Apply for the Governor’s Award

Applications are due by 5PM on August 19. Please send them to

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The Arkansas District Export Council is delighted to announce the upcoming Twelfth Annual Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Global Trade, which recognizes excellence among exporters and serves to inspire the exporting community. Questions? Please contact Michelle Rock of ARVEST Bank.

The awards will be presented during our annual evening banquet at the Governor’s Mansion on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

Advantages to applying for this award include state, national and international recognition as well as positive media exposure for your company! 

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What past winners have to say:

Michael Schrekenhofer, Account Manager

Leather Brothers, 2021 Rising Star Recipient

“After receiving [the Governor’s Award], we sent out a press release to all of our raw material vendors and customers informing them of this award and its recognition. By doing this it bettered our relationship with our vendors we use for hardware materials, but also helped push some export accounts we’ve struggled with selling in the past to give us a try, which has resulted in an increase in exports overall… [The Governor’s Award] was overall a very easy process.. I believe there are many more manufacturing businesses across our state that will learn and benefit from the Arkansas DEC organization and Governor’s Award in the coming years.”

ECOJOHN: Stefan Johansson, 2021 Small Company Recipient

“It was a great honor to receive the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade and Sustainability. Ecojohn exports products all over the world, and it was especially exciting to receive awareness for sustainability since this is a major focus of our company. Being able to share this award has given our customers more insight and confidence in our company and a boost of morale to our employees. The support from ArDEC was great throughout the entire process and the award ceremony itself was a wonderful event.”

Safe Foods Corporation: Chris Coleman, 2018 Medium Company Recipient

“It was an honor to be recognized and receive the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade.  Our Company and team members strive to produce and deliver the highest quality solutions to all our customers around the world. The Governor presenting us this award recognizes those efforts and gives us confidence for continued operational excellence as an Arkansas-based company. ​

Applications are due by 5PM on August 5, 2022

Eligibility: All Arkansas-based companies actively selling in international markets are eligible to apply. Companies with facilities and employees in Arkansas that can provide export sales data from within the state are eligible to apply. Please show that activities of Arkansas-based employees lead to an increase in exports. Companies need not be headquartered in the state of Arkansas to apply.

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