San Diego CITD Update
June 2017
In This Edition
Small Businesses Presented with a Wealth of Information on Export Compliance by Top Notch Panel
The San Diego CITD, in collaboration with the  Port of Los AngelesPort of San DiegoU.S. Small Business Administration San Diego District OfficeU.S. Commercial ServiceSan Diego & Imperial District Export Council, and the  World Trade Center San Diego, hosted the 3rd workshop in a series of workshops called Export University, geared toward helping companies optimize their export potential and grow globally. This session of the series was held on May 17th at the Mission Valley Campus of Point Loma Nazarene University and provided an overview of the legal, contractual, and regulatory aspects of trade.

After brief welcome remarks by San Diego CITD Director, Victor Castillo, and Norman Arikawa, Assistant Director of Trade Development with the Port of Los Angeles, the workshop began with a presentation by Susan Kohn Ross, a partner at law firm  Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp , who provided an in-depth look at various legal and compliance issues that can come up when exporting and how businesses can protect themselves.

The Imperial County Transportation Commission and Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation hosted the Imperial Valley General Assembly & Economic Summit May 17th-18th at the Imperial Palms Hotel in Holtville, Calfornia.  The Summit brings together local business representatives and Government officials from around the region to network with economic development agencies through informative sessions.

San Diego CITD Director, Victor Castillo, presented on the services and resources available through the CITD as part of a panel on International Trade and investment, which was moderated by Matt Anderson, San Diego Area Director for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Additional panelists for this session included David Harlow, Consultant representing the Imperial Valley Foreign Trade Zone, and Mike Jones who discussed the milestones from the Southern California Association of Governments Logistics Study.

As part of National Small Business Week, the San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) hosts an Awards Luncheon during which they recognize  16 award winning small businesses and small business champions. The event, which was held on May 4th at the San Diego Marriott, recognized these award winners for their contributions to the American economy. 

Candidates for awards in a variety of categories are nominated by trade associations, chambers of commerce, lenders, and business assistance organizations. The San Diego CITD nominated client Neyenesch Printers, a local family-owned business started 118 years ago, which won for the category of Family Owned Business of the Year.

The San Diego CITD has assisted Neyenesch Printers with participating in trade missions and trade shows targeting the growing manufacturing sector in the Baja California, Mexico region.

MetroConnect, World Trade Center San Diego's flagship export assistance program, is now accepting applications for its 2017 cohort. 

Made possible through a grant provided by JPMorgan Chase & Co., small to mid-sized companies in San Diego can apply for a $10,000 grant and programmatic services to assist with international expansion efforts.

Fifteen local companies will be selected. Apply now through June 30, 2017.

The San Diego CITD and DSN for Global Trade & Logistics will begin offering  American Production and Inventory Control Society ( APICS)  Certified in Production and Inventory Management  (CPIM) certification courses at Southwestern College's Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa. APICS is a national industry-recognized association for supply management professionals. According to APICS's Operations Management Employment Outlook, professionals with the CPIM designation see a significantly improved hiring potential and an average 14% salary increase.

The next course in the series, "Master Planning of Reosurces", will begin on June 14th, 2017 and will run for 8 weeks from 6 PM - 9 PM on Wednesdays.

The CPIM program  empowers professionals with the ability to understand and evaluate production and inventory activities within a company's global operations. To earn the CPIM designation, a professional must pass a series of five exams to demonstrate mastery of essential terminology, concepts, and strategies related to production and inventory management. The CITD/DSN will be offering the APICS courses designed to prepare professionals for each of the certification exams.

For more information on the certification courses and to register, click here.

As part of a collaboration between the San Diego CITD, Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade & Logistics (DSNGTL), and the SB 1070 CTE Regional Pathways Program, a series of experiential learning activities related to Global Trade and Logistics were made available to student interns of the CITD. During the Spring and into the Summer/Fall semesters, the San Diego CITD will host seven interns from high schools, colleges and universities including High Tech High Chula Vista, Southwestern College, San Diego State University, and the University of California San Diego.

SB1070 CTE Regional Pathways Program Industry Connections Coordinator and CITD International Trade Specialist, Monica Rosas, helped to coordinate these students' participation in these activities, which included: an Aerospace and Aviation Forum organized by South County Economic Development Council to learn about Global Trade in the Aerospace and Aviation Industry in Southern California;  Careers in Manufacturing Tour, an event organized by the East County Economic Development Council, which included two site visits to the Fox Factory and Computer Integrated Machining, Inc. manufacturing plants followed by an industry panel and opportunity to explore careers in manufacturing and global trade;  a visit to a produce importer in Otay Mesa Andrew-Williamson to learn about their binational process and all the logistics involved in their day-to-day operation; and a presentation on Careers at Customs and Border Protection focused on the trade aspects of CBP and Homeland Security.

These activities allowed the student interns to experience first-hand the types of career opportunities available in the Global Trade & Logistics and Manufacturing sectors.
San Diego CITD and DSN for Global Trade and Logistics Offering Southwestern College Students Opportunity to Earn Industry-Recognized Certification

The San Diego CITD and the Deputy Sector Navigator in Global Trade and Logistics (DSN-GTL) with support from the Southwestern Community College (SWC) Foundation is offering students in the SWC International Business program, International Logistics & Transportation program, and Business Administration program, as well as students transferring to International Business programs at a 4 year university, the opportunity to receive an industry recognized certification supported by the  Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) that will allow SWC students to be more competitive in this field and provide the business community with better qualified and trained professionals.
The certification will be free of charge to those students who are chosen. In order to apply students must meet specific guidelines.

All applications and supporting documents must be received no later than June 30, 2017. 

Innovative Approaches to Enter Indian Markets

On July 7, Mentor on Road, an initiative led by Indian cluster development expert and certified management consultant, Jagat Shah, will be giving a presentation at the World Trade Center San Diego offices. San Diego SMEs are invited to attend an hour-long presentation on Indian market dynamics, prospective sectors for American exporters, Indian investment in the US and the current regulatory environment. Following the program there will be a Q&A session and networking opportunities. 

The event is free and will take place from 2:00 - 4:00 PM on Friday, July 7, 2017 at our offices downtown.

For additional information and to RSVP for this event, contact:
Lauren Lindner
(619) 234-8484

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:

National City
Southwestern College Higher Education Center
National City
880 National City Blvd.
Suite 7100
National City, CA 91950   

Chula Vista
Southwestern College Main Campus
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

East County
East County EDC
127 East Lexington Ave
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

California Export Guide
SDSU CIBER  in partnership with ThinkGlobal Inc.,, has launched the  California Export Guide , available in print and online. The colorful, magazine-style guide is a free resource for California exporters to find the tools they need to succeed in global markets.

The purpose of the guide is to provide California companies and foreign investors with expert advice and answers to frequently asked questions about exporting, foreign direct investment and global business.
CITD Supplier Export Program

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

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.