San Diego CITD Update
August 2013
In This Edition
Southwestern College President and San Diego CITD Director Accept Presidential "E" Award

The Center for International Trade Development (CITD) initiative was presented with the Presidential "E" Award at the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Board of Governors meeting on July 8th in Sacramento, California. The award, created by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, recognizes persons, firms, or organizations that make significant contributions to increasing U.S. exports.


There are nine CITD's across the state that provide international trade assistance to thousands of small and medium-sized businesses each year. Representatives from the centers were in attendance to receive the award from Chancellor Brice Harris and Board of Governors President Manuel Baca. Southwestern College President, Melinda Nish, and CITD Director, Victor Castillo, accepted the Presidential "E" Award on behalf of the San Diego CITD.

Southwestern College and CITD Awarded Global Trade & Logistics Grant

As part of its Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework, the California Community College Chancellor's Office has awarded Southwestern College and its Center for International Trade Development (CITD) a grant for workforce development in the Global Trade & Logistics industry sector. CITD Director, Victor Castillo, will be the Deputy Sector Navigator for the grant.

In addition to providing technical assistance with international trade to small and medium-sized businesses, the CITD will also help establish career pathways and further curriculum and training in Global Trade & Logistics at community colleges throughout the San Diego and Imperial Counties region.
CITD Participates at "La Idea en Accion" Event

More than 30 entrepreneurs from across San Diego participated in a training event designed to help them grow their small businesses. The event, called "La Idea en Accion", featured a panel of business advising experts, who shared their knowledge in topics such as credit, finance, business management, international trade, and more.This local event, hosted and coordinated by Accion San Diego and Univision, is part of a larger initiative called "La Idea", launched in 2011 by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The initiative was developed through a public-private partnership that includes the U.S. State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Inter-American Development Bank, Boom Financial, International Diaspora Engagement Alliance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Small Business Administration, Univision Networks, Accion, Wellspace, and FHI 360, as a way to support collaboration between entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Latin America, with the goal of encouraging job creation and economic growth. La Idea connects Latino entrepreneurs to local and regional small business support centers and provides them with resources and connections to help them take their business to the next level.


International Trade Specialist, Gustavo Guerrero, presented information on services available through the San Diego CITD to help small business owners grow their business internationally. 

Baja's 4th Annual Aerospace Supplier Forum

Join the San Diego CITD at the 4th International Baja Aerospace Supplier Forum, which will take place at the Baja California Center on August 29th, 2013. This Forum will bring together Buyers and Suppliers from the aerospace sector from all over the world. The Forum will provide attendees with an overview of current and future opportunities within Baja California. They will learn how to establish an effective, efficient and price competitive presence in the world of the aerospace industry.

What the Forum offers you:

  • Strategic business meetings
  • Networking events
  • Exhibitor halls
  • Panel discussions on the business opportunities in the Baja Region
  • Up to date Conferences on key topics from world leaders in this sector
For more information and to register, click here.

If you are interested in participating in this event you can also contact the CITD at (619) 482-6393 and we'll be glad to assist you with the registration process to participate as an attendee, exhibitor, or for matchmaking meetings during the forum.
MedSummit 2013

The Baja Medical Cluster along with the State's Economic Development Secretariat are organizing the "Supplier's Day of the Medical Industry" to take place at the Baja California Convention Center on September 06, 2013.


The purpose of the Medical Summit is to develop local and regional supplier base for the medical device manufactures located in the State, by improving the competitiveness of regional supply and the attraction of key new investments.


Attendees to the event will be medical device manufactures, local and foreign suppliers, regional universities and industrial chambers and associations related to the medical industry.


The event will feature a variety of activities:

  • OEM and Supplier exhibition
  • Specialized workshops
  • Business meetings
  • Investment seminars
  • A visit to two (2) medical plants (this will take place on Thursday Sept. 05 and will be free of charge *first come first serve basis*)
For more information and to register, click here.

If you are interested in participating in this event you can also contact the CITD at (619) 482-6393 and we'll be glad to assist you with the registration process to participate as an attendee, exhibitor, or for matchmaking meetings during the summit.   
Upcoming Events

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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