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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.
  • Nominate a Company!
  • Global Trade Symposium
  • 2017 Trade Honorees

2018 Global Trade Award Nominations now open!


Deadline August 24.

Click here for the nomination form.


Four Massachusetts companies will receive AIM Global Trade Awards at the Nov. 8 AIM Global Trade Symposium in Waltham. Firms engaged in international business and demonstrating creativity, partnerships, innovation, job growth, investment, and/or product adaptation may apply for an award.

Nominations from foreign-owned and emerging companies are encouraged.

Winners receive media coverage, recognition on the dais Nov. 8, and a customized video about their company. 



Details and Registration info to come.
Sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Kristen Rupert at
Thursday, November 8, 2018 | 8-11am
Waltham Woods, Waltham, MA


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.





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Kristen Rupert
Executive Director
Global Trade Symposium & Awards Breakfast
Thu., Nov 8, 2018
Waltham Woods, Waltham
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