or agents.