It’s time to name names and recognize Nova Scotia’s outstanding exporters. Nova Scotians are being invited to nominate innovative, creative and resourceful export-related businesses for the 22nd annual Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards. Seven Nova Scotia companies will be recognized for their skill and dedication through outstanding exporting achievements at the annual exporter-recognition event, being held at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax on Thursday, May 18. The awards are designed to honour exporters’ growth, innovation, partnerships and business volume and to recognize the contributions that exporters make to Nova Scotia’s economy. All award winners will be featured in promotional brochures, newspaper advertising and video presentations, as well as on cable television and several websites. Winning companies will receive the 2006 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 say they have gained lasting and significant recognition as a result of winning an Export Achievement Award, making it an important marketing tool that helps raise the company’s profile at home, attracts new foreign customers and boosts employee morale. “The fact that we’re exporting around the world and that we’re getting attention in magazines and newspapers creates a tremendous sense of pride for our customers here,” said Marlon Lewis, CEO of Satlantic, winner of the Export Growth through Partnership Award, 2005. “Our export strategy is a key element of our business success,” said Tony LaPierre, president of Geoprojects Canada Limited, recipient of the Export Growth through New Markets Award in 2005. Nominations must be received by Tuesday, Feb. 28. For more information on the awards and for nomination applications see the website at www.exportachievementawards.com . Applications are also available by calling Nova Scotia Business Inc. at 902-424-6814. The Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards are presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc., the province’s business development agency. The private sector-led agency works to attract new businesses to the province and help those already in Nova Scotia expand through services such as export development and financing.