San Diego CITD Update
December 2017
In This Edition
As part of the  Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade and Logistics  and the CTE Regional Pathways Program work-based learning fall activities, Industry Connections Coordinator (ICC) for Global Trade and Logistics, Monica Rosas, attended the Grossmont High School Ethics in Business Conference on Monday October 30th, 2017. Modeled after the "Ethics in Business Conference" organized by San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and the Grossmont Union High School District Career Technical Education Department.

The program is designed to train the next generation of to become principled leaders. Ms. Nicole Thren and Ms. LeAnne Ginn teach a total of six sections of English for Business. For each section, they had their students meet in groups with one facilitator (business partner).  They did a brief introduction and then the students took a silent quiz individually. After a set amount of time, the facilitator went over the quiz with the students discussing each question and each answer. After that portion of the event each table discussed a list of scenarios to which ICC Rosas provided real-life examples of what she experienced in her career.

The Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade and Logistics, Victor Castillo, was invited to present to a group of international students from  California International Business University at the offices of the San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The students, the majority of whom are from France and Russia, are taking a financial management course as part of their Bachelor's in Business Management program at the university.  

Mr. Castillo's presentation was focused on how to establish a business in California as a foreigner, and included information on export financing and resources. Lead Lender Relations Specialist for the San Diego Office of the SBA, Maria Hughes, also presented to the group on the programs and services available through the SBA to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.
The Otay Chamber of Commerce is Moving its Offices

The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce will be moving its offices to Southwestern College's Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa (HECOM). The chamber will be sharing offices at the HECOM with the San Diego CITD. 

The chamber and the San Diego CITD are long-time partners, and we are looking forward to continuing to collaborate with them on trade-related events, training, and programs.
Getting to Global Initiative

From the EXIM Bank Blog by Tatiana Bertolo, Office of Small Business:

The Getting to Global initiative is a public/private partnership that unites business executives, government entities and industry experts to empower small to medium-sized companies to sell more online and overseas. This partnership brings live training events around the world as well as resource rich information with best practices, export tools and interviews from retailers, distributors, and suppliers. The program is managed by Global Retail Insights Network, Foundation for American Science and Technology, CyberUSA and California's Center for International Trade Development (CITD). Other partners include Google, Facebook, eBay, Small Business Administration and the National Association of Manufacturers.

Complying with U.S. Export Controls Seminar

Join the San Diego & Imperial District Export Council and U.S. Department of Commerce on  February 6th and 7th, 2018 for a unique  Complying with U.S. Export Controls Seminar featuring speakers from Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security.
This seminar provides beginner and experienced export compliance professionals with most updated information and outstanding learning experience on export compliance with the United States Dept. of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security Export Administration Regulations.

For additional information and to register, click here.
Mexicali Supply 2018

Mexicali, Mexico is home to over 500 national and international companies with manufacturing and assembly operations utilizing over $350 million in parts and components in the region annually. The Mexicali Supply Expo 2018 is your opportunity to connect with the Areospace, Metal Mechanic, Medical Device, Automotive, Electronic and more, professionals who are looking for suppliers to meet their fabrication needs.

Save the Date: MEXPORT 2018

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.

For more information on exhibiting or attending MEXPORT, click here.
Asia Pacific Business Outlook Conference 2018

The U.S. Commercial Service and the USC Marshall School of Business have been working together on the Asia Pacific Business Outlook (APBO) since 1988 to help exporters and investors expand their trade and investment in the Asia/Pacific region.

In the aftermath of the U.S. elections, new uncertainties in trade and foreign policies will have an impact on Asia/Pacific business environments. In the upcoming months, as the administration defines its policies, businesses will be able to learn first-hand from the 50 business experts at APBO so they can strategically maneuver their organizations to meet the new challenges and opportunities in the constantly changing economies of Asia.

For additional information about the conference, click here.
U.S. Department of Commerce Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Commerce, in collaboration with the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association, is presenting a series of webinars called Exporting Mechanics. The goal of the webinars is to help small and medium-sized businesses increase their exports by providing best practices and practical knowledge on various export-related topics including regulations, documentation, export controls, financing, and more.

The next webinar in this series is:

Export Administration Regulations
January 9th, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST 

In this webinar, exporters will learn about Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the General Prohibitions, country groups, license exceptions, country control lists, indexes as well as other definitions. You will also learn if your export is subject to Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) license requirement.

To find out more information about other webinars in this series, visit our event calendar.
Happy Holidays from the
San Diego CITD!

Wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday Season and Prosperous New Year!

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
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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 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, visit the  San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center(SDCOC), also known as the San Diego PTAC, is a resource partner of the San Diego CITD.



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