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Applications being accepted for 2019 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade

Applications being accepted for 2019

Governors Award for Excellence 

in Global Trade


February 27, 2019 The Arkansas District Export Council (ArDEC) is accepting applications for the 2019 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade to recognize the exporting success of small, medium and large Arkansas’ companies. Applications are being accepted until April 26 and can be downloaded at

The award ceremony will take place on May 23rd at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock with Governor Asa Hutchinson in attendance. This year’s keynote speaker will be Mack McLarty, the chairman of McLarty Associates, an international advisory firm based in Washington D.C.

ArDEC will award companies whose exporting story includes developing innovative approaches to international business, consistently growing market share and expanding its global presence.

“This is the 10th year anniversary of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade. We look forward to recognizing an exciting new group of Arkansas companies that excel in exporting,” said ArDEC chair Lenka Horakova.

In addition to self-nomination, companies may nominate Arkansas-based manufacturing or agriculture companies actively selling in international markets. The winners of the award will be presented with a trophy during the awards luncheon and profiled throughout the year as the winner of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade.

The luncheon also presents an opportunity for Arkansas business leaders to exchange ideas and success stories in international business and trade.

Applications for the Award can be found at For more information, contact ArDEC at

The ArDEC is a non-profit organization comprised of members of Arkansas’ exporting community. ArDEC members are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce and actively encourage manufacturers across the state to consider expanding their exports. The ArDEC strives to reduce barriers to exporting by providing guidance, training and connections that make the prospect of entering new markets less daunting.