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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. 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.
  • Invitation-Only Roundtables: We invite AIM members to meet with global political and business leaders.
  • 11/1 Global Trade Symposium
  • 2017 Trade Awardees
  • Resources


Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | 8-11am
Babson College Knight Auditorium
Wellesley, MA

Learn how to succeed in global trade despite uncertainty, prepare for NAFTA changes, pursue business in developing countries, and gain new clients or partners overseas.  Speakers include renowned economic forecaster Nariman Behravesh & a panel of execs from New Balance, Canada Consulate, Kinefac Corporation, Greentown Labs & Northeastern University.  AIM Global Trade Awards will be presented to 4 noteworthy Massachusetts firms including one UK-owned and one start-up.  Thanks to event sponsors MassPort, Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Wolf & Co. and The Provident Bank.

Cost is $35 USD per person.  Parking is free.  Register online.
Contact Mr. Tri Tran with questions: or 617-262-1180.

The 2017 AIM Global Trade Award winners, representing a wide range of industries with locations across the region and internationally, are:


President’s Award: Aspen Technology, Bedford, MA.  Founded in 1981 as a result of an MIT research project, Aspen Tech creates software that optimizes manufacturing in multiple industries including oil & gas, chemicals, engineering & construction, transportation, and pharma.


Ambassador’s Award: Darmann Abrasive Products, Clinton, MA.  Darmann produces specialized abrasive products for customers in precision manufacturing industries--automotive parts, medical supply and more--that need to generate very fine finishes on their materials.


Diplomat’s Award: Cambridge Consultants, Boston. Cambridge Consultants, with UK headquarters & 80 Boston employees, uses innovation & new technologies to help clients develop or improve products.  Their Boston lab features a virtual operating room for surgeons.


Global Innovation Award: WrightGrid, Somerville, MA.  WrightGrid, a startup based in cleantech incubator Greentown Labs, developed a 7-foot-tall solar-powered WiFi & phone-charging machine for developing countries.  The station is manufactured entirely in Massachusetts.


Celebrate the award winners at the Nov. 1 AIM Global Trade Symposium at Babson College in Wellesley.  Read more about the 2017 Global Trade Award winners in the press release (click here to read).

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.
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).

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.

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.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Commercial Service, Boston Office
Providing export assistance, market research and Gold Key services to Massachusetts firms in a variety of industries.

Provides import and export trade statistics by country, state, product and year, for market and competitive analysis.

AIM Expert
Kristen Rupert
Executive Director
Global Trade Symposium & Awards Breakfast
Wed., Nov 1, 2017
Babson College Knight Auditorium
Click here to register.
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AIM's International Business Council [AIBC] helps Massachusetts employers engage in international trade and expand their global business activities.