Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined the West Virginia Export Council and the West Virginia Development Office to honor a state record-setting 52 West Virginia businesses with the Governor's Commendation for International Market Entry awards. This award honors companies that have successfully exported to a new country in the past year.
"In 2012, our state's exports reached a record high of $11.3 billion," Tomblin said. "Expanding into new markets around the world has provided our businesses an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to successfully compete in the global marketplace. And I'm pleased to have this opportunity to honor them for their success."
The Governor's Commendation for International Market Entry award is a framed piece of currency from each new country to which the recipient business began exporting in 2012. The presentation is based on the tradition of displaying the first dollar a business earns.
Commendations were awarded to:
The West Virginia Development Office International Division regularly organizes international trade events to assist small and mid-size West Virginia companies with their export growth. Upcoming events for 2013 include mining trade shows in Australia and China, and an open industry trade mission to Colombia.
Interested companies may view upcoming events on the wvdo.org exports website and contact WVDO International Division for details.