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  • SD gearing up for National Manufacturing Day

    Selected by the US Secretary of Commerce as one of the 12 advanced manufacturing communities in the country, San Diego is on the forefront of helping to strengthen American manufacturing.

  • Opportunity to tour aerospace manufacturing operations in Tijuana, Tecate

    The Tijuana EDC and the Secretariat of Economic Development of Tijuana will be hosting an industrial tour that will showcase the region's competitiveness in and help further develop the supply chain of Aerospace an Defense companies in the Cali Baja Mega Region.

  • Port Tour with San Diego High School and College CTE Teachers

    The San Diego CITD and Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade & Logistics - San Diego & Imperial Region - will be hosting a tour of the Port of San Diego's Marine Terminals for local High School and College CTE teachers.

  • North American Manufacturing Partnership Trade Mission to Tijuana

    Join the U.S. Department of Commerce, US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, CMTC - California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, Tijuana Economic Development Corporation (DEITAC), and Center for International Trade Development on a trade mission to the most important manufacturing supply chain trade show in Northwest Mexico -BajaMak - which will be held in Tijuana, Mexico.

  • Tijuana Innovadora

    Join the San Diego CITD and Southwestern College at the 2014 Tijuana Innovadora international event.

  • Tijuana EDC Contract Manufacturing Tour

    As part of the Manufacturing Day activities this year, the San Diego Regional EDC and Tijuana EDC are coordinating a tour visiting facilities of two major contract manufacturing companies in Tijuana: Sigmatron and Munekata.

  • Online tool helps manufacturers assess advantages of manufacturing or sourcing in the US

    As a way to encourage businesses to bring back production to the U.S., the Commerce Deparment developed an online tool that helps firms assess the total costs of locating manufacturing operations overseas.

  • North American Manufacturing Partnership trade mission to Tijuana

    Join the U.S. Department of Commerce, US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, CMTC - California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, Tijuana Economic Development Corporation (DEITAC), and Center for International Trade Development on a trade mission to the most important manufacturing supply chain trade show in Northwest Mexico -BajaMak - which will be held in Tijuana, Mexico.

  • SD gearing up for National Manufacturing Day

    Selected by the US Secretary of Commerce as one of the 12 advanced manufacturing communities in the country, San Diego is on the forefront of helping to strengthen American manufacturing. Manufacturing supports more than 90,000 jobs throughout San Diego County.

  • Export training program can help you increase your sales

    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.

  • Taste of California Trade Show

    The California Centers for International Trade Development, in collaboration with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is hosting a premiere trade event featuring California's food and agricultural products.

  • California Hispanic Chambers convention opened with International Trade Day

    The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce held its annual convention in Orange County from Aug. 13-15 where more than 3,000 entrepreneurs, small business advocates, and corporate representatives gathered to learn about the latest trends in business development, network with other business professionals, and gain insights into growing and maintaining a successful business.

  • Buyers from China, Southeast Asia looking for California food products

    The California Centers for International Trade Development, in collaboration with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is hosting a global trade event featuring California's consumer oriented food products. This event provides California's food producers and exporters the opportunity to meet with over 40 buyers from China, South Korea and Southeast Asia.

  • International Trade Day at CHCC annual convention

    The CHCC annual convention will bring more than 3,000 entrepreneurs, small business advocates and corporate representatives together to Garden Grove Aug. 13-15.

  • USD's Global Business Strategy Certificate Program

    The Fall 2014 Seminar Schedule for the Global Business Strategy Certificate Program at USD has just been released.

  • Save the date: BajaMak 2014 Tradeshow

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

  • Export training program can help you increase your sales

    EXPORTECH is a comprehensive program designed for manufacturers to expand their global markets.

  • SBA Export Resources

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

  • House approves $216M in funding for San Ysidro Port of Entry expansion

    The U.S. House of Representatives has approved $216.82 million to fund the final phase of the San Ysidro Port of Entry Modernization and Expansion Project.

  • WUSATA Fresh Produce Inbound Trade Mission

    WUSATA will be hosting a Central America and Mexico Fresh Produce Inbound Buying Mission in California and Washington July 14 - 16, 2014.

  • DSN for Global Trade & Logistics releases labor market gap analysis

    The Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade and Logistics- San Diego & Imperial (DSN-GTL) and the CITD recently released a labor market gap analysis for its industry sector.

  • Export training program can help you increase your sales

    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

  • California-Mexico Trade and Investment Mission

    Given our border relationship and long-lasting historical, cultural and economic ties, Mexico is a natural partner to further expand two-way trade and investment, and strengthen cooperation on global climate change.

  • EXPO Ciclismo 2014 (Bicycling EXPO)

    Agencia de Proyectos Baja along with cycling groups and associations in Baja California have teamed up to create the first edition of Expo Ciclismo 2014.

  • Small Businesses and Advocates Honored at SBA Small Business Awards

    The San Diego District Office of the Small Business Administration (SBA) conducted its annual Small Business Awards event at the Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley. The breakfast event celebrated local small businesses that have persevered and succeeded as well as those who advocate for small businesses.

  • California-Mexico Trade and Investment Mission

    Given our border relationship and long-lasting historical, cultural and economic ties, Mexico is a natural partner to further expand two-way trade and investment, and strengthen cooperation on global climate change.

  • EXPO Ciclismo 2014 (Bicycling EXPO)

    Agencia de Proyectos Baja along with cycling groups and associations in Baja California have teamed up to create the first edition of Expo Ciclismo 2014. Companies invited to participate as exhibitors are: bicycle manufacturers, replacement parts makers, uniforms and specialized clothing suppliers and cycling accessories suppliers.

  • CITD provides counseling sessions at MEXPORT 2014

    Over the last 25 years, the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce has organized what has become the region's premier industrial trade show.

  • USD hosts 'Success Within' seminar for Chula Vista students

    The University of San Diego (USD) hosted a seminar on academic and career success for students of Chula Vista Learning Community Charter High School.

  • Southwestern College hosts SANDAG's annual binational event

    Every year since 1997, SANDAG has organized a Binational Conference to address a variety of border related issues.

  • CITD participates in Congressman Peters' export seminar

    U.S. Representative Scott Peters, Congressman for California's 52nd District, in conjunction with the Port of San Diego, San Diego and Imperial District Export Council, and theU.S. Commercial Service San Diego, hosted a free export seminar for San Diego small businesses.

  • DSN for Global Trade & Logistics releases employer engagement report

    The Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade & Logistics - San Diego & Imperial (DSN-GTL) and the CITD recently released a report from it's employer engagement event held in April.

  • Improving border relations, wait times on the agenda at SANDAG forum

    Addressing challenges and opportunities for an efficient San Ysidro-Tijuana border crossing was the topic of conversation Tuesday at a forum organized by the San Diego Association of Governments.

  • MEXPORT 2014 is right around the corner

    Want to expand your business by becoming a supplier to major manufacturers in Baja California?

  • New EB-5 Regional Center established in San Diego

    The San Diego Regional Investment Center (SDRIC) is an EB-5 Regional Center approved by the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) to provide immigration through investment.

  • Export trade workshop series concluded

    The San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration conducted a series of four Export Trade Workshops in Imperial County and in Oceanside in conjunction with the Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center (IVSBDC) and the North San Diego Small Business Development Center (NSD SBDC.)

  • Supplier opportunities discussed at binational supply chain seminar

    CANACINTRA, a chamber of commerce representing companies in the manufacturing/processing industry, hosted a Binational Supply Chain Seminar at its offices in Tijuana.

  • CITD participates in Small Business Expo & Forum

    Southwestern College's Center for Technical Education and Career Success (CTECS) hosted it's first Small Business Expo and Forum at the college's main campus in Chula Vista.

  • CTE teachers participate in training on global trade and entrepreneurship in San Diego

    Thirty-five high school teachers from across the Inland Empire/Desert Region participated in an intensive two-day training in San Diego related to global trade and entrepreneurship.

  • DSN/CITD discusses employee skills needs with global trade, logistics industry

    The Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) for Global Trade & Logisitics and the CITD convened a meeting with representatives of local companies involved in international trade and community college educators to discuss the skills employers look for in employees in this industry.

  • Baja Expo Spa 2014

    The National Chamber of Transformation Industry-Tijuana Chapter (CANACINTRA) is organizing the first Baja Expo Spa.

  • Binational supply chain seminar featuring TACNA

    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.

  • USD offering global business strategy certificate

    To prepare the next generation of global business leaders, the Ahlers Center for International Business developed theCertificate in Global Business Strategy (GBS) to help business professionals focus on new product, market, and leadership topics in a global setting.

  • Save the date for MEXPORT 2014

    Want to expand your business by becoming a supplier to major manufacturers in Baja California?

  • Free workshop for sporting goods exporters

    The export opportunities for San Diego sporting goods companies are growing as the industry grows worldwide.

  • Medtronic discusses business opportunities with regional suppliers

    Medtronic, one of the world's largest medical technologies company, was the latest company to participate in the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce's MEXPORT Supplier's Forum.

  • Complying with US 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.

  • 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.

  • CITD participates at Mexicali Supply Expo 2014

    The annual Mexicali Supply Expo (MSE) was held on Thursday, Feb. 27 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • CITD, '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.

  • DSN/CITD convene meeting

    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.

  • Is MINT the New BRICS?

    Economist Jim O'Neill, who coined the acronym BRIC in 2001 for the grouping of the economies of Brazil, Russia, India, and China (South Africa was added to the group in 2010 and the acronym changed to BRICS), is now touting MINT after the four emerging economies he believes could be in the world's top ten economies in the coming decades.

  • San Diego Export Plan Released

    As part San Diego's ongoing participation in the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Export Initiative, a partnership of local leaders from various civic, educational and economic development organizations recently released a comprehensive export plan for the region.

  • San Diego Unified School District Holds 2nd Annual Student Store Competition

    The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) held its 2nd Annual Student Store Competition on January 16th, 2014 at Madison High School.

  • Exhibit at Mexicali Supply Expo 2014 at a Discounted Price

    The Mexicali Supply Expo brings together the local, regional, and international suppliers that support the strategic industries established in Mexicali, Baja California.

  • MEXPORT Supplier's Forum Featuring Medtronic

    Join the San Diego CITD and the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce at the MEXPORT Supplier's Forum on March 6th from 8:30-10 a.m.

  • SBA Export Training Program

    The San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is hosting a a 4-part export training program starting on February 19th.

  • Webinar on business opportunities in Baja California, Mexico

    Baja California is a center of innovation and dynamism along the U.S.- Mexico border. Tijuana, Baja California's largest metropolis, is on track to double its population to four million by 2030. With improvements in the security situation and realizing the benefits of nearshoring, companies are once again setting up shop in Baja California rather than turning to Asia.

  • Multi-sector trade mission to Mexico

    Join the Center for International Trade Development in Sacramento and the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce in Sacramento, Alameda County, and San Jose on a trade mission to Mexico.

  • Mexicali Supply Expo 2014

    Mexicali Supply Expo brings together the local, regional, and international suppliers that support the strategic industries established in Mexicali, Baja California.

  • SBA day in Alpine

    Join the San Diego CITD at Alpine's SBA Day on Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. T

  • US-Brazil Connect paid fellowship opportunity

    US-Brazil Connect offers a paid fellowship program that takes outstanding U.S. students and emerging professionals to Brazil. The program is not your typical travel experience - it's a mutual exchange that encourages Fellows to take on new challenges and build relationships that last a lifetime.

  • Alvarez, Faulconer commit to global trade

    Mayoral hopefuls David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer reaffirmed their commitment to international trade Friday at a meeting at World Trade Center San Diego and vowed to make it a top priority should they be elected.

  • Hot topics for export compliance professionals

    Join the San Diego CITD for this series of export compliance workshops, hosted by the U.S. Commercial Service and the San Diego and Imperial District Export Council.

  • Southwestern College Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa named 'Service Provider of the Year'

    Southwestern College's Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa (HECOM) has been named "Service Provider of the Year" by the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

  • Updated online training section on CITD website

    We recently updated the International Trade Online Training section of our website with additional resources. New to international trade and even existing exporters can learn about various trade topics through podcasts, videos, and webinars presented by industry experts from the CITD network and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  • How to help Typhoon Haiyan victims

    Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan devastated portions of the central and eastern Philippines, much aid is still needed.

  • CITD co-hosts seminar for San Diego manufacturers

    The San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) and the National City Chamber of Commerce co-hosted a seminar for area manufacturers titled "International Opportunities and Resources for San Diego Manufacturers".

  • SD World Trade Center CEO leaves after one year

    Just a year after being hired, Steven Weathers will step down as president and chief executive of the San Diego World Trade Center next Wednesday, reportedly for family reasons.

  • SD District Export Council hosts export compliance workshops

    The U.S. Commercial Service and the San Diego District Export Council will host an event with a series of export compliance workshops in San Diego on Dec. 5.

  • City of Tijuana hosts bi-national clusters workshop

    The City of Tijuana's Secretariat of Economic Development organized the city's first Bi-national Clusters Workshop in collaboration with the Tijuana Economic Development Council.

  • Delegation of women entrepreneurs from Southeast Asia visits CITD

    The San Diego CITD hosted a meeting with a delegation of women entrepreneurs from Bangladesh, Burma, and India interested in learning about the various business development programs available for small businesses in the U.S.

  • Hot topics for export compliance professionals

    Join the San Diego CITD for this series of export compliance workshops, hosted by the U.S. Commercial Service and the San Diego and Imperial District Export Council.

  • International opportunities, resources for SD manufacturers

    The San Diego CITD will be hosting a seminar on Nov. 13, in collaboration with the National City Chamber of Commerce, geared toward helping regional manufacturers grow their businesses.

  • YEP Fall 2013 Business Plan Competition

    Our Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) Fall 2013 Business Plan Competition is now open!

  • Save the Date: International Opportunities & Resources for San Diego Manufacturers

    Save the date for a seminar on international opportunities and resources for San Diego manufacturers, hosted by the National City Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the San Diego CITD.

  • BajaMak Tradeshow 2013

    Join the San Diego CITD on Oct. 24 at the BajaMak tradeshow and expo in Tijuana, Mexico.

  • Baja Medical Cluster Holds Annual Suppliers Event

    The Baja California Medical Cluster, a non-profit association formed by medical manufacturers in the region, put on its annual MedSummit event at Tijuana's new Baja California Conference and Exhibition Center. The goal of the event was assist the medical device industry with finding regional suppliers.

  • San Diego CITD conducts export documentation seminar

    The San Diego CITD conducted a seminar on export documentation at the Mission Valley campus of Point Loma Nazarene Univeristy. The seminar, geared toward new and existing exporters, provided an overview of common export documentation and regulations as well as information on the proper way to prepare the documentation to avoid penalties and fines.

  • YEP Fall 2013 Business Plan Competition

    Our Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) Fall 2013 Business Plan Competition will open on Sept. 20, 2013.

  • CITD at Baja's fourth Aerospace Supplier Forum

    Potential suppliers from both sides of the border attended Baja's 4th Annual Aerospace Supplier Forum to learn about how they can tap into the more than $4 billion aerospace manufacturing industry in Baja California.

  • SD CITD participates in export training event for small businesses

    The Unified Port of San Diego played host to an export training event for small businesses on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

  • MedSummit 2013

    The Baja Medical Cluster along with the State's Economic Development Secretariat are organizing the "Supplier's Day of the Medical Industry" to take place at the Baja California Convention Center on Sept. 6.

  • Baja's 4th annual aerospace supplier forum

    Join the San Diego CITD at the 4th International Baja Aerospace Supplier Forum, which will take place at the Baja California Center on Aug. 29.

  • CITD participates at ‘La Idea en Accion’ event

    More than 30 entrepreneurs from across San Diego participated in a training event designed to help them grow their small businesses.

  • Southwestern College, CITD awarded Global Trade & Logistics Grant

    As part of its Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework, the California Community College Chancellor's Office has awarded Southwestern College and its Center for International Trade Development (CITD) a grant for workforce development in the Global Trade & Logistics industry sector.

  • Southwestern College president, SD CITD director accept Presidential 'E' Award

    The Center for International Trade Development (CITD) initiative was presented with the Presidential "E" Award at the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Board of Governors meeting on July 8th in Sacramento.

  • High school students start business with help from CITD Youth Entrepreneurship Program

    Aaron Estrada and Victor Cruz, seniors at High Tech High Chula Vista and San Diego CITD Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) participants, recently launched a video game tournament hosting business.

  • Southwestern College instructor participates in 10th biennial International Business Institute

    Sponsored by the San Diego CITD and CIBER-San Diego State University, Bernardo Andrade - Adjunct Instructor for Southwestern College's Logistics and Transportation Program- attended the 10th Biennial International Business Institute for Community College Faculty at the International Business Center hosted at Michigan State University from June 2nd-5th.

  • Greatbatch Medical discusses business opportunities with regional suppliers

    Greatbatch Medical, a leading manufacturer of implantable medical devices with facilities in Tijuana, Mexico, was the latest company to participate in the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce's MEXPORT Supplier's Forum.

  • CITD Client Recognized at Annual SBA Awards Luncheon

    The San Diego District Office of the Small Business Administration (SBA) honored small business owners that have persevered or excelled in challenging economic times at its annual SBA Awards Luncheon held on June 12th at the Scottish Rite Center in Mission Valley. In addition to recognizing local businesses for their success, the SBA also acknowledged small business advocates for their contributions to the community.

  • Upcoming CITD Events

    Check out these upcoming San Diego Center for International Trade Development events.

  • IBA international trade series kicks off June 25

    The International Business Association, together with its partners, invites you to attend the IBA Global Perspective on International Trade Seminar & Networking Series.

  • SBA Awards Luncheon

    On June 12th, the San Diego office of the Small Business Administration (SBA) will be honoring small business owners that have persevered or excelled in challenging economic times and acknowledge small business advocates at its annual awards luncheon. The luncheon will be held in Mission Valley at the Scottish Rite Center from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • MEXPORT Supplier's Forum: Greatbatch Medical

    There is still time to register for this event!

  • California Centers for International Trade Development Presidential Award

    The White House recently presented the Presidential "E" Award to the California Community College Chancellor's Office for their Centers for International Trade Development (CITD).

  • CITD Co-hosts 1st Bi-national Small Business Forum in Tijuana, Mexico

    The San Diego CITD, in collaboration with the City of Tijuana's Secretariat of Economic Development (SEDETI) and Mexico's National Chamber of Transformation Industries (CANACINTRA) - Tijuana Chapter, hosted the 1st Bi-national Small Business Forum in Tijuana, Mexico.

  • CITD Conducts Business Counseling Sessions at MEXPORT 2013

    As a way to facilitate cross-border trade, the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce has organized, for more than 24 years, what has become the region's premier industrial trade show. Known as MEXPORT, the trade show promotes supplier opportunities with major manufacturers in the Southern California/Baja California region.

  • First bi-national small business forum

    The San Diego CITD, in conjunction with the City of Tijuana's Economic Development Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration -- San Diego Office, California STEP, U.S. -- Mexico Chamber of Commerce, CANACO Tijuana, and CANACINTRA Tijuana, is hosting a business-to-business matchmaking forum geared toward assisting California-based small and medium-sized companies with selling to Tijuana's growing marketplace.

  • MEXPORT Supplier's Forum: Greatbatch Medical

    Interested in expanding your business internationally?Greatbatch Medical is looking for regional suppliers.

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Program

    Financial Education Week, the week-long financial literacy program, organized by the Mexican Consulate in San Diego, in collaboration with the City of National City, City of Chula Vista, San Diego County Office of Education, Alliant International University, California Foundation Fund, San Diego CITD, and other community-based organizations, concluded with a half-day closing event on Saturday, April 27.

  • MEXPORT 2013

    Baja California's manufacturing industry represents a $13 billion supplier's market. MEXPORT 2013, organized by the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, will take place on May 16th and is the region's premier trade show promoting supplier opportunities in Baja California's manufacturing industry.

  • International Logistics and Transportation program highlighted

    California Community Colleges Vice Chancellor for Economic and Workforce Development, Van Ton-Quinlivan, recently tweeted about the International Logistics and Transportation Program at Southwestern College being a way that community colleges are helping to support exporting in the state.

  • San Diego CITD client selected as Exporter of the Year

    The San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced its local Small Business Week Award recipients. As part of its annual National Small Business Week activities, the SBA recognizes small business owners and leaders in the community that provide support to small businesses for their outstanding achievements through various awards.

  • Mexico trade hits new highs

    After being knocked for a loop by the Great Recession, San Diego County international trade is surging close to the record highs it hit before the downturn began. And much of that growth comes from just one country -- Mexico -- thanks to a new wave of maquiladoras opening or expanding across the border.

  • Murrieta celebrates visit from Changsha No. 1 High School

    The city of Murrieta's International Business Center is celebrating the visit in March by Changsha No. 1 High School (Changsha, Hunan Province, China) to Murrieta. The event will take place at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9 in City Hall on 1 Town Square in Murrieta.

  • Financial Education Week

    The Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) will be participating in a financial literacy event called Financial Education Week, April 22nd - 26th. The week-long event, organized by the Mexican Consulate in San Diego, in collaboration with the City of National City, City of Chula Vista, San Diego County Office of Education, Alliant International University, California Foundation Fund, San Diego CITD, and other community-based organizations, will feature workshops and activities in Spanish on personal finance topics.

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Program

    The deadline for the Spring 2013 YEP Business Plan Competition is just around the corner. Business plan submissions must be received by 5 PM on April 17th.

  • New International Logistics and Transportation Program Website

    The San Diego CITD recently launched a new website to promote the International Logistics & Transportation Certificate/A.S. Degree Program at Southwestern College. The program offers a basic and intermediate certificate and an A.S. degree that will prepare students for different career goals in the industry.

  • SBA/Visa Export Video Contest Deadline Extended Until April 22

    The U.S. Small Business Administration and Visa are holding a video contest for businesses that have used a federal program or assistance to help them export their products or services. Contest entrants have a chance to win up to $10,000 by highlighting how they became a successful small business exporter.

  • Learn About Business Opportunities in Asia at this Complimentary Dim Sum Networking Lunch

    The San Diego CITD invites you to attend this complimentary Dim Sum Networking Lunch, hosted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), to learn more about business opportunities emerging in Asia and the Chinese mainland. The HKTDC will also be organizing a "Think Asia - Think Hong Kong" event at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles on June 14th.

  • 1st Bi-National Small Business Forum

    The San Diego CITD, in conjunction with the City of Tijuana's Economic Development Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration - San Diego Office, California STEP, U.S. - Mexico Chamber of Commerce, CANACO Tijuana, and CANACINTRA Tijuana, will be hosting a business-to-business matchmaking forum geared toward assisting California-based small and medium-sized companies with selling to Tijuana's growing marketplace.

  • Pre-register for One-on-One Business Counseling at Mexport 2013

    MEXPORT 2013 is approaching fast, however, there is still time to register for no-cost one-on-one business counseling appointments at the show. Register today!

  • Learn about opportunities in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia

    Access 2013 International Trade Forum

  • Thought Leadership Forum: India, Vietnam and China

    The city of Murrieta, InSoCal Connect, the USA Continental Regional Center and Swenson Advisors have teamed up to host the InSoCal Connect Thought Leadership Forum scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 12 at the USA Continental Regional Center in Murrieta.

  • Pre-register for one-on-one business counseling at Mexport 2013

    Want to expand your business by becoming a supplier to major manufacturers? Pre-register for one-on-one business counseling at Mexport 2013 today!

  • Access 2013 international trade forum

    Learn about opportunities in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.

  • CITD conducts 'How to establish a business in the U.S.' seminar in Tijuana

    As part of a strategic alliance with the Mexican Business Council of Foreign Trade, Investment, and Technology (known as COMCE in Mexico) and the Tijuana Economic Development Corporation(known as DEITAC) to facilitate assistance to small businesses that are interested in expanding through cross-border trade, the San Diego CITD conducted its "How to Open a Business and Establish Operations in the U.S." seminar on Feb. 7 at DEITAC's Business Center in Tijuana, Mexico.

  • SBA, Visa holding export video contest for chance to win $10,000

    The U.S. Small Business Administration and Visa are holding a video contest for businesses that have used a federal program or assistance to help them export their products or services. Contest entrants have a chance to win up to $10,000 by highlighting how they became a successful small business exporter.

  • CITD hosts seminar on regional, global trade opportunities

    The San Diego CITD, in conjunction with the Port of Los Angeles and Port of San Diego, hosted a seminar on regional and global trade opportunities on Feb. 21 titled "The Border, Ports and Trade: Southern California and Global Markets" at the Holiday Inn - San Diego Bay.

  • Sell around the globe? Tell the world

    Do you sell bowling balls to Bangladesh? Or dish towels to Delhi? Maybe you send laser technology to Lisbon? If you export your goods or services around the world and have used a federal government program or assistance to get there, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Visa Inc. want to see your story.

  • Filner opens Tijuana office, pitches binational Olympics

    San Diego Mayor Bob Filner launched the city's first official office in Tijuana on Friday, saying it could serve as a base where the cities could work on everything from improving border-crossing times to making a joint pitch for the 2024 Olympics.

  • 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.

  • YEP Spring 2013 business plan competition

    Our Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) Spring Business Plan Competition is now open and the deadline for submissions is March 15th, 2013.

  • CITD promotes exporting assistance at The NAMM Show

    The San Diego CITD recently had the opportunity to promote assistance to California-based music companies looking to expand internationally at The NAMM Show.

  • YEP statewide business plan competition

    The deadline for submissions to our Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) Fall Business Plan Competition recently closed and we received eight full business plans from participants at the high school and college levels. The plans are now being evaluated by our panel of professional business advisors to determine the winners.

  • CITD to conduct 'How to Establish a Business in the U.S.' seminar in Tijuana

    As part of our strategic alliance with the Mexican Business Council of Foreign Trade, Investment, and Technology (known as COMCE in Mexico) and the Tijuana Economic Development Corporation (known as DEITAC) to facilitate assistance to small businesses that are interested in expanding through cross-border trade, the San Diego CITD will conduct its "How to Open a Business and Establish Operations in the U.S." seminar on Feb. 7 at DEITAC's Business Center in Tijuana, Mexico.

  • Logistics & Transportation program classes starting this month at Southwestern College

    The Southwestern College Logistics and Transportation Certificate/A.S. Degree Program prepares individuals for international trade related clerical and administrative careers in warehousing, distribution, transportation and inventory.

  • The Border, Ports, and Trade: Southern California & Global Markets

    Save February 21, 2013 for this seminar on exporting opportunities called "The Border, Ports, and Trade: Southern California and Global Markets", hosted by the San Diego CITD, in conjunction with the Unified Port of San Diego, the Port of Los Angeles, and sponsored by Citibank.

  • International trade counseling available in East County

    The San Diego CITD is now offering international trade counseling at the offices of the East County Economic Development Council.

  • Murrieta hosts export training program with WTC San Diego to promote business growth

    The city of Murrieta teamed up recently with the World Trade Center San Diego to host an export training seminar in Murrieta.

  • Murrieta EDD hosting seminar on exports

    The Murrieta Economic Development Department and the World Trade Center San Diego are hosting a seminar on "mastering exports" for the business community from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Murrieta Public Library.

  • Murrieta hosting commercial officer from US Embassy in South Korea

    Any business owner who is interested in growing their exports to South Korea is invited to attend a free meeting with Keenton Chiang, the new commercial officer from the U.S. Embassy in South Korea, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

  • Export growth benefits California companies

    The International Trade Administration (ITA) recently announced new export data that shows California merchandise exports increased 6 percent in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, growing from $77.4 billion to $82.0 billion.

  • September, October busy throughout the Cali Baja Bi-National Mega-Region

    The border meant business during the fall, with September and October being busy months throughout the Cali-Baja Bi-national Mega-Region.

  • ITAR compliance seminar to be held in December

    Join the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service along with other local, national and international partners in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 4, and San Diego, Thursday, Dec. 6, for engaging and interactive workshops addressing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and related trade compliance requirements, responsibilities, roles, problems, exposure, liability and risk that organizations and individuals face.

  • Workshops for export compliance professionals

    You are invited to participate in and contribute to these unique, practical application-oriented sessions.

  • CITD signs MOU with COMCE/DEITAC at Tijuana Innovadora 2012

    The San Diego Center for International Trade Development at Southwestern College (CITD) signed a strategic alliance memorandum with the Mexican Business Council of Foreign Trade, Investment, and Technology (known as COMCE) and the Tijuana Economic Development Corp. (known as DEITAC) during the Tijuana Innovadora 2012 conference.

  • Los Angeles Regional Export Council trade mission to South America

    The Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LAREXC) is sponsoring a trade mission to South America with Los Angles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Nov. 25t through Dec. 4. The trade mission, funded in part through California STEP, will visit Chile, Brazil, and Colombia.

  • Baja's Third International Aerospace Supplier Forum

    Baja's Third International Aerospace Supplier Forum on Nov. 15, will bring together buyers and suppliers from across the region. The forum will provide attendees with an overview of current and future business opportunities in the aerospace industry in Baja California.

  • Murrieta Chamber hosts networking breakfast and Chinese business opportunities

    The Murrieta Chamber of Commerce is hosting a networking breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 a.m. at RJ's Sizzlin Steer in Murrieta.

  • San Diego gets picked to improve its export industry

    In about a year, San Diego will be a savvier city when it comes to exporting goods and services.

  • Murrieta presents 'Export University 101'

    The city of Murrieta's Economic Development Corp. will host a half-day conference focused on exporting on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to noon.

  • Border 'mega-region' waiting to be tapped

    The message at the Urban Land Institute’s October breakfast meeting was clear: Investing in the resources of the largely untapped Cali-Baja Mega-Region is the key to climbing out of this economic recession and establishing San Diego and Tijuana as a premier global city.

  • Jordanian delegates hosted in US for E-Health Reverse Trade Mission

    The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is sponsoring a Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) for industry leaders and key decision makers from Jordan's public and private health sectors to procure, license, distribute, and engage in lucrative commercial opportunities with U.S. electronic (e-health) technology companies.

  • US Commercial Service hosts seminar on selling to maquiladoras

    On Oct. 10, the U.S. Commercial Service will be hosting an all day event providing an overview of selling to the Mexican Maquiladora Industry.

  • Taste of California Trade Show to be held Nov. 5-7

    Food trade professionals from around the world will be converging in Oakland, California Nov. 5-7 for the Taste of California Tradeshow& Conference, the biggest meeting of International buyers and California food suppliers in history!

  • CITD YEP hosting Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour

    The CITD's Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) will be hosting an Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour (EET) event with the Sweetwater Union High School District at their San Ysidro campus on October 12th.

  • CITD client success story: Brava Gourmet

    In October 2007, Jane Duffy, an Encinitas-based entrepreneur, approached the San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) requesting assistance relating to the importation of premium food products for retail and commercial uses.

  • Import Compliance Update seminar set for Oct. 9

    Join the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego CITD for an Import Compliance Update on the Southern Border with U.S. Customs, where you will learn the latest rules, updates and challenges on HTS Classification, Reconciliation, NAFTA and 98 Programs.

  • Can a non-Mexican own Mexican real property?

    With forthcoming changes in the Mexican government, the revival of its economy and a saturation of inventory south of the border, owning property in Mexico may again be an attractive option to many foreign investors.

  • Investing in Mexican Real Estate: How much is this going to cost?

    Like in any domestic real estate transaction, a prudent buyer must budget for not only the purchase price, but also for the closing costs that may be incurred in connection with the transaction. This article gives a brief overview of what charges and taxes you can expect when closing the purchase of property in Mexico.

  • Investing in Mexican Real Estate: Closing the deal

    For anyone who has gone through the experience of purchasing a home, you know that there can often be bumps and delays throughout the escrow and closing process. The same can be true for property purchases in Mexico. Though the closing and escrow process in Mexico is different than in the United States, with the proper expectations and sound counsel, closing the purchase of Mexican real estate can be a smooth process.

  • Investing in Mexican Real Estate: Doing your diligence

    Many potential buyers have shied away from purchasing property in Mexico due to the horror stories that have been told of unsuspecting homeowners being ousted from their property by competing claims of ownership. Like in any domestic real estate investment, with the proper due diligence, individuals purchasing property in Mexico may rest assured that their investment is protected.

  • US needs to make trade with Mexico more efficient

    As the son of Mexican immigrants, Ruben Barrales realizes his heritage helps him do his job and break down barriers.

  • Italy, Greece insist on safeguarding eurozone

    ROME — The leaders of Italy and Greece are insisting on the "absolute need" to preserve the eurozone, as Greek politicians struggle to put together an austerity package critical to the country's financial survival.

  • Region's exports increase by $900 million

    The San Diego metropolitan area's merchandise increased by $900 million or 5.7 percent, growing from $16.5 billion to $17.4 billion between 2010 and 2011.

  • CWSL to hold workshop on export business Thursday

    California Western School of Law will host a free information workshop for individuals and local small businesses interested in growing their international export business on Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Global Energy Network Institute.

  • Exporting to Mexico and beyond: a hands-on international trade workshop

    The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corp. and the Department of Commerce U.S. Commercial Service are hosting a hands-on workshop on exporting to Mexico and other countries on Thursday, Sept. 20.

  • Explore export opportunities in Colombia, Panama

    In 2011, Colombia's economy grew 5.9 percent and Panama's by 10.6 percent.The U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement went into effect in May and the Panama agreement goes into effect this fall. Most tariffs will go to zero immediately.

  • SD CITD announces new locations for international trade counseling

    The San Diego CITD is now offering international trade counseling services at two new locations in Otay Mesa and Mission Valley.

  • Murrieta hosts 'Doing Business with Malaysia' workshop

    Manufacturers, business owners and entrepreneurs interested in doing business with Malaysia are encouraged to attend a breakfast event on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta.

  • Murrieta signs cooperation agreement with US commercial service promoting exports

    The city of Murrieta entered into an agreement with the U.S. Commercial and Foreign Service, International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2012 to promote export awareness in small- and medium-sized businesses, and to ensure public awareness of the economic benefits of exporting, building public support for local job creation and growth through exporting.

  • Murrieta: A local city with a global focus

    Recognizing the importance of opportunities afforded by globalization and its location on the Pacific Rim, the city of Murrieta has created an international focus for its economic development strategy. This strategy is designed to encourage area companies to expand their businesses locally by increasing the export of their products and services to the expanding overseas markets, and to encourage the growth of foreign direct investments to promote the continued growth of Murrieta’s regional economy.

  • Tijuana plans conference to boost biz

    San Diegans are invited to Tijuana’s massive-sized housewarming party this fall to potentially open up lines of business, culture and communication.

  • Colombia and Panama: Tapping into export opportunities

    With the May 15 launch of the U.S./Colombia Free Trade Agreement and the launch of the U.S./Panama Free Trade Agreement expected this fall, the San Diego business community is strategically positioned to take advantage of business opportunities in these key Latin American nations.

  • Expert Insights: international business

    We asked William J. Edwards, executive vice president and CFO of Kyocera International Inc. — the headquarters and holding company for six Kyocera enterprises in North America — about the challenges of doing business internationally in today’s economy.

  • California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce hosts annual convention in SD

    The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CAHCC) will be hosting its 33rd Annual Statewide Convention in San Diego Aug. 15-17.

  • San Diego CITD August events

    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.

  • San Diego CITD signs alliance memorandum with CANEMEXA

    The San Diego CITD at Southwestern College signed a ceremonial strategic alliance memorandum with the Camara de Negocios Mexico-Americana (CANEMEXA) on July 18.

  • Expo to showcase supplying opportunities with Mexican manufacturers

    Grupo Expo Baja will hold its seventh annual BajaMak trade show on Oct. 18 in Tijuana, Mexico.

  • Time to buy real estate is now

    I think the most useful investing advice I have received is "Buy on fear, sell on greed." This is a disquieting idea for many because, strangely, they would rather lose with the herd than win alone.

  • China ends phase of fast growth, faces structural changes

    China is at the end of its phase of super fast growth, said Barry Naughton, professor of Chinese economy at the University of California, San Diego.

  • Professor presents findings of uncertainty in China

    After going through a period of growth, China now faces a phase of great uncertainty, according to a professor and Chinese economist at the University of California at San Diego.

  • CITD's Youth Entrepreneurship Program hosting training program

    The San Diego CITD's Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) will be hosting a "Train-the-Trainers" Professional Development Workshop on Aug. 9 for educators from local high schools, community colleges, and youth-focused organizations.

  • CITD helps businesses tap into Baja manufacturing industry

    There is currently a $13 billion supplier's market within the Baja California, Mexico manufacturing industry and the San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) can help you tap into that market through its Border Export Program.

  • US remains global leader in interconnected economy

    It's no secret that we work in an interconnected global economy. Our capital markets seesaw in response to financial news coming out of Europe and Asia. Corporations have long outsourced both products and services throughout the globe in search of efficiencies that will increase their profitability.

  • California clean tech trade mission to China

    The El Camino Center for International Trade Development (CITD) is leading a trade mission to China for California clean tech companies as part of the California State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program.

  • Seminar: How to open and establish a business in the US

    Foreign companies looking to invest and establish operations in the United States will benefit from this seminar offered by the San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD).

  • World Trade Center San Diego to lead trade mission to China

    World Trade Center San Diego (WTCSD), with the support of the California State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP), will lead a trade mission to China Sept. 5-13 to promote California exports and explore business opportunities.

  • International Buyer Program

    The International Buyer Program (IBP), a program of the Department of Commerce U.S. Commercial Service, recruits thousands of qualified foreign buyers, sales representatives, and business partners to U.S. trade shows each year, giving exhibitors excellent opportunities to expand business globally.

  • California State Trade and Export Promotion Program

    Are you an existing exporter looking to expand into new markets? Are you new to exporting and need assistance with finding international buyers for your products/services? The California State Trade and Export Promotion (CalSTEP) program can help.

Roundtables

  • More business opportunities opening in Tijuana

    As Mexico pushes to transform itself into a “country of engineers” and as some U.S. firms shift their supply lines away from China, there are new opportunities opening up south of the border that could benefit the northern side as well, business executives, academics and civic leaders told The Daily Transcript at a recent roundtable.

  • Tijuana, San Diego talk collaboration

    San Diego and Tijuana have quietly fostered a working relationship over the years, and now is the time to tell the world.

  • SD companies find time is right to get into export business

    Now is a good time for San Diego companies to take advantage of exporting opportunities, according to a panel of international business experts hosted by The Daily Transcript and sponsored by the city of Murrieta.

International Business videos

Scott Robertson, Shahrooz Nabavi on Canada's business climate

Nov. 27, 2012 -- George Chamberlin speaks with Scott Robertson, director of Global R&D & Government Incentives for Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Shahrooz Nabavi, partner with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, about the business climate in Canada.

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