February 2021 Updates
Delaware is the Eastern Gateway to the United States and World Trade Center Delaware is the Key. ™ 

I am often asked by an entrepreneur or small company, particularly those in the service or research sectors, why they should join the World Trade Center Delaware. What benefits do we offer that make us unique? In fact, I was recently interviewed on this topic via Facebook live by Jaimie Watts, Director of Events for the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce (You can view the video for more info on the NCC Chamber’s Facebook page).

The state’s strategic location, position as the “Corporate Capital of the World,” and reputation as the home of world-class innovation and research, combine to make Delaware the Eastern Gateway to the United States. World Trade Center Delaware is the key because we can unlock opportunities for local companies to expand their business far beyond the US borders.

Our strength in numbers is yours. As a member of the World Trade Center Delaware, you have instant access to the entire World Trade Centers Association network.  There is no other global organization offering customized international export and import services and increased visibility across the globe from more than 320 trade centers in 100 countries, with over 15,000 employees and one million affiliated companies around the world. In addition, we are an official partner to US government agencies, multilateral donors, and international organizations, and can offer additional services and resources not otherwise found in the region.

As a member, you can proudly display the World Trade Center Delaware logo that shows you have the resources of the entire World Trade Centers Association behind you. Buyers and suppliers respect the brand. So, become a member of World Trade Center Delaware. You are serious about trade and so are we.

Carla Sydney Stone
WTCDE Premier Members
Port to Port International 
Learn more about Port to Port International: http://www.ptpshipping.com/?lang=en
STAT International
Learn more about STAT International: https://stat.international/
Delaware Business Times
Congratulations to the Delaware Business Times for becoming a Premier Member of World Trade Center Delaware!

Delaware Business Times is the state’s leading – and only non-affiliated business publication, keeping Delaware’s business and civic leaders “in the loop” with essential news, information, trends, insights and business leads. Now over six years old, DBT is available bi-weekly in print and digitally through daily e-mail newsletters and online (delawarebusinesstimes.com).

The publication celebrates the business scene in the First State with people in the news, event listings, roundtables, and thought-leader features, as well as events like Family-Owned Business Awards and 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes.

“We are proud to become a premier member of World Trade Center Delaware since we’ve been partnering with them for years to cover vital news that involves the state as it relates to global business news,” said Charlie Tomlinson, VP of Business Development for Today Media, publisher of Delaware Business Times, and also the new Chairman of the Board of Directors for WTC Delaware.

As a Premier Member, the publication will receive premium placement of its own news in the WTC DE monthly newsletter as well as 12 hours of complimentary research. Click here to review other benefits.

Delaware Business Times is such a valued member and partner of World Trade Center Delaware, so we are thrilled to be able to provide these added benefits as part of the premier membership package,” said Carla Stone, President of World Trade Center Delaware.
Learn more about Delaware Business Times: https://delawarebusinesstimes.com/
Welcome to Our New Member
Walker Brothers, Inc.
Pictured l to r: Dr. Wenjing Chen, Scott and Michael Walker of Walker Brothers, Inc.
Congratulations and welcome to Walker Brothers, Inc. for becoming a new World Trade Center Delaware member! Walker Bros, Inc. is the world’s largest producer of high-quality green asparagus hybrid seed, is one of the largest asparagus crown producers in the U.S. and has forty-seven years of asparagus production experience. Walker Bros. Inc. is a family-owned agricultural business in operation since 1845. Brothers Scott and Michael Walker and their cousin Jim Walker are fifth-generation owners that have experience and knowledge of all aspects of the asparagus industry, striving to produce high quality hybrid asparagus seed and provide customers from around the world with outstanding knowledge and customer service.

The Walker Brothers portfolio includes both green and purple hybrid asparagus varieties, i.e. Apollo F1, Atlas F1™, Grande F1™, UC 157 F1 and Purple Passion F1. They are well known for their heat and drought resistance and are being successfully grown on every continent except for Antarctica for thirty years. The company also developed its newest male hybrid asparagus variety, the Walker Deluxe F1, for cool to warm climates. Climate change demands have been forcing growers of all crops to adapt to increasingly difficult growing conditions. With nearly a half-century of experience in asparagus, Walker Bros. Inc. understands the importance of developing more efficient varieties that give consistent and high-quality yields that offer both sustainable and profitable returns. The Walker Breeding Program is currently focusing its efforts on developing new hybrids that offer high marketable yields, consistent spear size and quality, disease resistance and good flavor, while also looking to the future trends of asparagus production. So far, new trials in 17 countries have been established to test new hybrids from the Walker Breeding Program. Preliminary results obtained from these trials in countries with tropical and sub-tropical climates look promising.

Walker Bros. Inc. started their international expansion since 2017 when Dr. Wenjing Chen joined the team. As the Assistant General Manager and International Representative for Walker Bros, Inc., Dr. Chen, who is fluent in four languages, travels to different countries to educate growers about Walker Bros varieties and works with growers to set up asparagus trials. In 2020, the company also invited Dr. Pedro Cisneros Zevallos from Peru to become their team member. With twenty-three years of practical experience in the green and white asparagus industry, Dr. Zevallos represents Walker Bros, Inc. in the South American region and supports asparagus growers there. Katie Ralston, another team member of Walker Bros, Inc., lives in the US and is currently in charge of the company’s digital marketing activities.

“Joining World Trade Center Delaware just made sense since we are doing more and more international business all the time,” said Sales and Marketing Manager Scott Walker. “We know the resources and contacts available through the World Trade Center network will be invaluable. We also believe that the WTC Delaware will help us gain new markets, including Asia, South America and Africa, and continue spreading our premium quality asparagus hybrids and decades of asparagus knowledge and experience to the world, particularly to those countries that do not grow our varieties currently.”

Walker Bros. Inc, has been working with farmers for over 100 years. The company has developed valuable relationships with their customers that have flourished for generations. With their international team of asparagus experts, the company has also adapted to meet the needs of their customers in the modern age while still providing the level of customer care and attention that stems from their founding family values.

For more information visit their website: www.walkerseed.com
World Trade Center Delaware Gala



Secretary of State 

“Are You Ready for Blockchain?” Virtual Presentation Hosted by
World Trade Center DE Rescheduled to Feb. 26, to Feature Michael Marquardt

A teleconference titled “Are You Ready for Blockchain?” featuring Michael Marquardt, the CEO of Global Kompass Strategies, Inc., will be hosted by the World Trade Center Delaware February 26 at 1:30 pm ET to give an overview of this exciting new data technology platform and discuss its importance to local businesses and international trade.
The importance of businesses learning about the concept of Blockchain now is similar to the time when the Internet and e-Commerce were emerging back in the late nineties, says Marquardt, who has served as a Blockchain advisor to the State of Delaware and has been a Global Advisor to the Delaware Prosperity Partnership. “The reason they need to know about it is to be able to determine whether it might impact their business and enable them to deliver a higher level of customer service, reduce their costs and offer services or products they couldn’t before. It’s better to be in on what’s coming earlier rather than later.”
World Trade Center Delaware President Carla Stone urges state business owners and leaders in a variety of fields to attend the event including those in IT, finance, insurance, law, accounting, and more. They can expect to learn what Blockchain is and what it means for their businesses and international trade and best practices for its use, as well as find out about additional resources. 
Save the Date!
Registration will be open soon!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
"Afghanistan Beyond the Headlines"
Opportunities for US-Afghanistan Trade and Investment From the Traditional to the Future

A Virtual Conference

Program Description
Afghanistan presents significant opportunities for two-way trade and capital investment for US companies. Trade prospects range from the traditional (spices, carpets, and precious and semi-precious gemstones) to the contemporary: telecommunications, Fintech, transport and logistics, construction, healthcare and biotechnology. The program also will showcase capital investment opportunities for US companies in Afghanistan and introduce Afghan businesses to the benefits of locating in Delaware.

Featuring Officials and Experts from:
  • The U.S. Embassy, Kabul
  • The Embassy of Afghanistan, Washington
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • US Commercial Service, the International Trade Administration, Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), in the Office of the General Counsel
  • Port of Wilmington: GT USA Wilmington (Gulftainer)
  • Others to be announced

Confirmed speakers include: 
  • Congresswoman Lisa Blunt-Rochester, US House of Representatives from Delaware
  • H.E Nisar Ahmad Ghoryani, Minister of Industry and Commerce
  • Atta Nasib, General Director, Afghanistan Investment Facilitation Unit
  • H.E. Roya Rahmani, Afghan Ambassador to the United States (first female Ambassador from Afghanistan)
  • Ian J. McCary, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in Afghanistan
  • Nancy Bikondo-Omosa, Senior Procurement Specialist The World Bank
  • Alexander Hawkes, Economic and Trade Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan
  • Jocelyn A. Steiner, Attorney Advisor, Office of the General Counsel of the United States Department of Commerce
  • Eric Casey, CEO, Gulftainer, GT USA, Wilmington
  • Zabihullah Ziarmal, the Chairman of WTC Kabul

  • Abdul Qadir Bahman, Founder and CEO, WTC Kabul
  • Carla Sydney Stone, President, WTC Delaware

Who should attend:
  • Business Owners
  • Company Leadership
  • Logistics Managers
  • Trade Managers, both Import and Export
  • Lenders                         
  • Attorneys                
  • Accountants
  • Fund Managers

At this workshop, participants will learn how to:
  • Determine which sectors provide the greatest opportunities for trade
  • Identify and build relationships with buyers
  • Identify and build relationships with suppliers
  • Determine which sectors provide the greatest opportunities for foreign investment
  • Position their company to become attractive to foreign investors          
  • Identify and secure types of financing 
Supporting Organizations
Third Annual Tastes of Chocolate & Beer from Around the World

Friday, March 24, 2021
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand, the Third Annual (Virtual) Tastes of Chocolate and Beer from Around the World, on March 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Presented virtually by WTC Delaware member United Cocoa Processor (UCP) Newark and Midnight Oil Brewing, the event will feature hand-crafted chocolates from cocoa beans sourced from around the world paired with specially selected beers made on-site in Midnight Oil’s brewery.

United Cocoa Processor, located in Pencader Industrial Park, Newark, DE, is the country’s leading provider of cocoa products and services including nibs, liquor, butter, cake and powder and a range of toll processing services to companies all over the world. Committed to quality control, quality assurance, and sustainable sourcing and production, some of its certifications include: Organic Certified; Rainforest Alliance Certified; Fair Trade Certified; UTZ Certified; Kosher Pareve; GFSI Certified (SQF); Halal Certified.
Midnight Oil Brewing Company, located across the street from UCP, has been producing small batch beer since 2018. These beers feature the taste and quality of international beers, without the need to purchase an airline ticket. The beer for this event has been chosen to compliment the taste of the chocolate.

This year’s event will be virtual. In advance of the event, we will mail participants a box of tasting chocolate and a coupon for a flight of Midnight Oil beers that they can present at the brewery at any time.  On the evening of the event, they can follow the presentations while tasting both the chocolate and beer.

“This is one of our most popular events. We didn’t want to disappoint our chocolate and beer fans” said, Carla Stone, President of World Trade Center Delaware. All of the attendees will be able to ask the experts questions and chat with other participants.

Places for this international cultural event are limited. Tickets are $35 for World Trade Center Delaware members and their guests and $45 for nonmembers.

Dinette Rivera to Present New Financial Coaching Program
We are proud to announce that Dinette Rivera, CEO, Rivera Business Development Group, and Senior Business Consultant to World Trade Center Delaware, will now present a Financial Coaching certificate program underwritten by the Polytech University of Cuautitlan Izcali in Mexico.

Fully bilingual, she provides business consulting services to World Trade Center Delaware members and non-members in both English and Spanish and has thirty years of experience in busine​ss management and consulting. Dinette is a subject-matter expert on the implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in Business and Leadership Development. This partnership is the direct result of the relationship she developed by traveling with World Trade Center Delaware to the World Trade Center Association General Assembly in 2019 in Queretaro, Mexico. 

The new certificate program also will be offered to World Trade Center Association members and their clients in both English and Spanish. The agreement between the UPCI and Rivera Business Development was approved by The Government of the State of Mexico for university credit. For more information call Dinette at 302-722-1006.  
PTPI Togo Chapter to raise funds for the School and Village Project
Our longtime local partner, People to People International Delaware Chapter, is raising money to assist PTPI Togo’s efforts to support the School and Village Project. The money raised will go to: 

  • build water reservoirs for collecting rain water during the rainy season
  • provide children with school supplies, shoes, clothing, and healthcare
  • empower women with micro finances to undertake income generating activities that can help them support their families
  • continue to provide scholarships for needy, motivated students

This project is being spearheaded by PTPI Delaware Board Member Ed Tucker. For more information, please contact him at info@ptpde.org or check the www.ptpde.org website.
STANDARD - $475 (1-49 employees), $825 (50-99 employees), $1,375 (100+ employees)

PREMIER - $2,675 

STUDENT - $100

Market Research: Understand the foreign market in which you are interested before investing your time and money in an unknown country. WTC Delaware staff can help you customize the information you need before you start doing business in a new country.
Click here to learn more about the benefits of being a member of World Trade Center Delaware. 
New Market Intelligence for Your Export Planning
Check out these new reports for insight into international opportunities. They are produced by U.S. Commercial Service trade experts at U.S. embassies and consulates.
Weekly International Job Posts: The latest 300 job opportunities posted on DevelopmentAid

  • Chief of Party, USAID/Sahel Monitoring, Reporting, and Capacity Strengthening (MRCS) Project, Senegal
  • Incubator Manager, Egypt
  • Public Fundraising Expert (w/m/d), Austria
  • Communication Specialist, Mozambique
  • Country Director, Rwanda
  • And more!

To view all the up-to-date jobs, please click the link below:

International Delaware Magazine Released by World Trade Center Focuses on FinTech in the First State

The World Trade Center Delaware has released its fourth edition of International Delaware Magazine which focuses on Delaware's growing FinTech industry.

“Little did we know when we first discussed the theme for this issue just how timely this edition would be,” said World Trade Center Delaware President Carla Stone. “The use of IT and e-commerce exploded during the past eight months as people sought to limit contact with others in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It is clear that financial technology services, or FinTech, is here to stay and will only grow in the future.”

The foundation for FinTech in Delaware was laid in 1981, when then-Gov. Pierre S. du Pont IV signed the Financial Center Development Act, legislation designed to increase employment in the banking and financial services sector by attracting out-of-state institutions to establish subsidiaries in Delaware. Today, Delaware, despite its tiny population, is one of the world's great financial centers. Over 75% of all FinTech investment in the Philadelphia region is found in Delaware and it has the highest concentration of financial services employment in the entire country according to a study by Delaware Prosperity Partnership. The study, "Delaware in a FinTech Future," reported that Delaware ranks No. 1 per capita for the number of FinTech patents issued over the past ten years in the U.S. and No. 5 overall. 

Discover Bank, this issue's presenting sponsor, is making a significant contribution to Delaware's FinTech future. In partnership with the University of Delaware and Delaware Technology Park, Discover is building a new 100,000-square-foot center for FinTech innovation on the university's Science Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus that will combine the prowess of academia, government, and industry to support and grow FinTech's future in Delaware. “We thank Discover and all of our partners who have made this issue of International Delaware possible,” Stone said. “Tens of thousands of readers around the world will learn what we already know: FinTech is the future of commerce and Delaware is its home.”

To read/download your copy, please click the image above.
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