AIM International Business Council
AIM’s International Business Council (AIM-IBC) helps Massachusetts employers engage in international trade, expand their global business activities, and learn more about best practices. AIM-IBC is dedicated to enhancing the commonwealth's leadership in the global economy and communicating the value that international business brings to the region's economic health.
- Seminars, Roundtables, Speakers: Emerging markets, trade regulations, and strategies for global expansion.
- Referrals: We connect Massachusetts business people, firms, and the media with international trade experts, agencies, companies and consultants.
- Annual Global Trade Awards: We recognize excellence in Massachusetts businesses demonstrating leadership in international trade.
- E-Newsletter: Keep track of international events, trade missions, seminars, webinars, trade shows, and business resources. Sign up.
- Annual Trade Awards
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Since 1996, more than 55 Massachusetts companies have been recognized by AIM-IBC for their expertise in international business. Award winners receive extensive media coverage.
Any company, organization, educational institution, individual, or government agency in Massachusetts that has demonstrated creativity and leadership in international trade may be nominated, including foreign-owned companies with employees in Massachusetts. Notification of the “Call for Nominations” takes place in early spring each year.
Awardees are selected based on the following:
- Increased or retained jobs in Mass. by entering new global markets
- Demonstrated new or creative solutions for import/export challenges
- Produced or adapted a product line or service for foreign markets
- Established alliances or partnerships to increase international trade
- Invested in infrastructure or manufacturing in Mass. to enhance trade
Past winners have included manufacturers of chemicals, specialty papers, heavy-duty cranes, pressure-sensitive and advanced films, golf balls, copper products, diagnostic testing equipment, textiles, personal care products, plastic molding, semi-conductor equipment, container board and saws. Awards have also been made to services providers in health care, insurance, engineering, finance, energy, post-secondary education, logistics and consulting.
Massachusetts Export Center
Offers targeted, customized services to Massachusetts businesses at any stage in the export process.
Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI)
Markets the state's business internationally.
MassDevelopment - Financing for Exporters
Offers financing programs for current and future exporters, including loans, loan guarantees, credit insurance, export financing programs, direct loans, and tax-exempt bond financing.
Provides online trade resources and one-on-one assistance for international business - whether you're just starting or expanding your global sales.
International Trade Administration
Provides practical information to business owners on market and product selection and ensures that access to international markets is available as required by U.S. trade agreements.
Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) of the United States
Provides working capital guarantees (pre-export financing); export credit insurance; and loan guarantees and direct loans (buyer financing).
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Organization of 184 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty.
Trade Compliance Center
Helps American exporters with foreign trade barriers and works to ensure that foreign countries comply with their commitments to the United States.
United States Small Business Administration
Provides export information, development assistance, trade counseling, training, legal assistance, and publications for small businesses.
United States Trade and Development Agency
Delivers overseas grants, contracts with U.S. firms and provides emerging markets information.
Trade Stats Express
Retrieve the latest national and state annual trade data.
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics
Contains a collection of data ranging from state export data, to trade highlights, to country/product trade data.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Provides a voice of experience and influence in Washington, D.C., and around the globe. The staff of experts - policy specialists, lobbyists, and lawyers - make up the world's largest not-for-profit business federation.
Grassroots trade education Web site providing information on the link between American exports and jobs.