Governor's Award for Excellence in Global Trade May 14, 2020


The Arkansas District Export Council is delighted to announce the upcoming 2020 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade, which recognizes exporting excellence among manufacturers and serves to inspire the exporting community. The awards will be presented during our annual luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion on Thursday, May 14th, 2020.


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 about how their companies benefited:


Clear Ballistics: Joel Edwards (Fort Smith, AR)

 “We were honored to receive the Governor’s award for Rising Star. The recognition comes not only from the governor, but from your local community. It has created positive benefits for us in growth, peer recognition, media and networking with other Arkansas business leaders that has helped us reach more global business possibilities. The support from ArDEC has been excellent.”


Cooper Tire & Rubber Company: Curtis Schneekloth (Texarkana, AR)

“We really appreciated the award and the positive press it generated. I believe we also benefited internally from increased recognition of the importance of our export business. The process was very easy and the professionalism of the ArDEC was excellent. The ceremony itself was very nice.” 

Allen Engineering Corporation:Joey Ward (Paragould, AR)  

“The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade has validated Allen Engineering Corporation’s export efforts over the last few years. Allen won the award back in 2011 and winning again in 2018 has proven once again our commitment to global trade. With the help of the DEC and Commercial Services, Allen has been given the resources and aid to succeed with overseas business. The award also gave a newfound perspective and appreciation to all of our 180 employees on how our local efforts are having a global impact.”

Click Here To Apply for this Prestigious Award! 

Applications are due by 5PM on April 12.





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 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.


Click the red link above to download an application form.

Previous Governor's Awards Winners can be found on our Awards page. 

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