The Minnesota Trade Office at the Department of Employment and Economic Development is accepting nominations for the 36th annual Governor’s International Trade Awards.

DEED announced the nomination period on Wednesday, June 30.

The Governor’s International Trade Awards honor Minnesota companies that have shown exceptional growth and success in foreign markets. In addition to honoring individual recipients, the award recognizes the tremendous positive impact that exports and trade have on the state’s overall economy.

“Minnesota companies exported over $20 billion worth of goods to countries around the world last year, boosting our economy and representing our state across the globe,” Gov. Tim Walz said in the announcement. “I am honored to recognize Minnesota businesses that have excelled internationally despite the global challenges of the pandemic.”

According to MTO Executive Director Gabrielle Gerbaud, recent export data “shows a promising trend for growth in 2021.”

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Nominations for the Governor’s International Trade Awards will be accepted until Friday, July 30. Recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Oct. 15.

Additional information, as well as nomination instructions, can be found on this DEED webpage.

“Exports of goods supported more than 119,000 jobs in Minnesota,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “The programs and services of the Minnesota Trade Office ensure that businesses in Minnesota can compete and be successful in the international marketplace.”