Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade

October 5, 2022


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. The awards will be presented during our annual evening banquet at the Governor’s Mansion.

The applications are open until August 19. Please contact Michelle Rock for more information.

Download Award Application

As a respected member of the Arkansas exporting community, ARDEC invites you to partner with us by sponsoring this event. Recognition by the state and your community as well as other exporters is a key benefit of sponsorship.  Other benefits include logo branding during the event, recognition on ARDEC website, and tickets to the event, as well as media coverage. Three different levels of sponsorship are available: Platinum, Gold and Silver. Please contact Ken Gaines with any questions.

Download Sponsorship Brochure

Mid-America Trade Summit

Each fall, the MU International Trade Center, along with trade assistance partners from across the region, hosts the Mid-America Trade Summit.

The Summit provides a unique opportunity to bring together top exporters, global trade leaders and trade assistance providers from across Mid-America. Outstanding exporters from across Mid-America are invited to share their export stories — highlighting “best practices” and lessons learned that have contributed to their export success.

The Summit’s fast-paced, high-touch format provides exporters, trade assistance providers and educators with direct access to high-level networking and shared-learning opportunities designed to guide export expansion. This is a premier regional event for companies focused on advancing trade and driving business growth.

Based upon feedback from event participants supporting overall convenience and cost reduction, the 2022 Mid-America Trade Summit will proceed virtually.

Quarterly Meetings

We are currently holding our regular quarterly meetings in a hybrid format, both virtually and in-person, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All Members and Associates are invited to come as well as potential Members and Associates.

For details, please email Heidi Whitman,


Q1 Meeting, January 28, virtual only

Q2 Meeting, April 22, Little Rock

Q3 Meeting, July 14, Camden

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