San Diego CITD Update
March 2018
In This Edition
The San Diego CITD launched its Export University series of workshops geared toward helping companies optimize their export potential and grow globally. The first session of the series, titled " Market Entry and Tax Strategies: Planning at Home and Abroad ", was held on February 14th at Southwestern College's Higher Education Center in National City and provided participants with information on how to manage market entry and tax risks associated with operating in foreign markets.

The workshop began with welcome remarks by San Diego CITD Director, Victor Castillo, and an overview of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs and resources by Cynthia Harris, Economic Development Specialist with the San Diego District Office of the SBA, after which Jo-Renee Hunter, Managing Owner of Hunter Gauldon & Wilson, a Los Angeles-based firm specializing in business law and tax consulting, presented on the topic of the workshop.

CITD/DSN Kicks Off Part 2 of APICS CPIM Certification Courses

The San Diego CITD and  Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade and Logistics  (DSNGTL), in collaboration with the  San Diego Chapter of APICS ,  kicked off Part 2 of a two-part series of courses designed to prepare supply chain management professionals for the Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification exams. APICS recently restructured its certification preparation courses, condensing the previous five learning modules and exams down to two, providing an opportunity for professionals to earn the certification in a shorter time frame. The Part 2 course began on February 21st and will be taught over the course of 13 weeks, with students meeting in the evenings once per week for a 3-hour class session at Southwestern College's Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa.

International Trade Payment and Financing Options

Selling internationally is not the same as selling in the domestic market. Knowing how to finance your export transactions and collect payment on your exported goods is crucial since your customers could be thousands of miles away.

If you are an existing exporter or are ready to export, this workshop will provide you with valuable information on payment options for your international sales and loan programs that can help you expand your business and compete in the global marketplace.

Topics covered in this workshop include:
  • Balancing risk between buyer and seller
  • Selecting international payment options
  • Protecting against foreign exchange risk
  • SBA guaranteed loan programs to facilitate export transactions
Cost: $20

For additional information and to register, Click Here.

CSCMP Power of Networking Event

Join the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) San Diego/Baja Roundtable for their Power of Networking event on March 14th. 

Targeted towards students and young professionals (but just as fun and engaging for all career levels), this supply chain take on the concepts of networking and speed dating allows small groups of participants to sit down with supply chain professionals to converse and ask questions on topics related to their experience in the field and in their career.  

With Supply Chain representatives from companies throughout the Greater San Diego, this event is not one to miss! Drinks and h'orderves will be provided.

For additional information and to register, Click Here.

EU General Data Protection Regulations Seminar

Your company will be affected by the EU's new data regulations (GDPR) if you do business in the EU.

The GDPR applies to all U.S. companies across sectors and services doing business in the EU. If you process personal data in any form from Europe, you will be impacted. Failure to comply may result in fines up to $22 million.

Come learn from experts about:
  • Elements of proper compliance protocol
  • How to register under the bi-lateral Privacy Shield accord
  • How to create your company's compliance program
When: March 21, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Cost: $50

For additional information and to register, Click Here.

ExporTechâ„¢ is a national export assistance program that helps companies enter or expand in global markets. Jointly offered by the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the U.S. Export Assistance Centers of the U.S. Department of Commerce, ExporTech applies a structured export strategy development process that assists 4-8 companies to accelerate growth. It is the only national program where each company develops a written export plan, that is vetted by a panel of experts upon completion.  ExporTech efficiently connects companies with a wide range of world-class experts that help navigate the export sales process. The result is that companies rapidly expand global sales and save countless hours of effort.
CMTC® will be bringing the ExporTech program to Corona, California in April. For more information on this program and to apply to participate,  Click Here.

Imperial Valley International Trade Seminar

The Imperial Valley International Trade Seminar which will be held April 18-19th is hosted by the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation in collaboration with the U.S. Commercial Service. Come discover the resources available for your business to grow globally.

For more information, click here.

Save the date for MEXPORT 2018, which will be held on April 26, 2018.

MEXPORT, organized by the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, is the premier cross border business expo in the  Cali-Baja  region promoting trade and business opportunities.

This year MEXPORT will include Business-to-Business Executive Sessions between buyers from major manufacturers, service providers, and potential suppliers. These sessions will be included with booth registration.

For more information on exhibiting or attending MEXPORT, click here.

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
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.
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)
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.

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.
CITD Border Export Program

Want to increase your sales by supplying to major international manufacturers?
The CITD  Border 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, visit the  San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center(SDCOC), also known as the San Diego PTAC, is a resource partner of the San Diego CITD.



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.