BLS Honored with GLOBE Award from Georgia Department of Economic Development
Monday, March 2, 2015
Gov. Deal recognizes Bright Light Systems for entering into a new international market in 2014
Alpharetta, GA. Monday, March 2, 2015. Gov. Nathan Deal recognized BRIGHT LIGHT SYSTEMS with a GLOBE (Georgia Launching Opportunities By Exporting) Award for entering one or more new international markets in 2014.
“International trade is a vital component of economic development for small businesses in Georgia,” said Gov. Deal. “In fact in the last year, 88 percent of companies that utilized Georgia’s international trade services had fewer than 100 employees. The GLOBE Awards give us an opportunity to recognize our state’s small businesses that have entered into a new market in the past year. This year’s award winners represent the high-caliber, highly competitive companies that operate in Georgia, and I congratulate each of them on receiving this great honor.”
The GLOBE Awards were established by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) in 2014 for the purpose of highlighting companies that have contributed to Georgia’s economic development and global presence by exporting to a new international market.
“The lighting industry is undergoing a major technology transformation and we’re honored to receive this award from Governor Deal. It helps substantiate our commitment to bringing superior quality lighting systems using plasma as a light source and significant energy savings to customers in the international market,” says Brad Lurie, President and CEO of Bright Light Systems.
GLOBE Award recipients were recognized at the second annual Go Global reception on March 2, 2015 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, an annual networking event for the state’s international representatives. The state has international representation in 11 strategic markets, including Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Colombia, Europe, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico and the United Kingdom and Ireland.
This year’s 44 GLOBE Award winners represented 17 Georgia counties and collectively expanded into 104 different countries and territories. Approximately 90 percent of this year’s winners have 100 or less employees, while 73 percent have 50 or less employees. Among the winners, the most popular new markets were the United Kingdom, Australia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates and Colombia. These companies entered an average number of more than six new markets in 2014. The Bright Light Systems, Inc. with the largest number of new markets expanded into 37 countries and territories last year.
“These awards highlight the importance of exporting for small and medium sized companies across our state. Last year, 88% of companies that utilized Georgia’s International Trade services to grow sales in international markets had fewer than 100 employees. Trade remains an important component of economic development in Georgia,” said Mary Waters, GDEcD Deputy Commissioner of International Trade. Recently released trade statistics for 2014 showed Georgia celebrated a 5th consecutive year of export growth, with a record $39.4 billion in exports.
About the Georgia Department of Economic Development
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects.