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AIM’s International Business Council (AIM-IBC) helps Massachusetts employers engage in international trade, expand their global business activities, and learn more about best practices. AIM-IBC services include:

  • Seminars and Roundtables: Topics include emerging markets, trade regulations, and strategies for global expansion.
  • Referrals: We connect businesspeople, firms, and the media with international trade experts, agencies, companies and consultants.
  • Global Trade Awards: We recognize excellence in Massachusetts businesses demonstrating leadership in international trade.
  • E-Newsletter: Lists international events, trade missions, seminars, webinars, trade shows, and business resources. Sign up.
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2014 Global Trade Award Winners

Chairman’s Award:
Ocean Spray Cranberries | Lakeville/Middleboro

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. is the world’s leading producer of cranberry juice, juice drinks, and dried cranberries. Since its founding in 1930 by two Massachusetts cranberry growers, the grower-owned cooperative has expanded into a global business with products sold in 90 countries. Twenty percent of total sales coming from international business.

Diplomat’s Award:
V.H. Blackinton & Company | Attleboro Falls

Founded in Attleboro Falls in 1852, V.H. Blackinton & Co., Inc. is the largest worldwide manufacturer of metal badges and uniform insignia for police, firefighters, security firms, the military, and the government. Nearly 15 percent of the company’s sales may be traced to markets in South America.

Ambassador’s Award:
Interprint | Pittsfield

Interprint, Inc. is a German-owned industrial designer and printer of décor patterns. These patterns are used as a design layer in laminate and are seen commercially in kitchen countertops, cabinets, floors, ceilings and ready-to-assemble furniture. Interprint serves a variety of countries including, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Australia, Spain, and Thailand.

Read the full press release for the 2014 Global Trade Award Winners.

Massachusetts Export Center
Offers targeted, customized services to Massachusetts businesses at any stage in the export process.

Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI)
Markets the state's business internationally.

MassDevelopment - Financing for Exporters
Offers financing programs for current and future exporters, including loans, loan guarantees, credit insurance, export financing programs, direct loans, and tax-exempt bond financing.
Provides online trade resources and one-on-one assistance for international business - whether you're just starting or expanding your global sales.

International Trade Administration
Provides practical information to business owners on market and product selection and ensures that access to international markets is available as required by U.S. trade agreements.

Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) of the United States
Provides working capital guarantees (pre-export financing); export credit insurance; and loan guarantees and direct loans (buyer financing).

International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Organization of 184 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty.

Trade Compliance Center
Helps American exporters with foreign trade barriers and works to ensure that foreign countries comply with their commitments to the United States.

United States Small Business Administration
Provides export information, development assistance, trade counseling, training, legal assistance, and publications for small businesses.

United States Trade and Development Agency
Delivers overseas grants, contracts with U.S. firms and provides emerging markets information.

Trade Stats Express
Retrieve the latest national and state annual trade data.

United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics
Contains a collection of data ranging from state export data, to trade highlights, to country/product trade data.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Provides a voice of experience and influence in Washington, D.C., and around the globe. The staff of experts - policy specialists, lobbyists, and lawyers - make up the world's largest not-for-profit business federation.

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Kristen Rupert
Executive Director
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AIM's International Business Council helps Massachusetts employers engage in international trade and expand their global business activities.