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Business Observer Friday, May 25, 2012 7 years ago

Firm exports its way to excellence

Share received an award from the U.S. Department of Commerce for exports.

The Gulf Coast isn't necessarily considered a hub for global exports, but one local firm, Sarasota-based, took a big step recently to alter that perception.

The company, with a niche in package forwarding and shipping, received the President's “E” Award for Exports from the U.S. Department of Commerce. founder and CEO Eric Baird, the Business Review's 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year, received the award personally from U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson at a May 17 ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The award recognizes the firm for forwarding and shipping $200 million worth of other company's merchandise to foreign buyers. “That's new money that's coming into the U.S. that wouldn't have come in before,” Vice President of Sales and Marketing John Wright tells Coffee Talk.

Bryson praised the firm at the awards presentation. “This Administration is committed to leveling the playing field for American businesses and workers to help U.S. companies build things here and sell them around the world,” Bryson says in a statement. “'E' Awards winners┬álike have excelled in this effort, demonstrating four years of successive export growth.” has more than 100,000 clients spread through at least 200 countries. The firm allows customers to shop from any U.S.-based retailer by providing a domestic address to ship goods. Customers can also use's consolidated shipping services when shopping from multiple retailers.

Founded in 1997, the firm has also been on a big growth spurt. Annual revenues doubled in 2011, from $35 million in 2010 to $70 million. It has 106 employees.

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