The Kansas Department of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2010 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award. The award is presented each year to a Kansas business for excellence in international trade and marketing.
The 2009 winner was Cereal Ingredients, which was the cover feature for our December issue.
If you’ve ever dished up a spoonful of Cookie Crisp cereal, lathered butter on a piece of cinnamon swirl bread, or toasted a toaster pastry, you’ve likely experienced the products of this Leavenworth, Kan., firm. The company researches, manufactures, and distributes about 250 food-related products.
You can also catch my radio interview with company founder and CEO Robert Hatch to hear him talk about FINCA International, a village bank he and his brother founded in 1985, which offers a revolving loan fund in third world countries.
Who will be the 2010 exporter of the year?
Well, we’ll find out in a few months. But first we need to get the nominations in the door and that has to happen by January 25, 2010.
Nominated companies will be evaluated on the totality of their international efforts, specifically:
- increase in jobs due to international activities
- innovations in global marketing
- number of countries exported to
- effective use of international distributors
- long-range international strategies and prospects for future growth
- commitment to the state and local community
The winner will be announced in June by Governor Mark Parkinson at the Kansas Cavalry Encampment.
Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by any other organization or individual. Visit www.KansasCommerce.com/ExporterOfTheYear to download a nomination form.
Remember, the nomination deadline is January 25.
For more information, contact Joe Monaco, Public Information Officer with the Kansas Department of Commerce, at (785) 296-3760.