San Diego CITD Update
January 2014
In This Edition
Mexicali Supply Expo 2014 

Mexicali Supply Expo brings together the local, regional, and international suppliers that support the strategic industries established in Mexicali, Baja California. Manufacturing companies established in Baja will have the opportunity to present their current commodities and services needs to potential suppliers.


The following industry sectors will be represented at the event: Renewable Energy, Plastic, Electronics, Medical, metalworking, automotive and aerospace companies comprised maquila industry showing its needs for supplies for its plants located in Mexico. It will also feature special pavilions for sectors: Government, Developers and Educational Institutions.


For more information and to register to participate, go to


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


Multi-Sector Trade Mission to Mexico

Join the Center for International Trade Development in Sacramento and the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce in Sacramento, Alameda County, and San Jose on a trade mission to Mexico.


Mexico is currently the state's largest export market, with $26.3 billion in exports in 2012 and selling over 16 percent of the state's total exports to Mexico. Over 75,000 California companies exported to Mexico in 2011. Of these, 96% were small- and medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees.


This two-fold mission is designed to build trade relationships and to enhance the ability of California's small- and medium-sized businesses to prosper in Mexico. Opportunities during the trade mission include:


  • Site visits with potential buyers looking for California suppliers
  • Business networking events
  • On-site interpreters to assist with matchmaking meetings

For more information and to register, click here.

Webinar on Business Opportunities in Baja California, Mexico


Baja California is a center of innovation and dynamism along the U.S.- Mexico border.  Tijuana, Baja California's largest metropolis, is on track to double its population to four million by 2030.  With improvements in the security situation and realizing the benefits of nearshoring, companies are once again setting up shop in Baja California rather than turning to Asia.  Tijuana and San Diego are a model of cross-border collaboration, particularly in promoting the area as an economically integrated mega-region and in addressing border infrastructure projects.


Join Consul General Andrew Erickson for a webchat to review the current business and investment climate in Baja California. Enrique Esparza, President of the Tijuana Economic Development Corporation (DEITAC), and Rick De Lambert, Commercial Officer with the U.S. Commercial Service in San Diego will join Consul General Erickson to discuss opportunities, especially within the context of this dynamic cross-border region, the recent Baja California state governmental transition, and initiatives under the U.S.- Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).

To RSVP, click here.


US-Brazil Connect Paid Fellowship Opportunity



US-Brazil Connect offers a paid fellowship program that takes outstanding U.S. students and emerging professionals to Brazil. The program is not your typical travel experience - it's a mutual exchange that encourages Fellows to take on new challenges and build relationships that last a lifetime.


US-Brazil Connect's mission is to strengthen education and build economic opportunities by connecting communities, engaging leaders, and creating transformative learning experiences linking the United States and Brazil.

Applications are now open for paid fellowships in Brazil for the Summer of 2014. The deadline to apply is January 15th, 2014.

For additional information and to apply, go to


SBA Day in Alpine

Join the San Diego CITD at Alpine's SBA Day on January 30th from 10 AM to 2 PM. This event, hosted by the Alpine Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration, will feature presentations on how to start and grow your business. Topics covered at the event include:

  • Planning Your Business
  • Marketing Tips for Small Business
  • Financing Your Business
  • Expanding your Business Through Government Contracting and Exporting
The cost to attend is $12, which includes lunch. For more information and to register, go to 


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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

1908 Friendship Drive
Suite A

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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