Acadian Seaplants, Cornwallis, Annapolis Co. Big 8 Beverages, Stellarton Premium Seafood Group, Arichat, Richmond Co. Sara Bonnyman Pottery, Tatamagouche Advanced Glazings Ltd., Sydney Randsland Farms Inc., Canning, Kings Co. Wedgeport Lobsters, Yarmouth Blue Ocean, Halifax Van Dyk’s, Caledonia, Queens Co. Nova Scotia companies will be honoured for their success in exporting at the 31st annual Export Achievement Awards. On Thursday, May 21, nine businesses from across the province will be recognized, and one will receive the Exporter of the Year award. “On behalf of the government, I would like to congratulate all of the nominees for their hard work and contribution to growing our economy,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Business. “The One Nova Scotia Commission identified increasing the value of our exports by 50 per cent as key to building a better economic future, and the efforts of these nominees are helping Nova Scotia achieve that important goal.” The nominees for exporter of the year, who have already been recognized in their communities by their regional chambers, are: “The Export Achievement Awards recognizes companies across Nova Scotia that demonstrate the drive and the competitiveness necessary to succeed globally,” said Laurel Broten, Nova Scotia Business Inc. president and CEO. “Congratulations to all the nominees on this important achievement.” This year’s keynote speaker is Julia Rivard, senior partner at Norex. And, for the first time, companies attending are invited to participate in export information sessions. A technical briefing on Canada-U.S. cross-border business affairs will be held for seasoned exporters by Birgit Matthiesen, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. After the luncheon, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a Going Global session for first-time exporters. The luncheon awards ceremony will take place at the World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle St., Halifax, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on the awards, the export information sessions and to purchase tickets, visit www.exportachievementawards.com .