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A time of thanks to you

Last week, I had time to reflect at all I am thankful for. To you, the World Trade Center Delaware members, partners, supporters, and friends, you make it possible for us to achieve our mission of assisting Delaware’s companies and organizations to expand their business, improve profitability and add more employees through international trade and activities. The success of our Gala on November 2 was due to you, the members of our Gala committee, volunteers from the WTC Delaware community, and our sponsors. Thank you Nesrin Cakiroglu, Stephanie Chapman, Janet Dougherty, Joe Fitzgerald, Brian McGlinchey, Rob Rae, and Phil Leach. Your work made this an evening to remember. I especially thank the Honorable Helena Nolan, the Consul General of Ireland who came from New York to share her insights to the celebration.

From left, Rep. Debra Heffernan, Sen. Jack Walsh, the Hon. Helena Nolan, Consul General of Ireland, Rep. Lyndon D. Yearick, and Rep. Jeff Spiegelman with a tribute from the Delaware House of Representatives.

To all the dancers from the McAleer-Paulson School of Irish Dance and our Piper Walt Ferris - you transported us to the Emerald Isle through your magical music and dance. Behind the scenes, Samantha Diedrick and Lizette Kennedy and their staffs from Secretariat and the Deerfield Gold Club made sure that all arrangements went smoothly and that we could all relax.

We were grateful to U.S. Sen. Tom Carper for speaking at the Gala this year. From left, Nesrin Cakiroglu, Senator Carper, and Carla Stone.

Each year, World Trade Center Delaware honors a group of individuals and companies from Delawares’ international business community. This year, our honorees were Kurt Foreman, CEO of Delaware Prosperity Partnership, Champion of Trade; SiVad Group, Small Business International Innovator; Corteva Agriscience, Large Business International Innovator; Margi Prueitt, Rotary Club of Wilmington, International Humanitarian. Please join us in thanking them for this work to make this world a better place and explore the complete gallery of our gala pictures on our homepage.

Kurt Foreman, president and CEO of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, speaks after being presented the Champion of Trade award.

Our last program for 2023 will be on December 12, our first at the new Wilmington University Law School: U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones and How They Work. This seminar will show attorneys, CPAs, logistics and real estate professionals how to minimize tariffs, maximize deals, and ensure fair trade compliance by using FTZs for the greatest benefits for your clients. Three CLE credits may be available for attorneys. With thanks to Patty Cannon and her team with the State of Delaware, the WilmU Law School, and sponsors.

Carla Sydney Stone
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WTC Delaware Welcomes New Interns

Erin McGrellis

Erin McGrellis joined World Trade Center Delaware on October 10, 2023, as a Graphic Design Intern. Although originally from Delaware, Erin earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Studio Art from the University of Redlands located in Southern California. During her time at Redlands, Erin competed as a member of the varsity swim team and worked as a studio assistant in the typography studio. She earned academic distinction as a Scholar Athlete and as a member of the Dean’s List and Sigma Tau Delta honors society before graduating cum laude in 2022. After graduating, Erin participated in the Disney College Program starting in the fall of 2022 where she was able to gain experience while working in Orlando. After completing her program in 2023, Erin moved back to Delaware with the goal of working in the graphic design field.

Erin recently completed the New York City Marathon, one of the most renowned marathons in the world. She ran an unforgettable route through all 5 boroughs of New York City, alongside 51,401 other finishers hailing from 148 countries and all 50 states plus D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico. 

Erin looks forward to networking and gaining professional design experience while at World Trade Center Delaware. After this internship opportunity she hopes to continue to advance in the graphic design field.

Seyeon (Sena) Min 


Seyeon Min, from the Republic of Korea, joined the World Trade Center Delaware in November as a Research & Trade Information intern. Seyeon worked as a design and research intern in an education start-up company while at Sookmyung Women’s University. She was responsible for creating the new character and background of the metaverse-based map. Seyeon expects to receive her bachelor’s degree in industrial design and Global Business Development in February 2025. While at university, she served as a departmental student representative and attended two design project exhibitions in 2021~2022. She successfully established a new brand by reflecting social trends with her team. Seyeon received scholarships based on excellent language proficiency from the language education group, YBM, in 2023. She studied in Rome as an exchange student for a semester in 2022 and was able to learn additional communication skills by interacting with people of various cultures.

She came to the United States through the WEST program sponsored by South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. State Department. Before moving to Delaware, she took a three-month English language course in San Diego. She was responsible for informing Korean university students about American culture as a member of the Korean government program. While participating in the language program, she attended a Padres game in San Diego and the 2023 MCAS Miramar Air Show.

Seyeon plans to use her internship to explore both coasts of the United States. After the internship, she hopes to work as an art director in the advertising industry in Korea using the experience she gains in the United States.

Dec. 12 Workshop on Foreign Trade Zones

U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones and How They Work

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Attorneys, law students, CPAs, custom brokers, logistics, and real estate professionals: Discover how to minimize tariffs, maximize deals and ensure legal, fair trade compliance for your clients through U.S. federal trade programs.  


You’ll learn:

  • What a Foreign Trade Zone is
  • The financial benefits of using them
  • How an FTZ can benefit your clients
  • The process for a company to operate in an FTZ
  • How the program works



Wilmington University School of Law 

10 Beaver Valley Road, Wilmington 

Admission: $50

Awaiting Approval for 3 CLE Credits

Register Today

New Special Report on Irish Investment in U.S.

Ireland is the 9th largest source of foreign direct investment in the United States, employing over 200,000 workers across the U.S. in sectors including agriculture, life sciences, construction, ICT, and business services -- all industries located in Delaware. 

Read the Ireland Inc US 250 Index 2023 Special Report for insights and a list of the top Irish companies in the United States. 

Read the Special Report

Look for International Delaware - Coming Soon!

Look for the upcoming issue of International Delaware by mid-December. It focuses on business services for international trade -- full of useful information for anyone working in global business.

Unsung Hero Recognition from the Maritime Exchange

Do you know people who deserve recognition for the hard work they put into serving their customers and our port or always go above and beyond the call of duty?

Now is the perfect opportunity to highlight these exemplary employees, co-workers, and colleagues by nominating them for Unsung Hero recognition. Please email your nominees’ first and last names, job titles, and company names, up to three per member company, to [email protected].

The rules are simple: Unsung Hero nominees must be Maritime Exchange members and be nominated by Exchange members. Past recipients of industry awards are not eligible.

All submissions for this cycle are due by December 31 — don’t miss the chance to honor an extraordinary member of our community!

Department of Commerce Pausing Firearm and Ammunition Export Licenses

Effective immediately, the U.S. Department of Commerce (the Department) is pausing for approximately 90 days the issuance of new export licenses involving certain firearms, related components, and ammunition under its jurisdiction and the provision of new export assistance activities for such products to all non-governmental end users worldwide, apart from those in certain destinations. 


During this “pause” period, the Department will further assess current firearm export control review policies to determine whether any changes are warranted to advance U.S. national security and foreign policy interests. The review will be conducted with urgency and will enable the Department to more effectively assess and mitigate risk of firearms being diverted to entities or activities that promote regional instability, violate human rights, or fuel criminal activities. ITA simultaneously will review its export assistance policy to ensure that ITA export assistance is consistent with applicable export controls and does not undermine U.S. policy interests.

Full Details

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.

  • COLOMBIA: Railway Equipment
  • NAMIBIA: EPC Contract for Biomass Power Station
  • JAMAICA: Electricity Generation Supply
  • UKRAINE: Oil and Gas Fields Development
  • NIGERIA: U.S. LPG Infrastructure Developers 
  • ARMENIA: EBRD Consultancy for Water Reservoirs Project
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Water & Wastewater Treatment Technologies
  • EGYPT: EBRD Consultancy Opportunities

View the most recent trade leads here.

Delaware companies: Please fill out our trade leads form so we can market your products or services!


December 12

U.S. Foreign Trade Zones and How They Work

January 17

WTC Delaware Board Meeeting

March 3-6

World Trade Centers Association Business Forum, Bengaluru, India

April 16

Kickoff to U.S.-Africa Business Summit, Wilmington

May 4-9

U.S.-Africa Business Summit, Dallas

May 13-19

Trade Winds Access Europe and Eurasia, Istanbul, Turkey

June 13

Annual EXIM Training, Wilmington 


The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation invests in a wide range of sectors and finances small businesses and women-owned businesses to create jobs in emerging markets. Its priorities include climate, information and communications technology, healthcare, infrastructure, and agriculture and food security. Its products include debt financing, equity investments, investment funds, feasibility studies, political risk insurance, and technical assistance.


November 28

Pitch 101 Webinar, Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce             

November 29

Veterans and Military Family Appreciation Month with EXIM, Export-Import Bank of the United States

December 5

13th Annual Taste of Delaware, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce

December 6

Small Business Awards, New Castle County Chamber of Commerce

December 13

Start the Year off Right: Prepare Your 2024 Business Strategy, New Castle County Chamber of Commerce

December 13

Advanced Technologies for Methane Abatement in Latin America Business Briefing, USTDA

December 20

Policy Makers Breakfast with Senator Chris Coons, New Castle County Chamber of Commerce


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