San Diego CITD Update
September 2017
In This Edition
The San Diego CITD, in collaboration with the  Port of Los Angeles Port of San Diego U.S. Small Business Administration San Diego District Office U.S. Commercial Service San Diego & Imperial District Export Council , and the  World Trade Center San Diego , hosted the 6th  and final workshop in a series of workshops called, Export University, geared toward helping small and medium-sized companies optimize their export potential and grow globally. This session of the series, titled  "Export Sales Techniques/Port & Airport Services"  was held on August 16th at the Mission Valley Campus of Point Loma Nazarene University and provided participants with information on how to work with foreign distributors and the various services available to exporters through regional sea and air ports.

Get a better understanding of Maquila Compliance from a Mexican Customs perspective. 

Click here  for more information and to register.
SBA Day and Lender Fair in Chula Vista
The SBA San Diego District Office and the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce are hosting an SBA Day event and Lender Fair on Tuesday, September 19th.

Presentations include:
  • California Small Business Permits and Taxes Presented by: California Board of Equalization
  • Legal aspects of being in business - Presenter TBD
  • Federal Taxes: What you need to know for your small business Presented by: U.S. Internal Revenue Service
  • Cyber Security Tips - Presented by: Federal Trade Commission
  • How Our Resource Partners May Help You Succeed in Your Business Presented by: Representatives from SCORE, the Small Business Development Center, the Veteran's Business Outreach Center, and more.
  • How Our Local Lenders May Help You Finance Your Business

Presentations will be followed by a Lender Fair, One-on-One Counseling, and Time to Network with Presenters and Fellow Attendees.

Click here for more information and to register.

California STEP Outbound Trade Missions to China & Singapore
The Fresno Center for international Trade Development at State Center Community College District and California Department of Food and Agriculture invite you to participate in the following State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) outbound missions.
The STEP outbound missions are designed to assist California businesses small-to-medium entering and expanding export sales to Mexico, China and Singapore.

Click here for more information.
Save-The-Date: 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

Additional details available soon. For questions contact us at Check our website at for updates.

MedSummit 2017

When: Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 -  9a.m. to 8p.m. 
Where: Hotel Real Inn Tijuana

MedSummit 2017 will be the 9th edition of Medical Device Cluster of Baja California's annual event. The s ector is comprised of more than 70 international companies that represent an internal market of $2 Billion USD. 

At the event participants will be able to interact with 70+ suppliers and 10+ buyer manufacturing plants. Additionally event organizers are offering B-2-B meetings at an additional cost. 

Medical Devices manufactured in Baja California range from medical ventilators, humidifiers defibrillators, pacers, orthodontic medical instruments to name of few.

Some of the large manufacturers who will be present at MedSummit 2017 are: Scantibodies, Ă–ssur, BD, Welch Allyn, Medtronic, FLEX, Providien and Fisher & Paykel.

For additional information and for assistance with participating in this event, contact us at

To view a list of products/services currently in demand by the sector, click here.
Manufacturing Day 2017

Celebrate one of San Diego's most diverse and innovation-driven industries. Join us October 6 at the MFG Day Breakfast to hear from industry experts, elected officials and companies manufacturing products across the San Diego mega-region.

MFG Day is a national celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers, and gives manufacturers the opportunity to open their doors to showcase their products.

For additional information and to register, click here.
Save-the-Date: Manufacturing Day 2017 Educational Resource Fair

The Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) at San Diego City College will be hosting an Educational Resource Fair as part of the activities leading up to Manufacturing Day 2017. The resource fair will include an exhibit area with information from the college's various manufacturing-related educational programs, as well as local service providers and manufacturers. The event is open to the public, including small business owners and students.

Additional information coming soon.
Global Competitiveness Workshops

The University of San Diego, Ahler's Center for International Business is starting its Fall 2017 Global Competitiveness Series workshops this month. The goal of the workshops is to prepare participants with the skills, knowledge and competencies to be more globally competitive. The workshops are taught by distinguished professors and industry professionals who emphasize outcomes-based impactful learning. The series includes two workshops:

Leading in Change & Complexity
September 8th - 8:00AM to 12:00 PM

Negotiation Strategies for Business Results
October 27th - 8:00AM to 12:00 PM

For additional information on the series, 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 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.