International trade is a major industry in Arkansas. Agricultural exports account for a significant portion of the state’s largest economic sector. With the arrival of new international businesses, like CZ-USA, in Arkansas, the level of trade is only going to increase.
The Arkansas District Export Council (ArDEC) is one of the biggest advocates for international trade and exports in the state. Founded in 1978 as one of 56 District Export Councils throughout the nation, the organization’s mission is to “promote and support international trade activities and awareness” in Arkansas, according to its website.
As a nonprofit entity, ArDEC provides advice and insight about international markets and offers educational workshops on how to navigate international trade.
In June, ArDEC will be holding a seminar on increasing businesses’ exports. The seminar is designed to train Arkansas businesses on how to export products to other markets.
The seminar will be held June 6. The registration fee is $79 for one individual, $129 for two, or $159 for three individual from the same company. The fee includes a copy of the book A Basic Guide to Exporting.
In addition, the ArDEC will be partnering with the Governor’s office to present the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade, an award that recognizes the successes of Arkansas’ businesses – small, medium and large enterprises – in international trade and exporting.
The awards ceremony will be held May 23 at the Governor’s Mansion.