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Friday, February 18, 2011


Ever wonder what events are being celebrated in other parts of the world? Below is the GPS of World Holidays so you can plan ahead if you intend to send a package to someone .

1- St. Brigid's Day- Montserrat
3- Chinese (Lunar) New Year*
(3-5 days)-Brunei, China, Hongkong, Korea, Macau,Malaysia, Mauritus, Singapore,South
Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam; San Blas Day- Paraguay
4- Independence Day-Sri Lanka
5- Unity Day- Burundi
7- Constitution Day-Mexico; Independence Day-Grenada
8- Culture Day-Slovenia
10- St. Paul's Shipwreck- Malta
11- Armed Forces Day - Liberia; National Foundation Day- Japan
15- Prophet Muhammad's Birthday- Bahrain, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Malaysia,
Morocco, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates
16- Re-establishment Day -Lithuania
21 - President's Day- United States and territories
22- Independence Day-St. Lucia
23- Republic Day- Guyana
24- Independence Day - Estonia
25- National Day- Kuwait
28- Memorial Day-Taiwan
1- Heroes'Day - Paraguay; Independence Day Movement-South Korea
3- Liberation Day- Bulgaria
7- Ash Monday- Greece ;Carnival-Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Brazil, Curacao & Bonaire,
Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Portugal, Uruguay, Venezuela
8- International Women's Day-Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, Congo, Eritrea,
Guinea-Bissau, Kazakhastan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos,Macedonia,Moldova,Nepal,Russia,
Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam;Shrove Tuesday- French Guiana
9- Ash Wednesday- Observed in more than 85 predominantly Christian nations;
Baron Bliss Day- Belize
11- Independence Restoration Day- Lithuania
15- Revolution Day-Hungary
17- St. Patrick's Day-Ireland, Montserrat
18-Flag and Anthem Day- Aruba
21- Birthday of Benito Juarez-Mexico; Feast of San Jose*-Colombia, Malta, Spain
Human Rights Day- South Africa; Vernal Equinox Day-Japan
22- Emancipation Day-Puerto Rico
24- Truth and Justice Day-Argentina
25- Independence Day- Cyprus, Greece
29- Memorial Day-Madagascar; Youth Day-Taiwan
30- Liberation Day- Trinidad & Tobago
* Based on the lunar calendar.Observance varies by country

For more information on the list of holidays by country, you can visit


International Trade Leads Bulletin - February, 2011

Calling all importers and exporters!

Here's a valuable resource with information about trade leads that are received from World Trade Centers and other international agencies to help you grow your business.

The World Trade Center Delaware publishes a list of leads where you can gain some exposure for your company, source goods, or make a new business connection.

This month's leads include: Textile, Agricultural Products, Medical Products, Safety and Security Products, Food and Beverage, Equipment, Electronic Products, Computer Products, Machinery, Automotive, Apparel, Chemical, Energy, Office Products, Plastic, Food Products and Equipment, Wood, Paper, Metal, and Industrial.

Check out the current International Trade Leads Bulletin (PDF)


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Revised 8(a) Regulations for Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently published a package of final rules that will revise regulations to strengthen its 8(a) Business Development program to better ensure that the benefits flow to the intended recipients and help prevent waste, fraud and abuse.

The rules cover a variety of areas of the program, ranging from clarifications on determining economic disadvantage to requirements on Joint Ventures and the Mentor-Protégé program. Some of the components of the 8(a) program that the revised regulations will affect include:

  • Joint Ventures – requiring that the 8(a) firm must perform 40 percent of the work of each 8(a) joint venture contract that is awarded, including those awarded under a Mentor/Protégé agreement, to ensure that these companies are able to build capacity;

  • Economic Disadvantage – providing more clarification on factors that determine economic disadvantage as it relates to total assets, gross income, retirement accounts and a spouse of an 8(a) company owner when determining the owner’s ability to access capital and credit;

  • Mentor-Protégé Program – adding consequences for a mentor who does not provide assistance to their protégé, ranging from stop-work orders to debarment

  • Ownership and Control Requirements – providing flexibility on whether to admit 8(a) program companies owned by individuals with immediate family members who are owners of current and former 8(a) participants;

  • Tribally-Owned Firms – requiring firms owned by tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, Native Hawaiian Organizations and Community Development Corporations to report benefits flowing back to their respective communities;

  • Excessive Withdrawals – amending regulations on what amount is considered excessive as a basis for termination or early graduation from the 8(a) program; and

  • Business Size for Primary Industry – requiring that a firm’s size status remain small for its primary industry code during its participation in the 8(a) program.

  • The rules were published today in The Federal Register and will become effective in 30 days on March 14, 2011.

    For more information about the revised 8(a) regulations, a compliance guide, and the 8(a) program, visit the SBA Online.

    Tuesday, February 15, 2011

    Corporate Document Preparation Tools

    Not sure how to draft your Company’s Operating Agreement, Bylaws, and other important documents? While Delaware Intercorp can not assist with the preparation of your corporate paperwork, we do feature tools on our website that may be helpful in this process. Our Forms CD which sells for $35.00 contains a number of templates for commonly drafted corporate documents. Additionally, we feature a variety of Customized Corporate Kits that range in price from $65.00 to $215.00 that contain sample Minutes and By-Laws or sample Operating Agreement.

    If you have any questions relating to these or any products or services Delaware Intercorp provides, give us a call at 888.324.1817 or send an email to


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