San Diego CITD Update
February 2016
In This Edition

The California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and ProMéxico
-Mexico's trade and investment agency-together with various economic development and trade agencies, including the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Regional EDC, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's Office, and the U.S. Commercial Service, hosted the first in a series of California-Mexico trade and investment dialogues at SDGE's Innovation Center in Kearny Mesa.  These dialogues are a result of Governor Jerry Brown's 2014 Trade and Investment Agreement with the Mexican Government, which aims to boost economic, cultural, and academic cooperation with Mexico.

The event featured three panel discussions on topics that included: Movement of People and Goods Along the Border, San Diego-Baja Region Economic Advantages, and Cross Border Business Opportunities. San Diego CITD Director, Victor Castillo, participated as a panelist on the San Diego-Baja panel and provided an overview of the state's trade activity with Mexico as well as his perspective on the advantages Baja's growing manufacturing sector brings for businesses in the region. Additional dialogue events will be held throughout the state in the coming months.
Students in Sweetwater High School's Health Career Academy took a break from their regular science and healthcare courses to learn about a seemingly different career pathway - Global Trade & Logistics. Although at first glance healthcare and global trade do not seem interconnected, digging deeper reveals that healthcare, and its related services and technologies, is an important and growing industry sector for international trade.

As a way to explain this connection and provide her students with information on additional career pathways, Sweetwater High School Medical Biology teacher, Jessica Sphar, invited SB1070 Regional Pathways Industry Connections Coordinator (ICC) for Global Trade & Logistics, Monica Rosas to present to her 9th and 10th grade classes.

ExporTech™ is a national export assistance program that helps companies enter or expand in global markets. Jointly offered by the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the U.S. Export Assistance Centers of the U.S. Department of Commerce, ExporTech applies a structured export strategy development process that assists 4-8 companies to accelerate growth. It is the only national program where each company develops a written export plan, that is vetted by a panel of experts upon completion.  ExporTech efficiently connects companies with a wide range of world-class experts that help navigate the export sales process. The result is that companies rapidly expand global sales and save countless hours of effort.
CMTC® will be bringing the ExporTech program to Murrieta in February. For more information on this program and to apply to participate, click here.

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), in partnership with the San Diego & Imperial District Export Council will be presenting its Complying with U.S. Export Controls workshop on February 17th, 2016.

This two-day program is led by BIS's professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods.

For more information, including program agenda, click here.
If you pay duties, you must attend this very special annual event. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will share the top 5 Chapter 98 programs. 

Qualification requirements for each of the five programs will be covered, including the necessary supporting documents. Customs & Border Protection will also share their methods for auditing, validation and enforcing Chapter 98 Programs.

For more information and to register for the event, click here.
Mexicali, Mexico is home to over 500 national and international companies with manufacturing and assembly operations utilizing parts and components in the region. The Mexicali Supply Expo 2016 is your opportunity to connect with the Areospace, Metal Mechanic, Medical Device, Automotive, Electronic and more, professionals who are looking for suppliers to meet their fabrication needs. At this annual, international event manufacturers and suppliers will:
  • Meet one-on-one to discuss demand and supply needs and opportunities
  • Participate in an Expert Panel Discussion to examine international operations and discuss doing business in Mexicali
  • Tap into government, developers and educational institution opportunities in specialized pavilions
  • Network with key company leaders at an industry-wide reception
If you are interested in participating in this event, you can contact the CITD 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.

For more information on the event, click here.
The South San Diego Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in conjunction with the San Diego CITD, will be hosting an Export Process and Documentation workshop for existing businesses that are new to export or are currently exporting and would like to expand into additional markets. The workshop will be held on March 10th, 2016 at the National City Chamber of Commerce and will cover topics including:
  • Trade agreements with the U.S.
  • How to conduct international market research
  • Process for exporting goods and services
  • How to complete common export documentation
  • Resources available to help grow your business through international trade
Cost: $15

For more information, click here.

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Upcoming Events

U.S. Department of Commerce Healthcare Trade & Investment Mission to Peru 

U.S. Outdoor Lifestyle Roadshow to China

USD Global Business Strategy Certificate Program

Export University 2016

Inbound Buying Missions to Natural Products Expo West Tradeshow

12th Annual Global California Conference

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.
Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade & Logistics

Part of the California Community Colleges "Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Econony" initiative, the DSN for Global Trade & Logistics is focused on aligning curriculum and training programs in International Business and Logistics, across the community colleges in the San Diego & Imperial Counties region, to meet industry needs and help students develop successful career paths in high-growth, high-wage industries.
Visit the DSN website for information on international business-related programs, resources, and tools for students, employers, faculty, and workers.
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.

Are you ready to pursue and win government contracts? If so, the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center(SDCOC), also known as the San Diego PTAC, is a resource partner of the San Diego CITD and is here to assist you. SDCOC's mission is to assist San Diego county small businesses with the information, resources, and technical assistance they need to effectively compete for and perform on federal, state, and local government contracts.  For more than 20 years, the SDCOC has provided San Diego area small businesses with FREE one-on-one mentoring, training, and bid locating services.  These valuable services have assisted San Diego small businesses in winning over $875 million in contract awards.    
If you are interested in becoming a client of the SDCOC, please complete their online application located at  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to visit their website for more information at or call 619-285-7020. 



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.