WASHINGTON, D.C. – Aventure Aviation has received the Minority Export Firm of the Year Award by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). This annual award is presented to a minority-owned firm that has achieved outstanding success in domestic and global markets and is the highest national recognition that a U.S. minority-owned firm can receive.
The award was presented during National Minority Enterprise Development Week, taking place virtually September 14–19. This year, MBDA honored Aventure and other category winners in a virtual “How I Did It” interview series that showcased their innovative solutions to overcoming obstacles and thriving under challenging circumstances.
“On behalf of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, I applaud your accomplishments, dedication, and continuous drive for success,” said David J. Byrd, MBDA National Director. “We recognize your creativity, ambition, and determination as an example of the contributions minority-owned enterprises make to our economy.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 28,000 minority-owned exporter businesses. They represent over 17% of all classifiable exporters in the U.S, handling over $30 billion in goods and services.
“We are truly honored…our team is the key to our success. We strive to recruit the best of the best, and today over 70% of our staff have diverse backgrounds,” said Aventure Aviation President Zaheer Faruqi. “Workplace diversity allows us to share unique perspectives, while subscribing to our common values of which community service is most important, ” he added. “Since 95% of the world’s consumers are outside the U.S., exporting is necessary for us to increase our market share.”
Aventure Aviation staff inside the lobby of Aventure’s main facility in Peachtree City, Georgia, USA.