San Diego CITD Update

November 2016
In This Edition
CITD Leads Tour of Manufacturing Facilities in Tijuana, Mexico
As part of the activities leading up to this year's Manufacturing Day, the San Diego CITD led a tour - in collaboration with the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies at San Diego City College and Baja California's Secretariat of Economic Development (SEDECO) - of manufacturing facilities in Tijuana for companies interested in business opportunities in the border region. More than 24 participants, which included business owners & representatives, as well as trade specialists and economic development professionals from both sides of the border, boarded a chartered bus provided by SEDECO and participated in the tour that began with a visit to Mexican Customs' import facilities.  During the visit to the import facilities - which was arranged by Tijuana Customs Administrator, Jorge Fernando Boy Espinosa - the group took a guided tour of the import inspection facilities and heard about the process for importing goods into Mexico, including the documentation required and how merchandise is inspected. More than 1,800 commercial crossings take place through this facility per day.

CITD at BajaMak 2016
BajaMak 2016 marked the industrial trade show's 11th year promoting supplier opportunities in Baja California's growing manufacturing sector. This year's event, held on October 20th, was unique due to the fact that BajaMak's organizers hosted Baja California's Medical Device Cluster's 9th installation of their MedSummit trade show. MedSummit is organized by the region's medical device manufacturers, many which have their corporate offices in Southern California. BajaMak typically includes the participation of industry contacts in varied industrial sectors, including: medical, automotive, aerospace, electronics and sub-sectors like plastics, metal mechanics and packaging. With the presence of MedSummit at this year's show, there was an increase of medical device companies who showcased their supplier needs.

The Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade & Logistics for San Diego & Imperial Counties (DSNGTL) and San Diego CITD, in collaboration with LINCS (Leveraging, Integrating, Networking, Coordinating Supplies), will begin offering courses in Supply Chain Management that will prepare participants for certifications through the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). LINCS is a national supply chain management education and certification program funded by a $24.5 million U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grant.

The LINCS program offers eight different certification tracks, including: Supply Chain Management Principles, Warehousing Operations, Transportation Operations, Customer Service Operations, Demand Planning, Manufacturing and Service Operations, Inventory Management, and Supply Management and Procurement. Participants can complete one track, or all eight, depending on their individual educational and career goals. All courses are available through a self-paced online learning system and enrollment in the program is currently available at no cost to participants.

After completing a course, participants may sit for a SCPro Fundamentals certification offered and certified by CSCMP. Upon passing the exam, the participant receives a certification in the particular skill sets tested by that certification exam, making them more competitive in obtaining and sustaining employment.

For additional information, including certification track descriptions, click here.

San Diego State University's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) recently released it's 2017 California Export Guide, published in partnership with ThinkGlobal. In addition to success stories and information on export initiatives, the export guide features a directory of resources available to California exporters.

Check it out here.

MetroConnect, presented by JPMorgan Chase, is the flagship initiative of World Trade Center San Diego and a comprehensive export support program designed to help San Diego companies accelerate their global growth. Fifteen San Diego companies were chosen to participate in the 2016 program, representing a variety of sectors including life sciences, maritime, craft brewing and cleantech. These companies received services to help them increase international sales, including a $10,000 grant.
The MetroConnect Grand Prize PitchFest, which will be held on November 16th, is inviting four of these companies back to compete for an additional $35,000 in funding towards their international expansion strategies. The catch? These four companies will be looking to YOU, the attendee, to judge and award the extra cash.
Come join us for this exciting and unique event and a chance to network with San Diego's global business community along with bites and drinks (including local craft beer of course).
To register, you can view the Eventbrite page here.
Learn about CBP's trade compliance enforcement process and how to deal with issues related to non-compliance. Topics for this workshop include:
  • Liquidated Damage Claims
  • Seizures
  • Penalty Notices
  • Petitioning
  • Mitigation
  • Prior Disclosures
For more information and to register, click here.

The SBA and AARP are scheduling joint events across the country this year to heighten awareness among the 50+ population in the benefits and successes of Small Business Ownership/Entrepreneurship.

The SBA San Diego District Office, and the local AARP Chapter are hosting a "Encore Mentoring" event and Lender Fair on Wednesday, November 16th.

You will learn:
  • "Starting a Franchise"

    Presented by Roxanne Rapske
  • How Our Resource Partners May Help You Succeed in Your BusinessPresented by representatives from: SCORE, the Small Business Development Center, the Veteran's Business Outreach Center, and more.
  • How Our Local Lenders May Help You Finance Your Business
Presentations will be followed by a Lender Fair, One-on-One Counseling Sessions, and Time to Network with Presenters and Fellow Attendees.

For more information and to register, click here.

Mexicali, Mexico is home to over 500 national and international companies with manufacturing and assembly operations utilizing over $350 million in parts and components in the region annually. 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
For more information on this event, click here.

Save the Date for MEXPORT 2017, the region's premier industrial trade show promoting supplier opportunities with major manufacturers in the Southern California/Baja California region. MEXPORT 2017 will be held on April 6th, 2017 in Otay Mesa. 

Booth space is now available for MEXPORT 2017. For more information, click here.

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.

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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  


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.
California STEP

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.

The program provides resources and services to help small businesses participate in foreign trade missions, trade show exhibitions, training workshops, and more. Download the fact sheet below for more information and how to take advantage of these benefits.

California STEP:
Foreign Market Promotion Opens Nov 1, 2016
  • No Cost Match
  • Trade Show Booth Cost
  • Website Translation
  • And Much More (excludes travel costs)
California STEP Individual Company Export Promotion (ICEP) Program
California STEP Registration Form -2017
Ask Us How You Can Participate

CITD Border Export Program

Want to increase your sales by supplying to major international manufacturers?
The CITD Border Export Program can help match you with manufacturers looking for your products and services.

Border Export Program

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 with the information, resources, and technical assistance you need to effectively compete for and perform on federal, state, and local government contracts.
If you are interested in becoming a client of the SDCOC or for more information, please visit their website 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. 

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