San Diego CITD Update
July 2017
In This Edition
SME Exporters Learn How to Get Their Products to Global Customers Efficiently
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 4th 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  "Logistics and Shipping Documents"  was held on June 21st at the Mission Valley Campus of Point Loma Nazarene University and provided participants with information on how to get their products to global customers in a cost-effective and efficient way.

The San Diego CITD was invited to participate in the National City Chamber of Commerce's Bi-Monthly Membership Breakfast Meeting on June 29th. The theme of this meeting--which was held at the Paradise Village Retirement Community Facilities in National City--was "Access to Capital: How to Finance Your Business".

Representatives from organizations that provide assistance with access to capital gave brief presentations on the types of programs they offer or provide assistance with. These organizations included, ACCION San Diego, San Diego CITD, San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center, California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), South County EDC, Heartland Payment Systems, U.S. Small Business Administration, and CDC Small Business Finance.

CITD Program Coordinator, Gabriel Reyes, presented on behalf of the CITD and provided an overview of the various export financing programs available through the U.S. Small Business Administration and EXIM Bank, and how the CITD can help prepare businesses to access these programs.

The San Diego CITD and the  Deputy Sector Navigator in Global Trade and Logistics (DSN-GTL) with support from the   Southwestern Community College (SWC) Foundation is offering students in the SWC International Business program, International Logistics & Transportation program, and Business Administration program, as well as students transferring to International Business programs at a 4 year university, the opportunity to receive an industry recognized certification supported by the    Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) that will allow SWC students to be more competitive in this field and provide the business community with better qualified and trained professionals. 
The certification will be free of charge to those students who are chosen. In order to apply students must meet specific guidelines.

All applications and supporting documents must be received no later than July, 7th, 2017. 

Don't miss this Inbound Trade Mission to Oregon and California, sponsored by the Western U.S. Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA®) and the 13 Western State Departments of Agriculture.

Mexico Consumer Oriented Inbound Mission to Oregon and California ~ July 24 - July 28, 2017
Portland, Oregon: July 24-25, 2017  Fresno & Los Angeles,  California: July 26-28 2017

This event is designed for Western U.S. companies interested in the Mexico market to meet one-on-one with qualified retail buyers.

This event is designed for Western U.S. companies interested in the Mexico market to meet one-on-one with pre-screened qualified buyers from leading retail chains. 

This mission is a great way for companies to network and establish contacts with key buyers.
As one of Mexico's top trading partners, the United States continues to see solid export growth in the market's consumer-oriented product segment.
The opportunity to meet with buyers from this country market is one you do not want to pass up. Register today!

WUSATA Fresh Produce Buying Mission

Hosted by California Center for Int'l Trade Development

Fresh Produce Buying Mission
Jul 26-28, 2017 | Fresno, CA
Deadline: July 14, 2017

Registration is now open for this event featuring THREE separate inbound buying missions. Importers from Central America, Mexico and Southeast Asia are interested in purchasing fresh produce.

Must register separately for each buying mission. Click following links for more information and registration:


3rd Annual Southern California Procurement, Trade & Manufacturing
Schedule one on one appointments with the buyers representing military bases, federal, state, county or city purchasing departments, school districts, large utilities, fortune 500 companies that contract with qualified 8(a) businesses or manufacturers. 

WHEN:  August 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

WHERE: Riverside Convention Center  3637 5th Street
Riverside CA 92501

COST:  $25 - $395

Register HERE
Global Trade Education Conference 

WHEN:  August 7, 2017 @ 7:00 am - August 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

WHERE:  Westin Long Beach  333 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach CA 90802

 National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America

For more Information click HERE

3rd Annual Industrial Meeting DIMBC

WHEN:  August 16, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

WHERE:  Baja Center  Tijuana - Ensenada Scenic Road
#1029, Rosarito  BC Mexico


For more information 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
Building 4500
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. 



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.