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Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade

October 13, 2021

5:30-8:30PM

The Arkansas District Export Council is delighted to announce the upcoming Eleventh Annual Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Global Trade, which recognizes excellence among exporters and serves to inspire the exporting community.

This year, we want to recognize those Exporters who, through innovative and thoughtful export market development, successfully overcame the economic impacts of the pandemic and also retained most of their workforce. The awards will be presented during our annual evening banquet at the Governor’s Mansion on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

Applications are due by 5PM on August 27. Please send them to coordinator@exportarkansas.org.


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


What past winners have to say:


Allen Engineering Corporation: Joey Ward (Paragould, AR)

“The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade has validated our export efforts over the last few years. We won the award back in 2011 and winning again in 2018 has proven once again our commitment to global trade. The award gave a newfound perspective and appreciation to all of our 180 employees on how our local efforts are having a global impact.”

ECOJOHN: Stefan Johansson (North Little Rock, AR) 

“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 (North Little Rock, AR)

“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. ​


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Applications are due by 5PM on August 27.

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.

Please send your application to coordinator@exportarkansas.org.


Click here to view previous Governor’s Award winners.