World Trade Center San Diego

As the international affiliate of San Diego Regional EDC, World Trade Center San Diego (WTCSD) is the export-focused SBDC for the San Diego and Imperial Valley region. WTCSD cultivates a pipeline of export-ready firms, maximizes foreign direct investment (FDI) opportunities, and enhances San Diego’s connectivity to the markets that matter most.

Growing your company

World Trade Center San Diego works directly with companies – free of charge – to help them expand internationally and grow in San Diego.

Export SBDC

For small companies interested in learning about exporting and international growth.

i want to learn


For small- and mid-sized companies ready to export and grow internationally.

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Our Story

Founded in 1994 and relaunched as part of EDC in 2014, WTCSD is committed to helping San Diego companies with their international growth efforts and attracting international investment.

A timeline of our history

Did You Know?
Top 10
UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering ranks in the top 10 worldwide.

What We Do

World Trade Center San Diego serves to drive a regional trade and investment strategy focused on expanding international market access for San Diego companies (export), attracting foreign investment into high growth industries (FDI), and connecting this region to the global markets that matter most (Global ID).

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San Diego’s Global Indicators


in foreign investment into San Diego (2020)


of San Diego’s total inbound investment is in life sciences (2020)


in total exports from San Diego (2021)


in total imports to San Diego (2020)


With roots in the life sciences, telecom, and defense, and home to numerous world-class research institutions, San Diego is consistently recognized as an R&D powerhouse and one of the most innovative cities in the U.S. Learn more about investing in our region.