January 2023 Updates
Conversations with the Community
An Interview by Sharon Baker of Teleduction for DANA

Meet Carla Stone, President of the World Trade Center Delaware - leading partner in international trade, creating global economy jobs throughout the state.

It is our pleasure this month to feature our intern, Hanwool Jang’s article about the Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) in Las Vegas that she attended in early January. The show is an example of the diversity among the World The World Trade Centers Association members as the WTC Las Vegas is a partnership between the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), producer of the CES. As those of you who read her article about holidays around the world, You will agree that she is a very thorough researcher and engaging and beautiful writer. Enjoy.
It is the goal of our internship program to provide opportunities for significant student growth and connections. We are always looking for young people who will benefit from our training and programs. In the past, we did not pay any interns, but this created a barrier to those students who could not afford to work without pay. We now offer a limited number of paid internship positions for Delaware residents attending Delaware colleges. In addition to pay, they will attend our events and travel with us to Washington or New York, and around the state to meet with companies, elected officials, and organizations as their class schedules permit. We will work with their professors to design an internship that meets curriculum requirements for credit. Not all positions require international business knowledge. Right now, we really would like to have a graphic designer to help us. Please encourage the young people you know to apply for any internship. We hope it will be the best six months of their college career.
Carla Sydney Stone
CES 2023: BE IN IT
I attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) in Las Vegas During the first week of January. It is an annual trade show organized by the CTA® (Consumer Technology Association). The World Trade Center Las Vegas is a partnership between the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), producer of the CES, The event showcases the presentation of new products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry, CTA and participating companies, including major brands and startups. The world’s most highly regarded leaders and industry advocates present the latest IT tech trends. That’s why CES is called the most influential tech event in the world.

In his address to the CES 2023, Steve Koenig, Vice President of Research at the CTA, pointed out 5 Keywords for CES2023. He said that the trends of CES2023 are metaverse and web3, transportation and mobility, sustainability, health technology as well as gaming and services.

Koenig said, “The metaverse is closer than you think.” He acknowledged the metaverse is a speculative term, but he said it is a real trend. He describes the metaverse as "next-generation online experiences." He foresees metaverse as a service (MaaS) and the metaverse of things (MoT). These were highlighted as digital twins, virtual spaces, shared experiences, and virtual scenarios. He said transportation and mobility, one of the major themes of CES2023, were highlighted by the advancements of autonomous systems, the transformation of the in-vehicle experience and the evolution of the electrification ecosystem. In-vehicle enhancements coming were noted as screenification, voice control, retail and entertainment services and features as a service (FaaS) model. In health technology, he sees new frontiers in innovation, including anytime virtual visits, remote patient monitoring, fitness and wellness platforms and access to online pharmacies. He further predicted that use cases will include fitness technologies, telehealth services, and at-home patient monitoring, which will reduce patients’ time in hospitals. Koenig argued that the United States has 164 million self-described gamers. He said that Gaming is already entrenched in American culture. According to his presentation, about 73.6 million are mobile gamers, and the average time spent gaming per week is 24 hours.

He mentioned the need to pay attention to the gaming market. He predicted a diverse wave of technological innovation that will make business safer and more efficient and will help individual consumers lead better, healthier, more entertaining lives.
John Deere unveiled ExactShot and a fully electric tractor during CES 2023. That tractor is the CES Innovation Award winner in robotics this year.

ExactShot enables farmers to reduce the amount of starter fertilizer needed during planting by more than 60%, notes Deanna Kovar, vice president at John Deere. Rather than apply a continuous flow of fertilizer to the entire row, the technology uses sensors and robotics to place starter fertilizer precisely onto seeds as they are planted in the soil. Using a sensor to identify when each seed is planted, ExactShot then applies only the amount of fertilizer needed, about 0.2 ML, directly on the seed as it goes into the ground. To that point, Deere’s new fertilizer technology offers farmers significant cost savings and environmental impact reduction. “In the process of growing corn today, fertilizer accounts for a large portion of total greenhouse gas emissions. That means Exact Shot can have an immediate, measurable impact on our environment today,” Kovar explained.
A prominent feature of the new smart home section is connectivity. New smart home trends are emerging that should give users a more connected and seamless experience with the Internet of Things.

Following the launch of Matter, which is a proprietary standard for home automation, at the end of 2022, several companies have taken advantage of the CES 2023 platform to unveil new Matter-certified devices. The Matter interoperability standard lets smart devices on different platforms work together. Consumers can purchase products from different brands without considering the brand of electronic products they have been using. It means that small businesses’ products can compete regardless of the brand name.

Samsung presented a sustainable future home through SmartThings during the CES. SmartThings connects all furniture in the house and even car. It can effectively manage the flow of energy without waste and features such as AI Energy Mode can help optimize energy use when there’s a surplus or shortage in energy. The AI Saving Mode setting constantly monitors and reduces energy usage based on the estimated energy bill, with the Away Notification sending notifications when unnecessary energy usage is detected. Consumers can also control the amount of washer detergent and water usage in the washing machine through AI scan. With a system including in-vehicle cameras and sensors, Ready Care helps monitor driver cognition and focus, alerting the driver when changes in the driver’s condition are sensed. For example, on a very cold winter day, it will turn on the heater and close the curtains before arriving home.
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The FedEx® Small Business Grant Contest

FedEx® Small Business Grant Contest Opens January 31, 2023-February 21, 2023. You can win up to $30,000 for your business.

10 grand prize winners will each receive $30,000, plus:
  • $1,000 print credit at FedEx Office®
  • Access to FedEx Premier Customer Service
  • Sustainable packaging consultation
  • Digital sales consultation
  • 20% off SEO Monthly Plan with Higher Visibility
  • Mentor matching with Entrepreneur Organization, and much more!

Plus, one U.S. veteran winner of the 10 grand prize winners will get an additional $20K from USAA Small Business Insurance.

Delaware's Third Annual Startup302 Funding Contest Now Open for Applications!

You could win up to $75,000 and learn from business leaders and influencers! Entrepreneurs from across the United States can compete for funding, access to mentors and valuable connections. Be part of Delaware's premier funding competition for tech-focused startups led by underrepresented founders.

Who is eligible? 
  • Tech-savvy startups with at least one founding member from an underrepresented group – women, African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and LGBTQ+ individuals. 
  • Startups in bioscience, chemistry, advanced materials, agriculture, financial/business services and e-sports are especially encouraged to compete.
  • The business model must have the potential to make a significant regional, national or international impact.

This Year's Categories:
  • Early Stage
  • Life Sciences
  • Clean Green and Blue
  • FinTech
  • Delaware Tech-Enabled

This Year's Competition is Open Now Through February 24th. Apply today!
Do you know about the US Trade and Development Agency’s Global Funding Opportunities? 

Contact World Trade Center Delaware, USTDA’s MGL Partner in Delaware to learn about current projects and programs.

WTC Delaware provides a full range of international trade-related services with an in-depth focus on export/import of services and manufactured goods. These pages contain brief information on opportunities that could offer exciting possibilities for U.S. companies in a variety of industry sectors


At the Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce (DEBCC), we are driven to do our part in changing the economic footprint for small businesses in the First State and beyond. The Chamber remains a solid voice for the Black business community while continuously refocusing its efforts to meet the ever changing needs of its members

It’s more than a business as usual membership organization. It’s the best friend and partner of its members, working exclusively on their behalf and providing the assistance and support they need. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact with all of our members.
STANDARD - $475 (1-49 employees), $825 (50-99 employees), $1,375 (100+ employees)

PREMIER - $2,675

STUDENT - $100

Email us to learn how you can become a member!

If you are a current member of WTC Delaware, please be sure to post the WTC Delaware logo on your web page and link it to our website. Let the world know you are part of a global community!
Introducing U.S. Commercial Service Harrisburg

The U.S. Commercial Service is pleased to announce the reopening of our Harrisburg, PA office to enhance our support for Central Pennsylvania exporters and to deepen our ties with the local international trade community. We are excited to share that Mr. Nicolas Cervantes has been appointed as the Director of our CS Harrisburg Office. Mr. Cervantes brings a wealth of public and private sector experience and knowledge to the role, including direct experience with U.S. export facilitation and counseling U.S. firms to meet their export development objectives. He looks forward to leveraging that experience to support Pennsylvania exporters and collaborate with economic development partners in 19 counties across Central and Southcentral Pennsylvania (see list below). Mr. Cervantes will be available to provide export promotion support, including strategic trade counseling, B2B matchmaking in foreign markets, customized market research, cross border eCommerce assistance, and access to the full complement of federal resources.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Lyn Doverspike noted, “We are thrilled to deepen our engagement with the Pennsylvania exporting community by reopening our Harrisburg, PA office, and working in collaboration with our U.S. Commercial Service Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Offices, Mr. Cervantes is a welcome addition to the local trade community and represents the U.S. Commercial Service’s ongoing commitment to grow U.S. exports and support local economic development and job growth.” In his own words, Mr. Cervantes added, “I’m excited to join the CS Pennsylvania team and reestablish our physical presence in Central and Southcentral PA. I’m looking forward to meeting and working with local partners and exporters to help navigate international markets and set up the region for success.” Exporters and partners can contact Nicolas (Nic) Cervantes at Nicolas.Cervantes@trade.gov; (717) 678-5275; or visit the website at www.trade.gov/pennsylvania-harrisburg.
List of Counties Served by CS Harrisburg: Adams, Berks, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union, York.

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