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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.


Meet the 2019 Global Trade Award Honorees:

Crane Currency

Globalization Partners

  • 2019 Nominations
  • 2019 Symposium
  • 2018 Awardees
2019 Global Trade Award Nominations Now Closed!
This year up to 4 Mass. companies doing great things in global business will be celebrated with AIM Global Trade Awards.  Firms demonstrating success, creativity, job growth, investment and more in global business may apply. 
Nominations from foreign-owned or emerging/innovative firms are encouraged.  Awards will be presented Thurs. November 7 at the AIM Global Trade Symposium breakfast in Quincy.  Winners receive extensive media coverage, recognition on the dais and a customized video about their company.

AIM presents the Global Trade Symposium & Awards Breakfast each fall. 


Hear from keynote speaker Martha Sullivan, CEO, Sensata Technologies and a panel of global business leaders.  Learn about current international business challenges and trends and how companies are managing through economic uncertainty, increasing tariffs and a global manufacturing slowdown.  


AIM Members $40. Non-members $50. [Register for the Symposium Breakfast]


Four companies were honored with AIM Global Trade Awards at the 2018 AIM Global Trade Symposium. Learn about our award winners:


Ambassador’s Award: Bennett and Company, Newburyport, MA


Founded in 1984 by CEO Jacalyn Bennett, Bennett and Company is one of the leading designers and manufacturers for women’s intimate apparel, sleepwear and lingerie worldwide. Offices located in Newburyport are home to all of Bennett and Company’s design, research and development efforts.  Ms. Bennett owns her manufacturing facility in Guangzhou, China, from which completed products are sent around the world on behalf of Bennett’s brand-name retail clients. Bennett and Company’s 60,000 products and styles are produced with a minimal environmental footprint.  Jacalyn Bennett is a long-time philanthropist in her local community and beyond.


Diplomat’s Award: Universal Plastics, Holyoke, MA


Owned and operated by husband and wife team Jay and Pia Kumar, Universal Plastics has grown rapidly in the six years since the couple bought the company. Founded in 1965, Universal Plastics manufactures custom thermoformed plastic parts.  These include covers and housings for large machinery such as aircraft engines, MRI machines and dental equipment; plastic components for airplane seats; tamper-resistant signs for bus stops, and kayaks.  With 300 employees in Massachusetts, five manufacturing facilities in the U.S., and headquarters in Holyoke, Universal Plastics has created over 100 new jobs in the last 6 years, fueled by export growth.


President’s Award: John Hancock, Boston, MA


John Hancock is both a major Massachusetts employer and an ambassador for the Commonwealth globally. Owned by Canadian multinational insurance company Manulife, John Hancock offers a broad range of financial products to individuals and corporations.  Foreign investment into the Commonwealth has strengthened many Massachusetts companies, with John Hancock just one example.  Today, John Hancock has 5000 employees in the Bay State.  The company also sponsors the Boston Marathon, which attracts more than 7000 international runners each year from more than 100 countries.


Global Innovation Award: nuTonomy/Aptiv, Boston


nuTonomy, an Aptiv company, was founded out of MIT in 2013 by Karl Iagnemma and Emilio Frazzoli. nuTonomy was the first company to test autonomous vehicles on public roads - in Singapore in 2016 and Boston in 2017.  In November 2017 the company was acquired by global automotive technology company Aptiv. nuTonomy reached a milestone six months ago when the company made its autonomous vehicles available to the general public in Las Vegas via the Lyft ride-hailing app. Aptiv and Nutonomy together employ 150 people in Boston’s Seaport district.

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AIM's International Business Council [AIBC] helps Massachusetts employers engage in international trade and expand their global business activities.
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