San Diego CITD Update
August 2017
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Join the San Diego CITD at the last session of Export University and l earn about export sales and distributor contracts, negotiating terms of sales, pricing, and more...

When: August 16, 2017
            8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Where: Point Loma Nazarene University
             Mission Valley Campus
             4007 Camino del Rio South
             San Diego, CA 92108

Cost: $15


The San Diego CITD participated in the  SBA San Diego District Office 's SBA Day & Lender Fair on July 26th. The event, hosted in collaboration with the  Vista Chamber of Commerce  was held at the Vista Civic Center and featured presentations on topics including: What You Need to Know About the IRS for Your Small Business, Legal Aspects of Being in Business, Overview of the I-9 Form and Filing Procedures, All About Small Business Insurance, How Resource Partners May Help You Succeed in Your Business, and How Local Lenders May Help You Finance Your Business. San Diego CITD Director, Victor Castillo, presented an overview of CITD programs and services. In addition to the presentations by resource partners, the event featured Special Guest Speaker, Eric Reece Jones, SBA Deputy Chief of Staff who stressed the importance of the contributions small businesses make to the growth of our economy and pledged continued support from Washington, D.C. for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

CITD Receives Visit from Delegation of Government Officials and Professionals from China
The San Diego CITD hosted a meeting with a delegation of senior officials and professionals from the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China interested in learning about best practices in the area of international trade and entrepreneurship. The meeting was arranged by Paul Wang of Triway International Group, which specializes in customized executive education and professional development for Chinese delegations in the United States. During the meeting, San Diego CITD staff presented on the role of our host institution, Southwestern College, as well as trade statistics for our region, CITD programs and services, and how the U.S. nurtures entrepreneurship through policy, technical assistance, and educational programs. Members of the delegation included District Mayors and Vice Mayors, senior officials from the Guangxi region's departments of commerce, finance, transportation, as well as businesspeople from the region's ports and investment groups.
The San Diego CITD, in collaboration with the  Port of Los AngelesPort of San DiegoU.S. Small Business Administration San Diego District OfficeU.S. Commercial ServiceSan Diego & Imperial District Export Council, and the  World Trade Center San Diego, hosted the 5th 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 Trade Finance & Insurance" was held on July 19th at the Mission Valley Campus of Point Loma Nazarene University and provided participants with information on how to finance export transactions.

After brief welcome remarks by San Diego CITD Director, Victor Castillo, and Maria Hughes, Lead Lender Relations Specialist with the San Diego District Office of the SBA, the workshop began with a presentation by Martin Selander, International Trade Specialist with the SBA, who provided an overview of the trade-focused financing programs backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, including the SBA's Export Express, Export Working Capital, and International Trade Loan programs.

World Trade Center San Diego Presents 2017 MetroConnect Cohort

The   World Trade Center San Diego introduced the 15 local companies that were selected to participate in the  MetroConnect Program  for 2017 at an event held at the University Club in Downtown San Diego. The MetroConnect Program, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, is a support program developed to help local companies accelerate their international growth. The event also featured an expo of global service providers, including the San Diego CITD, which had the opportunity to promote its programs and services designed to help small businesses grow globally.

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: Tijuana/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. Check our website at for updates.

U.S. Export Compliance Seminar

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the  U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry & Security and industry experts on the latest information on the Export Administration Regulations, including day to day best practices

  • Export Classification
  • Export Licenses
  • Export License Exceptions
  • Enforcement Activities
WHEN:  August 15, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

WHERE: Southwestern College
                Higher Education Center Otay Mesa
                8100 Gigantic Street, Room 4500
                San Diego, CA 92154

COST:  $65 - $100

For additional information and to register, 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

COST:  Free

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. 



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