Applications available for 2010 Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Awards

Ohio Department of Development Director Lisa Patt-McDaniel announced that applications are available from the Global Markets Division for the 2010 Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Awards (“E” Awards). The E awards are presented each year to companies and organizations that have shown a strong commitment to increasing exports of Ohio goods and services or for creating a heightened awareness of exporting as a vital component of the state’s economy.

“Ohio companies in 2009 exported more than $34 billion in goods to 213 countries and territories, making Ohio the seventh largest exporting state,” Patt-McDaniel said. “Governor Ted Strickland’s Excellence in Exporting Awards recognizes the outstanding contributions our business community makes to both Ohio’s economy and markets worldwide.”

Since 1991, more than 425 companies and organizations have received E-Awards. Winning entries demonstrate outstanding export performance including significant growth of export sales, significant dollar volume of export business, overcoming obstacles or challenges in exporting, and support of exporting in Ohio.

“The Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Awards demonstrate Ohio’s commitment to continued export growth in both Fortune 500 companies and small- to medium-size businesses,” said Deborah Scherer, Director of the Global Markets Division at the Ohio Department of Development. “These awards illustrate how creating international business partnerships bolster long-term prosperity and reinforces why Ohio has earned a globally competitive reputation.”

Two Ohio companies will also be recognized, within their perspective category, for Small-Medium Business and Large Business “Exporter of the Year” awards. Each award is given to a company that exemplifies the state’s commitment to international trade. For applications and qualification guidelines please visit www.globalmarkets.development.ohio.gov, or call the Global Markets Division at (800) 848-1300, ext. 6-5017 or (614) 466-5017. Deadline for entry is July 16, 2010.

The Global Markets Division of the Ohio Department of Development helps Ohio companies explore global trade opportunities and expand into new international trade markets. The Global Markets Division manages a network of international offices in Asia, Australia, the Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, India, North and South America, and Southern Africa.

Working with our partners across business, state and local governments, academia, and the nonprofit sector, the Ohio Department of Development works to attract, create, grow, and retain businesses through competitive incentives and targeted investments. Engaged every day in marketing, innovating, investing, and collaborating, the Ohio Department of Development works at the speed of business to accelerate and support the teamwork that is absolutely necessary for success by providing financial, informational, and technical assistance to those making an investment in Ohio’s future.

>> For guildelines, visit: www.globalmarkets.development.ohio.gov

>> Ohio Department of Development’s website

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