San Diego CITD Update
December 2013
In This Edition
Southwestern College Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa Named Service Provider of the Year

(Photo Courtesy of Business Conexion Magazine)


Southwestern College's Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa (HECOM) has been named "Service Provider of the Year" by the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce. The HECOM was selected for this recognition for its commitment to the students and businesses of the community. In addition to its well regarded academic programs, which include the Nursing Program and Police Academy, the HECOM supports small businesses in the region through its Center for International Trade Development (CITD). The CITD works closely with the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce and its members, providing a variety of programs and services to help area businesses expand through international trade.



The HECOM was presented with its award by San Diego City Councilmember, David Alvarez, at the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce 26th Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony on November 22nd at the San Diego Country Club. Silvia Cornejo, Dean of the HECOM, and Tim Nader, Southwestern College Governing Board Member, were on hand to accept the award.

Hot Topics for Export Compliance Professionals

Join the San Diego CITD for this series of export compliance workshops, hosted by the U.S. Commercial Service and the San Diego and Imperial District Export Council.

CITD clients and partners can attend the event at a discounted price of $155 (regular price is $195). This price includes access to a full day of seminars and discussions, as well as an evening networking reception. A flyer and full agenda for the event can be found here, and you can register at the discounted price by going to

CITD Co-hosts Seminar for San Diego Manufacturers


The San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) and the National City Chamber of Commerce co-hosted a seminar for area manufacturers titled "International Opportunities and Resources for San Diego Manufacturers". The purpose of the seminar was to provide information on various resources available to local manufacturers and opportunities for exporting their products and services. 


After opening remarks by Jacqueline Reynoso, CEO of the National City Chamber of Commerce, Brad Raulston, Director of Community Development for the City of National City, and Sid Voorakkara, Senior Business Development Specialist with the State of California's Office of Business and Economic Developmentrepresentatives from various trade, economic, and workforce development organizations from both San Diego and Baja California presented on business opportunities in Mexico and overseas, permitting requirements, tools and resources to improve productivity and profitability, as well as manufacturing training and workforce development programs.


Read more and view the pictures and presentations here

How to Help Typhoon Haiyan Victims


Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan devastated portions of the central and eastern Philippines, much aid is still needed.


According to some estimates by the U.N., as many as 2.5 million people are still in need of food aid in the regions hardest hit by the typhoon.  Medical and other supplies and services are needed as well. You can help with relief efforts by making a donation. Any amount helps. Here are some organizations that are helping with relief efforts:


Catholic Relief Services


Unicef Philippines Fund


Gawad Kalinga


Red Cross Typhoon Appeal


U.N. World Food Program

Updated Online Training Section on CITD Website

We recently updated the International Trade Online Training section of our website with additional resources. New to international trade and even existing exporters can learn about various trade topics through podcasts, videos, and webinars presented by industry experts from the CITD network and the U.S. Department of Commerce.


Some of the training topics include: Identifying Target Markets, International Trade Compliance, Transportation and Logistics, Classifying Commodities, and more. 


Click here to see all available online training topics.


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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:


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


National City
National City
Chamber of Commerce

901 National City Blvd.
National City, CA 91950  


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

The CITD initiative was awarded the prestigious Presidential "E" Award for its significant contribution to helping expand export trade.
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.




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. 

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