Business savvy Nova Scotia exporters with excellent export records and a competitive edge, are invited to submit applications for the 25th annual Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards. The exporter-recognition event will be held at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax on Thursday, May 22. Seven Nova Scotia companies will be recognized for skill and dedication through outstanding exporting achievements. The awards honour exporters’ growth, innovation, partnerships and business volume and recognizes the contributions exporters make to Nova Scotia’s economy. Award winners will be featured in promotional brochures, newspaper advertising, video presentations, on cable television and on several websites. Winning companies will receive the 2008 Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards logo to use for promotional purposes. A unique, handcrafted award is presented to each winner at the award ceremony. Past winners said they gained lasting and significant recognition as a result of winning an Export Achievement Award. The award helps raise a company’s profile at home, attracts new foreign customers and boosts employee morale. “Awards such as the Nova Scotia Export Achievement Award can bring your company instant credibility in a new market and it can also raise your profile in your own backyard,” said Earle Hickey, vice president, international at Jacques Whitford, winner of the Export Growth Through Partnership Award, 2006. Applications must be received by Friday, Feb. 29. For applications and more information visit the website www.exportachievementawards.com . Applications are also available by calling Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) at 902-424-6814. In 2006, Nova Scotia’s export industry for international goods and services was valued at $7.6 billion. The province is also home to more than 950 international exporters. The Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards are presented by NSBI, the province’s business development agency, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. NSBI works to attract new businesses to the province and help those already in Nova Scotia expand through services such as trade development and financing.