Global Trade

Growth through Global Trade Award

Has your small business taken big steps to grow global?

Nominations for the Growth through Global Trade award have closed.

Check back in January to see the winner and hear their exporting story.

The award is designed for U.S. small- and medium-sized businesses with fewer than 500 employees that are already exporting to international markets. Anyone can nominate a deserving business for the Growth through Global Trade award. Nominations will be accepted beginning on August 24, 2010, and will include a series of brief questions about the business, as well as a 200-word essay explaining how the business is excelling in the global marketplace. The winner will be announced in January 2011.

The winning company will be the nominee that best exemplifies a business that is excelling in exporting as determined by the following criteria:

  • Growth of international sales and/or business operations
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and innovative pursuit of international growth opportunities
  • Ambitious plans to continue growing the company through exporting

View the official contest rules.

A panel of experts will review and judge this year’s Growth through Global Trade award entries. Judges include:

Winner’s Announcement
The inaugural Growth through Global Trade award winner will be notified in late 2010. UPS and World Trade 100 will announce the winner in January 2011.

The potential for global growth is as vast as the world itself. UPS’s 2010 Business Monitor United States survey found that small-business exporters are positive about their companies’ futures. Exporting to new geographic markets offers American small- and medium-sized businesses the opportunity to create new revenue streams, secure more customers and, ultimately, better compete in today’s ever-changing global marketplace.

With the recently announced National Export Initiative – which has a goal of doubling U.S. exports in five years – this award is a prime opportunity to showcase a U.S. small- or mid-sized company that is effectively exporting to new markets, and help other businesses take similar steps to grow beyond U.S. borders.

UPS is launching the Growth through Global Trade award as a way to laud one U.S. business that is already successfully exporting to international markets – and to show others just how impactful international trade can be on a company’s bottom line.

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UPS is a longtime advocate of the benefits of international commerce. The company also recently sponsored the Export Forum at National Small Business Week and conducted a nationwide survey of small- and medium-sized business exporters. Finally, UPS has developed a series of guides that offer compelling insights into business trends in specific international markets. These “Snapshots for Small Businesses” are available for Brazil, Canada, China, India, Poland and Vietnam.