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Las Vegas Market Accepting Global Goodness Award Entries

Las Vegas MarketLAS VEGAS-Las Vegas Market announced that entries are being accepted for the fourth semi-annual Global Goodness Awards, recognizing furniture, gift and home decor companies for environmentally friendly, sustainable and socially responsible business practices.

For the first time, the Global Goodness Awards, which will be presented at the upcoming Winter Market, running from Sunday, Jan. 18, through Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, will add a social media component in the form of a special award based on industry feedback.

"Las Vegas Market is pleased to recognize companies that are making a positive impact on people, communities and the world in which we live, with the semi-annual Global Goodness Awards," said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Decor, International Market Centers. "This prestigious awards program, which debuted at the Summer 2013 Las Vegas Market, has been highly successful in calling attention to the dramatic growth in sustainable, eco-friendly and Fair Trade products in the home furnishings industry. As the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States, Las Vegas Market is proud to demonstrate a strong commitment to supporting sustainable products and business practices throughout the industry and around the globe."

The Global Goodness awards are open to all Las Vegas Market exhibitors, and the five honorees will be selected by an independent jury comprised of trade press editors and other industry experts. Essays from the five award recipients will be posted on the Las Vegas Market web site, www.lasvegasmarket.com, and each honoree will receive special at-market recognition signage.

For the first time this winter, the Global Goodness Awards will incorporate a social media element via a Facebook competition: the five winning Global Goodness submissions will be posted on the Las Vegas Market Facebook page from Jan. 2-12, 2015. The Global Goodness entry that receives the most "likes" over the 10-day period will receive a special award recognizing the industry's selection.

Las Vegas Market tenants and exhibitors wishing to participate in the Global Goodness initiative are invited to submit essays that describe their personal journey, outline the socially responsible products that they offer, and detail how these products and the sourcing process have had a positive impact on people and communities throughout the world. Essays, which must include both photos and text, are due by Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, to Crissy Hunt at chunt@imcenters.com.