Trade Day, also known as "Global Trade Day" and "Manufacturing & International Trade Day," recognizes the importance of exporting and new foreign dollars to Montana. This includes not only the exporting of Montana-made goods and services, but also international tourism, foreign direct investment, and global students. The annual event welcomed the Montana Manufacturing Association in 2014 to also recognize and promote the importance of manufacturing to the Treasure State, since many manufacturers are exporters and vice versa.
International Trade & Manufacturing Day 2017
The annual event will be held Wednesday, March 1 in the Capitol Rotunda in Helena with exhibits and awards luncheon. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsorship of the event is welcome. Click here for info and application. The Exporter of the Year award application deadline has passed, check back after January 1, 2018 for the 2017 EOTY application. The Manufacturer of the Year award application deadline has also passed, check back after January 1, 2018 for the 2017 MOTY application, as well.
Partners: Montana Department of Commerce; Montana District Export Council; Montana Manufacturing Extension Center; Montana World Trade Center; US Small Business Administration; US Department of Commerce; and US Commercial Service
Sponsors: Montana State Fund & NorthWestern Energy (top level); Export-Import Bank; Great Falls College MSU; Great Falls Development Authority; Mark Rite Lines; MT Manufacturing Extension Center; PayneWest; Tow Haul; West Paw Design; Wipfli; and Wood's Powr-Grip
West Paw Design Named 2016 Montana Manufacturer of the Year
International Trade & Manufacturing Day 2016
The annual event was held Monday, May 2 in Missoula with exhibits, seminars, awards luncheon, and a reception. The luncheon was combined this year with the Montana office of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) to present awards to some of Montana's top small businesses.
Click here for SBA Small Business Award winners at the event.
International Trade & Manufacturing Day 2015
Ambassador Baucus comments at 2015 Banquet
Governor Bullock Names HCR "Exporter of the Year"
Governor Steve Bullock and Pete Smith of HCR
Bitterroot Manufacturer Wins Statewide Award (click here for presser, see photo here)
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
Diamond City Montana EB-5 Regional Center (double); Bay Limited; NorthWestern Energy; Montana State Fund; Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office; Mark Rite Lines; First Interstate BancSystem; Coal Black Cattle Company; Boeing
Plum Creek; Town Pump Hotel Group; SmartLam; BNSF Railway; Eide Bailly
Manufacturers Alliance of the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce; Vision Net; Westech Division of QBS Safeguard; Wood's Powr-Grip, TowHaul; Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center; and UPS.
To sponsor/exhibit at this event, click here. (Sorry, deadline passed!)
To register for the reception/banquet, click here. (Sorry, deadline passed!)
Click here for info/application for the Governor's "Exporter of the Year" award. (Sorry, deadline passed!)
Click here for info/application for the "Manufacturer of the Year" award. (Sorry, deadline passed!)
2014 International Trade/Manufacturing Day Great Success
Spika Welding Named 2013 Exporter of the Year
Carol & Tom Spika accept award from MT Commerce Director Meg O'Leary. Press release here
2013 Trade Day
Mark Rite Lines (MRL Equipment) Wins 2012 Export Award press release
For all the winners, go to http://www.MontanaChamber.com/ExportAwardWinners.xlsx