San Diego CITD Update
August 2014
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International Trade Day at the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2014 Annual Convention


The CHCC annual convention will bring more than 3,000 entrepreneurs, small business advocates and corporate representatives together to Garden Grove August 13-15th. The goal of the CHCC's Annual Convention is to elevate discussion and participation among Hispanic business owners, corporate business leaders, community leaders, and government officials to address issues of relevance to the Hispanic business community.

This year's convention will  feature an International Trade Day with panel discussion on international business opportunities for small businesses.

International Symposium Agenda at the CHCC Convention - August 13th, 2014

First-hand Experiences Doing Business Across the Border (1:15 PM - 2:15 PM)

Cross Border Trade Matters: Opportunities, Logistics, International Law, and Accounting (2:30 PM - 3:30 PM)


Financial Sources for Cross Border Business (3:45 PM - 4:45 PM)


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SBA Export Resources

Did you know that 95% of consumers live outside the United States? And a whopping two thirds of the world's purchasing power is in foreign countries!


Exporting can mean big things for your small business, and SBA has resources and information to help you succeed!

  • Expert Guidance - U.S. Exporting Assistance Centers (USEACs) are staffed by professionals from the SBA, the Department of Commerce, the Export-Import Bank and other organizations. They'll help you understand the global marketplace and get you organized. 
  • Planning Tools - Perfect for the small business owner exploring exporting, the Export Business Planner is a free, customizable tool that helps you work through the critical processes of export readiness and planning.
Additional SBA exporting resources and information can be found at


EXPORTECH is a comprehensive program designed for manufacturers to expand their global markets. The program brings together all of the elements to assist manufacturers in developing export plans that include assistance with logistics, distribution, country
selection, fees, regulations, best products to export and much more.


California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) works with a variety of partners to deliver this comprehensive training program with proven results. On average, participating manufacturers generate $770,000 in new export sales.


Upcoming EXPORTECH Sessions:

October 7, November 11, and December 9, 2014 in Claremont, CA.


For more information, go to


Save the date for BajaMak 2014 on October 23rd in Tijuana, Mexico.

The trade show and expo emphasizes the maquiladora supply industry in the Baja California border region and is an important venue in Northwest Mexico for companies looking to tap into the $11 billion suppliers market within the region's manufacturing industry.


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The Fall 2014 Seminar Schedule for the Global Business Strategy Certificate Program at USD has just been released.  CITD clients, affiliates, and students are eligible for a 15% discount on enrollment in any individual seminar(s) or the comprehensive certificate for Fall 2014.


The Ahlers Center for International Business at the University of San Diego offers the Global Business Strategy Certificate Program - a collection of 6-hour and 9-hour seminars designed to give you a cross-functional approach to global business strategy, and strengthen your ability to manage complexity, enhance collaboration, and employ innovative solutions in a highly-competitive international business landscape.  Take advantage of small class sizes, access to industry experts, networking opportunities and professional growth and enrichment.  All seminars include catering and materials.


Below is the Fall 2014 Seminar Schedule:


Cross-Cultural Negotiations

August 26, 28 & September 2 (9 hours total)

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Strategic Growth, Financial Profitability and Free Cash Flow Valuation

September 4, 11 & 18 (9 hours total)

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Global Business Strategy, Leadership and Competitiveness

September 25 & October 9 (6 hours total)

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Global Demographic Trends and Marketing Opportunities

October 15, 22 & 29 (9 hours total)

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


New Venture Financing 

November 4, 6 & 13 (9 hours total)

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Please contact Erin Kellaway at (619) 260-6809 or for the discount code.


For more information on these seminars, 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.
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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