Region/Countries: All Countries Industry: Multiple Sectors, Other Date: December 2018

Q: What are the Governor’s Export Achievement Awards? 

A: Since 1981, the governor of Wisconsin has recognized companies that have contributed to the state’s export growth by achieving extraordinary results in international markets while elevating Wisconsin’s competitiveness in the global economy. The awards serve multiple purposes, including recognizing individual companies’ good work and highlighting examples of best practices in export growth for other Wisconsin companies to learn from. 


Q: Who is eligible for the awards? 

A: Any Wisconsin company or organization successfully engaging in, or assisting in the export of, Wisconsin-origin products or services is eligible to apply. 


Q: What are the criteria for selection? 

A: Nominees are evaluated based on their increase in export sales by dollar value, percentage of total sales, or number of markets served; innovative methods or tactics used to make sales in international markets; positive impact on the state’s overall economy and the nominee’s local community; and contributions to boosting Wisconsin’s reputation as a source of quality products around the globe. 


Q: What is needed to submit a nomination? 

A: The Export Awards involve a two-step nomination process. First, interested parties submit online a description of why their company, or a company they are familiar with, deserves the award. Next, following a review of all submissions, semi-finalists are asked to submit additional details during the month of February. 


Q: Where and when are the awards presented? 

A: The awards will be presented at the annual Wisconsin International Trade Conference, which will take place in Milwaukee on in May 2019. 


Q: How can companies apply? 

A: To apply for the Governor's Export Achievement Awards, submit a nomination by Dec. 21, 2018. Contact Patrick Roetker with any questions at or 608.210.6747.