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For World Trade Center, an Action-Packed Fall Agenda

George Kearns, chairman & CEO of MCC Worldwide and acting chair of the WTC Delaware board of directors, speaks to the Ghanaian representatives about Delaware's strength in incorporation.

As Americans, we observe several new years. We are all familiar with the globally observed January 1. The state of Delaware’s fiscal year begins on July 1. The U.S. government’s fiscal year begins on October 1. And for school students, their parents, and faculty, the school year begins in September. For most of us, September means a return to regular work after a summer break.  It is no different at World Trade Center Delaware, although here, activity never seems to stop at all.

Already this month we hosted a day-long introduction to Delaware for a delegation of business owners from Ghana led by the Minister for Transport, Hon. Kwaku Ofori-Asiamah, and the CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Center, Mr. Reginald Yoofi Grant. Many thanks are due to Nesrin Cakiroglu, who worked tirelessly to organize the program and arrange the breakfast and luncheon. Board Members Mohamed Cisse and George Kearns, and Tony Pu of the U.S. Commercial Service, assisted her with the execution of the program.

Thanks also to the many speakers from the University of Delaware, the State of Delaware Department of Transportation, Foreign Trade Zone 99, WILMPACO, and the companies Aqua Science, Batta Environmental Associates, Bloom Energy, and Convergence Public Affairs. Please click to see a copy of the program and speaker biographies. See story, below.

Protect Your Data

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission warned about the “consequences of loose use of consumers’ confidential data.” This applies to companies as well. On October 12, we are partnering with the U.S. Commercial Service to present the webinar “Protecting Your Business Interests, Corporate Espionage, Global Security & Compliance.” Speakers from the State Department, the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, Homeland Security, Bureau of Industry & Security, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will tell you how to protect your valuable products, equipment, and trade secrets overseas and how to minimize exposure, liability, and risk. This is one webinar you won’t want to miss.

International Delaware deadline is October 17

Each year, our magazine, International Delaware, highlights a sector of our international business community. This year we are focusing on the business services that attract companies from across the globe to make this state the “Corporate Capital of the World.” If you provide legal, accounting, financial, incorporation, real estate, and other business services, this is the year for you to participate in the magazine. Contact Holli Muffler for more information –[email protected] or 302-729-2907. Act fast! The advertising deadline is October 17.

Gala is November 2

This message would not be complete without mention of our Annual Gala on November 2. The venue this year is the Deerfield Golf Club in Newark. I am looking forward to an evening of festivities celebrating the achievements of our international business community. This year, our theme is Ireland. The Delaware-Irish ties go back to the first Irish immigrants in the 1600s.  Today, almost 15% of the Delaware population can claim Irish heritage.  Ireland is also an important business partner. So, dress in your fancy clothes and prepare to sparkle to the tune of bagpipe and song. Register here for tickets and sponsorships.

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United Cocoa Processors

United Cocoa Processor is a Newark-based manufacturer of high-quality, customized cocoa products for the flavoring, chocolate, baking, cookie, and pharmaceutical sectors. Since 1992, it has imported raw cocoa beans from overseas and produced them into cocoa powder, cocoa butter, and cocoa liquor for the confectionary fields. Its raw material is sustainably sourced and it supports cocoa farmers with premium payments to fight poverty and improve environmental practices.

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Ghana leaders visit Delaware on B2B trade mission

Ghana is called the center of the world – latitude and longitude zero – and the country’s leaders want to make it the center of U.S. East Coast trade as well.

“We have quite an attractive investment universe, we have an attractive business environment relative to the rest of the continent,” said Reginald Yofi Grant, CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Center.

Ghanaian representatives recently visited the U.S. and Delaware as part of a trade mission allied with the U.S.-Ghana Business Expo in Philadelphia, sponsored by the U.S.-Ghana Chamber of Commerce. They sat down with World Trade Center Delaware for a conversation after visiting the STAR Campus and meeting with state officials.

“We have an all-embracing and all-engaging policy,” said Ghana Minister for Transport, Kwaku Ofori-Asiamah. “We don’t really look east or west, north or south, we look forward.” He noted Ghana is headquarters of the African Continental Free Trade area and is spearheading progress toward African industrialization.

Grant said Ghana exports products including cocoa beans and gold, but also has cultural ties from Ghanaians who have gone to school here and returned home to work in government and industry. It also imports “quite a lot” of poultry from Delaware and the East Coast. “We have very good relationships which we can only expand for a better future,” he said.

Delaware business owners looking to export to Ghana should know that its people stand ready to welcome them, Grant said. “For a lot of the businesspeople in Delaware, we see great opportunity in Ghana. ... We are already looking to have trade missions both ways.

“There is a lot that we can do together for the growth of the global economy.”

Meet with U.S. Commercial Service trade experts at WTC

U.S. Commercial Service trade specialists will be at World Trade Center Delaware on Thursdays over the next few months to meet with our members! To make an appointment, email [email protected] and put “USCS Appointment” in the subject line. Save on travel time and get free parking!


  • September 28: Antonio Ceballos
  • October 5: Tony Pu
  • October 12: Ali Natale
  • October 19: Mark Kilimnik
  • October 26: Antonio Ceballos
  • November 2: Tony Pu
  • November 9: Ali Natale
  • November 16: Mark Kilimnik
  • November 30: Antonio Ceballos


Mark Kilimnik: Advanced Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Design and Construction, Food and Beverage, General Industrial Equipment, Healthcare, Marine Technology, Packaging Equipment, Publishing, Travel & Tourism, Veterinary Medicine & Pet Supplies

Ali Natale: Automotive, Chemicals, Consumer Goods, Education, Plastics, Textiles and Apparel, Commercial Fishing Equipment, Sporting Goods Equipment, Management Consulting Services, Franchising


Tony Pu: Aerospace and Defense, Electronic Components, Energy, Environmental Technology, Financial Services, Information and Communication Technology and Digital Economy, Iron & Steel, Media and Entertainment, Mining Equipment, Safety and Security

Antonio Ceballos: All other industries 

Gala Registration Open

Registration is now open for the World Trade Center Delaware 2023 Gala, “A Celebration of Ireland and Delaware,” on November 2. Sponsorships are also available by contacting [email protected].

The event will celebrate the international business community’s achievements and commemorate the ties between Delaware and Ireland, going back to the early 1600s when the first Irish immigrants settled in Delaware. Between the 1820s and 1850s, which included the Irish potato famine, the du Pont company is estimated to have helped more than 1,500 people emigrate from Ireland. Honoring that legacy, and the modern ties between our manufacturing, biotech, and financial industries, this year’s Gala will feature bagpipes and Irish dancers. 

The Gala, which supports World Trade Center Delaware’s paid internship program, will take place Thursday, November 2, beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Deerfield Golf Club, Newark.

The evening’s honorees will include:

  • Champion of Trade, Kurt Foreman, President and CEO of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership
  • International Humanitarian, Rotary Club of Wilmington and Margi Pruitt, Ukraine Project Leader
  • Small Business International Innovator, SiVad Group, Lenzie Davis, CEO
  • Large Business International Innovator, Corteva Agriscience

Register to Attend Today!

Attend China International Import Expo Remotel

Register by October 9 to participate remotely in the upcoming 2023 World Trade Center Association CIIE and 2024 CICPE programs to expand your global reach. It’s an opportunity open to all WTC Delaware business members at the top trade show for imported goods in China.

The 6th annual China International Import Expo (CIIE) will take place in Shanghai – China’s business and trade hub – from November 5-10.

The WTCA is once again partnering with WTC Shanghai to launch the 2023 WTCA CIIE Program. The program will offer a hybrid approach to CIIE, the top trade show for imported goods in China, for worldwide WTCA Members and their business networks to showcase their products and services. The hybrid program format provides free remote participation for convenient and cost-effective access by overseas WTCA Members and their business networks, as well as an in-person booth managed by WTCA staff to allow for face-to-face interaction with potential buyers. Organizations may attend the 2023 CIIE in person since China has fully reopened.

Last year's WTCA CIIE program saw participation from 39 enterprises across 7 World Trade Center businesses, bringing a total of 134 products and services from 12 countries covering four major industries.

To register, fill out the following forms:

Send completed forms to Ms. Adele Zhang, Program Manager, WTCA APRO at [email protected] before the deadline of Monday, October 9.

Support Morocco Earthquake Relief

Delaware and Morocco have an important direct relationship. The Port of Wilmington is an important port of entry for Moroccan clementines. Last year, many of you may have met officials from the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Tangiers, Tetuan and El-Hoceima who visited Delaware. They traveled throughout all three counties and met with many companies, educational institutions, the Port of Wilmington, and attended our Gala.

There are a number of ways that you can assist Morocco recover from this disaster through contributions to reputable organizations such as the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent SocietiesWorld Central KitchenCAREIslamic ReliefDoctors Without BordersAmerican Jewish Joint Distribution CommitteeUNICEF and more. If in doubt, please check with charity ratings agencies. Keep in mind that cash contributions are best and provide the most flexibility to relief organizations on the ground.

Register Today for EXIM Conference

Registration is now open for the EXIM Annual Conference, "Create Locally, Export Globally,” taking place October 19 and 20 in Washington, D.C.

Connect with federal agency representatives, including EXIM staff, for one-on-one networking. Learn how to grow your business around the world and hear from global leaders in business, finance, policy, and more.

Register Today

Be Featured in International Delaware Magazine

The World Trade Center Delaware and Delaware Business Times are partnering once again to publish International Delaware Magazine. The magazine will be inserted in the December 5 issue of DBT. This year’s theme will be Business Services for International Companies. The deadline to reserve your advertising space in this valuable publication is October 17.

Contact Holli Muffler for more information: [email protected] or 302-729-2907.

Protecting Your Business Interests Webinar, October 12

Hosted by the U.S. Commercial Service and World Trade Center Delaware, the "Protecting Your Business" webinar is an interactive session with government agencies and organization to assist your company in developing a global security and compliance strategy.

We will have senior level speakers from Whirlpool Corporation, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. State Department/Overseas Security Advisory Council, U.S. Secret Service, Bureau of Industry and Security, FBI, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. (Click here to read the bios of the speakers.)

This webinar will provide participants:

  • Latest trends in corporate espionage with an intelligence update and industry developments
  • Overview of how to protect your products, equipment, and company secrets overseas
  • Insights into minimizing exposure, liability, and risk for you and your organization
  • Hot topics, including protecting your computers and portable devices overseas, vetting your overseas partners to protect your company, and how to assure that recent foreign nationals hired do not work for the competition.
  • A look at modern-day case studies

Register Today!

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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.

  • MEXICO: Rail Terminal Feasibility Study
  • URUGUAY: Contrast Agent, Insulin Manufacturing, Other Health
  • UZBEKISTAN: Road Rehab, Bridge Construction
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Other Truck Technology

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Oct. 12

Protecting Your Business Interests: Corporate Espionage, Global Security & Compliance

Nov. 2

WTC Delaware Annual Gala at Deerfield Golf Club

Nov. 15

WTC Delaware Board Meeting


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