World Trade Center Delaware EXIM Forum Attracts Full House
On March 27, we were honored to be able to host both Export-Import Bank of the U.S. President and Chair Reta Jo Lewis and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester in a discussion about policies and issues affecting export and trade finance and a roundtable to answer your questions. Our panel of experts -- Janet Dougherty and Federico Manno of Fulton Bank, Peter Seneca of Securitas Global Risk Solutions, and Aerek Stephens of EXIM -- was able to provide much needed information about specific EXIM programs and the loan and insurance programs that will meet small business needs. This program was unlike any other EXIM program we have presented in the past.
Access to credit and capital are the primary impediments prohibiting small businesses from engaging in international trade, particularly those companies from disadvantaged and underserved communities. I believe that the solution lies with what Congresswoman Blunt Rochester cited as the word of the day: “intentional.” All of us, exporters, financiers, brokers, and policymakers, need to be intentional in how we address international markets, including the design of trade finance and credit risk reduction instruments, so that we meet local conditions while providing a fair and equitable solution for our companies. 
Trade Winds 2023
I just returned last week from Tradewinds 2023 in Thailand, the year’s largest U.S. International Trade Administration’s led mission. World Trade Center Delaware is ITA’s Strategic Partner in Delaware. In Bangkok, I had 30 meetings with U.S. commercial officers located in embassies in the entire ASEAN region—and additional foreign businesses—about export opportunities for Delaware companies. Both prime minister and deputy prime minister spoke on following days to us. In the coming weeks, I will email companies with information about potential market opportunities and specific businesses or agencies to contact to explore new business.
UN Water Conference
On Friday, WTC Delaware was honored to be invited to participate in the UN Water Conference, the first convened by the UN in 40 years. George Kearns, Vice Chairman of WTC Delaware Board was also a speaker at the conference. Water and sanitation are critical to the world’s future. The panel, “The New Age of Water Investment in a Time of Fresh Water Scarcity,” was presented at NASDAQ. Why was Delaware the only WTC Center invited to attend? Because 93% of all U.S. initial public offerings in 2021 were registered in Delaware. The world needs new solutions, some of which are being invented by companies in this room. They will require financing. And these products and services will be exported across the globe.
World Trade Centers General Assembly
From April 23 to 28, the World Trade Centers Association is holding its first in-person General Assembly and Trade Exhibition, TOWARDS AFRICAN ECONOMIC INTEGRATION AND ENHANCED GLOBAL PRESENCE, since 2019. Registration for the event in Accra, Ghana, is still open for members to attend. While the WTCA GA focuses on business opportunities across the continent of Africa, this is an excellent venue to reach a global audience. Trade show attendees will include companies and government agencies from countries throughout the entire WTCA network. World Trade Center Delaware will be an exhibitor. There is still room for you to participate in the booth or to have us present your materials as part of the exhibit. For more information, please contact me directly at [email protected].
U.S.-Africa Business Summit and WTC Delaware Kickoff
The Government of Botswana is hosting this year’s U.S.-Africa Business Summit from July 11-14 in Gaborone. Last year, WTC Delaware was an exhibitor, as in previous years. This venue has proven to be extremely successful for Delaware exporters. The Summit hosted an African head of state, 20 ministers, many prominent U.S. government officials, and U.S. and African CEOs and senior business executives. Twenty-two hundred public and private sector leaders from across the United States and Africa participated in the Summit. The Summit provided a platform for Vice President Kamala Harris to announce the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit dates of December 13-15, 2023, with the U.S.-Africa Business Forum as an official part of the Summit. The U.S. government’s goal for a stronger U.S.-Africa partnership is being illustrated by the current visit of Vice President Harris to the continent, beginning in Ghana, and continuing to other countries. We plan to exhibit again this year with a kickoff on May 3. It will include panel presentations from African ambassadors and U.S. trade officials in the morning, followed by pre-arranged matchmaking in the afternoon.
Why do we encourage you to travel overseas with us? International trade is developed through relationships, not transactions. The ultimate sale is the result of careful research, followed by discussions to reach mutual agreement for an equitable partnership. The only way to grow a sustainable business is to identify the market, competitors, customers’ needs and the factors in the environment, such as financing requirements, that affect your ability to meet those needs. For this, you need to travel to a foreign trade show or conference, to the company’s operations, or to someplace in the U.S. where your potential customer may be taking part in a reverse trade mission organized by a government agency. Ultimately, the most enduring relationships are based on trust built on personal contact. 
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The Delaware Prosperity Partnership is the lead economic development agency for Delaware. It aims to attract, grow, and retain businesses, build a system of entrepreneurship and innovation, and support employers in attracting and recruiting talent. It has been a member of World Trade Center Delaware from its founding in 2018.
“We see WTCD as an economic development partner,” said Becky Harrington, vice president of business development, noting that DPP has referred prospective companies to World Trade Center Delaware for consultations.

“Carla is very knowledgeable about Delaware’s importing/exporting community and is helpful in explaining the assets and benefits of doing business in Delaware,” she said. “WTCD is beneficial for companies that want to network and connect with others interested in international trade.”

Emory Hill Real Estate Services
Emory Hill is a full-service real estate firm with more than $1 billion in transactions since its founding. It handles design, build, finance, lease, sell, management and maintenance for commercial properties throughout the Mid-Atlantic, and also operates a residential real estate division. Founded more than 40 years ago, it serves Delaware and nearby counties in Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. President Carmen Facciolo Jr. connected with World Trade Center Delaware through board chair Charlie Tomlinson, and also serves on the board. “I have made several good contacts through the WTC,” Facciolo said.

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Arkion Life Sciences
Arkion Life Sciences began as a DuPont and ConAgra startup, and has become a technology-based firm that has created environmentally friendly solutions to protect crops, control pests for organic orchards and farms, and control ticks and mosquitoes. Its membership with World Trade Center Delaware has helped Arkion in multiple ways, said President and CEO Earnie Porta.

It provided introductions to consultants and businesses that helped export products to South Africa and west Africa, particularly Ghana and Nigeria. Arkion is now beginning an export business in east Africa with World Trade Center Delaware’s help.

“If you have a question or need help understanding an export situation, join and call Carla Stone,” Porta said.

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We are looking for a boldly ambitious, uniquely creative and boundary-pushing Graphic Designer who is captivated by the challenge and excited by the opportunity to create powerful images capable of informing thousands of internet, print, and social media readers about our work at World Trade Center Delaware, the leading international business resource in the entire Delaware region.

Candidates for this position would be expected to work in the World Trade Center Delaware office in New Castle with key team members. Free parking available.

This is a paid position for local students attending the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Delaware Technical Community College, Wilmington University, Goldey Beacom College, Delaware College of Art & Design, or Delaware Law School. We will work with your school’s administration and faculty to arrange for-credit internships if desired.

To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume, and previous work samples to [email protected].
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.

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  • THAILAND: U.S. Soap Products
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