In This Edition of the CITD Update



California Centers for International Trade Development Earn Presidential Award



The White House recently presented the Presidential "E" Award to the California Community College Chancellor's Office for their Centers for International Trade Development (CITD). This award recognizes the work that the CITD has done over the past two decades, helping thousands of companies each year enter or expand their ability to conduct international trade. As Chancellor Brice W. Harris said, "We know that helping businesses get their products to foreign markets means providing them with training and access to funds. I believe we provide that service better than anyone."


The presidential "E" Award was created by President John F. Kennedy in December, 1961 in order to recognize persons, firms, and organizations engaged in the marketing of products who make significant contributions to the expansion of the export trade of the United States. This prestigious award is the highest level of U.S. government recognition any American entity may receive for supporting export activity.


For more information about the award and other organizations who received this award, Click Here.


MEXPORT Supplier's Forum: Greatbatch Medical

 There is still time to register for this event!


greatbatchInterested in expanding your business internationally?
The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce is hosting its MEXPORT Supplier's Forum on June 6th featuring Greatbatch MedicalGreatbatch Medical is a leading global provider of medical devices for cardiology, neurology, vascular and orthopedic markets and is looking for regional suppliersDon't miss this forum where Greatbatch Medical will discuss their current requirements, purchasing policies, and introduce you to the people who are in charge of purchasing.
When:  Thursday, June 6, 2013
             8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: San Diego Country Club
For more information, go to
CITD Conducts Business Counseling Sessions at MEXPORT 2013



As a way to facilitate cross-border trade, the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce has organized, for more than 24 years, what has become the region's premier industrial trade show. Known as MEXPORT, the trade show promotes supplier opportunities with major manufacturers in the Southern California/Baja California region.


Incorporated into MEXPORT in 2012, this year's show again featured business counseling sessions provided by San Diego CITD international trade counselors. Companies that pre-registered were able to take advantage of these sessions - part of the CITD's California State Trade and Export Promotion (CalSTEP) activities- and receive assistance with starting or expanding their exports.


To read more about the San Diego CITD's participation at MEXPORT and see additional photos from the tradeshow, click here.

CITD Co-hosts 1st Bi-national Small Business Forum in Tijuana, Mexico


The San Diego CITD, in collaboration with the City of Tijuana's Secretariat of Economic Development (SEDETI) and  Mexico's National Chamber of Transformation Industries (CANACINTRA) - Tijuana Chapter, hosted the 1st Bi-national Small Business Forum in Tijuana, Mexico. The forum, held at CANACINTRA's event center, sought to foster cross-border trade between Baja California - Southern California small and medium-sized businesses. More than 70 business owners and economic development professionals from both sides of the border attended the forum, which was opened with remarks by Miguel Velasco Bustamante - Secretary of Economic Development for the City of Tijuana, Paulo Alfonso Carrillo - Undersecretary of Economic Development for the State of Baja California, and Victor Castillo - San Diego CITD Director. Additional welcome remarks were given by San Diego City Councilmember Mark Kersey, SBA Lead Economic Development Specialist Jill Andrews, and U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service Officer, Geoffrey Bogart.




On June 12th, the San Diego office of the Small Business Administration (SBA) will be honoring small business owners that have persevered or excelled in challenging economic times and acknowledge small business advocates at its annual awards luncheon. The luncheon will be held in Mission Valley at the Scottish Rite Center from 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM.


San Diego CITD client, CMF Global, a distributor and exporter of pipes, valves, fittings and other materials for use in irrigation systems, fire suppression systems, oil and gas applications and more, will be recognized as the region's "Exporter of the Year". CITD Director, Victor Castillo, will also receive recognition as this year's "Minority Small Business Champion".


The awards luncheon is open to the public. Click here for more information on this event.


Upcoming Events


Trade Opportunities with the West Coast of Latin America


Foro Mujer PYME


Water Resources Jobs Seminar


Baja's 4th Annual Aerospace Supplier Forum


Trade Mission to Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar


Guangzhou International Lighting Expo (GILE)


San Diego Intellectual Property Rights Seminar


Export Opportunities for California Wine & Gourmet Food Products


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:


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
Building 4500
San Diego, CA 92154


Mission Valley

San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center 

4007 Camino del Rio South
Room 210
San Diego, CA 92108


East County

East County EDC

1870 Cordell Court, Suite 202

El Cajon, CA 92020


For appointments, call
(619) 482-6393 or visit


International Trade Counseling
Need assistance with import/export documentation? Want to find foreign buyers for your products/services?
Get free assistance with international trade!
Request an appointment with one of our International Trade Specialists today. 
CalSTEP Border Export Program
Want to increase your sales by supplying to major international manufacturers?


Our CalSTEP Border Export Program can help match you with manufacturers looking for your products and services.
Border Export Program

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.

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