Exports are a vital part of Illinois’ fluid economy and continued economic growth in the State. The Governor’s Export Awards are the State’s highest recognition of export achievement honoring Illinois companies that achieve excellence in exporting and to organizations which provide substantial export assistance to Illinois companies.
The State encourages all Illinois companies and organizations that work to promote Illinois products and services abroad to participate in this awards program.
Illinois businesses are judged on their activities in the following of categories: export sales figures, foreign destinations, history of export activities, company size, products/services, business strategies, solutions and innovations.
Each year a DCEO judging panel reviews applications for this prestigious recognition in 6 categories: New Exporter, Agricultural Business Exporter, Service Exporter, Export Awareness & Development, Exporter of the Year and Exporter Continuing Excellence.
Recipients of the New Exporter award must have no more than three years of activity in foreign markets. Buedel Fine Meats began exporting to Asian and Asian Pacific destinations in 2013.
Thrilled & Honored
Pictured L to R: Adam Pollet, Director Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, John Cecala, Buedel VP of Sales and GM, Tim Vlcek, Daniel Geoff, Deputy Director DCEO.
Cecala credits much of their company’s global strategies to the guidance they received from programs offered by the Illinois Department of Agriculture Marketing, (IDAM) and exposure to international buyers afforded at the National Restaurant Show (NRA).
“Combined with our direct marketing efforts,” Cecala says, “Ag Marketing and the NRA show helped our company successfully develop foreign market initiatives for our products. We are absolutely thrilled and honored to receive this award!”