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Posted on: January 16, 2018

Jan. 26 is deadline to submit Exporter of the Year nominations

exporter of the year

Jan. 26 is the final day to submit nominations to the Kansas Department of Commerce for the 2018 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award. The award is presented to a single Kansas business each year for excellence in international trade and marketing. The winner of the 30th annual installment of the award will be announced during a special ceremony on June 5, 2018.

Nominated companies will be evaluated on the totality of their international efforts. Qualifications include:

  • Number and/or percentage increase in jobs due to international activities.
  • Innovations in global marketing.
  • Number of countries exported to.
  • Effective use of international distributors.
  • Long-range international strategies and prospects for future growth.
  • Commitment to the state and local community.
  • Foreign language promotional materials and general promotional activities.
  • Trade shows and/or international expositions.

The Governor’s Exporter of the Year receives:

  • An invitation to attend the Team Kansas awards banquet on June 5, 2018, where top businesses from across the state are recognized
  • A site visit from the Governor to honor the company's management team and employees
  • Statewide recognition of your business excellence
  • Use of the award to market your products
  • Membership in the Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council (KITCC)
  • Increased networking opportunities

Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by any other organization or individual. Visit to learn more about the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award and to download nomination forms. The nomination deadline is 5:00 p.m. on January 26, 2018.


Nominations can be emailed to April Chiang at or mailed or faxed to:

Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council

c/o Kansas Department of Commerce, April Chiang

1000 S.W. Jackson St., Suite 100

Topeka, KS  66612-1354

Fax: (785) 296-3490

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