Calling All Exporters!

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 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.


About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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