San Diego CITD Update
March 2014
In This Edition


The Center for International Trade Development (CITD) and the Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) for Global Trade and Logistics at Southwestern College convened a meeting at which community college faculty and administrators from Region 10 presented their International Business programs with the goal of igniting collaborations and aligning curriculum with the needs of industry. This meeting was part of the activities of the new initiative of Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy and the DSN of Global Trade and Logistics to assemble a collaborative knowledge community. 


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CITD Participates at Mexicali Supply Expo 2014 

The annual Mexicali Supply Expo (MSE) was held on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 in the City of Mexicali, Baja California. The industrial trade show's mission is to serve as a business platform for local manufacturing companies and their potential suppliers.


The day-long event had 3,200 attendees, 140 exhibitors, of which 126 were industrial suppliers, and 14 were local manufacturers. Companies like Newell Rubbermaid, Honeywell, Gulfstream and Kenworth had exhibits that showcased the parts they make and were staffed by purchasing representatives of the company.


MSE 2014 offered Business-to-Business meetings (at an additional fee) and conferences (free of cost) to attendees and exhibitors. One of the conferences was a panel of specialists on how to effectively and successfully quote large manufacturers. The panel consisted of purchasing managers at Kenworth, Newell Rubbermaid, Gulfstream, Robert Bosch Power Tools and Skyworks Solutions.


Monica Rosas, CITD Business Specialist, provided counseling to several Mexican companies who wish to buy from California suppliers. Some of the U.S. Companies that participated were: Jenson Fasteners, EWD Solutions, Inc., and Main Steel Polishing, among others.

CITD and the Doing What Matters Initiative Represented at JEDE Committee Hearing


Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) Chair of the Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee (JEDE), held a JEDE Committee hearing at the Port of San Diego administration building to examine how the Southern California goods movement system impacts the state's global competitiveness and ability to retain high paying jobs.


During the hearing, Assemblymember Medina pointed out that he believes much of the state's economic growth will come from greater participation in the global economy. This necesitates the need to develop a modern and high-quality logistical network to facilitate the efficient movement of goods and services to support trade-related industries.


Various economic development experts, business leaders, and other key regional stakeholders were invited to provide testimony on job creation, business development, trade-related industries, and goods movement in the state. Jeff Williamson, Statewide Director for the California Centers for International Trade Development and Sector Navigator for Global Trade and Logistics provided the committee with information on the programs and services available to businesses and students to support quality jobs and business success in trade-related industries.

YEP Business Plan Competition Winners


Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 YEP Business Plan Competition! The winning plans were submitted by Harvey Williams, Robert Zaragoza, and Greta Wilson and the Reel Delicious team at High Tech High San Diego.


The winners of this year's business plan competition received a prize package that included an iPad Mini (sponsored by Walmart), free workshop attendance, PR assistance, and other services and resources designed to help them launch and manage their businesses.


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San Diego SBA Launches Export Training Program


The San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) launched its 4-part export training program on February 19th, 2014. The program, geared toward existing companies that are new to exporting or are currently exporting, will cover everything from finding market opportunities to shipping goods and managing the supply chain.  Participants are encouraged to commit to attend all four sessions to get the most out of the program.


This training series will be offered in Imperial Valley and North San Diego County, on different dates.


Session 3: International Trade Finance - Insuring Payments for Products & Services and Financing Orders

Imperial Valley - 03/19/2014
North San Diego County - 03/26/2014


Session 4: International Shipping, Logistics and Supply Chain - Avoiding the Pitfalls & Problems

Imperial Valley - 04/02/2014
North San Diego County - 04/09/2014


Cost: FREE


For more information, click here.

Binational Supply Chain Seminars

Tijuana's chapter of the National Chamber of Transformation Industries (CANACINTRA, as it is known in Mexico) will be hosting a monthly seminar on supply chain opportunities in Baja California's manufacturing sector. The seminars, open to suppliers on both sides of the border, will feature purchasing representatives from various manufacturers in the Baja region and a government agency who will discuss the products and services they are currently looking to source.


Some of the industry sectors covered in these seminars include Aerospace, Automotive, Medical, and Electronics.


Check our website for updates and companies that will be participating in these seminars.

Complying with U.S. Export Controls Workshop

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security will be conducting a two-day hands-on workshop on export control issues, March 26 - 27th at the Hilton in Del Mar. This workshop, organized by the San Diego and Imperial District Export Council, is designed for compliance professionals at all levels of expertise. 

The program will cover U.S. Government export controls (Export Administration Regulations), including: types of controls, classifying your product,license requirements, support documentation, export clearance, enforcement, and developing an export management compliance program. BIS regulatory experts will instruct the course. Sessions will also address laws and policies on U.S. economic and trade sanctions worldwide, and major changes from "Export Control Reform."

For more information, click here.
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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.
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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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