The President's “E” Award was created by Executive Order of the President to afford suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports.
The President's “E Star” Award, which was authorized by the Secretary of Commerce, affords continuing recognition of noteworthy export promotion efforts.
Winners of the “E” and “E Star” Award are authorized to fly the blue and white banner, to display the accompanying certificate of commendation which is signed by the Secretary of Commerce in the name and by the authority of the President, to wear and issue to employees an “E” or “E Star” lapel pin, and to refer to the award in their advertising.
History of the “E” Awards
During World War II, more than 4,000 ”E” Pennants were presented to war plants in recognition of production excellence. The famous flag with the big “E” emblazoned on it became a badge of patriotism in action.
President Kennedy revived the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. Thus, the “E” Award Program was established by Executive Order 10978 on December 5, 1961. The “E Star” was authorized in l969 to recognize “E” Award winners for continued efforts in export expansion.
How to Apply
Applications for the 2016 President’s E-Awards will be accepted between November 2, 2015 and January 15, 2016. There are two types of “E” Awards. The President's “E” Award for Exports is awarded to a firm or organization that has made significant contributions to the increase of American exports. The President's “E” Award for Export Service is awarded to organizations that may or may not export directly, but which assist or facilitate export activities.
The primary criterion for the President’s “E” Award for Exports is four years of successive export growth, usually accompanied by a rising percentage of export sales within total sales. The application should demonstrate export expansion that is measurable, innovative, sustainable, and has broad impact.
The primary criterion for the President’s “E” Award for Export Service is four years of contributions to export expansion. Applicants must detail results of their work to support the export growth of others. The application should demonstrate export expansion that is measurable, innovative, sustainable, and has broad impact.
Previous recipients of the President’s "E" Award may apply for the President's “E Star” Award for continued superior performance in increasing or promoting exports. “E Star” Award applicants should show four years of successive export growth since winning the “E” Award. Previous “E Star” Award recipients may apply for additional “E Star” Awards once they have four additional years of contributions to export expansion.
Applications must be reviewed by the local U.S. Export Assistance Center and approved for submission. Applications should be submitted electronically.
We will host conference calls for potential applicants or trade specialists to review the application process and answer questions. Registration for the calls is required. The calls have been scheduled as follows:
Tuesday, October 6; Tuesday, October 20; Monday, November 2; Monday, November 16; Thursday, December 10; Tuesday, January 5
All calls for Exporters will be held at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time
All calls for Export Service Providers will be held at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time
(organizations that help others to export like associations, logistics providers, finance companies, export education services, and similar).
To register for the conference calls, please email Eawards@trade.gov
Questions about the E Awards program can be emailed to Eawards@trade.gov.