The Arkansas District Export Council (ArDEC) is accepting applications for the 2021 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Global Trade. The awards recognize the exporting success of small, medium and large Arkansas companies.
The focus for this 11th annual award is to honor those Arkansas companies, who in spite of the pandemic, have excelled in exporting and/or have developed a strategy to maintain or increase sales and workforce through exporting.
Applications are being accepted until August 13, and will be evaluated in accordance with the following:
- overcoming export sales challenges due to the pandemic;
- overcoming trade barriers that resulted in capturing market share;
- promoting regional export expansions;
- overcoming foreign industry or sector biases;
- developing novel trade promotion programs to grow exports.
The award ceremony will take place on October 13th at an evening gala banquet at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock, with Gov. Asa Hutchinson in attendance. Applications for the Award can be found here.
In addition to self-nomination, economic development entities are encouraged to nominate Arkansas-based manufacturing or agriculture companies actively selling in international markets. The winners will be presented with a trophy during the awards banquet and profiled throughout the year as the winner of the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Global Trade.
The gala event also presents an opportunity for Arkansas business leaders to exchange ideas and success stories in international business and trade. Table sponsorships are available for companies/organizations to bring up to 10 of their team members.