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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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Nominations are now open for the 2015 Global Trade Awards!

Access the online nomination form to recognize companies or organizations leading the way in building the economy through international trade. Deadline is March 13th! 

Since 1996, more than 70 Massachusetts companies have been recognized by AIM-IBC for their expertise in international business. 

2014 Global Trade Award Winners
Chairman's Award:
   - Ocean Spray Cranberries | Lakeville/Middleboro

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

Ambassador's Award:
   - Interprint | Pittsfield

AIM's International Business Council (AIM-IBC) invites nominations for its 20th Annual Global Trade Awards. These awards recognize excellence among Massachusetts businesses engaged in international trade. The nomination of foreign-owned companies with employees in Massachusetts is welcomed.

Criteria for Nominees:

  • Increased or retained jobs in Mass. by entering new global markets
  • Demonstrated new or creative solutions for import/export challenges
  • Produced or adapted a product line or service for foreign markets
  • Established alliances or partnerships to increase international trade
  • Invested in infrastructure or manufacturing in Mass. to enhance trade

Up to four AIM-IBC Global Trade Awards will be presented at AIM's Annual Meeting (400 attendees) on May 8, 2015. Winners are recognized on the dais, featured in MassBusiness magazine (14K circ.) and given extensive media coverage. AIM also produces a brief video of each winning company that is shown at the Annual Meeting and made available to the winners afterwards.

Click here to fill out the online nomination or download the pdf by clicking here.

Nominations must be submitted by March 4, 2015.
All information submitted is kept confidential.

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International Trade Administration
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Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) of the United States
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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
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United States Small Business Administration
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United States Trade and Development Agency
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Trade Stats Express
Retrieve the latest national and state annual trade data.

United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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AIM's International Business Council helps Massachusetts employers engage in international trade and expand their global business activities.